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April Break with the Kids in New York City

My husband and I lived in New York for ten years, but shortly after the birth of my first son, we made fast tracks for the ‘burbs.  But I still love to visit and now I enjoy bringing our sons back perennially to share some of the special places my husband and I enjoyed.  

So, Local Betty asked me to assemble some tips for an April visit with older (ages ten and up) kids.  


Where to Stay

We have stayed in a number of places over the years but the standout for location, economy and cleanliness was the Hampton Inn on West 24th Street in Chelsea.  Located a block from the subway, you can easily get just about anywhere in short time.  This is an especially good place to stay if you want to go to Times Square AND the Lower East Side - it’s one of the few places you can easily get to both on the subway.  It’s also very close to the Empire State Building.  And we love free breakfast, especially in New York, where if you are not careful, you can easily drop a pretty penny on a “quick” takeout meal at the local deli (a pretty penny that becomes a pretty fifty when you multiply by five family members!)  

If you are looking for a bit more character but still value for your money, try the Hotel Mulberry.  Located on a quiet street with a pocket park

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South Shore Art Center New Learning Labs
Tuesday or Friday 3:30–5:30pm  
Saturday 10am - noon
Develop your artistic skills, talent, and creativity with SSAC artist-teachers who will train you in techniques, tools and materials.  Customized instruction for beginners to advanced levels. Buy a block of 5 sessions: choose from collage, perspective, self-portrait, life drawing, pastel landscape, printmaking, photoshop, Powerpoint, Industrial Design and more.  Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787

Holly Hill Farm Events
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Teacher Training: Grades K-6
Thursday, March 26 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Holly Hill Farm
236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset
$40 includes lunch
Teachers, learn about the unique hands-on & curriculum-connected field trip opportunities developed by experienced Farm Educators. . 781-383-6565.

Summer Camp Open House
Thursday, March 26 4-5 pm
Saturday, March 28 10 am - 12 pm
Holly Hill Farm
236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset
Free – adults and children welcome
Learn about the growing, digging and learning that your child will experience at Summer Camp. Tour the Farm, meet the Farmers and Farm Educators.

Farm Stand Farmers
Saturdays April 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 9 9:30 – 11:30 am
Holly Hill Farm
236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset
$120 FHHF Members/$185 Non-members

Kids, ages 12- 15, will tend to planting, learn to harvest and assist in displaying produce at the Farm Stand in the Main Barn.

The Backyard Farm and Garden Lecture
Saturday, April 11 9 am – 12:30 pm
Marshfield Senior Center
230 Webster Street, Marshfield
Holly Hill Farm Educator, Janice McPhillips teaches vermi-composting (worm composting) including instruction on building your own worm bin. For more

Holly Hill Farm Organic Plant Sale
Saturday, April 18 10 am – 1 pm Early Plant Sale of cold hardy plants
Friday, May 16 4-7 pm FHHF Members-Only
Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24 10 am – 4 pm
Don't miss the Annual Plant Sale of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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Saturday, May 30- Wellness Retreat at the Farm
Saturday, May 9- Farm-to-Table Annual Asparagus Dinner
Saturday, June 20- Farm-to-Table Dinner
Saturday, June 27 10 am – 3 pm- 2nd Annual Sustainable Garden Tour
Saturday, July 11- Masonry Oven-to-Table Dinner

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Norwell Rec Center
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Cohasset Yoga
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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ICA {Institure of Contemporary Art}

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DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum


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