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Summer Stuff To Do (for Bored Kids)

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:59 pm on July 6, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - During summer vacation many parents may be hearing the all too familiar "I'm bored" from their school age progeny.

Hey Ma! I'm bored!In these "difficult economic times" things to do that are are free or only cost a few dollars -- and don't require excessive driving can help stretch the family budget between trips to Six Flags, Canobie Lake Park or other New England area day trips.

For activities in the list that require traveling in town -- consider having kids go places on MWRTA routes.  Older kids can walk to a neighborhood bus stop, and go by themselves -- relieving their parents of driving duty -- and helping reduce local daytime traffic.

Things to do in Framingham in the Summer:

  • Make some Sidewalk Chalk and color on the driveway, a concrete deck or the sidewalk with colored chalk.  If you find a big enough area, you can use the chalk to make a bike riding course or ...[read more]

The 2011 NORAD Santa Tracker

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 11:40 pm on December 10, 2011
NORAD Track Santa (2011)

Click image to visit NORAD's Track Santa website.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Children's most popular question during the month of December; "How much longer 'til Christmas?" can be answered down to the day, hour, minute and second thanks to NORAD, (The North American Aerospace Defense Command).

For the past couple years the NORAD Santa Tracker website has provided real-time, up to the minute reporting of where Santa is, how many presents he's delivered, and when he may be at your house -- and this year they've added links to see real time video of Santa's delivery route, a virtual "cookie counter", (to see how many snacks St. Nick eats during his ...[read more]


GeoCaching & LetterBoxing at Callahan State Park

Filed under: Arts / Culture by News Staff at 12:42 am on September 23, 2011
FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Conservation Commission and Framingham REI are hosting and sponsoring a Geocaching & LetterBoxing event at Callahan State Park  on Saturday, September 24th, 2011. (Enter park at Edmands Rd. entrance to meet up with organizers and other participants. See directions below).

Moving Planet, September 24, 2011
On Saturday, September 24th, 2011, people in 176 countries around the globe will be taking part in Moving Planet events.

Moving Planet is "a day to put our demands for climate action into motion", marching, biking, skating -- calling for the world to move beyond the use of fossil fuels. Moving Planet is sponsored by 350.org

According to the 350.org website, "350 means climate safety" and is based on the concept of reducing the amount of CO2 in Earth's atmosphere from its current 392 parts per million level to below 350 ppm.

As Framingham's part in this global effort, those who arrive for the events at Callahan State Park on foot, by bike, on roller-blades -- or other non-fossil-fuel based transportation will be entered to win coupons, water bottles, an REI Flash 18 Pack, and more!

The GeoCaching event begins at 10:00a.m.  Participants must bring their own cache and GPS units.

According to The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site, (www.geocaching.com), "Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online".

The LetterBoxing hunt begins at 10:00a.m., but participants need to arrive at 9:00a.m. to create logbooks.

According to Letter Boxing North America, (www.letterboxing.org), "LetterBoxing involves reading clues to find small weatherproof boxes hidden in public places (like parks). Each box contains a stamp and a visitor book. When a LetterBoxer finds a box they print that box's stamp on their logbook or game card and then imprint their own personal stamp in the letterbox's visitor book to prove they found the box and to let other letterboxers know who has been there already. Letterboxing combine navigational skills and rubber stamp art in a charming treasure hunt style outdoor quest."

The LetterBoxing event is open to children in grades K-5, (friends and family members may participate).

For the LetterBoxing hunt, participants will attempt to use clues and solve riddles that will help them find where the letterboxes are hidden. Each letterbox will contain stickers, and the child will take one and place it into their logbook as evidence that they've found that box.

(Note, the Framingham LetterBoxing event will use stickers instead of  rubber stamps).

The GeoCaching and LetterBoxing events will end at 2:00p.m.

 

Events will be held RAIN or SHINE! 

Directions: Follow Edgell Road or Water Street to intersection of Edmands/Water/Edgell, (in Nobscot).  Turn onto Edmands Rd. and follow approximately 2 miles, pass Nixon Road (on right) then look for "Callahan State Park" sign and small parking lot on the left.

To register for this event, contact Maeghan Walters, of the Framingham Conservation Commission at (508) 532-5460, or by email to: mnw@framinghamma.gov

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Where to Find Framingham Sports Info

Filed under: Schools & Education by Randy Harris at 10:33 am on September 7, 2011
Framingham Sports Information (logotype)

www.framingham.com helps you find the best sports information in town!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Back to school also means it's time for many kids to start various fall sports.

Parents, student athletes, coaches and others involved in Framingham sports may be overwhelmed if they have to organize sports schedules -- especially if they have to coordinate between two or more sports -- or for more than one person or team's schedule.

Of course, the best source of info is from the organization which runs the particular sports program.

Most print a schedule that they hand out at the beginning of a season -- but ...[read more]


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