When visiting a city with the kids, it is important to have at least one family-fun idea tucked into your back pocket and especially important that this idea can be enjoyed in any type of weather.  If you are looking for the best things to do in Boston with kids, the Museum of Science is really your golden ticket. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers, this rare combination of hands-on fun and education make this destination a perfect choice for any family who is planning a visit to Boston.

HOW MUCH (TIME)

This is one place where a family could easily spend the entire day. With over 500 interactive objects, not to mention live presentations, exhibits, IMAX films, 3-D films and Planetarium shows, this is definitely an activity goldmine for any family. There are so many different things to see and do, and an array of activities and presentations that are geared for different age groups, that it will be easy to find something for everyone.

Some of my family’s favorite activities included laying on the bed of nails, watching the Lightning! presentation, viewing the New England Habit exhibit area and checking out the 65-million-year-old Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff.  I would allocate at least 3 to 4 hours to wander through this 3-story museum and even more if you plan to catch a show, shop in the museum gift store or grab a bite to eat (or just a cup full of Dippin’ Dots) at the museums River Cafe.

HOW MUCH (MONEY)

Like most of the bigger museums around the country, admission can get a bit pricey when considering a family of four or more. Currently prices are free for those under 3, $19 for kids ages 3 to 11 and $22 for everyone 12 and over (unless, of course, you qualify for a senior discount). But, luckily for those who already hold local memberships, The Museum of Science participates in two reciprocal admission programs that offer free or discounted admission from participating science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums to those who show a valid card. The planetarium, special exhibits and 3-D or IMAX films all come with an additional charge, however, and range anywhere from $5 to $10 per person.

Insider Tip: If you have friends or family in Boston, the Boston Public Library has a limited number of discount tickets available for the museum per day that they may be able to pick up for you.

HOW MUCH (FUN)

The Museum of Science in Boston is an educational amusement that I highly recommend. So, if you and your gang are visiting the area and are looking for a thought provoking day of entertainment, or if  you just need a great escape from the outdoor elements, this museum offers an excellent fun-filled, full-day adventure that the entire family will enjoy.

This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.

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