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There’s a lot for young kids to do in Boston with their families and friends, and much of it is free or low-cost. Many examples are listed below. Call for their latest schedules.

For additional information on youth and family activities, call the Mayor’s Youthline               (617) 635-2240, or try the City’s Youth Zone website. You can also look in the calendar section of local papers, or visit Talk, Read, Play for up to date calendar of events

Boston Public Library
27 locations in Boston!
Movies, story hours, and special concerts.

Boston Community Centers 
43 sites throughout Boston!
Free or low-cost swim lessons and family swim times.
Dance/music classes at some sites for small children.

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
(617) 635-4505
287 parks and playgrounds!
Festivals, parades, and concerts.
ParkARTS: free activities in neighborhood parks.
The Frog Pond on the Boston Common: ice-skating in the winter and a wading pool in the summer.
The Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden, open from April through Labor Day.

Highland Street Foundation Fun Free Fridays

Mayor’s Office of Special Events and Tourism
(617) 635-3911
Free concerts, parades and festivals year-round.

MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
(617) 626-1250
State-run public swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, and parks.
Try one of their 7 skating rinks.
Call for directions to Castle Island, a real castle, beach and boardwalk.

The Boston Children’s Museum
(617) 426-8855
Friday night admission is just $1. Free passes are available at the libraries. $2 with EBT cards
Try out PlaySpace for young children, a parent resource room, and attend parent workshops.

Museum of Science
(617) 723-2500
Free passes are available at the libraries.
Try their Discovery Center, a two-story play area for children under 6.

Museum of Fine Arts
(617) 369-3300
Children are always free. Passes are available at the libraries.
"Children’s Room": Free drop-in activity program for children 6-12 years old, with art projects, drama, poetry and music. Call for dates.

Zoo New England (in Franklin Park)
(617) 541-LION
A new playground, a rainforest with gorillas to see up close, lots of other animals, and a new children’s zoo!

New England Aquarium
(617) 973-5200
Passes are available at the libraries.
Children’s activity center with storytelling and arts and crafts included with admission price, located in Exploration Center – call (617) 973-6563.