Perhaps your young ones are expecting a little bit of their kind of fun while strolling the streets of Boston? What about a 4,500 square foot indoor playground, or a rock-climbing wall designed just for their own small hands and feet at the Boston Children's Museum? Maybe the art studio will do, where mess is obligatory and all imaginable art supplies are at hand. Or, try the construction zone, a child-size "Boston Big Dig"-inspired building paradise for those who dream to try out a real Bobcat or jackhammer.
Actually, this might just become your kids' idea of heaven, and you may have to plan to stay a while. The Boston Children's Museum consistently ranks among the top three in the nation, and has hours of entertainment to appease even the most sophisticated young minds. The museum has over 90 years of history, and a serious purpose. In allowing children to use their imagination and curiosity, it improves their understanding of the world and its environment. The museum is recognized worldwide as a children's research and development center, and an innovator for cool and exciting exhibitions.
With permanent play stations and special exhibits, the museum boasts three floors of almost endless fun. While the activities and exhibits are aimed mainly at the under ten crowd, ages one through seven seem to frequent the museum the most. Everything has an educational touch, and your kids will likely come out of the Boston Children's Museum with brighter brains, and bigger smiles.
Admission includes all exhibits, stage performances, and special events. Memberships are available. The museum arranges birthday parties for up to 40 guests. (See website for packages and prices.)
- 10am to 5pm (Fridays open until 9 pm) daily
- Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Closes at 3 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Opens at noon on New Year's Day.
- Adults: $12
- Children (ages 1-15): $9
- Children 0-12 months: Free
- Seniors (65 and older): $9
- Target sponsored Friday nights at the Museum for $1 (5pm to 9 pm)
- Subway Stop:
- Red Line T to South Station
- Location: Children's Wharf, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
- Phone: 617-426-6500
- Website: www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org