20 Fun Things for Boston-Area Kids to do Over Holiday Break

The MFA hosts family-oriented playdates throughout school vacation week. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Winter Break Activities to Entertain Your Family: Shows, Exhibits, Events, and More!

Christmas is here, and with it comes school break. While it's nice to kick back and relax from busy December schedules, it can be stressful to be the social planner for your family in the midst of the holiday season. Thankfully, there is no shortage of fun and easy things to do in the Boston area, including these 20 prime picks. From artsy explorations to Fanastic Beasts scavenger hunts to DIY candy cane mazes, there's no shortage of ways to nip "I'm bored" in the bud all week long.

And don't forget to check out our events calendar and Holiday Fun Guide for even more ways to spend some time with your little ones this season!

1. Stroll through the Stone Zoo to see it all decked out in holiday lights and even snap a pic with a real live reindeer at ZooLights. If you plan your visit for December 28th, dress up in your princess finest for a special meet and greet Elsa and Anna!

2. If you're kiddies are really digging the sparkly lights, take a family drive to see some of the most elaborate holiday light home displays and neighborhoods in the area. 

3. Marvel at a good enough to eat display of gingerbread houses created by Boston's most delicious landscape and architect firms.

4. For a different Boston Pops experience, watch the classic holiday movie Home Alone on the big screen, accompanied by a live orchestra and chorus!  

5. and speaking of the Pops, if you can't make a show, head over to Faneuil Hall to be dazzled by the Blink! light show choreographed to the music of the Boston Pops. 

6. Take your little prince or princess to watch a magical fairytale unfold live on stage at Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

7. Or, grab tickets and get ready to sing along with Mickey Mouse and all of his friends at Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic.

8. If you have J.K. Rowlings fans in your fam, dress up as your favorite character from the Wizarding World and hit the Museum of Natural History for a Fantastic Beasts scavenger hunt.

9. For animal lovers, visits Winterfest Way Cooler than Zoo Style all break long for close encounters with animals like snakes and alligators.

10.  All aboard the Christmas train at Edaville where your kiddos will ooh and ahh over millions of lights and decorations and get to hit the rides at Thomasland! 

11. Sign your kiddos up to bake and decorate delicious holiday cookies at Tastebuds Kitchen – and they won't mess up your kitchen! 

12. Tis' the season to celebrate, so why not swing by the Boston Children's Museum for a family dance party, complete with a live DJ, dance lessons, and games. 

13. For budding engineers, drop in to Metropolitan Waterworks Museum to design a candy cane maze

14. Cheer on Peter and his friends as they work to capture the wolf at this marionette puppet show.

15. Take a walk along the water when it's transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the annual Ice Sculpture Stroll.  

16. Put on ice skates and go for a spin at one of these beautiful outdoor rinks.

17. Take a 4D Polar Express ride and then check out the new train exhibit at the Museum of Science

18. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts all week long for special kid programs and discover your inner artists! And don't forget to scoop up a ticket to see the interactive Winnie the Pooh exhibit before it leaves town on January 6.

19. Hit up the CURiOSiTY Cart at the Fuller Craft Museum for a fun and interactive way to explore works of art. 

20. Ring in 2019 at Boston's annual First Night/First Day!




Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
02180 Stoneham , MA
Phone: 671-541-5466
42° 27' 45.936" N, 71° 5' 38.1156" W
BSA Space
290 Congress Street
02210 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-391-4000
42° 21' 10.7496" N, 71° 3' 9.2988" W
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Mass Ave
02115 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-406-8287
42° 20' 34.188" N, 71° 5' 8.5596" W
Faneuil Hall - South Market
1 Faneuil Hall Square
02109 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-523-1300
42° 21' 34.7652" N, 71° 3' 21.348" W
Emerson Colonial Theatre
106 Boylston Street
02116 Boston , MA
Phone: 888-616-0272
42° 21' 8.1684" N, 71° 3' 55.44" W
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
02210 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-426-6500
42° 21' 7.1064" N, 71° 2' 58.8624" W
Agganis Arena
925 Commonwealth Ave.
02215 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-358-7000
42° 21' 7.884" N, 71° 7' 3.828" W
Animal Adventures
336 sugar rd
01740 bolton , MA
Phone: 978-779-8988
42° 27' 4.86" N, 71° 35' 10.3308" W
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
02138 Cambridge , MA
Phone: 617-495-3045
42° 22' 42.4668" N, 71° 6' 56.0088" W
5 Pine Street
02330 Carver , MA
Phone: 508-866-8190
41° 50' 46.5864" N, 70° 46' 24.6612" W
Tastebuds Kitchen
131 Rantoul Stret
01915 Beverly , MA
Phone: 978-969-6088
42° 32' 46.8924" N, 70° 53' 3.4116" W
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon Street
02467 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-277-0065
42° 19' 54.2424" N, 71° 9' 20.0448" W
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street
02210 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-426-6500
42° 21' 7.1064" N, 71° 2' 58.8624" W
Puppet Showplace Theater
32 Station Street
02445 Brookline , MA
Phone: 617-731-6400
42° 19' 59.0196" N, 71° 7' 0.534" W
Museum of Science
1 Science Park
02114 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-723-2500
42° 22' 4.0476" N, 71° 4' 14.952" W
465 Huntington Ave.
02215 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-267-9300
42° 20' 21.7788" N, 71° 5' 38.2704" W
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
02301 Brocton , MA
Phone: 508-588-6000
42° 6' 9.216" N, 71° 2' 43.4868" W