Things to do in Massachusetts with kids
A really big moment for the USA happened in Massachusetts…what was it? Um…oh yes, only the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620! One of the original 13 colonies, Massachusetts an incredible place for kids to visit.
History is of course a huge part of any kids experience. Old Sturbridge Village takes kids back to the 19th Century, Plimoth Plantation brings to life the journey of the pilgrims, with Native Plymouth Tours also covering the history of the Native Americans, and the infamous Salem Witch Museum (best not for the younger kids!) explores the happenings of 1692….be brave!
But with Massachusetts comes so many more fun places to visit with kids. You ready? Kids can be charmed with attractions like the fantasy filled Yankee Candle Village and Tougas Family Farm, and parents have no excuse to join in with Interskate 91 Family Fun Center and CoCo Key Waterpark! (You know you want to!)
Tours are waiting to take the whole family on unique journeys, like the mouthwatering Boston Pizza Tours, the unusual and incredibly fun Scavenger Hunts Boston and the sandy Arts Dune Tours.
Pack your town tea party, head out for the day and give the kids something that will always be a part of their memorable history.
At Edaville you can ride through Cran-Central, roar throughout Dino Land, and explore with Thomas & Friends through the magical Island of Sodor!
Thrills, squeals, family fun and lots of events at the iconic Six Flags theme park!
A charming animal sanctuary caring long term for now over 200 abandoned and mistreated creatures that kids can watch and learn from.
Great ocean fun in Massachusetts, where kids especially love the "touch tank," tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish!
The 12th oldest zoo in the USA, Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts is a great day out with animals from all over the world, as well as a Zoo Train and carousel!
Franklin Park Zoo features10 main areas featuring animals from all over the world. A great idea for things to do with toddlers in Boston. Also has a 10,000 sq feet kids playground!
An 18,400 sq ft nature experience with a butterfly conservation center, with nearly 4,000 free flying butterflies from all over the world!
26 acres of wildlife from all over the world, to educate, inspire, excite and engage - all near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA!
Surround yourself with over 500 butterflies, representing up to 50 species from all around the world, with this charming New England butterfly experience!
Prepare to be amazed viewing 850 exotic animals from all around the world, across 200 beautiful acres of naturalistic habitats.
Animal Adventures Family Zoo rescues orphaned and abandoned exotic animals, and offers presentations so you can visit them!
Lupa Zoo 20 acres of animals from across the globe, where kids can learn about nature, conservation and so much more!
The Zoo in Forest Park features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.
An award-winning playground and exciting educational programs, Capron Park Zoo is home to lions, snow monkeys, and more! Animal fun in Massachusetts!
New England Aquarium is filled with thousands of aquatic animals, from seals to jellies, sharks and rays! IMAX & whale watching too
Family farmyard fun at the Tougas Family Farm, with a barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen, as well as family friendly activities. Enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
65,000 square feet of amazing indoor water park fun in Boston for the family day out! Where most days are 84 degrees, CoCo Key Boston is a tropical themed family fun experience!
Swim in crystal-clear Whitins Reservoir, and enjoy unlimited rides on three 300' waterslides (all with unlimited rides!), or just relax in the clean well-groomed grounds.
Day passes available at this great indoor wave pool at Cape Codder Resort! 8,200 sq foot of water fun, with water slides and waterfalls, AND outdoor heated pool!
Visit America's oldest car collection at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts!
Our nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell's art, established in 1976, commemorates Norman Rockwell's Vermont years and the entire span and diversity of his career (1911-1978). Chronological display of more than 2,500 Norman Rockwell
The Children's Museum at Holyoke teaches curious kids about art, science and the world around them through hands-on exhibits! Kids can step, crawl & climb their way into a world of imagination and play!
The Springfield Science Museum houses permanent collections of Natural Science, Anthropology and Physical Science, offering a world filled with the wonders of natural and physical science!
