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A Girl's Place, Party Boutique & SpaBoston, 978-335-5586, $$
Our award winning spa birthday parties are great fun for girls ages 3-13. Spa party package includes manicure, hairstyle & make up. Face painting party includes face painting and manicure. We welcome Girl Scout Troops and any special event.

Ancient & Honorable Artillery MuseumBoston, 617 227 1638, Free
The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. On display in the Museum are military artifacts, weaponry, uniforms, medals, and gifts to the company.

Basketball City Birthday PartiesBoston, 617.742.6700, $$$$
Basketball City is a recreational facility that organizes sports-themed birthday parties for children & teens ages 5 to 18. You can choose a tennis or basketball theme.

Boch Center TheatreBoston, (617) 482-9393, $$$
The elegant Wang Theatre is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions featuring Broadway plays and national touring shows.

Boch Shubert TheatreBoston, (617) 482-9393, $$$
The Shubert Theatre, along with the Boch Center, join together to make Boch Citi Performing Arts Center. Built in 1910, it is fondly thought of as the Theater District's 'Little Princess.'

Boston AquariumBoston, 617-973-5200, $$$
The New England Aquarium in Boston is located right on Boston's scenic waterfront. Colorful & educational exhibits feature more than 8,000 aquatic creatures, including the playful penguin pool.

Boston Area Ice Skating Rinks (& Beyond)Boston
Ice skating is a great winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. Many ice skating rinks have skate rentals and snack concessions. See complete lists of ice skating rinks for Boston & beyond.

Boston AthenaeumBoston, 617-227-0270
The Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States. An ideal spot for musing and browsing.

Boston BowlBoston, (617) 825-3800, $$
With 30 Tenpin and 14 Candlepin lanes, you never have to wait long to enjoy bowling at Boston Bowl. You also never have to worry about keeping score - all bowling lanes are equipped with state of the art touch screens that automatically score your game.

Boston Bruins Hockey (NHL)Boston, (617) 931-2222, $$$$
The Boston Bruins play their home hockey games at the Fleet Center in downtown Boston.

Boston By Foot ToursBoston, 617-367-2345, $$
From May through October, Boston by Foot conducts regularly scheduled walking tours and which highlight Boston's rich heritage of architecture and history.

Boston By Little FeetBoston, (617) 367-2345, $$
Boston By Foot offers this walking tour especially for children ages 6-12. Each 60-minute tour explores the architecture & history on the Freedom Trail.

Boston CaresBoston
Boston Cares is a terrific local online resource. You can search for volunteer opportunities appropriate for kids ages 13 and under using their search tool.

Boston Celtics Basketball (NBA)Boston, 617-523-3030, $$$$
Boston Celtics home games are played at the TD Garden in downtown Boston.

Boston Center for the ArtsBoston
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts campus that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community.

Boston Children's MuseumBoston, 617-426-6500, $$
Boston Children’s Museum is chock full of entertaining things to do & explore. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the 3 story New Balance climbing structure - a favorite with kids. Have fun in the bubble room, explore Peep's World, full of sand & water tables, and don't miss the interactive performances at the Kidstage.

Boston Children's Museum - Birthday PartiesBoston, $$$
Come and celebrate you or your child's birthday at the Boston Children's Museum. Boston Children's Museum provides programs, and activities which will spark your imagination.

Boston Children's Museum - KidstageBoston, 617-426-6500, $$
Kidstage at the Children's Museum is a state-of-the-art performance space designed to introduce children to the wonderous world of performing arts.

Boston Children's TheatreBoston, 617-424-6634, $$$
Boston Children's Theater's Mainstage Series brings 3 exciting productions annually to thousands of kids in grades K-12.

Boston CommonBoston, $
Boston Common is Boston, Massachusetts' most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States, dating as far back as 1634. It includes 50 acres of open park space with sports fields, a spray fountain & ice rink and access to popular Boston locations.

Boston Common CarouselBoston, 617-635-2120, $
Enjoy an old-fashioned carousel ride on the Boston Common from mid-April to the end of October. Tickets are $3 per rider with 10 ride punch cards available for $25.

Boston Fire MuseumBoston, (617) 338-9700, Free
Examine a hand-drawn, hand-operated pumper used by firefighters in 1793, until it was replaced by a much larger engine in 1808, and special equipment such as thawing devices used on hydrants and hoses during cold-weather fires.

Boston Harbor CruisesBoston, (877) 733-9425, $$$
From whale watching cruises, harbor sightseeing tours, and fast ferries to functions, private charters, and entertainment, you'll find it aboard Boston Harbor Cruises.

Boston Harbor IslandsBoston, 617-223-8666, $$
The Boston Harbor Islands are a part of history - and a part of the great outdoors. So, if you are looking for an easy, exciting, half-day trip, the islands offer plenty of choices for individuals and families - walking, fishing, swimming, talking with a ranger, or just seeing the sights.

Boston Harbor Islands National Park AreaBoston, 617-223-8666
The Boston Harbor Islands offer countless opportunities for visitors to tour historical sites, observe wildlife, and participate in recreational activities.

Boston Harbor Whale WatchingBoston, 617-227-4321, $$$
Boston Harbor Cruises offers Boston's only three-hour whale watch cruise on high speed catamaran vessels. Three outside decks offer optimum viewing capability and a climate controlled interior cabin provides cushioned seating, tables and a galley for eats.

Boston HaymarketBoston, $
Haymarket is Boston's great outdoor market, where you can buy everything from fruits and vegetable to sugar cane to fish just off the boat.

Boston Holocaust MemorialBoston, Free
The New England Holocaust Memorial is an outdoor space, open and accessible to the public at all times. It is located in Carmen Park on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail.

Boston Museum of Science - Gilliland ObservatoryBoston, 617-589-0267, Free
The Gilliland Observatory, located atop the Museum of Science's roof is open for free viewing on Friday evenings.

Boston National Historic ParkBoston, $
Boston National Historic Park is an association of sites that together tell the story of the city's role in our nation's history.

