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Worcester Ranked 7th Best City for Families By Parenting Magazine

Friday, June 20, 2014


Parenting Magazine has released its list of Best Cities for Families in 2014 and Worcester made the top ten.

A combination of great outdoor and indoor options for family entertainment including hiking spots, the Ecotarium, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum, and the Hanover Theatre were all reasons why Worcester ranked in the top ten nationwide.

“We are thrilled; we feel like we are a great part of a family friendly and cultural destination,” said Monica Elefterion, Marketing, Communications and Design Coordinator at the Worcester Art Museum. “We really make an effort to reach out to families through a variety of programs including interactive programs, family friendly tours, and a great art education program.”

Parenting Magazine’s selections are based on US Census data, FBI crime statistics, reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and ratings from GreatSchools.com. Boston took home the top spot while Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nashville, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, and Allentown, Pennsylvania rounded out the top five. 


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Touch Tomorrow

On Saturday, June 14th, Touch Tomorrow will take place at the WPI Campus. It is an interactive festival celebrating space, science, technology and robots and is comprised of hands-on exhibits and activities focused on a scientific and technological future. The event is free! For more information, visit http://www.touchtomorrow.wpi.edu

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Worcester Bravehearts

Have you been to a Worcester Bravehearts game yet? Check out Woophoria: Take Me Out to the Ballgame on June 13th at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Receive one FREE grandstand ticket with your Woo Card. Additional tickets available at the gate for $4. The Worcester Bravehearts will play the Torrington Titans at 7PM and the game will be followed by post-game fireworks! Get your picture taken with the Bravehearts mascot Jake, get player autographs, special WOO card discounts, free parking, raffles, prizes and more! If you don’t have a WOO card, they will be available at the gate for $15. Visit http://www.worcestermass.org/arts-culture-entertainment/arts-culture/cultural-calendar?id=170553 for more information.

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Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festivals of New England is coming to Worcester’s Elm Park on Saturday, June 21st! The festival will feature over 20 of New England’s most popular food trucks serving up a variety of fan favorites, including local seafood, BBQ, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cupcakes, whoopie pies, and much more. Beer will also be available for purchase and there will be live music, a handmade arts market, sampling tents and more! Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

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Frisbee Pups

Bring the kids to check out some high flying, Frisbee catching dogs at “Flying High Frisbee Dog Show” at the Oak Middle School football field on Oak Street in Shrewsbury at 6:30PM on June 19th. For more information, visit http://www.shrewsburyma.gov/parkrec.

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Day of Play

Engage in 40+ playful activities where you can sing, dance, run, jump, build, create and explore with your family at Worcester’s Day of Play event at Elm Park on June 14th from 11:00AM–5:00PM. http://www.worcesterdayofplay.org

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Skyrise Children’s Theatre June 12 through June 14 at 7PM and June 15 at 2PM at Gibbons Middle School in Westborough. Tickets for these performances are $12 for adults and $8 for students and children. They also have reserved seating in the first 6 rows available for $15 per ticket. You can purchase your tickets by visiting http://ticketstage.com/SKYRISE

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Broad Meadow Brook

Stay up late and hike Broad Meadow Brook’s trails at night on Friday June 13th at 8:30PM! Start at the Visitor Center where we will learn some of the myths of the moon. Why is June the Strawberry Moon? What is a blue moon? Is the moon really made out of cheese? You’ll explore the sanctuary by moonlight and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live along the Enchanted Forest Trail. Wear appropriate footwear. Flashlights optional - the moon will be very bright. For more information and to register, call 508–753–6087. (Image courtesy of nongpimmy / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


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