Boston is teeming with world-class museums where kids will have so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning. Inquisitive youngsters can touch and play to their heart’s content at Boston Children’s Museum with hands-on exhibits including an authentic walk-in Japanese House and the New Balance Climb – a twisty three-storey vertical maze with panoramic views of down town Boston through the glass façade – as well as a programme of activities such arts and craft workshops, performing arts and a child-friendly construction site.
Recommended for over-eights (preschoolers have their own space for games at the Discover Center), the Museum of Science encourages young visitors to think like a scientist with interactive experiments in the Investigation station, planetarium shows and educational films on a five-storey-tall IMAX Dome screen.
Live animal shows with the museum’s furry, feathered and scaly residents and an enclosed butterfly garden are sure to impress even the most hard-to please teens.
While the Museum of Fine Arts may seem more catered to refined tastes, be sure to stop by the Sharf Visitor Center for a free Family Activity Tote filled with coloured pencils and sketchpads and Art Connections sheets to challenge mini art connoisseurs to spot images like dogs, dragons and chocolate in the art. A special children’s audio guide is available for kids aged 6-10 and don’t leave without checking out the Egyptian rooms – the mummified cats are a sure-fire hit.Museum of Fine Arts