April vacation week is full of possibilities for kids in Boston. Besides getting out to enjoy everything spring has to offer, families have their pick of cool activities, including tons of ways to celebrate Patriots' Day and Earth Day. The Cambridge Science Festival is most definitely a top pick in my household, but it's only one of many events going on, so have a peek at the additional gems below to enjoy with the kids. Here's to a fantastic week for everyone!
Local museums have families in mind with all of their fantastic offerings this week. There are programs for young artists at the MFA (pictured), the ICA, and the deCordova. Budding historians can enjoy special activities at the Old State House, the Paul Revere House, and the Old Manse. Last but certainly not least, special celebrations for the Earth are going on at the Boston Children's Museum and the EcoTarium.
If you're determined to hit the great outdoors for April vacation, one way to get a running start is on the sidelines as spectators of the Boston Marathon or any of the Patriots' Day activities throughout the week. The Franklin Park Zoo, Stone Zoo, and Roger Williams Park Zoo are all are running special events for kids. Programs like Fairy Garden Days, a Garden Scavenger Hunt, or a Fairy House Building Workshop might be the perfect thing for outdoorsy kids. Finally, round out the week with a hike on the Storybook Walk or a trip to Spectacle Island for Junior Ranger Day.
Shows and Indoor Fun
By far our top pick this week is the Cambridge Science Festival, offering hands-on activities, demonstrations, and even performances like North Cambridge Family Opera's Giants of Science. Family-friendly shows going on this week include A Year with Frog and Toad and the Wizard of Oz. Other great indoor options include some special yoga and improv workshops for kids at An Unlikely Story, a fairly new independent bookstore southwest of Boston.
One of our favorite spots here at Mommy Poppins is 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization offering writing workshops for kids over break. Another great option all week long is up in Lowell, where all kinds of free activities are available as part of the April Play-cation program. For something completely different, bring the whole family to check out out a new art exhibition or take older kids to see stars at an observatory night. Finally, some local libraries are offering fantastic programs, with everything from a kid-friendly concert to a Minecraft coding session to a performance of Alice in Wonderland. All for free!
Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston