It’s a familiar struggle, Mom wants to shop, give her kids a little culture, and eat someplace fancy, Dad wants to catch a game and could really care less where he eats as long as there is enough food to fill his belly, and the kids just want to play. Sometimes you just want to give up, skip the cool city trip, and book your third Disney Cruise just so you don’t have to plan each day. Well, no need to skip out on a Boston stay, here it is easy to find the right balance of fun for your entire family.
MFA New Wing — Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Start your day with culture at the Museum of Fine Arts. You might balk: “an art museum? My family?! No way!” but trust that Boston’s MFA is thoroughly family friendly. A variety of programs are offered to enhance the art viewing experience. These include Art Cart (no additional fee above admission) for kids ages 4 and up with the adults they love. Activities take place in galleries, and include things like completing puzzles, and uncovering mysteries. Interactive activities change often and tote bags are provided (on loan) complete with sketch pads and colored pencils. The MFA’s website even has a guide for parents to use to learn how to discuss art with their kids. Pretty cool!
Night Game at Fenway — Photo courtesy of "Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
After you’ve checked culture off your list, give Dad a little something to cheer about by heading over to Fenway Park for a tour of one of the country's most iconic sports facilities. Tours are operated year round, so there's no need to worry over the Sox schedule; you’ll be able to get a behind the scenes look this National Landmark. Seriously, fun for everyone (maybe not a Yankee fan), Fenway’s ins, outs and history are explored on this super cool inside look at Boston’s most famous field. Then stop into Sweet Cheeks, where Dad can enjoy some hearty BBQ, and Mom can say she ate at Tiffani Faison’s first restaurant (of Hell’s Kitchen fame.) They are kid friendly, but lacking an actual kids menu. Sweet Cheeks lets you customize the flavor on your meat (sauces are served on the side), and offers side dishes, like mac and cheese, that are appropriately sized for children.
Once you’ve refueled, give yourself a little time before hopping onto an amphibious vehicle for a Duck Tour. Let Mom enjoy a bit of shopping at the Prudential, while Dad and the kids head to the Sky Walk Observatory to see one of the most spectacular views of Boston. Then meet up at the departure gate, and see the city from land and sea while learning a bit about Boston History from the seriously silly ConDUCKtor.