The MIT Museum is a haven for science and engineering geeks, but it’s also a fascinating place to visit for everyone else. It’s where all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are explained, learned, and celebrated. It's also a quieter, calmer alternative to the Museum of Science for families with tweens and teens. Read on for highlights of the museum’s offerings, tips to get the most out of your visit, and things to do before and after your visit.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during April vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events for families going on in Boston - puppet shows, dance and theater performances, special museum happenings, one-day events, and nature programs.
Read on to see highlights of some of the many wonderful things to do during spring break with kids, and be sure to visit our calendar of events, our Patriots Day and Earth Day roundups for even more ideas.
Each year on or around April 22, Boston comes alive with many special events to celebrate Earth Day. Kids learn about how they can help protect the the environment and how your family can become more green. From community service projects like the DCR’s Park Serve Day and festivals at the Spellman Museum and EcoTarium to outdoor festivals at the Franklin Park Zoo, families can get out, have fun, and make a difference.
Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20, and it’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets for Easter egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations - in parks, on farms, at a carousel and even on a US Navy cruiser. And if we’ve missed any, please let us know by either sending us an email or commenting below.
Our picks for April are in! Our April GO List highlights our favorite, extra special activities from our daily events calendar, including the Swan Boats Opening Day, Patriots Day celebrations, the Boston Marathon, and the Cambridge Science Festival. We still send our weekend event roundups each Thursday, and we'll keep adding to our Events Calendar daily; but we want to give you enough notice to plan for some of these favorite April events.
Read on for the top things to do with kids in Boston this April. Click through to the full listings and you can add them to your calendar.
While some kids can think of nothing but Easter bunnies and scrambling to fill their baskets this time of year, children who celebrate Passover have plenty of ways to mark the holiday. Even some of the smallest members of the family can participate in Passover celebrations in a meaningful way. Through stories, music, puppets, and hands-on activities hosted by Boston-area organizations, children learn about the history and traditions of Passover.
We’ve rounded up special events taking place leading up to Passover (this year, the first Seder begins at sundown on Monday, April 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 22); please let us know if you have others to share via email or in the comment section below.
Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated with storytelling, costumes, and the making and giving of gifts. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all.
But Purim is worth knowing. It celebrates the story of Queen Esther outwitting the evil Haman, a story that has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)
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