Breathe a sigh of relief, reach one of these destinations and sneak in a few moments to put your feet up. It’s Labor Day weekend. If the weather holds, now is the time for cookouts and family gatherings. Boston celebrates with a variety of events your children can enjoy this year.
(credit: DickClarkMises/Wikimedia Commons)

(credit: DickClarkMises/Wikimedia Commons)

Kayaking, Picnics, Camping and Kites
Boston Harbor, Spectacle Island
66 Long Wharf, North
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 241-9640

Date: Aug. 29, 2013

Free Fun Friday events sponsors the Boston Harbor ferry to Spectacle Island this weekend for the last time this season. Take in the beauty and adventure of crossing the harbor, learning to paddle a kayak, camp, picnic and so much more, all free of charge. There is something here for everyone to enjoy whether it’s fishing, hiking, having a cookout or exploring the coastline. With the opportunity to see wildlife and polish off the summer’s tan, take a mini vacation this Labor Day.

(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

Ice Cream & Kids Night on the River
Heritage Farm Ice Cream & Restaurant
136 Pawtucket Blvd.
Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 459-0802

Date: Aug. 29, 2013

Heritage Farm brings music, dance and ice cream to the stage for children of all ages. It’s as simple as karaoke, outdoor concerts on the lawn by the river and tons of cool, sweet ice cream. Watch the children sing and dance off the heat this Labor Day. Free activities and scheduled entertainment will be on the agenda as well. Dig out those old dance costumes, buff up the tiara and head out for ice cream, music and fun along with hula hoop games, balloons and tons of smiles. It is a guaranteed win for the family photo album.

Summer in the City Family Show
Green Rose Heritage Park
238 Broadway St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 349-4380

Date: Aug. 29, 2013

It’s really a back-to-school movie bash, but don’t tell the children quite yet. Cambridge Square Business Association, in cooperation with the Cambridge Arts Council, has made this summer a movie event in different locations across the city. Its last show of the season brings music along with photographer and songwriter Kwesi Kankam. DJs and other talented performers get the children on their feet before and after the family movie. So be prepared for a variety of dancing, singing and a good night’s sleep for the whole family.

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(Photo Credit: Toe Jam Puppet Band)

(Photo Credit: Toe Jam Puppet Band)

Toe Jam Puppet Band Show
Georges Island, Boston Harbor
66 Long Wharf, North
Boston, MA 02110
(978) 869-3068

Date: Aug. 30, 2013

Toe Jam Puppet Band concerts await your family on Georges Island. Enjoy this bug-themed puppet show using music, dancing and puppetry to teach and entertain. Children will learn about about the creatures you’ll find in your yard or garden like ants, bees, spiders, worms and a mouse that lives in Tom’s house. Count the ants dancing in your pants or get a glance of the flies on their ties. A tasty treat from the Swamp Restaurant and off you’ll go on the ferry back to search for bugs at home. This event is especially designed with kids in mind.

Payson Park Music Festival
Payson Park
260 Payson Road
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 489-5252

Date: Aug. 28, 2013

It’s a ’60’s invasion complete with pizza. Think back on all the music of the ’60s, bring a blanket and lay back and relax on your Labor Day weekend. A cooler full of ice for the family is all you’ll need, unless you want to bring along a few feathers or wear a tie-died shirt. Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan will be there in costume. TV trivia, and movie buffs are going to love the activities for adults. Add the pizza and the kids will learn how to be groovy.

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