School vacation week is coming up and Highland Street Foundation has partnered with several nonprofit organizations to provide free educational and cultural experiences for families during the break.

April vacation is from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22. According to the release, Spring Week offers free admission to 18 museums, zoos, and cultural activities in the state that will be available to the community during that time. Each organization has a designated day to participate in Spring Week, and you can find the full schedule HERE.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to ride the Boston Swan Boats for free, or explore the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River at no charge. Our very own Buttonwood Park Zoo will have free admission for all on Wednesday, April 20 from 9 am to 4 pm. Please note that the last entry will be 3:15 pm. Pre-registration is not required to attend the Free Admission Day.

Sarah Henry is the Acting Executive Director of the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society. She comments on what visitors can expect during school vacation week.

"We have been partnering with Highland Street Foundation for the past two years to offer free admission days during the February and April Vacation Weeks," Henry said. "It will be a typical day at the Zoo, and more information about a typical day is available at bpzoo.org/visit-overview."

The café, amusement rides (ride tickets are $3 apiece) and gift store will be open, and the zoo's team of Zookeepers and Educators will be offering keeper chats and encounters with animal ambassadors throughout the day.

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There are so many museums and cultural centers to visit during the week, and they are all offered for free to the general public on their designated days. Some of the activities do require participants to register in advance, so please see the full schedule for that information HERE.

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