Yesterday I met up with my good friend, Leah from City Living Boston and Kim from Kimworld (who was behind the scenes) to do a Facebook Live about what to do with the kids over the April school vacation. Well, we had some technical difficulties and the live stream didn’t work out, so we decided to just record a video and talk about all the stuff we had planned on telling you about – and if anyone has any questions feel free to comment here or email one of us. If you missed the video, here it is so you can watch it:
The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
It is a 44,000 square-foot indoor attraction that features more than 3 million LEGO® bricks and is geared toward children aged 3 to 10 (and their families). Sounds pretty awesome, right? There is so much to do there and if your kids love legos, I highly recommend taking your kids there. The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is located at 598 Assembly Row in Somerville. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/if-you-love-legos-you-will-love-the-legoland-discovery-center-boston/
April Vacations Happenings at the Legoland Discovery Center Boston:
LEGO NINJAGO DAYS: April School Vacation weeks (MA: April 16-22 & NH: April 23-29)
Young ninjas from across New England will be transported to the ancient training Dojo where their favorite NINJAGO® ninjas train at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston for LEGO® NINJAGO® Days held during April School Vacation Week, April 16-22, 2018.
Activities will include viewings of the new LEGO® NINJAGO® Master of the 4th Dimension 4D movie which premieres on April 7th, LEGO® NINJAGO® MINILAND takeover and scavenger hunt, LEGO® NINJAGO® themed build in the Master Builder Academy and photo opportunities during the week with LEGO® NINJAGO® ninja Kai.
Toddler Tuesday- Space theme on April 24th
3…2…1…Lift off! The final frontier is ready to be explored and it will be a blast! So bring your space cadet and join us as we celebrate the wonders of the galaxy at our Space Themed Toddler Tuesday on April 24th at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston.
More info: https://boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/whats-inside/events/2018-toddler-tuesdays/
NEW Coffee Shop now serving Starbucks beverages (opened April 6th)
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston completely renovated their Cafe space into a brand new Coffee Shop! The new shop will offer a selection of Starbucks signature coffee and tea beverages and an expanded menu including fresh salads, sandwiches, kid’s meals and assorted snacks.
The new area will include fun LEGO® designs throughout the shop including lights and windows with LEGO® flower-filled boxes. Other features include a cell phone charging station, canopy-covered entry, terrace-like seating, exposed brick detail, tile-lined floors and walls, pendant lighting and both booth and bistro seating.
The Cape Codder Resort
Located in the heart of Cape Cod, The Cape Codder Resort and Spa makes a wonderful spot for a family getaway. The Cape Codder has an indoor water park, a wide variety of room options, several restaurants, a full service spa and more. Everything you need to enjoy your getaway is located all under one roof! The Cape Codder is located at 1225 Iyannough Rd in Hyannis, Read more: https://massholemommy.com/plan-a-fun-family-getaway-at-the-cape-codder-resort-and-spa/
Launch RI just got a major upgrade! It’s not just a trampoline park anymore. Of course they still have trampolines, but now they have a bunch of seriously awesome attractions (a Ninja Warrior Course, Extreme Dodgeball and Laser Tag to name a few). Read more: https://massholemommy.com/family-fun-at-launch-ri/
Edaville Family Amusement Park
Edaville Family Theme Park is tucked away in the middle of cranberry country in Carver, MA. It is a fun family attraction which features amusement rides including a Ferris Wheel, carousel my boys favorite: the bumper cars! Each admission includes a five mile train ride through the cranberry bogs on their property, all the rides, Dino Land and Thomas Land. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/halloween-fun-at-edaville-family-amusement-park/
Located in Sterling, MA, Davis’ Farmland is super fun farm experience for families with children under 12. Davis Farmland has over 100 breeds of animals that can be petted and cuddled with as well as North America’s largest sanctuary of endangered farm animals. They don’t just have animals at Davis Farmland, they have several playgrounds, hay & pony rides and an awesome splash park, too. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/summer-fun-at-davis-farmland/
Get a Day Pass for the Pilgrim Cove Pool at the John Carver Inn
Head down to the John Carver Inn and enjoy a day of swimming at the Pilgrim Cove Pool. The kids will love the Mayflower replica, sliding down the 80 foot water slide and swimming the day away. If you stay at the Inn, the use of the pool is included, but they do have a limited number of day passes for sale daily, which is what we did. We’ve been there a few times, but I don’t have a dedicated article on that, but trust me when I tell you that it makes for a really fun day for the family. The John Carver Inn is located at 25 Summer Street, Plymouth MA. Here’s a photo I had on my phone from the last time we were there:
Heritage Museums & Gardens
More than 100,000 people visit the Heritage Museums & Gardens annually to spend time in the three gallery buildings that house special and permanent exhibitions, peruse the gardens, play in Hidden Hollow and more. There is so much to see and do at the Heritage Museums & Gardens and it is safe to say that is something for everyone there. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/visit-heritage-museums-gardens-formerly-heritage-plantation-sandwich-ma/
Go to the Zoo
There is no shortage of zoos here in Massachusetts. So grab the family, pack a picnic lunch and head to the zoo! Here are all the zoos in Massachusetts:
- Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
- Stone Zoo, Stoneham
- Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro
- Buttonwood Zoo, New Bedford
- Lupa Zoo, Ludlow
- Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon
- Zooquarium, Yarmouth
- Roger Williams Zoo, Providence (ok, this one is in Rhode Island, but not far from those of you on the south shore)
Who doesn’t love an indoor trampoline park? It’s fun for the kids and as an added bonus, they will sleep extra well that night! Score. There is one in Kingston and East Providence, RI. We’ve been to both and they are exactly the same. You can get tickets for hour long blocks of time and Sky Zone never gets old for my kids. Sky Zone Kingston is located inside the Kingston Collection Mall, 101 Kingston Collection Way in Kingston and Sky Zone East Providence is located at 70 Pawtucket Ave in East Providence, RI. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/fun-at-sky-zone-indoor-trampoline-park-in-east-providence/
Go for a Hike
There are lots of great places on the south shore to take the family for a hike. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Borderland State Park in Easton, located at 259 Massapoag Ave in North Easton (there is a fee to park)
2. Myles Standish State Forest, located at 194 Cranberry Rd in Carver (there is a fee to park here, too)
3. Massasoit State Park, located at 1361 Middleboro Ave in East Taunton.
4. The Freetown State Forest, located at 110 Slab Bridge Rd in Assonet.
5. The Sheep Pasture (NRT), located at 307 Main Street in North Easton. (Parking is free, but bring quarters to feed the chickens)
6. World’s End, located at the end of Martin’s Lane in Hingham (fee for parking)
7. The Cliff Walk in Newport. There are a few places you can park along the Cliff Walk, but we usually park in the Easton’s Beach lot on Memorial Drive. It’s free to park there from Labor Day until Memorial Day.
8. Purgatory Chasm. This is probably better suited for older kids (not toddlers), although I have seen little ones there before. They charge to park from May to September, so go now over vacation and parking is free!
Head West to the Pioneer Valley
If you are up for a visit to the Springfield area, Six Flags New England in Agawam is open for spring break.
While you’re there, you can always stop by the The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. It is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history.
Also as we mentioned in the video, you can always go see Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse, too. They have added a bunch of matinee performances for vacation week and they have face painting or a make your own mask activity for kids before the shows that week.
There is so much fun to be had here in New England over spring break. What are your plans for the kids school vacation?