(Image Courtesy: Head of the Charles/Carlos Ridruejo)

(Image Courtesy: Head of the Charles/Carlos Ridruejo)

Parent-child activities can include fun, athletic and educational choices offering the opportunity to actively participate or be a spectator. Some activities are indoors, and others can be outdoors in the fresh New England air. There are shows, athletic competitions and so much more from which to choose a parent-child day of fun.
Pumpkins Aglow At Edaville
Edaville Railroad
5 Pine St.
Carver, MA 02330
(508) 866-8190

Dates: October 1-30, 2016 beginning at 6 PM

Edaville Railroad is home to this popular and endless display of carved pumpkins, which are scattered throughout the park. This is a very kid-friendly activity located about 50 minutes south of the city. There are three adventures, including Thomas Land, to explore and 90 rides and attractions to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to visit Pumpkins Aglow in their Halloween costumes, even though it opens on October 1st. There is also a hay bale maze to traverse and hot apple cider and donuts to chow down on.

Head Of The Charles Regatta
1225 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 868-6200

Dates: October 22-23, 2016 from 8 AM to 5 PM

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is an annual, world-renowned rowing race on the Charles River. Spectators, including parent-child groups, can enjoy the spectacular event from many vantage points. The liveliest spot from which to watch the Regatta is the Weld Exhibition, which is located near Harvard University’s Weld Boathouse in Cambridge, the halfway point of the race. This is the official site for Regatta sponsors, some great local food and food samplings as well as official Regatta merchandise. A picnic on the banks of the Charles River while watching the Regatta is a perfect outing for a parent-child day trip.

Go Wild With Jack Hanna
Lynn Memorial Auditorium
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901
(877) 613-0134

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7 PM

The animal kingdom arrives on stage with Jack Hanna, the most famous animal expert in the country, in the Lynn Memorial Auditorium. Hanna takes the audience, parents and children, on a journey around the world as he recounts his incredible adventures with animals during his spectacular 50-year career. Live animals will grace the stage with Hanna at this venue, which is about 10 miles north of the city.

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Octonauts And The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Live!
Orpheum Theater
1 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA  02108

Date: November 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Octonauts And The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Live! is a fun, active show featuring a crew of underwater explorers, including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso. The crew sings fan-favorite songs and will add in a few new tunes during this exciting live show at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Boston. This is an interactive show and fun for children of all ages and their parents.

Chain Reaction
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5927

Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 from 1 PM to 4 PM

The exciting annual Chain Reaction at MIT Museum will take on the theme of symmetry this year. Participants create unique contraptions, and the spectators enjoy the thrill of watching the creations all come together in a huge chain reaction. Prior to the giant chain reaction, there is about 2 1/2 hours of family-friendly, hands-on design and engineering activities for the parent-child groups. Participating teams will also explain their contraptions to artist, inventor and renowned chain reaction creator, Arthur Ganson, and the eager audience. The participants will link their individual chain reaction devices together to create one mega chain reaction at the end of the competition.


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