It's a week of wonders here in Boston. Whether your child is more fascinated in things nautical or meteorological, science or circus acts, there's sure to be something that will inspire awe between now and next weekend. If you haven't gotten a glimpse at the glorious tall ships which have taken up temporary residence in our waters, be sure to head down to the harbor before they depart for the next port of call. There are kid-friendly introductions to engineering downtown and to yoga in Chestnut Hill. If watching contortionists sounds more appealing than acting like one, be sure to check out the circus acts, musical numbers, and museum activities in Cambridge. Hilltop sunsets and a free glimpse at one of our city's most underrated exhibits close out this wondrous week. If you're craving more, connect to our Events Calendar for fun ideas this week and beyond.
What is an engineer—and how to we rely on this professional's expertise in our houses, schools, and cities? At the Engineer Every Day event at Central Library, kids ages 4 and up are introduced to this ever-important scientific field through hands-on activities and book recommendations.
3:30-4:30 pm; free
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Tuesday, 6/20—Chestnut Hill
"The Street" is definitely the place to be on Tuesday afternoons in the summer, with rotating themes to entertain and enrich families. This week, an instructor will teach children cat, cow, and other fun and easy poses at Kids Yoga + Activities. All that exertion might merit some Shake Shack afterwards.
3-5 pm; free
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Celebrate the summer solstice with circus performers, music, dancing and more. Photo courtesy of Off the Ground Circus Art
Summer is officially here! The annual Summer Solstice Celebration at Harvard Museums of Science and Natural History is a fab way to experience HMSC's four unique museums (for free!) and check-out live music, circus performers, and hands-on activities, like making your own summer crown with seasonal flowers and garden greens.
5-9 pm; free
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For three consecutive evenings starting on the 22nd, the Blue Hill Observatory will be hosting a Summer Solstice Hike at Blue Hill. You can opt for a guided or non-guided hour-long, family-friendly hike up the hill, and then enjoy refreshments at the observatory while you watch the sunset. Probably best for ages 7 and up. Buy tickets in advance; proceeds are part of a fundraiser for the Observatory.
7-10 pm; $8-20
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Haven't seen the Mapparium? It's Free Fun Friday at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, which means you can walk inside this three-story, stained glass globe without an admission free, and also experience special library activities like multicultural music, dancing, and storytelling all day long.
10 am-4 pm; free
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There are always 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!
Top photo: Marvel at the Mapparium for FREE at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Photo courtesy of Go Boston Card