Boston Opera HouseBoston, (617) 880-2442, $$$
The newly renovated Boston Opera House, located in the heart of Boston's theatre district, has quickly become one the best theatre venues in Boston.

Boston Outrigger Canoe ClubBoston, $
Boston Outrigger is dedicated to expanding the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe racing along the East Coast. We are laways looking for people who want to join us in our 4 and 6 man ocean going canoes.

Boston Pizza ToursBoston, 617-401-0661, $$
Boston Pizza Tours offers fun and unique guided walking tours, exploring Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Each guided walking tour includes THREE different slices, all from Top-Rated Boston Pizzerias, TWO+ hours of food, fun & history with a local guide, and ONE Pizza related treat at the end of your tour. Discover historic Boston slice by delicious slice!

Boston Public GardenBoston, Free
The Boston Public Garden is the oldest public park in the country, with swan-boat rides in the park's lake, beautiful winding paths and impressive gardens. Lots of benches to sit and relax.

Boston Public MarketBoston, Free
Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year round marketplace where residents and visitors can find fresh, seasonal food from 40 New England farmers, fishermen, and food entrepreneurs.

Boston Red Sox Baseball (MLB)Boston, 877-REDSOX9., $$$$
From gametime tickets to stadium tours, Fenway Park is one of the all time classic venues to visit in Boston. Tickets are tough to get but the tours are open to

Boston Segway ToursBoston, 617-421-1234, $$
Take a tour Boston while riding your own personal Segway PT! Boston Segway Tours are one of Boston's most sought-out attractions in touring the city, leading the way with a premier service that shows guests the city of Boston in a way like never before.

Boston Sports MuseumBoston, (617) 624-1235, $
For the serious Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins or Revolution fan, this museum offers an early introduction to fan mania.

Boston State HouseBoston, (617) 727-3676, Free
The State House is the oldest building on Beacon Hill. The building and its grounds cover two city blocks. The Bulfinch Front faces south, its red brick walls,

Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum (for kids and adults)Boston, (617) 338-1773, $
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum is a re-creation of the famous protest in a full scale replica of the tea party ship, also museum exhibits. It's a great place for kids to learn first-hand what happened at the Boston Tea Party.

Boston TeenLifeBoston
For teens, there is a comprehensive list of local agencies looking for volunteers on the Boston TeenLife website.

Boston Town Crier ToursBoston, 617-794-7512, $$
Boston Town Crier 9:30AM is a cooler and less crowded Freedom Trail walking tour. Tour guides in period clothing bring Boston history alive—Puritan founding, Paul Revere’s Ride & America’s Revolutionary victory. Combining education & entertainment, it’s your most important 90 minutes in Boston!

Boston University Athletics (NCAA)Boston, 617-353-GoBU, $$$
View the latest news and information about the entire athletic program at Boston University, including football, basketball, & hockey scores, schedules, & ticke

Butterfly Garden at Museum of ScienceBoston, $
The fluttering flight of four hundred colorful butterflies and the scent of flower blossoms will welcome visitors into an unforgettable, multi-sensory experience.

Butterfly Landing at Franklin Park ZooBoston, 617-541-LION, $$
It's Spring at Zoo New England as the Zoo welcomes back 1000 butterflies representing 40 North American species to beautiful Butterfly Landing.

Castle Island & Carson Beach at Fort IndependenceBoston, (617) 727-5290, Free
Great shoreline park with views of Logan planes landing, beaches, endless walkways, playground, snacks at Sullivan's, and of course Fort Independence.

Castle Island and Fort IndependenceBoston, (617) 727-5290, Free
Often missed by tourists, Castle Island is a great place to walk or scooter along Boston Harbor. This 22 acre land-bound island (it's the site of an old armory), features a number of interesting and entertaining sites.

Catching JoyBoston
Catching Joy promotes volunteerism for very young children and their families by organizing hands-on activities that kids can do to let them feel the joy of giving.

Charles Bank Playground & Spray DeckBoston, Free
Situated along the banks of the Charles River, it's a family's dream; a spot where the kids can swing, run, climb, and pretend, while parents enjoy the sun glimmering on the Charles. In the summer, there is a spray deck that is perfect for cooling off.

Charles Hayden PlanetariumBoston, 617-723-2500, $$
The Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science offers young and old alike the opportunity to reach for the stars. Following a $9 million renovation, the Charles Hayden Planetarium is the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England, equipped to offer the next generation of educational programming and arts and entertainment experiences.

Charles River AquaticsBoston, (617) 939 - 8078, $$
Conveniently located off of Commonwealth Avenue, Charles River Aquatics is dedicated to introducing children ages 3 and up to the thrill of learning how to swim. The dedicated staff are committed to helping children develop life skills through swim lessons.

Charles River Esplanade PlaygroundBoston, Free
The Esplanade playspace is a new playground area along the Charles River with neat new structures for climbing, zip lining, spinning, swinging. Come check it out!

Christopher Columbus Waterfront ParkBoston, Free
The Columbus Waterfront Park has a great playground, free views of the waterfront, a pretty rose garden, and plenty of room for kids to run around and burn off

Codzilla High-Speed Boat RidesBoston, $$
Codzilla is Boston's first and only high-speed thrill boat ride featuring two turbo-charged diesel engines generating 2,800 horsepower and speeds of approximately 40 miles an hour.

Colonnade Rooftop PoolBoston, $$$$
Beat the Heat at the Colonnade's Roof Top Pool. Located on the 12th floor of The Colonnade Hotel, the RTP features a poolside dining menu including, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an extensive cocktail menu.

Come Sail Away NowBoston, (617) 828-9005, $$
View Boston from a different perspective! Taste the sweet life aboard the Tupelo Honey; experience a memorable private charter or public sail around the historical Boston Harbor with up to 15 passengers! CSAN operates from May-October 7 days a week, offering a BYOB atmosphere.

Commonwealth MuseumBoston, 617-727-9268, Free
The Commonwealth Museum uses state-of-the-art technology to trace the development of rights in Massachusetts from the 1600s until today. Interactive exhibits, personal stories, and a high tech theater bring history alive.

