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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  -  Sun, August 11, 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 (By Date)Massachusetts, Free
Sun, June 2, 2019  -  Wed, July 10, 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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World's End Summer Solstice ConcertHingham, Free
Fri, June 21, 2019   
Bring your family and a picnic for our annual celebration of summer. Enjoy live music and the chance to catch the most beautiful sunset over the Boston skyline!
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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!...
Strawberry Festival: Connors FarmDanvers, $
Sat, June 22, 2019  -  Sat, June 22, 2019   
Annual Strawberry Festival. Strawberry Picking, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, BBQ Food, Barnyard Animals, Hayrides, Cow Train, Grain Train, Jumping Pillow. Fun for All Ages.
Summer Block Party at University StationWestwood, Free
Sat, June 22, 2019  -  Sat, June 22, 2019   
Spring into Summer at University Station on Saturday, June 22 to kick-off the start of summer the best way we know how...with a BLOCK PARTY!
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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St. Peter's Fiesta 2019Gloucester, Free
Wed, June 26, 2019  -  Sun, June 30, 2019   
A festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. See concerts, parades, amusement rides, and the famous 'Greasy Pole Contest'.
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Amesbury Days & FireworksAmesbury, Free
Thu, June 27, 2019  -  Thu, July 4, 2019   
A week of fun in Amesbury leading up to fireworks at Woodsom Farm. Some of this year's events include the Annual Brew Fest, Sadie Hawkins Road Race, Farmer’s Market and the Old Fashioned Car Show just to name a few.
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Brockton Fair 2019Brockton, $
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Sun, July 7, 2019   
One of America's oldest and finest country fairs! Rides, Midway, Live Entertainment, Demolition Derby, Fireworks & more! There is something for everyone in the family to see and enjoy.
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FREE FUN FRIDAYS Boston 2019: Highland Street FoundationMassachusetts, Free
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Fri, August 30, 2019   
The Highland Street Free Fun Fridays program invites you to visit a designated museum or attraction for free over ten Fridays this summer. Not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!
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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.
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Find 4th of July Fireworks Near You in MA 2019 (by date)Massachusetts
Mon, July 1, 2019  -  Sat, July 6, 2019   
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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Boston Fireworks | 4th of July Fireworks & Pops: Esplanade 2019Boston, Free
Thu, July 4, 2019   
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...
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.
Franklin July 4th CelebrationFranklin
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, July 6, 2019   
A fun and festive event for people of all ages. There will be rides, games, food, music, lots of children's activities and more.
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.
Open Newbury Street EventBoston, Free
Sun, July 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 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...
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.
East Boston Summer Recreation & Sports CenterBoston, Free
Mon, July 8, 2019  -  Fri, August 16, 2019   
A full day drop-in program for youth ages 7-14 who are residents of the City of Boston. Children participate in an array of supervised activities including sports, games, and arts & crafts.
South Boston Summer Sports CenterBoston, Free
Mon, July 8, 2019  -  Fri, August 16, 2019   
This is a full day drop-in program for youth ages 7-14 who are residents of the City of Boston. Children will participate in many traditional and non-traditional recreation activities.
White Stadium Sports CenterJamaica Plain, Free
Tue, July 9, 2019  -  Fri, August 16, 2019   
This sport-teaching center offers boys and girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports in this six-week program.
Try Camp Pembroke for a Day!Pembroke, Free
Sun, July 14, 2019  -  Sun, July 14, 2019   
Parents & daughters, experience this welcoming Jewish camp just for girls! Fun for your daughter alongside a camp buddy, a tour for you and chance to talk with the Director, and lunch as our guests.
White Stadium Enrichment ProgramBoston, Free
Mon, July 15, 2019  -  Mon, August 12, 2019   
The White Stadium Enrichment Program offers boys and girls the opportunity to participate in a five-week reading, writing, and math enrichment program.
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Barnstable County Fair 2019Falmouth, $$
Mon, July 22, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
The Barnstable County Fair offers lots of summer fun for families. Enjoy crafts, midway, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
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Lowell Summer Music Series - Kids' Shows 2019Lowell, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Thu, August 8, 2019   
Enjoy free performances for kids at Lowell's Boarding House Park, with free snacks, crafts & trolley rides at every show. In case of rain, shows move across the street to LHS auditorium.
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Revere Beach Sand Castle Sculpting Festival 2019Revere, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. This year’s event will run from July 26th-28th, 2019 and will feature live entertainment, fireworks,...
Beverly Homecoming Days 2019Beverly, $
Fri, August 2, 2019  -  Sun, August 11, 2019   
The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!
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Gloucester Waterfront FestivalGloucester, Free
Sat, August 17, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor hosts this colorful festival, with live music and children's activities, delicious ethnic & New England foods, and more.
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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.
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The Big E 2019Western Mass, $$$
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
The Big E is a New England autumn tradition and the ninth largest fair in North America. There's no better place to enjoy the sights, sounds and taste tempting aromas of the fall season than at The Big E.
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Arlington Town Day 2019Arlington, Free
Sat, September 14, 2019  -  Sat, September 14, 2019   
Enjoy the annual Arlington Town Day - a family & community festival celebrating Arlington. Music, entertainment, pony rides, crafts, food & more!
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Halloween - Salem Haunted Happenings 2019Salem, $
Tue, October 1, 2019  -  Thu, October 31, 2019   
You're invited to Salem's annual Halloween Festival! It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts.
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Topsfield Fair 2019Topsfield, $$
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...
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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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