Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! We’re looking forward to a week with family and to creating new traditions with the little ones. For anyone visiting Boston this time of year, I wanted to share a few family-friendly activities we’ve enjoyed this winter with the kids!
1. Exploring Seaport
- Snowport Holiday Market – but on weekdays because the super long weekend lines are not worth it.
- Grab a photo by the pretty white trees across from Snowport (where we snapped these pics!)
- For those who eat dairy, Taiyaki fish-shaped ice cream are usually a kid pleaser
- Children’s museum – $1 admission on TJX Sunday afternoons with an online reservation
- Martin’s park is within walking distance with two sections to play in
- Our usual kid & allergy friendly spots to eat: Bar Taco has a good kids menu, Kokoda has poke bowls and sushi hand rolls for the kids and a fully dairy-free, nut-free menu.
- Trillium Brewery – a favorite spot for craft beer enthusiasts and $1 oysters (VERY hard to find these days in town) 2-4pm on weekdays.
2. Exploring around the Boston Public Garden
- Skating at Boston Common Frog Pond. Such an iconic Boston winter activity that I haven’t done since my college days! I love it as a winter date activity and our kids got off to a shaky start but enjoyed it as well. On weekends get there early if you need to rent a skating aid (Bobby the Seal), because there can be a wait. P.S. there’s restrooms inside!
- Kids can play at the Tadpole Playground a few steps away after skating.
- The charming Beacon Hill Bookstore is a 5-10 minute walk away with a cute kids section.
- There are lots of places within walking distance to eat, but we went to Shabu Zen in Chinatown to warm up and grabbed some buns and egg tarts (for Nick & I) at Top Bread Bakery. We love hot pot in general but especially with the kids for food allergy purposes, since the ingredients are pretty transparent!