25 Skills Boston Kids Have by Age 10
As residents of the "hub of the universe," we Bostonians have a lot to be proud of, and Boston kids are just as proud of their city. At a young age, most Boston kids can recite important local historical events from the American Revolution to the Red Sox World Series wins, and have probably hit most of the items on our list of 100 Things to Do in Boston With Kids Before They Grow Up. They love our bustling harbor and sailboat-choked river, and have experienced their share of the arts, culture, and nature of the surrounding areas. Read on to find our fun list of the top 25 skills most of our local kids can claim by their tenth birthdays.
1. Name all the stops (in order) of the T line closest to home.
2. Can tell if someone on the street is a Bostonian or out-of-towner simply by the pronunciation of the word "garden."
6. Know which playgrounds are closest to which T stop, including the Alexander Kemp Playground at Cambridge Common, steps away from the Harvard T stop, and the Esplanade Playspace, down the river from the Charles MGH T stop.
7. Huff it from on-street parking, no matter where Mom or Dad end up finding a spot. "What's a parking garage?" is a question a Boston child might ask.
8. Know the significance of the 1918, 1986, and 2004 World Series games.
9. Can dress for a really cold day. These kids can pile on layers upon layers upon layers!
11. Can lead you to several sights on the Freedom Trail and tell you their historical significance.
12. Might not be able to make chowder (yet!), but can definitely identify a good one.
13. Know what Patriots Day is all about.
17. Can correctly pronounce both Faneuil and Quincy.
21. Have learned to appreciate other great works of art around the area, from a dragon sculpture in Dorchester to the giant glass tree inside the Museum of Fine Arts to the musical fence in the DeCordova sculpture garden.
22. Can successfully dismantle a lobster and suck the meat out of a claw.
24. Are skilled snow shovelers, though they might not care (or dare!) to admit it.
25. Although Bostonians love their Dunkin' Donuts, Boston kids can appreciate the artistry of the creations at local donut shops like Union Square Donuts.