Family Multi-Generational Vacation in Boston
If you are thinking of traveling to Boston for a family vacation or a family reunion vacation, we just did a nice staycation. The Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge is a wonderfully child-friendly hotel that I’d recommend for being conveniently located and not astronomically expensive. There are lots of museums for kids: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, and New England Aquarium. Of these three, the Museum of Science is large enough to handle crowds so plan on that for the weekend when museums are the most crowded.
Bonus feature is that you can take Boston Duck Tour from the Museum of Science as well. For the other two museums, I’d recommend going later in the afternoon when the little ones leave for their nap. You only need a few hours anyway.
We did the Boston Pops Holiday Concert and Blue Man group for the first time. My kids gave them both the thumbs up! They are especially great for multi-generations. We saw lots of grandparents with grandkids and extended families at both shows.
Boston Pops Holiday Kids Concert
Symphony Hall near Fenway and Back Bay Boston is so beautiful and has amazing acoustics. Apparently acoustics is as much as art as a science.
I didn’t realize that “orchestra seats” are the entire first floor for the Boston Pops Kids’ Concerts. All these seats serve food. We saw plenty of babies and toddlers too so feel free to bring kids of all ages. Crying babies not a problem!
My girls play flute so I had to get a shot of the flutist warming up.
The harpist had a solo for the Nutcracker piece.
Orchestra seats come with crayons and coloring sheets for kids and a menu to order food and drink. 10:30 am was a little early for us to have a drink but that didn’t stop our neighbors! Beer and wine at all concerts!
We ordered food but next time we will get chips and dip and just drinks. The concert ends at 12:30 so you will have a better dining experience by eating elsewhere. The kids enjoyed hot chocolate and hot cider!
If you are coming to Boston when the Holiday Pops are not playing, there are also great children’s concerts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well. They are great fun for kids and only an hour long!
Blue Man Group
My kids were very excited for Blue Man group in Boston’s Theater District near Chinatown. We are Dim Sum first at China Pearl and then headed over. Our seats were 2nd row “poncho” seats. Wasn’t sure how messy that would be …
No photos or video allowed in the theatre. I don’t want to ruin the surprise so let me just say: percussion, animation, streamers, comedy, banana squirting, and performance art. Yes, this is performance at at its most entertaining!
Someone we all got included in the show. My husband and PickyKidPix got squired with mushy banana. GrasshopperandSensei received a flower by one of the Blue Men. My youngest was singled out to sing the national anthem (a little joke). Luckily his seat was empty when the spotlight found it. He was in my lap.
As for me, I was in their digital streaming word sign “comedic warm up.” Apparently, I had a headache!
Please come to Boston!