Don't miss out! Get the best events & activities in your inbox weekly...
Home > Events > Special Events > Duckling Day Boston 2022
Submit Event View Newsletter

Duckling Day Boston 2022

Report Error
Email It
Write a Review
We have Not Yet Posted This Year's Information for This Event Yet

If new information for this event is already available for this year, please let us know.
Dates:Sunday, May 8, 2022
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:$$$ see below
Category:Special Events
duckling day boston 2022 photoDuckling Day is back! Celebrate Mother’s Day in Boston's most beautiful parks at the Duckling Day celebration and parade on Sunday, May 8th.

After 2 years of virtual Duckling Day, you can celebrate Mother’s Day in person at the most adorable event in Boston.

Duckling Day is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Public Garden, and it’s a celebration of the beloved children’s book MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS.

A beloved tradition for over 30 years, the event celebrates the children’s classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Your family can join hundreds of children parading through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story.

Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, the parade will begin in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your cameras – this is the most adorable event in all of Boston!

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All activities are included with event admission:

· Interactive Circus Games with Esh Circus Arts
· Jenny the Juggler
· Peter O’Malley, magician
· Jump, climb, and play with Knucklebones
· Meet our giant Duck!
· Visit with the Harvard University Band
· Make Way for Ducklings reading station
· A goody bag for every kid – full of Duckling Day-themed items!

The event is a benefit for the nonprofit Friends of the Public Garden. The registration fee is $35 per family in advance (before May 6th) and $40 per family the day of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag.

Register Here

Duckling Day is the most adorable Mother's Day celebration in Boston! Celebrate the famous children's book Make Way for Ducklings with your family, while enjoying springtime in our parks!

Dress your kids in their feathery finest and join us not only for our famous Duckling Day Parade, but also our Playtime on the Common full of music, magic, circus games, Knucklebones, and more!

A beloved tradition for over 30 years, the event celebrates the children’s classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.

Your family can join hundreds of children parading through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story.

Bring your cameras – this is the most adorable event in all of Boston!

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE!

Register here

For more great ideas about fun things to do in Boston in April, visit our spring guide to family fun. And you can stay in-the-know about family-friendly Boston Events all year long by subscribing to our free weekly newsletter.

HOURS↑ top

10:00 AM Event begins with Playtime on the Common
12:00 PM Duckling Day Parade


COST↑ top

$35 per family in advance (before May 6th) and $40 per family the day of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag.

WEBSITE↑ top

friendsofthepublicgarden.org/events/ducklingday/

LOCATION↑ top

Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA map
Phone: (617) 723-8144

Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.
MBTA to Park Street or Boylston; park at Motor Mart or Boston Common garage.
We are at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Closest MBTA is Park Street (red/green) or Boylston (Green - but NO ELEVATOR). Closest parking is Boston Common Parking Garage. Street parking is free on Sundays if you can find it!

Boston Common - Corner of Beacon and Park Street
Green Line: “Park Street” stop
Red Line: “Charles Street” stop
43 bus and 55 bus both go to Part St. & Tremont St.

TIPS↑ top

  • This is a festive event and many kids are dressed up like ducklings - feel free to let your imagination go wild! Duckling t-shirts and hats are available for sale at the event if you want some last-minute decorating. Bring a picnic or enjoy one of the nearby dining options. The whole event is stroller-accessible though much of it is on the grass. All the fun begins at 10 AM and the parade begins at noon. Event is rain or shine!
REVIEWS↑ top

5-starGreat Intro To The Commons
Moving from Oregon two years ago, I was dedicated to getting into 'the city' as often as possible. While I've hit the hightlights; walking/waddling the Freedom Trail both pregnant and wearing a newborn, eating at the Old Union Oyster House, Children's Museum and Aquarium, I didn't feel like I'd had any non-tourist city time. Going solo on Mother's Day due to my husband's work schedule, I knew I'd want something fun to do, so signed up for the parade. It was So. Much. Fun! I have a 3.5 year old and an 11 month old. The parade route was short enough that my three year-old easily walked it all with full energy (read: got some energy out) and it ended right at Starbucks where he went potty and I re-fueled. We were walking through the Commons to get to the red line station, and I saw the universal signal of childhood fun...a swirling red and white canopy. Yep, a carousel! Bring your cash, because this $3 ride is well-worth the smiles! I got to ride free, since I was standing and I also didn't have to pay for the baby who had his usual seat on my hip bone. After the carousel, we saw the 'Tadpole Playground' which has a huge playstructure with multiple slides and climbers and a cushy ground cover that is great for preventing plaster casts and also conducive to putting a baby on the ground since it's not bite-sized like so many wood-chip or sand-filled varieties. The parade was such a fun way to have the kids get a little silly in their duck costumes, and for me to check out the absolutely beautiful homes that line the route. Discovering the park that we'll hit again and again was an added bonus. It was really busy, but I'm thinking a week-day would be less so. The subway was, as always, a fun experience for the kiddos, but I would advise that you don't bring a front-to-back double stroller as you wouldn't fit in the elevator. If you have to spend Mother's Day solo with the ones that made you able to celebrate that day, this was such a great way to do it!

RELATED LINKS↑ top

Info changes frequently. We cannot warrant it. Verify with Duckling Day Boston 2022 before making the trek. If you find an error, please report it...
Report Error
Popular Resources
Boston with Kids
Free Things to Do
Family & Kids Events
Mass RMV - DMV
Boston Birthday Parties
Boston Museums
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston Aquarium
Boston Massachusetts
Boston Bowling
Boston Haymarket
Boston Whale Watching