- In honor of Memorial Day – all weekend, until Monday night, you can visit the Boston Common – at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument – to see a display of 37,000 American flags – one for each person from Massachusetts who has been in the military and given their lives to defend the United States, and our freedom.
- On Monday, May 28th, you can visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) for free (it usually costs $25). There will also be many special activities and tours that day. The museum is large and impressive. You can spend hours there walking around.
- There’s also free admission on Saturday May 26th at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston – for up to two adults per family – if you bring a child 12 years or under. Lots of activities for kids. Also free for everyone on Monday May 28th
- Lots of Memorial Day parades, including Newton (Sunday), Sudbury (Monday), and Cambridge (Monday)
- Large Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Stadium
- Free Ferry Day – Usually $16 per person. Take a free trip the Boston Harbor Islands. Saturday May 26th, opening at 8:30am (tickets are first come, first served)
- Spring Festival in Newburyport May 27th and 28th
- Plus, there are always the many regular family-friendly places in Boston, such as the swan boats at the Public Garden, other museums such as the Children’s Museum, Aquarium, and Museum of Science.
- And more ideas from the Boston Globe and Boston Discovery Guide
Do you know what poison ivy looks like? It’s a plant that is very common in MetroWest. You should know how to recognize poison ivy so that you can keep it away from your skin. It has oil on its leaves that can give you a very itchy rash.
Poison ivy always has groups of three leaves. The leaves start off more red and shiny in the spring, and when they are grown the leaves are green and have uneven edges.
This is a nice time of the year to take walks in the woods, or in more natural areas (around lakes, or maybe outside your own home). However, when you do, you should be aware of ticks – on yourself and on your children.
Ticks can be tiny, but dangerous. Some ticks can give you lyme disease. It’s important to be
aware of the information to avoid tick bites, and what to do if you get a tick bite.