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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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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.
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.
Fall Events at Stowe FarmMillbury, $$
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Apple and pumpkin picking. Petting zoo, pony rides, mechanical bull riding, corn canon's, moon bounce and more. BBQ & Saloon to relax. Check out the event page for more fun.
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Six Flags Fright Fest 2019Western Mass, $$$
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Fright Fest is the largest Halloween event in New England with over 20 different frightful things to experience, including themed rides, shows, and attractions!
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Witch's Woods Screampark & Haunted Hayride 2019Westford, $$$
Fri, September 27, 2019  -  Sat, November 2, 2019   
Witch's Woods is America's most elaborate haunted hayride experience. This annual Halloween event features spooky attractions like Castle Morbid, 3D Keeper's Crypt, Nightmare Mansion, & the famous Witch's Woods Haunted...
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The Haunted Graveyard at Lake CompounceConnecticut, $$$
Fri, September 27, 2019  -  Sat, November 2, 2019   
The Haunted Graveyard will be celebrating it's 27th year with new screams and new terrors. It will be open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in October.
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Sleepy Hollow at Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$$
Fri, September 27, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
Recognized as one of the country’s top five Halloween plays by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, outdoor theatrical experience that reimagines Washington Irving’s iconic 1820’s...
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Halloween - Salem Haunted Happenings 2019Salem, $
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Thu, October 31, 2019   
You're invited to Salem's annual Halloween Festival! It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts.
Hanson's Haunted HayrideFramingham
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Thu, October 31, 2019   
For lovers of Halloween everywhere - Hanson's Haunted Hayride has been a local tradition since 1993! Join us Every FRIDAY and SATURDAY night in the month of OCTOBER from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Pumpkins with a PurposeNeedham, Free
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Thu, October 31, 2019   
Free trackless train rides this coming Saturday, October 13th from 11-1. It is fun for the kids and it is also a great fall photo opportunity.
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Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Spectacular:Roger Williams Zoo 2019Rhode Island, $$
Thu, October 3, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
The now-famous Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo with all the “gourd-ly” grandeur that visitors have come to expect. See thousands of illuminated pumpkins on display in a woodland setting,...
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Not So Spooky Halloween at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Fri, October 4, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Come RIDE, ROAR, and EXPLORE at the exciting world of Edaville! With 3 PARKS IN 1, you can ride through Cran-Central, roar throughout Dino Land, and explore with Thomas & Friends through the magical Island of Sodor!
Roger Williams Park Zoo Family Fun NightsRhode Island
Wed, October 9, 2019  -  Thu, October 24, 2019   
Join us for a series of fun, family-friendly nights packed with music, entertainment, costumed characters, special guests and plenty of special surprises for guests of all ages!
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Boo at the Buttonwood Park ZooNew Bedford, $
Fri, October 11, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Join us at Boo at the Zoo for an evening of Halloween fun! Climb aboard for a spoooooky wagon ride ($1/ride), train ride ($1/ride) or take a bewitching carousel ride ($2/ride)!
Halls of Darkness: Fears and Phobias at Hammond CastleGloucester, $
Fri, October 11, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Are you afraid of the dark …. spiders … clowns …. does your heart skip a beat when your SCARED …. Join us and face your fears within our walls!!!
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Fall Pumpkin Float Festival at Frog PondBoston, Free
Fri, October 18, 2019   
Fall Pumpkin Float will be held at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Friday, October 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.
Zombie Hunt Night (Adults)Malden, $$
Fri, October 18, 2019  -  Sat, October 19, 2019   
As you are hunted by our zombie staff will you be a 'Survivor' or a 'Meal'? No teams for this game, just you, our zombie staff, and places to hide!
Saco Spirit's Annual Pumpkin Harvest FestivalMaine, $
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sat, October 19, 2019   
Saco Spirit's Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival is family fun for the whole family. Enjoy music, crafters, shopping, children's games and old fashion fun.
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Stone Zoo's Boo at the Zoo 2019Stoneham
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at Stone Zoo. This fun filled event will feature Halloween themed crafts and games, along with a haunted maze.
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Maudslay is HauntedNewburyport, $
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Maudslay is Haunted is Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay State Park. This event has grown to become one of our largest annual fundraisers. It's also the perfect way to spend an autumn day in...
