April GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston

Top family activities in boston april

April is bursting with possibilities, beginning with April Fools' Day fun and Passover celebrations. April vacation week brings the endearing story of Charlotte and Wilbur to Boston, scientific explorations to Cambridge, and magical worlds to Providence.

This month, we show our Boston pride during Red Sox Opening Day, Boston Marathon, and Patriots' Day celebrations. Plus, a Volunteer Expo and Earth Day fests around town give us lots of opportunities to teach our kids about kindness and citizenship.

It's time to say goodbye to winter and try something new this month with our top picks for family fun!

Photo by Chris McClave/CC BY 2.0

Frog Pond Carousel Opening Boston Common, Boston
April 1, 2018 (call 617-635-2120 to check for opening-day updates)
Hooray, the Frog Pond Carousel is open! The Carousel features a variety of Bradley and Kaye horses, wildlife figures, and a chariot. Visit the nearby Tadpole Playground and take a stroll through Boston Common to the Public Garden, where your kids can visit with statues of the classic storybook characters from Make Way for Ducklings. Looking for more merry-go-rounds in Boston? There's a carousel on the Greenway featuring lobsters, rabbits and butterflies.  

Volunteer Expo - Prudential Center, Boston
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Families have the opportunity to mix, mingle, and meet with community groups from the Boston and Greater Boston areas who are all looking for volunteers. Looking for a volunteer opportunity, but not sure what is available? Trying to find a group that fits your interests? With over 60 groups participating, this is the forum for you to find just what you are looking for.

U. S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum at Lexington Green; Photo by SFC Richard Ruddle/CC BY 2.0

Patriots' Day - Various locations, including Boston, Lexington, and Concord
Saturday, April 7, 2018 through Saturday, April 18, 2018
Many events free
Patriots' Day is unique to Massachusetts, yet central to the history of the entire country. The story of the start of the American Revolution stays alive with reenactments, storytelling and celebrations. Celebrations take place over several days around official Patriots' Day (April 17), and are sponsored by all sorts of organizations. Most activities are free, and they run the gamut from early dawn salutes to candlelit ceremonies.

Stuart Little - Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston
Opens Friday, April 13, 2018
Tickets $20-$38        
E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures.

Cambridge Science Festival - Cambridge
Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 22, 2018
Most events free
The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun. There are more than 200 events taking place at multiple locations.

Celebrate Fairy Garden Days! Photo courtesy of Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Fairy Garden Days - Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence
Saturday, April 14, 2018 through Sunday, April 29, 2018 (except Mondays)
Included with Botanical Center admission
Although it's not exactly in Boston, we look forward to the Fairy Garden Days at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center every year. Fairy houses, gnome homes, and other magical dwellings can be found hidden high and low in the lush greenscape of the Botanical Center. Make a day of it in Roger Williams Park, or if the weather isn't cooperating, round out your day with a visit to the Culinary Arts Museum or the Providence Children's Museum

Spring brings the budding trees and the swan boats! Photo by Ingfbruno via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Swan Boats Opening Day - Public Garden, Boston
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Adults $3.50; Children (2-15) $2        
The Swan Boats grace the waters of the Boston Public Garden today. Swan Boats' drivers paddle passengers around the Public Garden Lagoon for a peaceful, 15-minute cruise.

Boston Marathon - Hopkinton to Boston
Monday, April 16, 2018
Free to watch
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and is one of the world's most prestigious road races. Spectators can cheer the runners on throughout the course.
The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and runs through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, where Route 135 joins Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls, the Newton Hills, Chestnut Hill to Cleveland Circle, through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue. The course finishes near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
Optimal viewing locations are listed on the marathon website, as well as a course map and viewer information.

Party for the Planet - Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester
Friday, April 21, 2018
Included with zoo admission
Don’t miss the Earth Day celebration at Franklin Park Zoo! Families can visit the Zoo for a fun and engaging day to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer. Festivities include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, plus animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, and eco-friendly exhibitors.

Art in Bloom - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Saturday, April 28 through Monday, April 30, 2018
Free with admission
Celebrate spring at this annual festival of fine art and fresh flowers at the Museum of Fine Arts. Families can enjoy art-making activities, storytelling, and more as part of the MFA's annual transformation of its galleries with almost 70 extraordinary arrangements inspired by magnificent works of art.


City Hall Plaza
City Hall Plaza
Boston , MA 42° 21' 34.6464" N, 71° 3' 31.3956" W
465 Huntington Street
Boston , MA 42° 19' 55.1136" N, 71° 6' 5.9184" W
North Bridge
Liberty Street
Concord , MA 42° 28' 12.234" N, 71° 21' 13.716" W
Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway
02215 Boston , MA 42° 20' 30.3396" N, 71° 6' 23.2452" W
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
02121 Dorchester , MA 42° 18' 38.304" N, 71° 5' 34.3464" W
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center
1000 Elmwood Ave
02905 Providence , RI 41° 47' 9.582" N, 71° 25' 10.4556" W
Rhode Island
The Shops at Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
02199 Boston , MA 42° 20' 54.438" N, 71° 4' 56.3232" W
Boston Marathon - Starting Line
Main Street
01748 Hopkinton , MA 42° 13' 38.2836" N, 71° 31' 30.432" W