Back to School Activities for Kids in Massachusetts

Where did the summer go? Fall is here and so is school, and homework. But before we buy rush out to buy school supplies, here are some fun school worthy activities to do before the bell rings on the first day of school.

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Math: Practice adding and subtracting when buying local produce, pastries and crafts at one of the many Massachusetts farmers markets. Give your child some spending money and see what they can buy while learning about farming, sustainable practices and local produce. Find the nearest farmers market near you.

Art: Brush up on your brush strokes at Palettes in Natick. This local art studio teaches you how to complete an acrylic painting. No experience or artistic talent necessary. Check out the calendar to see what painting is scheduled, make a reservation, show up, find your easel, get your paint and enjoy casual painting instruction while you create your own personal masterpiece to take home that day! Family art is on Sundays and a little café is on premises for snacks and drinks too.

Reading: Local libraries and bookstores have plenty of offerings for story times, but one local bookstore called Blue Bunny Books in Dedham also offers creativity workshops for aspiring young writers.  A leading author of children’s books shares his creativity while a variety of beautifully illustrated books and cards are on hand to make anyone fall in love with reading and writing.

History: From African American and Armenian History to Women or Winslow Museum, Massachusetts has over 100 museums. Find one that suits your taste or help supplement a tough historical period in your child’s curriculum with a visit. Some unique places include Gore Place in Waltham with fun events every month, or JFK Library and Museum in Boston with its gorgeous views of Boston Harbor.

Science: While the Museum of Science is the popular destination for scientific exploration, head west to Acton and discover the Science Discovery Museum. Each exhibit has a hands-on component and staff helps kids hypothesize their explorations. Parking is free and every Friday night during the summer, and on the first Friday of every month, the museum offers free admission for everyone. Or explore the South Shore Nature Science Center in Norwell with nature trails, interactive exhibits, an amphitheater and greenhouse. There is a picnic area for a fun place to have lunch too.

Finally, pick up some apples for the teacher. Not only do these farms have shiny red apples that are ripe for the picking, but fun activities for the kids too: Belkin Lookout Farm in Natick with trains, animals, and a large playspace, Honey Pot Hill in Stow with hayrides and a petting zoo, or Verrill Farm in Concord with its fun events and festivals. 

Metrowest Mamas does its best to make the event information listed as accurate as possible, but event and venue information is subject to change without notice, and Metrowest Mamas is not responsible for erroneous information or the reliance upon it. Always call your destinations ahead of time to confirm dates, times, locations and admission fees.

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