Celebrate in the community
One great thing about Boston is that outdoor festivals continue on through the winter. The city of Lowell has made an annual tradition of Lowell Winterfest, and in the past, smaller winter festivals and carnivals have been held in the towns of Dunstable, Groveland, and Lincoln, and at Stony Brook Reservation. Franklin Park also typically hosts a winter volunteer clean up day if you want to teach your kids about community service while enjoying some fresh air.
Hit the ice
Be with the trees
One fun late winter activity to enjoy with kids is maple sugaring; it’s a great way to show kids that syrup comes from somewhere other than a grocery store aisle. Keep an eye out for events hosted by the Somerville Maple Syrup Project and South Shore Natural Science Center, as well as at the Massachusetts Audubon’s Blue Hills, Drumlin Farm, and Ipswich River Sanctuary.
Take a hike
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation typically offers great winter programming. Among other events, keep an eye out for their First Day Hikes (they’ve also hosted First Day Skates), through which they encourage starting the New Year on a fit foot.
Don’t forget about your neighborhood
And don’t forget about fun right in your own neighborhood. Go sledding with your kids, build a snow fort or fleet of snow people, or even make shoveling a fun project with kid-sized shovels (my daughter loves hers!).