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Make summer Fridays more fun with these free events

Check out some of the organizations taking part in this summer’s Free Fun Fridays!

The Hall at Patriot Place
David Silverman
The Hall at Patriot Place.

The Highland Street Foundation, based in Newton, knows that saving money adds to the pleasures of summer. This year’s Free Fun Fridays! features no-charge admission to eight or nine Massachusetts organizations and institutions each week. See the complete list of 85 participants at highlandstreet.org. Here are some highlights:

JUNE 23

A whimsical treehouse as large as some city apartments is the centerpiece of the new, fully accessible Nature Playscape at the Discovery Museums. 177 Main Street, Acton, 978-264-4200, discoverymuseums.org

JUNE 30

The new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum at the Springfield Museums honors Theodor Seuss Geisel, Springfield native and friend to children everywhere. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, 413-263-6800, springfieldmuseums.org

JULY 7

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How do you build a dynasty? Relive history — and nail-biting moments — at the Hall at Patriot Place. 2 Patriot Place, Foxborough, 508-698-4800, thehallatpatriotplace.com

JULY 14

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At the Edward Gorey House, a “Cabinet of Curiosities” gathers some of the mundane objects — elephant figurines, potato mashers — that inspired the quirky author and illustrator. 8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-3909, edwardgoreyhouse.org

JULY 21

Among the treasures on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, don’t miss “Political Intent,” the Gallery 158 installation that explores how contemporary artists respond to social issues. 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org

JULY 28

The Berkshire Theatre Group offers first-come, first-served tickets to a preview of its production of Arsenic and Old Lace, which opens July 29. 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge, 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

AUGUST 4

A special exhibition at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum reveals the private man and inspirational world leader in honor of the centennial of his birth. 397 Main Street, Hyannis, 508-790-3077, jfkhyannismuseum.org

AUGUST 11

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Take the kids to admire the red pandas, prairie dogs, and azure-winged magpies in the new Children’s Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo. One Franklin Park Road, Boston, 617-541-5466, zoonewengland.org

AUGUST 18

Only a few days will remain to see stunning panoramic photos of Walden Pond and sit at a reproduction of Henry David Thoreau’s humble green writing desk as the Concord Museum celebrates the bicentennial of the author’s birth. 200 Lexington Road, Concord, 978-369-9763, concordmuseum.org

AUGUST 25

Now that the USS Constitution is back in the water, learn what it takes to keep the 220-year-old frigate afloat at the USS Constitution Museum. Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, 617-426-1812, ussconstitutionmuseum.org

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