Family City Guide: Fun Things to Do in Boston this Weekend with the Kids, Jan. 5 – 7



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 this weekend!

Make a Splash! It may be winter but over at the J, Newton's JCC Boston, there's a"summer" bash happening Sunday and the water is fine! Perfect for families with young children, the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon will feature arts and crafts, a bouncy house, a family swim in the indoor pool (children must be accompanied in the pool by an adult), as well as a host of interactive games and activities. 

Have a dance party: Does your child like to dance? The José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, is having a free open house this weekend. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., workshops for children ages 3-5 will be held in creative dance, pre-ballet — and ballet 101 for parents. Complimentary snacks, crafts, games, face painting and special discounts on Winter 2018 tuition for new students are also on offer. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to reserve your spot.

Calling all Action Artists! The Boston Children's Museum always has fun things happening each weekend and this one's no different. In the Studio on Friday and Saturday, sign your little ones up to make art that sparkles and shines by manipulating light or take part in the Drawing Marathon, happening on Sunday from 12:30 to 4. Staff artists will be on hand to help visitors of all ages learn how easy it is to create art by simply "drawing what they see."  But it's not all about cuture here. Kids can also take a break to sock-skate in the Commons any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — and/or take a Kid Zumba class at 11 or 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Lemurs, Tigers, and Zebras, Oh My! Has this week's deep freeze got you down? Get a break from the cold at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest exhibit. 
Kept at a balmy 72 degrees, the Tropical Forest is home to 50+ species of exotic animals including western lowland gorillas, ocelots, ring-tailed lemurs, Baird’s tapirs, pigmy hippopotamuses, free-flight birds, and more. 

Greenway Carousel: This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston — lobsters, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcons, even skunks. What's more, rides are free and 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 by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism from Flickr with Creative Commons license.