Kids Activities in Downtown

Up to 55% Off Cryptozoology-Museum Visits

International Cryptozoology Museum

Downtown

$14 $7

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Cryptozoological museum studies and informs visitors about creatures such as the Loch Ness Monster, the Jersey Devil, and Fiji Mermaids

Up to 57% Off Ice-Skating at Portland Ice Arena

Portland Ice Arena

Portland

$14 $7

More than 60,000 people visit the arena every season to skate on the same ice rink used for practice by the AHL's Portland Pirates

Southworth Planetarium – Half Off Visit or Membership

Southworth Planetarium

USM Portland - Science Building

$26 $13

Spellbinding space films, laser shows, science lectures, and exhibits

$14 for Family Games, Attractions, and Snacks

Joker's Family Fun and Games

Riverton

$26 $14

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Vast indoor play areas serve housemade pizza as kids play with jungle gyms, inflatable air bounces, train rides, and arcade games

Up to 51% Off Membership to Skyline Farm Carriage Museum

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum

North Yarmouth

$35 $17

Annual memberships grant access to special events and tours of a carriage museum with displays from the 18th century through the 1920s

Up to 42% Off at Funtown Splashtown USA 

Funtown Splashtown USA

Saco

$50 $29

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60-foot intertwining slides, a pirate-themed play area with eight slides, a family raft slide, and a dark tube-slide foster summer fun

Up to 51% Off Camping at Wolfe's Neck Farm

Wolfe's Neck Farm

Freeport

$50.76 $25

Enjoy a night of camping at nonelectric campsites in wooded or ocean-view spots on the farm's 626 acres

Up to 53% Off Brick Store Museum

Brick Store Museum

Kennebunk

$15 $7

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Four 19th century buildings including a general store converted into a museum of regional history hold Photography, artwork, and artifacts

Ogunquit Museum Of American Art – Up to 50% Off a Visit

Ogunquit Museum Of American Art

Ogunquit

$20 $11

Oceanfront museum exclusively exhibits American works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and graphics

50% Off Admission to Maine State Aquarium

Maine State Aquarium

Boothbay

$20 $10

Tanks display anemones, wolffish, and lobsters and hands-on exhibits allow guests to handle horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and sand dollars

Up to 50% Off at Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay Railway Village

Boothbay

$20 $10

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See more than 60 antique cars, 28 historical buildings, and a lovingly restored Merci Boxcar gifted to America by France post-World War II

64% Off Bowling and Pizza for Up to Six at Bowl-O-Rama

Bowl-O-Rama

Bowl-O-Rama

$80 $29

28 candlepin lanes host competitive and entertaining games while computerized systems keep score and a kitchen kicks out hand-tossed pizza

Up to 43% Off a Boat Cruise

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Hampton Harbor

$33 $19

Individuals or pairs enjoy a whale-watching or island cruise

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

51% Off Candlepin Bowling at Riverwalk Lanes

Riverwalk Lanes

Amesbury Town

$42.50 $21

Eight candlepin lanes supply competitive fun for a bowling outing for up to five

Up to 43% Off Newburyport Whale Watch Tour

Newburyport Whale Watch

Newburyport

$48 $29

Passengers head out to sea aboard a custom whale-watching craft to enjoy the majestic mammals, aided by an onboard naturalist

Amesbury Sports Park – Up to 53% Off Tubing and Zorb Rides

Amesbury Sports Park

Amesbury

$39.50 $23

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Two lanes and a conveyor belt usher tubers up and down hills; zorbs enclose guests in a plastic sphere for trips downhill

40% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $29

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View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115-ft. boat "Hurricane II"

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch – Up to 49% Off Excursions

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $28

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

50% Off Four 30 minute private music Lessons

West Newbury School Of Music

West Newbury

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 53% Off at Liquid Planet Water Park

Liquid Planet Water Park

Candia

$40 $19

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All-day pass grants unlimited access to water slides, pools, and splash parks; guests also get a zipline ride and round of mini golf

Up to 53% Off Reptile Tour from Zoo Creatures

Zoo Creatures

Plaistow

$16 $8

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Get cozy with a pink and purple python or alligator during this reptile tour

