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Boston-area Father's Day events

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  May 30, 2013 08:26 AM

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Need to make a gift or card for that special dad in your life? Looking for something fun and unique to do on Father's Day? From arts and crafts to story times and free admissions, here are some Boston-area events that can help you celebrate dad.

"Father's Day Story time and Craft," Curious George Store, One JFK St., Cambridge. Fri., June 14, 10:30 a.m. Free. RSVP required. Stories about awesome dads, such as "Papa, Do You Love Me?" and "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," followed by card-making. Email number of children attending to events@thecuriousgeorgestore.com to ensure spot at event. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com

"Father's Day Story and Craft," Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Sat., June 15, 1 p.m. $4. Ages 2 and up. Listen to stories and make a Father's Day craft. www.barefootbooks.com

"Father's Day Weekend Vintage Baseball Triple Header," Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, 5 Littles Ln., Newbury. Sat., June 15, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $5; free for Historic New England members. Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play against other regional clubs, using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Bat and ball making demonstrations take place throughout the day, along with children’s activities. Snacks, beer, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call to confirm. www.historicnewengland.org

"Father's Day Painting Special," ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave., Arlington. Sun., June 16, noon - 6 p.m. Bring that special guy (dad, grandpa, uncle, brother) for an afternoon of painting fun. Only pay for the surface you paint. www.artbeatonline.com

Free Admission for Dads, Davis Farmland & Water Spray Park, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Sun., June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dads, free; others, $21.95. Meet your favorite lambs' and kids' dads at this special Father's Day event. www.davisfarmland.com

Free Admission for Dads," deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. Sun., June 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free for dads. Adults, $14; 65+, $12; students, $10; ages 12 and under, free. Spend a unique Father's Day with the special guy in your life with fun for the whole family. www.decordova.org

Free Admission for Dads, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. Sun., June 16, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free for dads. Adults, $17; 62+, $14; ages 2-12, $11; under 2 and members, free. Visit resident dad animals. Enjoy music by Magic 106.7 from noon - 2 p.m., and a 10:30 a.m. performance by singer/songwriter Marcie. www.zoonewengland.org

Free Admission for Dads, Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Sun., June 16, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free for dads. Adults, $14; 62+, $12; ages 2-12, $10; under 2 and members, free. Bring dad along with the whole family for an unforgettable day with resident animal dads. www.zoonewengland.com

Free Admission for Dads and Grandfathers, Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. Sun., June 16, noon-5 p.m. Free for dads; $9 for other adults and children. Kids can make a gift to bring home to the special man in their lives. www.childrens-museum.org

Find out about Father's Day events happening across New England.

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