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GETTING OUT: Trick Your Kid Into Learning in Central Mass

Thursday, August 23, 2012


History comes alive at Old Sturbridge Village.

Summer is coming to a close, and now your child is faced with the grim reality that they will soon have to…gulp… learn things!

But learning doesn't have to be like pulling teeth. In fact, Central Massachusetts has several spots where you can learn about history, nature and the arts, all while having fun. So, get your kids in the car and take them to one of these great locations where they won't even know they're learning.

Old Sturbridge Village

Check out one of the country's oldest living history museums this weekend, where you can get an inside look at early New England. Costumed historians re-enact colonial life from 1790 to 1840, while visitors roam the working farm and antique buildings or try their hand at homemade crafts. Whether your child knows it or not, they will learn a ton about American history.  Admission is free tomorrow, as part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program.  

Worcester Art Museum

Admission to the Worcester Art Museum is free until the end of the month, so take advantage of this special offer and visit some of the current exhibits. Displays on 20th Century American Drawings, classic and contemporary Japanese art, and Chinese decorative art are all on view now. So stop in to get your child a little culture.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

The Worcester County Horticultural Society (WCHS) headquarters at Tower Hill Botanic Garden will add color to anyone's weekend. As the third oldest horticultural society in the country, the WCHS has plenty to offer history buffs as well. With indoor and outdoor gardens, Tower Hill offers you the chance to experience and learn about nature in any weather.

Learn about some of history's great warriors at Higgins Armory.

Higgins Armory

For an architectural experience, hit up the Higgins Armory Museum, housed in one of the first all steel and glass curtain-wall buildings in America. The museum's collection of arms and armor contains pieces from all over the globe and whether you're into samurais or swashbucklers, you'll find something that catches your eye.


This indoor-outdoor museum bills itself as an "urban oasis." Stop in for a visit and you can leave the city without even getting in the car. While the planetarium is currently closed, the animals and science and nature exhibits will provide more than enough hours of education and entertainment.  Admission to the Ecotarium will be free next Friday, August 31, also as part of the Free Fun Friday program.  


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