Boston.com has some great options on where to go with your family and friends if you want to have some fun and avoid the mall.
Half-price admission to Franklin Park Zoo One Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester. Fri., Nov. 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $8.50; seniors, $7; ages 2-12, $5.50. All ages. Burn off your turkey dinner while visiting with the many animals throughout the zoo.
Half-price admission to Stone Zoo (does not include evening ZooLights), 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Fri., Nov. 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $7; seniors, $6; ages 2-12, $5. All ages. Continue to celebrate the holiday by bringing the whole gang to the zoo for a day of fun. Note that the discount does not apply to the evening ZooLights.
"Black Friday Full Day Adventure: Party Crashing," Guard Up!, 103 Terrance Hall Ave., Burlington. Fri., Nov 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (extended day option available). Ages 6+. Goblins, ogres, and orcs have been raiding nearby villages all month. They have stolen gifts and food from the citizens of these towns. Recently, we have found out where the creatures have been gathering. Help us track down these thieves and crash their party. Bring your friends and your swords! (Foam swords provided.) Pre-registration required. Bring a nut-free lunch.
For full list of family friendly events, please go to the Boston.com link here.
"The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the nation's official memorial to President John F. Kennedy, will observe the 50th Anniversary of November 22, 1963 with a number of presentations that celebrate the legacy of the nation's 35th President.
Observances will include a ceremony webcast by satellite from the IM Pei designed glass pavilion at the Kennedy Library, and the presentation of a selection of artifacts from the President's State Funeral that have never before been displayed."
Some of the artifacts on display will include the American flag that draped over Kennedy's coffin during his funeral percussion, handwritten notes by Jacqueline Kennedy and photographs.
Admission for the museum will be on a first come first serve basis. Please check the JFK Library event webpage here for further information on this event.
For information on other events pertaining to the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination, please click here.
The Commonwealth Museum is located on Morrisey Boulevard in Dorchester and is a hub of our state's history. The museum has both online and live exhibits, with the current feature being: Our Common Wealth: The Massachusetts Expreiment in Democracy 1620-Present
The exhibit traces the Massachusetts experience through the colonial, revolutionary, federal, and nineteenth century reform periods. The sub-theme, “Tracing our Roots,” tells the story of four representative Massachusetts families of Native American, English, African-American and Irish heritage. For detailed exhibit views please roll over thumbnail sketches.
If there is one family that is synonymous with Boston it is the Kennedys. In a landmark contemporary building on the water, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester has memorabilia of the late president, his wife and family. As well as Jackie’s gowns, there are video clips ranging from civil rights to the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is even a reconstruction of the White House Oval Office as it was during his presidency. Through their permanent exhibits, you can learn about the career of John F. Kennedy, the challenges he faced, the decisions he made, and his commitment to public life as he speaks for himself on film, video, and sound recordings from the Library's audio-visual collections. Exhibits on the Kennedy presidency focus on such hallmarks as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Peace Corps and the Space Program. They also have some special temporary exhibits so check out their website to see what's going on!
On Sunday, June 10th all local restaurants surrounding the UMass Boston Campus Center better hail or bail because these food trucks are wheelin' in quick, and taking over more than just taste buds - I guess we could say they are redefining what it means when you say "melt in your mouth."
When food trucks first started in the US they were known as “roach coaches” and people were skeptical of consuming “street meat.” But fear no longer!!
Don't ride the roach coach and get your tickets to this New England Food Truck Festival today. It may not be your traditional Sunday brunch, but this street meat sure does have quite the enticing reputation... or "that's what she said." ;)
Is there anything better than free icecream? What about having to hunt for the free icecream truck...kind of like a little game...right? RIGHT?
For the next month (Till August 25th) Ben and Jerry's will be driving their ice cream truck all around Boston and scooping out the love. They are testing out their two latest flavors of Milk & Cookies and Boston Cream Pie.
Of course it's not like a Where's Waldo book, you can follow Ben and Jerry's on Facebook or on Twitter to find out where they will be on given days. Enjoy the ice cream and eat it fast in this heat.
Fan of Mad Men? Season four started if you aren't aware....
Get ready for the return of everybody's' favorite womanizing ad man at Tavolo when they host their Mad Men Sundays. Beginning on July 25th and running all subsequent Sundays, the Dorchester eatery will turn the focus to cocktails and 1960s inspired bar snacks to put you in an appropriately Mad mood. The show starts at 10pm, but you can stop by a little early and order something delicious off of chef Maxwell Thompson's dinner menu, just be sure to pair it with a cocktail - it's what Don Draper would do. Go and enjoy your Sunday evening at Tavolo.
In the mood to belt out a few Broadway tunes? Show Tune Tuesdays is every Tuesday at dbar. It all starts around 9PM with various show tunes clips and musicals played. Show Tunes Night lives on at dbar in Dorchester! There is a friendly and fun vibe every Tuesday night at dbar! Check out this fun night! This night has become very popular! (Choreographed dancing is encouraged!)
Location: 1236 Dorchester Avenue
Are you a huge fan of restaurant week in Boston? Yeah, we all are. But did you know that every week you can partake in similar deals?
Early week dining is the way to go to eat out without breaking the bank. From burgers to sushi, many of Boston's best restaurants offer special deals on Monday nights. So technically you don't have to wait for restaurant week to roll around! Here are a few samplings....
Sel de la Terre - Back Bay
Sample "Mini Burger Mondays"with $2 sliders and $5 small bites every Monday from 5-7pm
Estragon - South End
$1 Tapas at the Bar ("until they're gone!")
L'Espalier - Back Bay
For $60 per person join in on Wine Monday at 7pm. A selection of wines, inspired by the changing season, wine regions or varietals, paired with a four-course tasting menu composed by Chef McClelland.
The Ashmont Grill - Dorchester
At "Monday Night Wine Club" they offer a four course meal with wine for $30. Not too shabby.
Mistral Restaurant - Back Bay
Offers a special prix fixe menu on Monday (and Sunday) for $35. A three course feast!
Myer's and Chang - South End
"Cheap Date Night" on Mondays (and Tuesdays) offers a range of different menus for $40 per couple.
Uni - Back Bay
Enjoy all you can eat Maki for $32 on "Maki Mondays"
Any others you'd like to suggest?