Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Boston Has to Offer Kids

Are you tired of bringing your children to the local McDonald’s playground? Are you looking for something else worthy of your time and for the benefit of the child? Leave the McDonald’s play place behind and indulge in some of Boston’s kid-friendly attractions. Boston is filled with many places that parents overlook. This guide will provide insight on these neglected attractions, and hopefully, replace the play dates at the McDonald’s playground for play dates at some other exciting, educational Boston attraction. The following list is organized in order of admission cost, beginning with activities that are free of charge, and progressing to the more costly attractions.

1) Frog Pond Pool
Admission- FREE

During the hot summer days of July and August, Frog Pond becomes an ideal six-inch depth pool for youngsters. A fountain near the pool sprays out water to add more fun.

2) Free Friday Flicks
Admission- FREE
Free Friday Flicks has been a summertime tradition for many years. Each Friday night throughout the summer at the MDC Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, classic and popular family-oriented movies are show. Bring your blankets and chairs and lay out on the banks of the Charles River. Movies begin at sundown and are free of charge. A WBZ tent is set up nearby for free giveaways, food samples and fun games.

3) USS Constitution Tour
Admission- FREE
Every half-hour, active-duty Navy sailors give free guided tours about the ship’s top deck, fun deck, and berth deck, as well as the ship’s history, its sailors and its existence. Each tour is approximately half-hour long and are open all year round, including federal holidays.

4) Swan Boats of Boston
Admission- Adults: $2.75, Children (2-15 years): $1.50, Seniors: $2.00
Take a 15-minute peaceful cruise on the Boston Public Garden. Swan boats begin to operate April 17, 2010 to Sunday, September 19, 2010, and are open 7 days a week.

5) Puopolo Park
Admission- For the Steriti Memorial Rink: $5 skate rentals, or FREE if you have your own skates. For the Mirabella Pool, $10 day pass for Boston residents, and children under five are FREE.

If you own your pair of skates, go to Puopolo Park at 475 R. Commercial Street in Boston and skate for free at Steriti Memorial Rink during Public hours (1:30pm-4:50pm). If you don’t have your own skates, rent some for only $5. From July 1st to early September, the Mirabella Pool opens and includes a shallow spray pool in front of the pool for the young ones. Besides the rink and the pool, Puopolo Park also has two baseball fields, a basketball court and two additional indoor bocce courts.
6) Boston’s Children’s Museum
Admission- Adults: $12.00, Seniors/Children (1-15 years): $9.00, Children under 12 months: Free

This museum is located at 300 Congress Street and is open all year round. The museum is primarily for toddlers to pre-teens, but should not be neglected by others. It’s filled with many exhibits that children and adults can enjoy. Not only does it have a 3D, full body puzzle, but it contains educational exhibits, such as the “Science Playground.”

7) Museum of Science
Admission- Prices will vary depending on which shows and exhibits you wish to see. Tickets for just the exhibit halls: Adults: $20.00, Children (3-11): $17.00, Seniors: $18.00. Tickets for the exhibit halls and 1 show: Adults: $24.50, Children (3-11 years): $20.50, Seniors: $22.00. Tickets for the exhibit halls and 2 shows: Adults: $29.00, Children (3-11 years): $24.00, Seniors: $26.00. Any special featured exhibits may require an additional fee.

For over 60 years, the Science Museum has offered its visitors many exciting exhibits about the connections between science and technology. The Museum includes exhibits and shows such as the IMAX, Planetarium, Laser, 3-D Digital Cinema, Live Presentations and countless more. Some of the temporary, current exhibits include Identity: An exhibition of you and Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

8) New England Aquarium
Admission- Adults: $20.95, Children (3-11 years): $12.95, Senior: $18.95, Children under age 3: FREE. Combo tickets for the IMAX shows are also available. Adults: $26.95, Children (3-11 years): $18.95, Seniors: $24.95
If you are unaware of what lives in the world’s oceans, then the New England Aquarium is the place to visit and learn about these creatures. The Aquarium has hundreds of different animals from all parts of the world, as well as exhibits that allow hands on touching and experience. The Aquarium is opened all year long and located at 1 Central Wharf.

9) Ride on Codzilla
Admission- Adults: $25.00, Seniors: $23.00, Children (4-12): $ 21.00, Children under 3: Free

Ride on Codzilla is Boston’s first and only high-speed thrill boat ride. At 40 miles per hour, the boat has the capability of spinning in 360-degree turns and causing one wet adventure. The ride departs from Long Wharf and will open on May 15, 2010. Dress in appropriate attire and enjoy the thrilling ride.

10) Boston Duck Tours
Admission- Prices vary depending on which tour is chosen. For the 80-minute tour: Adults: $31.00, Children (3-11 years): $21.00, Students/Seniors: $27.00. For the 55-minute tour around Boston: Adults: $27.00, Children (3-11 years): $18.00, Student/Senior: $24.00

Hop on the amphibious vehicle of WWII and enjoy a tour around the city. The tours depart from three different locations. Tours that depart from Boston’s Science Museum and the Prudential Center offer an 80-minute tour. This tour includes about 36 tour sites, including Boston Common/Public Gardens, Beacon Hill, State House, TD Banknorth Garden, Bunker Hill and more. The tours that depart from the New England Aquarium are 55-minute tours, and they have about 22 tour sites, including Long Wharf, Old State House, Holocaust Memorial, Post Office Square and many more.

11) Boston Frightseeing Tour
Admissions: Adults: $37.00, Children (4-12): $24.00. Children under the age of 4 are not allowed.
If you want to hear all about Boston’s darker side, then this one and a half-hour tour will do the trick. You will learn about the haunted stories of the Omni Parker House and the gruesome stories of the Boston Strangler, while touring the city of Boston in a trolley. The tour begins in April and reservations are required in advance. Tickets may be purchased at the Ghosts & Gravestones ticket booth located at the intersection of State Street and Atlantic Avenue, or online at

1 comment:

  1. This is a well-written article, and more importantly, the information is useful both for frugal parents and for teachers, who are always looking for cheap field-trip ideas.