Annual Applefest at Wachusett MountainPrinceton, $
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Our most popular fall festival celebration including over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers' market, kids entertainment and peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Also enjoy Oktoberfest themed food specialties and German music.
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Eastleigh Farm: Rock the Farm EventFramingham, $
Sat, October 19, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
Come out to Eastleigh Farm for two days of incredible music - Blue grass, classic rock, traditional country-blues and soul, funk & motown on Saturday with music schools on Sunday!
The Shops at Chestnut Hill to Host Halloween-Themed Disney Junior Play Date!Chestnut Hill, Free
Thu, October 24, 2019  -  Thu, October 24, 2019   
Aimed at entertaining and delighting children of all ages, the event will feature activities inspired by some of Disney Junior's most popular television series including Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, and T.O.T.S.
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Tales of the Night: Drumlin FarmLincoln, $$
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
A frightfully fun evening for the whole family! Put on your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and join us for the silliest, spookiest, and most family-friendly Halloween tradition.
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Halloween Prowl: Moose Hill Wildlife SanctuarySharon, $
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Moose Hill's very popular Halloween Prowl enables your family to enjoy this autumn holiday in a fun, creative, non-scary, safe, and educational manner. Pre-registration is required.
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Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife SanctuaryTopsfield, $
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Glowing luminaries and carved jack o' lanterns will light our way.
Ghosts on the Banke Family HalloweenNew Hampshire, $
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Meet the 'Ghosts' of long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house. For children under 12. Costumes welcome.
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Night of a Thousand FacesWeymouth, $$
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Night of a Thousand Faces has become an annual fall tradition, with hundreds of people of all ages coming to enjoy the pre-Halloween special event. Hundreds of carved pumpkins will light the way along your evening walk...
Zombie Hunt Nuclear Fallout (Adults)Malden, $$
Fri, October 25, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
They thought nukes would stop zombies. They were wrong. You will be hunted by our zombie staff in a nuclear wasteland which means new hazards, new resources, and new ways for us to terrify you.
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Halloween Zoo Howl: Franklin Park Zoo 2019Boston, $$
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Other haunted happenings include crafts, games, costume...
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Science Tricks and Animal Treats at the EcotariumWorcester, $$
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Join our educators for sneaky science programs about animal camouflage, invisible forces, and secret powers, then join our wildlife keepers to learn about the treats and training that enrich our resident animals lives.
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Pumpkins in the Park at Bird ParkWalpole, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Join us for this fun family event to celebrate Halloween with a carved pumpkin contest. It is a great evening for the whole family to enjoy.
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Halloween Pet Parade! at Faneuil HallBoston, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Get your pooch in costume and head down to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some spooktacular howl-o-ween fun! Stroll the promenades with your pet and walk the red carpet to show off your seasonal spirit
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Halloween Celebration on Castle Island 2019Boston, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Children of all ages will love the Magical Halloween Castle and Celebration at Fort Independence. Enjoy storytelling, magicians, refreshments, and more at the star-shaped fort ... supposedly the inspiration for 'The...
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LexFUN! Annual Halloween Parade 2019Lexington, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Calling all witches, goblins, and superheroes to join us in a march around the Lexington Battle Green. Children are welcome to bring a musical instrument too.
Costume 5K DashBoston, $$
Sat, October 26, 2019   
After hundreds of costumed runners dressed as superheroes, inflatable dinosaurs and other spirited costumes take on the beautiful 5k course in hilarious fashion, the fun is just beginning
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Pumpkin Palooza at The Lawn On DBoston, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019   
Join us for the last special family event of the season, complete with Halloween-themed activities for all ages, live music, and more!
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The Great Pumpkin Dash & Fall FestivalRevere, $
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
The Revere Beach Partnership is pleased to present the 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Dash 5K and Revere Beach Fall Festival. A 5K road race, 1-mile fun run, and fall festival you won't want to miss!
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!
Science Tricks and Animal TreatsWorcester, $$
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Enjoy sneaky science programs about animal camouflage, invisible forces, and secret powers, then join our wildlife keepers to learn about the treats and training that enrich our resident animals’ lives at the Ecotarium!
Not-So-Creepy Crawlies at the WaterworksBoston, Free
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
Halloween is a time to celebrate all things creepy and crawly! Join us for some free, fun activities and learn about the microscopic creatures that live in our water.
