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2019 Free Fun Fridays: July 19th Activities

by Yvette Cain

This week’s offerings for Free Fun Fridays, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation, include 10 winners for fun and enrichment.  You alone, with a friend, a child or grandchild will find hours of cultural entertainment awaiting you at your desired location.

There is a link to each website and a brief description of each.  Check out some of the links, as sometimes a location has an entire day’s schedule planned for Free Fun Friday.

July 19

Boston Children’s Museum

“Designed for children and families, our exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts.’ 

CAUTION:  “Free Day is the busiest day of the year at Boston Children's Museum. Expect to share the Museum with hundreds of other visitors.”

Arnold Arboretum

Location: Hunnewell Building, along Meadow Road & the whole Arboretum!

Enjoy free activities from 10am-3pm.  Enjoy activities like:

Arborist Station - Meet an Arboretum arborist. See the arborist in action. Try on arborist protective gear and get up close and personal with the special tools used by arborists.

Watercolor Station - Become inspired by the beauty of the Arboretum and use that inspiration while creating a watercolor masterpiece.

Storyboard Walk – Read a book while exploring the Arboretum.

The Building Lab - Create your own fort under the lindens. Use branches pruned from trees in the Arboretum, bamboo and other found objects to construct a one of a kind fort.

Battleship Cove

“Explore the RMS TITANIC and the world shaking events leading up to one of the worst maritime tragedies in history in the new exhibit "The Birth and Death of a Titan: the Story of the TITANIC," opening April 1, 2019 at the Maritime Museum in Fall River. 

“Experience a sailor's life at Battleship Cove, the Maritime Museum and the Fall River Carousel all for free! “

Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Museum is open 10 AM – 5 PM.  Join in a sing along with Lori at 10:45 AM ad a Process Art at 11:00 AM. 

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association

“All of our properties are free to the public on Free Fun Friday.
10:00 am -2:00 pm Aquarium,  Natural Science Museum,  Historic Mitchell House
2:00 pm  Tour of the Vestal Street Observatory 
9:00 pm Open Night at Loines Observatory “

New England Historical Genealogical Society

“We are located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and are America’s leading research center for genealogists of every skill level. Visitors have access to millions of documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs, artifacts, electronic resources, and other items that preserve and reveal our nation’s history.” 

Peabody Essex Museum

Exhibition: “Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker”

“To engage the mind and spirit, the PEM collection offers outstanding works primarily from the 1700s to today: paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative objects. Our African, American, Asian, maritime, Native American and Oceanic art emphasizes the lively conversation that occurs through creativity across time, place and culture.”

Sandwich Glass Museum

“The Sandwich Historical Society and its Glass Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the Town of Sandwich, MA, the oldest town on Cape Cod. A large part of Sandwich history is involved with American glass production.”

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History

“FREE FRIDAY - OPENING OF EXHIBIT CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING  Mr. David Meerman Scott will give a talk about his experiences with the Apollo space project.  Scott is the co-author of Marketing The Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Project and also was a consulting producer to the PBS American Experience mini-series Chasing the Moon.  He will display and explain several artifacts from his collection including such items as command module, a LRL moon rock container, a lunar meteorite and an Apollo 13 training star chart used by the astronauts on their missions for the lunar landings.” 

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Come celebrate picture books with art activities, films, and special storytimes with authors/illustrators Micha Archer and David Bucs!  See Website for schedule for the day. 
Ongoing throughout the day:  Scavenger Hunts, Art Activities, Tattoo Station, and food from Sun Kim BopCaravan Kitchen, and Crooked Stick Pops.

Enjoy a little new learning and enrichment brought to you by the Highland Street Foundation.  We hope you pick a winner this week!