The 10 Best Educational Activities for Children in Massachusetts!

Who says educational activities can’t be fun? In Massachusetts, children have a wealth of opportunities to learn in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. From discovery museums, to science museums, to aquariums, make plans to enjoy these 10 great educational children’s activities in the Bay State. 

1. Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA

Located on the waterfront, the Boston Children’s Museum often proves as educational to the adults who accompany their children for a day or afternoon of learning fun. Check the website before visiting, as their wide range of exhibits, hands-on activities, programs and collections are subject to change. You can easily spend the better part of a day here.

2. The Discovery Museums, Acton, MA

Located on a 4.5-acre campus, the Discovery Museums are two museums with many interactive exhibits for children. The Science Discovery Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum are packed with hours of educational fun.

3. Ecotarium, Worcester, MA

An indoor and outdoor museum, Ecotarium is filled to the brim with family-friendly science activities and exhibits. Children love the train ride that takes them all around the outside of the museum. This only runs in season, however, so plan accordingly. Check the website for summer camp programs for your children.

4. Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke, MA

Designed to make children culturally aware, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke does so through the use of art. The hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to inspire a love of art and of learning.

5. New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Even though countless adults visit solo, the New England Aquarium is the perfect place to combine learning with fun in Boston. In addition to the main building, which houses countless tanks of fish and other sea creatures, there is an IMAX theater and an outdoor sea lion show.

6. Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Featuring countless interactive exhibits and displays, the Museum of Science is geared toward all ages, but has special sections just for children. From the giant dinosaur on display in the main atrium to the spaceship they can climb in and out of as part of the space exhibit, this is a museum where families can spend the day. Check the website to see what’s playing at the IMAX theater to see if it works for your kids.

7. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, Deerfield, MA

Also not solely for children, it’s clearly an excellent place to allow kids to explorer nature at its best. They truly hey a taste of magic when they stand amidst these beautiful butterflies. 

8. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Watch your kids’ love of history come to life when they walk through a New England village from the 1700 and 1800s. Kids can hold and feed the baby farm animals and try their hand at churning butter or creating handcrafted items for sale in the shops in the village.

9. Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield, MA

Featuring space exhibits and a new future doctor’s exhibit, the Amelia Park Children’s Museum caters to small kids, but packs a mighty punch. Check the website for current field trip signups or consider scheduling a birthday party as an excellent way to combine fun and education.

10. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

Featuring brilliant artwork from the pages of picture books, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is fascinating for kids and adults alike. Kids will recognize some of their storybook favorites, and classes are available for different ages at different times. Check out this museum for an intriguing take on an art museum.

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