In this second of a two-part series on great places to take kids in and around Cambridge, we will explore some of the fun places outside of museums that you can take your kids.
Boston Children’s Theatre
Offering classic and contemporary productions through summer programs, classes, workshops and live performances, the Boston Children’s Theatre is one of the oldest children’s theatrical organizations in the country. The Boston Children’s Museum is located at 539 Tremont Street, though performance venues may vary.
Boston Duck Tours
Boston duck tours offer an excellent way to see the city, from both land and water. On the 90-minute duck tour, you board a World War II-era amphibious landing vehicle as you head out to the Charles River and back. Many captains will even let kids take a turn in the cockpit. Boston Duck Tours operates out of 4 Copley Plaza.
Boston Public Library
While the word “library” may not sound like much fun at first, the Boston Public library features bright, whimsical décor and sensory walls. It even boasts an extensive collection of books for grades 8 and under. The Boston Public Library is located at 700 Boylston Street, but the surrounding Minuteman library system in Cambridge and Somerville also offers numerous story times and family activities throughout the year.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston
Located in Somerville at 598 Assembly Row within the Assembly Row complex, LEGOLAND Dicovery Center is a must-see for any LEGO lover – young or old! In addition to having all of the LEGOs one can imagine, the discovery center also features a climbing wall area to burn off even more energy.
The Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library
Nestled within the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Mapparium is a three-story, stained-glass globe offering three-dimensional views of the world. Opened in 1935, the Mapparium was designed by architect Chester Lindsay Churchill. Despite the historic nature of the globe, it features a modern music and light show. The Mary Eddy Library is located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston.
New England Aquarium
Featuring a 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef tank holding sea turtles, sharks and fish, the New England Aquarium is sure to delight any child. Other exhibits include a tide-pool exhibit, penguins and an IMAX movie theatre. The New England Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf in Boston.
While your kids may not be particularly interested in the exhibits regarding the history of Boston, they are certain to be impressed by the Skywalk Observatory’s 360-degree views of the city from the 50th floor. Older children may also enjoy the free audio tours. The Skywalk Observatory is located at 50 800 Boylston Street in Boston.
Charles River Esplanade
Located along the river, the Charles River Esplanade is a three-mile park boasting 65 acres of space for visitors to explore. Great for leisurely picnics and bike rides, the esplanade also boasts several playgrounds. Among the play structures are a spiderweb climbing structure, the Charlesbank spray deck and a zip line.