Greenway Play: DIY Giant Bubbles

30, Apr, 2020

Written by PhuongDuy Tran, Senior Programs Coordinator

The Greenway Conservancy provides a way for families to enjoy life in the city by providing outdoor space on The Greenway for passive outdoor enjoyment and free and low-cost family-friendly recreational activities. 

Our regular youth play programming on The Greenway has included weekly sessions in Chinatown on Thursday evenings and a SaturPLAY series in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation’s A-VOYCE program. Additionally, the Conservancy works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and other youth organizations in hosting Youth Adventure Days in the park. 

During Greenway Play, one of our favorite activities is making, playing with, and popping giant bubbles. There is something about those massive, lazy, rainbow-hued bubbles that bring out the child in all of us! We limit our soap bubble use to our hardscapes on The Greenway, as the solution can damage our organically maintained lawns

As we change the way we play and learn at home, we invite you to #BringTheGreenwayHome with this recipe to make your own giant bubbles! 


  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dish soap (we’ve found that Dawn works very well for bubbles) 


  1. In a large bowl (or small bucket) mix together warm water and sugar until fully dissolved. 
  2. Mix in the dish soap to the solution until everything is combined.
  3. While you can use these bubbles right away, they will work better after letting the solution sit for a few hours or even overnight if you have the time to plan ahead.
  4. You can blow bubbles from practically any enclosed shape; try experimenting by using and making objects into bubble wands around the house! Some materials you could use are straws, pipe cleaners, and paper towel rolls.
  5. Show off your work by posting your bubbles online and tagging The Greenway and #BringTheGreenwayHome!