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The Best 5 Indoor Places to Take Kids

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Rainy day? No problem! Here are the Best 5 indoor places to take kids in New England.

Best 5 indoor places to take kids

Rainy day? No problem! Here are the Best 5 indoor places to take kids in New England.

Jonathan Kozowyk

You could fill a shelf with the guidebooks written by Patricia Harris and David Lyon. Whether the subject is their beloved Boston, the art museums of New England, great food, or exploring Spain, they pack light yet provide weighty information. Their newest books are Top 10 Boston and Top 10 New England (Dorling Kindersley, 2011 and 2010, respectively). See their five honorable mentions among kids’ destinations.

The Friday-evening $1 admission is a great chance to introduce youngsters to New England’s best play space (photo below). They can tackle the three-story climbing sculpture or deploy jackhammers in the Big Dig-inspired “Construction Zone.” (Don’t tell them it’s educational.) 308 Congress St., Boston, MA. 617-426-6500; bostonkids.org

Fact is not only stranger than fiction–it’s more exciting. This Bowdoin College museum captures the derring-do and sense of wonder as alumni explorers Robert E. Peary and Donald B. MacMillan sought true north (the Pole!) and chronicled the changing cultures of the Arctic.
Note: This exhibition is no longer going on. Please contact the museum for information on their current exhibit.
Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. 207-725-3416; bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum

Half of this natural-history museum is an old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities–sort of like an amazing attic of the Northeast Kingdom, filled with stuffed birds and animals. There’s modern science, too, but the Victoriana never fails to charm. 1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT. 802-748-2372; fairbanksmuseum.org

Inspiration, aspiration, and we have lift-off … The examples of teacher Christa McAuliffe and astronaut Alan B. Shepard show kids how–and why–to reach for the stars. Check out the night sky in the planetarium. 2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH. 603-271-7827; starhop.com

From Popeye and Mickey to Buzz Lightyear and the California Raisins, the Barker champions the imaginary friends of a century of childhoods. Why did you ever throw away that Cinderella watch? 1188 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT. 203-699-3822; barkermuseum.com

What are your favorite indoor places to take kids in New England?


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