Ghosts and Graves of LexingtonLexington, $
Sat, October 26, 2019  -  Sat, October 26, 2019   
For one night only, the ghosts of Lexington's past come to life to tell the tales of their Revolutionary lives, and what brought them to the grave.
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Pru Boo Trick-or-Treat for Charity 2019Boston, $
Sun, October 27, 2019   
Trick-or-Treat for Charity! Calling all ghosts and goblins to join us for this family-friendly Halloween event, held the Sunday before Halloween. Our nonprofit partner this year is The Play Brigade.
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Village Trick or Treat at Old Sturbridge VillageSturbridge, $$
Sun, October 27, 2019   
Visit the Village after hours for a family-friendly evening of trick or treating on the Common. Show off your best Halloween costume, hear spooky tales, enjoy a bonfire, take a hayride around the Common, and more!...
Goldfish Swim School - Milford 'Trunk or Treat' EventMilford, Free
Sun, October 27, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
Join Goldfish Swim School - Milford and other local businesses for a Halloween 'Trunk or Treat' event on October 27th from 1:00 - 3:00PM. Wear your costumes and enjoy some Halloween fun!
Assimilate: a Boda Borg Boston Puzzle & Game nightMalden, $$
Mon, October 28, 2019  -  Mon, October 28, 2019   
We end the zombie apocalypse with a night of custom-made games and puzzles in our social area. Conquer unique challenges that will test your dexterity, logic, and creativity.
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Halloween Happenings at CambridgeSide 2019Cambridge, Free
Wed, October 30, 2019  -  Wed, October 30, 2019   
CambridgeSide is pleased to announce Halloween Happenings, October 30 for Trick-or-Treating, Photo Booth fun and MORE! Participants asked to bring canned food donation to The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Food Baskets.
Halloween Trail Walk and Treasure HuntActon, $
Wed, October 30, 2019  -  Wed, October 30, 2019   
Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and take a walk through the woods with us. We’ll be using a trail map and compass to discover treats along the way.
South Shore Plaza to Host Halloween-Themed Disney Junior Play Date!Braintree, Free
Wed, October 30, 2019  -  Wed, October 30, 2019   
South Shore Plaza invites the community to a Halloween-themed Disney Junior Play Date. Aimed at entertaining and delighting children of all ages, featuring activities inspired by some of Disney Junior's most popular television series.
LINX Costume Dance PartyWellesley, Free
Wed, October 30, 2019   
Join our complimentary mommy-and-me class for children 3 - 5 years, followed by a costume parade through LINX! Get in the Halloween spirit while taking a fun class!
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Boston Christmas Festival & Gingerbread Competition 2018Boston, $$
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.
Eaglesclaw American School of WizardryNew Bedford, $$
Sat, November 9, 2019  -  Sat, November 9, 2019   
Spend a day as a young witch or wizard at Eaglesclaw School! Founded by four friends who educated across the pond in the 1700s, Eaglesclaw is an American School located in New Bedford, MA.
Boston Wicked Wine Fest (21+)Boston, $$
Sat, November 9, 2019  -  Sat, November 9, 2019   
Boston Event Guide welcomes you to the Wicked Wine Fest. Hundreds of Boston’s young professionals (21+) will gather to sample delicious Fall Wines at Revere Hotel Boston Common with our amazing wineries and vendors.
Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville Family Theme ParkCarver, $$
Fri, November 15, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
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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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.
FREE Photos with Santa at CambridgeSideCambridge, Free
Fri, November 29, 2019  -  Tue, December 24, 2019   
Santa is waiting for your list! Visit Santa at CambridgeSide this season and receive two FREE 4” x 6” Santa photo prints and a high-resolution digital download of a single image, for every family!
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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Illuminus BostonBoston, Free
Fri, December 6, 2019  -  Fri, December 6, 2019   
ILLUMINUS is a nighttime festival where Boston’s artists, designers, performers, and creative technologists converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works.
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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
Mon, April 20, 2020  -  Mon, April 20, 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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Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA 2020 (by date)Massachusetts
Wed, July 1, 2020  -  Tue, July 7, 2020   
Find out where they'll be shooting fireworks off nearest you in MA for 2019 by date. Different Boston area towns, different dates & times - you are sure to find a display to fit your schedule and your location. Happy...

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