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Fun Activities to Enjoy with Children in Boston and Surrounding Areas During April Vacation

Vacation Week Activities for Children of All Ages

From flying kites to dance lessons, there are numerous activities to keep kids entertained during the vacation week.

Parents in Massachusetts are gearing up for the upcoming April vacation week from April 15-19 for public schools. Boston offers a range of interactive experiences, play areas, special kid-friendly menus, and disguised history lessons to keep the kids engaged while giving parents a well-deserved break. Here are 10 exciting things to do during the April school vacation week.

  1. View Boston at Prudential Center: Treat the whole family to breathtaking views spanning 33 miles at View Boston. The 360-degree observation deck provides a bird’s eye experience of Boston’s heart. Challenge yourselves with the Virtual Viewers to identify landmarks and enjoy a meal at The Beacon Bistro, offering a variety of kid-friendly options. (800 Boylston St., Boston)
  2. Old South Meeting House: Dive into a history lesson disguised as fun at the Old South Meeting House. During the school vacation week, from Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), engage in conservation- and preservation-themed activities suitable for all ages. Children under 12 can explore both the Old State House and Old South Meeting House for free, while Massachusetts teachers enjoy complimentary admission for themselves and a guest. (310 Washington St., Boston)
  3. Patriot Place in Foxborough: Despite the off-season for the Pats, Patriot Place remains lively during April break. This entertainment destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium offers a plethora of family-friendly activities from live music, pop-up spa events, kids dance lessons, to the Dragons and Mythical Creatures exhibit by Roger Williams Park Zoo. Don’t miss the opportunity to try on all six Patriots Super Bowl rings on April 15 at the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by RTX. (Two Patriot Place, Foxborough)
  4. Boston Public Market: The Kids School Vacation Activity Week at the Boston Public Market promises endless fun with activities like face painting, doughnut dipping, singalongs, magic shows, and story time from Monday through Friday. (100 Hanover St., Haymarket Station, Boston)
  5. Little Lovage Club at Prudential Center: While not a drop-off service, caregivers can enjoy a break at the Little Lovage Club. This 5,000-square-foot space offers open play sessions for babies, toddlers, and children under six, featuring various play areas to keep the little ones entertained. (800 Boylston St., Boston)
  6. USS Constitution Museum: From April 13-21, immerse yourself in family-friendly activities and crafts at the USS Constitution Museum centered around the power of wind. Join the Kite Flying Day on April 16 and engage in workshops to build and fly kites. (Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown)
  7. Stone Zoo: Make the most of the warmer weather by visiting the Stone Zoo during vacation week. Participate in a planting workshop to learn about the insects and animals vital for springtime blooms. Keeper chats and scavenger hunts are ongoing activities throughout the week. (149 Pond St,. Stoneham)
  8. Public Garden: Enjoy a serene time at the Public Garden with its beautiful gardens and iconic Swan boats. The park’s peaceful lagoon offers a tranquil setting for a leisurely ride on the Swan boats, marking the unofficial start of spring on April 13. (Public Garden, Boston)
  9. New England Aquarium: Explore the wonders of the New England Aquarium during the extended hours of April 15, featuring the re-opening of the Shark and Ray Touch Tank. Dive into the “Ocean Paradise 3D” film and other captivating shows for an immersive underwater experience. (1 Central Wharf, Boston)
  10. Sesame Street Live! Say Hello: Bid farewell to the vacation week with a lively performance by Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street characters at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on April 19 and 20. Join in the singing and dancing for a fun-filled celebration. (47 Boylston St., Boston)