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Fun things to do with the kids this week!

Here are some fun ideas for families this April Vacation:

Venture to the Museum of Fine Arts – they have a whole week packed with lots of fun and adventure for kids of all ages.  Explore the Museum’s Quilt and Color exhibit and then make artwork inspired by the objects you see! Enjoy making art, go on a fun family tour of the galleries, or join an interactive workshop. For a full schedule visit: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/cogan-family-foundation-vacation-week-adventures  Make sure to check out “We Love Boston” a a moving tribute to the victims of the Marathon tragedy.

Free Brunch!  The Paramount Southie (667 East Broadway) is offering free brunch this week from 8am-10am in honor of school vacation.  Makes your “staycation” a little more pleasant, doesn’t it!

Free class! Kimura South Boston (12 B Street)  is offering free kids jiu jitsu class on Wednesday and Friday at 4:00pm for ages 7+up!  Call for more information: 617-268-9893 Perfect remedy for stir craziness!

The Boston Children’s Museum has an action packed week of activities and fun planned.  From science exploration to yoga, to kids’ plays live music – the kids won’t be bored a the BCM.  For a full list of events visit: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/week/2013-W16

Giraffes, Monkeys, and Zebras, oh my!  Discover all of the incredible animals that call the Zoo home! Be sure to look for some of the newest additions – a Grant’s zebra foal and a bongo calf, both born at the Zoo in February. Don’t miss a visit to the 10,000-square-foot playground, just opened last summer, and also stop by Aussie Aviary! Aussie Aviary opens for the season during April school vacation week. Stroll amongst hundreds of brightly-colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it! During April school vacation week, Aussie Aviary will be open 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.
For ticket and hour information visit: www.zoonewengland.org

Take a day trip to Davis Farm Land.  Kids can pet and feed all kinds of baby animals, from goats to sheep to llamas. Milk the cows and help collect the eggs too!

www.davisfarmland.com
145 Redstone Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564-1512
(978) 422-6666

Visit the Swan Boats on The Public Gardens.  Delighting families for over 130 years, the Swan Boats at the Public Garden have been a sign of spring in Boston.  Swan boats run 7 days a week from 10am-4pm.  Ticket’s are $3 for adults, $1.50 for kids and $2 for seniors.  For more information visit http://www.swanboats.com/

Take a Duck Tour!  Just because you live in Boston doesn’t mean you can’t be a tourist for a day!  The Duck Tour is loads of fun from the moment you board the WW11 amphibious landing vehicle.  You’ll tour the heart of Boston and see such sights as the State House, the Public Gardens, and the always fashionable Newbury Street learning history and interesting facts the entire way.  And don’t forget the best part, when the DUCK splashes right into the Charles River for a tour of the Cambridge skyline! 
For more information go to: www.bostonducktours.com

What a clown!  The Big Apple Circus is back in town!
Through May 15th you can be entertained by Grandma and friends in this intimate Big Top setting.  The 35rd season kicks off with Legendarium featuring clowns, horses, dogs, jugglers, aerialists and acrobats.  For shows and ticket information go to: www.bigapplecircus.org.

Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30
Don’t miss Puppeteer Nicola McEldowney as she present two classic tales of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen – retold with some twists, some turns, and plenty of silliness! In “The Swineherd,” a goofy prince must go undercover as a lowly swineherd to win the affections of a hoity-toity princess. Meanwhile, in “The Princess and the Pea,” the search is on at the palace for a Real Princess. But is there any such person in all the land? Come see the puppet show and find out!
South Boston Branch
646 East Broadway
http://www.bpl.org/branches/sb_calendar.htm#/?i=1

Let your kids run wild!  Want a cheap and easy day with the kids?  Head to one of the many parks in Southie and pack an old-fashioned picnic lunch.  Call some friends and make a day of it!  For 5 and under, M Street Park is perfect.  For older more rambunctious kids, the park at Castle Island is a good choice.  Another park that not many know about, is the park located at the corner of Albany and Malden Street right over the West Fourth Street Bridge.   It’s modern and fun and mostly always empty!  Check it out!
 

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.