Take the kids on an art scavenger hunt through the city when you head out in search of these murals in Boston. One of the best ways to make memories with the kids is by experiencing art together. As much as we love the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and ICA, we know going to the museum isn’t the only way to see great art. You can find some amazing wall art locally just by walking down the street. If you’re in Boston or just visiting, make sure to pay these murals a visit for some Insta-worthy memories with the kids.
These Boston festivals offer a little something for everyone—from pizza and books to carnival rides and floating lanterns. As the temperatures in New England begin to cool down, and the foliage transitions to long-awaited orange and brown shades, there is no better time to get the family together for fresh air and festive outings. These Boston festivals have got it all. From the best places to pick up sweet apple cider donuts or do Halloween-themed crafts to cultural celebrations and all the food fairs Boston can muster, these fall festivals and fairs top our list of family-friendly fall activities.
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Looking for an exciting new way to stay with the kids? It doesn’t get any better than these treehouse rentals in New England. When it comes to epic family vacations, New England offers plenty of options for families. There are rentals with epic pools and compounds where you and your besties can stay. But if we’re honest, nothing beats sleeping among the trees. And when it comes to treehouse rentals New England has more than its fair share of storybook stays. Your kids’ imaginations will soar when they wake up high above it all in the trees, listening to morning birds and bubbling streams.
If there’s one thing that Labor Day weekend signals, it’s the end of summer and a last chance to check off all those Boston summer activities you haven’t quite gotten around to yet. For busy Boston families it’s also about having a reason to gather with friends one last time before school starts and we return to our weekly routines. Whether you’re staying local or hitting the road for one last adventure before the leaves start to change, now’s the time to find all the great things to do in Boston Labor Day weekend.
Boston is known for many things. Our great sports teams. Fantastic attractions that bring visitors from all over the world. And the city’s storied history (who else can claim a molasses flood or the largest art heist in the world?). So we thought it would be fun to gather up the city’s popular places, people and historically significant spots and turn them into a list of Boston baby names for a little fun and inspiration. Whether you’re expecting, or you just want to see how your kiddo’s name stacks up, these Boston-themed baby names are all the inspiration you need. Read on to find out just how “Boston” your kiddo really is.
The start of the school year will be here before you know it. That’s why we’re guessing getting in one more family road trip before it gets here is on the top of your list. With all of New England to explore at your fingertips, now is a great time to plan a last-minute getaway. Whether you are looking for seaside or mountain towns, active or relaxing destinations, we’ve got nine road trips for families mapped out so you can make the most of summer before it ends. Get your bags packed and break out the car games, these road trips for families are waiting.
We think the best way to celebrate National Ice Cream month is with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or gelato from one of Boston’s best ice cream shops. It’s like summer in a cup! So the next time your crew is chanting (you know the one) for their favorite summer treat, head to one of these spots families love.
If your family is looking for a spot to enjoy some time away this summer, we’ve got some great options for you. These Airbnbs are just a short drive from Boston and have ocean views, private pools, game rooms and plenty of space for your family to spread out. We particularly love the ones with fire pits, naturally.
While all of us would love to travel the world and fill up our passports, the hard reality is that most of us find ourselves planning a trip to Disney or LEGOLAND instead (especially with the way flight prices are going). However, we’ve found a loophole. It is possible to get a “feel” for Germany, Denmark, England and more without actually leaving the United States. We’ve uncovered some of the best American cities that feel international (think Solvang, California and more), and some of them just might be near you. Put down the Rosetta Stone and let’s go; they’re just a road trip away!
Looking for a little Insta inspiration this summer? Ideas to get you out and about, exploring local attractions and little known spots? What better place to find ideas that go beyond the everyday than by following Boston influencers. Check out these Boston Instagram moms who are sharing everything from breastfeeding and sleep tricks to travel ideas and cool Boston spots that are worth a look. So grab your phones and get following. These moms have got what you need to find amazing new adventures with the kids this summer.
