Winter Activities for Massachusetts Kids
Ten Kid-Approved Mass. Vacation Adventures
“Mommmmmm….. I’m bored!!!”
Consider this checklist of Massachusetts’ kid activities to be a ‘parents’ survival guide’ when looking to alleviate cabin fever during those chilly winter days! Not only will you find great amusement parks and museums, but there are also many kid-friendly adventures unique to MA as well.
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Top Ten Winter Kid Activities
|Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing Park
Open seven days a week throughout the winter months, the Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing Park is fun for the whole family. Whether you hit the lanes during the day or at night, Nashoba celebrates one of the fastest-growing winter recreational activities for all age groups by being the largest snow tube park in New England.
|Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory
South Deerfield, MA
With an 8,000 square foot indoor conservatory housing more than 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies, Magic Wings offers the perfect indoor activity for those extra cold winter days. Magic Wings offers tours, educational programs, butterfly releases, children birthday parties, a gift shop and Monarchs Restaurant.
New Bedford, MA
New Bedford’s Ocean Explorium is the perfect winter activity for even the littlest of scientists. Living exhibits, explorer’s zone, discovery bay, science on a sphere and non-living exhibits are all available at the Explorium, as well as birthday parties and school field trip programs. Experience the touch tanks, where you can get up close and personal with cownose rays, Atlantic stingrays and bamboo sharks. Check out the coral farm and the living laboratory, where you will find all kinds of baby sealife from baby seahorses and lobsters to jellyfish and shark eggs.
|Boston Common Frog Pond
Located in the heart of Boston, the Frog Pond offers a myriad of outdoor skating programs for all ages. From public skating and freestyle sessions to rink rentals and skating lessons, this classic New England rink is a long-loved winter tradition for many families. If you plan ahead, you may even be able to catch US Figure Skating competitions or live performances by the Boston Skating Club. Don’t forget to stop by the Frog Pond Cafe for a snack and a warm-up.
|New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
Take a journey back in time to learn about the history of early American whaling at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This museum is home to the world’s largest collection of whaling logbooks and scrimshaw, as well as Japanese whaling art and Dutch Old Master marine paintings. The Whaling Museum is also home to four complete whale skeletons and the world’s largest ship model. Children’s Programs include Presidents Day Birthday Celebration, Right Whale Day and Melville Family Day.
|New England Pirate Museum
Get a taste of the pirate life at Salem’s Pirate Museum, where you will explore treasure troves and meet over 60 buccaneers, discover artifacts and learn about the life of a pirate. This 20 to 30 minute walking tour will lead you through a dockside village, onto the deck of a pirate ship, and into an 80 foot bat cave filled with hidden treasure. The Pirate Museum offers many educational activities for all ages, from compass making and treasure map design to pirate vocabulary and ship log activities.
Experience a real life Medieval style castle right on the coastline of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Built in the late 1920’s, by one of America’s most prolific inventors, Hammond Castle houses an impressive collection of Renaissance, Medieval and Roman artifacts. Whether you choose a self-guided tour, a prearranged tour or one of Hammond Castle’s many educational programs, the architecture and views will be sure to light the imaginations of even the youngest of princes and princesses. Hammond Castle is open during February vacation week, and during spring, summer and fall.
|Taza Chocolate Factory Tours
Experience a working chocolate factory in real life by taking a Taza Chocolate Factory tour. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is best suited for ages 10 and up, as the tour offers quite a bit of information on the chocolate-making process. Stop by the Factory Store after your tour, where you can purchase Taza Chocolates in many flavors and learn the entire process of chocolate-making from bean to candy bar.
|deCordova Sculpture Park
Covering 35 acres and established in 1950, DeCordova Sculpture Park is the largest park of its kind in New England and offers a series of ever-changing sculpture installations. DeCordova offers a flurry of year-round educational activities for families to experience art up close and personal. Hands-on inteactive activities and programs are available for all ages, from the youngest of toddlers to sculpture workshops for the teen in your life.
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