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Boston-Area Beer Gardens That are Fun for Families

Boston has seen an absolute boom in beer gardens (or biergartens) in the last few years, and luckily for anyone with kids, many are welcoming to families. If you like to sip a craft brew outside, these are the places to go with little ones in tow: Many have live music, lawn games, and great views. From the heart of the city to several of the suburbs, there’s likely a beer garden near you that's open from summer through fall. Sip—and play!

Build-A-Bear Has a New Pay-Your-Age Contest, without the Lines

Making a puffy, fuzzy DIY toy at Build-A-Bear is a great experience, especially for a birthday gift, but those bears are far from free. So it was no surprise last year that the company's big Pay-Your-Age Day (5 years old, get any toy for $5) resulted in lines not only out of the stores but out of the buildings—and lots of angry parents when lines were shut down. The good news? Build-A-Bear is doing the popular event again, but doing it differently this year.

14 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 guys really want to do with something you and children will also enjoy. Sure, you can scour our summer fun guide for ideas, but trust us (and the dads in our lives who we tapped for approval): These 14 outings are sure to make fathers feel extra special and make memories for kids at the same time.

Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

25 Summer Day Trips for Boston Kids and Families

Summer is short, but the days can often feel endless. Although there are plenty of free and easy things to do in and around Boston, a day trip to a cool locale in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, or Rhode Island can often be the perfect diversion to break up a long week, with minimal time (and financial) commitment. Here are 25, fun-packed towns Boston families can reach in under two hours from city limits—and return home in the evening to their own beds.

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Dragons, Oceans, and Arts; Jun 8-9

This weekend is for the dragons (boats, that is) as the Boston Dragon Boat Festival returns for two days to festoon the Charles with spectacular colors and designs. Arts for All lends eye candy to Watertown, and thousands of people will be turning out for the family-friendly community dance event in Cambridge. Make some flowers, get the buzz on bees, and learn how to build a birdhouse. Sunday is also World Oceans Day so head to the Aquarium for a free fun educational outdoor event featuring hands-on learning about awesome undersea animals. 

Our June GoList and summer festival guide will provide even more inspiration to get out about with the kiddos this weekend. School's almost out—why not plan some celebrations?!

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Boston Kids and Families

Enjoying a free flick on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much a summertime tradition in these parts as taking in music at an outdoor festival; in fact, it's among our favorite free summer activities with Boston kids! 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. 

If you're eager to catch a new release under the stars, check out our picks for nearby drive-in movie theaters. Enjoy the show(s)!

Enter to Win the Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway!

What's the secret to a happy summer? Keeping kids busy! We've rounded up a great group of prizes in our Summer Boredom Busters Prize Package (total value $220.82) includes games, toys and activity books for fun and enrichment to keep kids from falling into the dreaded summer slide. This prize package is recommended for children ages 4 and up. 

The Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway Package Includes:

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