Winter can be a difficult time for young children, and an even tougher time for parents looking to keep their children entertained and active. As temperatures drop in Boston and the weather becomes more and more unpredictable, outdoor parks can be dangerous for children and downright torturous for parents having to sit and watch their kids play in the cold. Considering alternative methods to keep kids busy can seem like an arduous task, but ultimately it will help exercise and uplift your children while helping you maintain sanity. The Boston team at Mommy Poppins suggests these outdoor playground alternatives to help your young child burn some energy while you recuperate yours.
- Kids Fun Stop
Located in West Roxbury, the crew here opens up 7 days a week (M-W 9:30-6, Th 9:30-7, F 9:30-5, Sat-Sun 9:30-1). Inside you’ll find big slides, ride on toys and climbing structures. There is an under 2 zone located adjacent to the larger playing area that allows parents to keep an eye on babies and bigger kids simultaneously. Afternoons on weekends are available to be rented out for private parties.
Cost: One Child- $12, Two Children-$18, Three kids $24 and each additional adds $6
Non mobile children free with paid older sibling!
- Mama & Me Creative Play place & Open Gym
We like Mama & Me because they offer something for children and parents who have a tendency to prefer creative stimulation or physical activity over the other. Their creative play place features puppets, dramatic play areas and light up tables that will have your children lost in a world of imagination for hours- and if they lose interest in that they have a movement studio that will have your kids falling asleep way before bedtime. Yelp users rave “Mama & Me is a great place to help your young children learn to socialize and explore their environment. They have wonderful moderators/teachers who really care about and enjoy interacting with the children.”
Cost: $10 for one child, $12 for two siblings
- Isis Parenting
This location is specifically designed for babies (0-3). As a company, Isis offers parental counseling and classes while hosting drop-in playgrounds for non-mobile babies Fridays and Saturdays and for children up to 3 years old Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost: $8 for non-members, free for Isis members
- Inside Playground
Has everything you’d want to keep your child busy: Legos, ball pit, bounce house, Dolls, costumes, miniature furniture etc. There are weekly activities held by staff to keep children engaged and social. Yelp users call it “an absolute blessing on days with crappy weather (rain, very cold weather, or unpleasantly muggy) and you need to get out of the house for a few hours”
Cost: $10 for child and first adult
- Together in Motion
Noted primarily for its open rentable group space and adult dodge ball leagues, Together in Motion also offers drop in play for 0-6 year olds and Tiny Tot Time for 0-24 month olds. During this time frame children have access to parachutes, tunnels and balls- all on a padded floor.
Cost: Children under 12 months $6 each, children over 12 months $7 each, children under 6 months free with paying sibling. 14 visit multi-pass for $69
These are just a few options for when the weather gets bad. What do you like to do to entertain children on cold days? Please leave suggestions in the comment section!
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