Up to Half Off Private or Group Music Lessons

DeAngelis Studio of Music and Arts

Haverhill

$60 $30

Students study either voice, guitar, bass, piano, or drum in two 1-on-1 lessons; discovery lessons introduce guitar, voice, piano & drums

Up to 41% Off at Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham

$16 $10

Marvel at 10 model train layouts, vintage dolls and antique toys and step back in time to visit a New England home from the 1690's

Up to 51% Off Children's Indoor Play

Froggy's Party Pad

Haverhill

$30 $15

Kids aged 18 months to 5 years gather to exercise, dance, and participate in open play in a fun, colorful environment

46% Off Blueberry Festival

Connors Farm

Danvers

$23.90 $13

Guests feast on blueberry pie and ice cream, go on hayrides, watch duck races, and listen to music

Up to 59% Off Park Outing or Membership in Salem

America's Stonehenge

Salem

$22 $10

Maintained trail guides guests through a 4,000-year-old manmade site complete with inscriptions, maze-like hallways, alpacas, and chambers

Salem Wax Museum – Up to 54% Off

Salem Wax Museum

Downtown Salem

$64 $39

Visitors can view eerily life-like wax figures and practicing witches or visit Frankenstein at Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood

Half Off Pop-In Playtime at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Peabody Town Center

$40 $20

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides, and inflatables

58% Off a Kids' Educational Camp

Bricks 4 Kidz

North Andover

$45 $19

Kids explore their creativity and learn engineering fundamentals through guided projects incorporating Lego and Duplo blocks

50% Off a One-Day Football or Kicking Training

Sports International Football Camps

Merrimack College

$199.97 $99

Kids receive position-specific training at football specialty clinic, or kicking, punting, and long-snapping academy

38% Off Pottery Painting at Look What I Made

Look What I Made! Pottery

North Reading

$40 $25

Adorn a bisque piece with provided paints and sponges inspired by surrounding pieces during a laid-back paint-your-own-pottery session

50% Off Bowling and Billiards at Kings Lynnfield

Kings Lynnfield

Lynnfield

$40 $19.99

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Fun center offers 16 lanes, two pool tables, bocce court, and shuffleboard table amongst 50 HDTVs, two bars, and a restaurant

40% Off Classic Arcade Games, Pinball, and Skeeball

Pinball Wizard Arcade

Pelham

$25 $15

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More than 300 arcade games, including 100 pinball machines and 200 classic video arcade games; arcade games are 1 token, pinball is 2 or 3

Up to 53% Off at Griffin Photography Museum

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

The North Star

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Bell-in-Hand Tavern

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

82% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

The Old State House - America's Revolutionary Museum – 70% Off

RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House

Downtown

$20 $12

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Experience the American Revolution through Revolutionary-era artifacts & live performances, then tour the Boston Massacre site out front

Up to 57% Off Kids' Tumble Gym Passes

Together in Motion

East Arlington

$69 $34

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Parents and children bond as they play with soft blocks and climb through tunnels together on a tumbling gym's padded floor

54% Off Basketball Camp

FLS International

Boston

$300 $139

Students spend three full days a week at the beach to study basketball techniques under experienced instructors

51% Off Bowling for Up to Six at South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Bowl

$59 $29

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New England–born variation of bowling employs balls and pins smaller than standard 10-pin games

Up to 56% Off Private Piano Lessons

Functional Piano Training

Cambridgeport

$260 $119

Private piano lessons help players improve piano technique and musical understanding

Up to 50% Off Family Activities at Kings Back Bay

Kings

Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood

$40 $19.99

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Retro wall art and vibrant, high-def screens surround bowling alleys, shuffleboard tables, and skee-ball games

45% Off Musical Instrument Course

Musicians' Playground

Boston

$180 $99

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

56% Off In-Studio Piano Lessons

New England Studio of Music

Multiple Locations

$135 $59

Lessons based in classical training for pianists of all ages and experience levels

Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Up to 50% Off Visit

Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston

$24 $12

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Visitors explore a 132-acre indoor and outdoor live museum, gazing at colorful flowers and plants

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Stars on Ice's lineup of skaters––who have spun, twirled, and Salchowed to Olympic gold-medal podiums––dazzles audiences with an engrossing spectacle that intertwines music, intricate choreography, and sparkly costumes. Sasha Cohen, the silver-medal-winning Californian who became the first in the state to understand what ice was, fluidly floats to the song “Big Spender.” With skills that snatched two gold medals and charm that graced the pages of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People issue, Ekaterina Gordeeva electrifies the Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Daunting athleticism underlies the lyricism and surprising visual references to Three Stooges films in the performance of Ilia Kulik, whose gold-medal routine in Nagano saw him slay a quadruple toe loop and eight triple jumps. Those who opt for the meet and greet will brush elbows with some of the stars at the arena, whereas at-home fans can gaze at posters inscribed by the skaters’ delicate bladework.

1 Civic Center Sq
Portland,
ME
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Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the nation, and curates museums, programs, and events to celebrate the state's long history. The MHS Museum features a collection of more than 15,000 artifacts, including pieces of Native American archaeological material, political memorabilia, and pictures of the first governor with his head caught in a lobster trap. The society's 1-acre campus is also home to the the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet best known for penning "Paul Revere's Ride" and The Song of Hiawatha. Membership to the society includes invitations to exhibit openings, member parties, lectures, trips, access to the Brown Research library, a subscription to the Maine History Journal, and a 10% discount at the museum store, web store, and all vintage Maine image purchases.

489 Congress St
Portland,
ME
US

When most people think of Italian villas, elaborate textiles, and Turkish smoking rooms, they don't picture them in the United States. But they used to be. The Victoria Mansion showcases the grandeur of art, design, and architecture before the Civil War. Based in the 19th-century Morse-Libby house, the museum is now open to the public, although it was once in peril of being ripped down and turned into a gas station in 1940.

Visitors can tour the house to see rooms dripping with stained glass, gilded mirrors, and satin textiles. From the very large—chestnut paneled walls—to the very small—a silver salt cellar by Tiffany & Co.—the home displays the most opulent architecture and decor of the age. In addition to guided tours, the museum sponsors public lectures, discussion groups, and scholarly symposiums on 19th-century topics, like the mansion's artwork.

109 Danforth St
Portland,
ME
US

Since Portland Museum of Art opened in 1882, its collection has blossomed to include more than 17,000 pieces of art from the 18th century to the present day. Amid works of sculpture, ceramics, and furniture, the museum sports paintings by European luminaries, such as Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. At its core, however, are works by Maine artists.

Roughly 10 changing exhibitions round out the museum’s displays, which are spread throughout three buildings: the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries, the Charles Shipman Payson Building, and the 1801-built McMellan House. Besides artwork, these spaces house the museum’s events, which range from lectures to film screenings.

7 Congress Sq
Portland,
ME
US

As a local non-profit, the State Theatre has vivified the cultural landscape for nearly a century through applause-worthy performances and engaging community programs. Come February, Stomp will explode onto the stage with percussive rhythm and movement, and Glen Burtnik & Friends will honor John Lennon's 70th birthday by serenading a Fab Four-loving crowd with beloved hits such as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and lesser-known tunes such as "Tangerine Terrain Temporarily." Surrender your eardrums to the marching band musicality and show-stopping steppers of DrumLine Live, or treat a theater-craving youngster to the food-fueled metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a black-lit puppet presentation of a childhood classic.

609 Congress St
Portland,
ME
US

From their outposts in Portland and Falmouth, Maine Surfers Union outfits aquatic adventurers with surf and paddle boards before sending them off to enjoy watery recreation. The staff boasts more than a decade of experience in the surfing industry, lending them the confidence to recommend specific gear from an inventory of boards by Hobie, McDermott, and Bing. They also set thrill-seekers up with rental surf and paddle boards, available in time increments from two-hour blocs to week-long rentals—long enough for beginners to get the hang of standing up, catching waves, and scaring off feral dolphins by shouting "cowabunga."

36 Market Street
Portland,
ME
US