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City to host science-themed children's festival at Franklin Park during Feb. school vacation

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 13, 2013 12:59 PM

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The city will host a free science-themed festival for children at the William Devine Golf Course Clubhouse in Franklin Park next Wednesday, during February school vacation week.

The ParkSCIENCE Children’s Festival is set for Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, officials said.

The day will include the Boston Park Rangers “Horse of Course” program and Critter Exhibit; the New England Aquarium Tidal Pool where participants can handle and observe a wide range of live tidal pool animals from local waters; MIT’s “Science From Scientists” activities and demonstrations; an exhibit hosted by city archaeologist Joe Bagley featuring artifacts found during various city digs; the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Plantmobile and outdoor plant scavenger hunt; and demonstrations hosted by iRobot and Cambridge Science Festival’s Science on the Street.

In addition, L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will present their Snowshoeing Discovery Course, which allows people to try out snowshoeing with expert guides who will lead a trek through Franklin Park that is designed to be easy, city officials said. Gear, equipment and instruction will be provided by L.L. Bean.

The company will also showcase the L.L.Bean Bootmobile, a larger-than-life mobile version of the company’s oldest product, the iconic Bean Boot. It measures 13 feet tall, 20-and-a-half feet long and seven-and-a-half feet wide, officials said.

Free parking is available at the clubhouse parking lot at One Circuit Drive in Franklin Park.

For more information, call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks or visit www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment.

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