Boston Children’s Museum, April 21-25, 10am – 4pm, Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. This week’s theme is “Growing Our Community,” with activities and performance celebrating the diversity of our community and the world around us. Free with admission. 617-426-6500; bostonkids.org.
Boston Nature Center, April 22-25, 8:30am – 5:30pm, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. Take a closer look at the marvels of nature in spring. Children will explore nature through hands-on investigations, art projects, games and more. Ages 5-14. Prices vary. 617-983-8500; massaudubon.org.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, April 22-25, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Children in grades K-5 will discover the wonders of spring - flowers, frogs, salamanders and lots of baby animals! Registration required. Prices vary. Online registration available. 508-655-2296; massaudubon.org.
Cape Ann, April 18-27, various locations, Cape Ann. Families are encouraged to get outside and take advantage of many offerings, from animal tracking to coastal clean up. Registration required for many activities. Prices vary. 978.281.8400; thetrustees.org.
Children’s Museum in Easton, April 21-25, The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. BAM! POW! It’s Super Hero Week! Take part in activities that test your powers of strength and agility by completing the Super Hero obstacle course and even create your own Super Hero logo. Free with admission. 508-230-3789; childrensmuseumineaston.org.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, April 23-25, 1-3pm, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. Discover what happens when a traditional craft gets BIG, explore how Sculpture Park artists use repurposed materials to create installations that respond to the environment, make a rope out of newspaper, weave a rug with plastic bags and create a collaborative construction out of rope. Free with admission. 781-259-8355; decordova.org.
Franklin Park Zoo, April 21-27, 10am – 5pm, Mon.-Fri., 10am - 6pm, Sat. & Sun., Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, Boston. The Aussie Aviary opens for the season April 21. Buy a seedstick and see how many birds you can get to land on it! Conservation Week programs, geared toward children ages 6-11, run April 22-25. Sessions will include a combination of animal encounters, art and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, games and activities. Registration required. $250 per session. 617-541-5466; franklinparkzoo.org.
Green Briar Nature Center, April 19-26, Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road , Sandwich. Fun and adventure in the world of nature are offered for children and families. Activities vary from candy-making workshops to amphibian hunting to hiking and bird house construction. Registration required. Prices vary. 508-888-6870; thorntonburgess.org.
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New School of Music, April 22-26, 9am – 3pm, New School of Music , 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. Classes incorporate singing, acting, and dancing. Throughout the week, team-building is integral to the learning process and is explored through theater games, script-writing exercises, and improvisation. The week culminates in a Saturday afternoon performance. Ages 7-14. $400/week. 617-492-8105; newschoolofmusic.org.
North River Wildlife Sanctuary, April 22-25, 9am – 3pm, North River Wildlife Sanctuary, 2000 Main St., Marshfield. Full day programs for kids ages 7-11 include Earth Day Experiments and Spring Scavenger Hunts. Half day programs for ages 5-6 will take place on 4/22 and 4/24 and focus on spring themes. Prices vary. 781-837-9400; massaudubon.org.
Old South Meeting House, April 21-25, Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. Celebrate National Poetry Month with scavenger hunts, bookmaking, quill pen writing and more. Free with admission. Free for Boston residents aged 18 and under and accompanying adult (proof of residency required). 617-482-6439; osmh.org.
Old Sturbridge Village, April 19-27, 9:30am-5pm, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. A unique glimpse into 19th-century New England on the cusp of seasonal change. The plants are blooming and baby animals are on the way (be sure to check out the newborn lambs). The Hands-On Crafts Center is open daily with a variety of crafts for visitors, including making tin candle holders and dipping candles. Free with admission. 800-733-1830; osv.org.
Providence Children’s Museum, April 21-25, Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence, R.I. Special activities and performances all week long including animal encounters, mad science demonstrations and Earth Day projects. Free with museum admission. 401-273-5437; ChildrenMuseum.org.
Stone Zoo, April 21-25, 10:30am-3pm, Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Learn all about the incredible carnivores that call the zoo home. From snow leopards, jaguars, cougars and Mexican gray wolves to the arctic foxes, lynxes, bald eagles and many others, visitors can discover all of these animals’ amazing adaptations. Throughout the week, there will be zookeeper encounters, craft activities and a scavenger hunt. Free with admission. 781-438-5100; stonezoo.org.
The National Park Service, April 19-27. The nation’s 401 national parks will celebrate National Park Week with a free admission weekend and special events nationwide; www.nationalparkweek.org.