Community Boating & SailingBoston, (617) 523-1038, $
Community sailing & lessons for beginner and advanced sailors in a variety of boats, kids sail all summer for net to nothing. May-Oct. Charles River.

Community Canoeing In MassachusettsBoston
Rediscover the incredible public resources that are available all around Massachusetts. There are facilities for canoeing, swimming, camping, hiking, walking and bike riding at Massachusetts Parks, and much more...

Community Recreation Spots In MassachusettsBoston
Rediscover the incredible public resources that are available all around Massachusetts, including facilities for canoeing, swimming, camping, hiking, walking and bike riding at Massachusetts Parks, and much more...

Community ServingsBoston, 617.522.7777
Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.

Constitution BeachBoston, 617-727-5114, Free
Constitution Beach has swimming areas with lifeguards, a bathhouse with concessions, a relatively new, large playground, and tennis courts.

Curious CreaturesBoston, (978) 556-5353, $$$
The Curious Creatures staff of professional exhibitors teach respect and appreciation for exotic and unusual animals.

Cutler Majestic TheatreBoston, 617/824-8000, $$$
You will find, almost every day of the year, performances of professional opera, musical theater, dance, classical music and drama in the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College.

DJ DevBoston, 857-998-1898, $$
Do you need music at your party? DJ Dev can provide tunes to make your party memorable. We cover birthday parties to anniversaries. If you want quality music for your event for an affordable price, call DJ Dev today!

Dorothy Curran Play Area at Moakley ParkBoston, Free
The Dorothy Curran Playground is the City of Boston’s most accessible playground, designed with physically challenged children in mind. The entire playground is designed for maximum wheelchair accessibility with flowing paths and ramps.

Duck Boats Boston ToursBoston, (617) 267-DUCK, $$$
Tour Boston in an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. The DUCK tours the city by both land and water. Great for kids and visitors.

Duck Boats Boston ToursBoston, $$$
Tour Boston in an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. The DUCK tours the city by both land and water. Great for kids and visitors.

Edgar Allen Poe Statue - Boston CommonBoston, Free
The statue is a bronze-based figure carved to look as though Poe is rushing down Boylston Street at the intersection of Charles Street South. Flying next to Poe is a giant raven, bursting from his baggage. A heart, representing his well-known work The Tell-Tale Heart, is plopped on a pile of books behind Poe’s flowing coat.

Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. SenateBoston, 617-740-7000, $$
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate offers a dynamic, interactive experience in democracy. Visit our full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber, see a replica of Senator Kennedy's Washington office, and use digital tablets to engage with our exhibits.

Emerald Necklace, Charles River & Boston HarborBoston, 617-635-4505
Emerald Necklace, The Charles River, and the Boston Harbor Islands - three of Boston's recreational gems! Discover these great parks and all they have to offer.

Escape The Room BostonBoston, 857-256-1174, $$
Escape the Room Boston is a great experiences for all kinds of groups, and ideal for team-building, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, wedding parties, and anyone looking to host fun out-of-the-box events.

Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBoston, 617/523-1300, Free
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists alike.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's N.E. Economic AdventureBoston, 1-800-409-1333, Free
The New England Economic Adventure is a unique educational initiative designed to teach middle and high school students about improvements in living standards. To participate, come to the Adventure at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, visit the web site, or both.

Fenway Park ToursBoston, (617) 236-6666, $$
Tour the home of the Boston Red Sox, including the press box, dugout, field, and more. Tours run daily and leave from the Souvenir Store across Yawkey Way.

Franklin ParkBoston, (617) 442-4141, Free
Franklin Park is home to Boston's largest forest. It boasts an 18-hole public golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, old stone ruins, and New England's largest Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo - Zoo New EnglandBoston, 617-541-5466, $$
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site, nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Located just four miles from downtown Boston, the AZA-accredited Franklin Park Zoo draws visitors from throughout New England and around the world.

Freedom Trail ToursBoston, (617) 536-4100, $$
Walk into history on the Freedom Trail! Join a Colonial guide dressed in old fashioned garb as he or she takes you on a 90-minute walking tour of The Freedom Trail, from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market.

French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of BostonBoston, (617) 912-0400
The French Cultural Center of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the vibrant growth of French Language and Francophone Cultures in New England.

Frog Pond Ice SkatingBoston, (617) 635-2121, $
A hopping spot for ice-skating is the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Although dependent on the weather, Frog Pond offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.

Frog Pond Spray Pool & FountainBoston, (617)635-2121, Free
Kids love to keep cool at the Frog Pond at the Boston Common. Splash around in the a giant wading pool a stay cool in the fun fountains.

Generation OnBoston
If you want to create your own family volunteer experiences and you’re looking for ideas and resources, Children for Children and HandsOn Network have come together to create a new program called generationOn.

Greenway CarouselBoston, 888-239-7616, $
A one-of-a-kind carousel located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway! The animals on this carousel are all native to Boston, including a lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl, and harbor seal.

Horizons for Homeless ChildrenBoston, 800.560.7702
Horizons helps children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. They help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses.

ICA: Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston, (617) 478-3100, $$
The ICA's new building is 'poised to capture the stimulation of contemporary culture.' Play Dates for kids feature art, storytelling, performance, films and building tours.

ImprovBostonBoston, 617-576-1253, $$
Hailed by The Boston Globe as 'Comedy Masters,' ImprovBoston has been New England's leading theater and school dedicated to the art of comedy in all its forms. Voted 'Best of Boston' by The Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig, ImprovBoston performers, teachers, and students have included film stars, Emmy Award-winning comedians, and acclaimed producers, directors, musicians, and writers. ImprovBoston alumni are featured on The Daily Show, America's Got Talent, Funniest Wins, Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Comic Standing, and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, to name a few.

Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBoston, 617-566-1401, $$
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars.

Jamaica Pond Boating & SailingBoston, 617-635-4505 x62, $$
Jamaica Pond is a good place to learn rowing and sailing. You can also fish there, and it is a fun place to go all year round. No swimming though.