One of the best places to visit in Cape Cod with kids is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, inspiring an appreciation & understanding of the natural environment & wildlife, through discovery & learning!
Great idea for things to do with kids in Springfield, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history.
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history.
A compelling museum is with eerily life-like wax figures depicting Salems vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692!
Relive the swashbuckling adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, with a walking tour and authentic pirate treasures!
Over 700 interactive exhibits perfect for kids in Boston, where their imagination can run wild with science and technology!
A place where families and children can learn and play together. The museum features lots of hand on exhibits such as: A Pirate Ship, A Plantarium, the Puppet Theatre and Toddler Play Area.
There are 3 floors of interactive educational but fun exhibits and over 100 programs that allow kids children ages 1 through 8 to explore the world around.
Step back in time to 1692 at the Salem Witch Museum, offering a dramatic history lesson with life-size figures, narration and lighting.
Loads of great hand-on exhibits to keep kids entertained in Boston - which focus on science, culture, environmental, health and fitness and the arts.
Explore dinosaurs, hundreds of animals from around the world, rare minerals, meteorites. Check out the 42 ft. Kronosaurus, whale skeletons, and Harvard's world-famous Blaschka 'Glass Flowers'. Don't miss the University's most visited museum, just 10....
Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, ride a narrow-gauge railroad.
Housed in the 1750-era Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town's colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present.
This is not your run-of-the-mill museum. From spinning wheels to airplanes and power looms to baseballs, history really comes alive here. Enjoy family-friendly interactive centers for hands-on fiber arts for all ages. Kids' programming available too.
Free for kids, Fuller Craft Museum is an ever changing range of consistently excellent exhibits, covering a diverse range of art!
Kidspace is an interactive art gallery within MoCA plus studio designed for kids offering hands on fun!
A fascinating look into the history of the Boston Tea Party, where costumed actors tell the story of this important night in USA history! Great idea for things to do with kids in Boston.
Experience this Cape Cod interactive science museum featuring real pirates and the worlds ONLY authenticated pirate treasures!
Explore the untold stories of 1692 with live presentations and real life scenes depicting the stories of the trials in Old Salem village.
Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial! Go back in time to 1692 to hear real transcripts from the actual trials, before touring the dungeon!
Spend the day surrounded by art and culture in this popular Salem museum, with exhibits, programs and activities!
A fun Massachusetts museum to inspire a love of reading through picture books! Celebrating illustrations from around the world, it's a fun and colorful day out for kids!
Danforth Art actively celebrates the expressive qualities of art through exhibitions, programs, & studio art classes
Berkshire Museum is 3,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and experiments based around natural science, history and art!
Two museums in one! In the Children's Discovery Museum, the younger children learn while they play. At the Science Discovery Museum, children and adults of all ages explore hands-on scientific concepts creativity!
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world where kids can enjoy and learn from one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere.
Family-friendly, big machines & wrenches....sound fun? A fascinating look at where water comes from!
You will see original models used in famous movies and a real Academy Award. You will discover how blockbuster movies as Chicken Run, Predator,X-Men,The Matrix was made.Special: $20 Workshop includes 2 hr. training, materials and take home video. Ins....
Cheerleading fun for kids 9 months to 5 years where they can play and learn gymnastics and creative movement.
Off the Wall Kidz is a family-owned indoor playground designed for kids 0-10 years old. It features fun slides, ball pit, interactive games and a variety of fun activities for kids, as well as a sparkling clean, sanitized space and no charge for adul....
Open gym play and a dedicated indoor play area for those children's birthday parties in Massachusetts!
The ultimate indoor fun center for families of any age, with mini golf, mini bowling, billards, and arcade and table games! Catch the fun on your Massachusetts family day out!
Fun and creative indoor play for those active kids, with fun birthday party ideas and LOTS of inflatables!
A fun indoor play and party place in beautiful Massachusetts for toddlers up to those kids aged the big seven!
One Stop Fun for kids with gymnastics, karate, dance, a rock wall and an indoor playground!
