Thanks to its manageable size, compact city center, and comprehensive train system, Boston is the perfect city for a family trip. Here are 5 Boston family activities sure to please everyone in the family and designed for you to get to know the city a little bit better.

Boston Family Activities Summer 2017

Breakfast with the Animals at Franklin Park Zoo

Skip your normal continental breakfast for one with furry friends at the Zoo’s Breakfast with Animals programs. On June 17, you can meet with a Red Panda and her friendly zookeeper to ask questions, on June 18 it will be a sloth, and on June 25 get to know a special visitor from the Outback, a kangaroo! All breakfasts are held from 9:15-10 a.m.

Take a Hike

Go exploring at the Arnold Arboretum with two guided walks geared towards families with children ages 4-8 including Let’s Get Journaling: A Walk in the Arboretum for Budding Naturalists on June 17 and Let’s Get Buggy! Exploration of Insect Pollinators on July 8. The tours are free, but sign up in advance.

Hands-On Lab at Museum of Science

Everyone in the family will enjoy the Butterfly Garden at the Museum of Science, but act like a scientist and get a chance to see how things really work (or look under a microscope!) with the Hands-on Laboratory open on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Lab is included in the price of Exhibit Halls admission.  

Free Friday Flicks at the DCR Hatch Shell

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head to the Hatch Shell to watch movies al fresco this summer. Free Friday Flicks start on June 23 at sunset with the Secret Life of Pets and continues with Sing on July 14, The Jungle Book on July 21, Finding Dory on July 28, Moana on August 4, The Lego Batman Movie on August 11, Dr. Strange on August 18, and finishes with Star Wars: Rogue One on August 25.

Messy Mondays at Boston Children’s Museum

Here’s the opportunity for everything in the family to color outside the lines! Join other families on Messy Mondays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to let kids create in their own innovation ways.