Arlington Center for the Arts US Map & Phone & Address
• 41 Foster St, Arlington; (617) 648-6220 This center offers a wide range of children’s activities and shows at some of the best rates around.
Classes are the most frequent programs, ranging in fee from $55 for creative theater to $90 for silk ba-tiking. Sessions run for eight to ten weeks. ACA also sponsors one-day workshops on Saturdays at considerably lower cost. Topics include movement and mask-making. Classes for teens and adults, too; call for a current schedule.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
• 395 Washington St, Boston; (617) 426-5184
• 470 Southbridge St. Auburn; (508) 832-0855
• 150 Granite St, Braintree; (617) 380-3655
• 325 Harvard St, Brookline; (617) 566-5562
• Burlington Mall Rd. Burlington; (617) 270-5500
• 170 Boylston Stm (Rte. 9),
Chestnut Hill; (617) 965-7621
You may already know this fast-grow-ing chain as a great place for discounted books. Much of B & N’s success is due to its hosting of book-related events, many of which are intended for younger readers and all of which are free.
Storytelling sessions include perennial favorites like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Often, these stories are accompanied by appropriate activities to really get kids into the spirit: A recent reading of Five Live Bongos led to the making of musical instruments and parading through the store.
Schedules vary by season and by branch, but each store offers several events per month. For a full listing of upcoming events, stop into any branch and pick up a flyer. B & N locations are open seven days a week.