Family City Guide: Fun Things to Do in Boston this Weekend with the Kids, Dec. 8–Dec. 10



The weekend's almost here! To help you get things off to the right start, we've rounded up fun things to do if you and the kids will be spending it in Boston. So break out those UNICEF Kid Power Bands and head on out to any or all of these fun and cultural family attractions happening in our nation's Capitol this weekend!

Legoland Discovery Center Boston Brictacular: Each weekend in December a classic holiday Boston show takes center stage at Legoland's holiday celebrations, including Elf the Musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Blue Man Group. New builds in the Master Builder Academy are unveiled each weekend along with a “look & find” in MINILAND® contest, Kids can enter to win such prizes as holiday LEGO® sets and tickets to the featured show, which this weekend is Elf!

Snowmazing! A visit to the Boston Children's Museum is extra festive this weekend, when SEUSSICAL, a musical with live music celebrating the imaginative stories of Dr. Seuss. Kids can singalong then enjoy sock-skating, sponsored by Smugglers' Notch Resort, in an alpine village and enjoy even holiday music, play games, and hang with the Museum Elves.

Boston Blink!: Boston's Faneuil Hall doesn't just have the largest Christmas tree in the North East. The 85-foot fir tree that went live on November 19 is also the only tree we know of in the U.S. with 350,000 LED lights that twinkle to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops! Now, that we have to see! What's more, the Nate Bash Band, Sugarbabies Band and Them Apples Band will be performing on Dec. 2, which families with happy feet might enjoy. And if you want to make a holiday difference for Boston area kids, Mix104.1 FM’s Gregg Daniels and Fast Freddy will be collecting toys for ‘Karson & Kennedy’s 10,000 Toys for Girls & Boys!’ to benefit Boston-area Toys for Tots. 

Holiday Lights at the Greenway CarouselThis one-of-a-kind carousel featuring animals native to Boston — lobsters, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcons, even skunks — is now decked out in all its holiday finery. The carousel tunes are all your holiday favorites and a festive light show runs every 30 minutes from 4:45 to 7 PM during Carousel operating hours. What's more, rides are free! Another reason to add this to your holiday list: The Carousel, located at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. Read more here about how it was designed and built for invidividuals of all abilities to enjoy. 

Boston Winter presented by Berkshire Bank: Bring your skates to take a turn on on Boston’s only skate path — rentals are available — and check out the, holiday market, meet Santa, and explore the Bavarian Village.  

The Boston Children’s Museum: The Boston Children’s Museum has a ton of incredibly fun, hands-on activities to entertain kids of all ages. They have a wonderful array of exhibits on that are bound to grab the attention of even the most restless among us. On Friday’s after 5pm, tickets are only $1!

The Science Museum: A little pricier than The Boston Children’s Museum Fridays after 5, the Science Museum is well worth the admission price. It’s so well curated and such fun that you must put it  on your list, rain or shine. The lightning show alone is unbelievable to watch!

The Boston Common: Want to stretch everyone’s legs after the long in car or train ride into Boston? This is the place! Not only is The Boston Common the oldest park in the United States, it conveniently sits right in the middle of the city. The playground is fantastic, the frog pond a delight—and check out those swan boats!!

The Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park: Okay, so this will be pretty breezy during the winter months but come summer this is the place to splash around, building sandcastles in giant sandboxes or take a spin on the merry-go-round. A short walk from Boston’s North End, “CC Park” as the locals call it, is right on the beautiful Boston waterfront so the views are pretty great too!

The New England Aquarium: Penguins? Check. Seals? Check. SHARKS? Check.  short, the New England Aquarium is so worth your time. Check out the shark and ray touch tank. Which kid would pass up the chance to pet a cownose ray? Or a Mom or Dad for that matter?! You’ll find daily shows and exhibits, and it’s just a 5-minute walk away from our other fave spot on the waterfront, CC Park!

Photo of the Blink! Festival and Tree Lighting by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism; from Flickr with Creative Commons license.