John F. Kennedy (JFK) Library & Museum School & Group VisitsBoston, 617.514.1589, $
The Library's Department of Education and Public Programs offers a variety of structured programs for elementary, middle and high school classes visiting the museum.

John F. Kennedy JFK Library & MuseumBoston, (617) 514-1600, $$
Step back into the re-created world of the early 1960’s and experience first-hand the life and legacy of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. The Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

Jump On In Parties & PlayBoston, $$
Inflatable fun for parties and a select open play times in Lowell, Haverill, Nashua, and Woburn. High ceilings accommodate the biggest indoor inflatable slides and jumping equipment.

Kings BowlingBoston, (617) 266-2695, $$$
Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2002 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Each Kings location features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus.

Limelight Stage & Studio Birthday PartiesBoston, 617-423-0785, $$
Are you tearing your hair out trying to think of new ideas for your kids birthday parties? A party at Limelight Stage and Studios is one they will remember forever!

Make Way for Ducklings BostonBoston, Free
Installed in 1987, Nancy Schön's magical bronze sculpture of Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, & Quack has since been one of the most popular Boston attractions for kids.

Martin's Park PlaygroundBoston, Free
Adjacent to the Boston Children's Museum on the Smith Family Waterfront in the Seaport District, Boston Parks and Recreation Department has created an inclusive park and play space that is the first of its kind in the heart of Boston.

Metropolitan Waterworks MuseumBoston, 617-277-0065, Free
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of the country's first metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health.

Mike Bent's AbraKidabra!Boston, 617-484-8125, $$$
Voted 'Best of Boston' Boston's Funniest Magic Show! Mike Bent's popular magic show 'AbraKidabra!' provides the best in children's entertainment!

Mike The HatmanBoston, (617) 522-6722
Mike uses his guitar, drum synthesizer, and lots of funny surprises to keep everyone singing, dancing and laughing. And, of course, he gives everybody a silly balloon hat!

Mirabella PoolBoston, 617-635-5235, $
Boston Center for Youth and Families public swimming pool. Open 7 days/week during the summer from 11 am to 7 pm.

Mugar Omni IMAX Theater At Boston Museum of ScienceBoston, (617) 723-2500, $$
The Mugar Omni Theater presents larger-than-life images on a domed screen that reaches five stories high. It’s New England's only 180-degree IMAX® dome.

Museum Of African American HistoryBoston, 617-720-2991, Free
Exhibits and programs are dedicated to accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New England.

Museum of Fine Arts School Group ProgramsBoston, (617) 267-9300, $
The Museum offers self-guided and guided tour options of the Museum’s collections and certain special exhibitions.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)Boston, (617) 267-9300, $$
The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is an elegant and impressive space filled with captivating masterpieces from around the world. The museum offers several hands-on art and drop-in programs for families and children.

Mystic DrumzBoston, 1-888-638-5949, $$
World Music Safari Percussion Shows and Hands-on Drumming Workshops We come to you and bring your event to life to musical explorations, dance and movement games.

Narrated Walking Tours of Historic BostonBoston, (617) 670-1888, $$$
Walk from Boston Common to the North End and see 14 historic sites. Tour is led by Ben L. Edwards, a children's book author whose ancestors arrived in Boston over 300 years ago.

New England Aquarium Simons IMAX TheaterBoston, 617-973-5200, $$
Simons IMAX Theatre allows aquarium visitors to get to know animals and habitats that are too large, too small, or too endangered to exhibit in an Aquarium setting.

New England Aquarium Whale WatchingBoston, 617-973-5281, $$$
Featuring the only boats in Boston designed specifically for whale watching, with trivia, paper and crayons, snack bar, comfortable main cabin, and restrooms.

New England Aquarium: BostonBoston, 617-973-5200, $$$
The New England Aquarium in Boston features a unique central tank as the main attraction complete with small sharks, many varieties of fish and a huge sea turtle.

Old North Church - North EndBoston, (617) 523-6676, $
Revere's 'One if by land, and two if by sea' ride. Built in 1723, it has the city's tallest steeple in Boston at 191 feet.

Old North Church GardensBoston, (617) 523-6676, Free
Surrounding Old North Church are some wonderful, relaxing gardens, including an 18th century garden, complete with rose arches, and terraces.

Old South Meeting HouseBoston, (617) 482-6439, $
When you follow the Freedom Trail's red line you'll eventually arrive at the Old South Meeting House. It was built in 1729 as a Puritan Church but has become better known as the site of the Boston Tea Party.

Old South Meeting House School Group ProgramsBoston, 617) 482-6439, $
Each year, Old South Meeting House museum and National Historic Landmark centrally located on Boston's Freedom Trail, serves over 12, 000 students and teachers with programs that immerse participants in the events preceding the American Revolution and introduce them to the lives of fascinating historical figures.

Old State House MuseumBoston, (617) 720-1713, $
Known today as the Old State House, this building was the center of Boston ’s civic life in the 18th century and the scene of some of the most dramatic chapters in the lead-up to the American Revolution. Hands-on History galleries provide interactive exhibitions for families with children.

Old State House MuseumBoston, 617-720-1713, $
The Old State House dates back to 1713. It was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston, and it remains the city's oldest public building.

Old Town Trolley ToursBoston, $$$
The fully narrated, 1-hour experience is the perfect way for the entire family to savor the sights and stories of Boston in one convenient and highly en

On Location ToursBoston, (617) 379-6770, $$$
Tour famous TV & movie locations in Boston on the Boston TV & Movie Sites bus tour and Boston Movie Mile walking tour. All tours are led by local actors who are licensed tour guides. See Boston Common, Beacon Hill, South End, Charlestown, and more!

Once Upon A Time TheatreBoston, (617) 426-0622
Once Upon A Time produces quality theatrical events for children and families that are interactive, participatory and designed to involve the entire audience.

Parkway Girls Softball LeagueBoston, $$
The Parkway Girls Softball League, Inc. (PGSL) is a Massachusetts 501c3 non-profit organization established in August 2006 for the purpose of administering and promoting softball programs for the youth of the Parkway area of the City of Boston, including, but not limited to, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and the surrounding area.

