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Seasonal Fun Boston Events for Kids and Families

Calendar of seasonal family fun and kids events happening in Boston and nearby suburbs - lots of fun things to do.

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Swan Boat RidesBack Bay, $
Sun, April 14, 2019  -  Mon, September 16, 2019   
Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon. The only boats of their kind in the world, inspired by the opera Lohengrin.
Cruzzin' Dreams at Hebert Candy MansionShrewsbury, Free
Thu, April 18, 2019  -  Fri, September 20, 2019   
New and old cars cruising every Thursday night. Final night is September 22. Don’t miss the last cruzzin’ night. Hear the rockin’ music, chomp on some goodies, and view the polished beauties that transported us in times past.
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Waterfire Providence 2019Rhode Island, Free
Thu, May 2, 2019  -  Sat, November 2, 2019   
WaterFire centers on a series of 100 bonfires that blaze just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Sun, May 26, 2019  -  Mon, October 7, 2019   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
Hampton Beach Fireworks 2019New Hampshire, Free
Sun, May 26, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Fireworks are held weekly every Wednesday during the summer, on the beach at the top of B and C Streets, beside the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the magic of the night sky lit by a display of beautiful fireworks.
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Guide to Boston Spray Parks & Wading PoolsBoston, Free
Sat, June 1, 2019  -  Tue, September 3, 2019   
Summertime in Boston means it's time splash in spray parks! There's plenty of free water fun to be had all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots.
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MA Fireworks: 4th of July Fireworks Displays (by town)Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Fri, August 23, 2019   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2019. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
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Boston Fireworks 2019 (Where to Watch, Start Times, By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Fri, August 23, 2019   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2019 (by date). Different towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy fourth!
Summer Pop & Soul: Boston Harbor Hotel 2019Boston, Free
Tue, June 11, 2019  -  Tue, August 27, 2019   
Summer Soul will take place every Tuesday night at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Sway to soulful sounds as the hotel hosts 11 different R&B and soul bands this summer. Enjoy songs from legends such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, James Brown, Otis Redding, Roberta Flack and Gladys...
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Classic Movies by Moonlight: Boston Harbor HotelBoston, Free
Fri, June 14, 2019  -  Fri, August 30, 2019   
Enjoy free Movies by Moonlight projected on the Harbor this summer at Boston Harbor Hotel. The cool evening breeze and view from Intrigue Café set the stage for the perfect opportunity to view these classic films under...
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The Anchor at Shipyard ParkCharlestown, Free
Sat, June 15, 2019  -  Sun, September 1, 2019   
The Anchor is an all-ages gathering space that is complemented by an inclusive and dynamic programming and events calendar, public art, youth initiatives and complimentary public amenities.
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Summer Movies on the GreenwayBoston, Free
Wed, June 19, 2019  -  Wed, August 21, 2019   
Experience cinema classics under the stars! The Greenway is partnering with Coolidge Corner Theatre for a free outdoor screening series this summer.
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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell Boston 2019Boston, Free
Fri, June 21, 2019  -  Fri, August 23, 2019   
Free Friday Flicks are classic & popular, family-oriented movies shown each Friday night in Boston throughout the summer at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade at no cost for over 25 years!
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Boston Outdoor Summer Movies Guide 2019Massachusetts, Free
Fri, June 21, 2019  -  Sat, August 24, 2019   
Summer is here and warm weather calls for outdoor fun. Here's a great list of Summer Movies under the stars in and around Boston. Enjoy!...
Ferry - Plymouth to Provincetown Express FerryPlymouth, $$
Tue, June 25, 2019  -  Wed, September 11, 2019   
P-Town Ferry - Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry runs daily. Schedule: Seating is limited so call for information, rates and reservations early! 1-800-225-4000. Or buy tickets online www.provincetownferry.com
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FREE FUN FRIDAYS Boston 2019: Highland Street FoundationMassachusetts, Free
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Fri, August 30, 2019   
The Free Fun Fridays program invites you to visit about 10 museums or attraction for free over ten Fridays this summer. See what's free this Friday!
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Frog Pond & Spray FountainBoston, Free
Sat, June 29, 2019  -  Tue, September 3, 2019   
A year-round recreational facility, the Frog Pond offers ice skating in the winter and a spray pool and supervised wading for youngsters in the summer.
Family Film Festival at The Pru: Summer MoviesBoston, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, August 24, 2019   
Join the Prudential Center for free family movies this summer on South Garden at our Annual Family Film Festival, Saturdays from July 6 through August 24.
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Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at Prudential CenterBack Bay, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, August 31, 2019   
Enjoy Family Films in the South Garden of the Prudential Center. Entertainment, games and gift card giveaways begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the featured movie starting at sundown.
Free Summer Movies at Prudential CenterBack Bay, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sun, September 1, 2019   
