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The Going-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Events for Kids This April

If you are looking for Boston events to keep your family entertained this April, we’ve got you covered! Our monthly events guides are on hand to be sure you don’t miss a thing happening around the Boston area. We know you are looking for ideas for family fun all the time. Spring is in the air! It’s time to shake off the winter doldrums, get out, and explore! 

We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. If you know of any fun family activities we missed, please let us know in the comments.

Oh, and be sure to join our Community & Conversation Group to meet other moms near you!

April 1 :: Easter Bunny Greetings and Crafts :: Foxboro :: Head to Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place to take a (free) photo with the Easter bunny. There are also crafts on hand.   

April 1 :: Brunch at Taj Boston :: Boston :: For a special Easter adventure, book tickets for a lavish brunch at Taj. Brunch is made even more festive by a visit from the Barnyard Babies, the area’s premier traveling petting zoo. Snuggle a baby chick or bunny while enjoying an extensive brunch menu.

April 3 :: Music with Ms. Sarah :: South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library :: Join fabulous musician Sarah Gardner for favorite children’s songs. Ms. Sarah plays guitar, and the children play cookie tub drums, tap spoons, shake maracas, and more. No need to register; free and open to all.

April 5 :: Red Sox Baseball :: Boston :: It’s the Red Sox season opener. Bring the kiddos to cheer on the Sox as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m.  

April 7 :: Dog Days Family Event :: Foxboro :: Head to Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place for a Day for Dogs. There will be free door prizes, demonstrations for pup health and wellness, and a contest for best dog trick!

April 7 :: Danvers Cable Access TV Lunch and Friends :: Danvers :: Join the DCAT family, Beauty, Beast, and the town brute for a magical afternoon. Meet and greet these fun characters in a VIP atmosphere at DCAT. This event is geared toward 3- to 7-year-old princess and prince. A kid-friendly lunch will be provided by Chic-fil-A. After lunch join the characters for crafts, games, story time, sing-alongs, and more surprises!

April 7 :: Rock Out with Parker Bent :: Beverly :: Glen Urquhart School is pleased to welcome entertaining and experienced children’s performer Parker Bent LIVE from LA for an exclusive concert for kids. His music is smart, cool, sophisticated, and fun. Featured on NPR and Disney Radio, Parker was awarded the Bronze Medal by the Parents Choice Foundation. This event is geared toward ages 2–6.

April 7 :: Wizarding Day :: Boston :: Enjoy a magical day at Franklin Park Zoo as the wizarding world comes to you. Attend Quidditch lessons with the Tufts University Quidditch team, The Tufflepuffs, and enjoy magic tricks performed by professional magician, Darren Yong. Science on the Streets from Cambridge Science Festival will put your magical skills to the test as they teach you how to make things fly. And be sure to attend the herbology class hosted by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, where they’ll teach you all about carnivorous plants, where they live, how to care for them and why some species are facing extinction.

April 7 :: Kids Build! :: Boston :: Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building from recycled materials, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Geared for children age 5–13, KidsBuild! lets children understand and formulate ideas about architecture and design as they build a city from the ground up.

April 8 :: Kids Build! :: Boston :: Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building from recycled materials, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Geared for children age 5–13, KidsBuild! lets children understand and formulate ideas about architecture and design as they build a city from the ground up.

April 10 :: Tots at Ten :: Wellesley :: Check out a monthly program that gets your kids thinking, moving, and creating! Discover the fun of music and instruments at Bach to Rock. Suitable for kids age 1.5 to 5 years old, but all are welcome!

April 10 :: Free Cone Day :: Boston, Braintree, Cambridge :: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s is being celebrated in scoop shops around the world, with free ice cream at a host of locations between 12 and 8 p.m.!

April 11 :: Toddler Farm Play :: Bedford:: This is a farm experience catered to your youngest farm enthusiast! During each class you’ll meet the animals, explore the farm, and play outside together. This class theme is spring flowers: Look for spring flowers popping up around the farm, and make your own flowers with a simple craft! Get an up-close encounter with friendly animals and outdoor exploration on the farm. Families are invited to enjoy the farm at their own pace after each class — head into the farm store for a snack or some free animal food, have a picnic, visit the animals in the barn, or search for the friendly farm cats!

April 13–14 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

April 14 :: Watson Adventures Wizard School Scavenger Hunt ::  Boston :: Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Price includes museum admission for ages 18+. Advance purchase is required. Event is for Harry Potter fans ages 10+.

April 14 :: Story Time at the Jackson Homestead and Museum :: Newton :: Hosted in the Jackson Homestead & Museum, preschoolers and their caregivers will learn about historic homes and why they are so important to our communities! After reading “The Little House” by Newton-born Virginia Lee Burton, preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to design their own paper shape house! Recommended for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Families are welcome to bring snacks for their kids. Includes free entrance to the museums after the program.

April 14 :: Heritage’s Opening Day :: Sandwich :: Take a ride out to the Cape to celebrate Heritage Museum and Gardens 2018 season opener. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wendell Minor will be available for drop-in hours at the exhibit, Wendell Minor’s America, in the Special Exhibit Gallery

April 14 :: Junior Ranger Day :: Lincoln :: Pick up your very own Junior Ranger Day booklet. Have fun exploring Minute Man National Historical Park while completing the pages in the booklet. When you are finished, show your work to a ranger to earn your new badge. It’s a fun way to learn and earn your Centennial badge and take your oath at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 8-11.

April 14 :: Swan Boats Season Opener :: Boston Public Garden :: Glide around Boston Public Garden lagoon in the famous Swan Boats. Rides last around 15 minutes. Look for signs of spring and spot the real swans with their cygnets. Also, be sure to check out the Make Way for Ducklings statues while you are in the Garden!  

April 15 :: Robot-Stravaganza presented by Brains On! :: Cambridge :: Join Brains On! — the podcast for kids and curious adults — for a live show during the Expo that’s all about robots. Meet some cool bots and hear about the history of robotics. Help Brains On! hosts Molly, Marc, and Sanden interview top AI researchers and play the Mystery Sound game, just like on their show.

April 15 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

April 16 :: Boston Marathon :: Boston:: It’s Marathon Monday for Beantown’s most famous road race. Start times range from 9:17 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pick a spot along the 26-mile route from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston to cheer on these incredible athletes.

April 16 :: Patriot’s Day Re-Enactments :: Greater Boston :: Celebrated on the third Monday of April, Patriot’s Day commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War with the battles of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, and Arlington.  

April 16 :: Battle of Lexington Re-Enactment :: Lexington :: If you’re able to get up and at ’em at the crack of dawn, head to Lexington town green at 5:45 a.m. for a reenactment of the Battle of Lexington performed by Lexington Minute Men Company and His Majesty’s Ten Regiment of Foot. Experience the famous battle through reenacting Paul Revere’s ride followed by events throughout the day.

April 16 :: Patriot’s Day at Minute Man NHP – North Bridge Commemoration and Concord Parade :: Concord :: British and Colonial reenactors will commemorate the “shot heard round the world” with a dramatic re-staging of the North Bridge fight featuring marching and musket fire. The Concord parade will arrive at North Bridge around 9:30 a.m. with ceremonies featuring minute man companies, British reenactors, and music groups. NOTE: All the roads in the center of town are closed to vehicles beginning at 8:30 a.m.

April 16 :: Southwick’s Zoo at the South Shore Natural Science Center :: Norwell :: Join for a fun and educational live animal show presented by Southwick’s Zoo. See an exciting variety of animals with scales, fur, and feathers that is sure to delight the entire family! For ages 3+.

April 17 :: Spring Welcome at the Rose Kennedy Greenway :: Boston :: Welcome back to the park, the Greenway carousel, and the Greenway’s awesome play sessions! Spring is here, and all the toys and games will be out. Join on the lawn from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for giant Connect Four, imagination playground, nature build kit, hula hoops, and more!

April 18 :: Kid’s Cookie Decorating :: Beverly :: Swing by A&B Burgers between 9 and 11 a.m. to attend a kid’s cookie decorating workshop! For $25 per child, your kids will get to decorate a bag of six cookies each with fun frostings and toppings! At the end, hang around to enjoy lunch or take your cookies to enjoy at the park! Limited space available. Parents must be present with child to lend a helping hand. This is a nut-free event. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.

April 18 :: LEGO Lighthouse “Make and Take” :: Salem :: Calling all LEGO lovers! Join during school vacation week for an exciting LEGO Lighthouse “Make & Take” event co-hosted by Essex Heritage and the National Park Service. Guests (ages 5+) will make and take home their very own “mini” Derby Wharf Lighthouse. Guests are invited to come by any time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to build their lighthouse and only those who wish to “make and take” are required to register.

April 19 :: Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program at the Trailside Museum. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Today’s theme is “spring showers.” Investigate where wild animals go when it’s raining outside. Suitable for children 3–6 years; registration not required. 

April 20 and 21 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

April 20 :: Mobile Making Workshop :: Cambridge :: Maud Morgan Art hosts artist and art teacher Paul Hackett in a mobile making workshop! Students will add their own unique twists by coloring, drawing, and decorating paper then turning their masterpieces into moving pieces of art! The event is free; please RSVP by registering. 

April 20–22 :: Sesame Street Live! :: Agganis Arena, Boston University :: Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood.

April 22 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

April 25 :: Storytime at the Museums :: Newton :: Hosted at the Durant Kenrick House & Grounds, preschoolers and their caregivers will learn about the seasons and how the Kenricks were able to create new types of trees! After reading “A Tree is Nice” by Janice May Udry, preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to complete their own paper bag tree project to welcome spring to Newton!

April 25 :: Toddler Farm Play :: Bedford :: This farm experience is catered to your youngest farm enthusiast! During each class you’ll meet the animals, explore the farm, and play outside together. This class theme is Earth Day. You’ll have an up-close investigation of the most important part of a farm… dirt! Come prepared to get a little muddy with a hands-on exploration of soil. Get an up-close encounter with friendly animals and outdoor exploration on the farm. Families are invited to enjoy the farm at their own pace after each class, then head into the farm store for a snack or some free animal food, have a picnic, visit the animals in the barn, or search for the friendly farm cats!

April 27 :: Full Moon Barnyard :: Bedford :: Parents, take a night off! Bring your kids to the farm for the evening for some barnyard fun and enjoy a night to yourselves! Kids will help feed the animals dinner before taking a full moon walk to the crops field for moon and star gazing. You may even see a few bats! Finish the evening with a campfire, stories, and animal cuddles. Pajamas are welcome!

April 27 :: KidsJam :: Boston :: The Boston Children’s Museum hosts a monthly family dance party, complete with a live DJ, dance lessons, intergenerational dance battles, and games. KidsJam is the only dance party in Boston led by kids, supported by adults.

April 27 and 28 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

April 28 :: Sheepshearing Festival :: Waltham :: The festival features both traditional manual blade sheep shearing in addition to electric sheep shearing. Afterward, the sheep fleeces are collected and sold. Our merino and Leicester longwool sheep are sheared the traditional way with other sheep brought in for the electric shearing.  Additionally, there are vendors and artisan tents and animal demonstrations.

April 28 :: Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup :: Boston :: Do your part to help clean the Earth by participating in the Earth Day Charles River cleanup. The cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. Residents are drawn to the popular Charles River cleanup from a desire to give back to their community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the Charles River. Volunteers build on the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play and enjoy nature throughout the year.

April 28 :: Art on the Wing at Farrington Nature Linc :: Lincoln :: Join Farrington Nature Linc and Wingmasters for an interactive “birds of prey” program! Get the chance to see and draw a bird of prey up close. The presentation focuses on five live birds of prey. Each bird is displayed by the Wingmasters presenter for 10-15 minutes while the audience has the opportunity to draw and ask questions. The Wingmasters presenter will point out each bird’s characteristics, guiding the audience toward a fuller understanding of what defines a bird of prey.

April 28 and 29 :: Art in Bloom :: Boston :: Head to the Museum of Fine Arts to enjoy art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations. Daily events include tours of arrangements throughout the galleries; flower-arranging demonstrations; snacks and lunch in the Art in Bloom Café among European paintings; and outdoor walking tours. This is a family-friendly event.

April 28 :: The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival :: Boston :: Welcome to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festiva — an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. Make your free reservation for the Boston screening of this year’s 90-Second Newbery!

April 29 :: The Run of the Charles :: Boston :: About 1,500 paddlers participate each year in the largest flat-bottom boat race in New England. Be a participant or get your spot along the river as a spectator for this fun event. There’s a finish line festive at DCR’s Artesani/Herter Park complete with live music, vendors, and artisans.

April 29 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Stuart Little :: Boston :: E.B. White’s endearing classic story follows Stuart, a mouse born into a New York family, and his many “larger than life” adventures. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

April 29 :: Japan Festival :: Boston ::  Enjoy Japanese drumming, folk music, arts and crafts, dancing, speakers, exhibitors, and food vendors at Boston Common (139 Tremont Street).

Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m. :: The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants. 

Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m. :: This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.

Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. :: Introduce your pre-school aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. :: Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships. 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m. :: A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

StoryTime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m. :: Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year. 

Nature Storytime with the Cambridge Public Library :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m. :: On the first Friday of each month this winter, Cambridge Public Library’s children’s librarian Margaret Macri hosts a nature story time at Fresh Pond. Kids can read about winter and what humans and animals do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over.

SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. :: The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.

Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m. :: Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! Our show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. The Family Show is fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.

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One Response to The Going-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Events for Kids This April

  1. Andersen Group Realty April 2, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    April is a great time in Boston. We’re finally getting into the full swing of spring shaking off any final wonky storms and cold weather. Always so enjoyable to see things in bloom and everyone starts to get and out about a good bit more. Great suggestions.

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