Free Activities (Yes, really FREE!) Around Boston

Written by Sara Nechasek

Does it feel like every time you bring your family out for fun activities you spend a ton of money?  Here are some budget-friendly ideas including museums, crafts and play groups.  I’ve included a few of my family’s favorites along with a few that are on my “to do” list.
·       Building Workshops at Home Depot and Lowes:  Both Home Depot and Lowes offer free monthly project workshops for kids at all the locations.  These are great opportunities for kids to learn how to pound a nail or glue some wood.  A few weekends ago we made a bird feeder at Home Depot with my son.  He’s had a blast watching the bird visit the feeder since we hung it in the yard.  Both stores provide a full kit with instructions, the necessary tools, and an apron and safety glasses for your child to complete the project.   Check out the store websites for the schedule and a list of what kit will be offered.  It’s best to register ahead of time: Lowes and Home Depot

·       DeCordovaMuseum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA:   A short drive from Needham, the DeCordova museum has a large outdoor sculpture park in addition to inside museum space.  On a nice day, you can pack a picnic and have the kids run around the sculptures or hit the exhibits inside on a rainy day.  There are tips for parents bringing kids on the website.    Admission is free for everyone the first Wednesday of the month.

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