More than just another three-day weekend, Veterans Day is a chance to honor and give thanks to all the men and women who have served in our nation's military. Celebrate Veterans Day with the family by participating in patriotic craft-making, attending a special concert, enjoying free admission to area zoos for veterans, and more.
Veterans Day Family Fun Weekend, USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. Sat., Nov. 9 - Mon., Nov. 11,10 a.m. - 5 p.m. All ages. With suggested Museum donation: adults, $5; seniors, $3; children, $2. Celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans at the USS Constitution Museum by asking yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for you?” Learn about the daily struggles that crew members on board "Old Ironsides" faced during the War of 1812 and how their stories continue to inspire people today. www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Free admission for veterans, Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester. Sat., Nov. 9 - Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for veterans. Others, regular admission: adults, $17; ages 2-12, $11; seniors $14; under 2, free. Spend the day with gorillas, lions, and zebras. Kids can take a break from hanging out with the animals to jump and climb and slide on the zoo's elaborate playground. www.zoonewengland.org
Want to take the family to a parade? Here is a map of Veterans Day parades around Greater Boston.
Free admission for veterans, Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Sat., Nov. 9 - Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for veterans. Others, regular admission: adults, $14; ages 2-12, $10; seniors $12; under 2, free. Follow the Yukon Creek to the popular black bear exhibit – home to Smoky and Bubba. Children can get up close and personal with animals in the Stone Zoo's barnyard. www.zoonewengland.org
Veterans Day crafts, The Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton. Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $7.50; members, free. Patriotism overflows with red, white, and blue hats, headbands, noisemakers, and pom-poms. Your little crafters will enjoy plenty of projects featuring stars and stripes. www.childrensmuseumineaston.org
Veterans Day Adventure, Guard Up, 103 Terrace Hall Ave., Burlington. Mon., Nov. 11, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Extended day option available from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Ages 6 and up. Call for pricing and options. Pre-registration required. An ancient temple has been found in the jungle. Archaeologists are hiring all adventurers to carve a path to the temple and help explore the ruins. There are bound to be traps and treasures! Bring your friends and your foam swords (or use theirs) for this full-day adventure. www.guardup.com
Open for Veterans Day, The Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. All ages. $9. The museum, which is usually closed on Mondays, will be open in honor of our veterans. Kids can become dinosaur detectives, explore and experiment with music, go for a deep sea dive in the museum's submarine, and more. www.childrens-museum.org
SteveSongs Veterans Day Concert, Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Ave., Needham. Mon., Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. - noon. All ages. $12 plus online purchase fee, or $15 at door (if tickets are still available). Children’s performer and PBS Kids co-host "Mr. Steve" Roslonek of SteveSongs will perform a special concert in honor of Veterans Day. https://stevesongstbs.eventbrite.com
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