Weekly Blueprint

Hello everyone and happy April vacation week! I was originally planning on running one April vacation mega roundup on Friday but Lauren pulled so many ideas together that I'm just splitting things up as usual! So in addition to today's Weekly Blueprint expect a regular Weekend Roundup on Friday! Be sure to scroll down to see the ongoing/recurring events after the Monday through Friday one-off listings!

Monday, April 16

Stride through the Boston Children’s Museum Marathon challenge course (Boston)

Learn about Salamanders, Woodland Fairies, and other animals that live in the vernal pool (Canton)

Attend the Concord Patriots’ Day Parade (Concord)

Celebrate local young people at the Sunrise Youth Parade and join the Patriots’ Day Afternoon Parade (Lexington)

Take in a Live Animal Show at Jam Time (Norwood)

Watch a special screening of Films for Preschoolers (Roslindale)

Cheer on the Boston Marathon runners (Various Locations)

Tuesday, April 17

Create and eat monsters using local produce (Boston)

Celebrate DNA Day with a special talk, Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome (Boston)

Embrace unusual materials and unfamiliar tools to transform recycled scraps into art at this free Visual Arts Class for Youth taught by educators from The Eliot School (Brighton)

Enjoy a special storytime with the Boston Ballet (Charlestown)

Explore life long ago through games, chores, spinning, candle-making, and more (Duxbury)
Kids can enjoy a free creative writing workshop focused on Misunderstood Monsters, while teens can explore The Audacity of Poetry (Roxbury)

Wednesday, April 18

Take in stories, rhymes, movement, and songs at Toddler Time (Boston)

Sample apples, cider, and vinegar while learning about locally-grown apples and their many uses (Boston)

Animation Show of Shows presents 16 inspiring animated shorts from around the world (Brookline)

Young history enthusiasts can participate in this Kids’ Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington (Lexington)

Make binoculars, observe animal behavior, sketch, and write about signs of spring during this Young Naturalists program (North Andover)

Yoga + Journaling: The Art of Letting Go is a free creative writing workshop for kids (Roxbury)

Thursday, April 19

Learn about Black Holes and enjoy telescopic observation during Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory Night (Cambridge)

Collect shells and seaweed, then use them to create art prints and t-shirts (Ipswich)

Drop-in at one of the deCordova’s free vacation week art-making programs (Lincoln)

Celebrate Israel Independence Day with A Yom Ha’atzmaut Party (Newton)

Join the Bug Brigade for a good ol’ bug hunt (North Andover)

Tweens who love to write can participate in free writing workshops focused on Brave New Worlds or The Five Senses (Roxbury)

Friday, April 20

Make edible Veggie Monsters (Boston)

Enjoy stories, songs, and tickles designed especially for Bouncing Babies (Boston)

Meet the Cows at Appleton Farms (Hamilton, Ipswich)

The Fruitlands Fairy Festival includes stories of fairy mischief, trail exploration, fairy house building, and a fairy wand craft to take home (Harvard)

Explore The Bigfoot Files during this free creative writing workshop for kids (Roxbury)

Francis William Bird Park gets in on the Fairy House Fun with a walk to collect leaves, bark, sticks, and other natural building materials, plus fairy house making, and a fairy wand craft to take home (Walpole)

Celebrate Earth Day at the EcoTarium (Worcester)

Ongoing

Now through April 25: Check out the Museum of Science exhibit Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature (Boston)

Now through May 6: Big Apple Circus comes to town (Somerville)

Now through May 13: Catch a performance of Stuart Little (Boston)

Now through May 13: Delight in the changes that take place through the spring season every weekend at the Wildflower Festival (Sheffield)

Recurring Events

April 14-16: Local Patriots Day battle reenactments take place throughout the long weekend (Various Locations)

April 14-17: Join Animal Adventures for April Vacation week and experience different themed animal shows each day (Bolton)

April 14-22: Swing by one of dozens of awesome programs during the Cambridge Science Festival (Cambridge)

April 14-22: Enjoy a week of free school break programming at Patriot Place (Foxborough)

April 14-22: Meet different makers during Mini Maker Week at The Children’s Museum in Easton (North Easton)

April 14-22: The Living History Lab offers hands-on history programming at The House of the Seven Gables (Salem)

April 16-20: Have a Wild April School Vacation Week at the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos (Stoneham)

April 16-22: Discover Hidden Writing throughout The Old Manse (Concord)

April 17-19: Puppet Showplace Theater presents The Gingerbread Man (Brookline)

April 17-20: Explore Myths and Magic all week at the MFA--make art, catch live performances, go on a family art walk, listen to spell-binding children’s stories, and enjoy a number of drop-in activities and explorations (Boston)

April 17-20: Be a Farmer for a Day at Appleton Farms (Hamilton, Ipswich)

April 17-21: Stories come alive in celebration of children’s literacy during Tell Me a Story: April Vacation Week at the Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)

April 17-21: Enjoy inexpensive sightseeing cruises along the Charles River (Cambridge)

April 17-21: Check out a stage production of Anne of Green Gables (Quincy)

April 17-21: Mike the Bubble Man brings magic and science to the stage in an interactive show all about bubbles (Various Locations)

April 18-20: Create exciting and unexpected air and architectural sculptures in the park during the deCordova Museum family art-making week (Lincoln)

April 18-22: The Women in Comedy Festival comes to town (Various Locations)

April 20-22: Join Sylvie and her trusty pet bird to search for missing ingredients, wrestle giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook when Puppet Showplace Theater presents Lollipops for Breakfast (Brookline)

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