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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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Festival of Lights, WorcesterWorcester, $
Mon, December 14, 2020  -  Sun, February 28, 2021   
Light sculptures and installations will be on view in Worcester’s Downtown and Main South neighborhoods through Feb. 28. Displays will be illuminated after sundown each evening.
Fire Pit Saturdays at Powisset FarmDover, $$
Sat, January 9, 2021  -  Sat, February 27, 2021   
The weather may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. Join us on outdoors on Saturday afternoons for Fire Pit Saturday’s at Powisset Farm!
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Ice Castles (Lincoln, New Hampshire)New Hampshire, $$$
Thu, January 14, 2021  -  Fri, March 12, 2021   
Ice Castles, an acre of land filled with frozen ice walls, tunnels, towers, and archways illuminated by multicolored lights, is a literal winter wonderland.
Boston Harbor Now: Waterfront BingoBoston, Free
Mon, February 15, 2021  -  Fri, March 19, 2021   
Explore the Waterfront in a whole new way! Find hidden treasures, wildlife, history, public art, and places to play and get moving on the Harborwalk.
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Lighted Bridges along the Emerald Necklace - Green LEDBoston, Free
Wed, February 17, 2021  -  Wed, March 31, 2021   
Lights in the Necklace celebrates the power of our urban parks to bring us together, inspire us and light the way in challenging times. Enjoy the emerald glow on several iconic Emerald Necklace bridges in the evenings...
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Boston Fireworks 2021 (Where to Watch, Start Times, By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Wed, June 2, 2021  -  Mon, August 23, 2021   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in 2020 (by date). Different 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 Summer Movies Guide 2021 (Dates TBD)Massachusetts, Free
Sat, June 19, 2021  -  Sun, August 22, 2021   
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!...
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FREE FUN FRIDAYS Boston 2021: Highland Street FoundationMassachusetts, Free
Fri, June 25, 2021  -  Fri, August 27, 2021   
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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Classic Movies by Moonlight: Boston Harbor Hotel - CANCELLEDBoston, Free
Sat, June 26, 2021  -  Sat, August 28, 2021   
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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Boston Fireworks | 4th of July Fireworks & Pops on the Esplanade 2021Boston, Free
Sun, July 4, 2021   
Enjoy the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a spectacular display of fireworks over the Charles River. This year maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are set to entertain at Boston’s annual...
Salem Celebrates the 4th of July - CANCELLED 2020Salem, Free
Sun, July 4, 2021   
Independence Day celebration with free activities for children in the afternoon and a 'POPS' Concert followed by a fireworks display
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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell Boston 2021Boston, Free
Fri, July 9, 2021  -  Fri, August 20, 2021   
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!
Salem Maritime FestivalSalem, Free
Sun, August 1, 2021  -  Mon, August 2, 2021   
Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun, harbor cruises, kayak trips, face-painting, wagon rides, muck walks, kite-flying, model boat races and more!
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The Big E 2020 - CANCELLED for 2020Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 3, 2021   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Winchester Block Party & Town DayWinchester, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
Thousands of individuals and families attend each year to enjoy a day of browsing exhibits, playing games, competing in athletics, eating (!), listening to different types of music, attending the health fair, and...
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Pumpkin Chuckin' Fest 2021Vermont, $
Sun, September 26, 2021  -  Sun, September 26, 2021   
Pumpkin Chucking fest is a fundraiser for Coastal Connections (a group that works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County) and a fall family day of fun with music, pumpkin catapult, food, games, raffles,...
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Topsfield Fair 2020 (CANCELLED)Topsfield, $$
Fri, October 1, 2021  -  Mon, October 11, 2021   
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...
Maynard FestMaynard, Free
Sat, October 2, 2021   
Dozens of sidewalk sales, over 100 vendors and free family entertainment. It is sure to please both young and old, including free children's events such as the trackless train ride.
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Fall Pumpkin Float Festival at Frog PondBoston, Free
Fri, October 15, 2021   
Fall Pumpkin Float will be held at the Boston Common Frog Pond is generally from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.
New Hampshire Pumpkin FestivalNew Hampshire
Fri, October 15, 2021  -  Sat, October 16, 2021   
It’s official: Coronavirus concerns have forced the cancellation of the 2020 NH Pumpkin Festival in Downtown Laconia. SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021 - October 15 & 16
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Pru Boo Trick-or-Treat for Charity 2021Boston, $
Sun, October 24, 2021   
Trick-or-Treat for Charity! Calling all ghosts and goblins to join us for this family-friendly Halloween event, held the Sunday before Halloween. Our nonprofit partner this year is The Play Brigade.
Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Mon, November 15, 2021  -  Fri, December 31, 2021   
Edaville takes you into an enchanting wonderland where you can experience millions & millions of lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all 90 plus rides and attractions including access to Thomas Land & Cran Central.
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Frog Pond Ice Rink Opening Day - CANCELLED for 2020Boston, Free
Thu, November 18, 2021   
The Skating Club of Boston is looking forward to another season of fun on the ice at the Frog Pond! Come down to skate and have some fun kicking off the 2021 season.
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Enchanted Village: Jordan's Furniture Avon - CLOSED for 2020 SeasonAvon, $
Mon, November 22, 2021  -  Sat, January 1, 2022   
Enjoy Boston's historic Enchanted Village, now on view at Jordan's Furniture in Avon. Jordan’s Furniture purchased the surviving pieces of the Enchanted Village at auction and restored the vintage collection to its...
Night Lights at Tower Hill: Holiday Lights (CANCELLED for 2020)Boylston, $$
Sat, November 27, 2021  -  Sun, January 2, 2022   
Two of our beautiful garden properties will sparkle with thousands of shimmering, artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a magical, fun, and safe outdoor experience – with food, refreshments, and more.
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Boston Blink! Holiday Lights & Sound Extravaganza 2021Boston, Free
Fri, December 3, 2021  -  Sat, January 1, 2022   
Blink! featuring the music of the Holiday Pops, is a state-of-the-art light and sound extravaganza that will transfer every inch of Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
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