Six Favorite Kid-Friendly Springtime Activities in Boston

Sports Galore
Spring is an exciting time of year in Boston. Not only is it playoff season for the Celtics and Bruins, but it also marks the beginning of Red Sox season. Opening day for the Red Sox is a right of passage in Boston and certainly is as big as most holidays. If you would like to go to Fenway without spending money on a game ticket, you can stop by and get a tour on day when there isn’t a game. Check the Red Sox website for details. Personally, I love going to the Celtics games.  There are all kinds of fun activities and the kids always get up on the jumbotron — a real highlight!

The Charles River
The Charles River runs between Cambridge and Boston. After being cooped up all winter, Bostonites come out in hordes to celebrate spring. There is rowing, sailing, kayaking, running, biking, roller-blading all along the Charles. On Sundays, Memorial Drive is close to cars from 11a to 7p, which opens up even more recreational space. It’s perfect for strollers too. Bring a picnic and you have a perfect outing — all at no cost!

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Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place
The annual event is a country fair with a historical twist. There are dancers, fife and drum bands, wagon rides, dog herding and let’s not forget the sheep shearing! Plus, it’s only $10 for adults and the kids are free! Located on the Governor Gore Estate in Waltham, MA.

Swan Boats
Set to open for their 130th season, the swan boats are a precious piece of Boston’s culture. You can rub the bronze Mallard family on the way in and enjoy a fun lunch at one of the many local restaurants on Newbury Street.

Patriot’s Day
Boston embraces it’s position in history as the birthplace of the American Revolution. Each year, there is a complete Reenactment of the March from Boston to Concord. Marching men, cannons, horses all make the trek. We have found the best place to watch the festivities is at Old North Bridge in Concord. The streets close, so get here early. The parade starts at 9a, but the reenactment starts at 6a. No need to wake up that early, you’ll catch plenty of the action by starting at 9a. My kids have loved this since they were very little. They whole community is out and about. Check out the website for more details.

The Freedom Trail
Trekking around Boston and trying to get your kids engaged in the history while it’s frigid out is not usually successful. Now, with the warmer weather on its way, is a great time to consider The Freedom TrailBoston By Foot, a tour company, also offers a “Little Feet” tour that’s geared towards kids. The season opens April 1st.

Relevant Links:

Patriot’s Day in Concord, MA

Boston with kids – Summer activities

Boston with kids – top attractions

Ciao Bambino recommended Boston family hotels

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