Best Family Events At First Night Boston 2012

December 16, 2011 2:34 PM

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First Night Boston Grand Procession (credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

First Night Boston Grand Procession (credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

First Night Boston is designed for people of all ages to enjoy. You can bring the kids, enjoy a full day of fun, and still get them to bed on time. Here are our best bets for Family Fun at First Night Boston.

See Also:
First Night Daytime Events
First Night Nighttime Events
First Night Must-See Artists
First Night Ice Sculpture Guide

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(Photo credit: First Night Boston/Paul Marotta)

Ice Sculptures

Boston Common, Copley Square
All day

Of course First Night is known for ice sculptures, and there will be five this year: three on Boston Common and two at Copley Square. Work begins on the sculptures in the days leading up to First Night, with the schedule depending on the weather. Work will continue on the sculptures right through Dec. 31, and they will be lit at night.

Link: Guide to First Night 2011Ice Sculptures

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(credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

Face Painting

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Hall C
1p.m. to 6 p.m.

Imaginations run wild! A small army of face painters will be on hand at the FedEx Family Festival, to transform little faces into works of art. Don’t be surprised to see butterflies, tigers, flowers and more.

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Ellis Paul (photo credit: First Night Boston)

The Music of Ellis Paul

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Auditorium
3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting, emerging from the Boston folk scene. He has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks.

For this concert, Ellis will perform songs from his award winning children’s album, The Dragonfly Races. The songs from this album are written in true to form Ellis Paul style of compelling lyrics and witty story telling. Ellis and his music are a FedEx Family Festival favorite.

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Maximum Velocity (credit: Maximum Velocity via Facebook)

Maximum Velocity

FedEx Family Festival
Hynes Convention Center, Hall D
1:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

This professional stunt team founded in 1995 and always a First Night favorite, features the hottest riders and skaters performing X–ups and 360’s over ramps, and undertakers and pelironis on flatland. Sound dizzying? It is! MV combines the thrills of freestyle bicycle stunts with the daredevil antics of the emerging extremists of in-line skating. They perform all over the country, at festivals, fairs, half-time shows and monster truck rallies.

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First Night Boston Grand Procession (credit: First Night Boston/Paul Robicheau)

The Grand Procession

Boylston Street
5:30 p.m.

The Grand Procession has been the heart of the First Night celebration since the beginning in 1976. Over the Horizon, First Night’s 36th anniversary Grand Procession, will be led by different pieces from the Back Alley Puppet Theatre and Puppeteers Cooperative, whose founders have participated in all 36 First Nights in Boston.

Participants include Boston City Band; Caribbean Bandleaders; Codman Academy; Common Art; Curley K-8 Elementary School; The Cycling Murrays; Dinoman!; Franklin Field, Franklin Hill Dorchester “Healthy Boston”; Geometric Progression; The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association; Grooversity; Hawthorne Youth and Community Center; Hurley K-8 Elementary School; The Hot Tamales; Joseph P. Manning Elementary School; Middlesex County 4–H Fife and Drum Corps; Nazarro Community Center; New Liberty Jazz Band; New Magnolia Jazz Band; Old Town Trolley Tours; OPENAIR Circus; Panorama Magazine; Peg Preble/Gould Microcars; Roberto Clemente 21 Dancers; The Puppeteer’s Cooperative and the Back Alley Puppet Theatre; Renaissance Charter School; Samba Tremeterra; Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band; Simply Circus; Spontaneous Celebrations; Thomas J. Kenny School Marching Band; and Tony Barrie Marching Band.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hynes Convention Center, proceeds down Boylston, turning left on Charles, and ending at Charles and Beacon Streets.

Information furnished by our partners at First Night Boston.

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  • Helen

    What happened to the early fireworks on the Common after the grand procession? That was always the best part of the night.

  • Gail

    What happened to the 7:00pm Family Fireworks on the Common? That was a highlight for the young children.

  • Darren R. MacCaughey

    Someone tweeted that the company doing the early fireworks did not want to be identified for some reason but that is all I have heard to date…

  • Carrie

    Is the Fedex Family event free or do you need one of those buttons

  • James

    You do need the button for a lot of the festivities including the Fedex Familty events at the Hynes Convention Center. I am hopeing that the 7:00pm fireworks are still going to happen this year.

  • Tim

    FYI…. Family fireworks are not put on by “First Night”, so they are not in the program! They are put on by a different organization, which is great. Not very nice that they can’t put one brochure together so that we have one list of events, no matter who it’s put on by.
    Family fireworks are at 6:45pm shot off from the ball field.
    617 719-0310 is the phone number for the organization putting on the family fireworks.

  • Michelle Tarver
    For the second consecutive year, NECN will bring the Boston Family Fireworks celebration to nearly 4 million New England homes with its one-hour New Year’s Eve Live special featuring a 12-minute fireworks display at a family friendly time. NECN’s special coverage, hosted by The Only News at 9 anchor Latoyia Edwards and morning anchor Erick Weber, begins live from the Boston Common at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

  • grandma

    thanks for the info on the fireworks is there any other kids events that you don;t need a button?

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