As in-person learning for Boston Public Schools has been suspended following a steady increase in local COVID-19 rates, many parents are left wondering how to keep their loved ones occupied and stimulated during long days at home. Students are likewise faced with a semester — or possibly year — away from their classrooms, friends, and field trips. But that doesn’t mean you can’t organize some yourself. We’ve pulled together a few of the best places to take your young ones, for an educational, and fun, day out of the house.
The Discovery Museum in Acton, Massachusetts is a great place to spend the day with kids aged 0-6. With a museum full of interactive science and discovery exhibits, and the Discovery Woods which has 4.5 acres of conservation land — and a few dinosaurs sprinkled about. Don’t forget to reserve a space online to comply with social distancing, bring a mask for those 2+ years old, and adhere to the indoor directions and gallery capacities.
It’s not too cold yet to visit the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Near downtown Boston, this historic park covering 34 islands and peninsulas includes a Civil War-era fort, a historic lighthouse, tide pools, walking trails, fishing ponds, and picnic areas, providing the perfect balance of fun, nature, and history. And, because it’s all outside, keeping a social distance from other visitors is easy.
For those who want to learn more about local history and social justice, the Boston African American National Historic Site has been opened on a modified schedule. The historic site sits on Beacon Hill, and includes 15 pre-Civil War structures, all important sites to the fight against slavery and preservation and well-being of the African American community in Boston. The site also includes the oldest standing black church in the U.S., which dates back to 1806. Make sure to reserve your space online, and check for tour availability.
For those who want a day of creativity and art, the Institute of Contemporary Art located on Boston’s waterfront features leading contemporary visual artists and performances. This beautiful building is a fun and relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon — even if you don’t quite understand what you’re looking at. Make sure to reserve your time slot ahead of time.
While the foreseeable future remains unknown, life still goes on, and it’s important to make sure to plan safe activities for you and your loved ones in the meantime. Avoid the stress of traffic, parking, and public transport, and let GO Boston take you and your party to your next outing safely in our COVID-proofed vehicles.