The weekend officially ushered in summer, and that means the calendar is heating up with plans. But if your budget is telling you to cool it with the hot summer fun, we have a few free ideas that might interest you this week.Wednesday, June 24
1 to 4 p.m.
Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park
Elm Park, Worcester
The Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is offering free family programs at Elm Park, including activities, crafts, stories and nature walks. Discover the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. For more information, visit massaudubon.org.Wednesdays to Sundays through Summer 2015
2:15 to 3 p.m.
Growing Up Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
83 Beals Street, Brookline
Presented by the National Park Service, this ranger-led program takes place in John F. Kennedy’s childhood neighborhood. The one-mile walk begins at his birthplace and winds through the neighborhood to his second home. The guide will share stories of the Kennedys. The program is offered dependent on staff availability and weather. Call 617-566-7937 to confirm program.Wednesday, June 24
5 to 7 p.m.
Berklee College of Music Summer Concert Series
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Each Wednesday evening this summer, Berklee College of Music students will perform in the park. The performance is free and a nice way to wind down your workday. Wednesday’s featured act is Night Lights, offering an eclectic assortment of sounds influenced by indie, rock and soul music. Click here for more information about the music series.Wednesday, June 24
6 to 7 p.m.
Concerts in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library
Central Library in Copley Square
The featured performer for this concert is Wambura Mitaru. Mitaru is a passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi who blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and sounds from her African background. She is a student of Berklee College of Music and has performed with her band, Wambura Mitaru Synergy, at festivals in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.Thursday, June 25
10 a.m. to noon
Quincy Market History Tour
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Meet your guide by Pulse Café on South Market Street and prepare to step back in time with a presentation about the history of Quincy Market. Find out how the market was designed, and learn how it was built over Boston Harbor. Hear how politics played a role in the creation of the market, heavily influenced by Boston’s position to be an international trading center.Friday, June 26
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge
The museum is open to the public at no charge today, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. Browse the galleries, take in a scheduled talk, and visit Norman Rockwells Studio to experience the hands-on Creativity Center.Friday, June 26
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Long known for its innovative science and technology exhibits, the MIT Museum appeals to ages 8 and up. As part of the Highland Street Foundation free program, the museum is planning to have its Science on the Street van parked on Front Street outside the museum. The van houses many hands-on activities.Friday, June 26
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Another of the Highland Street Foundation’s destinations, the Worcester Art Museum is open today at no charge. One of the most popular exhibits is Knights! — the collection once housed at the Higgins Armory Museum. Workshops and tours for all ages are also planned.Friday, June 26
1 to 5 p.m.
297 West Street, Lenox
As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, admission is free for this program. Families are invited to tour the campus, take part in an educational scavenger hunt, watch live performances and enjoy an assortment of activities. Advance registration is recommended. More information can be found here.Saturday, June 27
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
12th Annual Chinatown Main Street Festival
2 Boylston Street, Boston
The annual celebration includes stage performances, lion dances, Chinese folk dances, martial arts performances, vendor booths, arts and crafts, and activities.
Do you know of other free events taking place in the area this week? Share details in the comments below!