Pure Wander is a resource for all types of family adventures. The website is the ultimate guide to traveling with kids, planning a staycation or simply planning a day out and about with the family in tow. Pure Wander aims to be realistic and helpful and is much more detailed than typical “cookie cutter” travel guides. Pure Wander encourages children and parents alike to get out and explore the world. So don’t let a little snow slow down your adventurous spirit! Get out and about on the next Boston snow day with these family-friendly day trip tips.
Ride the T Whenever Possible
Going on the subway may seem like the last way an adult would want to travel. But for a child, it’s an entirely new and thrilling experience. Most young kids have only seen trains on television and in books; they may not understand what one looks like up close. Riding the T for the first (or fifth) time is likely to be one of your child’s favorite parts of the trip. Especially for young children that love “The Little Engine that Could” and “Thomas the Tank Engine,” a ride on the MBTA is about more than just getting from place to place.
Don’t Look for “Kid-Friendly” Dining Options
When you’re at home, you likely spend a good amount of your dining out time at “family-friendly” locales to accommodate the little people. Boston has so many wonderful places to eat, and there’s no reason to miss out just because you are traveling with kids. Hit the North End for some exceptional Italian cuisine and meatballs the size of your fist. Many also have children’s menus which is always a great backup plan. Trying restaurants a little out of the box is always a good way to introduce your kiddos to something new.
Go to the Prudential Center
Boston is beautiful from above, and that wonder you feel when looking at it from the top of the Prudential Tower isn’t lost on kids. After you’ve had your fun trying to point out local landmarks from your viewpoint in the sky, head to the Top of the Hub restaurant for some cookies that are out of this world – and maybe a cocktail for mom and dad!
Check Out the Library
Boston is home to the first large municipal library in the United States. The central location in Copley Square is truly a wonder. Children can take a library tour and learn about the building’s rich history, visit the map center or simply curl up with a good book.
Get Active at the Frog Pond
During the winter months, this public pond is turned into a skating rink for locals and tourists to enjoy in the heart of Boston Common. Glide across the ice while you marvel at the buildings around you. Skating lessons and snacks are available.
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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.