Lend a hand, plant a potato! Photo courtesy of Discovery Woods Garden
Lend a hand, plant a potato! Photo courtesy of Discovery Woods Garden

Best Things To Do in Boston in May with Kids: Memorial Day, Swan Boats, Zoofari

Just like your garden, May is blooming with events in Boston—and we did all the digging to round up the best ones for you! Put on your explorer gear and head out on a zoofari experience in Mendon, pop the corn and load up the car for an outdoor movie in Newton, or take an inaugural spin on a swan boat—yes they're back! And April showers have definitely brought us May flowers. Get your hands dirty prepping the Discovery Museum's garden in Acton or sign the whole fam up for a planting project at a mansion garden in Salem. If you want to skip the digging and just enjoy the colors and smells, swing by a flower festival in Stockbridge, featuring daffodils and tulips. 

And of course, in May, we celebrate mom! Make sure to book your Mother's Day brunches in advance—they book up quickly—and hit up one of the fun crafting events around town to make or buy her something special like a cooking class to make an edible gift in Dover or a mom day farmers market in Ipswich featuring local artisans. 

While spring is in the air, don't forget summer is just around the corner too, have you booked your summer camps yet? Slots are going fast for the 2021 season! Learn more about local and virtual summer camps with our upcoming Online Camp Fair. Visit virtual booths and watch live camp demos.

Editor's note: Some events and operating hours could change, depending on COVID-19 status through the spring. Check with businesses before heading out to events. Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and social distancing. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.


Places featured in this article:

Appleton Farms

Southwick Zoo
upcoming events
(Mon Apr 12, 2021 - Tue May 25, 2021) Drive-thru Zoofari Days at Southwick's Zoo

Camp Sewataro
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Fairy Garden Trail

Naumkeag House & Gardens
upcoming events
(Thu Apr 22, 2021 - Mon May 17, 2021) Daffodil and Tulip Festival

Peabody Essex Museum
upcoming events
(Tue May 18, 2021 - Sat May 29, 2021) Family Planting Project

Boston Marriott Burlington
upcoming events
(Sun May 23, 2021) Boston Royal Princess Ball
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides