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Things To Do With Kids in Boston

The famous site of the Boston Tea Party, this eastern city is quite literally steeped in history. Home to some of the country’s most famous museums, well-loved parks, and the iconic Freedom Trail, Boston is a fantastic place to bring people of all ages. Explorers of all kinds will connect with the city’s thriving arts scene, unique eateries, and natural trails. Uncover a side of Boston only the insiders know with these family-friendly things to do around the city.

Make your mark on one of America’s most treasured cities when you come on a family trip to Boston. There are a variety of deals available, from rock climbing to group painting, or museums and historic attractions. Try these family-friendly activities for kids:

  • Come face to face with history’s greatest figures at the Dreamland Wax Museum
  • Tour The Old State House to uncover the story behind America’s revolution for independence
  • Climb artificial rocks with a discount at the indoor climbing walls at Rock Spot Climbing
  • Book a group painting experience at Muse Paintbar
  • Bring the family whale watching at Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

Parents and kids will both have a unforgettable time on a trip to this eastern. Try heading to a local brewing company for snacks or catch thrills at the adventure park. Consider the following kid-approved Boston deals today:

  • Order fries for the kids and enjoy local beer flights at Remnant Brewing
  • Explore the city at large and learn something new on a trolley tour
  • See how brave the family really is at Candia Springs Adventure Park
  • Create a glass-blown pumpkin during a one-hour workshop at Luke Adams Glassblowing Studio
  • Enjoy ice cream and mini golf on the course at Norton Mini Golf and Ice Cream
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Boston is packed with sightseeing opportunities to keep family members of all ages happy. Parents will love the affordability and kids will enjoy a treasured look into the city’s historic past. Try these free activities with kids in Boston:

  • Visit the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
  • Try the nation’s most famous chowder at Legal Sea Foods, whose chowder has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981
  • On a clear day, take a ride inside the Swan Boats in the Public Garden
  • Explore the Bunker Hill Museum to experience the Battle of Bunker Hill and learn about Charlestown
  • Browse the SOWA Open Market every Sunday afternoon
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Make this trip all about the kids by doing what they want to do for a day. High five a sea lion or chase geese through a field at a local farm. Here are Boston’s most kid-centric attractions:

  • Fill up on sugary sweets at the Chocolate Bar inside Langham Hotel
  • Visit with giraffes, gorillas, and sea lions at the Franklin Park Zoo
  • Order a stadium hot dog and cheer on the Celtics at the Garden
  • Pet the farm animals and admire owls and geese at Drumlin Farm
  • Hunt for sea glass and artifacts or go swimming on Spectacle Island
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Sometimes day trips are more fun with friends in tow. Bring the crowd to a local sports game or walk the Freedom Trail to learn about important history. The following activities make kid-friendly group outings in Boston easy:

  • Show up early to the Free Friday Flicks on the lawn at the Hatch Shell
  • Sit in the bleachers for a Red Sox game at Fenway Park
  • Go on a pastry tour of Hanover Street in the North End, and don’t forget to check out Mike’s Pastry
  • Watch the street entertainers at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Take a self-guided walk along the Freedom Trail

Science museums, art museums, history museums, museums galore! Young learners will love their interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops. Try these educational activities for kids in Boston:

  • Learn about art inside the galleries at the Institute of contemporary Art
  • At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, throw tea crates over the side of a ship
  • Head to the JFK Presidential Museum and Library to learn about one of the nation’s most adored presidential families
  • Explore science and technology inside the MIT Museum
  • Listen to a story at the Harvard Coop, downstairs in the Children’s Bookstore

Help the kids unleash their creative streak without finger painting the walls of your house by signing them up for hands-on art class in Boston. Try these popular creative activities for kids:

  • Laugh through the Improv Boston Saturday family show
  • Join the kids origami club at Boston Public Library and learn to make swans and fortune tellers
  • Learn to knit, sew, and crochet at Stitch House
  • Make boxes for the tooth fairy during a special session at Artbeat Creativity Store
  • Sign the kids up for studio art classes at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Boston is known to experience cloudy days, but don’t let that stop the fun. Try a family-friendly outing to the movies or see a live theater performance. Here are a selection of Boston’s best indoor activities for kids:

  • At the New England Aquarium, see an IMAX movie about ocean life
  • Catch a show in Brookline at Puppet Showplace Theater
  • Enjoy a glass blowing demonstration at the Diablo Glass School
  • Explore the past through historic maps at Hull Lifesaving Museum
  • At the Museum of Science Discovery Center, try hands-on activities that are fun and educational