Boston Moms Getting-Out Guide — things to do with kids in Boston in April

Spring has officially sprung! The days are longer, the leaves are green, and Boston is blooming with fun activities for the whole family! Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite things to do with kids in Boston this April!

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April 1-7

Boston Duck Tours

March 29-October 29 :: Boston

The Duck Boats are back for the season! Come join your conDUCKtor for a fabulous amphibious tour around Boston!

South Asian Showdown Bollywood/Fusion Dance Competition

April 6 :: Boston

Bollywood/Hindi-film dance is based on the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme, and storyline. In this competition, the best fusion and Bollywood/Hindi-film teams compete against one another to be named the best of the night!

Patriot’s Day Reenactments

April 6-19 :: Concord

Patriot’s Day is a great time to soak up Boston history with kids in tow! Enjoy many days’ worth of events and activities in honor of Patriot’s Day along Battle Road and the old North Bridge as British and Colonial reenactors bring “the shot heard round the world” to life.

Ice Chips 2024: A Hollywood Adventure

April 6 & 7 :: Norwood

This event will feature newly crowned U.S. champion Amber Glenn and two-time Olympian and U.S. silver medalist Jason Brown alongside a cast of local, national, and international competitors as they perform exciting solo performances and family-friendly, group, theatrical numbers. Celebrating the magic of Hollywood, the event will feature music spanning epic blockbusters to timeless classics and reimagine the splendor of Hollywood through the decades — all on ice!

Crane Explorer: Shipwreck Scholars

April 6 :: Ipswich

Coastal views with a side of shipwreck! Participants will be guided on a hike from the Casino to Steep Hill Beach while learning about local nautical history. You’ll even have the chance to make observations and measurements of the shipwreck!

Greater Boston Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

April 7 :: Dedham

Meet hockey legend Jari Kurri, umpire Joe West, Mitch Moreland, and NFL champ Marv Fleming as you explore more than 85 vendor tables for old and new sports cards, autographs, Pokemon cards, and more!

28th Annual Greek Independence Day Parade of Boston

April 7 :: Boston

The parade will start at Boylston and Exeter Streets and finish at Boylston and Charles Streets. Following the parade, the New England Evzones and local Greek dance troupes will perform dances from all over Greece, and authentic Greek food will be provided by Greek street trucks and vendors.

April 8-14

Free Admission Day :: Solar Eclipse Celebration!

April 8 :: Worcester
 
A total solar eclipse is arcing across the country, and we’re near its path! Come celebrate the closest approach to totality until 2079 on Sundial Plaza with a chair, a blanket, or even a whole picnic as you watch the moon cover the sun. Explore extrasolar planets, build your own solar system, or head inside to the planetarium and investigate eclipses from beyond the atmosphere. Stop by for an afternoon at the EcoTarium that will be out of this world!

[Not Quite] Total Eclipse of the Park

April 8 :: Boston

Venture to Spectacle Island for an afternoon of solar eclipse viewing from Boston Harbor! Featuring unobstructed views of Boston and its surroundings, Spectacle Island will offer a unique opportunity to experience the 2024 partial solar eclipse.

Preschool Nature Detectives

April 11 :: Cambridge

Tiny friends are invited to discover the hidden natural wonders of Magazine Beach Park. Explore using different senses to observe the wildlife and plants that call the park home!

Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr.

April 12-14 :: Norwell

A vibrant underwater world comes to life in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure in this fun, musical adaptation of “Finding Nemo”!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s All New Greatest Show on Earth

April 12-14 :: Worcester

Come one, come all! Marvel at the spectacle of superhuman feats, pushing the limits of possibility and thrilling families and fans of all generations! You will feel like you are part of the show as you experience the immersive, 360-degree environment and new technology!

April 15-23

Pollinator Party

April 15 :: Boylston

Learn what plants need to survive, paint a four-inch terracotta pot, plant pollinator friendly seeds, and add a butterfly friend to watch over your garden!

2024 Mayor’s Cup Street Hockey Tournament

April 15-19 :: Boston

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Parks and Rec Department will once again host the this street hockey tournament in partnership with the Boston Bruins Foundation during the April Boston Public Schools vacation week. All games will be played at Joseph Moakley Roller Hockey Rink on Columbia Road in South Boston.

