Boston Area’s Best Zoo And Aquarium Events

July 26, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: New England Aquarium/Facebook)

Did you know the Aquarium hosts family days all year long? Have you ever been to a sleepover at Franklin Park Zoo? These and many other summer activities are spread generously throughout the area. Bring along a picnic at the Tadpole playground or join the picture taking with other fun-loving families at the IMAX theater. Boston knows how to enjoy the summer. Pass the word!
Blue Discoveries Family Day


Blue Discoveries Family Day
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 973-5200

Schedule your family day with other families visiting the New England Aquarium by attending the Blue Discovery Series. This summer’s activities including art, story time and the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank for hands-on animal introductions. NEAQ adds the Boston Harbor’s Exploration and a Sensational Seafood to the agenda this summer, complete with a picnic. All of those who participate may have pictures taken with their own personal family message of how to save the planet, which will then be publicized on the website. Get involved, meet new families and learn something unforgettable this summer.

Franklin Park Zoo
Snorin’ Roarin’ Sleepovers
Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121
(617) 541-5466

A Snorin’ Roarin’ Sleepover is more like a mini-camping trip, with light evening snack, breakfast and a full day pass. This venue is jam packed with adventure. Special animal encounters, games, story telling and a massive behind-the-scenes tour are able to be scheduled at your family or group’s convenience. Just pick a date and give Franklin Park Zoo a call. Keep it a secret from the kids, pack up the sleeping bags and pajamas and head to one of the most exotic places in Boston.

Stone Zoo kidcast
Amazing Animal Adventures Summer Camp
Stone Zoo
149 Pond St.
Stoneham, MA 02180
(781) 438-5100

Part of the Free Fun Fridays program, Stone Zoo of Stoneham, MA opens the gates for free on Fridays through the month of August. Birds of Prey are back, performing acrobatic feats of daring and beauty overhead. Novelty foods and activities to excite the senses abound while kids fully discover the elements of nature with animals and their habitats. Get a jump start on the Tropical Forest, an Outback Trail or an African Savannah. Camp Fire USA has been offering this camp for more than 17 years.

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(Photo Credit: Highland St Foundation)

(Photo Credit: Highland St Foundation)

Free Fun Fridays

TADpole Playground at Frog Pond
84 Beacon St.
Boston MA 02108
(617) 969-8900

Over 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts have come on board the Free Fun Fridays summer program. TADpole Playground skirts along Boston’s Frog Pond at the Common. The TADpole Playground site is a massive adventure for children of all ages. This summer is especially focused towards kids with ice cream socials, lemonade stands, a splash and play area and children’s music. While taking a tour of the city, stop by this newly renovated playground, but be prepared to never want to leave.

Simons IMAX Theatre 3D Summer Series
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 973-5206

It’s 3D, it’s air conditioned and it has sharks. Three significant 3D movies are part of a summer series of water adventures showing at the IMAX Theater building associated with the New England Aquarium. “Under the Sea 3D” will transport its audience underwater beneath exotic places around the world, as if seeing creatures and reefs first hand. “Great White Shark 3D,” “Penguins 3D” and “The Last Reef 3D” are all vibrantly colored and breathtaking adventures that awaken the wonder and awe of the underwater world.

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