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.