A Massachusetts Learning Center with Open Play and age appropriate classes to encourage kids to learn through play, curiosity & inquisitiveness.
A colourfully fun indoor playground for those energetic and creative children 6 and under.
Multi level indoor soft play in Boston with Jam Time for under 6s, with, ball pit, bouncy house, soft toys for infants too!
Inflatables, adventure climbing structure, infant zone, Lego Station, indoor car track, air hockey, arcade and more at BB Kidz Klub!
Indoor inflatable fun in Massachusetts with Pump N Jump featuring bounce houses, obstacle courses & more!
Pump N Jump is indoor bouncing fun for kids in Massachusetts with bounce houses, obstacles, games room & birthday parties!
Zoink's Fun Factory is indoor play with inflatables big slides, climbing mazes and more!
Open gym time & open play offered at Mass Premier Courts, also with basketball, kids programs, tournaments and more!
Indoor fun in Rochdale geared towards kids 3 years and up, with great open play filled with hands-on activities such as LEGO, and amazing events too!
A fun family friendly indoor playspace for those creative and active kids up to 7 years of age.
A fun and active play center with an inflatable play area, terrific multi-level adventure play structure, family friendly mini tenpin bowling and thrilling laser tag!
Jungle Jake's is a fun and creative indoor play center for kids up aged from 1 to 12!
Bouncingly fun play for kids in Massachusetts featuring a multi level indoor treehouse, dual rider inflatable slides and a bounce house, as well as activities in science and crafts.
An fun and interactive educational play space for kids with activities including a child sized grocery store, a HUGE dinosaur climbing structure, reading areas as well as an arts and crafts area. Play time!
Family friendly indoor kids play center with open play times for those under 8, toys, bouncers and birthday parties!
LEGOland fun for kids in Boston, taking them into a world where they can use their imagination. One of the best family Amusement Parks in Massachusetts for a great fun day out with your kids.
Fun indoor play in Boston with inflated bounce, fun play-cars, ball-pool, kid's gym, books, puzzles, Lego, dolls, dress up, computers....it's play time for kids 6 and under!
Family bowling fun at this classic Massachusetts bowling alley, with fun events, birthday parties and fun event nights!
Indoor climbing is the perfect activity for energetic children of all ages! It builds confidence, and their strength. Great idea for things to do in Boston with kids.
Go-karts, batting cages, trampolines, indoor arcade, speed pitch, basketball, and LOTS of kids fun in Massachusetts!
Rock climbing fun in Massachusetts with state of the art facilities, climbing walls, bouldering and even birthdays and camps!
Indoor rock climbing fun in Massachusetts, with climbing areas, bouldering, and classes just for kids!
Open a new world of adventure to your children that develops them physically, mentally and socially in a positive reinforcing environment. Kids are introduced to climbing through a series of games, group activities, challenging movements, and pure fu....
Mind bending adventure with live action entertainment at 5-Wits. A fully immersive experience with adventure and challenges in Massachusetts!
Family bowling fun in this retro bowling alley in Massachusetts, with themed nights, great food and great entertainment too!
Features include inflatable obstacle course, Bungee Run, 60ft zipline, soccer nets, nasketball areas and climbing ropes.
Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes.
Indoor rock climbing fun in South Boston, perfect for kids of all experience levels. Bouldering, parties, camps and more!
Explore the great outdoors with this fun adventure park, set on 4 acres with aerial challenges, zip lines and forest education for kids over 7 years
A creative drop-in craft studio great for kids, with painting your own pottery, as well as mining for gems, and candle making!
A fun and creative paint your own pottery studio in Massachusetts, with pre-made ceramics to paint, as well as beading, glass fusing and mosaics too!
Get creative with The Twisted Potter - just pick a piece to paint, and let the creative juices flow! Great artistic fun for all ages!
