On Black Friday (November 29) and Christmas Eve (December 24), when you buy a Worcester Art Museum membership, you’ll get another for free. (And if you need one on another day — they’re buy one, get one half off in December.)
I featured this last year — and it’s back again this year!
If you’re the parent of pre-teen children (or know someone who is), there’s a one-day-only discount today on tickets for the 2013 season at Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire. If you’re unfamiliar with Story Land, it’s a wonderful theme park near the White Mountains which has as its focus the many children’s stories with which most of us grew up. There are gentle rides for toddlers and more exciting attractions for the older kids (and those of us who haven’t been kids for years). There’s something for everyone, and all of the rides are included in the price of admission. You can easily spend an entire day at Story Land and not get to see/experience everything. If you went there as a child and haven’t been there since, you should also know that it’s many times larger now, and gets a new attraction or two every year!
The details are as follows:
Go to www.storylandnh.com click on tickets and season passes and enter the promo code in the promo box to get the deal. This is for Black Friday only, beginning at midnight, and will likely sell out within hours.
2014 Season Passes (VERY LIMITED QUANTITY) for $35.00 per person, ages 1 & 2 are free. NO promo code needed. Limit of 5 per transaction.
2014 Day Passes (LIMITED QUANTITY) for $19.99 per person, ages 1 & 2 are free. Promo Code: dinoroar14. Limit of 10 per transaction.
For some reason, I neglected to post this on my regular “Cheap Worcester Wednesday” slot — I thought it was next weekend!
All you really need to know is that there will be hot chocolate and origami. Everything else is noise.
Full schedule on their website.
The Friends of Worcester Public Library will be holding their (I suppose I should say “our”) Fabulous Fall Book Sale beginning today:
Wednesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
More details here.
On Saturday, November 9, the Worcester Historical Museum will be holding a book sale of antiquarian and collectible books, many of which are about Worcester history. (This may possibly be The Most Dangerous Book Sale The World Has Ever Known.) The sale will be from 10-11am for members and 11am-3pm for the general public.
(Also — since we’re talking about books — the Worcester Public Library catalog will be down from Friday, November 8, beginning at 6:00pm and won’t be back up until Saturday, November 9 at 5;30. This impacts what you can check out/in on the weekend – you can find more out here.)
1) Friday night from 6-8pm at Old Stubridge Village is “Tricks or Treats” — free admission and trick-or-treating:
Children can take part in “spooky but safe” trick-or-treating from house-to-house around the Village Common, which will be decorated for Halloween. Visitors can enjoy juggling by Lucky Bob the Comedic Juggler, hear tales by storyteller Katie Greene, and see puppet shows by Carravan Puppets.
Candy for trick-or-treating generously donated by Treasure Treats/Everson Distributing.
Donations of canned goods for a local food pantry encouraged.
2) Mechanics Hall Brown Bag concerts begin next Wednesday and continue through December 4.
Smiles for Sophia - Burncoat’s Second Annual Fall Festival. 11am-3pm at Burncoat High School.
Admission is $5 for all ages and 100% of the proceeds benefit The Sophia Fund. The event will be held rain or shine.
The festival is geared towards children ages 2 to 12 and features pony rides, entertainment, arts & crafts, jumpies, games, food and prizes. A ¼ mile Harvest Fun Run will be held at 1:30 pm. Children are encouraged to wear costumes for the run, and prizes for the most creative costume will be awarded.
The event is held in honor of Sophia Kuczarski, a Burncoat resident who lost her battle with leukemia in 2012 at the age of four. Lauren Angers, a neighbor of Sophia’s and an event organizer says “Sophia had a loving personality and contagious smile that is missed by everyone who knew her. She was a spunky and brave little girl who loved nothing more than playing and having fun.” This event seeks to honor Sophia’s memory in a playful and fun manner while also raising funds to support families with childhood.
Sundae Sunday, a celebration about Sunday openings at the Worcester Public Library; 1:30pm. There will be ice cream and balloon animals. I shouldn’t have to say anything more!
For the whole month of September, admission, train rides, and planetarium shows will be half price at the Ecotarium.
On the first Saturday morning of every month, Worcester Children’s Museum will present Saturday Nature Play at the Ecotarium. Activities are designed for ages 2 to 8. This Saturday, it’s Cooking in the Mud Kitchen.
(And an early reminder that Smithsonian Museum Day will be September 28!!)
Tomorrow (Thursday, September 5) through Saturday, September 7, from 10am-4pm in the Saxe Room at the main branch of Worcester Public Library will be another Friends booksale.
Hardcovers & trade paperbacks will be 50 cents, or 3/$1.
Regular paperbacks are 25 cents, or 5/$1.
All your purchases help support the Friends’ many programs, including museum passes and the Give and Take bookcase at Union Station!
And if you haven’t yet seen it, please check out the Friends Fall newsletter.
Every year, the Highland Street Foundation offers free admission at different museums and cultural venues on Fridays in the summer.
This Friday is the first Free Fun Friday, and offers admission to the following venues:
Worcester Art Museum (and WAM will also have free admission during the months of July and August!)
Tanglewood (registration info on the website)
Freedom Trail Foundation (more info about tours on the FFF website)
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Also of note:
Next Wednesday, July 3, the deCordova Museum will have free admission!
And if you need more tips on saving on museums, please visit my page (and send me suggestions as needed).
OSV will be holding three $5 Fridays this summer:
(Image: Old Sturbridge Village, a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licensed image from Matthias Rosenkranz’ photostream)