Free Family Friendly Soccer Celebration in Boston August 20th

New England Revolution Event in Boston

Santander Bank, the New England Revolution, and The Esplanade Association will host a free and open-to-the-public Soccer Celebration featuring a New England Revolution Academy public clinic, with a skills and drills demonstration and instruction from athletes and coaches at Boston’s Ebersol Field on the Charles River Esplanade.

The Santander Soccer Celebration will include the chance to meet a host of Revolution players, including star forward and New England native Charlie Davies; ticket giveaway opportunities, FIFA on Xbox with the New England Revolution Battalion; interactive inflatable soccer games; refreshments and more.

The Santander Soccer Scholars program recognizes the academic achievements of New England students. For a chance to participate in the Santander Soccer Scholars program, parents are invited to submit up to 100 words highlighting their child’s finest academic accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year at www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars now through October 1, 2015. Each winner, selected at random, will receive four tickets to a designated home match, one parking pass, and a photo opportunity with Charlie Davies. Depending on their ages, winning children will also have the chance to serve as an Official MLS Ball Kid, be the ball carrier or participate on the Revolution Dream Team, where they will walk onto the field with the Revolution starting lineup and stand with the players during the national anthem. Rules and regulations are also included at the site linked above.

Just in time for back-to-school, the event will also offer parents and kids the opportunity to learn more about the Bank’s Santander Soccer Scholars program, which recognizes the academic achievements of New England youth with an opportunity to win a VIP match day experience throughout the season. Davies serves as the champion and official face of the 2015 Santander Soccer Scholars program and will be signing autographs for fans.

The Details:

Thursday, August 20, 2015
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

On Ebersol Field at The Charles River Esplanade
Embankment Road, Boston, MA 02114

Play Minecraft In A Theater Along With The Big Screen

minecraft-competition-big-screen-bostonDo your kids love Minecraft? Would they love to play on a giant screen? This is happening in just over a week thanks to Super League Gaming, and we’re happy to partner with them to let you know about the fun.

Super League Gaming is the first in-theater gaming league set inside major movie theaters across the country where gamers can socialize, move around the theater, and compete in a recreational setting.

They will have 6-week, after-school leagues that start in the fall, but these tournaments are up first – and soon, so grab your tickets! Tickets are $20 (parents can sit for free) and can be purchased on the event web site (links below). You can answers to common questions like what the kids need to bring here.

Here are the Boston Area Dates and Locations:
Aug 17 Boston AMC Boston Common 19 – Get Tickets!
Aug 18 Boston AMC Braintree 10 – Get Tickets!
Aug 19 Boston AMC Liberty Tree 20 in Danvers – Get Tickets!

TIME: 4pm-5:35pm
WHAT: Come Play Minecraft in a Movie Theater, Along with the Big Screen!

  • Prizes to top scorers
  • Gamers bring their laptops, but we also have some for use.
  • Parents can sit with their gamers for free

Looking for a Minecraft event like this in other towns like Indianapolis, Philly, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio — click here for a list of Minecraft Tournament Events.

Disclosure: This article is courtesy of a compensated editorial partnership with Super League Gaming.

Family Fun at Northeast Comic Con – Shriner’s Auditorium Father’s Day Weekend

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Kapow! Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is back at the Shriner’s Auditorium for a pop culture expo for fans of comics, movies, TV and nerd culture. Featuring Adam West, the original Batman celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first TV episode, this Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20thand early bird admission is available online.

This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

On Saturday, June 20, fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th at the Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with a chance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the 1966 “Batman” TV program, introduced by West himself. This VIP experience includes free gaming play on the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as live entertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.

Visit the Northeast Comic Con Cosplay Stage, featuring puppetry, mask presentations, a Cosplay Dating Game, Create-A-Hero and Villain contests, a Cosplay Death Match, and “pose-off” contests for kids and those costumed as specifically as characters from Marvel Universe, DC Comics, Anime, Disney, Doctor Who, and even Video Game Characters.

NECC KIDZ can participate in a variety of activities hosted by comic book artist Emily Drouin, featuring imaginative facepainting with Sheri Sharkey of Chamillion Colors, get cartoonized with our caricature artist, participate in coloring contests and mask making, make your own monster, and listen a story, and even learn how to make your own comic book.

On the Fez Room stage, adults and kids will enjoy a host of performances and interactive games. Test your TV knowledge with TV Trivia with Morgan White Jr., with topics ranging from Star Wars and Movies to comics and cartoons, including Disney. Listen to musical performances by Emmarie and The World is Square, and laugh along with 20 stand up comics throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other stars expected: Jim Steranko, Gigi Edgley, Julie McCullough, Vivek Tiwary, Jeff Kline, Philo Barnhart, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Noel MacNeal, and dozens of talented artists and illustrators; see website for full details on all convention special guests.

With free parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; tickets are available at the door as well at a slightly higher price. Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

Father’s Day Walk in The Park at Fenway

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Looking for something fun to do for Father’s Day? The Red Sox have a great event coming up that is free and open to everyone, thanks in part to Bank of America.

Here are the details:

Dads and their families are invited to walk around the warning track from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wally the Green Monster and his Dad, Walter, will engage children. Face painters, stilt walkers, and caricature and balloon artists will also entertain children. All are welcome to enter Fenway Park at Gate C.

