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2019 Free Fun Fridays: July 12th Activities

by Yvette Cain
July 8, 2019

Free Fun Fridays program, in its 11th year, is sponsored by the Highland Street foundation and offers free admission to 10 museums and attractions across Massachusetts during each of 10 summer Fridays.   The Highland Street foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for MA families.  The 2019 program began on June 28 and will end on August 30, completing a summer school vacation of free fun.  Admission, but not parking or transportation, is included in each offering.

Publishers' Note: This new feature will appear each Monday through the end of August.  We hope you find something fun - and after all it's FREE!

Free Fun Fridays program, in its 11th year, is sponsored by the Highland Street foundation and offers free admission to 10 museums and attractions across Massachusetts during each of 10 summer Fridays.   The Highland Street foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for MA families.  The program began the June 28 and will end on August 30, completing a summer school vacation of free fun.  Admission, but not parking or transportation, is included in each offering.

July 12

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston https://www.mfa.org/

“Participate in hands-on art-making activities, join engaging tours, and see thought-provoking exhibitions—all for free.

Check out this year’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project, “Mindful Mandalas,” a collaborative work of art created by students from Boston neighborhoods. And don’t miss “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” and “Gender Bending Fashion.”

The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough https://www.patriotshalloffame.com/

“The Hall has two floors of exhibit galleries chock full of interesting artifacts, touch screens and interactive entertainment. It is suitable for ages 5 to 105. Guests can walk back through team history by viewing traditional artifact cases or through a digital timeline featuring awesome photos, videos, newspaper clippings, rosters, results and more.”

Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River https://www.cmgfr.org/index.php?lang=en

Exhibits include World of Water, Lego Room, Education Station Room, Violet’s Music, Dino Dig, Circle Room, All About Colors, Transportation Room, Hallway Activities and a multipurpose room. 

Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester http://gloucesterstage.com/

On July 12th tickets to 39 Steps will be free. Tickets can be reserved on the day of the event starting at 11 am by walk up or calling the box office at: 978-281-4433. Limit 4 tickets per party. No group sales. Performance begins at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Recommended for ages 12 and older. 

New England Quilt Museum, Lowell https://www.neqm.org/

“For many dedicated quiltmakers, the Museum is a pilgrimage. For everyone inspired by the beauty and universality of textile arts, the Museum is a retreat. For those who value the power of art to connect people, the Museum is a tolerant space in a divided world.”

Presently on exhibit:  In Praise of Silk at the New England Quilt Museum, May 1 through August 4, 2019, spans three centuries of quiltmaking in America and includes gowns from the UNH Irma Bowen Textile Collection.

Smith College of Art, Northampton  https://www.smith.edu/artmuseum

“The Museum includes four floors of exhibition galleries that house the permanent collection; the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; and changing exhibitions that regularly include a family-friendly resource area. Featured amenities include the Museum Shop, artist-designed restrooms, and hand-crafted gallery benches.”

Scheduled events (https://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/content/search?SearchText=free+fun+friday) include “Bash the Trash,” a group of inventively creative musicians who make instruments from trash and other recycled materials.

Springfield Museums, Springfield https://springfieldmuseums.org/

“Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.”

See website for listing and descriptions of all museums included.

Charles River Watershed Association, Weston https://www.crwa.org/

Join us this year on July 12 at DCR's Herter Park for a day filled with family fun! If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Madison Wolters at mwolters@crwa.org.

CRWA hosted its first Riverfest in partnership with Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday summer program in 2018. Over 900 participants enjoyed free canoeing and kayaking on the Charles with music, food, fishing lessons, story time, guided nature walks, and hands-on science demonstrations by CRWA’s aquatic scientists. Educating citizens of all ages about our environment is key to creating new advocates for a healthy Charles River.”

Chesterwood, Stockbridge  https://www.chesterwood.org/

Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.”

Free Fun Friday: “Open touring of the studio, residence, gallery exhibits, outdoor sculpture show and woodland walks.  Free Admission 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.”

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington https://www.mahaiwe.org/

Free Fun Friday:  Acrobats of Cirque-tacular General Admission, first come, first served. Plus a 1 PM performance for summer camps and groups.

“The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular features one dazzling circus feat after another in a high-energy family-friendly flurry of fun! Indulge your curiosity and celebrate your senses as our troupe of acrobats, aerialists, and circus specialty artists bend, twist, flip, and fly into your hearts and minds! Mind-boggling artistry and athleticism to ignite the imaginations of the young and the young in spirit alike!  Face-painting by Magic Brushes”

Have fun, everyone!

Want to plan ahead?  See listings for all remaining Fridays here:

https://www.boston.com/travel/arts/2019/05/10/free-fun-fridays-highland-street-foundation

 

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