Kids Menu: Staycation options for your April break

We hope everyone has a wonderful April Vacation/Spring Break! Here are some awesome activities close to home to entertain the whole family.

The Irish Cultural Center in Canton is hosting a free Parent/Toddler Morning every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents can kick back with tea or coffee and a snack wile kiddos take part in a different activity every week. This week’s activity is Irish Step Dancing with Liam, who will teach little ones the basics of Irish dance and music. This is such a fun activity for everyone- definitely make the jaunt down Rt 138 to check it out!

On Thursday April 19 at 10:30 a.m., be sure to join Outdoors RX to “Search for Signs of Spring at Ronan Park. Assemble at the flagpole at the Mt Ida Rd entrance. The following day, Friday, the fun moves to Scarborough Pond in Franklin Park for some good old fashioned “ponding”. Meet at Schoolmaster’s Hill Picnic Area right off of Circuit Drive.

Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. — Songs for Children with Morton Hyams at the Fields Corner BPL. Sing along with Morton Hyams as he plays music for young children.

Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. — Bangladeshi Student Association of UMass Boston welcomes you to celebrate Bangla New Year 1425. Enjoy cultural program, and delicious traditional dinner. UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd.

Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. — Calling all Wildlife Explorers to Franklin Park Zoo. Register today for the four-day April school vacation education program! Geared toward kids 7- 11, this exciting program will include a variety of fun activities including animal encounters, arts and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, and games! 617-989-3742

Tuesday, April 17, 8:30am.— Registration opens for all girls sports festival. Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families invite girls from throughout the city to spend their April school vacation at the All Girls Sports Festival in Roxbury. The free four-day event will take place April 17 to April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. 617-61-3093 or

Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m. — Fairy House Building at Franklin Park. Sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, this free family event will include outdoor nature play, storytelling, books from ReadBoston, plant education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, scavenger hunts with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Outdoors Rx program, a visit from New England Aquarium, and face painting.

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m.— Gardner Museum Tour for parents. The tour is about 45 minutes, geared towards adults, and welcomes hungry babies, crying babies, sleeping babies, and parents on maternity/ paternity leave, stay-at-home moms and dads, and any other caretakers. Advance registration is highly recommended. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Sunday, April 29 at noon — 3rd Annual Hike 4 Autism event at Franklin Park, Cross Country Course in Boston, MA. This event will provide families affected by autism with community resources, food and entertainment as well as a memorable outdoor experience.
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