A trip to the museum doesn’t need to be a “boring” excursion for your kiddos, or strictly refer to your family popping into an indoor space for some play time. Whether it's artwork featuring everyone's favorite honey loving bear or interactive challenges like dodging hanging pendulums, at least one of these half-dozen exhibits on display across greater Boston is sure to delight your kids this fall. They might even learn something (but you don't have to tell them that).
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It's official: Charlestown has gone to the dogs! This summer, the Charlestown Navy Yard is being invaded by huge, colorfully decorated sculptures in the shape of man's best friend. Canine-loving kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy the whimsy of these massive steel pups, designed by local artist Dale Rogers, that temporarily dot the landscape of Boston's most historic waterfront area. Situated on the lovely National Park Service grounds (where real dogs, on leashes, are welcome, too!) and next to the USS Constitution Museum (one of our fave free museums), the Big Dog Show will be accessible daily throughout Summer 2018. Consider it a perfect excuse to pack a picnic and head to Charlestown for a day or evening of public art, history, and awesome harbor views.
Even though I grew up in Boston, I knew very little about the South Shore before I moved there. Much to my delight, in addition to being a beautiful part of New England, there is also a lot of fun things to do, especially in the summer. Here are some top picks that are worth the drive (and possible Cape traffic!) to this special area.
There are just so many things I love about ice skating: gliding across the slick ice rink, feeling like I am flying through a sea of other skaters, spinning and twirling until I'm dizzy and ready for a hot chocolate break. Then there are the things that I don't enjoy so much, like the freezing cold temps that necessitate a rink, the hard ice that is so painful to land on, the pinch of skates laced too tight...you get the idea. Luckily, the Boston Children's Museum has found a way to highlight the joys of skating (without all of the downsides) at their Snowmazing exhibit, now open to the public.
As cozy as it is at home during the end of December, there's something about the idea of someone else doing the cooking and clean-up for the family that is just so appealing—no matter what holiday you celebrate. As it turns out, not only are there a bunch of amazing restaurants open in Boston on Christmas Day, but they have all kinds of special holiday plans for guests as well.
Yes, leaves remain on the trees and pumpkins still dot our doorsteps, but smart parents know that now is the time to snatch up the city's hottest holiday tickets. While November and December are full of options for family fun, prime seats at some events are worth booking very early—since, due to tradition, trends, or a limited engagement, they promise to sell fast. Whatever suits your family's fancy, you're sure to be the envy of your friends with these holiday tix in hand before December.
Who's ready for a nice long weekend? The season of fall festivals continues with not-to-be-missed events in Milton, South Boston, and the mother of all festivals, HONK! (plus an awesome-sounding HONK! workshop on Sunday). Gustafer Yellowgold returns for a special new CD release show, budding archeologists are invited to a dig, and the final Red Sox Showcase of the season is at Faneuil Hall. Enjoy the Monday holiday and visit the Fenway area for a huge (free!) art and community event.
We at Mommy Poppins wish all Boston families a happy and fun Columbus Day Weekend!
Also on Mommy Poppins this week:
- Bringing the kids to PJ Masks? Check out our review of the show before you go.
- Save your money for trick-or-treat goodies and hit these 20 free—or nearly free—Halloween events.
Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.