Paul Revere HouseBoston, (617) 523-1676, $
The Paul Revere House is the oldest standing private home in Boston and once belonged to Paul Revere. It is a small museum comprised of rooms decorated in authentic colonial style.

Paul Revere House School Group ProgramsBoston, 617-523-2338, $
The Paul Revere House is the oldest standing private home in Boston and once belonged to Paul Revere.

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and InnovationBoston, Free
The nearly-8,000-square-foot space includes two floors of galleries full of exhibits with various medical themes, as well as space for lectures and presentations.

Piers ParkBoston, 617-561-6677, Free
Piers Park is a beautifully landscaped park providing direct access to the waterfront along with spectacular views of downtown Boston across the inner harbor.

Pirate Ship Formidable Harbor CruisesBoston, (508) 954-1282, $$$
Enjoy a delightful harbor sail, a voyage full of history from the eighteenth century. For reservations and information number is (617) 262-1119.

Plein-Air Art AcademyBoston, 617-407-3858, $$
Boston-based studio with focus on working outdoors and connecting with nature. Program is developed with weekly art history lessons, visits to Boston’s best galleries and museums and experimentation with a variety of media both inside the studio and in plein-air.

Quincy MarketBoston, 617-523-1300, Free
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Quincy Market has great shops and nifty peddler carts galore.

Rainforest Reptile ShowsBoston, (978) 922-5107, $$$
Rainforest Reptile Shows educates and entertains people of all ages about reptiles, animals, and the importance of preserving the rain forests. A unique alternative to the usual birthday party

Rings Fountain on the GreenwayBoston, 617-292-0020, Free
Cool off on a hot summer day at the Rings Fountain in the Wharf District Parks. You can count 64 nozzles that shoot up in the air and create circles of vertical water.

Rock Spot ClimbingBoston, 617.333.4433, $$
Owners Lary & Nadav want you to experience the fun and the health benefits that rock climbing can have.

Rock Spot ClimbingBoston, 617-269-2084, $$
Owners Lary & Nadav want you to experience the fun and the health benefits that rock climbing can have.

Room EscapersBoston, 857-400-9144, $$$
Room Escapers Boston offers challenging, interactive adventures and escape rooms at two downtown Boston locations: in the Old Corner Bookstore and in the Blackstone District.

Room to GrowBoston
We are consistently in need of reliable volunteers to help organize and prepare our inventory of infant and toddler clothing, toys, books and equipment. This is a great opportunity for students, retirees or new parents. A minimum of two hours per visit, from Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. is required.

Rose Kennedy GreenwayBoston, (617) 292-0020, Free
The Rose Kennedy Greenway encompasses gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. Offering beautiful places for relaxation within the rhythm of the urban environment, the Greenway is a key feature of the modern reinvention of Boston, Boston Harbor, the South Boston Waterfront, and the Harbor Islands.

Russell Museum of Medical History & Innovation at MGHBoston, 617-724-8009, Free
The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation explores the evolution of health care and medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Exhibits and programs allow visitors to follow our history of research, patient care and medical discovery across three centuries. Appropriate for high school and up.

Simons IMAX Theatre Birthday PartiesBoston, (617) 973-5200, $$$
The Simons IMAX Theatre at the New England Aquarium and a number of Faneuil Hall Marketplace restaurants are working together to make your next birthday party larger than life! Join us for an exciting IMAX presentation and a tasty meal at the restaurant of your choice.

SkyZone Trampoline ParkBoston, (857) 345-9693, $$
Choose from different trampoline-based activities such as open jump, dodgeball, Sky Slam basketball, and a fitness class. Sky Zone offers a fun and healthy flying experience for both kids and adults.

Southie BowlBoston, (617) 464-4858, $$$
Southie Bowl features Candlepin Bowling - a regional bowling experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. Book a lane, a party or play in a league. Bowling is fun!

Splash Fountain at Christian Science PlazaBoston, Free
Each summer The First Church of Christ, Scientist opens its beloved fountain to the public. On hot summer days you're sure to cool off at this famous landmark.

Steriti Ice Rink in Boston's North EndBoston, 617-523-9327, Free
The Steriti Ice Rink in Boston's North End is an easy walk from North Station. The indoor rink is open from late November until mid-March, and public skating (while rather limited) is free! Definitely call ahead tor public skating hours: 617-523-9327

Stoneman Playground on the EsplanadeBoston, (617) 227-0365, Free
Wonderful playspace is conveniently located along the esplanade. It's divided into two separate, gated areas. One for toddlers and one for older kids.

The Charles River EsplanadeBoston, 617-727-1188 x 4, Free
One beautiful area of Boston is the 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River. To many people, this area is known as the Esplanade, especially near the Hatch Shell.

The Colonial TheatreBoston, 617-426-9366, $$$
The Colonial Theatre, located in Boston's Historic Theatre District, is the oldest continuously operating theatre in New England. Today the Colonial continues to present the best Broadway shows and world premieres using 21st Century technology surrounded by 19th Century elegance.

The Hatch ShellBoston, Free
The Hatch Shell is an outdoor concert venue adjacent to the Charles River Esplanade near downtown Boston. The Hatch Shell is best known for hosting the Boston Pops Orchestra annually for the Boston Fourth of July celebration.

The Hubway: Boston Bike SharingBoston, $
New Balance Hubway is our new Boston bike sharing system providing you with an accessible and green transit option. Choose between an Annual, 3-Day or 24-Hour membership and access our fleet when you want it, 3 seasons a year (the system is shut down in the winter).

The Lawn on DBoston, (877) 393-3393
The Lawn on D is a park and playground oasis for children and adults near the Boston convention center. The park features art installations, live music, very cool LED illuminated circular (think glowing) swings, inflatable maze and so much more. The park attracts many families in the area due to its cool features.

The Mapparium: Mary Baker Eddy LibraryBoston, 1-617-450-7000, $
This world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Mapparium is a three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935.

