There are plenty of area beaches that are perfect for families looking to spend the day outside, but some kids prefer the warmer and calmer waters of one of Massachusetts' many swimming lakes. We’ve rounded up swimming lakes and ponds around Boston where you and your kids can splash around in freshwater all summer long. A few popular spots are closed in 2020 or open only to residents, but most are open to any family looking to take a dip or cool off.
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You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and at area parks and playgrounds. With Governor Baker allowing spray parks to open as part of Massachusetts' Phase 2 reopening plan, city officials in Boston and surrounding suburbs are working hard to turn on the water features at many playgrounds and parks, and starting this weekend, kids are able to splash around at several of the area's "coolest" spraygrounds, fountains, and wading pools in Boston and nearby suburbs, like Brookline and Belmont. As an added bonus, these spray parks are all free to visit.
As with any public activity this summer, be sure to pack along a face mask along with your sunscreen and towels: Per state guidelines, face coverings are required in outdoor areas when 6 feet of social distance can't be maintained. Our Boston Summer Fun Guide includes more fun and safe ideas for keeping kids busy in July and August.
I’ve always loved hiking, so it was not long after having my first baby that I was hitting the trails around Boston, carrier and all. It was even more exciting when my kids were sure-footed enough to go hiking with me and my husband. Whether you have little kids or big ones, there are plenty of fun and scenic trails throughout the Boston area to enjoy. These one-mile-or-less trails are great spots for walking with toddlers and preschoolers, but these 10 nearby parks and reservations are tops near Boston for longer family hikes.
Spring break is coming, and while it's tempting to escape to a warmer climate, a tropical vacation may not fit your schedule or budget. Luckily, New England is packed with fun family trip destinations that are easy to get to (and easy on the wallet). From farm animal encounters in Vermont to old-fashioned train rides in Maine and New Hampshire, these overnight or weekend itineraries can be planned at the last minute and still provide last memories for kids.
Summer camp can be pricey, but not all fun and enriching programs have to cost a pretty penny. To round out our complete guide to Boston-area summer camps, we’ve put together a list of nearly a dozen inexpensive camps in the Boston area that can provide your child with everything from performing arts experience to sailing lessons.
Find a full list of local summer camps in our Camp Directory for Boston families.
We love Boston's indoor play spaces for helping kids get their energy out, but what if your child is literally climbing the walls? That’s where gyms that channel the TV show American Ninja Warrior come in. Just like the show, the indoor obstacles at these family-friendly gyms and indoor play spaces in Massachusetts require speed, agility, balance, and strength to complete. They are perfect for little monkeys who love to climb and appreciate a physical challenge.
If your kids are inspired by the show, or just need a productive way to channel their energy, we've got a great list of Boston-area gyms with obstacle courses perfect for aspiring ninja warriors. Our Boston Indoor Fun Guide has more ideas for keeping kids active when it's cold or wet outside.
There are all sorts of local spots to play indoors when the weather gets frightful. And some of the best spots are absolutely free—including some very special local libraries, which feature unique play spaces along with shelves of books. Whether you’ve got a preschooler or a pre-teen, a trip to at least one of these libraries will be a fun, brain-boosting escape on a cold or wet day.
Thanksgiving is all about food and family, two of our favorite things. And while we love cooking a big meal, we also love when someone else does it for us … especially the clean-up! Going out to eat on Thanksgiving isn’t exactly traditional, but with a little help from some of Boston’s best restaurants, you can have a holiday that’s delicious, relaxing, and memorable. We rounded up 10 local spots that are serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal fit for the whole family so you can have a fun and festive holiday without all the mess and stress.