Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, August 1-5: Hip Hop, Free Carousel, Star Wars on the Beach

The coming week is a great one for trying something new with the kids, whether it's a different type of dance or a program about nature. I just learned that my local library offers free passes to try out canoes and kayaks, so my kids and I will definitely be strapping on some life vests and hitting the water, but I'm also thinking about taking the train to the beach with them later this week.

As always, though, I'm a sucker for free events, and it seems like there are even more fantastic opportunities on the calendar these days than usual. You really can't go wrong when choices include a puppet show, some virtual travel, and a popular movie on the beach. Finally, the venues for this week's Free Fun Fridays include one of my family's favorites, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where the glass flowers have returned. Besides all these great picks, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other fun upcoming events.

Monday – H2K is offering family-friendly hip hop classes this week. These classes are drop-in and for all ages, so they're a great way to try out something new.
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Tuesday – Step into the great outdoors with the nature adventures program, combining picture books with nature, or head to India on this month's Travel Tuesday at the BPL.
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Wednesday – This is a great day for free activities, ranging from First Free Wednesday at deCordova to Rosalita's Marionette Puppets in the park.
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Thursday – Start off a fun day in town with story time at the tadpole playground or bring the whole family down to the beach for a free showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Friday – This week's Free Fun Friday events include the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Greenway Carousel (pictured), among others. It's also time for Free Friday Night Fun at the Discovery Museums.
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Lead photo of the Greenway Carousel by Tara D. Jackson

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