10 April Vacation Week Activities Under $10 Per Person. Many of the suggestions on this list are FREE!
April Vacation Week starts April 15th! In Massachusetts, that means Patriot's Day and the running of the Boston Marathon. Here is a list of April vacation week activities that are either free or under $10 per person.
Many of these programs require registration. NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER! Programs fill up very quickly. This is also true for the Sharon Public Library museum and zoo dicount passes. RESERVE NOW!
1. Go see a PawSox Game! The PawSox are the Triple A team of the Boston Red Sox. You can see some great players at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket RI. The stadium is only about 30 minutes from Sharon. It has a relaxed, family feel to it. General Admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis with these seats priced at $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. The season opens April 11th with home games through April 18th.
2. Watch the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th. Most people think of April 15th as tax day. In Massachusetts, we know it as Patriot's Day and the day of the Boston Marathon. Did you know the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest marathon? Where is the best place to watch the Marathon? Here are some suggested spots.
3. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary has some great programs for families this week.
- Sunday, April 14 from 1-2 p.m. "Bees Knees". For families with children ages 4-12. Learn all about bees and what goes on inside a hive! Registration required. Register online or call 781-784-5691. Members: Adults and children $5.00, Nonmembers: Adults and children $8.
- Wednesday, April 17 from 7-8 p.m. "Frog Search". For families with children ages 4-12. Make a hopping frog project before heading outside for a short stroll to look and listen for spring peepers. Bring a flashlight to help search. Registration required. Register online or call 781-784-5691. Members: adults and children $6, Nonmembers: Adults and children $9.
- Friday, April 19 from 7-10 p.m. FREE - Star Party. For families with children ages 6-18. Join local astronomers and view the night sky through their telescopes. The event is on-going, so drop in for the entire time, or just some of the evening. Park in the Nature Center lot and bring a flash light to follow the marked, self-guided path to find the viewing field. This program is cancelled if sky conditions are cloudy or if the viewing field is snowed in; call 781-784-5691 x8103 after 6 pm for a recorded message about the status of the program prior to attending. No registration required.
- Sunday, April 21 from 3-4 p.m. FREE - Sunday Saunters. For families with children 7-16. Join Patti Austin for a relaxed, on-the-trail interpretive walk. Walks are cancelled in inclement weather; call prior to attending if the weather is questionable. Walks are designed for adults and children ages 6 and up with an adult. No registration required.
4. Visit the 4H Barnyard at Ward's Berry Farm. Last I heard, there were some new lambs there. The barn is open year-round, every day from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. You can pet some animals and for a $1 donation to $H, you can get a bag of grain to feed them. My suggestion: Bring hand santizer with you!
5. Here's what's happening at the Sharon Public Library during April Vacation Week:
- Saturday, April 13 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. - Book group for ages 7 and 8. Bring your lunch and the library will bring dessert. NOTE: Please, NO FOOD ITEMS CONTAINING NUTS. Check at the Children's Circulation Desk for this month's book selection and to check out your copy. Pre-registration preferred. 781-784-1578.
6. Whole Foods at Legacy Place in Dedham has a week's worth of special activities to get kids cooking! Space is limited so sign up by purchasing your ticket in advance. Call the store at 781-329-7100.
- Monday, April 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m. - "Sticky Fingers" Cooking with Kids. Simple cooking techniques, basic knife skills with kid-safe cutlery, healthy choices. $7
Vacation Week Workshop: $40 for a 1 hour class each day (Mon-Fri): Offered at two times.
A.M. Series 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Buy tickets
P.M. Series 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Buy tickets
- Monday: Taco Techniques-Develop basic knife skills in the kitchen with our kid-safe knives! Kids will work together to prepare the various components of their Taco Fiesta, then enjoy their tasty creations
- Tuesday: Gardens provide us with so many wonderful treats! A thriving garden is often filled with delicious foods, beautiful and bright flowers, amazing animals and exciting places to explore! In today's class we'll help get your home garden started with hands on planting activities.
- Wednesday: Flowers blooming and birds chirping, ah the signs of spring. The kitchen is the perfect place to whip up tasty treats for not only you and your family, but your bird friends too!
- Thursday: From stretching the dough to chopping the toppings, pizza is one of the tastiest meals you can make, and its fun, too! We'll show kids how to make the perfect pie and they'll get to devour their creations fresh out of the oven.
- Friday: Have you ever seen the fun cupcake creatures that live in our bakery cake case? Kids will have the chance to get creative and decorate cupcakes all their own.
7. Patriot Place in Foxboro has another great line up of April Vacation Week Activities. There are jugglers, bounce houses, balloon artists and much more! On Monday, April 15th, you can also have your photo taken on Patriot Field with the New England Patriots cheerleaders and mascot, Pat Patriot! Most of the week long activities are FREE!
8. Village Toy Store in Canton has a special storytime event, Wednesday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. Hullabaloo and LINGO, two popular games for children ages 2 to 7 will be featured. Registration is required. Call 781-821-9374
9. Taza Chocolate Factory Tour - You may have heard me recommend this before, but I have to say it again...this is a fantastic tour! Reserve a time online to tour the Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville. Don't worry! It's easy to get there from Sharon (if you don't go during rush house). We made it in 30 minutes on a Sunday. You'll learn a lot about the entire process of making chocolate as they explain everything from picking to packing. You'll have a chance to taste the cocoa beans in various stages and, best of all, you get to sample all of their chocolate!! I was not a fan of dark chocolate until I took this tour. Now, my Hershey days are over.
10. Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence, RI. Just 30 minutes from Sharon! This is one of the oldest zoos in the country. There's also a fantastic Victorian-style carousel ($1/ride) and paddle boats, swan boats and more! While tickets to the zoo are normally $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for senior adults and $9.95 for children, the Sharon Public Library has one pass that discounts tickets by $3 per person. You can reserve that pass and other passes online if you are a Sharon resident. Reserve in advance as they are gone quickly before vacation starts!
You don't have to spend a fortune on April Vacation Week Activities. Enjoy these 10 April vacation week activities under $10 and let me know what other activities you recommend!