Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

Awesomely Fun Trampoline Parks for Kids Around Boston

If rainy or winter weather has your kids bouncing off the walls, there are few more suitable escapes than an indoor trampoline park. We've rounded up this list of Boston-area trampoline parks where children of all ages (and parents, too!) can jump out some pent-up energy, and maybe even fit in an arcade game or laser tag, too. (Bonus: They also make an ideal spot for birthday parties!)

Weekend Fun: Syrup, a Parade, and Irish Dance; Mar 9-10

Chilly though it may be, March is actually a sweet time of year if you live in New England. The maple syrup is flowing, and festivals celebrating it abound. This weekend you can get your maple fix at by going on a tour, checking out a tree tap-a-thon, and having a sugaring celebration. Families can also see what the syrup harvesting process was like in the olden days and how it's changed over the years. 

Speaking of celebrating, it's your last chance to celebrate Chinese New Year with a parade, get excited for St Patrick's Day, and prepare for the spring festival of Purim

Boston's New England Aquarium: Guide to What's New and What to Do with Kids

My son loves animals of all kinds, so I knew we had to take him to the New England Aquarium as soon as he was old enough for the outing. Our trip did not disappoint! He was enthralled by the beautiful sea creatures and even got to experience some up close at the touch tanks. Here’s what I learned when we went to the Aquarium, including which exhibits are "must-sees," where the best kid-friendly dining options are, and how you can score discounts. With a new, 9,000-gallon Indo-Pacific coral reef display opening this spring, it's an especially exciting time to hit the Aquarium. Interested in more of our favorite kid-friendly Boston attractions? Check out our museum guide.

Ski Free All Spring with the 2019 Ikon Pass - And Save $100 on Kids’ Passes

If you hit the slopes at least one week a year, a ski pass can mean serious savings for your family. Ikon Pass is an annual ski pass that gives you access to over 30 skiing and snowboarding destinations across 12 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 4 continents. And even better, if you buy your pass now, you get this year’s spring skiing for free!

While you might think of skiing as a quintessential winter activity, the higher temps, longer days, and shorter chairlift waits make spring break the perfect time for a family ski trip. Whether you're a bunch of black diamond die-hards or some of your gang's still all about the bunny hill, an Ikon Pass will definitely help you make the most of spring on the slopes—and since the pass for the 19/20 season literally just went on sale, you can use it for the rest of this season, as well as all of next year.

11 Free and Affordable Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camp can be pricey, but not all fun and enriching programs have to cost a pretty penny. To round out our complete guide to Boston-area summer camps, we’ve put together a list of nearly a dozen inexpensive camps in the Boston area that can provide your child with everything from performing arts experience to sailing lessons. Four weeks of summer camp for $5? Yes, please.

Find a full list of local summer camps in our Camp Directory for Boston families.

Family-Friendly Farm Stays: Meet the Animals and Work the Farm

Farm stays provide guests of all ages with a taste of farm life. Whether by milking cows and collecting eggs, or gathering fresh fruit from a pineapple plant for breakfast, families who choose to stay at a farm hotel, which might be cabin, house, or even a tent, will likely have more fun than Old MacDonald led you to believe is possible.

Time your farm stay with the kids for spring, summer, or even fall. Check out which seasonal activities might be going on before picking the dates of your farm vacation, as well as the location. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite farm "hotels" around the country, from Maine to Texas to California.

I've found that farmer-hosts have a strong desire to educate little farmers on how to live a more sustainable and balanced life. Unplug, relax, and enjoy the fruits of a hard day’s work around a campfire. Lessons learned on these farms will stay with you long after you return home. 

Find more vacation ideas and weekend getaways in our Family Travel Guide, or check out your local Farm Fun Guide for local petting zoos, harvest festivals, and pick-your-own fun.

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

With everyone's favorite Irish holiday happening this month and spring just around the corner, there's a lot to celebrate in March. Fortunately, many kiddo-friendly activities are also free! From parades to cooking classes to winter festivals, here are our picks for March family fun that won't break the bank.

Weekend Fun: Maple Syrup, Ice Games, and Trains, Mar 2-3

I'll admit when it comes to cold weather, most days I'd much rather stay cozy indoors then brave the elements. But with active kids, sometimes you just have to get out, and luckily, Boston always give us so many good reasons to bundle up and make tracks. This weekend, head to Natick Community Organic Farm to celebrate all things maple syrup before playing ice cornhole and more winter-themed fun at the Lawn on D. More games (and s'mores!) are at Plaza WinterFest at Harvard. When you're ready to come in from the cold, there are two soirees just for kids; one is for superheroes and one is super silly. Our favorite miniature train exhibition is having it's annual open house this weekend, too. 

25 Sleepaway Camps in New England with Short Sessions for First-Timers

Going to sleepaway camp is a rite of passage for many kids in Boston, Connecticut, and the rest of New England. But the idea of being away from home for more than a few weeks can be a dealbreaker for many kids, especially if they're on the younger side or tend to have separation anxiety. Luckily, many overnight camps offer one- or two-week (or even shorter) sessions that are specially designed to introduce children to the independence and kid bonding of sleepaway without forcing them to "stick it out" for longer than they may be ready to handle.

Established on shorelines and lakefronts across six states, we've rounded up popular overnight summer camps with first-timer-focused starter sessions for children 6 to 12 years old. The only catch may be if you're not sure you can part with your kiddo for more than a night. (Trust me—you can!)

Look to our complete camp directory for more ideas on summer enrichment for kids in Boston and Connecticut.


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