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Free Fun Fridays

Free Fun Fridays

The Highland Street Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1989 by David J. McGrath, Jr., the founder of TAD Resources International, Inc., the famous employment agency. Highland generously supports local non-profit institutions and sponsors a summer program called Free Fun Fridays. There is free admission, with very few restrictions, at many museums, historic sites, theaters, art centers, and many attractions.

Other charities supported by the foundation include: the Highland Hitters that provides free tickets to Red Sox games via non-profit organizations, Highland Hoops that donate tickets for Celtics games, and Highland Hat Tricks that donate tickets for Bruins games. The foundation also funds college scholarships in cooperation with the Red Sox Foundation.

The foundation supports further programs including the Youth Philanthropy Initiative that empowers youth to raise money for charities, ReadBoston, which holds free storytelling events for children in Boston's neighborhoods, Highland Holidays which helps provide toys, books, games, and other supplies to children during the holiday season, and many more programs that support community organizations.

The TADpole Playground on Boston Common, with its famous bronze frog sculptures, was completely renovated for its 10 year anniversary with funds provided by the Highland Street Foundation. Special events for children take place at the playground due to their generous support. Noteworthy, the "TAD" in TADpole honors TAD International, David McGrath's original company.

The Free Fun Fridays schedule for this summer is listed below. Please review the FAQs on the Highland Street Foundation's website for special rules for certain attractions. But of course, the answer to the most important FAQ is: YES, admission is FREE, although there are a few rules for some venues (check FAQs link below).

Free Fun Fridays

June, 2016

Friday, June 24

Tanglewood (Lenox) 
Lyric Stage Company of Boston 
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown) 
MASS MoCA (North Adams) 
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester) 
Children's Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke) 
International Volleyball Hall Of Fame (Holyoke) 
Edith Wharton's Home (Lenox) 

July, 2016

Friday, July 1

Boston Children's Museum (Boston) 
The Sports Museum (Boston) 
Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich) 
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth) 
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis) 
Amelia Park Children's Museum (Westfield) 
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (Becket) 
Wenham Museum (Wenham) 

Friday, July 8

Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston) 
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth) 
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem) 
Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester) 
Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford) 
Children's Museum in Easton (Easton) 
The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxborough) 
Provincetown Art Association and Museum 

Friday, July 15

Edward M. Kennedy Institute (Boston) 
Boston Athenaeum (Boston) 
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline) 
Cape Cod Children's Museum (Mashpee) 
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth) 
Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham) 
Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History (Weston) 
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg) 

Friday, July 22

Boston Harbor Island Alliance (Boston Harbor) 
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston) 
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford) 
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis) 
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth) 
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst) 
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard) 
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton) 

Friday, July 29

JFK Library & Museum (Boston-Dorchester) 
Commonwealth Museum 
Battleship Cove (Fall River) 
Marine Museum at Fall River (Fall River) 
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich) 
Nantucket Whaling Museum 
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston) 
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston) 

August 2016

Friday, August 5

Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge) 
The Old State House (Boston) 
The Greenway Carousel (Boston) 
Springfield Museums (Springfield Area) 
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield) 
Hancock Shaker Village (Hancock) 
Old Manse, Trustees Of Reservations (Concord) 
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester) 

Friday, August 12

MIT Museum (Cambridge) 
The Museum of the NCAAA 
Concord Museum (Concord) 
Garden in the Woods 
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington) 
Naumkeag, The Trustees 
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst) 
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum 

Friday, August 19

Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston) 
USS Constitution Museum (Boston-Charlestown) 
The Discovery Museums (Acton) 
EcoTarium (Worcester) 
The Children's Museum of Greater Fall River (Fall River) 
New England Historic Genealogical Society 
Fuller Craft Museum (Winchester) 
Griffin Photography Museum (Brockton) 

Friday, August 26

Franklin Park Zoo (Boston-Dorchester) 
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge) 
Freedom Trail Foundation 
Museum of African American History (Boston) 
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge) 
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield) 
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum (Lenox) 
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster) 

 

Contact Information:

Highland Street Foundation 
highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html 
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays FAQs


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