35 Things to Do with Kids During April Vacation Week in Boston

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Spring brings the budding trees and the swan boats!

April vacation week is full of exciting possibilities for kids in Boston—no plane tickets required. Besides getting out to enjoy the start of spring weather, families have their pick of cool activities between April 16th and 22rd, including tons of ways to celebrate Patriots' DayEarth Day and Easter. The Cambridge Science Festival (pictured at top) 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!

Kids get lots of hands-on learning opportunities in Cambridge this week. Photo courtesy of Cambridge Science Festival

1. Allow kids to explore the many interactive learning stations at the Cambridge Science Festival.

2. Get creative with art-making, stories, and performances all week at the Museum of Fine Arts.

3. Cheer on the runners of the 122nd Boston Marathon. 

4. Gaze at the stars at this (free!) observatory night in Cambridge.

5. Get up close and personal with some critters from the Trailside Museum.

6. Watch history come alive at these Patriots' Day activities. 

7. Go wild all week with special activities (and bats!) at the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

8. Head to Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm for some farming, pond exploration, and a garden party.

Mass Audubon has vacation week programs that include pond exploration. Photo courtesy of Mass Audubon

9. Travel back in time through spinning, writing, cooking, archaeology, candle-making, and games at the Alden House Historic Site.

10. Hop aboard the Swan Boats as they make their maiden voyage of 2018.

11. Interact with baby turtles and snakes at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.

12. Catch a performance of Stuart Little at the Wheelock Family Theatre.

13. Get involved in the special celebrations for the Earth going on at the EcoTarium.

14. Feel the rhythm when STOMP comes to Boston. 

15. Watch your favorite Sesame Street characters (live!) at the Agganis Arena.

16. Let the words flow at these (free!) writing workshops offered by 826 Boston.

17. Speaking of writing, take a tour of the Old Manse (and sit at Ralph Waldo Emerson's very own desk!). 

Kids get crafty in sunlit gallery spaces. Photo courtesy of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

18. Create art among the sculptures at these free drop-in programs at the deCordova.

19. Get crazy with bubbles in this unique and interactive bubble show.

20. Sing along at this musical with Daniel Tiger and his friends. 

21. Immerse kids in the wonders of nature at this week-long camp at the Boston Nature Center...right in Mattapan!

22. Play with puppets at the Puppet Showplace Theatre with additional shows like Peter Rabbit Tales, The Gingerbread Man, and Lollipops for Breakfast happening all week long.

23. Celebrate Israeli Independence Day and learn all about the different animals that call Israel home.

24. Become a mini maker at the Children's Museum of Easton with new activities each day.

25. Listen to stories and let your imagine run wild with interactive storyteller Tony Toledo.

26. Visit the Mini City with a Big Future at this mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity.

27. Get animated at this special feature of animated shorts from around the world. 

The Word Play Puppet Show is part of literacy week fun at the Boston Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of Puppet Showplace Theatre

28. Celebrate reading and literacy with different activities every day at the Boston Children's Museum.

29. Learn circus acrobatics, participate in a drumming circle, sculpt, and sing at this party for the planet.

30. Sing, dance, and drum along with Sulinha.

31. Perform in an Alice in Wonderland theatre workshop.

32. Get on the field at this soccer clinic in Arlington.

33. Jam to some bluegrass with the Concord Conservatory of Music.

34. Sing and dance in English (and Spanish!) with 123 Andres at The Cabot.

35. And finally...eat a monster!


Top photo by Ingfbruno via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0