Battling Winter Boredom : Things to Do & Places to Go

As winter descends upon us with colder temperatures, windy weather, and early darkness, we can’t rely on a trip to the playground to break up a monotonous morning or wear the kids out at the end of the day. So here are a few indoor options to keep us all from going stir crazy this winter.

Upcoming ParentTalk Events, Classes & Playdates:

Playdates at the Playspace! 10:30-12:30 December 7, 16, 21, 30  January 4, 13, 18
Craft Decorating at Architrave 10-11am December 9
Gymboree Play & Music Playdate 4-5pm December 14
Kidville Free Trial 3:30-4:45pm January 12

Indoor Playspaces & Playgrounds:

Drop in:
ParentTalk Playspace – Dover (don’t forget about this one! As a member of ParentTalk you have access to our playspace, and can even rent it out for birthday parties!)
Inside Playground – Watertown
Kids Fun Stop – Dedham (ParentTalk members get $2 off child’s admission)
Children’s World – Canton
Imagine Playspace – Cambridge
Jam Time – Natick
Mini Athletes open gym – Norwood (10% off session costs for ParentTalk members)
Kidville – Wellesley (try a free class; check our retail discounts if you decide to sign up  – while you’re there, bring junior to the Kidville Salon for $5 off a haircut)
Gymboree – Needham (try a free class; 10% discount for ParentTalk members)
My Gym – Newton (try a free class; $25 off lifetime membership or 5% off class tuition for ParentTalk members)
Charles River YMCA offers a wide variety if classes and camps – Needham (10% off membership dues for ParentTalk members)

Stores That Feature a Playspace:

Architrave – Needham (ParentTalk members get a 10% discount on toys)
Magic Beans – Wellesley (ParentTalk members get a 10% discount on full-priced toys)
Magic Beans – Brookline

Trampoline Parks & Inflatables

Jump N Slide – Newton – (right on the Needham/Newton line, ParentTalk members get 33% discount on walk-ins)
Jump On In – Brighton
Launch Trampoline Park – Norwood – this one has a separate area for toddlers
Launch Trampoline Park – Watertown – see their schedule for toddler jump hours

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock Spot Climbing – Boston (ParentTalk members get 10% off any program or camp)
Rock On Adventure – Norwood
Brooklyn Boulders – Somerville
Dedham Health and Athletic – Dedham
MIT Climbing Wall (free) – Cambridge

Other Active Indoors Ideas:

Beanstalk Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture – Reading
Enchanted Ice ($6 to ice skate indoors – includes skate rental) at Jordan’s Furniture – Avon
Ninja Warrior/ Parkour Courses at Action Athletics – Wellesley

Get Creative:

Drop in for some arts and crafts activities at The Kids Place – Needham (15% discount for ParentTalk members)
Check out a free kid’s workshop at the Home Depot
Register and take part in the Monthly Mini Model Build at the Lego Store – Natick

Take a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts – the museum often hosts family friendly events like the Hannukah Festival of Lights December 13


Ecotarium Science and Nature Museum – Worcester
Sock Skating!! Boston Children’s Museum – Boston
Boston Fire Museum – Boston (walking distance from the Children’s Museum – make it a two-for)
Museum of Science – Boston

More Indoors Fun:

Needham Public Library – check the events calendar for activities ranging from yoga to sing alongs to crafts
Check the Needham/Newton Chamber of Commerce community and member event pages for upcoming events of all kinds
Nature exploration classes at Puddle Stompers – Newton (10% discount for ParentTalk members)
Take a stroll through the Enchanted Village and visit with Santa at Jordan’s Furniture – Avon
Come check out the Polar Express 4D Movie Experience at Jordan’s Furniture – Avon
Check out a kid-friendly movie or entertainment at the Coolidge Corner Theatre – Brookline
Have the ultimate Lego Experience at Legoland Discovery Center – Boston
New England Aquarium is amazing any time of year
See a puppet show at Puppet Showplace Theatre – Brookline
For a fancy treat, attend a Teddy Bear Tea at the Taj or at the Four Seasons – Boston

Willing to brave the outdoors? Just a few suggestions …

Zoo Lights – Stoneham Zoo
Free Ice Skating – this article is from last year, but probably still holds true, just call before you go
Tubing at New England Sports Park – Amesbury

Hope this list can save an afternoon or two! Stay tuned for more ParentTalk events posted on our website events calendar as well as on our Facebook page!

About the Author:Laura Perras is a mom and Realtor who grew up in Needham, where she now works as part of the Perras Group at the William Raveis Needham office. In addition to mom-ing and selling houses, Laura enjoys djing, yoga, and arts and crafts. She’s involved in Parent Talk as Board CoChair of Marketing and Communications, Blog Coordinator, and Sale Committee Member.  Please reach out if you would like to submit a post to the blog or have feedback or ideas regarding what you’d like to see here :


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