While many cities offer children’s museums, Boston’s museum is one of the best we’ve visited. It’s been recently renovated, and offers so many things for kids to do. We started going to the Boston Children’s Museum when my daughter was just a toddler and continued visiting for years afterwards. During many of the years, we found it beneficial to have a family membership. Not only do members get in free, there’s also a membership express line during the busy times, along with member-only hours starting at 9am on weekends. Those members-only benefits are great for those with young kids – mine have always woken up early and it’s so nice to have a quiet museum to play in before the crowds show up at 10am.
Review of the Boston Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum of Boston has three floors, so you could really spend the whole day there. If you only have part of a day to visit, definitely check out the map before exploring so you can plot out your time. We usually start at the New Balance Climb – a 3-story climbing structure that is great for active children. It can get crowded, so I generally like the kids to play around there early before it gets busy.
On the first floor, my kids love Kid Power, where they learn how to power things with their own strength, and the Science Playground, which includes bubble play, and marble raceways. The KidsStage offers kid-friendly shows – get the schedule early in the day so you can build the show into your schedule. They are pretty short – only about 15 or 20 minutes.
The second floor is where you’ll find the PlaySpace (a must-visit for families with kids under three), the Arthur and Friends exhibit, and any traveling exhibits. We usually don’t spend much time there now that my kids are older, but when they were little, we spent most of our time on the second floor. Our favorite floor now is the third floor, where my kids really love the Construction Zone. My son has always loved construction vehicles, so he just loves jumping around on everything. We also never miss checking out Boston Black: A City Connects and Japanese House. Both are great for exposing kids to culture.
If you only have a few hours, the Construction Zone, Science Playground, Arthur and Friends, and Kid Power exhibits are our favorites. If you are eating lunch in the area, head to the Au Bon Pain in the museum, the Hood Milk Bottle (lunch and ice cream during the warm months) or any of the nearby delis and restaurants.
The Boston Children’s Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Fridays, when it’s open until 9 p.m.. Admission is $14 per person, but on Fridays, Target sponsors a special family night where admission from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is only $1. Members have access to the museum at 9 a.m. on the weekends.
The Museum is just a short walk from South Station, and both parking garages and on-street parking are available. Nearby hotels include the Seaport Hotel, the InterContinental Boston, and the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210