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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Summer Fun Giveaway Bag!

Hooray for summer! School's out and the weather's nice. It's now time for summer vacations and staycations! Whether you're planning a trip or staying close to home, this month we're giving away a bag of summer goodies from our bookstore that will make any day more fun! Here's what you get: Entering to win is easy. Just leave a comment below letting us know your favorite summer activity. Comments close Friday, June 24th at 12 pm (EST) and one lucky winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck! Comments now closed. Wow! I had SO much fun reading through all your comments about how you love to spend your summer. Now I'm really in the mood for summer vacation! We randomly picked a winner for the summer fun bag. Congratulations Laura Clements! Laura wrote "I love to knit while sitting on the beach." Happy summer all!


Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:23 pm
Since I'm a school librarian, the best part about the summer is free time to go to the public library.
Michelle Figueroa
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:23 pm
My daughter and I love to sing random songs along random dancing during our summer at home. Reading and visiting museums galore is another favorite summer activity for us. We just can't get enough.
Sue Brumbaugh
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 1:19 pm
Painting is my favorite summer activity!
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 11:44 am
My favorite activity is taking my two girls to the park & havings picnics, and of course swimming. :)
Sara Soll
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 11:39 am
Being outside in the warm sunshine.
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 12:10 pm
Summer reading programs at the library! :)
Dianna Watson
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 12:20 pm
I am setting up a new K-3 elementary school! We are using an Eric Carle theme for our media center and office!!
welcome to our wonderland
Friday, June 6, 2011 - 10:43 am
our favorite summer activity is playing outside and creating lots of messy art outside! :)
Jackie Stewart
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 11:24 am
Showing and sharing the wonders of the outside world with my four month old son (hopefully in the summer sun!)
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 11:18 am
going to the beach! even if we only make it out there once a year, we still love going! <3
Heather Jones
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 10:59 am
I like to go on weekend outings with my husband and son, and find new places to explore in the area.
Stephanie LaFond
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 11:08 am
We've been doing a lot of sailing this summer and it's been a ton of fun!
Stacy Lane
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:25 pm
My favorite summer activity is going to the Zoo. I love visiting all the animals.
Jennifer Martin
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:25 pm
I have three boys and we all have various favorite summer activities. The one that we all enjoy together the most is definitely swimming. Too bad our summer weather isn't cooperating with us for much of that yet!
Rose Ann
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:24 pm
Visiting all the different State Parks..from the ones with beaches, to the ones with forests.
Patricia Suchocki
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:25 pm
My favorite summer activity is taking my daughter to the library's summer reading program. She is almost three and we've participated every summer since she was 11 months old. I am a teacher and am not able to take her throughout the school year so I am especially glad for the summer months to share this experience with her.
Darrin J
Friday, June 6, 2011 - 10:58 am
Growing up I always loved going to camp for the summer. Now my favorite is reading a book (which now it is usually a picture book with the kids).
Michelle Witkes
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:25 pm
Going to the town pool! We live in such a small town and it is so wonderful to hang out with all your neighbors and meet new ones!
Alexa Ogno
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:30 pm
Picking fruit with the kids. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches! They're all better straight from the plant.
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:30 pm
We love to draw frames on the sidewalk in chalk and then fill them with beautiful works of temporary art!
Cathy Bonnell
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:29 pm
Favorite summer activity in Phoenix is staying inside with the A/C cranked up & reading! BUT, favorite summer activity in La Jolla is walking on the beach.
Jeannie Gardiner
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:32 pm
We LOVE taking day trips, which our toddler son refers to as adventures! The summer would not be complete without trips to the zoo, the beach, the park, and carnivals! Just last weekend we were in NH one day & Revere, Mass - for the beach the next! :)
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:32 pm
Reading on the beach . . . book in one hand and lemonade in the other!
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:33 pm
swimming in the pool and the in the ocean
Krista Brock
Thursday, June 6, 2011 - 2:33 pm
I love water parks and swimming in the pool! Nothing better than cooling off in the water on a hot summer day :)


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