Boston HarborFest Family Friendly Activities

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: All Ages, Event | Tags: |

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Fourth of July is just days away, and there are some fantastic events in Boston for the Independence Day celebration.

The main event is Boston Harborfest. Six days of summer fun in the city. Each day there is an event showcasing our country’s red, white and blue.

Wednesday, June 30

Kicking off Harborfest on Wednesday, June 30th, is a great activity for families. It is called Two by Sea: Family Fun. Held from 1pm-4pm at the Old North Church (193 Salem Street, North End), kids and adults can hear the story of the famous lanterns and make a paper lantern to take home. Admission is just $2 per family.

Throughout the day, there are free performance at the New England Aquarium Plaza called Whiskers, Flippers and Fun. Watch Harbor seals dive, glide and play during the 15 minute mini-shows held at 9:45am, 11:15am and 2pm. (Held everyday from June 30th-July 5th)

For older kids, you may like the Re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party.  Get onboard the Liberty Clipper at Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium, and raid a British ship with the Sons of Liberty. Throw tea in the harbor and fire the cannons. Admission ranges from $20-35 and reservations are recommended. The event starts at 3pm and ends at 5pm.

Thursday, July 1

On Thursday, July 1st, there are some great activities for kids. The first is the 16th Annual Children’s Day at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. From 10am-3pm, there is juggling, music, dance, ballons and more, and it is all free!

Other kid friendly events include the Colonial Children’s Faire at the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street, Downtown Crossing, Boston) from 11am-2pm.  Kids can play colonial games like snail, ninepins or jackstraws and kids can make their own patriotic craft. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for kids 6-18, and kids under 6 are free.

What about a sail in the Boston Harbor? The LIBERTY Kids Sail is from 9:30am-11:00am on the Liberty Clipper docked at Central Wharf (next to the New England Aquarium). Adults are $30, but kids under 12 are free. Reservations are required.

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Or how about Kids Debate the Tea Tax. Kids are either a Patriot or a Loyalist and debate about the tax on tea. Participate or observe at the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street, Downtown Crossing, Boston). Adult Admission is $6. Kids Admission is $1 (ages 6-18) or free for kids under 6.

The Whiskers, Flippers and FunCaptain Kidd’s Treasure Hunt, and the Reenact Tea Party are also taking place again.

Friday, July 2

On Friday, July 2nd, take a ferry from Boston to George’s Island for Plays in the Park for music, stories and dance by kids for kids. Shows are 11:30am-12:15pm or 1pm-1:45pm. The performance is free, but the ferry is $14 for adults and $8 for kids 3-11. Kids under 3 are free.

The Whiskers, Flippers and FunCaptain Kidd’s Treasure Hunt, Two by Sea: Family Fun and the Reenact Tea Party are also taking place once again.

Saturday, July 3

In addition to reoccurances of Whiskers, Flippers and FunCaptain Kidd’s Treasure Hunt, the Reenact Tea Party and the Two by Sea: Family Fun, there is also another kids event called How Did Colonial Children Play? The event is sponsored by the Boston National Historical Park (15 State Street, 2nd floor) where kids can play some old fashioned games: like marbles, jack straws, and London Bridge. Times are 11am-12pm and 3pm-4pm.

There is also The Redcoats are Coming. Starting at Long Wharf, the soldiers arrive
by sea at 11am and march up King (State), Queen (Court), and Tremont streets to the Boston Common by noon.  Then from noon-4:30pm on the Boston Common, Redcoats perform military demonstrations and skirmish with Colonial militia.

If military reenactments aren’t your thing, then head out to Fly a Kite on Spectacle Island from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Bring or make your own kite. (Materials provided while supplies last and there is a limited of one kite per family.) Admission ranges $8-$14 for ferry fare.

There are more fantastic events throughout the long weekend, especially for adults. So check out the official Boston Harborfest website for more details and ideas.

Have a great holiday and many thanks to all our past and present servicemen and women!

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