Do your Fourth of July festivities center around a backyard BBQ and kids’ crafts at your place? Or are you more about spending the day waiting to see Boston’s most epic fireworks display over the Harbor? Either way, we think this year’s Independence Day celebration is going to be a blast, especially since so many Boston favorites are back this year. So grab the kids and your best red, white and blue accessories, then head out to find our favorite fireworks displays, parades, historical reenactments and more. Here’s where Boston families can celebrate July 4th in 2022!
It’s time to show your wicked Pride, families, because Pride Month is in full swing around the city. Showing your Boston Pride is all about supporting and celebrating the many LGBTQ+ folks that call Beantown home. And even through there won’t be a parade this year showcasing Boston’s LGBTQIA+ community, there are still plenty of ways families can make Boston Pride a prominent theme in June. Drag Queen storytimes, craft sessions and even a Disney concert are in the mix. The hard part will be choosing which family-friendly events to attend.
He’s the healer of owies. The hero of horseplay. And an all-around swell guy. We must be talking about Dad. Celebrate the special guy in your life this year with amazing Father’s Day events around Boston. No matter what Dad, grandpa, uncle or the father-figure in your life loves, we’ve got an adventure he can take with the kids. Read on to make a plan this Father’s Day…and don’t forget the card.
There’s nothing that kicks your summer off to a sweet start like taking the kids to find u-pick berries at a farm near Boston. Strawberry season rolls out first in early June, followed by raspberry and blueberry seasons. The stone fruits end the season starting in August. These nearby farms offer u-pick berries for families that teach kids where their food comes from and lets you go home with a sweet treat. Read on to find one near you.
There’s something peaceful about the sound of rushing water, whether you find it at along the river or at the base of a cascading waterfall. And while Boston is known for many things, being a waterfall hot spot isn’t one of them. So we’ve searched beyond the city to find waterfalls near Boston families can enjoy right now. Each of our picks is less that two hours away (some are super close!) and will give you a chance to see beautiful sights and hike a little too. Here’s where to find eight wonderful waterfalls near Boston.
Is it any wonder the city that boasts the country’s third largest Chinatown district is home to tons of great Asian American-owned businesses too? With so many great local shops out there to support, we thought now was a great time to highlight some of the area’s best Asian American-owned businesses that keep parents and families in mind. From a local publisher to a sweet boba tea shop to an arts center, you’ll find what you need here.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to make your vacation plans. For families looking to rough it… just a little bit, RVing is a popular option. You can pack the comforts of home along with you as you find cool new adventures around New England and along the coast. Check out our list of nine RV parks near Boston that have awesome perks your family will love like bonfires, waterslides, fishing derbies and movie nights. At many, the season just opened, so be sure to book your spot at one of Boston’s best RV parks while you still can.
We’re in the thick of spring, and with summer just ahead, it’s time to start planning impromptu adventures like picnics and playdates with the kids. So pack up your picnic basket, and gather your gear, these Boston parks offer plenty of grassy spots (some shade too) and kids play areas. You plan the menu, and we’ll map out the places that will keep your kids busy for at least an afternoon. Head to one of the best Boston picnic spots on the next sunny day.
While we know one day is hardly enough to celebrate all that moms do, we’ve scoured the city in search of unique Mother’s Day gifts that will make Mom feel extra special on her day (hint: breakfast in bed or a glorious spring hike are always a hit, too.) Whether you’re looking for a special mom, grandma, aunt or other mother figure in your life (or just dropping hints to your own family), these gifts will surely make her smile. We’ve done the hard part, now it’s up to you to grab one of these great gifts from a local Boston shop.
As the weather warms, it’s time to find ways to get the kids outside. In spring, kid-friendly hiking trails are an easy option. They’re bursting with flowers, blossoming trees and wildlife to entertain your little trailblazers. So lace up your hiking boots and orient yourself for adventure on these spring hikes near Boston.