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.
Sometimes Mom and Dad's ideas for summertime play involve hopping in the car and getting out of Dodge. Many of us have fond childhood memories of family road trips taken with our own parents, but now that we're grown up, we sometimes forget how boring the backseat can be. A great SUMMER OF PLAY should involve games that can be played inside, not just outside, and definitely within the confines of a car. So put away the electronics this road trip, and try some of these fun games that keep everyone in the car playing together.
I am constantly telling my kids how lucky they are to live so close to New York City—especially in the summer. From beautiful parks and beaches to a variety of attractions and entertainment, all five boroughs are family-friendly stops, whether it’s for a day, weekend or extended trip. And our sponsor NYC & Company is "spreading the news" on everything the area has to offer for parents and kids.
Providence is showing dads the love this weekend with freebies and discounts at family-friendly places around the city. Read on for some ideas for spending a fun day with your favorite father in Providence without breaking the bank – whether he’s the outdoors type, the academic sort, a grown-up kid, or just uniquely himself.
We've rounded up some of our favorite theme parks for kids in the area, all less than a two-hour drive from downtown Boston. You may even want to make your theme park visit a daycation or a weekend getaway.
Before you hop in the car, make sure to check the parks' official websites to confirm hours - they change by season and also may vary due to weather. And check for prices, too. Many offer online-only ticket specials that you can take advantage of from home. Also, if you plan to visit a particular park more than once, consider buying season passes as that may be more economical.
History, nature, literature, and the arts - whatever grabs your family’s interest, chances are, you’ll find something to in Concord that satisfies any interest. Just 45 minutes west of Boston, Concord has been called one of the more picturesque New England villages and is known far and wide for its revolutionary connections, extensive literary culture, and acres of diverse, protected land.
And if you and the kiddos work up an appetite as you work your way through town, there is no lack of places to eat - most of them casual and very family friendly - everything from sandwiches and pizza to ice cream and baked goods.
While our Boston calendar is filled with plenty of near-by things to do for Halloween, we’re highlighting three special events we’ve found that may take you further afield, but that truly embody the Halloween spirit.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival, in Keene, NH, featuring two glowing pumpkin towers and the Great Pumpkin Fest in Worcester, MA, with its display of more than 1,500 carved and lit pumpkins, take place on Saturday, October 22. The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, in Providence, RI, comes to life with approximately 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins that glow throughout the zoo area each night through Halloween.
It's August, and summer camp may be winding down, the family vacation just a memory, and back to school still a few weeks away. Restless kids and free, unstructured time can leave parents looking for things to do.
While we've uncovered plenty of summertime things to do in and around Boston, day trips can often be the perfect diversion - venture out to explore new territory, and return home in time to sleep in the comfort of your own bed (no hotel expense, either!). We’ve rounded up more than 15 places in Massachusetts that are all at the most two hours from downtown Boston. If your family has a favorite day trip to go on with kids, please add to our list in the comments section, below.
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