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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: BBQs, Kites, and Beach Bag Crafts, June 23-24

Some kids are still in school, but since it feels like summer, let's start enjoying it! First on the agenda, head over to Artbeat to make this summertime staple before island hopping and kite flying. There's also a music festival taking over the South End, a (free!) family fun day and BBQ, and loads of kid-friendly activities and food trucks amid the statues at the deCordova. 

4th of July Fireworks in and Around Boston

If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a classic choice. Heading over to the Esplanade in the morning to stake out a spot, enjoying a picnic and the outdoors all afternoon, then in the evening hearing the 1812 overture as fireworks explode in the sky is a Boston tradition families have been enjoying for decades. 

But if the sounds and crowds on the Esplanade seem a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Lots of towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks from June 30th through July 4th, and check out other Independence Day activities (an Ice Cream Cruise!) on our events calendar.

Cabo with Kids! All Inclusive Decadence at Mexico's Grand Velas Resort Los Cabos

Sometimes as parents we're happy to plan the family vacation around theme parks and cartoon characters; other times we want to be pampered like a real princess, not a Disney princess. A vacation that provides grown-up decadence and luxury with fun and entertainment for kids (including time supervised by someone else)—that is the ultimate family getaway. And that is what we found in Los Cabos at Grand Velas' new seaside resort.

10 Touristy Things Even Boston Kids Love to Do

When out-of-towners visit Boston, they have many boxes to check off their must-see list. But children are notoriously reluctant tourists, and may not have the stamina to do every stop on the Freedom Trail or spend hours inside a museum. Here's our carefully curated list of specific, unique-to-Boston activities that even local kids love to do again and again. 

Destination Dino: Dinosaurs Arrive at the Franklin Park Zoo

My kids are always excited for a trip to the Franklin Park Zoo; I mean, who isn't awed by lions, gorillas, or those gorgeous, roaming peacocks? But when we learned that some new animals were taking up temporary residence in Franklin Park this summer—life-sized, moving, roaring dinosaurs, no less—our curiosity was piqued even more than usual. So, on a quiet Wednesday afternoon in June, my 6-year-old played hooky from kindergarten and we went into Boston to take in Destination Dino, on display at the Franklin Park Zoo through September 3. Here's what we saw—and what to know before you go.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kayaking, Brunch, and Red Sox, June 16-17

This weekend it's time to celebrate the awesome father figures in our lives and it seems like there are events to satisfy all different dad types. For the outdoorsmen, there is kayaking, and a brunch and trail hike, For the sports-obsessed, the Red Sox Showcase is back at Faneuil Hall; an open kick-around is celebrating the start of the FIFA World Cup; and the Lawn on D is hosting an event of champions. For the art-appreciators and music afficianados, head south to an all-weekend arts fest, or groove to the Grateful Dead (kid style!). 

'American Girl Live' Brings Beloved Characters to the Theater

For American Girl fans, dressing up the perennially-popular dolls and visiting the store or cafe may be the ultimate treat. But things are about to get even more exciting as the iconic characters take to the stage for the first time in American Girl Live, an all-new musical for kids featuring original songs and wholesome, heartfelt fun.

Although the show won't start touring North America until January 2019, tickets are already on sale for certain shows, including those visiting Mommy Poppins cities and states, including theaters in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Boston, and Connecticut. (Sounds like tickets to a performance could be the perfect gift this holiday season, Mom and Dad.)

10 Things Dads Actually Want to Do for Father's Day in Boston

With Father’s Day nearly upon us, it’s time to plan a day of family fun to celebrate dad. We’ve found that the perfect recipe for Father’s Day activities includes a balance of something dad really wants to do with something you and the kids will also enjoy. So we’ve rounded up 10 creative ideas for how to spend the holiday that will make dad feel extra special and that the whole family will really love.

9 Must-See Dinosaur Theme Parks and Attractions for Kids

If your kid is fascinated by dinosaurs, chances are everything in your home revolves around the prehistoric creatures, including your family vacations. Your nearby natural history or kids' science museum is a great bet for a quick trip to study major fossil displays. For an even bigger thrill, families might want to check out one of the many outdoor dinosaur parks, from full amusement parks to nature walks and mini fossil digs.

We've rounded up a list of 10 great places for dinosaur lovers across the country. These dinosaur-themed attractions offer up-close encounters with lifelike creatures, thrilling rides, impressive fossils, and more fun things to do and see for kids, including dino-theater.

For more family vacation ideas—that may, or may not, involve dinosaurs—check out our United States Family Travel Guide.

Free Summer Outdoor Movies for Boston Families

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much a summertime tradition in Boston as taking in music at an outdoor festival. Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston. Movies usually begin at dusk, but you'll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered.

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