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By Scott Roberto / January 28, 12:00 AM
10 Top Family-Friendly Spots

School vacation week and beyond, Boston is the perfect place to share special moments with your little ones



An adult playground at night, Kings remains at its heart a 10-pin bowling alley, ideal for entertaining your tykes during daylight hours. There’s even air hockey, Skee-Ball, vintage arcade games and a kitchen serving delicious food to help fuel a fun-filled afternoon.

50 Dalton St., 617-266-2695; 60 Seaport Blvd., Suite 225, 617-401-0025; other locations, kings-de.com

Disney On Ice 

February 15–24, treat the kids to Mickey’s Search Party, an ice-skating spectacular featuring beloved characters like Woody and Buzz from the Toy Story series and Mickey Mouse.

TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 800-745-3000, disneyonice.com

New England Aquarium 

Inspire your future marine biologist with the giant coral reef tank, marine mammal center, penguin habitat, shark and ray touch tank, and more at this fun waterfront destination.

Central Wharf, 617-973-5206, neaq.org

Bugs Bunny Film Festival

An annual tradition at Harvard Square’s venerable Brattle Theatre, this tribute to everyone’s favorite animated rabbit screens multiple times a day from February 15–23.

40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837, brattlefilm.org

Legoland Discovery Center Boston

Partake in special, interactive The Lego Movie 2 experiences on weekends—along with the usual array of Lego-themed rides and attractions any day of the week—at this colorful wonderland.

598 Assembly Row, Somerville, 866-228-6439, boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Puppet Showplace Theater 

Enjoy vacation week performances of Little Red and the Gingerbread Man (February 19–21) and Trickster Tales! (February 22–24).

32 Station St., Brookline, 617-731-6400, puppetshowplace.org

Boston Children’s Museum 

This Fort Point facility has been welcoming families to learn and play for generations.

Children’s Wharf, 308 Congress St., 617-426-6500, bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Museum of Science 

Curious minds perpetually flock to this beloved institution, which boasts a planetarium, IMAX theater and butterfly garden.

Science Park, 617-723-2500, mos.org

The Runaway Bunny 

This world premiere stage adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s 1942 children’s book classic comes to Boston’s South End courtesy of the acclaimed Boston Children’s Theatre February 9–23.

Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., 617-933-8600, bostonchildrenstheatre.org

Franklin Park Zoo 

Celebrate Lunar New Year on February 2 as well as special activities during school vacation week, including a 26th birthday party for Little Joe the gorilla on February 18.

1 Franklin Park Rd., Franklin Park, 617-541-LION, zoonewengland.org

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