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6 Museum Exhibits for Kids and Families in Boston

Adventure abounds in Boston museums and cultural institutions this fall. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite entertaining (and educational) exhibits that will have families reliving Shark Week, ditching the plastic bags, learning about life in the 1960s, wondering which of their peers will be the next Jackson Pollock, and even stumbling around in the dark.

 

Mommy Poppins Arrives in Boston

Mommy Poppins - New York City's leading resource for things to do with kids - has arrived in Boston!

Mommy Poppins Boston is a free, online resource guide for families in the greater Boston area. Parents and kids can discover great things to do and places to go, and get insights into the best activities, resources, services, schools, parks, and classes around.

On our site you'll find a daily events calendar that we are continually updating, camp and class guides, giveaways and ideas for things to do with kids of all ages. You can also sign up for our free weekly newsletter that includes a round-up of weekend events in the area. And we’d like to hear from you if you have a favorite event to share - a school fundraising fair or concert or other activity, a special story time, or a hidden gem we have yet to uncover.

Mommy Poppins began in New York City nearly five years ago, with sites in New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island now well-established. As in these cities, we hope to help parents by inspiring them to get out and do things that will be meaningful and memorable with their children and providing level-headed, practical information on raising kids in our communities. We are very excited to be bringing our unique stripe of content to Boston.

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Free! Advance Screening of Dolphin Tale

Boston Mommy Poppins readers are invited to a free advance screening of Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale at AMC Boston Common, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 13.

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the true story of a brave dolphin and a group of strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, which severely damages her tail.  She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter.  But her fight for survival has just begun. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and Kris Kristofferson. as Clay’s father, Reed.

Tickets are limited to the first 100 readers to sign up, so RSVP ASAP by filling out this simple form.

Notes: No purchase is necessary. Seating at the screening is first come, first served and not guaranteed, so winners should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to screening time. Please print your invite and present it at the door. Find out more about the film at DolphinTaleMovie.com. Opens in theaters September 23. Movie rating: PG.

Must-See Museums in Boston and Cambridge

Boston offers incredible art experiences for kids, from world-class museums to undiscovered gems. You can find everything from interactive exhibits where the youngest set can learn and explore to sophisticated showings from the hottest artists on the scene.

Read on for an overview of some of the must-see museums in Boston and Cambridge, and be sure to check our more indepth posts as well for the Boston Children's Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Museum of Science, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Countdown to Kindergarten

The first day of kindergarten for Boston Public School students is September 12, and the organization Countdown to Kindergarten has plenty of information to help kids and families make the transition a smooth one. Highlights from its website include:

Kindergarten Days Parties - Celebrations are going on in each Boston neighborhood from now through September 9th.  They are a great way to meet other students and families from your community. Check the calendar to find a Kindergarten Days Party in your neighborhood.

Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration at the Boston Children's Museum - Join Mayor Menino, Superintendent Carol Johnson, and others at the 12th annual citywide kindergarten celebration at the Boston Children's Museum on Tuesday, August 30th from 4:30 to 7:30.

Volunteer at a local Boston Public School on the first day of kindergarten.  The first day of school is exciting and fun, but sometimes scary and overwhelming for young children.  School staff welcome volunteers to help provide additional support to new students and families as they start kindergarten. To sign up, contact Sonia Gomez-Banrey at sgomezbanrey@boston.k12.ma.us.
 

Boston Harbor Islands: Getting There - Ferry Services

From sailing and canoeing on the Charles River to whale watching and sightseeing cruises in the Harbor, Boston offers plenty of opportunities to get out on the water.

And for those who want to find a piece of the great outdoors within sight of the city skyline, the Boston Harbor Islands offer plenty of choices for families, from easy hikes on Spectacle Island, Peddocks Island, or Worlds End and overnight camping on Bumpkin Island, Grape Island, or Lovells Island to visiting historical landmarks like Fort Warren on Georges Island and tours, performances, demonstrations and kid-friendly activities all spring, summer, and fall.

 

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