The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Hadley, Mass and Garden in the Woods in Framingham are free today through the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program.

carle_bugsEric Carle, noted author of children’s books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear (to name just 2), has a small but fascinating museum in Hadley, close to downtown Amherst.  There are original Carle artworks, additional displays of classic picture book art, a spacious activity and craft room, cafeteria with vending machines, and a small but comfortable theater.  Friday, the museum will feature story readings, a dance party, a musical performance, and more.

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The Garden in the Woods, run by the New England Wildflower Society, is a fascinating botanical garden.  From the description on their website, “Set among 45 acres, this living museum displays a wide variety of common and rare native plants displayed in naturalistic settings. For families looking to teach their children about the natural world, for adults who can’t decide between a stroll in the garden and a walk in the woods, and for anyone curious about the diversity of New England’s wild flowers and woody plants, Garden in the Woods offers a unique experience in a tranquil and beautiful place.”

For more information and to see the other attractions, follow the links below to visit the museum or attraction’s website.

THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
Boston • More infoWebsite
SANDWICH GLASS MUSEUM
Sandwich • More infoWebsite
CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART
Dennis • More infoWebsite
GARDEN IN THE WOODS
Framingham • More infoWebsite
WENHAM MUSEUM
Wenham • More infoWebsite
AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
Lowell • More infoWebsite
THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM
Amherst • More infoWebsite