Boston's parental allure goes beyond the basic "kid stuff" to reach a whole new level of family fun. Indoor activities are plentiful, and seasonal changes enhance Boston's landscape allowing visitors to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Check out these five tried and true, kid tested finds, and one thing is certain- your kids will love their time in Boston.
Boston Children's Museum- The Boston Children's Museum is a local favorite. Exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts, and all encourage kids to interact (via touch). Many amazing adventures await at the Children's Museum; kids can climb the centrally located maze, blow big bubbles in the dedicated bubble room, build something solid in the construction zone, learn about culture, and even countdown to kindergarten in the make-shift classroom. The Boston Children's Museum also features the perfect place for the under 3 crowd, Playspace. This room comes complete with crawling structures, small-scale slides, cars to drive and even daily crafts. There is no doubt that kids will have fun here, but adults will also enjoy returning to childhood at the Boston Children's Museum.
Museum of Science - Who would not love to walk into a Museum and come face to face with a life-sized dinosaur? Explore each and every last crook of the Museum of Science and encounter excitement from our past, present and even a glimpse into our future. Kids are amazed by the lightning show and love the freedom to move that this large space allows. Enjoy a show in the Planetarium or take a trip around the world in the Omni theater. Exhibits change often, making the Museum of Science a must see on each and every visit.
New England Aquarium- Sea-life up close and personal is what you get at the New England Aquarium. The New England Aquarium allows guests to see beneath the ocean's surface with the four-story tank that circles the center of this structure. The Aquarium's Edge of the Sea tidepool tank let's little ones plunge right in to pet a sea star, make the acquaintance of a lobster, or cradle a hermit crab. Entertaining and informative presentations happen at the Aquarium each day. The Aquarium even offers a wee ones a place to go to see the sights within a smaller setting. The Curious George Discovery Corner contains the kids so they are able to explore the colors, textures and shapes that are found in the water. The kid-sized steps inside are the best way for those who would otherwise need a boost to look inside the Giant Ocean Tank.
Puppet Showplace- The Puppet Showplace in Brookline is the oldest continually operating puppet theater in the country. The Puppet Showplace creates award-winner productions that can be seen exclusively on their stage. Performances are targeted to age groups allowing the best experience at every stage. Weekday mornings are reserved for short segment shows to accommodate the attention span of 3-5 year olds while school-aged children and families are presented with a more traditional theater experience.
Duck Boat Tour- Drive down Boston's streets and hear a little history as you make your way to the Charles River where you'll dive in while remaining on your Duck Tour. It will transition from car to boat and take you for a ride like you've never had before. Kids get a kick out of this amphibious vehicle and the sassy guides who are in charge of the ride.