Although I don’t usually plan our travels based on just one venue we want to try out, Boston was a different story. I had heard and read so many great things about their children’s museum I knew we just had to visit before Piper got too old to really enjoy it. Was it worth the 3,000 mile trip? Read our Boston Childrens Museum review to find out exactly what we thought.
Location of the Museum
Nestled in Boston’s historic Fort Point District, the Boston Childrens Museum is easy to spot with its iconic milk bottle café outside and its clean and modern façade. When we visited (out of the US holidays) it wasn’t too busy but there were enough other kids around for Piper to engage with.
Exhibits at the Boston Childrens Museum
The first thing you see is a huge climbing apparatus, The New Balance Foundation Climb, a fabulous 3 story vertical maze which is as beautiful and it is fun and wouldn’t look out of place in a contemporary art gallery – without the screaming kids of course!
The first area we visited was a hands on nature section, Piper was able to touch one of her favourite creatures (not alive unfortunately), the pangolin, and learnt loads about it’s defense mechanisms, there were antlers, horns and a few live creatures to explore and it was a nice starter to the fun.
Then came the bubbles, what a great room! We investigated many different ways to make bubbles and got covered in bubble mixture, a fab fun place for the littlies, who doesn’t love bubbles?!
They have a room dedicated to golf balls called Raceways where you can explore the laws of motion, great fun for the kids who get to throw balls down various tracks, learning loads as they go without even realising it. If only all physics classes were as fun!
I think the Kids Power room, dedicated to strength and movement was Pipers favourite, she lifted her own weight, climbed things, pushed things, jumped on things, all with a massive smile on her face!
There’s a lovely little water section, in Peeps World, the kids will get a bit wet but will quickly dry off running around the rest of the museum.
Make sure you stop off at the Art Studio, it’s a calming space for the kids to take a breath, sit down and use their imagination to create something within a given theme. When we were there we worked with card and paper and stayed for about 20 mins.
The Arthur® and Friends area is a lovely place for younger kids to indulge in some imaginative play, they can pretend to be a pilot, appear on a TV screen or take part in a backyard sleepover, all with an Arthur and Friends theme. This one’s best suited to preschoolers but my six year old still loved having a play.
The Construction Zone was another of my daughters favourites, here you can drive a bobcat, balance on a “high beam” and even dress up and operate a jackhammer.
We whizzed through Explore•a•Saurus although I could have spent a lot longer in the area. It is resided over by a huge animatronic Dilophosaurus. It encourages the kids to take on the role of explorer/scientist helping them answer all the usual dino based questions. Think “How big were they?” “How fast did they move?” “What did they do?” “What did they look like?”
We had to book a time to visit the Japenese House which was a fantastic representation of a real life Japanese home. Bought over from Kyoto it’s a great for demonstrating how different life can be for families around the world. The assistant was informative and explained Japanese life well to the kids and was happy to answer any questions.
At Johnny’s Workbench I definitely had my heart in my mouth but Piper absolutely loved it. It made me realise that perhaps I wrap her in cottonwool a little too much! She tried using a real (and very sharp) saw, a hand drill, a file and made designs with screws and a screwdriver. All the kids were loving being allowed to use tools they otherwise wouldn’t be able to touch at home. But definitely adult supervision is required. Some of those kids were waving their tools around with a blatant disregard for eyes and fingers!
KEVA Planks was another lovely area to just sit, relax and create together. Here you get to build, create and design using hundreds of KEVA pieces all the same size, by simply stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors, the possibilities are endless!
We didn’t visit Countdown to Kindergarten as we were on a schedule but it looked like fun. It’s a pretend classroom where kids can experience what it’s like in a real classroom. We also missed out on most of PlaySpace – again, something for the littlies.
Essentially the Boston Childrens Museum is the type of place that makes you wish you lived in that city so you could get an annual pass and visit everyweek. There’s just so much to see, learn and explore. The 4 hours we spent there were no where near enough. At times I was shepherding Piper through exhibits or rushing her with her play so we could cram in as much as possible. If that’s not a positive recommendation, I don’t know what is!
Eats at the Boston Childrens Museum
After our full on morning at the Kids Museum we took a seat outside and shared a hotdog and ice-cream. Purchased from the Hood Milk bottle café, great value and very tasty!
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If you’re visiting Boston for a few days, it’s well worth buying a Boston attraction pass to save heaps off the gate price to loads of family friendly Boston venues with a Go Boston Card including the Childrens Museum.
What you need to know
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Boston Childrens Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Museum closes at 3pm on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Day the museum opens at noon.
NOTE: Children younger than 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adults unaccompanied by children must leave proper photo identification at the Admissions Desk. Examples: State Driver’s License or Passport.
Children (1-15): $17
Children (Under 12 months): FREE
Target Fridays: $1 from 5pm to 9pm
For other fantastic things to do in Boston with kids, I highly recommend a visit to the Boston Science Museum. Another brilliantly hands on museum. And for a bit of history, make sure you follow the freedom trail around the city.
Have you visited the Boston Childrens museum? Did you love it as much as I did? Let us know what you thought and comment down below.