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 a zoo seems to be universal. For a night your child will be talking about for a long time, read on: I’ve found 8 really cool sleepovers at favorite destinations within an hour’s drive from Boston. Start planning your family or group slumber party with knights in shining armor, among science exhibits, with nocturnal animals, on a battleship, in a baseball stadium, or adjacent to a water park.
Springfield always surprises me with its rich culture, history and capacity for family fun. It is a city of firsts, and learning about its past may inspire your child to become a pioneer of the future. There is much to do in Greater Springfield, from riding roller coasters to enjoying a peaceful meeting with an alpaca. It’s just the right distance for a short getaway from Boston. Read on for 25 fun family activities to do while you’re there, whether it’s for a day or two, or more.
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.
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.
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