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Shakespeare for kids

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in partnership with Highland Street Foundation will host a Free Fun Friday family day at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

Performances and family-friendly activities will begin at 5:30 p.m., including a performance by the CSC Apprentice Company, a stage combat demonstration and more.

The company’s production of “Richard III” will begin at 8 p.m.

Visit for a complete schedule and more details.

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays during July and August at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” on July 27; the recently released “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with Dwayne Johnson on Aug. 3; the Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” on Aug. 10; Disney’s live action film “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson on Aug. 17; and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth, on Aug. 24.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

The Bard on the Common

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 23rd annual production is being performed at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 7 p.m. on Sundays now through Aug. 5 at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. There will also be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The company will perform “Richard III,” Shakespeare’s drama chronicling the ruthless ascension of a king and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm. This production features film, stage and television actor Faran Tahir as Richard III.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617- 426-0863 for more details.

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common is open for the summer. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition, a carousel at the Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Summer hours of operation (now through Labor Day) are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.

Tickets are $3 or $2 for seniors and $1.50 for children. For more information, call 617-522- 1966 or visit