Visiting Boston was one of those family vacations that blew me away. What I thought would be a fun but standard family trip to a big American city, turned out to be a life-time-memory making experience we will never forget. Why? Because Boston is a hub of kid-friendly cultural experiences!
Yes I know I just used the words culture and kids in the same sentence but stay with me…
While there are many fun things to do with kids in Boston – so many in fact we could easily fill more than one week – there are also child-friendly adult-inspiring cultural experiences to be had too! Ones that will not have you yelling “sit down” or “don’t touch that”.
When I posted on Facebook that we were headed to Boston as a family and asked for recommendations one of my friends insisted we visit Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. When I skeptically reminded her we were going with the kids, she sent me a link to MFA’s Kids and Family programs. There are excellent resources available to help you and your kids both enjoy the incredible exhibits including Art Connection Cards (which get kids searching for objects and images throughout the exhibits) and tote bags available at the visitor centre with sketching supplies and suggested activities. Their website also offers handy tips for parents to help get their kids ready to visit. An added bonus is kids 6 and under are always free and kids 7 – 17 are free during non-school hours including weekends and holidays.
If you ask, Bostonians will gladly tell you about the “Big Dig” that began in 1991 and saw all of the highways in downtown Boston moved from above ground to below ground, leaving a mile and a half of public parks right in the middle of the city. Now known as the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway or “the Greenway”, it’s the perfect place to let the kids burn off some energy while the adults stroll through the park and innovative contemporary art installations. Picnics, conversations with fellow-park goers about the exhibits and running through the water features barefoot are all encouraged. Even the carousel (which the kids loved!), is a beautiful and fun exhibit of sculpted animals native to Boston and inspired by drawings from Boston school children.
PS: Looking for more family fun things to do in Boston? Check out 14 Awesome Things To Do With Kids In Boston.
Many thanks to Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing my family with passes to some of the above attractions.