Out-of-town friends often ask me if Boston is a kid-friendly city. I love this question, because there are endless reasons that make this city a great place for kids to grow up in. I know I'm not alone; Bostonians love their town and aren't afraid to tell you why. This passion gets passed down to each generation with gusto, and makes the top of my list of 25 reasons Boston (including the surrounding 'burbs) is the perfect place to raise children.
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Located on the banks of Boston Harbor, historic Charlestown has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for young families due to its proximity to the city and neighborhood feel. Made famous by several touristy landmarks like the Bunker Hill Monument and Old Ironsides, Charlestown offers plenty to do for kids in all seasons. It's hard to believe this 'hood is only one square mile!
You could spend a whole day exploring Charlestown, but if you want to branch out to the nearby neighborhoods, check out our picks for family-friendly activities in Boston's North End and Seaport/Fort Channel areas, too.
When I moved to the South Shore from downtown Boston, I was pleasantly surprised by how much there is to do with kids. I figured the list would dwindle significantly once the weather turned cold, but alas, it seemed to actually grow the more I investigated!
There’s nothing quite like getting out of the city and heading to a farm with your little one on a warm spring day. The sounds of sirens are replaced with cock-a-doodle-dos, the smell of bus exhaust with fresh hay, and the urban skyline with A-frame barns. Just a half-hour outside the city, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln is ideal for just such an experience—no matter what the season.
Winter is officially here and the days are getting colder. For most parents, that means looking for indoor playspaces for the kids. I recommend checking out the BeanStalk Ropes Course nestled in the front entrance of the Jordan's in Reading; a hidden gem my family recently discovered and can't stop raving about.
There are many opportunities for a dose of Christmas cheer in the Boston area, but I recommend including Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights on your holiday must-do list this year. During the holiday season Edaville USA is decorated with over 17 million (that's right, 17 million) lights! Admission also grants you the opportunity to enjoy the park's newest attraction, Dickens Village, with Santa on hand for pictures; a train ride for an up-front view of the light structures; and Edaville's 90 family-friendly rides and attractions, including the iconic Thomas Land.
The kids and I had the pleasure of being invited back to Thomas Land for opening day of this summer. For those who already know Edaville, this brand new section of the theme park is absolutely worth a trip back. Twelve years in the making, Thomas Land – right in our backyard in Carver, MA – is the only one in the United States. The other park is in England, and ours is bigger!
Thomas Land is a treat for the young and the young at heart; the creators have done a great job of making the park fun for all ages. Here are some newly scouted highlights, plus a few tips along the way. All aboard!
It may seem like you've seen all there is to see this holiday season — decorated Christmas trees, holiday lights, gingerbread houses, and enchanting displays — but don't hang up your Santa hat just yet. Head on down to the South Shore with your kids and catch a glimpse of some really unique and beautiful Christmas decorations.