Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fireworks, Historic Games, and a Film Fest; July 1-2

Let the fireworks shows begin! Independence Day may fall on a Tuesday this year but that doesn't mean kids can't start celebrating. Harborfest is going strong all weekend long, and neighborhoods like Braintree, the North End, and Acton (not to mention at Edaville too) have festivities of their own.

Film fans can enjoy a movie under the stars, and history buffs can explore the Old Colony region with a special passport to stamp. Need an excuse to get out on the water? Head to the islands to build a fort with giant blocks and play games from another era.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

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Faneuil Hall during Boston Harborfest; photo by Kyle Klein courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Harborfest - Boston
Harborfest is a nationally renowned celebration of our nation's independence with a daily schedule for special Freedom Trail tours, children's activities, and more.

Red, White and Blue Weekend - Carver
Come celebrate America's independence at Edaville Family Theme Park, where military members are free all weekend and immediate family members are 50% off of full admission (at the gate only).

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Sturbridge
With an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this classic tale provides a theatrical celebration of pure Americana that wins over families.

Wicked - Boston
Wicked is the story of two magically inclined women, one blonde, and one green of skin—and their coming-of-age as the forces of good and "wicked."


An annual South Shore tradition, the best views for performances for the various acts are in front of Braintree Town Hall and The Thayer Public Library.
Independence Day Celebration - North End/Waterfront
This free celebration kicks off at noon with the family favorite “Kids Parade,” led by Uncle Sam on stilts.
This annual events includes family fun time, a free concert featuring Thirty 6 Red, fireworks, and train rides (for an additional fee).
Prudential Center is hosting free outdoor movies this summer with entertainment, children's activities, and giveaways.
Passport to History - Taunton/Old Colony
At each participating museum in the Old Colony region, guests can pick up a passport and complete a location-specific activity to earn a passport stamp. 
Come and explore the Weather and Climate exhibit at "e" Inc., and have fun with the hands-on activities.


Summer Sundays at Harvard - Cambridge
Every Sunday this summer, drop in for free, fun “make and take” family activities.

Get movin' at the Boston Children's Museum. Photo by Lex Piccione

Music & Movement at the Boston Children's Museum - Boston
Sing along to music that gets all ages moving, and where infants, toddlers, and preschoolers interact through sound, sight and touch while they enjoy live music.

Civil War Lawn Games - Georges Island
Families can step back in time and play games people enjoyed in the 1860's.

Build a Fort - Peddocks Island
Peddocks Island is home to historic Fort Andrews. Have fun building your own fort with giant blocks.

Top photo by Mike Halsall/CC BY 2.0

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