7 Fun Things to Do in Boston with Kids

Publish Date: January 27, 2017

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You’re attending our Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Boston this April because you want become a better perioperative nurse. We also know that it can be tough to be away from your family. Have you thought about scheduling that much needed family vacation in conjunction with our upcoming conference? If so, here are some fun ways to enjoy Boston with your family this spring.

Boston Children’s Museum

Established in 1913, it’s the 2nd oldest children’s museum in the country. Their exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. Located on the Children’s Wharf overlooking the Fort Point Channel, it’s one of the few children’s museums in the world to maintain a collection of more than 50,000 items. Be sure to keep an eye out for the 40-foot-tall Hood Milk Bottle that was originally built in 1933, and now stands brightly and proudly in front of the museum.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Billed as “more than a stroll through historical artifacts – it’s a multi-sensory adventure!”, this floating museum will have you interacting with “colonists” and actually dumping tea overboard as you learn what happened that remarkable night in 1773. The tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum takes approximately an hour. Located on the Congress Street Bridge, the live actors and high-tech interactive exhibits make this a must-stop for families.

New England Aquarium

This Boston tourist staple opened its doors in 1969 and has been educating and entertaining visitors ever since. Where else could you and your kids go face-to-face with a cownose ray, watch fur seals strut their stuff, or experience the four-story Giant Ocean Tank that features a coral reef, an underwater communications system, and hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, including sea turtles, stingrays, eels, and fishes. Located near Long Wharf and close to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market at 1 Central Wharf.

Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA encourages kids of all ages to explore it’s over 450,000 works of art, including pieces by Renior, Monet, Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, and Manet. They make it easy (and reasonable) for kids to experience great art as kids under six (6) get free admission and kids 7 – 17 are free during non-school hours (weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston public school holidays). They’ve even created a helpful guide to make your visit with your kids as educational and, more importantly, as fun as possible.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Boston in April can be a bit chilly so here’s another indoor option that you and your kids will love. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center opened in 2014 and includes Lego rides, a soft play area, a 4D cinema, and also contains a mini Lego version of Boston, including mini replicas of Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park for sports fans. They also have workshops where you can learn insider tips and tricks on Lego building. Located in Somerville, MA, which is less than a 20 minute drive from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Museum of Science

Less than three miles from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston’s Museum of Science has over 700 interactive exhibits, including a Live Animal Care Center, which is home to more than 120 animals. Be sure to make time to explore Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic and the exhibit’s full-size Tyrannosaurus rex model. You can also enjoy the Charles Hayden Planetarium and watch an IMAX on the only domed IMAX screen in New England. Also, running through May 7 is the temporary exhibit, Chocolate – The Exhibition, billed as “Test your chocolate knowledge and discover the complete story behind the tasty treat we crave.”

Whale Watching

Get up close and personal with a whale! Whale watching season runs March through November. Boston Harbor Cruises takes whale watchers to the Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary, which is a feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. Once aboard you’ll have the chance to see humpback, finbacks, minkes, pilot whales, and the critically endangered right whale. You’ll be taken on a custom whale watch catamaran that can hold up to 400 passengers. In spite of this, it’s recommended that you reserve your space well ahead of time. You’ll take off from 1 Long Wharf, which is close to the New England Aquarium and other Boston landmarks.

This list is just the beginning of what Boston has to offer you and your family. Be sure to take the time to see the sights with your family while attending our Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2017. Come early or stay late to make the most of your time in the Boston area.