The Skating Club of BostonBoston, (617) 782-5900, $$$
In addition to learn-to-skate classes on Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings, there are now group lessons in several disciplines on Sunday afternoons. The Sunday classes include lessons in Free Skating, Pairs, Dance, Theatre on Ice and Synchronized Skating for both children and adults.

The Skating Club of Boston Skating AcademyBoston, 617-787-5283, $$
The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy is New England’s premier ice skating school, offering top-quality instruction and small group ice skating lessons for children and adults using the Learn to Skate USA curriculum endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey.

Trapology BostonBoston, (857) 285-2085, $$$
Trapology Boston is Boston-born and bred and we offers interactive experiences for friends, family, and co-workers. Each adventure has a suspenseful storyline that will unfold as you and your team explore the room, find clues, and solve a series of connected mind-bending puzzles.

Underground at Ink BlockBoston, Free
Underground at Ink Block is the successful transformation of an 8-acre underpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods into an active urban park, cultural attraction and parking amenity.

Volunteer MatchBoston
Volunteer Match is an excellent resource for finding kid-friendly projects to volunteer for in your area. You can even search by zip code to find things really close by.

Walking BostonBoston, (617) 670-1888, $$$
Walk from Boston Common to the North End and see 14 historic sites led by Ben L. Edwards, a children's book author whose ancestors arrived in Boston over 300 years ago.

Wheelock Family TheatreBoston, 617-879-2147, $$$
The Wheelock Family Theatre, is a non-profit, professional, equity theatre, located in Boston, providing affordable, quality theatre for both adults and young people.

Alexander Kemp PlaygroundCambridge, Free
A cool, state of the art playground in the heart of Cambridge. Slides are embedded into hills. There is a swing set for toddlers, a multi-directional dish-shaped swing that can be used by several children at once, a see-saw with multiple seats at each end for groups of children (or adults), and a “merry-go-round” that is at ground level to provide wheelchair access.

Allandale FarmBrookline, 617-524-1531, $
Boston's last and only working farm, with a farm stand & garden center, and wonderful education programs for children.

Arnold ArboretumJamaica Plain, (617) 384-5209, Free
The Arnold Arboretum is one of the area's truly great places to get away during the spring, summer and fall. The two-mile-long main walking trail is paved and allows for leisurely stroller walks. Plant, flower and woodland life is labeled according to species.

Artesani Park & Wading PoolBrighton, (617) 626-4973, Free
Artesani Park & Wading Pool has lifeguards on duty, showers, changing rooms, picnic area, ice cream truck comes often, awesome playground for toddlers and older kids and plenty of parking. Truly is a gem.

Bay State Model Railroad MuseumRoslindale, 617-327-4341, $
The Bay State Model Railroad Museum boasts an HO layout, HOn3 layout, N layout, and an O layout.

Boda BorgMalden, 781-321-1081, $$
At Boda Borg, visitors are transported into a real-world gaming environment; a Quest, if you will. Teams of 3-5 guests literally move through Quests tackling a variety of mental and physical challenges.

Boston Nature CenterMattapan, 617-983-8500, $$
This urban sanctuary, located on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital, offers public programs year-round. Through its Boston Schools Initiative, the Boston Nature Center provides environmental education programs to Boston elementary schools weekly.

Boston PaintballChelsea, 617-941-0123, $$
Celebrating a birthday? Kids outgrown a lot of the old options? We have got your new go-to for guaranteed party success! Boston Paintball offers 2 versions of the game and BOTH are enormous amounts of FUN!!

Boston Public Library - Central BranchBack Bay, 617-536-5400, Free
The library is a fun place to find things to do with kids. Enjoy the children's area, computers, pre-school story hours and discount museum passes.

Brattle TheaterCambridge, 617.876.6837, $$
Independent, classic, and cutting-edge films. The theater also features Parents' Afternoons - movies where babies are welcome to attend.

Brighton-Allston Heritage MuseumBrighton, 1-617-635-1436, Free
The Brighton-Allston Heritage Museum houses permanent and temporary exhibiitions related to the heritage of Allston and Brighton.

Brookline Arts CenterBrookline, 617-566-5715, $$
The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is a visual arts center committed to bringing the community meaningful experiences in the arts through classes, exhibitions and outreach.

Brookline Public LibraryBrookline, 617-730-2375, Free
The library is a fun place to find things to do with kids. Enjoy the children's area, computers, story hours and discount museum passes. Kid friendly.

Bunker Hill MonumentCharlestown, (617) 242-5641, Free
The Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill. It's been open to the public since 1842. Climb the 294 steps to the top of the granite obelisk.

Cambridge Public Library - Main BranchCambridge, 617-349-4040, Free
The library is a fun place to find things to do with kids. Enjoy the children's area, computers, story hours and discount museum passes. Kid friendly.

Cass Memorial Swimming PoolRoxbury, (617) 445-0062, Free
Kids of all ages can take swim lessons here, or just beat the heat and go for a cooling public swim!

Charles Hotel Ice Skating Rink (CLOSED 2018)Cambridge, (617) 234-8008, $
Lace up and enjoy the 2,900 square-foot outdoor rink right in Harvard Square. The rink, run by the Charles Hotel, is open to the public as well as hotel guests.

Chez-Vous Roller Skating RinkDorchester, (617) 825-6877, $$
For over 80 years, Chez-Vous Roller Rink has provided family fun and entertainment to many all over Massachusetts. Join in on the fun! Open 7 days out the week.

Children's Music Center Music classesJamaica Plain, 617-524-1784, $$
The Children's Music Center provides quality music programs for kids of all ages. Our goal is to nurture children's music development through a rich variety of musical experiences. Offerings include Music Together® classes for infants/toddlers/preschoolers, group music classes for preschoolers and kindergartners, a Musical Theatre program, playgroups, group and private piano instruction, drop-in class options, family concerts, and birthday parties.

Chuck E. CheeseEverett, (617) 387-4689, $$
Chuck E. Cheese kid's arcade host birthday parties that include 90 minutes of table time, food, drinks, cake and playtime with tokens for games.

Clay Center for Science & TechnologyBrookline
The Clay Center for Science and Technology at the Dexter Southfield School, a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory and learning center, offers frequent educational programs to the public.

