New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110-3309
We’re not talking about the latest PG-13 Hollywood flick. We’re talking sea creatures or space ships on a gigantic, 3D dome screen. That is the thrill that is an IMAX 3D movie at the Aquarium. Their educational films are just under an hour long, and have awe-inspiring visuals. Kids get a special movie experience, and parents win with a little learning and prices lower than a regular movie. Kids $8, parents $10.
Shop like a grown up, but at discount prices in Downtown Crossing. Your tween can bring their own money and stretch their dollar while looking for their favorite fashions. Be sure to hit H&M for trendy clothes, So Good or Claire’s for accessories, and DSW for the latest shoe and boot styles.
Fenway Park Tour
You can get inside Fenway Park without the cost of a Red Sox ticket. A tour guide versed in all things Fenway and Red Sox will lead you on a 50-minute walking tour of Boston’s historic ballpark. Tours run 9-4 p.m. on the hour. Game days they end 3 and-a-half hours before game time. Kids $10, adults $12.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
How about infusing some classical music into your tween’s repertoire? At a BYSO concert they can watch peers their own age, who are already accomplished musicians. Tickets range from $10 to $30, depending on the performance and venue.
21 David G. Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02114
Kids can take sailing, windsurfing or kayaking lessons on the Esplanade starting at age 10. Thousands of kids take part every summer. The minimum payment is a$1 registration fee, though Community Boating requests donations of up to $100 per child.
Indoor Rock Climbing
69 Norman Street
There are a couple ways for kids to take part at MetoRock Indoor Climbing. An after-school programs caters skills to specific ages. Their 12-week program costs $350 and includes a membership so they can get some extra practice. They also offer semi-private lessons for kids while parents do their own climbing. The lessons cost $25/first hour and $20/additional hours.