A scenic and historic Massachusetts park, great for hiking, picnicking, exploring and playing in the wading pool. Perfect for active families, anglers, horseback riders!
The Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of 12 historic structures and about 9 acres of land along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, plus a Visitor Center in downtown Salem.
The indoor theatre routinely offers 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule.The centre is right next to two polular nature trails as well.
A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.
Visit the ONLY naturally formed white marble arch in the whole of the USA - right in Massachusetts!
Tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Junior Ranger packs for kids plus tours and talks.
The largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England is ready for the family! With over 400 acres and trails through fields, streams, woods and marsh, it's a fun day out in nature and wildlife.
Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In ....
A beautiful way to get the kids out into nature, popular with boaters and fisherman. Great for hiking, picnicking, canoeing and biking.
Beautiful forests, lush wetlands and peaceful fields...a great day out in nature in the stunning outdoors of Massachusetts.
Fishing, canoeing, trails...even ice-skating are waiting for kids to enjoy at this historically significant park in beautiful Massachusetts.
A historical attraction for kids at one of the oldest independent bottling plants in the United States. A great look back into history!
Get ready for more thrills, more laughs and more speed than you ever imagined as you zip across the ocean at up to 40 miles per hour on Codzilal!
Kids and families can discover fascinating facts about Boston and its history on either a PhotoWalks Tour or Photo Scavenger Hunt! Learn how to see and think creatively, and learn more about this great city! Family fun for any age!
Join real Salem Witches in a tour around Salem, and get the real truth about Witchcraft and magic!
Pilgrim history with these family friendly tours that enlighten and educate kids on all things Mayflower, Plymouth and Pilgrims - all from the point of view from Native Americans. History comes to life in Massachusetts!
History and food in one with these historic Boston Pizza Tours! These educational walking tours are a great way to experience the city's culture, history and food. A hit with kids!
See Boston from a unique WWII style amphibious landing vehicle, with historic commentary around the city then it's into the Charles River!
Highlight your Cape Cod vacation with an unforgettable cruise aboard the Mid-Cape's only Whale Watch. The high speed state-of-the-art vessel sails dailyMay through Octoberfrom picturesque Barnstable Harbor.
Incredibly fun and adventurous daily narrated tours along the historic sand dunes and National Seashore Park! An unusual and fun family day out experience for kids of ANY age!
Learn all about the history of Salem (and it's other residents!) through walking tours....at night!
Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and Ortiz still thrills young fans today. Soak up the rich history; hear the echoes of the past. Visit the Green Monster, imagine being one of the "Knights of the Keyboard" as you see th....
The whole family can get in on the karting action here, from the Kids' Track and Bumper Cars to family racing and the terrifying Slick Track!
Ride Cape Cod Duckmobiles'TM authentic military amphibious vehicles. Come ride the streets of downtown Hyannis See a Cape Cod light house, some of Cape Cod's best beaches, and waterfront properties. One of the many fun family places to visit if you'r....
On weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through the last weekend in October) the Museum offers two ninety minute round trip excursions from Lenox Station to Stockbridge and a forty-five minute round trip excursion from Lenox Station to Lee nar....
Swashbuckling adventures for kids aged 3 - 10 years, as they take to the seas hunting treasure in Hyannis Harbor on their very own pirate ship! Arrrrrr!
A trip to Boston is not complete without a visit to Swan Boats. These tours have been run by the same family for over a hundred years in the Boston Public Garden, which was the setting for the famous children's story, "Make Way for Ducklings."
A multi-level indoor family entertainment center. We offer indoor high speed go karting, mini golf, billiards, arcade, bowlingo, bumper cars, play structure, and more!
Offers state-of-the-art equipment suitable for children 0-9 years of age, including a bouncy train and a tiny town they can drive around!
Island getaways, comfortable catamarans, historic adventures or relaxing cruises - One of the best family attractions in Boston for a fun day out with your kids.
25,000 sq.ft of family fun at this Roller Skating Family Entertainment Center, featuring Skating, Laser Tag, and big arcade area! A great Massachusetts family day out for those active kids!
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in southern New England, & summer home to Mountain Adventure Park!
Big thrills, fast and steep snow tubing, and globe riding...yes please!
Uncover 359 years of Salem's history at this collection of historic buildings, and museum at House of Seven Gables!.
A fascinating look into American history at the stunning Ventfort Hall, and American lives during the Gilded Age.
A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this Massachusetts attraction!
Visit the historic home of Colonel Joseph Durfee who defended Fall River from the British. A historic adventure through the stories of the American Revolution.
Features include an aquarium with touch tanks and maritime exhibit gallery with interactive stations plus summer classes and programs aimed at families. Plus go sailing or lobstering!
Experience a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family with this historic 1821 house in Salem.
A fascinating historical attractions for the family and kids taking you back to 1627! A living history adventure for the family in Massachusetts!
In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities
Don't just learn about history, live it! At Battleship Cove, you will experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board a Navy warship in WWII. Plus Nautical Nights program where families stay overnight on board the battleship for a boatload of....
Walk though the world of 1937, quite literally, as you step into a one-of-a-kind, three-story, painted-glass globe. Once inside, watch a sound and light presentation, experience the unique acoustics and then continue out to explore everything else th....
Just Claying Around is a creative space for all ages. Come in to have Fun and Create Memories! Whether your skill level is beginner or expert our amazing staff will guide you through your projects from start to finish.
Try and stop a deadly plague, or return a magical relic to it's owner in Escape Room Salem, where you have 60 minutes to solve puzzles to win!
A winning combination of family splash park, mega maze, laser tag and adorable animals to pet and feed. You'll be here all day!
6 major rides, super slide, softplay and two award winning 18 hole mini golf courses. A fantastic full day out for all the family!
Enjoy 20 state of the art candlepin bowling lanes in Massachusetts, as well as family bowling specials and Cosmic Bowling every Friday & Saturday night!
Every Sunday Posies'N Presents offers kid crafting fromm 11-3. Crafts are designed to be for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Crafts are $12 each change monthly.
Einstein's Workshop is an amazing space for kids in Massachusetts to explore the creative side of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Over 200 items to select from to personalise with a multitude of mediums, plus hand and foot prints. Regular events and classes held.
Activities include painting, decoupaging and mosaicing, t shirt design, plus the kids can pan for gems in the Mining Sluice and a regular programme of varied workshops for kids of all ages.
All things Lazer! Top notch Tag arena, 18 hole blacklight mini golf, and cutting edge lazer maze games, plus arcade.
A unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and hands-on, interactive candlemaking that's fun for every age. Also with permanent Christmas Wonderland exhibit.
Fun mini golf that will take you over streams, through a cave, under a waterfall and around a fish pond. Also a climbing wall for those active kids in Massachusetts!
Multi level laser tag arena, 18 hole mini golf and arcade plus sports bar family restaurant with sundae bar.
A fun escape where you can just enjoy the fun sport of table tennis as a family!
Visit the Smolak Farms for that classic farm fun, with animals, Fall festival, pumpkin patches, fruit picking and more!
Brooksby Farm offers friendly farm animals, birthday parties, fruit picking and more farm fun in Massachusetts!
Sweet family fun out in nature at Look Park, with boat rides, mini golf, and even a steam train ride!
Family fun in Massachusetts with go-karts, batting cages, mini golf and SO much more...including ice cream! Kids will love it.
Visit the Skywalk Observatory, Boston's only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. One of the top day trips in Boston for families!
Located in Worcester County on 1200 feet of waterfront on immaculate Lake Manchaug, with fun activities for the kids, as well as a beach to explore!
In the heart of New England this family campground is located on the shores of sparkling Lake Dean with lots of great family activities!
From cabins, RV's, to sleeping out under the stars, Yogi Bear will be there to give the family a great camping experience in Massachusetts!