Community Rowing Inc.Brighton, 617.779.8267, $$
Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized attraction for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States.

Coolidge Corner TheatreBrookline, 617-734-2501, $$
Saturday morning family fun featuring live vaudeville shows with jugglers, magicians, comedians, musicians and puppets. In addition, Coolidge Corner Theatre is a classic venue to view movies on the big screen for all ages.

Courageous Sailing CenterCharlestown, 617.268.7243, $$
Whether it's your first time on a boat or you have years of experience under your belt, when it comes to sailing there's always more to learn. Courageous offers a wide range of courses, led by expert, US Sailing-certified instructors.

Courageous Sailing CenterJamaica Plain, 617.522.5061, $$
Whether it's your first time on a boat or you have years of experience under your belt, when it comes to sailing there's always more to learn. Courageous offers a wide range of courses, led by expert, US Sailing-certified instructors.

Cradles to CrayonsBrighton, 617.779.4700
Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

Danehy Park Splash PadCambridge, Free
Tucked into a corner of 50-acre Danehy Park in Cambridge is a lovely wading pool painted to look like a pond with jets that spray water over delighted kids’ heads.

DCR’s Latta Brothers Memorial Spray Deck & PoolSomerville, 617.626.4973, Free
Kids can stay cool this summer at the Latta Brothers spray deck in Somerville. The new deck has spray fountains and some small play structures for little ones.

Dillaway-Thomas House at Roxbury Heritage State ParkRoxbury, (617)445-3399
The Dillaway-Thomas House was built in 1750 and served as headquarters for General John Thomas and the Continental Army during the siege of Boston in 1775.

Duck Boats Boston ToursBack Bay, (617) 267-DUCK, $$$
Tour Boston in an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. The DUCK tours the city by both land and water. Great for kids and visitors.

Franklin Park PlaysteadDorchester, (617) 635-4505, Free
Playing fields next to the rear entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo. Near the corner of Seaver Street and Elm Hill Ave. Enter the park by the main road from Blue Hill Avenue or the Arborway and turn on Pierpont Road across from the golf course.

Games People PlayCambridge, 617-492-0711, $$
A great place for nostalgia, Games People Play offers classic and contemporary board and table games, mechanical puzzles & toys, jigsaw puzzles, word games, pla

Ghosts and Gravestones ToursBack Bay, 617-269-7150, $$$
Who was the Boston Strangler? How much does a ghostly spirit weigh? And why did Edgar Allan Poe have such a dark side? You will find out on this 'frightseeing'

Gibson HouseBack Bay, (617)267-6338, $
Built in 1859, the Gibson House is a historic house museum of Back Bay --filled with the Gibson's original furniture and personal possessions. Visitors enjoy a

Gold Star PoolCambridge, (617) 349-6310, $
The Gold Star Pool, located at the corner of Berkshire and Cambridge Streets, is the only city-owned outdoor pool.

Harvard Art MuseumsCambridge, 617-495-9400, $$
The new galleries include masterpieces from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, with works of art dating from ancient times to the present, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, and photographs from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia.

Harvard Art Museums School Group ProgramsCambridge, 617-496-8576
The Harvard Art Museums' school programs help K–12 students engage with thoughtfully selected works of art in ways that support their classroom studies.

Harvard Athletics (NCAA)Cambridge, 877- GO HARVARD, $$$
View the latest news and information about the athletic programs at Harvard, including football, hockey & basketball scores, schedules, & ticket info.

Harvard COOP For Kids - Story & Crafts HourCambridge, (617) 499-2000, Free
On Saturdays at 11:00am, children under 7 can participate in the story and craft hour at the Harvard COOP. Stories and crafts often tie in with seasonal themes.

Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH)Cambridge, 617-495-3045, $
Explore 12,000 specimens drawn from Harvard’s vast research collections at the University's most visited museum -- dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, and animals from around the globe. Enjoy frequent family programs and classes.

Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyCambridge, 617-496-1027, $
Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology. The Museum offer regular family exploration program and free Sunday mornings for Mass. residents.

Imagine PlayspaceCambridge, 617-661-0077, $$
Visit Imagine for tons of creative interactive family fun! Jump, climb, and ride in our active play area with ship, castle, firehouse and bouncers. Then take on the roles of grocer, doctor, puppeteer, etc. to create the community in our role play town with lofts! Drop in play every day of the year; plenty of free parking - birthdays too.

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating RinkBrookline, 617-739-7518, $
Located within Brookline’s 64-acre Larz Anderson Park, this rink offers skating lessons and rink rentals for private parties.

John F. Kennedy National Historic SiteBrookline, (617) 566-7937, Free
John F. Kennedy National Historic Site preserves the birthplace in 1917 and boyhood home of the 35th President of the United States in Brookline, MA.

Johnson Playground and Stony Brook Spray DeckJamaica Plain, (617) 626-4973, Free
Have fun on the playground, and chill out with the spray of the Spray Deck at Johnson Playground in Jamaica Plain.

Kelly Skating RinkJamaica Plain, (617) 727-7000, Free
An urban outdoor skating rink located right in the center of Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s liveliest neighborhoods. Whirl, twirl, and spin around on one of Massachusetts’ picturesque outdoor skating ponds.

Kendall Square Community Ice SkatingCambridge, 6174920941, $
Kendall Square Community Ice Skating is a seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located in the heart of East Cambridge just minutes from downtown Boston. The rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and a cafe serving hot drinks and snacks.

Kids Fun StopWest Roxbury, (617) 325-0800, $
Kids Fun Stop is an indoor playground and kids activity center in Boston for children up to 6 years old. There is no membership required, just walk in and play . Great place to let kids to have fun , interact ,excercise and practice on their motor skills. Also a great place for moms to meet and arrange their playdates. Group discounts available for daycare and preschools.

Lanes and GamesCambridge, (617) 876-5533, $
Located in Cambridge on Route 2 East, Lanes and Games is a huge bowling complex that offers both league and open bowling in tenpin and candlepin format. It's about 10 minute walk from the Alewife T stop.

