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Ziplines and Obstacle Courses Outside of Boston

Do you have a child who loves adventure—or who can often be found scaling walls or scrambling up trees? While a family hike is always a great outlet for these high-energy kiddos, you might want to up the ante with a day trip to an adventure course, where they can safely climb to their hearts’ content (without giving you a heart attack). Massachusetts is home to a number of obstacle and zipline courses with a range of age-appropriate challenges that will excite thrill-seekers young and old. 

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Dumplings, Annie, and Crazy Concoctions; May 8-12

The extended, school-and-sports heavy stretch between spring break and summertime can sometimes feel like a long slog for kids and parents alike. But this week's offerings are an antidote to the everyday routine. Taking us from the slave era to the Great Depression to the futuristic world of video games, this week's events really run the historical—and cultural—gamut. And just in case you need a stress reliever, there's a chance to dig your hands into edible dough at the beginning of the week, and Play-doh (and similar sensory delights) at week's end. For more ideas to make this a memorable week, take a look, as always, at our Events Calendar. We're adding new activities everyday.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Egg Drop, Royal Theater, and a Banana Hunt; April 10-14

In this busy week leading up to Easter, eggs are definitely on the event menu. An egg drop contest will be held at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch on Monday, and bananas will stand in for eggs at a storytime and hunt at the World's Only Curious George store on Friday. It's a good week to introduce kids to the world of musical theater and classical dance this week, with two beautiful performances featuring royalty debuting on the Boston stage: The King and I at the Boston Opera House and a Cinderella ballet at the Larcom Theatre on North Shore. Haven't had a close encounter with the rabbit of the hour yet? There are chances to see the Easter Bunny at the Natick and Westgate Malls as well as at Bass Pro Shops all week. Check out our Event Calendar for more fun ideas to entertain you and yours this week.

Fun Purim Events for Families Around Boston

Technically, Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the defeat of Haman's plot against the Jews, as recorded in the Book of Esther; but to kids, Purim is mostly just pure fun. Across the city and 'burbs, schools, temples, libraries, and museums are hosting Purim parties and activities, in which kids can dress up in their favorite or zaniest costumes and nosh on traditional treats.

Drop-off Programs for Boston Kids on President's Day

Kids might have President's Day off from school, but that doesn’t always mean that mom and dad can stay home too. Many business are in full swing despite the holiday, which can leave parents in a tight spot when it comes to childcare. Even tougher, many February vacation week drop-off camps don’t start until the Tuesday after President’s Day. To make life easier, we've compiled a list of Boston-area drop-off programs that are available on the holiday.

Little Ninja Warriors: Indoor Obstacle Courses in Boston

Building forts indoors and romping on playgrounds outdoors are classic ways to satisfy your child’s need to play and explore. But if your kids want to turn your house into an obstacle course, you may need another outlet. That’s where gyms that channel the TV show American Ninja Warrior come in.

For the uninitiated, American Ninja Warrior pits competitors against a series of increasingly difficult obstacle courses in a bid to make it to the finals and be crowned the American Ninja Warrior. The challenges are really tough and require skills like speed, stamina, agility, balance, and strength to complete.

If your kids are inspired by the show, or just need a productive way to channel their energy, there are five Boston-area gyms with obstacle courses perfect for aspiring ninja warriors.

Sailing, Kayaking, Duck Tours, and Other Fun Ways to Experience the Charles River With Kids

The banks of the Charles River are perfect places for families to walk, run, bike or play. The Esplanade, which lines the Boston side of the Charles, is even a perfect place to picnic. But there’s a lot of fun to be had on the water, too. From kayaking and sailing to riverboat cruises and Duck Tours, there are plenty of ways to get on the Charles with kids. Here are six of the best options to explore this summer.

Places Where Kids Can Make Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there is a vast array of places where kids can make a special gift for Dad. Whether it’s making a handmade masterpiece before Father’s Day or going as a family to make something together, kids will be able to make meaningful and creative gifts that Dad will treasure forever.

Boston Fitness Centers With Rock Climbing for Kids

We recently wrote about Massachusetts spots that focus exclusively on indoor rock-climbing, but in doing so we left out many fitness centers that offer rock walls among other physical activities. So, if parents want rock-climbing for their kids as an option along with, say, swimming in the same building, here are some good places to consider.  

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