Here in chilly Boston, we're grateful for the inside playgrounds and indoor water parks that allow kids to replicate outdoor fun all year long. But when you really want to take four-seasons adventure to the next level, point the family cruiser toward the Granite State: At SkyVenture, located just over the New Hampshire border (and less than an hour from Boston), kids as young as preschool-age can "fly," surf and slide under one roof—in a single, glorious afternoon. We got the scoop from parents and kids who've made the trip.
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When the kids are wired but outdoor swimming is out of the question—nearly 10 months of the year in these parts—a dip in an indoor pool can be just the thing to set the day right. Swim lessons are important for setting a foundation for pool safety, but simply splashing around in the off-season can also help transform doggy paddlers into capable swimmers more quickly, making summer a little safer—and less stressful—for all. The trick is, many indoor pools require pricey memberships, and not all welcome kids. We've rounded up some pools that offer drop-in swim times for families. A note: Before digging out the swimsuits and announcing the idea to the kids, be sure to call ahead, as schedules and rates can fluctuate.
Sure, kids dabble in paint and clay once a week or so throughout the Boston school year. But if you have a child who really loves to create, a weeklong (or longer) summer art camp might be just the thing to ignite a passion.
These nine visual art camps, happening throughout the summer around Boston, span ages and art media, so you're sure to find one that gets your creative kid excited.
We know how lucky we are in Boston to have the Science Museum, the Boston Children's Museum, and the EcoTarium to inspire and engage our kids in all things STEM. But with the brand-new renovation of the Acton-based Discovery Museum, re-opening this weekend after an eight-month-long hiatus with a free celebration for children, we can now boast of yet another world-class family museum within a short drive of the city. After a sneak-peek visit with my two sons, 9 and 6, I'll go even further to say that this might be the most uniquely engaging science outing my kiddos have ever experienced—and a must-do for Boston kids.
Boston is packed with great indoor party places that cater to kids. But there are still plenty of parents—myself included—who really enjoy hosting a good, old-fashioned, at-home birthday party. The one catch: Coming up with ways to keep kids engaged that don't involve trashing the house. Recently, we rounded up some of our favorite musicians, magicians, clowns, and character actors who travel to homes to perform for Boston-area kids. But in the event you have a child who yearns for something a little different, we've scouted around for party entertainment that's a little outside the gift box, so to speak. Whether you have a kid who's into exotic creatures, cooking, or just romping around, you can count on one of these companies to create a one-of-a-kind party for your unique birthday boy or girl. Rates fluctuate by group size and sometimes seasonally, so be sure to ask details when you reach out for more information.
One of Boston's most iconic winter landmarks is set to get a sweet makeover this weekend—just in time for Valentine's Day! As if we weren't already smitten with the blue-lit trellis that adds a magical glow to the North End waterfront, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP), led by curator Robyn Reed, have been busy transforming it into a "Tunnel of Love" that will be open to the public starting Feburary 10 and through the rest of the month. Families with kids of all ages are invited to come to the park for the tunnel's official unveiling between 4pm to 9pm this Saturday to stroll through the revamped trellis, post for selfies with specially designed "cupid wings," and enjoy a few sweet surprises.
From splashy musicals to TV-inspired celebrations, Boston is a hub of special performances suitable for all ages. Live shows are a fun way to get out of the house, learn something new, and experience the arts. Whether you've got a preschooler or a preteen, there are some great shows happening in the area this year, from Paw Patrol to—yes, it's really happening!—Hamilton. To help you plan ahead, we’ve rounded up this list of shows coming to the area this winter, spring, and fall.
When you have active little ones, and live in a region that requires a winter jacket almost half the year, you've gotta have some ideas up your puffer coat sleeve for indoor fun. Good news is, Boston and its 'burbs meet the needs of stir-crazy kids (and their parents) with plenty of options for things to do inside on cold or rainy days. From play zones to award-winning libraries to some of the best museums in the area, we'ved assembled a bucket list of can't-miss inside activities that are unique to our chilly city.