2024 Boston Marathon

April 15 :: Boston

Of all the things to do with kids in Boston, this one is an annual “must!” The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon! The legendary Boston Marathon course follows a point-to-point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston, including the most famous hill in all of running, “Heartbreak Hill,” located in Newton between miles 20 and 21! Not sure where to go to cheer on the runners? Try one of our favorite places to watch the marathon!)

Public Kite Flying Day

April 16 :: Charlestown

Come visit the USS Constitution Museum during April Vacation week to explore the power of the wind and its importance to powering a ship like USS Constitution. The museum will be hosting family-friendly activities and crafts all week long to encourage the exploration of the power of wind, kicking off with a public kite flying day!

Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s!

April 16 :: Various Locations

As a way to thank customers for their support and to celebrate 34 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away! Head to a participating location for a FREE cup or cone of your favorite flavor.

Sesame Street LIVE! Say Hello!

April 19 & 20 :: Boston

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to your neighborhood to say hello! Put on your dancing shoes and make your way to where the air is sweet for this all-new celebration on Sesame Street!

April 24-30

Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival

April 24 :: Cambridge

This annual campus-wide event showcases the expansive creativity and innovation of Harvard students, staff, alums and faculty through performances, art exhibitions, and art-making activities.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

April 25-28 :: Nantucket

The Daffodil Festival on Nantucket includes art shows, tours, parades, exhibitions, contests, lectures, and, of course, the annual flower show!

Dinosaur World LIVE

April 25 :: Worcester

Grab your compass and join an intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs!

Dog Man The Musical

April 27 & 28 :: Boston

Based on the worldwide bestselling hit series by Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious and heartwarming new production following the chronicles of Dog Man, who with the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture.

Annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place

April 27 :: Waltham

Guests will enjoy music, more than 100 craft and fiber artists, demonstrations of traditional sheepshearing and herding dogs, and historic reenactors on the beautiful grounds of Gore Place! Along with the crafts, demonstrations, and other entertainment, the festival will feature hands-on activities for children and adults, and food vendors will be onsite.

Mountain Biking Clinic

April 28 :: Westwood

Whether you’re new to riding or you’ve been shredding for years, develop skills to safely enjoy mountain biking on a variety of trails, through rock gardens, and beyond!

Looking for even more ideas for things to do with kids in Boston this April? Check out our monthly calendar, with event listings submitted by tons of local organizations!

April 19, 2024

6:00 pm Sesame Street Live! Say Hello @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
7:30 pm Burn This @ Boston Center for the Arts

April 20, 2024

10:00 am Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
10:00 am Boston Comics in Color Festival @ Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
4:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
5:00 pm JellyCat Party @ Tiny Hanger
5:00 pm JellyCat Party at Tiny Hanger @ 314 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446) on Saturday, Apr. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.!
7:30 pm Burn This @ Boston Center for the Arts

April 21, 2024

10:00 am Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
10:00 am JellyCat Party @ Tiny Hanger
2:00 pm Burn This @ Boston Center for the Arts
4:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center

April 23, 2024

10:00 am Puppet Playtime with Harry LaCoste & Puppet Pals @ Puppet Showplace Theater
4:00 pm Free Fencing Class for kids 7-12 @ Olympia Fencing Center
5:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center

April 26, 2024

7:30 pm Burn This @ Boston Center for the Arts

April 27, 2024

Dog Man: The Musical @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
The Boston Outdoor Expo @ The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
10:00 am Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
11:00 am Dog Man: The Musical @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
12:00 pm Alice in Wonderland @ The Cabot
2:00 pm Dog Man: The Musical @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
4:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
7:00 pm Alice in Wonderland @ The Cabot
7:30 pm Burn This @ Boston Center for the Arts

April 28, 2024

10:00 am Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
10:00 am Boston Walk for Epilepsy @ Fenway Park
12:00 pm Alice in Wonderland @ The Cabot
4:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center

April 30, 2024

10:00 am Puppet Playtime with Harry LaCoste & Puppet Pals @ Puppet Showplace Theater
11:30 am Dance Me A Story @ Needham Library! @ Needham Free Public Library
4:00 pm Free Fencing Class for kids 7-12 @ Olympia Fencing Center
5:00 pm Discover the Olympic Sport of Fencing! @ Olympia Fencing Center
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