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Ask A Boston Expert: Keeping Your Kids Entertained On A Snow Day

Kids absolutely love snow days, but it's no secret that they put extra strain on already busy parents. Especially when school is cancelled due to cold, or the snow storm isn't all it was cracked up to be on the news, kids may be disappointed that they won't get to build that snowman in the front yard after all. So, then what? Multiple bored kids at home is a recipe for disaster. To avoid this, Shauna Armitage, co-founder of Pure Wander Magazine, gives some great tips on keeping children entertained on a snow day.
Shauna Armitage (Courtesy of Shauna Armitage)

Shauna Armitage
Co-founder, Executive Editor
Pure Wander Magazine


Pure Wander is a resource for all types of family adventures. The website is the ultimate guide to traveling with kids, planning a staycation or simply planning a day out and about with the family in tow. Pure Wander aims to be realistic and helpful and is much more detailed than typical "cookie cutter" travel guides. Pure Wander encourages children and parents alike to get out and explore the world. So don't let a little snow slow down your adventurous spirit! Get out and about on the next Boston snow day with these family-friendly day trip tips.

Green Line

Ride the T Whenever Possible

Going on the subway may seem like the last way an adult would want to travel. But for a child, it's an entirely new and thrilling experience. Most young kids have only seen trains on television and in books; they may not understand what one looks like up close. Riding the T for the first (or fifth) time is likely to be one of your child's favorite parts of the trip. Especially for young children that love "The Little Engine that Could" and "Thomas the Tank Engine," a ride on the MBTA is about more than just getting from place to place.

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Boston's North End (Image: iStockphoto)

Don't Look for "Kid-Friendly" Dining Options

When you're at home, you likely spend a good amount of your dining out time at "family-friendly" locales to accommodate the little people. Boston has so many wonderful places to eat, and there's no reason to miss out just because you are traveling with kids. Hit the North End for some exceptional Italian cuisine and meatballs the size of your fist. Many also have children's menus which is always a great backup plan. Trying restaurants a little out of the box is always a good way to introduce your kiddos to something new.

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Prudential Center
The Prudential Center. (WBZ)

Go to the Prudential Center

Boston is beautiful from above, and that wonder you feel when looking at it from the top of the Prudential Tower isn't lost on kids. After you've had your fun trying to point out local landmarks from your viewpoint in the sky, head to the Top of the Hub restaurant for some cookies that are out of this world - and maybe a cocktail for mom and dad!

Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library in 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Check Out the Library

Boston is home to the first large municipal library in the United States. The central location in Copley Square is truly a wonder. Children can take a library tour and learn about the building's rich history, visit the map center or simply curl up with a good book.

Frog Pond
(Photo Credit: Cristy Maldonado)

Get Active at the Frog Pond

During the winter months, this public pond is turned into a skating rink for locals and tourists to enjoy in the heart of Boston Common. Glide across the ice while you marvel at the buildings around you. Skating lessons and snacks are available.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston's North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on

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