Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Highland Street Foundation was responsible for bringing free admission to local museums and other recreational sites to families each Friday in Massachusetts during the summer. “Free Fun Fridays” was a beloved program that residents of the SouthCoast looked forward to each year until the pandemic brought it to a halt in 2020.

Although it was no longer possible to continue the same schedule in 2021 due to so many uncertainties in terms of planning, Highland Street Foundation still found a way to bring summer fun to local families in 2021 by way of “August Adventures.” The program provided free admission to various attractions across Massachusetts each day of the month.

The organization announced on Monday, June 27 that “August Adventures” would return in 2022, promoting enrichment for families in the Commonwealth. These adventures allow access to zoos, museums, and events that children, families, and individuals might not be able to participate in otherwise.

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The New Bedford Whaling Museum is one of the 31 participants in the program, with a free admission day scheduled for Monday, August 8. Fall River’s Battleship Cove will participate in the program on Sunday, August 21. Plymouth's Pilgrim Hall Museum will offer free admission on Thursday, August 18.

Highland Street Foundation has provided a downloadable calendar for the full schedule of events. For safety reasons, some of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration. Available spots are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is information regarding each participating venue available on the website.

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