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Boating in Boston (Afternoon Session)

Boating in Boston (Afternoon Session)

PO Box 99, Hopkinton, MA 01748
617-299-3392   http://www.boatinginboston.com/
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Boating in Boston has a number of locations on lakes and ponds in the Boston metropolitan area where various watercraft may be rented. Depending on the location, these include sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and other boats. The organization also runs boating camps, as well as various classes and workshops for improving skills. A float plan agreement—available on their website and at the boathouse—must be filled out before any rentals may be used. Passes are usually linked to specific locations and times, so make sure you've selected the correct pass when reserving.

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Categories: Children, Family, Recreation

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass AFTERNOON SESSION admits 6 people for free at either Spot Pond in Stoneham or Lake Quannapowett in Wakefield. The library has two PM passes (2PM - 6PM) available each day. The season is from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Boating in Boston limits passes to 2 per season per family. Each location has different hours and equipment, Lake Quannapowett is only open Wednesday to Sunday. Only one type of boat use per day, no switching boats. Does not include sailboats.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass.

Donated by the Finley Family and the Donation Account.

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Boating in Boston (Morning Session)

Boating in Boston (Morning Session)

PO Box 99, Hopkinton, MA 01748
617-299-3392   http://www.boatinginboston.com/
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Boating in Boston has a number of locations on lakes and ponds in the Boston metropolitan area where various watercraft may be rented. Depending on the location, these include sailboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and other boats. The organization also runs boating camps, as well as various classes and workshops for improving skills. A float plan agreement—available on their website and at the boathouse—must be filled out before any rentals may be used. Passes are usually linked to specific locations and times, so make sure you've selected the correct pass when reserving.

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Categories: Children, Family, Recreation

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass MORNING SESSION admits 6 people for free at either Spot Pond in Stoneham or Lake Quannapowett in Wakefield. The library has two AM passes (10AM - 2PM) available each day. The season is from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Boating in Boston limits passes to 2 per season per family. Each location has different hours and equipment, Lake Quannapowett is only open Wednesday to Sunday. Only one type of boat use per day, no switching boats. Does not include sailboats.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass.

Donated by the Finley Family and the Donation Account.

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Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
617-426-6500   http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/
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Founded in 1913 by the Science Teachers’ Bureau, the Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest children’s museum in the world and one of the few that maintain a collection. Designed for both children and families, the Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, emphasizing hands-on engagement and learning through experience, and employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.

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Categories: Children, Crafts, Family, Technology

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people at half price. Children under 12 months are admitted free. Target Fridays from 5 - 9 PM admission is $1.00. Boston Children's Museum current admission prices and special hours.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Donated by the Friends of Melrose Public Library.

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
617-740-7000   https://www.emkinstitute.org/
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, located next to the JFK Museum in Boston, is dedicated to educating the public about the role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

Its exhibit halls are designed to immerse visitors in the history of the Senate and provide an opportunity to participate in a live floor debate on an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C. Senator Kennedy's own career and commitment to public service is explored in the special exhibit, “The Lion of the Senate,” and there is a replica of his office and Reception Room. A cafe and gift shop are located on the premises.

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Categories: Children, History

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 people with a $7 co-pay each, children who are MA residents 17 and under are free. Discounts are available for active military and veterans with IDs. Closed Mondays except some holidays. Institute current hours, admission prices and discounts. Senate Chamber Votes and Great Senate Debates run 2 - 3 times daily, check the website before you go for times.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Funded by the City of Melrose

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Einstein’s Workshop

Einstein’s Workshop

25 Adams Street, Burlington, MA 01803
781-202-5645   https://www.einsteinsworkshop.com/
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Einstein’s Workshop provides hands-on STEAM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) for children K-8 at weekly classes and a drop-in exploration space. The drop-in space has a variety of tools and toys, which include LEGOs, K’nex, Zome, Snap Circuits, Kapla blocks, Anker blocks, MagnaTiles, and more. Access to innovative tools, such as 3D printers and a laser cutter, is provided through classes and workshops on such topics as robotics, electronics design, Minecraft engineering and architecture, and 3D design and programming.

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Categories: Children, Science, Technology

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to up to 5 children (accompanied by an adult) for free two hour drop - in visits on Saturday and Sunday only. (not good for classes) Passes not available on Mondays through Fridays, and are not available from June 10 until September 13. Einstein Workshop current hours and drop - in prices.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass.  Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass. 

Funded by the Donation Account.

