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But let's be honest - it's a lot of time to sift through 150+ different programs and activities for all sorts of different audiences. So here's a handy list for some of the great family events for this festival...
Science Carnival & Robot Zoo
Saturday, April 19 noon-4pm at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
Cost: Free, no registration necessary
The Science of Baseball
Sunday, April 20 at Fenway Park 7-9:30pm
Cost: Included in cost of game ticket, purchase at: http://www.redsox.com/sciencefestival
Serve & Grow with the Food Project
Tuesday, April 22 9:30am-12:30pm at 40 West Cottage Street, Dorchester
$10 suggested donation, please register at http://thefoodproject.org/volunteer-registration
Science from Scientists' Science Theater
Tuesday, April 22 3-4pm at the Whitehead Institute, 9 Cambridge Center
Wednesday, April 23 on MIT Campus, Cambridge
Cost: Free, registration required for some parts see http://bit.ly/AcrossMIT for details
Science of Archery
Wednesday, April 23 1-4pm at the Cambridge Community Center
Cost: Free, best for teens
Science Meets Art
Wednesday, April 23 5:30-7pm at Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard St.
The Wonderful World of Stem Cells!
Thursday, April 24 10-11am or 1-2pm at Tufts University Boston Campus, 136 Harrison Ave, Boston
Cost: Free, register at http://stemcellscambridgescifest.eventbrite.com
The Science of Jello
Friday, April 25 11am-12pm, 1-2pm, or 3-4pm at MassBio, 300 Technology Sq, 8th Floor, Cambridge
Cost: Free, register at http://tinyurl.com/CSF-MBEF-Jello
Saturday, April 26 10am-4pm at Danehy Park, Cambridge
Cost: Free, bring an empty 2L bottle and a tennis ball to participate!
SciFest Block Party
Saturday, April 26 12pm-4pm at Tyler Street, Somerville
Cost: Free (half price day passes available at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville for those who wish to climb!)
ImprovBoston's Family Show: Science of Laughter
Saturday, April 26 6-7:30pm at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge
Cost: $14, $8 for Children 12 and under. Purchase at: http://www.improvboston.com/shows/familyshow
Central Elements Open House
Sunday, April 27 12pm-4pm in Central Square Cambridge
Autonomous Fighting Robot Final Competition
Sunday, April 27 1-5pm at the Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Cost: Free to spectators
Flower Watch: Become a Citizen Scientist with AMC
You can choose from 3 different sessions & locations! See details here.
A Walk Through Geologic Time
Experience millions of years in each step along the Charles River.
Free Admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History & Peabody Museum of Archeology & Ethnology
Sunday, April 20 & 27 9am-12pm; Wednesday, April 23 3-5pm
Cost: Free with 2014 CSF booklet or MA resident ID
Free Admission to the MIT Museum
Sunday, April 27 10am-5pm
Science You Can Eat! 1-4pm
For the really little ones:
Science en Español with Pine Village Preschool
Bright Horizons Early Education
Are you on the Cape?
Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire
Birds, Bees, and Butterflies