When you're not attending a graduation or crafting keepsakes or special treats for dad, we know you want the lowdown on the best things to do with your kids this month. June brings the start of summer and school vacation, which makes it the perfect time of year to get active, get outdoors, and explore nature. It's also a great time to introduce your kids to Boston's rich cultural scene, with festivals and performances filling our events calendar throughout the month. Don't forget to bookmark our summer fun guide for even more ideas for making the most of the sunshine and extra free time for family.
Cambridge River Festival participants race in the People's Sculpture Race. Photo by Greg Cook
Cambridge River Festival - Central Square, Cambridge
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Cambridge River Festival along the banks of the Charles features world music, dance, art demonstrations, and family art-making activities. FREE
Free ice cream for a good cause; Photo courtesy of Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl—City Hall Plaza, Boston
Tuesday, June 4 - Thursday, June 6, 2019
Quite possibly the tastiest way to do good for others, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival that raises money for cancer research. Sweet!
Dance for World Community - Cambridge
Saturday, June 8, 2019
What a wonderful way to celebrate dance and making a difference. The Dance for World Community Festival showcases dance as a powerful force in bringing people together to work and celebrate for a better world, connecting people to the important work being accomplished by social service agencies, environmental organizations, and social justice activists. There are free performances and dance classes galore, plus a dance party to cap off the day. FREE
Honor our oceans! Photo courtesy of New England Aquarium
Celebrate World Oceans Day - New England Aquarium, Boston
Sunday June 9, 2019
Join in on free, outdoor activities as the Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day on Central Wharf. The day includes hands-on activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, and learning about ocean animals. Please note: admission to the Aquarium is not included. FREE
Strawberry Festivals - Greater Boston
Through the end of June
Many Boston-area farms offer fantastic festivals in June featuring hayrides, bouncy houses, live entertainment, fun for kids, and of course, strawberry shortcake.
Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture - Harvard Plaza, Cambridge
Monday, June 21, 2019
Celebrate the summer with free evening admission to all four of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). Join the festivities at Harvard Plaza, enjoy live music, and visit the roof of the Science Center for solar telescope viewing. Be sure to check out the secret garden behind the HMNH, too. FREE
Free Fun Fridays offers free admission to museums, theaters, and other historical and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts all summer long. Photo courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation
Wizard of Oz - Watertown
Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23
A mostly-female cast of The Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company is just one draw in this lively production of the famous tale of Dorothy and her dog on the Yellow Brick Road. Kids will appreciate the colorful scenery and lavish costumes.
New England Whale Festival - Quincy
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Celebrate the world's largest mammal at this annual fest that includes conservation information and boater education. There will also be free boats rides and a variety of kids' activities. FREE
Free Fun Fridays - Statewide
Friday, June 28, 2019
Starting at the end of June, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday, from the end of June through August.The Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift, and offer the chance to visit varied attractions, from art museums to historical villages. Some venues are right here in Boston, while others are as far away as Western Mass. Check our events calendar for the weekly options. FREE