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Free Fun Fridays - August 16 Activities

by Yvette Cain

MA Cultural Attractions for Your Summer Enrichment

This week’s offerings for Free Fun Fridays, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation, are fabulous!  Skim the list below for a favorite place or a place you’ve never been.  The best thing is…admission is free this Friday, August 16th!

Check out some of the links, as sometimes a location has an entire day’s schedule planned for Free Fun Friday or require a registration. Additionally, some have signups for their newsletters that will keep you “in the know”!

August 16

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

“Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.” 


Berkshire Theatre Group

"Starting at 10am on Friday, August 16th, please call BTG Ticket Office at 413-997-4444 to reserve your FREE tickets or visit us in person at our BTG Ticket Office at The Colonial Theatre, located at 111 South Street in Pittsfield, MA 01201 to reserve tickets in person. Ticket reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Four tickets per household, please.”

+ You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; 2:00 PM; Colonial Theater

+ Shrek, the Musical; 7:00 PM; Colonial Theater

For details, consult the website above.

Cahoon Museum of American Art

The Cahoon Museum of American Art’s facilities include a historic building united with a modern addition. The blending of old and new architecture accommodates the museum’s broad presentation of American art from the 1800s through contemporary art.

Free Fun Friday: The Big Red House with the Blue Tree

Friday, August 16, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission free.”


Discovery Museums

We believe in play as the way that children learn. In our case, it is play in both a STEM-rich environment and in a natural and inviting outdoor experience.  Children are the most natural science learners. Given the slightest encouragement they will ask a myriad of questions. If you surround children with stimulating materials and resources, they will follow their natural instincts to observe, predict, and experiment—in other words, to be scientists. Real stuff and simple materials are our preferred tools for learning. Add curiosity, creativity, and working together, and you have a simple recipe for creating successful learners.”

Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees

The 210-acre landscape encompasses five collections first established by Sears: the original Fruitlands Farmhouse; the Shaker Museum, the first such museum in the country; the Native American Museum, celebrating the history of indigenous peoples; the Art Museum, with a variety of rotating exhibits, contemporary art, and showcasing a combined collection of more than 300 Hudson River School landscape paintings and 19th-century vernacular portraits; and the Wayside Visitor Center, a classroom, education, and exhibition space.”

There will be trail tours, gallery tours, hands-on activities, and fun for all ages! See website for details.

Fuller Craft Museum

“Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft, is dedicated to the objects, ideas, and insights that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak St. in Brockton.

“As you drive up Oak Street to Fuller Craft Museum and as you enter the grounds, you encounter works of art unexpectedly around every corner, behind every tree it seems. Several of Fuller Craft’s outdoor artists use the materials from nature, such as wood and stone."

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) is a partnership of four Harvard museums designed to coordinate captivating programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibits. HMSC invites you to connect with Harvard University's distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations, biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science.”


Paragon Carousel

Noon to 5:00 PM on August 16.

“The Carousel has been operating along the shores of beautiful Nantasket Beach for 90 years. Built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it boasts four rows of 66 intricately carved horses and two rare Roman chariots. It is decorated with 35 original paintings, 36 cherubs and 18 goddesses who look down while a Wurlitzer Band Organ fills the air with music.”

Provincetown Art Association and Museum

“The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural institution that fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations.”

USS Constitution Museum

“Museum highlights:  Design a ship, furl a sail, and fire a cannon in our exhibits that invite conversation and collaboration among family and friends of all ages. Ask questions, go deeper, and discover the history of “Old Ironsides” in our Ready, Aim, Fire! program about the teamwork and science behind firing a gun. Explore a vast collection of amazing artifacts – from an axe that helped build USS Constitution to a 150-year old ship’s biscuit.

Sit back and take in the incredible story of USS Constitution in two 8-minute films.

Shop all things Constitution in the largest store on the Freedom Trail.”


Be sure to check the website or call each destination for special events planned for Free Fun Fridays.  Many have special concerts, programs, and exhibits for the day.

Also remember that Free Fun Fridays! Includes only admission to the institution.  Parking and/or transportation is not included.

Have a wonderful time!