As March is coming to an end, Spring is on everyone’s mind. We are all ready to say goodbye to the snow and hello to the sunshine and warmer weather. Add the fact that April brings a week off for many area schools and Spring Fever is here! With Spring Break comes the dilemma of going away on vacation or staying local? Spring break doesn’t mean you have to go away or even spend a fortune to keep everyone entertained. Boston is filled with numerous activities, venues, and rich history to keep the whole family enthralled.
Stories come alive in celebration of children’s literacy during April School Vacation Week! Each day activities pop up throughout the Museum. Activities popping up throughout the Museum change daily, and include sharing Kamishibai Japanese picture stories, experimenting with zoetropes, exploring Museum collections, and more! Check the Museum’s online calendar for specific programs and times.
- Monday, April 15- Boston (Children’s Museum) Marathon Grow your strength and stamina! Stride through the Museum’s marathon course as you complete the challenges that you find throughout the exhibits. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Truly a rite of passage for anyone in New England, Blue Man Group and their unique mixture of art, comedy, and music will entertain families this April school vacation week with 24 shows from April 15-21. Their schedule includes added weekday matinees at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm that is great for families and visitors to Boston looking for a one-of-a-kind show experience. In addition, free face painting and decorate-a-mask activities will be offered before select performances.
FREE FACE PAINTING
Get ready to see the show in full color with Free Face Painting provided by our staff. Face Painting services will begin ONE HOUR prior to show time.
- Monday, April 15 – 4:30 p.m. show (Face Painting @ 3:30 p.m.)
- Tuesday, April 16 – 4:30 p.m. show (Face Painting @ 3:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, April 17 – 1:30 p.m. show (Face Painting @ 12:30 p.m.)
- Wednesday, April 17 – 4:30 p.m. show (Face Painting @ 3:30 p.m.)
*Face painting is free, but you must have a ticket for the performance to participate.
DECORATE A MASK
- Thursday, April 18 – 1:30 p.m. show (Crafting @ 12:30 p.m.)
- Thursday, April 18 – 4:30 p.m. show (Crafting @ 3:30 p.m.)
- Friday, April 19 – 1:30 p.m. show (Crafting @ 12:30 p.m.)
- Friday, April 19 – 4:30 p.m. show (Crafting @ 3:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, April 20 – 11:00 a.m. show (Crafting @ 10:00 a.m.)
- Saturday, April 20 – 2:00 p.m. show (Crafting @ 1:00 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 21 – 2:00 p.m. show (Crafting @ 1:00 p.m.)
*This craft is free, but you must have a ticket for the performance to participate.
KIDS EAT FREE AT AREA RESTAURANTS!
Feed your fun ALL day! We can help the family fill their bellies all over the Theatre District with these exclusive deals just for Blue Man Group patrons during School Vacation Week.
- FiRE+iCE Back Bay: Show your Blue Man Group tickets and feed your little ones for free! Two free kids’ (11 & under) meals per adult grill entree ordered.
- M.J. O’Connor’s Back Bay: One free kid’s meal per adult entree ordered.
- Rock Bottom: One free kid’s meal per adult entree ordered.
*Valid for same-day visits only. Must show your same-day Blue Man Group Boston ticket to a staff member to redeem. Only valid at FiRE + iCE Back Bay / M.J. O’Connor’s Back Bay / Rock Bottom Boston locations. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is hosting the ultimate celebration of the new THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2! Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang during event weekends with exclusive building activities, out-of-this-world character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more! It’s going to be AWESOME!
Activities will include:
- Build your own escape vehicle to avoid the alien invaders!
- Help Master Model Builder Megan Amaral build hearts & stars for our MINILAND display!
- Help complete our “The LEGO® MOVIE™ 2” mosaic made from over 3000 bricks!
- Meet & Greet Dance Parties with our Wyldstyle Costume Character!
- “The LEGO® MOVIE™ 2” Minifigure trading!
- MINILAND “Bricksburg” Takeover!
- Special themed items in our Coffee Shop!
In addition to the activities, guest can enjoy the newly renovated Coffee Shop which will offer a selection of Starbucks signature coffee and tea beverages, an expanded menu and will have comfortable additional seating. During NINJAGO Days, the Coffee Shop will even be serving NINJAGO-themed Frappuccinos.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is open daily at 10 am. Entry to the 4D movie theater is included in the price of admission. Advance tickets are suggested to guarantee admission and can be purchased online.
Check out hundreds of different aquatic species at the New England Aquarium. There are also daily presentations and shows, including harbor seal and fur seal training sessions and IMAX movies with three super-sized films: Turtle Odyssey, Oceans: Our Blue Planet and Great White Shark
Discover Life According to Fur Seals!
Watch frisky and flexible northern fur seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the decks of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the U.S. that cares for this remarkable species.
The New England Aquarium partners with Boston Harbor Cruises and promises that you’ll spot a whale on your voyage (or money back guaranteed!) You can even make a day of it and purchase a combo ticket that includes a whale watch and entrance to the aquarium.
