Things to Do

 

Here's plenty of things to do (and some great weekend round up lists from other folks) to keep your kids entertained.  I've bookmarked all these websites, lest I hear "I'm borrreeed". 

 

  • Things to do in Boston

    • The Boston Public Library, along with the city's neighborhood branches, holds regular story-times for children ages infant to toddler.  Check out each individual branch calendar for times.  

    • More Than Words, a bookstore located in the South End which employs and trains at-risk teens about running a business.  They also have a fantastic story hour on the weekends.  During their regular hours, they have a play space with toys for kids and welcome little-ones throughout the day.  

    • The Children's Museum, the ICA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner, MFA, Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium are all great spots for children AND you can get FREE PASSES through the Boston Public Library.  The passes may only be checked out for one day, but it's a great way to see Boston's best museums for free.  

    • The Boston Fire Museum, located in the Seaport district, is a free museum that showcases tons of old firetrucks.  They also rent their space for birthday parties.  

    •  Coolidge Corner Theater (on Fridays) and the Arlington Theater (on Mondays) hold baby matinees, where babies are welcome to cry and nurse as needed.  They keep the lights up and the music a bit lower as to not scare little ones.  
       

  • Day Trips  

    • The Boston Harbor Islands are easy to get to by ferry (which is an adventure by itself), departing from near the Aquarium.  George's Island has an old civil war fort and is a great place for a picnic and hide and go seek.  

    • Singing Beach in Manchster-by-the-Sea is one of the best, and easiest, beaches to get to on the commuter rail.  Located 45 minutes north of Boston, it's just a 10 minute walk up a hill from the train station to a gorgeous North Shore beach.  There's also a tasty ice cream shop along the way.  

    • Salem, MA, home of the Salem Witch Trials, is reachable by the commuter rail and is full of spooky (as well as not too spooky) museums and shops.  The Peabody Essex Museum is also located in Salem and has some fantastic kid-friendly programming.  

    • Rockport, MA, cute as cute can be, is also easy to reach on the commuter rail.  With a boardwalk full of cute shops and restaurants, there's plenty to see.  Be sure to stop at Roy Moore Lobster Company to pick out your lunch.  They'll cook their fresh-caught-that-day lobster for you in the store and you can eat it on the crates on their back porch.  

  • Third-Party Lists of Things to Do

    • Boston Central- sign up for their newsletter of family-friendly things to do in Boston.  Thank me later.  No really, DO IT! 

    • Cambridge Community Kids Calendar -say that five times fast.  This website has a calendar of family-activities in Cambridge every month

    • Mommy Poppins has a great list of 100 things to do in Boston with your kids before they grow up. 

    • The Boston Globe often does different "things to do" lists, but this one is one of my favorites because all the events are FREE.  

    • Boston Mama has a fantastic weekend roundup in their blog. 

    • Macaroni Kid has a weekly, free newsletter for parents detailing all local, family-friendly events for families.