With Kids: 24 Hours in Cambridge and Boston

March 18, 2016

Harvard Museum of Natural History

We are not a ski family, which means the winter can seem painfully long. An overnight in Boston, with great food, and a trip to the museum can feel like a mini family vacation. Here is 24 hours in Boston with the Browns.


STAY: At the Royal Sonesta, with one of the largest indoor pools in Boston and milk and cookies upon arrival, this hotel is indeed family friendly. Splurge and get a room facing the city, the novelty of watching the red line cross over the Charles River never gets old.

DO: Walk around Harvard Square, stop in the world’s only Curious George Store. Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History (which is FREE on Sundays to Massachusetts State Residents). The glass flowers display and large mammal room are fantastic!  Prep for the trip by reading enormous Smallness, a children’s book about the life of e.e. Cummings and sneak past 104 Irving Street, his childhood home.  Peak just long enough to imagine the young poet climbing the roof and star-gazing.


Cross over the Charles, ride the carousel at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Explore the North End and visit Paul Revere Mall. Stop in at the Boston Public Market and check out local vendors like Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Wolf Meadow Farm in Amesbury.


EAT: Breakfast in Harvard Square at Henrietta’s Table. Lunch in the North End at Pizzeria Regina. Dinner at the family friendly Full Moon in Cambridge.

ND NOTE: If I’m honest with you, the photos are sparse.  The children were, shall we say, “strong-willed,” on this particular getaway.  The trip abruptly ended when my daughter got her head stuck in the stroller and my son threw a temper tantrum in front of a cheese stand in the public market.  I also neglected to mention we ate dinner at the Cambridge Side Galleria, chipotle if you must know, a hangry toddler is a desperate situation.

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