Cambridge may be known mostly for its world-class colleges, but it has a lot to offer the younger set too. With lots of outdoor spaces for walking, riding bikes, or having a picnic, you’ll never feel cooped up in the city. Plus there are great museums, kid-friendly restaurants and festivals galore. We’ve already written about 25 things we love to do with kids in Harvard Square, so this list mostly contains ideas for fun in the rest of Cambridge. With so much to do, it’s time to start exploring.
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Getting a picture taken with the Easter Bunny is a major rite of passage for many kids. Make the tradition even more special this year when you take your child to a breakfast or brunch where the famous rabbit will be milling about—for photo ops or just some shy gawking. Whether you’re looking for a fun pre-holiday activity or want to find a kid-friendly spot to eat for the big day, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to make reservations (many of these events fill up quickly); and take lots of pictures.
Taking your kids to their first movie is a special rite of passage. So it’s only fitting that you’d want to take them to just the right movie theater for the perfect experience. Boston is home to dozens of movie houses, but some are more suited to young audiences than others.
Boston has long been home to public markets where people could shop and gather. Faneuil Hall first opened more than 250 years ago, and Quincy Market followed 75 years later. Now we’ve also got the Boston Public Market, a marketplace dedicated to food grown and produced in New England that opened in 2015.
Kids might have President's Day off from school, but that doesn’t always mean that mom and dad can stay home too. Many business are in full swing despite the holiday, which can leave parents in a tight spot when it comes to childcare. Even tougher, many February vacation week drop-off camps don’t start until the Tuesday after President’s Day. To make life easier, we've compiled a list of Boston-area drop-off programs that are available on the holiday.
Dining out with kids isn’t always a fun proposition, but breakfast or brunch can be a great time to go to a restaurant with the whole family. Kids tend to be less cranky earlier in the day, and morning menu offerings suit even picky palates. That’s fine with us, because we love breakfast—french toast! omelets! coffee!—best of all.
When temperatures start to drop in Boston, it’s tempting to want to hibernate inside with the kids. But that almost always leads to a bad case of cabin fever. So when winter strikes, we try to embrace it. This means getting out for activities like wintertime walks, skiing, and ice skating. And our other favorite winter activity, that’s perfect for the whole family: snowshoeing. Whether you have your own snowshoes or need to rent them, there are plenty of options for where to try snowshoeing near Boston.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, there’s never a bad time to visit Woodstock, Vermont. There’s plenty to do for all ages, but it’s an especially nice place to travel with kids. There are farms with animals to meet, nature trails to explore, and lots of great family-friendly food to enjoy. The town itself looks like a postcard and the surrounding areas are absolutely breathtaking, especially with fall foliage or fresh snow on nearby peaks.
Since we love Woodstock so much, we put together this list of 25 things to do with kids in and around the town. It’ll give you fun ideas no matter the season!