3.6 min readBy Published On: April 15th, 2023Categories: Features0 Comments on April Vacation Ideas in the Neighborhood

Keep those kids entertained this week! Here are some local neighborhood suggestion for school vacation week!

Lace up those bowling shoes!

Head to East Broadway to Southie Candlepin and bowl a few strings at this old school institution! They are open daily 12pm-7pm.  Are big balls more of your thing? Kings Dining & Entertainment in the Seaport District offers all kinds of fun! This new hot spot features 20,000 square feet of fun at 60 Seaport Boulevard, complete with 16 lanes of big ball bowling, a “bar-Kade” filled with video games, pool tables, foosball, a giant four-man air hockey table, shuffleboard, and hoops!  

Library fun 

Boston Public Library is offering some fun events this week!  Crafts, activities, stories and Mike the Bubble Man!  For a full schedule, visit here! 

Build a Fairy House

Ever wonder where fairies like Tinkerbell or Cinderella’s Fairy godmother live? Fairy houses of course! You can build one on April 2oth from 10am -12pm at Franklin Park. You can learn more here. 

Get outside

From guided hikes, wildlife observation opportunities, crafting activities, games, and stories, DCR has all kinds of events this week! For a full list of activities and programming, visit DCR’s website.

Boston Parks Department Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament 

Sign up for the Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament!  You can learn more here! 

All Girls Sports and Wellness Festival returns April 19th + April 20th

Mayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) invite Boston girls ages 9 to 14 to join us during the April school vacation week for the annual All Girls Sports and Wellness Festival. Due to its popularity last year, the City is hosting the festival for two days.

The free event will take place on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester. The All Girls Sports and Wellness Festival will feature a variety of programming including sports, games, health and wellness speakers, self-defense tactic lessons, and aquatic activities.

Participants will find a variety of fun ways to exercise mind, body, and spirit, and try out a variety of sports with expert instructors including basketball, self-defense demonstrations, fitness, rock climbing, swimming, ultimate frisbee, and more, with additional support from local non-profits and City of Boston agencies.

Pre-registration is required at boston.gov/sports. Event check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Participants must be Boston residents and should bring activity-appropriate clothing (including swimsuits and towels for those wanting to participate in aquatic activities). Free lunch will be provided. For more information please call (617) 961-3047 or email [email protected].

Have a Wild Adventure 

Have a wild adventure over April vacation week at Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo! Take advantage of warmer weather and learn about the insects and animals that help springtime flowers bloom: pollinators! Scheduled keeper chats throughout the week allow guests to learn more about the residents that call the Zoo home and ask questions directly to the animals’ care team. Events take place from 10:00am-2:00pm. A full schedule can be found here! 

Let’s Make Art!

Join the ICA during school vacation week for hands-on art-making in the Bank of America Art Lab! Check out the installation Bridging Creativity: Art Lab from home to here and engage in an art-making activity inspired by Boston-based comic artist LJ-Baptiste. You can learn more here! 

Be on the lookout for 20-foot daffodils in the Seaport

The bright and joyful installation of 20 larger-than-life daffodils will be on display until April 30 at Seaport Common. Seaport initially commissioned the piece by artist Daniele Frazier to align with the 2019 Boston Marathon and heighten the beautiful symbolism behind marathon daffodils but has returned annually to welcome the Spring season due its popular demand. And this year, it’s a particularly exciting season in the city coming out of the pandemic and with the return of the marathon. Twenty daffodils standing at 20-feet tall will provide a bold and colorful splash of orange, yellow and green to the Seaport’s public park, reminding all that Spring has bloomed. Made of rip-stop nylon, the daffodils have hollow-volume forms that spin according to the wind’s direction, directing the eye towards Seaport’s water views and ever-changing skyline.

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