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HTW’s April vacation guide

By Julia Beauregard

Hometown Weekly Editor

Looking for some family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained during April vacation? Look no further! From Medfield to Westwood, there are plenty of exciting events happening in your area, catering to children of all ages.

In Medfield, there will be two live animal shows on Wednesday, April 17 at the Medfield Public Library! The first show will be held at 10:30am and it is perfect for little ones, while the second show will be held at 1pm, perfect for teens and tweens! There will be two video production programs for teens and tweens from grade 5 to 12 on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18, both occurring at 1pm. 

Over in the Dover area, on Wednesday, April 17 the Dover Town Library (DTL) will be hosting Earth Day crafts for kids beginning at 2pm. The following afternoon, the DTL will be hosting a Japanese Folktale and Origami program for families at 4pm.  

Down the road in Sherborn, the Sherborn Library is hosting a Teen Dart Balloon Painting program on Wednesday, April 17 at 4pm. The following afternoon, there will be an all ages program as Big Ryan’s Tall Tales returns on Thursday, April 18 at 3:30pm. On Friday, the Sherborn Library will host a movie matinee, hosting the movie Trolls: Band Together at 2pm.

It will be a busy week at the Needham Free Public Library (NFPL) as on Tuesday, April 16 they will be hosting Professor Bugman's Arthropod Petting Zoo at 10am, perfect for children of all ages. The following day, the NFPL will be hosting vacation day crafts for the entirety of the day, or while supplies last. On Thursday, April 18 there will be another all day program, as locals will have the opportunity to Plant Peas to Grow and Share with Needham Community Farms, this event is perfect for ages 6 and up. On Friday, the NFPL will offer two programs as Music at the Blissful will perform at 10am and there will be a movie matinee at 2pm, where the NFPL will play Migration. Saturday will bring Bach 2 Rock Instrument Petting Zoo at 12pm. The NFPL will provide young adult programs this week as well, perfect for ages 11 and up. They will have Gundam Model Building with Wes on both Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm to 4pm and Magic the Gathering with Jon, occurring the same days during the same time slot.

In Walpole, there will be a family pajama movie night at the Walpole Public Library (WPL) on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30pm. The movie is TBD. On Wednesday, the WPL will be hosting a Teen Anime Movie program at 2:30pm with a showing of the movie Suzume. On Thursday, families are welcomed to learn about the Turtle Rescue League at 11am at the WPL. Later that same day, the WPL will be hosting a children’s yoga program at 2pm. Finally, on Friday, the WPL will be inviting Swifties (8 and up) to come celebrate the release of Taylor Swift’s new album: The Tortured Poets Department. 

Finally, in Westwood the Magic with Ed the Wizard will return on Tuesday, April 16 in the Westwood Public Library main branch at 4pm. On Wednesday, BenAnna Band will perform at the Islington Branch at 3pm. On Thursday, the library will be hosting two showings of the Animals in the Spring with Joys of Nature program at 11am and 12pm (the library asks that families only sign up for one program). Finally, the Westwood Public Library will also be hosting a Swiftie Celebration on Friday, April 19 at 1pm for all ages. 

With such a wide variety of events available, there's something for every child to enjoy during April vacation. Whether they're into crafts, movies, learning about animals, or planting, these free, local activities are sure to make their break memorable. So mark your calendars, gather the family, and get ready for a week filled with fun and excitement!

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