1. Blue Hills (FREE) http://bit.ly/1dr72cp
Spanning over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham and Milton to Randolph, Big Sisters and Little Sisters can hike, bike, swim, and even enjoy a zoo experience at the Trailside Museum.
Tell Me a Story: Choose from different special programs including Movement Story Time with Urbanity Dance Company, Musical Story Time with New England Conservatory, World Play Puppet Show, and more!
Explore•a•Saurus: The science skills that kids practice in Explore•a•Saurus – measuring, estimating, using tools, using math, solving problems, developing theories, examining evidence – are the same STEM skills that appear in Next Generation Science Standards and other current science standards. These skills or “habits of mind” are critical throughout children’s schooling, and throughout their lives. The STEM investigations in this exhibit build from children’s natural curiosity and excitement about the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.
3. Cambridge Science Festival (FREE) http://bit.ly/2oXDs7V
Join scientists, engineers and more at the Cambridge Science Festival, a 10 day celebration showcasing fun and interactive science, technology, engineering, and math for everyone!
4. Earthfest at Imagine! ($12/children) http://bit.ly/2nExSqW
To celebrate vacation week and Earth Month, visit Earthfest to plant a garden, make recycled paper, sort recyclables, discover nature's recyclers, explore renewable energy, practice conservation and 3Rs (reduce, reuse & recycle,) participate in stories, songs, and fun activities.
5. All Girls Sports Festival (FREE) http://bit.ly/2ot7pv5
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families invite girls to spend their April school vacation at the All Girls Sports Festival in Roxbury. Participants will find a variety of fun ways to exercise mind, body, and spirit and try out a range of sports with expert instructors including basketball, tennis, Double Dutch, step dancing, track, swimming, bicycling, rugby, and soccer. Participants must be Boston residents ages 11 to 14.
6. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum School Vacation Week: Sounds of Spring (FREE/children, $15/adults) http://bit.ly/1vJlttL
Every April, the museum issues a call to all “Isabellas” to gather at the museum in celebration of the many ways in which Isabella Gardner and her museum continue to inspire each of us. This year, take part in art-making and viewing activities throughout the museum. Plus you'll get to see the beautiful hanging nasturtiums-- another annual April tradition!
7. Kids March for Science (FREE) http://bit.ly/2nxkmFs
The Rally will take place on the Boston Common. There will be kid-centric entertainment on the main stage from 1:00 until 2:00 followed by science fun in a separate family area. The main rally with speakers and music will start at 2:00 and run to 4:00.
1-2pm Kids Entertainment
2-4pm Kids Science Activities
8. MFA April Vacation Week (FREE for kids 7-17) http://bit.ly/2o5Yywd
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston during April Vacation for a week of fun family activities. This week's theme is 'Signs, Symbols & Stories'. Search the galleries to learn about hidden meanings behind objects. Join a tour, enjoy performances, and create your own art. Along with art-making, enjoy a dance performance, go on anart walk, and listen to children’s stories. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week, supported by the Cogan Family Foundation.
9. Boston Public Market Kids in the Kitchen ($9-$15 each) http://bit.ly/2p8sVUq
Join The KITCHEN during April Vacation Week (April 17-22) for a series of cooking classes for kids ages 6-12 to learn about local food and the journey it makes from the farm to the table. In these hands-on classes, kids explore and taste the seasonal bounty of the region through the local vendors of the Boston Public Market.
10. Learn and celebrate Patriot’s Day through various sites and activities around Massachusetts (majority FREE) http://bit.ly/2ooTkgB