With just a couple short weeks left before the kiddo starts school, we’ve been filling up our weekends with some family trips! We decided to spend this past weekend in Boston, to stay with my brother and have some family time in the city. My brother lives just outside the actual city and it’s a great location with plenty to walk to, and just a short drive in for more of the classic Boston city attractions.
Our main plan for the weekend was taking the little miss to the Boston Museum of Science. She had never been, and neither myself, partner, or brother had been since we were in middle school on class trips. We were just as excited to go! The place is so great, with so many different exhibits to see and things to look at. They have a decent balance of things for older kids, but things for littler ones to enjoy as well. And now, a photo dump of museum-y goodness featuring lots of frogs!
My little one’s favorite parts were the Frogs exhibit, and the Spiders Alive! exhibit. Both are temporary exhibits that won’t be there all the time, so I’m really glad we got to see them! They had frogs and spiders from all over the world to view and learn about. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of spiders, but it was pretty cool to see the varieties. The frogs were definitely my favorite part – so many varieties and so much fun to see!
After the museum we hopped on the T to head over the Faneuil Hall. Honestly, we didn’t really NEED to take the train, but my kiddo had never been on one and was beyond excited to go on a train that went underground. She loved it! Also, that’s my brother on the left being a giant goober.
Hilariously, I didn’t even know until Friday that this weekend is Boston Comic-Con! We saw quite a few cosplayers wandering around the Faneuil Hall area which was pretty great. After grabbing some treats at Quincy Market, we wandered around the harbor for awhile looking at the boats and popped by the New England Aquarium to watch the seals outside for a bit.
Plus, we spotted this fantastic little duck house near the docks.
How cute is it?! I love the dish of water provided that the ducks were actually using, despite being IN a giant body of water haha. Sunday was disgustingly hot, and since we didn’t have any specific plans for the day, we decided to take the miss to one of Boston’s many free public water park areas. Honestly, I think this is the coolest thing (HEH, puns), and certainly an awesome benefit of living in the city. I didn’t take a ton of pictures, but there is a huge splash pad for littler kids, and then also a really big wading pool with huge water jets and waterfall areas. It was so great! My miss had a blast, and we loved being able to wade in and cool off too.
We ended our trip with a stop at IKEA. From home, it’s a three hour drive but only about 20 minutes from Boston, so we figured why not stop on the way home? It was fun, and my kiddo had a blast trying out EVERY SINGLE couch bed, chair, etc. along with opening EVERY SINGLE drawer, cabinet, etc. that she could find. It certainly added time to the trip, but hey, she was so entertained how could we say no?! We got a ton of stuff, and I’m most excited about getting the first big things (desk, chair, and some bins) for the new art area I’m making! More on that in an upcoming post.
It was a fantastic weekend, and so great to spend it with my brother too. This was the first weekend we’ve ever spent down there now that the kiddo is a bit more self sufficient in terms of eating, sleeping, etc. and I can’t wait to take more trips down! Normally, my brother comes up to visit at our place each month, but this was so much fun and I’m happy to switch it up and do more things in Boston with the kiddo.
Have you ever been to Boston? What are your favorite things to do there?