10 Spring Family Day Trips That Boston Kids Will Love

If there's a season when Bostonians are itching to get out and explore, it's spring: After a long, cold New England winter, it's liberating to pile the family in the car and discover someplace new, preferably one that showcases flora and fauna in kid-friendly ways. We're blessed to be in driving distance of many beautiful places fit for a weekend escape, but sometimes, you don't have multiple days to spare. All of these places offer unique ways to celebrate the season, and clocking in at around or under two hours from city limits, make for a fine springtime day trip.

100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

25 Ways to Spend a Morning with Your Toddler in Boston

Once you've gotten through breakfast and downed your second (or third) cup of coffee, have you ever looked at your toddler and thought, "what the heck am I going to do with you today?" Too young for many full-time schools or camps, too old to just tag along on errands all day, toddlers are suited for fun, interactive activities that don't require a long attention span and will tucker them out for their afternoon nap. Fortunately for parents and caregivers, there are a plenty of great local activities that will get you both out of the house; and many attractions are 100% free for toddlers.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the 2019 Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your expired, damaged, or just yucky goldfish-crusted and stained one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

Weekend Fun: Parties, Nanoscience, and a Circus; April 6-7

Bye, bye winter blues. Baseball bats are swinging, birds are singing, and campgrounds are beginning to accept reservations. April has certainly brought a burst of sunshine, so take advantage of the mild weekend forecast and celebrate opening day at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. If you're more interested in growing ideas than flowers, attend the Brain Building Literacy Fair or check out the new CuriousCity Pop-Up Children's Museum in Peabody. You're also likely to find something for everyone in the family on our list of 15 Free and Fun Things to Do in April (hey, taxes are due). 

Meet the Easter Bunny for Photo Ops with Kids in and Around Boston

This time of year, the Easter Bunny keeps as busy as Santa in December. Along with egg hunts and special breakfasts, there are plenty of spots in the Boston area where kids can meet the Easter Bunny and get their pictures taken—and maybe even play some games or sample some treats with him. Depending on the activity, only professional photographers may be permitted to take pictures, but be sure to bring your camera for great photo ops just in case! 

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston

April is jam-packed full of fun ways to soak up springtime...and as always, our Boston GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Sheepshearing, stargazing, Easter egg hunts, and Patriots Day parades are just some of the awesome events on tap for April. And with warmer weather on its way, it's a good time to bookmark our spring fun guide, too. 

CuriousCity: Pop-Up Children's Museum Opens in Peabody

There's a new kid-friendly museum on the block! CuriousCity, a pop-up children's museum, opens Sunday, March 31st in Peabody, and after an exclusive sneak peek just before opening day, we learned that this new addition to our region of world-class museums is worth a visit—and soon. For just three months, this children's museum will occupy the George Peabody House Museum & Peabody Leather Workers Museum in the downtown area, offering kids seven different exhibits that invite learning, creative play, and interactive fun. Here's a preview of the unique, imagination stoking exhibits you'll see at CuriousCity, as well as some helpful hints for taking the kids.

15 Free and Fun Things to Do in April with Boston Kids

April is the month when spring really gets buzzing, and motivation to get out and about is even higher when activities don't break the bank. Of course, you can embrace free fun from the month's start with these priceless pranks to play on your kids. Then, as you enjoy the increasingly sunny days, try some of our top suggestions for (free!) family activities and adventures. From spring festivals to a science extravaganza to patriotic parades, April in Boston proves that quality family time needn't cost a thing.

Weekend Fun: Carnivals, Fairy Gardens, and Reptiles; Mar 30-31

March is going out like a lamb–suitable for tennisflowers, and the beginning of whale watching season in New England. Need more ideas for embracing the spring weather? Check out these art-making activities and performances, go on a bird-watching adventure, or grab your last chance to attend Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village. Kids can enjoy rides and treats at a classic carnival, and also exercise their brains at a math carnival. If you're up for crossing state lines, consider heading to Fairy Garden Days in Providence, RI or the New England Reptile Expo in New Hampshire.


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