Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Haunted House, Film Fest, Cooking Class; Oct 31- Nov 4

Our top picks for activities with kids in Boston each weekday

The kids have been celebrating Halloween all month and may be sad to see October end, but some of us adults are more than ready to welcome November with open arms. The election is in just a few days (thank goodness) and then the holiday season will shift into high gear. In the meantime, we have some ideas for ways to spend relaxing time together as the whole family comes down from a Halloween sugar high: armchair travel at the BPL, learning new cooking techniques, giving some thought to options for middle school, and enjoying films made for and by kids.

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Monday 10/31 – Happy Halloween! For a fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, head to the Kroc Center in Dorchester for Kroc-o-Treat, an indoor Halloween celebration, or to Hyde Square in JP for a Halloween Party at the library followed by a Halloween Festival and Haunted House. (All ages; FREE)

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Tuesday 11/01 – Ride that Halloween sugar high all around the world—it's Travel Tuesday in the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. (Ages 4-11; FREE)

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Wednesday 11/02 – Explore one of the options for middle school in Watertown at Atrium School's Middle School Open House (pictured). Bring your kid, because as I've learned from personal experience, middle schoolers can be pretty opinionated about where they go to school. (Parents and middle-school-age students; FREE)

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Thursday 11/03 – Spending quality time with your kids has never been so delicious. Take a Venezuelan Cooking Class together and enjoy the meal of arepas, plantains, cheese, beans, and basil mayo sauce you are taught to make by two Carolinas from Caracas. (Ages 7-13 with adult; $20/kids, $30/adults)

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Friday 11/04 – The Boston International Kids Film Festival is here! The fun starts in the afternoon with free short films and a MEDIAGIRLS workshop, followed by more shorts and two feature films made for and by kids. (Ages 10+; FREE - $60, most film tickets $10)

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There are always plenty more activities on our Event Calendar and in our monthly GoList. And if you don’t receive our newsletters full of suggestions for family fun, you really should sign up for our newsletter—it’s free!

Photo courtesy of the Atrium School.