Wicked Good Guides / Boston for Visitors / Kids

Museums

The Museum of Science
Lots of exhibits, many interactive, plus a planetarium and an IMAX theater. Take the Green Line to Science Park.

New England Aquarium
Features a giant walk-around salt-water tank and numerous other exhibits and smaller tanks (along with some really cute penguins and its own IMAX theater). In the summer, offers whale-watch tours. Take the Blue Line to Aquarium.

The Children's Museum
Exhibits include a replica of a Japanese house, a mercado (kids love "shopping" and running the checkout counter), giant bubbles to blow, three-story human hamster tubes and more. Has a special area just for toddlers. Red Line to South Station - the museum is three blocks away.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
Features lots of stuffed animals and giant glass reproductions of bugs. Lots of bugs. Many with giant stingers (they're right next to what might be the world's largest collection of glass replicas of diseased and fungus-encrusted fruits). Note: This museum is also home to the world-famous glass flowers, which will bore your kids to tears. 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Take the Red Line subway to Harvard Square.

When done, stroll over to Harvard Square for people watching and a visit to the Curious George bookstore.

JFK Library and Museum
Has a Saturday morning children's hour for kids ages six to eight, featuring everything from storytellers and puppeteers to musicians. Take I-93 south to Exit 14 or the Red Line subway to JFK/UMass - then hop aboard the free shuttle bus.

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