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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at JaneRoper.com. Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and the upcoming anthology The Push: Birth Stories for the 21st Century. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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10 Cool Things to Do in the Boston Area with (Young) Kids this Summer

By Jane Roper |

The “Make Way for Ducklings” Sculpture in the Public Garden

I freakin’ love Boston. I moved here after college 16 years ago, and have been here ever since, except for a couple of years in Iowa for grad school. (Go Hawkeyes!)

Since our girls were born, I’ve discovered that it’s a great area for families, too. It’s amazing, the sheer variety of things there are to do with kids in the city and within a stone’s throw of it. And I can throw a stone about 40 miles, for what it’s worth.

Like any family with little ones, we’ve had a lot of unplanned days to fill over the past few years, so we’ve discovered out a lot of good outings that are do-able and affordable with toddlers or preschoolers. So I present to you below ten of our favorite things to do in and around Boston when the weather’s good. All of these things are either free or pretty durn cheap. (And there are lots more, too, but I don’t want to try your patience on the slide show front. Believe me, I get it.)

I’m leaving out things like the Children’s Museum, the Science Museum, the Boston Aquarium and the Franklin Park Zoo — all of which are wonderful, and all of which we’ve visited, but which get pricey once you pay for three, four, or more tickets. (If you live in the Boston area, though, you can score free or cheap passes from your local library! Do it!)

Be sure to share your ideas in the comments, yo.

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10 Fun Things to Do in the Boston Area with Kids this Summer

Take the T

My kids are so easily entertained, just riding the T (aka the subway) is a thrill to them. (And a cheap one at that!) If you're plumb outta ideas, buy a Charlie ticket (kids under 12 ride free), hop aboard, get off at the stop of your choice for an ice cream, and hop back on. Bam. Done.

 

 

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My book: DOUBLE TIME, my memoir of parenting twins, battling depression and chasing that ever-elusive work/home balance.

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Jane Roper is the author of the memoir Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins and blogger at JaneRoper.com. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.

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7 thoughts on “10 Cool Things to Do in the Boston Area with (Young) Kids this Summer

  1. bikerdad says:

    we miss castle island.
    walden pond is a good one too
    also all the many free spray parks in the city are great(which sadly not all cities have)

  2. Robin says:

    The frog pond is great too! My husband and I love just strolling the Public Gardens and Commons. Picnics in these areas are great.

  3. Korinthia Klein says:

    Wow, I haven’t been in Boston since I went to see my brother graduate from MIT. I’ve never thought about what the city would look like with little kids in tow, but it looks great!
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  4. Chris says:

    To go along with the T ride idea, take the MBTA water ferry from Charlestown Navy Yard to Long Wharf. Same price as a T ride and great city views from the water.

    Once there, you’re next to the aquarium (free seal viewing) and the Rose Kennedy Greenway (carousel, water fountains).

  5. Roxanna Sarmiento says:

    We love living in Boston — it’s the perfect city to raise kids in, in my humble opinion. (As you know, very few opinions in Boston are humble, but I digress!)

    I’m bookmarking this because you’ve found some hidden gems. Thank you!

  6. fehdi says:

    OkeyDoke – Two more!

    Habitat in Belmont – trails through woods, with a pond with sleeping tutrtles at the end – and don’t forget to check for trolls under the little wooden bridges (well, walkways!)

    Rainy days – Hop on the T, go to the Airport, get off at Terminal C, and hang in the kids area (with a “luggage” slide for kids – I always pretend to “open” the little guys/”suitcases” at their bellies, and “find” ice cream cones!) look at the “zinger zangers” (ball sculptures – like the one at the Museum of Science) say hello to the pilots walking through, and snack in the food court while watching the planes (live lobsters to look at, too) Terrific “escape” in the middle of a stormy, cold week in November, too!

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