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Family-Friendly Entertainment Right Around the Corner: City of Boston!

November 12, 2012

In the spring and summer, Boston is a haven for families in search of activity. From the duckling statues and the swan boats to the free concerts on the Esplanade and the fountain on the Greenway, the city is the place to be. But now that fall is here, don’t lock yourself in your apartments, urban moms and dads! Boston is filled with venues designed for kids’ amusement and entertainment.

Boston is home to two world class museums geared toward learning and fun for kids of all ages. The Children’s Museum allows your child to engage in a variety of types of activities, including free play, theater workshops, art studios, and scientific discovery. And many of the museum’s activities and exhibits allow parents to continue their children’s engagement at home! And the Museum of Science, while fun for adults, is heavily geared toward making science fun and exciting for kids. Their IMAX shows and Planetarium are fantastic activities for the whole family, and you children will enjoy the hands-on exhibits that will introduce them to sound, light, electricity, and anatomy. You may tease out some budding scientific ambitions in your little one!

The New England Aquarium is one of the most exciting Aquariums in the world, and showcases the marine life that your children become so attached to on their beach vacations. With multiple floors introducing them to sharks, other smaller fish, and even turtles, the aquarium can be really captivating, even for the smallest of kids. The penguins are always a huge draw, and the aquarium staff can help explain the activities and movements of the animals to your kids in ways that will excite and engage.

And for a more mellow afternoon, check out the branch of the Boston Public Library in your neighborhood for reading groups and story hours. The central branch in Copley has wonderful storytime sessions, and the Harvard Co-op bookstore has children’s reading times as well.

Last but not least, don’t forget ice-skating at Frog Pond in Boston Common. With a big enough rink to accommodate seasoned skaters and first-timers alike, this can make for a beautiful winter afternoon, especially when capped off by hot cocoa afterwards. For a more low-key experience, the small rink on the Plaza of the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is very kid-friendly, with crates for kids to hang onto for balance, and not a lot of pressure from high-speed skaters!

Boston parents, leave your ideas in the comments! Boston is full of families and children, and the opportunities for cool weather fun grow everyday. We’d love to hear your suggestions!

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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