Downtown Playdates

Looking for a good weekend outing? Bring the family downtown! We're proud to partner with some fabulous neighboring organizations on a series of Downtown Playdates. Come on down for some fun, family-friendly activities each Saturday from July 22nd through September 16. For specifics offerings from our partners, read on! All activities are free-of-charge unless otherwise noted. 

The Greenway
presenting partner

The Greenway parks offer a variety of activities to do with your family and are the perfect pathway on your journey to and from our partner sites. Join us for a break, a bite, a spin, and a splash!

Every Saturday
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove is open every Saturday from 11am-9pm all summer long. ($3/ride)

The Z - Boston Zipline is open every Saturday from 11am-9pm all summer long. ($8/ride)

Our seven water features are perfect for cooling off on those hot days. 

Select Saturdays
Downtown Playdates Kick-Off July 22
Join us at The Greenway Carousel to kick off the Downtown Playdates series! We'll have games, our unique play equipment and a puppet making workshop!

Downtown Playdates End of Summer Jam September 16 
Summer winds down and we'll be celebrating a great season. Stay tuned for more information and park location. 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace 
presenting partner

South Market Street, Boston, MA, 02109

Every Saturday
Rosalita's Puppets will charm kids and adults with new productions each week. Find the show at 10:30am on South Market Street (outside Wagamama). Rosalita's Puppets will move inside to the Rotunda in case of rain.

Chess lessons teach important ideas and themes to players of all skill levels. Find a chess instructor at 3pm on South Market Street (outside Uniqlo).

Ping pong, pool, and board games are free-to-borrow from 10am - 7pm daily. Find the Games Cart on North Market Street (outside Dick's Last Resort). 

Art supplies, including crayons and paper for the smallest visitors, are free-to-borrow from 10am - 7pm daily. Find our Art Cart on South Market Street (outside Cheers). 

In case of rain, chess lessons, games and art supplies do not occur. 

Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210

There is plenty to do at the beloved Boston Children's Museum. Located a 4 minute walk from The Greenway's Fort Point Channel parks, the museum offers fun for kids of all ages.

Downtown Playdate offerings included in museum admission:
Every Saturday
KidStage performances: 12:30om, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Select Saturdays
Be Well Series- Sun Safety July 22, 11:00am-4:00pm
The summer is here, let's play outside! But also be mindful about sun-safety. Enjoy outdoor games, learn about the effect of UV rays, and ask questions about how to be safe in the sun in order to be prepared for all the outdoor summertime fun!

Guided Kyo-No-Mchiya Tours July 29
Guided Visits of Kyo-no-Machiya - 15 minutes Tours of An Authentic Historic House from Kyoto, Japan! The Japanese House exhibit, also called Kyo no Machiya, at Boston Children’s Museum is a well-preserved machiya, a traditional urban house from Kyoto, Japan. Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the Boston Children's Museum calendar for the specific hours on the day of your visit. 

Zumba Kids August 5, September 2
Kids and adults join in a short family friendly zumba class! Zumba is a dance fitness program that incorporates dance, exercise and fitness from many styles including cumbia, salsa, merengue, reggaeton and tango. 

Kitchen Science August 12, 11:30am-1:30pm
What do milk, salt, food coloring and straws have in common? They're all kept in the kitchen and they're all great for doing science experiments! Join in to mix, build, predict and experiment.

Critter Days August 19, September 16
Do you love animals? Boston Children's Museum is home to a small collection of live animals that are on display everyday, helping children and adults learn about the natural world.

Be Well Series- Eye Care August 26, 11:00am-4:00pm
Learn about how eyes work and how you can take a good care of them! 

Boston Harbor Now

Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Schedule  & Location Information

Every Saturday (ferry fees apply)
Storming the Fort! on Georges Island (11:15 - 12PM) Join an interactive tour of Fort Warren especially for kids!

Beach and Below on Georges Island (11:15AM - 1:15PM) Learn what lies beneath the waves with the New England Aquarium.

Civil War Dress-Up on Georges Island (12PM - 2PM) Try on children’s clothes in the style of the 1860’s.

Legend of the Lady in Black on Georges Island (2:15PM - 2:30 PM) Meet at the “Dark Arch” and hear the tale of Fort Warren’s famous ghost.

Island Detectives on Spectacle Island (10AM - 10:45AM) Join this fun and interactive tour just for kids!

Go Fly A Kite on Spectacle Island (11:30AM - 1PM) Make a kite and fly it from the harbor’s highest point! Materials provided.

ArtCart on Spectacle Island (1:30PM - 3:30PM) Visit the ArtCart to borrow drawing and watercolor supplies and get creative outside!

Under The Sea on Peddocks Island (1:30PM) Join a ranger and learn about the creatures that live below the tide line.

Build A Fort on Peddocks Island (1:30PM) Peddocks is home to historic Fort Andrews! Have fun building your own fort with our giant blocks.

Select Saturdays
Playdates! on Georges Island August 12, August 26
Family friendly live music concert in the Parade Ground of Georges Island with family games and more! (August 26: Toe Jam Puppet Band)

BSA Space

290 Congress St., Boston, MA, 02210

Every Saturday
11:00am-4:00pm
Drop in to BSA Space for a LEGO Challenge series using their extensive collection of LEGO Bricks. Each week participants will be presented with a different design challenge, for example: creating the tallest tower, re-imagining a Boston neighborhood, designing a product that solves a challenge you face every day, or brainstorming ways to make buildings resilient to sea level rise. Brainstorm with the gallery team to envision the future using your favorite design tool.

Christopher Columbus Park

Near the corner of Mercantile Street & Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02110

Every Saturday
Come and play in the playground, which includes slides, climbing structures and a sprinkler area to cool off. 

Select Saturdays
Lawn Games on the West Lawn (Corn hole, croquet, and more!) 12pm to 4pm.
July 22, 29, August, 5, 12, 19, 26

THE KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market

100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02108

Select Saturdays
Kids in The KITCHEN July 22 & 29, August 12 & 26, September 9 ($9/members, $15/non-members)
Join the fun in The KITCHEN for a series of cooking classes for kids ages 6-12 to learn about local food and the journey it makes from the farm to the table. In these hands-on classes, kids explore and taste the seasonal bounty of the region through the local vendors of the Boston Public Market.

Classes are deliberately small (max 15 kids) so please register in advance to guarantee your spot HERE

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