Kids Menu: From Milton Hill to Boston Harbor, fun awaits just outside our borders

This week at the Kids’ Menu, we’re venturing outside the neighborhood to check out what our neighbors have to offer. Whether you’re craving a boat ride on our picturesque Boston Harbor, or you’re wondering what’s inside that lovely mansion perched atop Milton Hill, these are open invitations to keep you and your families enriched all summer long.

Forbes House Museum Offers a Children’s Story Walk – The Forbes House Museum, located at 215 Adams St. in Milton, has installed a Story Walk for the book “Cabin Boy,” by Phyllis Forbes Kerr.

At the Forbes House, you’re invited to explore the grounds and read about the adventures of Robert Bennet Forbes when he was a young boy of 13 making his first trip to China. The “Cabin Boy” Story Walk will be up throughout the summer and is available from dawn to dusk, when the grounds are always open to the public. On select days, go inside the museum for a staff “Show and Tell.” You’ll be able to ask questions and get up close to genuine artifacts from those long-ago trips to China.

“Cabin Boy” Show and Tell is a free drop-in program that runs every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m., and every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 24. For more information call 617–696–1815 or visit

SAVE THE HARBOR’S FREE “SHARE THE HARBOR” TOURS – Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is hosting a boatload of free events this summer, including harbor island excursions on Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II. All are welcome aboard to enjoy a ride to Georges or Spectacle Islands. These free “Share the Harbor” cruises, which are open to the public, depart on Mondays at 10 a.m. from the dock at the World Trade Center in Boston’s Seaport. You can make a reservation at

Thurs., Aug 2, 7:30 p.m. – City-sponsored movie night at Town Field: “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.” Show begins at dusk (approximately 7:45 p.m.) and is sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Northeastern University in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment and HOT 96.9. Free popcorn will be provided by AMC Loews Theatres.

Fri., Aug. 3 — Friday Ashmont Farmers Market at Peabody Square. Market vendors will accept cash, credit and debit cards, and SNAP/EBT, HIP. Some vendors also accept WIC and SFMNP Coupons. * Live Music or visual arts with Dot Art at every market, plus lawn and table games for fun while you linger. * Summer Eats Program: We are excited to be serving free, healthy meals to Kids and Teens every Friday through the end of summer (8/31) from 4 p.m. to 5:30pm at the Market. We’re also excited to be working with the Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread to help ensure every child has access to the food they need to succeed this summer!

Sat., Aug 4 at 11 a.m. — Tenean Beach Day hosted by Port Norfolk Civic Association and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay starts at 11 a.m. with family fun, BBQ and more. Free.

Tues., Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. — BCYF Girls’ Night Lip Sync Battle, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Perkins Community Center. Learn more and sign up at

Wed., Aug 8, at 7:30 p.m. — City-sponsored movie night at Ronan Park with “The LEGO Ninjago Movie.” 

Thurs., Aug. 9 — Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park— Aug. 9 & Aug. 16. This event includes free concerts and films. Morning events will include dancing and drumming for kids and their families. Evening events will include various genres of music and talent acts. The events will take place at 1 Circuit Drive in Dorchester. For more information call 617-442-4141 or visit

Sat., Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. — Dorchester Kids Ballet Open House. Join José Mateo Ballet Theatre for an afternoon of free trial ballet classes for young dancers ages 3 to 9 at our Dorchester Studio at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Uphams Corner. Families at the Open House will be eligible for special discounts on tuition if they choose to enroll in the 2018-19 Young Dancers Program and our friends from Teddy’s Shoes will be on hand to do ballet slipper fittings and selling ballet apparel. Financial Aid application assistance will also be available. Call us at 617-354-7467 or email

Sat., Aug 25 — Dorchester Beach Festival at Malibu and Savin Hill beaches, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kids Event from 3-6 with field games, face painting, giant bubble demo, circus acts, DotArt leads arts + crafts, NE Aquarium, Save the Harbor Save the Bay seaside walks and more. Live music from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with more games and food trucks.