Splash pads and swimming pools are fun ways to cool off near home, but in three hours or less by car, families in Massachusetts or Connecticut can get to most of the following outdoor water parks for a wet and wild adventure with kids. Although there's no shortage of big slides at these amusement parks, you don't have to be a daredevil (or of a certain height) to enjoy yourself. There are wave pools, family raft rides, and lazy rivers for preschoolers (and those of us who don't need to plummet a down a very tall slide to have fun). Some of the parks are dedicated to water attractions, and others are part of a larger theme park, but they all offer plenty of chances to get completely soaked.
Tara constantly seeks out opportunities for enrichment and exploration with her kids. When she started writing about it as the Boston Community Ambassador for Ziptivity.com, she discovered a passion for sharing her unique finds with parents, helping to make their lives a little easier and a lot more fun. Her work, which has been highlighted by Huffington Post, can be seen nationally across the Mommy Poppins sites and on Appalachian Mountain Club's Kids Outdoors blog.
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Summer is short, but the days can often feel endless. Although there are plenty of free and easy things to do in and around Boston, a day trip to a cool locale in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, or Rhode Island can often be the perfect diversion to break up a long week, with minimal time (and financial) commitment. Here are 25, fun-packed towns Boston families can reach in under two hours from city limits—and return home in the evening to their own beds.
When you're not attending a graduation or crafting keepsakes or special treats for dad, we know you want the lowdown on the best things to do with your kids this month. June brings the start of summer and school vacation, which makes it the perfect time of year to get active, get outdoors, and explore nature. It's also a great time to introduce your kids to Boston's rich cultural scene, with festivals and performances filling our events calendar throughout the month. Don't forget to bookmark our summer fun guide for even more ideas for making the most of the sunshine and extra free time for family.
For a memorable family outing jam-packed with exhilarating rides, indulgent snacks, and giggle-inducing character interactions, head to a theme park. We have some great choices here in New England and rounded up our eight favorites for families with kids ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are close enough for a daycation while others are better suited for a weekend getaway; regardless, they all make for a quick escape from the every day blahs. For even more local thrills, explore our theme and water park guides for Boston and Connecticut, and if you have a few extra days for fun and relaxation, check out our Best Amusement Parks Near NYC.
April is jam-packed full of fun ways to soak up springtime...and as always, our Boston GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Sheepshearing, stargazing, Easter egg hunts, and Patriots Day parades are just some of the awesome events on tap for April. And with warmer weather on its way, it's a good time to bookmark our spring fun guide, too.
We're always delighted to welcome spring to Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each day brings a small and wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and it's the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to reconnect with nature or celebrate at a fair or festival. Here are our picks for Boston's best activities for families in springtime. And for even more ideas for making the most of the season, check out our Boston spring fun guide.
March is a month of celebrations, so lets celebrate! From Purim to St. Patrick's Day to maple sugaring festivals, there are tons of family-friendly festivities happening all around town this month. As winter gives way to spring, lots annual favorites like the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Revels Spring Sing are also popping up on the calendar. For a full list of ways to have family fun during winter's last hurrah, check out all of our picks below.