October may be our favorite month in Boston. Besides fall fun like pumpkin picking and the excitement of Halloween, there are plenty of fairs, festivals, special events and performances to fill our weekends. Every year we count the days until Opening Our Doors and the Boston Book Festival, plus new events we can't wait to experience. All throughout the month there are opportunities for families to get outdoors, enjoy the autumn weather, and experience the best of Boston (often for free). Here are our top 10 picks for this October.
Faneuil Hall might be a great place for tourists, but it's a pretty fantastic spot for locals, too. With one of the 10 coolest stops for kids on the Freedom Trail and some of the best places to eat along the Trail, along with tons of fun activities especially for children, you can easily spend a full afternoon without once hearing, "I'm bored." Read on for the 10 best kid-tested things to do while visiting Faneuil Hall with kids.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea—until you’re there. The little one (who refuses to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes.
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also mark Independence Day with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music and food—no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ U.S. of A. some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from the city's annual Harborfest to small-town festivities all around the Boston area.
You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Greenway and Boston Common. There is plenty of water fun to be had in neighborhoods all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots. Most locations are open on weekends after Memorial Day, and then daily from the end of June through Labor Day. Bonus: they're all free!
The Highland Street Foundation's 2015 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, which means it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures!
The organization offers families the opportunity to visit Massachusetts attractions for free every Friday from the end of June through August. There are 70 museums and cultural venues on the schedule, and with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to pick. We're highlighting five, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at other times, how much money is saved on entry, proximity to Boston and, most importantly, kid-friendliness and cool factor.
Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much of a summertime tradition in Boston as going to an alfresco concert. Drive-in movies can be lots of fun, but even without a car, there are plenty of free, family-friendly films to choose from in Boston.
Movies begin at dusk, but you'll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots, and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston.
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 enjoy the sunshine outside or cool off indoors. Read on for a summer of free events, festivals, crafts, music, games, movies and more.
And if you're looking for times when you can visit local museums at no cost, check out our roundups of free museum hours in Boston and the greater Boston area (after you read through this list of free things to do with kids in Boston this summer, of course).
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