Free Things to Do with Boston Kids in July

affordable family activities in the summer in Massachusetts
Join in free interactive art downtown. Photo by Greg Harris courtesy of FIGMENT
We all know it is easy to spend a small fortune entertaining the whole family all summer long. Luckily, with so many free options in the Boston area, you don't have to! We recently rounded up our family-friendly picks for July; here, we're focusing on all-free fun throughout the month. Save your change for ice cream after!
Free Fun Friday at Boston Children's Museum (and more!)—Boston
July 6
Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, the Boston Children's Museum is free of charge all day. In addition to all the exhibits inside the Museum, the boardwalk outside the building turns into a festive environment with activities and entertainment. But that's not the only place opening its doors (and closing its ticket booths) to guests: Peabody Essex Museum, Battleship Cove, and more are also free this Friday.

Family Fun on Spectacle Island—Boston Harbor Islands
Various days

Just a quick ferry ride away, Spectacle Island is hosting a number of free family activities throughout the summer. In July, be sure to check out their sea kayaking excursions and even try catching a fish or two! (Note: there is a charge for the ferry ride.)
July 5, 12, & 26, 2018
When Berklee College performers put on a free show, it's fun for adults and kiddos alike. Kids can jam outside in the summer evening sun while parents can appreciate musical stylings of talented up-and-coming artists. While you're there, take some time to spot a giant dog or two
Try pitching at the Red Sox Showcase. Photo by Billie Weiss courtesy of Boston Red Sox
July 7, 2018
In case you missed it last year, the Red Sox Showcase is back and delighting baseball fans with its batting cages, virtual reality experiences, interactive games like Giant Jenga, a pitching station, and more. Don't forget to grab a selfie with the Green Monster himself!
Summertime on the Street—Chestnut Hill
July 10, 17, & 31, 2018
This popular kids event series is back for another summer of fun. Events vary from week to week and include live music, painting, and even yoga (just for kids!). 

Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm Park—Arlington
July 14, 2018
Whether you go to see stars through the telescopes or the spectacular views of the Boston skyline, Astronomy Night at Robbins Farm Park is sure to be a winner. Want more free stargazing opportunities in July? Head to the Museum of Science on Thursday and Friday evenings. 

Artbeat 2018—Somerville
July 14, 2018
Somerville's biggest art fest has become quite a summer staple with artgoers of all ages. In addition to unique, handmade wares, there is live music, dancing, food, and other family-friendly activities. 
Find Waldo in Harvard Square—Cambridge
July 21, 2018
Harvard Square is celebrating the joy of Where's Waldo? with a scavenger hunt. Waldo is hiding in numerous Harvard Square locations so kids can pick up a passport, enjoy all the activities, and check off the Waldo passport wherever they spot him with a grand prize drawing at the end.
July 21, 2018
The Esplanade Association is hosting this free clinic for families to get out on the water and learn about kayaking and fishing. Professional anglers and Esplanade Association staff also talk about the history of the Charles River and the wildlife that call the area home.
July 20-22, 2018
This is no ordinary festival, with sand sculpters from all over the world creating masterpieces (out of sand!) that you really have to see in person to believe. Additionally for spectators, there is an interactive Kid’s Zone and Learning Center and a beach-side food pavilion.
Join in free interactive art downtown. Photo by Bruce Davis courtesy of FIGMENT
July 28-29, 2018
The annual celebration of participatory art and culture brings to the Rose Kennedy Greenway large-scale collaborative artwork, plus family-friendly, interactive exhibits, performances, and other activities that reflect creativity, artist interaction, and community participation.