For LEGO-obsessed kids, visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Assembly Row in Somerville can be an almost magical experience, especially if you go in with a few insider tips. We recently got a sneak peek behind the scenes and had a chat with Master Builder Ian Coffey before exploring the indoor attraction on our own. Here's the inside scoop: Highlights, things to look for, and tips for getting the most out of your visit, whether you're visiting with your family or having a birthday party for your child (a good way to get the "Best Parent Ever" title).
When you and your little ones need some downtime from summer sun and fun, story time may be just the thing. There are indoor and outdoor story times all over the Boston area, almost every day of the week throughout the summer. So, drop in to one of these free story hours we’ve rounded up for you – then sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea – until you’re there. The little one (who refused to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes. But Independence Day is such a wonderful, important, festive and patriotic holiday! What to do?
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also celebrate our country’s independence with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music, food galore and more – no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ US of A some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style and do it big at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from city celebrations like Harborfest to small town festivities all around the Boston area.
NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT.
As a new parent I devoured books about babies, trying to understand the tiny new life in my charge. How far can he see? What is going on in his little mind when he is playing with that toy? And then I started to wonder how all these experts on babies knew anything. So when I learned that many of Boston's universities recruit parents and their kids to participate in research studies, I thought it would be fun way to engage in science with my little one.
If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own shows, which are often just the right size for young families. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and fun family Independence Day activities happening June 28th through July 5th. NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT. THE BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR ON THE ESPLANADE IS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 3.
Summertime is jam time, whether your music flavor of choice is kindie rock, roots music, jazz, blues, or classical. City neighborhoods and surrounding towns feature favorite local musicians in their summer outdoor music series, and many of them even have special concerts for kids. With this roundup of summer music series as a guide, you could take your kids to a concert almost every day this summer. Best of all, they're free!
You don't have to go broke to have fun with kids in and around Boston this summer. There are lots of free things to do, whether you want to be indoors or outside. Read on for a summer of free events, festivals, crafts, music, games, movies, and more.
If you're looking for times when you can visit local museums for free, check out my posts for free museum admission in the city of Boston and in the Greater Boston area (after you read through this list of free things to do with kids in Boston this summer, of course).
How is end of school year stressful? Let's count the ways. Oh, sure, there's the silver lining of not having to get the kids to school or arguing about homework for the blissful weeks of summer; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?", particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do today doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neato programs that are probably filled up now with kids whose parents got on this weeks (or months) ago.
Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; every one of the neato summer camps listed below still has space available as of this publish date.
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