Lanes And Games Bowling PartiesCambridge, 617-876-5533, $$$
Recently voted 'Best Bowling Alley' by Boston Magazine. League play weeknights 6-10 pm. Reduced open play rates on Sundays 9 am -12 pm.

Larz Anderson (Kirrane) Ice Skating RinkBrookline, 617-739-7518, $
Enjoy ice skating at the Larz Anderson Skating Rink, featuring a heated pavilion, snack bar, skate rentals and skate sharpening shop.

Larz Anderson Auto MuseumBrookline, (617) 522 6547, $
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to 'Americas oldest car collection'. For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the collector car community through a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and lectures.

LegoLand Discovery Center BostonSomerville, $$$
Welcome to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, located at Assembly Row, Somerville’s new children’s attraction. Indoor family attraction ideal for children aged 3 – 10 years.

Made By MeCambridge, 617-354-8111
Clayroom is a paint-your-own pottery studio just east of Harvard Square. Children (or adults) choose from a variety of clay pieces and hundreds of glaze colors.

McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading PoolCambridge, (617) 661-0670, Free
You'll find lots of splashy fun at McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool. Within the DCR pool system, swimming pools have a water depth of at least two feet. Wading pools have a water depth between one inch and two feet.

Memorial Drive Recreation Sundays (Spring to Fall)Cambridge, Free
Every Sunday (Apr.-Nov.), Memorial Drive is closed to traffic between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street, and open to recreation! Bring your bike, inline skates, running shoes, or walking feet!

MetroRock Indoor Climbing CentersEverett, (617) 387-7625, $$$
MetroRock offers Boston and Newburyport area rock climbers of all abilities a place to challenge and enjoy themselves in a fun, safe environment.

MIT MuseumCambridge, 617-253-4444, $
A showcase for MIT innovation — past, present, and future. The main gallery features a host of science and tech exhibits.

MIT Museum Middle & High School ProgramsCambridge, 617.253.6852, $
The MIT Museum offers guided gallery tours and workshops geared to students in Grade 6 and above.

MSPCC/Adoptive Families TogetherJamaica Plain, 857-728-2157
Adoptive Families Together (AFT) facilitates several Adoptive Parent groups These are parent run groups that are ongoing and meet once a month where parents and others connected to adoption can discuss adoption related issues

Museum of Bad ArtSomerville, 781-444-6757, Free
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a fun, quirky, private gallery dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.

Museum of Bad ArtBrookline, Free
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a fun, quirky, private gallery dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.

Museum of Science, BostonCambridge, 617-723-2500, $$$
The Boston Museum of Science boasts an extensive collection of exciting science-based exhibits, both permanent and temporary. So much to explore & discover - there is always something new at the Science Museum.

North Point Park & Splash PadCambridge, Free
A nifty new playground featuring structures for various ages, a spray deck, fully fenced-in and safe for the kiddos, trails, bridges, picnic tables, and doggy friendly running spots.

Parts and Crafts WorkshopSomerville, 410-967-5207, $$
Parts and Crafts is an open workshop-playshop and community center where we build things, make things, ask questions, and take stuff apart.

Prudential Tower SkywalkBack Bay, 617-859-0648, $$
Children love this birds eye view of the city. The Prudential Center Skywalk provides a full, 360-degree view and opens up to a wide-open space with lots of running room.

Puppet Showplace TheaterBrookline, 617-731-6400, $$
The Puppet Showplace Theatre is a perfect place to introduce your children to the world of make believe. Puppets of all kinds are part of wonderfully imaginative shows.

SkyZone Trampoline ParkEverett, (617) 387-1000, $$
Choose from different trampoline-based activities such as open jump, dodgeball, Sky Slam basketball, and a fitness class. Sky Zone offers a fun and healthy flying experience for both kids and adults.

Snip-its Birthday Parties For GirlsChestnut Hill, (617) 566-SNIP
Snip-its Birthday Parties are fun for kids and easy for parents! Just choose the party that's right for you, and let the experts at Snip-its do all the work.

Somerville Public Library - Main BranchSomerville, (617) 623-5000, Free
The Somerville Public Library consists of the Main Library located at 79 Highland Avenue, and two branches, the West Branch at 40 College Avenue (Davis Square) and the East Branch at 115 Broadway.

Somerville TheatreSomerville, (617) 625-5700, $$
Somerville Theatre has 5 auditoriums. All are fully accessible via elevator. The Main Theatre is the perfect venue for concerts and theatre performances. The other 4 cinema theatres house intimate venues for movie goers.

Susi's Gallery For ChildrenCambridge, 617-876-7874, $$$
Susi offers art classes throughout the week for children ages 5-14. Each class is 1 1/2 hours, at a cost of $80 per class.

Swan BoatsBack Bay, 617-522-1966, $
The Boston Public Garden is oldest public park in the country, with relaxing swan-boat rides in the park's lake. The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon.

Toys R UsCambridge, (617) 576-8697, $$
and elPopular chain store featuring toys from toddler to teen. You'll find everything from Fisher Price and Little Tikes to bicycles, outdoor equipment, books and electronics.

Toys R UsEverett, (781) 289-1181, $$
and elPopular chain store featuring toys from toddler to teen. You'll find everything from Fisher Price and Little Tikes to bicycles, outdoor equipment, books and electronics.

USS Constitution ('Old Ironsides')Charlestown,  617-426-1812, Free
Old Ironsides is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. A tour of this 200-year-old ship may give your little landlubber a chance to get his sea legs. The USS Constitution Museum offers interactive exhibits and events.

USS Constitution MuseumCharlestown, Free
The USS Constitution Museum is just steps from the ship and houses over 3000 original artifacts, as well as artwork and opportunities for hands-on activities (toddlers can turn the wheel of a ship).

Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool (Magazine Beach)Cambridge, 617-727-4708, Free
Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool is a great summer cooling spot with plenty of parking. Open 7 days a week from 11:30-5:30 in the summer. Change rooms/showers are available and lifeguards on duty. Playground nearby. Right on the Charles.



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