Free summer movies at Prudential Center in Boston Saturdays July 6-August 31. Activities begin at 6:00pm with movies starting at dusk. South Garden at Prudential Center.
Fly A Kite on Spectacle IslandBoston, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, August 31, 2019   
Enjoy flying your kite from the highest point in Boston Harbor, one of the city’s best kite-flying destinations!
Annual Boston Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL)Boston, Free
Mon, July 8, 2019  -  Tue, August 27, 2019   
Presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Reebok, BNBL is the oldest municipal basketball league in the country serving young men and women in three divisions each for boys and girls: 13 and under, 15 and under, and 18 and under.
Lexington Summer Concert Series (Fridays)Lexington, Free
Fri, July 12, 2019  -  Fri, August 30, 2019   
Enjoy live music on Friday evenings this summer on the Lexington Green. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic and the bands will provide the smiles.
Open Newbury Street 2019Boston, Free
Sun, July 14, 2019  -  Sun, September 15, 2019   
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that 'Open Newbury Street' will continue this year over a series of three Sundays this summer. Newbury Street will become a pedestrian-only walkway, closing to vehicles to allow pedestrians the opportunity use the full width of the...
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Marshfield FairMarshfield, $
Fri, August 16, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
This year's fair offers great family entertainment with hundreds of farm animals, daily free shows, free grandstand attractions, arts & crafts, 4 H & Agricultural exhibits, horticultural displays & much more.
Outdoor Movie Night featuring Frozen at CambridgeSideCambridge, Free
Thu, August 22, 2019  -  Thu, August 22, 2019   
CambridgeSide, (CambridgeSide.com) together with Cambridge Arts Summer in the City will bring the beautiful, waterfront setting of Canal Park alive on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
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End of Summer Bash at Atlantic WharfBoston, Free
Sat, August 24, 2019   
Celebrate the end of Summer with a kids concert, fun activity tables, food, games and more! Rain location is Waterfront Square.
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Illuminate the Harbor: Boston Pre-Labor Day FireworksBoston, Free
Thu, August 29, 2019   
Once again, fireworks launched from barges anchored off the North End and Seaport will light up the sky over Boston Harbor to celebrate Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall.
Jam Time Natick Fall Open House with Daniel Tiger and FriendsNatick, Free
Thu, September 5, 2019  -  Thu, September 5, 2019   
Daniel Tiger will be visiting from 10-11am! Juniors Soccer class run by the pros at GPS soccer, 11am demo Lucky Day Music class with Stacey Peasley!
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The Big E 2019Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Arlington Town Day 2019Arlington, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
Last Call Before Fall, End of Summer Family Fun!Back Bay, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
School is back in session but Summer Fun is still going! Join us for our FREE, family-friendly, Last Call Before Fall, End of Summer Bash!
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Halloween - Salem Haunted Happenings 2019Salem, $
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Thu, October 31, 2019   
You're invited to Salem's annual Halloween Festival! It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo 2019Rhode Island
Thu, October 3, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
The nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail each night.
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Topsfield Fair 2019Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 4, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
Enjoy America's oldest and finest agricultural fair w/ New England‘s largest carnival midway, cool demos, (ranging from beekeeping to miniature trains), a Grange Museum, pumpkin weigh-offs, live entertainment and the...
Spooky ZooRhode Island
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Kids and adults will enjoy a packed schedule of seasonal activities including: animal encounters, the annual elephant Pumpkin Stomp, meet & greet with costumed characters, hands-on crafts, and more!
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Boston Christmas Festival & Gingerbread Competition 2018Boston, $$
Fri, November 8, 2019  -  Sun, November 10, 2019   
Over 300 of America’s Finest Artists, and Craftsmen offering great Holiday Shopping!! Gourmet Foods to sample and buy. Don't miss the spectacular Gingerbread House Competition.
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Holiday Trellis Lighting: Christopher Columbus Park 2019Boston, Free
Mon, November 18, 2019  -  Mon, November 18, 2019   
The lighting display will bedeck all 260 feet of the trellises at the heart of the park with 50,000 blue bulbs. The free celebration will include entertainment.
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Boston Blink! Holiday Light & Sound Extravaganza 2019Boston, Free
Wed, November 27, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
Blink! featuring the music of the Holiday Pops, is a 6-week state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that will transfer every inch of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Holiday Light Shows at the Greenway CarouselBoston, Free
Sun, December 1, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
This winter, come experience beautiful light shows with family and friends at the Greenway Carousel. Enjoy your favorite holiday songs as you watch bright, festive light shows that perform every 30 minutes from 4:45 pm to 7:00pm.
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First Night First Day Boston 2020Boston, Free
Tue, December 31, 2019  -  Wed, January 1, 2020   
For over 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.
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Lexington Patriots Day Battle Day Schedule 2020Lexington, Free
Wed, April 15, 2020  -  Wed, April 15, 2020   
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to celebrate Patriot's Day. View the reenactment schedule of the events leading up to the...

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