Museum of Science has fresh new exhibits. First on display through May 5th is Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits offers a fascinating lens on the breathtaking diversity of the natural world and the incredible power of evolution to shape exceptional responses to the challenges, and opportunities, of life on Earth. Multi-sensory experiences, immersive scenic displays, and hands-on interactive components bring exceptional creatures to life!
Next is Wild Kratts®: Ocean Adventure!, a brand-new temporary exhibit at the Museum, immerses the young explorers in your life in whole body explorations of ocean habitats and the fascinating creatures within them. Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, visitors will join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help animals, and foil the villains’ nefarious plans.
They’ll explore age-appropriate science concepts central to marine animals’ lives. Habitats and activities include experiences such as: “Seashore”: miniaturize in a tidal pool, crawl through an anemone, and hunt for lunch like a lobster; “Shallow Sea”: create your own dolphin name, roll up your sleeves, and get to work at a shark cleaning station; and “Deep Sea”: hunt like a dragonfish in the dark depths of the sea and explore the creatures of the ocean floor.
Cambridge Science Festival
Did you know that the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator (star of our famous Lightning! show) was developed in Cambridge? Learn about this and more during this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, a celebration showcasing science, technology, engineering, and math in one of the strongest hubs of STEM in the United States — Cambridge!
Though just half of the Museum is located in Cambridge, the whole institution will be abuzz with activities during this week-long series of events. Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 21
Boston Marathon® Days
Do you like to run? Know someone who does? Or do you just like to learn about the science behind endurance running and training? Visit us and find out what it takes to train for a long-distance race like the Boston Marathon®. Learn more about human (and other animals) locomotion and how the Boston Athletic Association can track over 25,000 runners, plus try your hand at “running” our model racecourse! Sundays, April 7 and 14th
The oldest city park in the United States and consists of 50 acres. The park includes ball fields, tennis, a tot lot and the Frog Pond. Filled with different monuments and part of the Freedom Trail.
Carousel opens early April. An oak floor, beveled glass mirrors, and a standard pie top with a lighted crown all give the Carousel a classic style. The Carousel features a variety of Bradley and Kaye horses, wildlife figures, and a chariot. It was named one of “America’s Best Carousels” by Travel and Leisure in May of 2012.
The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. The Parks Department maintains the Victorian traditions to the best of their abilities, so you can judge its beauty for yourself. Admire the rich and unusual plants, the Lagoon, the monuments, and fountains, and the Swan Boats created and operated for over 100 years by the Paget family.
The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.
The “Make Way for Ducklings” statues, near Charles and Beacon Streets, appeal to grownups and children alike. Not only is the duck family sculpture the most popular attraction in the Public Garden – it’s probably the most famous statue in the entire city. Inspired by Robert McCluskey’s book about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their adventures while finding a safe place to hatch and raise their offspring in and around the Public Garden, the sculpture depicts Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings.
You’ve never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. We loved these in Stone Mountain Park back in GA and Boston is just as amazing. Your tour included many places that make Boston famous as the birthplace of freedom. And don’t forget the fun stuff like TD Garden, Newbury Street and more. Even if you’ve grown up locally you are bound to learn facts and insights unique to Boston. And of course, don’t for your Splashdown into the Charles River where you get a relaxing and breathtaking view of the city.
At The Sports Museum, we celebrate the character of Boston sports — the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston “The Greatest Sports City in America.” Equally important, we use this distinctly rich heritage to help build character in kids so that they can stand strong in the face of drugs, violence, and other dangers.
Our mission is to use sports to teach the values of leadership, respect, and cooperation to our youth. Over 20,000 students will participate this year in the educational programs that we deliver to that end, including Boston vs Bullies, Stand Strong, the Will McDonough Writing Contest and more.
Trademark Tours offers family-friendly, student-led walking tours of Harvard and MIT. Tour America’s to universities which include theatrical stories, hilarious jokes and personal experiences from the student guides. Choose from either tour or buy a combo. The company also offers tours at dozens of historic sites and colleges in and around Boston. Its renowned tours are led by current undergraduate students and professional tour guides.
Only yards away from “Old Ironsides,” the Museum is a “must-see” for everyone visiting Boston, where interactive galleries take adults, families, and children of all ages on a 200-year voyage.
Learn how a wooden hull helped earn the nickname Old Ironsides. Discover how “Old Ironsides” has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797. Find out how school children contributed pennies to help save “Old Ironsides.” See how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
This is a family favorite. Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in New England offers the best indoor activities for kids. Located just outside Boston, the Great Wolf Lodge resort in New England offers indoor water park fun and dry-land adventures for the entire family. Your stay includes access to the water park, kept warm at 84-degrees year-round and makes you feel worlds away. Because access is always exclusive to guests you notice shorter lines and non-stop fun.
What are some of your favorite local things to do in Boston?