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Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-496-1638   https://hmsc.harvard.edu/
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The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of museums on the Harvard University Cambridge campus dedicated to the natural world, science, and human cultures. They include the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (comprised of the Harvard University Herbaria, Mineralogical and Geological Museum, and Museum of Comparative Zoology), the Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, all located between Oxford St./Divinity Ave area. Of particular note are the famous glass flowers, models commissioned by Harvard in 1886 to aid in the teaching of botany (and made in Germany over the course of more than eight decades), on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Nature, Science

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people with a $6.00 co-pay each, children under 3 are free. Start here and follow links to hours and information for each individual museum. Full admission prices and hours vary by museum.  Discounts are available for active military, SNAP, EIB, MA teachers, MA residents with IDs.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.  Harvard Science Museums requires proof of MA residency or your MA library card when paying for your tickets at the museum.

Donated by the Finley Family.

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Mass Audubon (Drumlin Farm)

Mass Audubon (Drumlin Farm)

208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-2200   http://www.massaudubon.org/
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Mass Audubon maintains about 100 wildlife sanctuaries in Massachusetts, more than half of which may be visited for walks on trails and visits to nature centers and museums. Among these is Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, a working farm with animals and crops, plus exhibits that include native wildlife, such as owls, foxes and deer. A shop on the premises sells items related to nature, such as bird feeders and binoculars.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 4 people with a $2.00 co-pay each. Children under 2 years are free.  Pets and smoking are not allowed in the MA Audubon properties. Visit the MA Audubon website for more information on places to visit with the pass. Some local properties include Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, and the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.  Schedules vary widely at each sanctuary property. The library has passes for Tuesday through Sunday.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass.  Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the properties.

Funded by the Estate of Florence Weston.

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Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

Massachusetts State Parks (Department of Conservation and Recreation)

251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114-2104
617-626-1250   http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/
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The Massachusetts State Parks have locations in all regions of the Commonwealth, from Pittsfield to Boston, and from Gloucester to Provincetown. They include beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs, each with its own unique activities and amenities like hiking, biking, swimming and boating, camping, and more.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Recreation

Pass Benefits

The library's DCR ParksPass is available weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The pass will allow you to park for free, but a parking spot is not guaranteed. Be sure to arrive early at popular venues. The ParksPass is NOT valid for camping or at the following locations – Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch Areas, Squantum Point, North Point or Draw Seven Commuter lots. Visit DCR ParksPass to see where you can go with the ParksPass. 

***From late June to Labor Day the library is closed on weekends. Be sure to pick up your pass by Friday at 5 PM and return it by Monday.***

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass.  Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass.

Funded by the MA DCR.

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Museum of Science

Museum of Science

1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
617-723-2500   http://www.mos.org/
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The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Nature, Science, Technology, Sky

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 4 people with a $10 co-pay each, children under 3 are free. Science Museum current hours and admission prices.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum.

Funded by the City of Melrose

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New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
617-973-5200   http://www.neaq.org/
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The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.

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Categories: Children, Family, Nature, Science, Ocean

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 4 people at half off each, children 2 and under are free.  Visitors using wheelchairs or with visual impairments are admitted free of charge. Aquarium current hours and admission prices. The NE Aquarium passes are not available from July 1 until after Labor Day. Library passes cannot be used in conjunction with groups visits, programs, IMAX, whale watches or Combo tickets.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This coupon pass may be picked up at the library any time after your reservation is made and does not need to be returned to the library. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the Aquarium.

Donated by the Trustees of the Melrose Public Library

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Orchard House

Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742
978-369-4118   http://www.louisamayalcott.org/
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Categories: Children, Family, History, Tours

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits up to 6 people at 1/2 off admission price.  Children 5 and under are admitted free. Orchard House current hours and admission prices. The Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is shown by guided tour only. 

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass. Any applicable co-pay fees are collected at the museum. 

Donated by the Colleen Kelly Fund.

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Paul Revere House

Paul Revere House

19 North Square, Boston, MA 02113
617-523-2338   https://www.paulreverehouse.org/
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Built in 1680, the Paul Revere House is a National Historic Landmark located in Boston's North End. It is the oldest remaining house in the area and where the silversmith lived during the American Revolution when he made his famous midnight ride. The museum at this site is comprised of the house, the PierceHichborn house (built in 1711 and seen by guided tour only), and a visitor and education center that provides information about the life and times of Paul Revere. There is a gift shop on the premises.

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Categories: Children, Family, History, Tours

Pass Benefits

The library’s pass admits 2 adults  and 2 children for free.  Paul Revere House current hours and admission prices. A visit usually takes about 30 minutes. Closed Mondays in January, February and March.

LOAN INSTRUCTIONS: This returnable pass must be picked up at the library on the “day of use” or the day before. Please bring your library card or ID when picking up the pass. Return the pass to the Main Desk or the outside book drop before the library opens on its next scheduled day to allow other patrons to use the pass.

Lifetime membership donated by John Curtis.

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