Annual Free Fun Fridays Kicks Off
June 18, 2014

On Friday, June 27, the Highland Street Foundation’s Annual Free Fun Fridays, now a summer tradition for many families, starts up again. The unique program, which runs through August 29, is a generous collaboration where different cultural venues around the state open free of charge for 10 summer Fridays. The program, funded by the nonprofit organization, now includes more than 60 museums and cultural venues.

The offerings are wide ranging and encompass everything from the Boston Harbor Islands to Plimoth Plantation. Zoos, children’s museums, historical sites, botanical gardens, sports museums, landmarks, and many more options guarantee that your family can find something for everyone, for every interest. Beyond free admission, some of the venues also host special events, so advance registration and/or planning may be needed.

On June 27, opening day, options include Franklin Park Zoo, Worcester Art Museum, Sports Museum, MIT Museum, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Tanglewood and Mass MOCA. Of these, the only one you need to register for is Tanglewood, which is offering a scavenger hunt, live performances by fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and other family activities. All the details are on the Highland Street Foundation website.

The varied schedule over the summer offers the perfect opportunity to take your kids somewhere that’s been on your wish list or theirs. Perhaps ticket prices to a certain museum seemed too high or not worth a 15-minute visit (some kids only last that long in a museum). In contrast, when there’s no pressure to get your “money’s worth,” a quick trip can be a wonderful way to introduce your kids to a new cultural experience.

Perhaps you’ve been to the amazing Boston Children’s Museum dozens of times (they are participating on August 22), but did you know there are four other children’s museums within driving distance of the city? There are plenty of outdoors experiences among the offerings too, from the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich to the EcoTarium in Worchester.

Browse the schedule with your kids and see what draws their interest. From revisiting old favorites to exploring new places, every week there is something fun, and free, to look forward to around the state. Happy summer!

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit www.highlandstreet.org.

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