May GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

free things to do in boston with kids in may

We’re feeling festive this month! For our May edition of the GoList, we’re highlighting fabulous and free spring festivals, annual Mother's Day traditions, and performances you won't want to miss. As you check out our top ten picks for things to do with kids in Boston this month, click through to the event listings so you can add them to your calendar. Plus, we'll still send our free e-newsletters with our family-friendly event picks every week.

Sound of Music - Wang Theatre, Boston
May 1-13
Tickets $35+
This new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical about the Von Trapp family includes all the beloved songs, including "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things."

Stuart Little - Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston
Weekends through 5/13/2018
Tickets $20+
From the author who brought us the memorable Charlotte's Web (performed by Wheelock last year), is the endearing classic story that follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many big city adventures.

Wake Up the Earth Parade & Festival. Photo by 

Wake Up the Earth Festival - Jamaica Plain/Roxbury
Sat 5/5/2018
The Wake Up the Earth Festival brings together Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and other areas of Boston in an annual festival that celebrates diversity, the arrival of spring, music and culture, popular theater, the visual arts, and more. 

Watch City Steampunk Festival - Waltham
Sat 5/12/2018
The festival celebrates all things Steampunk, a literary, artistic, and lifestyle movement melding elements of Victorian-era history and fashion with retro-futuristic technology and fantastical fiction. Spend the day on the banks of the Charles River enjoying vendors, music, food, activities for kids and a parade.

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Photo by John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Lilac Sunday - Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain
Sun 5/13/2018
Lilac Sunday is a beloved Mother's Day tradition for Bostonians, and not just because it's the only day of the year picnics are permitted in the Arboretum. Music, tours of the lilacs and other collections, and family activities make it an extra special day for moms and their families.

Duckling Day Parade - Boston Common
Sun 5/13/2018
$35-40 per family
Possibly Boston's cutest tradition. In honor of Make Way for Ducklings, adorable children dressed as characters from the book and their parents parade through Boston Common, led by the Harvard Marching Band. Before the parade, there are crafts, face painters, and a magician.

Kite & Bike Festival - Franklin Park, Boston
Sat 5/19/2018
Go fly a kite to celebrate the arrival of spring at Franklin Park. Bring your own kite or buy one at the festival. Tour the park with free bike "rentals" or ride your own. Need to nosh? Bring a picnic lunch or grab something at one of the food trucks stationed in the park.

Photo courtesy of Revere Beach Kite Festival

Revere Beach Kite Festival - Revere
Sun 5/20/2018
The Revere Beach Kite Festival is a staple every May on Revere Beach, where families can come, assemble, decorate, and then fly a kite for free.

Memorial Day Garden of Flags - Boston Common
Thurs 5/24/2018 - Mon 5/28/2018
The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund creates a garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day weekend to represent Massachusetts service members who gave their lives defending our country. The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of community support to the families of the fallen heroes.

Play Date - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Sat 5/26/2018
Spend the day at the ICA exploring the theme "All Kinds of Stories." Explore the galleries, and BYO lunch and enjoy it on the waterfront. Admission is free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children ages 6–12).


Southwest Corridor Park
Lamartine Street
02130 Boston , MA 42° 19' 1.29" N, 71° 6' 17.6508" W
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
02130 Boston , MA 42° 18' 26.5212" N, 71° 7' 14.7936" W
Franklin Park
450 Walnut Avenue Playstead Ballfields
02130 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-442-4141
42° 18' 42.0624" N, 71° 5' 51.5472" W
Institute for Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave
02210 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-478-3100
42° 21' 10.1628" N, 71° 2' 35.0124" W
Boston Common
Tremont Street
02108 Boston , MA 42° 21' 22.3704" N, 71° 3' 44.2728" W
Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway
02215 Boston , MA 42° 20' 30.3396" N, 71° 6' 23.2452" W
Waltham Common
610 Main Street
02452 Waltham , MA 42° 22' 33.8448" N, 71° 14' 6.9612" W
Revere Beach 02151 Revere , MA 42° 25' 20.7408" N, 70° 59' 46.6368" W