Additionally, dads can enjoy free tours of Fenway Park all day, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual celebration of Father’s Day at Fenway Park, established in 2002, gives fans the opportunity to walk around the warning track, sit inside visitor and home dugouts, take photos with Red Sox alumni, and participate in other family-friendly activities. The event is free.

Fans can enter the ballpark through Gate C. Red Sox alumnus Sam Horn will take photos and meet fans in the Red Sox dugout, and the three World Series Trophies will be placed behind home plate for photos.
Wally the Green Monster and his dad, Walter, will be on hand, accompanied by a balloon artist, face painter, caricature artist, and stilt walker.

In an effort to highlight the memories made at this event, Bank of America is inviting participants to share their favorite moments from the day using #MLBmemorybank.

Ballpark concessions will be available with special Father’s Day-friendly pricing. The event will take place rain or shine.

For more information, visit redsox.com.

Check out these family friendly places to eat near Fenway Park.

Pick Your Own Strawberries in Greater Boston

Pick Your Own Strawberries in Greater Boston

It’s that time of year again for Strawberry Festivals and pick your own strawberries! Here’s a list of pick your own farms in the Greater Boston area. Visit the farms’ web sites or give a call before heading out to verify picking conditions and times.

Did we miss your favorite pick your own strawberry field? Leave it in the comments!

Pick Your Own Strawberries North of Boston

Closed for the season.Reopening in May for greenhouse flowers. at the Felton-Smith Historic Site. The Smith Barn is the perfect setting for your special day. click for details   Our field trips are designed for Pre-k to 3rd grade, daycare groups, home schools, and mothers groups.  
Connors Farm for tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, squash, pumpkins, apples, peaches, and more. A place for family adventures and group gatherings.
Boston Hill Farm is a delightful farm store with everything from the basics to gifts, a deli and our own bakery. You can find just about everything here.
The Rogers family has been operating family businesses in Haverhill since 1902. Rogers Spring Hill Farm was founded in 1902 when Randolf Rogers purchased 2 1/2 acres of land, one horse, and a cow.
Kimball’s Fruit Farm Stand in Pepperell, MA and Hollis, NH with award winning heirloom tomatoes, pick-your-own apples, strawberries, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables.
Cider Hill Farm began in 1978 when Ed and Eleanor Cook purchased the old Battis Dairy Farm with the hope of transforming it into an apple farm. We now grow fruits and vegetables on nearly 70 acres of our 145 acre farm and offer many of these as pick your own crops.
Parlee Farms is in its’ 27th Season of providing locally grown fruits, flowers and vegetables. Since 1988, our Boston MA area family farm has specialized in pick your own fruits grown in an environmentally safe way using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Advanced IPM Techniques.

Pick Your Own Strawberries West of Boston

Belkin Family Lookout Farm, established in 1651, is one of the oldest continuously working farms in the United States. The farm is located less than 20 miles from Boston in historic South Natick, on 180 exquisite acres with over 60,000 fruit trees. Picking your own fruit is a New England tradition and the farm offers a variety of fruit from June through October. Ride the train to the Children’s Play Area, visit with our farm animals and enjoy many other fun activities. The farm is owned by local residents Joan and Steve Belkin who embrace a philosophy of healthy nutrition and respect for the environment.
We have a great crop of strawberries now picking and cherries starting at the end of June! See the picking conditions page for daily picking conditions.
Foppema’s Farm is a 75 acre fruit and vegetable farm located in Northbridge, Massachusetts.
Since 1722, Nourse Farm has been a family owned and operated business, making us the 10th oldest continuously running business in the US. Just 40 miles west of Boston, these 140 acres are home to some of the nation’s most succulent berries and harvest crops that produce flavorful homemade jams and other specialty foods.
Indian Head Farm is a working family farm run by our family for over 175 years. We strive to sell produce that we have grown here on our farm. Our focus is on small fruits and vegetables, including Pick Your Own.
Hosts Pick our Own and a Strawberry Festival.
Do you crave… Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Nectarines?  Blueberries, Raspberries or Strawberries? Or perhaps… The great taste of award winning wine? At Charlton Orchards Farm, and Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery, we have all that and more. We are a real working family farm. . 

Pick Your Own Strawberries South of Boston

We are the proud new owners of the 74-acre C&C Reading Farm, LLC, formerly known as the Hayward Dairy Farm, located in West Bridgewater on East Center Street.
C.N. Smith Farm, located in the town of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, has been a family owned and operated farm for over 80 years. We are the third generation of farmers carrying on the tradition of providing fresh, local fruit and produce while maintaining open space and farmland in our community. Your support is invaluable! We are a Commonwealth Quality Farm.
Keith’s Farm is a family business and offers a wide selection of the best produce and strawberries for miles around. In the spring, summer and fall, our farm stand is a showcase for all our fresh farm-grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and plants.
Your family will have the freshest, tastiest and highest quality vegetables, fruits, harvested daily for the best taste.
Ward’s Berry Farm is a family farm located
in Sharon, MA. Brothers Jim & Bob Ward have
run the farm since 1982, offering the finest quality
fresh picked fruits and veggies.
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