Family-Friendly Boston Fun

When it comes to finding family-friendly events in and around Boston, there is a seemingly endless supply of options available. From free Movie Nights to fun festivals and animal blessing ceremonies, you will be sure to find something great to do with your kids in the upcoming weeks.

Classics on the Common at Frog Pond: Movie Nights

Movie Nights are being offered at Frog Pond at the Boston Common two nights this month. Planned movies include Honey I Shrunk the Kids on September 8th and Top Gun on September 15th. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair in order to enjoy the warm September evening.

Movies start at dusk, but will be canceled in the event of bad weather. While Movie Nights are free, the Carousel will also remain open until the movie starts. Carousel admission is $3 per person. Popcorn and other refreshments will also be available for purchase at the Pavilion.

Movies in the Park at Columbus Park

If you can’t make it to the Friday movies at Frog Pond, then head over to Columbus Park for the next two Sundays to enjoy a similar experience. Or, why not do both and have a fun-filled weekend of movies and family fun? Columbus Park will be showing two more movies this season, with Moulin Rouge being shown on September 3rd and Close Encounters of the Third Kind being shown on September 10th.

Columbus Park Fall Festival

Columbus Park will also be soon hosting its annual Fall Festival. The event kicks off each year with a parade through the park and then continues with free entertainment and games. Taking place since 2009 on Columbus Day each year, entertainment typically includes a storyteller and a magician while the North End Music and Performing Arts Center participates with musicians, singers and fun art projects. The Columbus Park Fall Festival will take place this year on October 9th from noon until 4:00 pm.

In addition to being home to the Fall Festival, Columbus Park features the Rose Kennedy Fountain, the Memorial Rose Garden and a Tot Lot/Jungle Gym play area. Free Wi-Fi is also available, while the Trellis named one of the Top 10 “most kissable” places in Boston by Boston Magazine can be enjoyed at the park.

Lantern Festival in Chinatown

The Chinatown Lantern Festival takes place every September in Boston. At this lively event, participants get to enjoy a day of festivities that include lion dances, folk dances, martial arts demonstrations and games while also offering special mooncakes to celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival. Many of the activities take place in the Chinatown park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but activities also take place throughout the neighborhood where many of Chinatown’s best restaurants are also located.

Blessing of the Animals Ceremony

The annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony will take place on October 3nd at 3:00 pm. At this event, clergy from Old North Church, which is where Paul Revere hung his famous lanterns, welcome and bless participating pets. The event takes place in the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) in Boston’s North End.

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