The end of the school year can cause a panic in parents. Many of them are thinking: How will I keep my kids busy all summer long? You don't want your children to spend the entire break playing video games, using up all the family’s data sending Snapchats or posting selfies on Instagram.
Luckily, there are plenty of events (and most of them are free!) happening right here in Boston! Institutions like Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts host a slew free events, open to the public.
Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum is known for its impeccable grounds and beautiful flowers. Located between Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, the arboretum offers free family exploration tours for children of all ages. Examples of tours include: “Let's Get Journaling: A Walk in the Arboretum for Budding Naturalists” and “Let’s Get Buggy! Exploration of Insect Pollinators.” Registration is required for most events, so be sure to check out their website for more information and upcoming events!
For the astrology lovers, the Museum of Science hosts “Astronomy After Hours” every Friday from 8:30 – 10 p.m. Parents and children can view stars, planets, the Moon, and more on weather permitting nights. On cloudy nights, you can tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in astronomy-related activities hosted by museum staff.
Conveniently located right on the E branch of the Green Line, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has a wonderful admission policy for kids. Ages 6 and under are always free and kids ages 7-17 are free on weekends, public school holidays, and after 3 p.m. on weekdays. The MFA is a great place to explore – you will see paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and videos. They also host special events on days like Memorial Day, with art-making activities, gallery tours, music and film, so be sure to keep an eye on special events happening throughout the summer!
Other ideas for summer activities include exploring Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, visiting Faneuil Hall to watch jugglers, clowns, musicians and other street performers, and Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.