Even if your kids haven’t seen Night at the Museum or read The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the appeal of staying overnight in a museum or zoo seems to be universal. These favorite destinations, within an hour’s drive from Boston, make the fantasy a reality. For a night your child will be talking about for a long time, read on and start planning your family or group slumber party among science exhibits, with nocturnal animals, on a battleship, or in a baseball stadium. You might even want to add one of these sleepovers to your list of things to do with the kids before the end of summer.
If you’re willing to venture out just beyond city limits, you’ll find unique and wonderful art and craft making classes for your kids. Sure, the city of Boston has fine art classes at the MFA, glass crafts at the Diablo Glass School, and woodworking at The Eliot School. But Greater Boston (Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline) boasts its very own stitch lounge, a different (and wild!) museum art making experience, and studios where kids are encouraged to get messy.
The Highland Street Foundation's 2014 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday from the end of June through August.
Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift, but with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit. I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at another time, how much money is saved on admission, proximity to Boston, whether the place is good for children, and the overall fun factor.
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.
My fifth grader’s class recently went on a field trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester. Although I’ve taken my kids to many Boston museums, we had not visited the JFK Museum before, so I jumped at the chance to chaperone. For parents and educators alike, here is the lowdown on what you need to know when visiting the JFK Library and Museum with kids.
As Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, Dorchester boasts lots of fun activities for kids, families, and teenagers. Whether you are looking for a hike, an animal encounter at the zoo, fresh food from a farmers' market, classes, or a museum, you are bound to find it in Dorchester.
Over the last 20 years, South Boston (“Southie”) has been the setting for a number of Hollywood blockbusters. But with its uniquely Boston charm, proximity to downtown and beautiful beaches, many young families also call this bustling neighborhood home. In fact, since moving here in 2009 I’ve lived here the longest I’ve lived anywhere in 15 years! The strong sense of community known as “Southie Pride” is apparent in every business and aspect of South Boston living. For this reason (and many others) I am delighted to show off the area. So here are our favorite kid-friendly spots we love bringing our three-year-old daughter and our four-month-old son:
The lines between Massachusetts and Rhode Island are so fuzzy, sometimes we're not sure which state we're in. Lucky us, because Rhode Island packs giant family fun into a tiny package. Travel less than an hour in any direction, and you're in a completely different world.
We love exploring the parks, beaches, nature centers, museums, places to eat, and other things to do with kids in Rhode Island. As we explore, we'll share our finds with you, so take a look at where we've been and keep checking back for even more great places and family adventures in the Ocean State.
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