Last minute plans often turn into some of the best adventures! Our morning started off rainy and damp so my husband and I decided to cross one of our must see cities off our “places to visit” list…Boston.
Our son is almost three, which means our days of leisurely strolls through a city, discovering the history and window shopping are on hiatus. Now it’s all about what is kid friendly, fun and educational for our little man. The Boston Museum of Science and Children’s Museum fit our criteria. 😉
Thanks to being a member of the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, our admission was “free” because our membership connects us with the ASTC Passport Program. Basically, we joined ECHO and they participate in the ASTC Passport Program that gives members free general admission to over 350 museums and science centers in 20 different countries. Highly recommend!
Ok, back to Boston…
We started our afternoon off by filing our bellies in Boston’s Little Italy…the North End. Ristorante Limoncello popped up on google as a good spot for authentic Italian food with a twist and had fab reviews.
This boy loved his pasta!
Overall lunch and the service were good. The complimentary olives, bread and parm cheese they had on the table were super yum! My husband and I shared an appetizer special of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and greens along with lasagna as our main dish. For Little C they made up a half order of penne pasta with pomodoro sauce. Definite bonus points for the kids portion!
The ingredients were all super fresh, but we were hoping for more flavor. The lasagna was missing something…garlic, spices…something to give the dish a more robust flavor. Little C gave the penne two thumbs up and devoured it. When our kid’s happy, we’re happy. 🙂
Once we were all fueled up we took a slow stroll back to the car. Each of us were captivated by the history, architecture and endless amounts of Italian restaurants surrounding us.
Oh, hello Paul Revere’s House. You’re only a few hundred years old!
Nice digs Paul…
A few more pics from our North End stroll. The narrow streets and brick buildings…I LOVE!
We were surrounded by Italian restaurants, markets and cafes. Absolute heaven for our foodie family!
Check out this ride…wine bottle in your drink holder. Bostonians know what’s up!
The walk back to the car was much more entertaining for Little C when we showed him the Freedom Trail.
A short 10 minute (city traffic) drive over to the Boston Museum of Science and we were ready to get our learn on. 😉 As we walked in Little C spotted a ginormous T-Rex which quickly decided our first stop…the dino exhibit. Let’s take a felfie (family selfie) with the Triceratops. Little C was all about it. #toddlernosmilephase
Lots of buttons to push, audio to listen to and dinos to discover…
Over to the trains. More buttons to push and wheels are a spinning…
How tall am I in nanometers, Dada?
This audiokinetic sculpture was a hit with the kiddos & also had my hubby mesmerized.
Don’t forget to brush “upstairs” and…
Hmmm, what’s behind door #3? The button that sounded the duck call was Little C’s favorite at this exhibit. Everyone around us loved it too as he hit the button over and over. Yup, that’s my kid.
“Mom, can I get one of these for my room?”
“Sure, love. But only if you smile for the picture.”
Thank goodness he’s in a “no smile for pictures” phase!
“Ok, this piece goes here, Dada.”
“What’s our next move, son?”
Totally how that went down 😉
What a day! Our family absolutely loved our adventure to Boston and can’t wait to visit again.
Here are some tips and 411 I learned after our trip to the museum:
- Parking was easy in the garage located next to the museum. It was about $11 for us and we were there for almost two hours. We arrived at 3:15, so I can’t speak for mornings.
- Coat check is located in the Red Wing that is to the left of where you enter the museum with your tickets. Recommend stopping there first. It’s $2 per item…bring cash. (seasonal)
- The Discovery Center is geared towards infants and kids up to age eight, but unfortunately when we wanted to enter they were at capacity with a long wait. The room did not look packed at all, but those were the rules. Definitely a bummer, but there were lots of other things for our almost three year old to explore.
- If the Discovery Center is full they do offer a wait list with a pager they’ll give you, but it does not work past the gift shop. Not ideal with an active toddler who wants to explore. We opted to head back to the “big” museum and still had fun.
- The third floor has some great exhibits for toddlers. Check out the museum’s page of exhibits.
- The do have a cafe that looked yummy and kid friendly.
- You can see IMAX Films, Planetarium shows & 4-D Movies (additional cost)
- The ASTC Passport is good for the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and Providence Children’s Museum, so definitely look into a family membership if you plan to visit all of these in a year. Click HERE for regular admission pricing.
Next time you’re looking for a fun day trip hop in the car and head to Boston. It was well worth the hour drive and seeing how much fun Little C had made our day! Have you been to Boston’s North End or the Museum of Science? What are your favorite spots in this city?
Cheers | Kate