Learn the value of a hard day's work with Family Farm Day at at Appleton Farm. Photo by Kate McMahon
Learn the value of a hard day's work with Family Farm Day at at Appleton Farm. Photo by Kate McMahon

Memorial Day Weekend: Best Things to Do in Boston with Kids

Memorial Day weekend has finally arrived! Fire up the grill for a family BBQ, make a splash at an inaugural visit to a local beach, and enjoy a long weekend of extra fun in Boston! Pack a picnic for an outdoor family dinner among the sculptures in Lincoln, kick off the unofficial start of summer with live music and farm animals in Dover, or find your summer vibe with a family yoga class in Boylston. Want to get out of the city? A long weekend is the perfect time to venture out on a quick family day trip.

As always, keep tabs on our Boston events calendar for daily updates on the best local and virtual happenings. And don't forget to book those summer camps—spots are filling up fast for the 2021 season. 

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Stone Zoo Parking Lot

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

Appleton Farms

upcoming events
(Sun Apr 25, 2021 - Sun Nov 14, 2021) Riverbend Park

Chestnut Hill Farm
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 18, 2021) Hike with Goats
The Big E
The Big E Fairgrounds - 8:00 AM Pick
Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show
Naumkeag House & Gardens - 4:00 PM Pick
Festival of Illumination: World of Lights
Southwick Zoo - 5:30 PM Pick
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides