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2018 Guide to a Boston Summer

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this guide possible.

Summer in Boston is here, and it’s time for fun! There are so many amazing opportunities to enjoy this summer, right in your backyard or a few hours away. Greater Boston and New England have TONS of options for summer fun. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, take a day trip with your family, or enjoy fun times at home, we’ve got you covered!

How to use this guide:

First, check out some of our can’t-miss sponsors and visit them for tons of summer fun. Then, plan your summer!

Each image leads to either a full guide and list of local spots you’ll want to hit, or to an article with details on a summer outing or activity for you or your kids. Click on each image to find more info. Happy summer!

Boston Children's Museum

Every day this summer will offer opportunities to discover, explore, and try new things at Boston Children’s Museum. From everyday amazing exhibits and programs to special events like outdoor clinics run by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, Superhero Weekend (June 16–17), Wizarding Weekend (July 28–29), and lots of science, making, music, and performing arts, the summer will be filled with age-appropriate summer fun. To plan your visit and learn about current programs visit BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

The Children's Museum in Easton

Nestled in historic North Easton village and housed in the town’s old fire station, the Children’s Museum in Easton is a lively, creative, hands-on learning destination for families in southeastern Massachusetts. With three floors of interactive exhibits, children are given the opportunity to play, discover, and learn. Head into the MakerSpace, where the “can-do” attitude reigns supreme! Kids are encouraged to brainstorm and build creations of their own designs. Outside in the Wild Place, a certified Nature Explore classroom, they connect with the natural world as they uncover the various play opportunities hidden throughout the yard!

Pinewood Lodge Campground

Pinewood Lodge Campground in Plymouth, MA, has been family owned and operated since 1952. With over 300 beautifully shaded campsites as well as rental cabins and yurts, Pinewood Lodge Campground has camping accommodations to fit almost any family’s needs! Along with meticulously maintained grounds and a gorgeous field stone fireplace at every campsite, Pinewood offers a beautiful lakefront perfect for swimming, fishing, and boating, as well as playgrounds, a recreational lodge with a snack bar, lounge, arcade games, a fully stocked camp store, and planned weekend activities to keep your family busy. Experience the joys of family camping at Pinewood Lodge Campground, “nestled in the pines by the lake.”

Nature's Art Village

Experience an outdoor adventure of prehistoric proportions. Encounter over 40 life-sized dinosaurs on 1.5 miles of pristine nature trails. Make a SPLASH in New England’s largest splashpad (a zero-depth water playground). Navigate through a”MAZE”asaurus and slide through the mouth of a T. Rex or explore the giant, one-of-a-kind T. Rex tower playscape. Finally, spend some time digging for fossils, gems, and gold in Discovery Depot. A day of adventure awaits you at the Dinosaur Place.

Boston’s Best Bagels

It IS possible to find a great chewy, crusty, flavorful bagel in Boston. Which is your favorite?

Boston's Best Bagels, Boston Moms Blog

I Scream, You Scream :: 15 of Boston’s Best Ice Cream Shops

Did your favorite make our list? What’s your favorite spot for a sweet treat?

15 of Boston's Best Ice Cream Shops

Boston Babies Who Brunch:: 6 Restaurants You (and Your Kids!) Will Love

There are so many fantastic restaurants serving amazing brunch in Boston, and it is a great family activity.

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The Al Fresco Family :: 8 of Boston’s Best Kid-Friendly Outdoor Dining Spots

In the summer, the patios are open and it’s time to dine outside! Here are some of our top picks for the whole family!

The Al Fresco Family :: 8 of Boston's Best Kid-Friendly Outdoor Dining Spots - Boston Moms Blog

Greater Boston Breweries to Take Your Kids to (and a Few to Visit Alone)

Some great local breweries are very kid friendly. Or, enjoy a day date!

Boston breweries - Boston Moms Blog
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Of Pint Glasses and Sippy Cups :: Family-Friendly Irish Pubs in Greater Boston

The Boston area is packed with great Irish pubs, and many are very family friendly. Enjoy a beer with your significant other while the kids enjoy their meal.

Of Pint Glasses and Sippy Cups :: Family-Friendly Irish Pubs in Greater Boston - Boston Moms Blog
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Ten Must-Eat Doughnuts in Boston

We don’t care if they are super trendy — doughnuts are delicious. We have 10 picks for the best doughnuts around!

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Date Night in the City :: 6 Restaurants for Reconnecting With Your Partner

Grab your significant other and enjoy a special meal.

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6 Toddler-Friendly Brunch Spots in Cambridge and Beyond

The days of late boozy brunches may be a thing of the past, but you can still have your mimosa and drink it too at one of these great kid-friendly brunch spots.

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Drinking Rosé All Day

It’s light, crisp, and refreshing. What’s your favorite bottle of rosé?

Drinking Rosé All Day - Boston Moms Blog

Recipe for Summer Days :: Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

A light and refreshing salad that the kids can help make. No cooking required!

Watermelon salad

5 Not-So-Hidden Arlington Restaurant Gems

Heading to the Arlington area? Here are five kid-friendly spots the whole family can enjoy!

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Terrific Children’s Theaters in Boston

There are wonderful shows for all ages in every community.

Terrific Children's Theatres in Boston

Best Boston-Area Beaches for Kids

Grab the kids and hit the beach!

Boston beaches - Boston Moms Blog

Beaches Within an Hour of Boston

How lucky are we that we don’t have to travel far for a beach day?

Beaches Within an Hour of Boston - Boston Moms Blog
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Splish Splash :: A Guide to Boston-Area Swimming Pools - Boston Moms Blog
Summer Swim Safety - Boston Moms Blog

Camp Grandparent :: A Few Fun Ways to Spend a Day

You don’t have to be a grandparent to enjoy these fun activities. From ice cream to painting pottery, there are so many ways to spend a few hours.

Camp Grandparent :: A Few Fun Ways to Spend a Day - Boston Moms Blog

5 Super Boston-Area Splash Pads — and How to Find More

Grab your bathing suit and towel, and go enjoy one of the many splash pads and parks in the area!

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5 Easy Play-at-Home Ideas for $5

There will be days you want to stay home and relax. Have fun on the cheap, and get creative!

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Playground Etiquette :: Make Your Next Trip a Walk in the Park

Be safe and have fun at one of the many parks in the Boston area.

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One of the best parts about summer is getting in some quality family time! There is so much to keep you busy all together!

5 Membership Ideas for Boston Family Fun

Keep everyone happy, busy, and entertained!

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Slowing Down for the Summer

Time to figure out how to not be bored again.

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7 Reasons to Take Your Kids Camping

It’s time to get outside.

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Making Family Memories at a Music Festival

“Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people.”

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Beyond the Family Meal:: 5 Other Ways to Bond as a Family

Family time is about more than gathering around the table.

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Crafting a Family Culture

What traditions are part of your family culture?

family traditions - Boston Moms Blog

Embrace the Chaos: Learning to Love Summer

“So if you’re one of few moms dreaming of fall, when each day has a laid-out plan, remember that it’s only a few short months to drop the to-do list and embrace the chaos.”

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2018 Summer Camp Guide

We have camps for every age, from day camps to overnight camp. Check it out and make some great summer plans!

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Traveling with Kids :: Airplane Etiquette

Whether it’s your first flight with your kids or they’re seasoned travelers, make sure you don’t drive your fellow passengers crazy.

Traveling with Kids: Airplane Etiquette - Boston Moms Blog

Easy Ways to Gain a New State When You’re Visiting Boston :: A New England Roundup!

Enjoy visiting as many states as you can!

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Road Trip :: Boston to Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are a great getaway. If you are looking to stay close to New England for your next road trip, this amazing spot is easily accessible from the Boston area.

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7 Tips for Traveling in Hotels With a Toddler

A night or a week stay in a hotel room seems really daunting, but with some thought and planning, it’s very easy and fun!

Toddler Travel Tips

6 Favorite Day Trips for Special Needs Families in Boston

Family-friendly travel for everyone.

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Travel Do’s and Don’ts with a Toddler

How do you survive travel with a toddler?

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Farmers Market Roundup

Check out these 10 spots in and around Boston to get fresh produce and local products — and enjoy the great outdoors!

Boston Farmer's Market Round Up - Boston Moms Blog
Berry Picking Near Boston - Boston Moms Blog

What Is a CSA and What Am I Doing?

Have you considered joining a CSA?

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