35 Things To Do with Kids During Spring Break in Boston

Drumlin Farm is one of many great things to do with kids for spring break. Photo courtesy of massaudubon.org
Drumlin Farm is one of many great things to do with kids for spring break. Photo courtesy of massaudubon.org

April vacation is full of exciting possibilities for kids in Boston—no plane tickets required! Not only do you get to go outside to enjoy the start of spring weather, but there are also tons of fun activities planned between April 15th and 24th just for kids. From wild zoo adventures to a dinosaur safari exhibit to a pirate treasure hunt, there's something to keep every kiddo happy. Check out our full list of things to do with kids during spring break in Boston.

Take a look at our Top Attractions in Boston - Best Things to See and Do with Kids for some great family-friendly options in and around Boston. Be sure to check out our guide to Free Museums: When it's Free to Visit Boston Museums, Zoos, and Gardens for helpful hints on the best times to visit area attractions. If you plan to venture from Boston for April vacation week, our family travel guide has you covered. And subscribe to our newsletter for stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

2022 note: Many events require pre-registration to attend, so make sure to reach out to each event for specific details. Some events may also require indoor masking and proof of vaccination; be sure to check individual policies before attending. 

35 Things to Do with Kids During Spring Break in Boston

1. Take the kids to Boston Symphony Hall for the BSO/BYSO Family Concert.

2. Let the little chocolate lovers whip up something tasty at Taste Buds Kitchen.

3. Learn about ancient marketplaces at Harvard's Museum of the Near East

Kids activities: image of Paw Patrol Experience in Burlington. 
Head to Adventure Bay for some spring break fun. The Paw Patrol Experience, photo courtesy of camp.com.

4. Save Adventure Bay at the Paw Patrol Experience at CAMP Burlington.

5. Join Captain Brickbeard in the Hunt for the Golden Treasure at Somerville's LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

6. Search for Jurassic fun at Faneuil Hall's Dino Safari.

7. Calling all animal lovers: Sign up for the Southwick Zoo's Spring Wild Adventure program and spend the day playing games, crafting, and even meeting some animals up close!

8. Immerse kids in the wonders of nature at this four-day camp at the Boston Nature Center ... right in Mattapan!

Things to do with kids for April break: photo of whale.
Thar she blows! Photo courtesy of Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch.

9. Hop on a boat and hit the water for a day of whale watching.

10. Explore Central American History at Harvard's Muchos Mexicos exhibit.

April break family activities: image of Tiger lanterns. 
The Asian lanterns will be on display in Providence during spring break. Photo courtesy of the Roger William Zoo

11.  Take a ride to the Roger Williams Zoo at night to be dazzled by the Asian Lantern Spectacular.

12. Take the running and jumping inside and visit one of these indoor play spaces 

13.  Spring break is the perfect time to dust off the hiking boots and get vertical with a family hike

14. Pack up the car with kids and snacks and roll out for a day trip!

April break activities: image of kids at a petting zoo.
Make a new furry friend at Boston's local farms. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Farm

15. It's not springtime without a visit with baby farm animals! Pay a visit to a local farm to pet and feed the residents. 

16. See Sesame Street Live: Let's Party! at Agannis Arena.

Things to do with kids for spring break: photo of Swan Boat. 
The Swan Boats return to Boston Public Garden. Photo by Wally Gobetz, CC BY-SA 2.0

17. Head over to the Public Garden for the return of the Swan Boats.

18. Register the kids for literacy themed races at the North Star Children's Ramble and help a great cause.

19. Grab tickets for a Blue Man Grup afternoon or evening show at the Charles Playhoues.

20. Learn about emotions through the Inside Out exhibit at the Museum of Science.

21. Get the ultimate fun experience at the Apex, for a day of ropes courses, laser guns, go-karts, and more!

Things to do for spring break: image of Boston Red Sox player.
Take the kids out to the ballgame for April break. Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox, Facebook.

22. Buy some peanuts and cracker jacks and catch the Sox first home games at Fenway with your little sluggers.

23. It may not be warm enough for a dip in an outdoor pool, but you can still make a splash inside at one of these great indoor water parks

24. Or maybe chill out with one more winter fun day and go for a spin at an indoor ice skating rink

25. Cheer on the world-class athletes (and the non-world class ones) participating in the Boston Marathon

26. Test your mystery-solving skills in the Scooby-Doo escape room at Tewksbury's Escapology..

27. Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you can't hit the beach. Grab some pails and shovels (and maybe a jacket!) and build some sandcastles and collect shells.

28. Take a 90-minute chocolate tour of Harvard Square.

April break activities: image of kids exploring nature.
What will you find at Drumlin Farm? Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon

29. Head to Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm for some farming and nature exploration.

30. Make the break extra magical with a week of Disney themed fun at Sugar Plum Parties in Billerica.

Things to do for April break: image of outdoor dining in Boston. 
Warmer weather makes outdoor dining a great family activity for spring break. Photo courtesy of the Barking Crab

31. Bask in the warmer weather and take the family for an outdoor meal at one of these great restaurants

Things to do with kids this spring break: image of fish tank at NE Aquarium. 
Get up close and personal with aquatic life this spring break. Photo courtesy of the New England Aquarium

32. You may not be ready to take the plunge into the water quite yet, but you can still visit ocean life at the New England Aquarium. Make sure to swing by the touch tank for added fun!

33. See Koo Koo Kanga Roo perform their music and comedy live in Harvard Square.

34. Party for the Planet–and all its fabulous animals–at the Franklin Park Zoo.

35. Attend a Nature Identification Workshop and learn about our local flora and fauna.

Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off
Harvard Museum of Natural History - 11:00 AM
West Branch Storytime with Alison
Somerville Public Library West Branch - 11:00 AM
Teen Gaming Club
Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library - 3:00 PM
LEGO Club
Boston Public Library - Roslindale Branch - 4:30 PM
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