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When we say, “this is the life,” do we picture ourselves sitting in a dark room, watching a movie, and ignoring the people we’re with? Sometimes. But how about the interactive events and things to do – the ones that make for quality family time, and ultimately, memories for a lifetime?
Here are 10 summer events to make memories through interactivity!
Public Beaches at Night
If there’s an ocean or a public beach, it’s usually legal for use at night – it’s just a matter of looking up their times of use; here are a few of my favorites:
1. Close in proximity to Boston, Revere Beach is on the Blue Line (accessible from Revere Beach Station or Wonderland Station), and they also regularly feature outdoor movies and events – like the Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival that kicks off on Thursday, July 12 and runs through the Sunday, July 15.
2. I’m also a big fan of Yirrell Beach in Winthrop, where you can enjoy a nice, leisurely walk or watch as airplanes takeoff and land just 100 feet over your head from Logan International Airport.
3. My personal favorite is Singing Beach in Manchester on the North Shore – where if you scuff your feet, the sand is known to chirp or “sing” to you. Singing Beach closes at 10PM.
Drive-In Movie Theatres
The trick is to treat drive-ins like a night in the park. Arrive early with a blanket and bring a soft Frisbee or ball to throw.
4. After a day at the beach on Cape Cod, try the Wellfleet Drive-in Theatre, which also features a dairy bar and grill.
5. My favorite is the Mendon Twin Drive-in near Worcester. Enjoy dinner at their 1950s-style diner, and for one “car ticket,” you can bring lots of people, and even stay for two shows!
With quite a few awesome zoo options in the Bay State’s backyard, here are a few that I’ve marveled:
6. On your way to the Mendon Twin Drive-In, make it a two-fer and visit the Southwick’s Zoo, the largest in New England. You can explore the Zoo’s 35-acre Deer Forest, where you pet and feed Eurasian Fallow Deer.
7. Out west, the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in South Deerfield houses 4,000 butterflies in what is basically a giant greenhouse.
You can find outdoor summer music series everywhere in Massachusetts; I’ve tracked 186 different spots! Some notable ones include:
8. Take a ferry into Boston’s harbor for a slew of family fun summer activities and live music, as the Boston Harbor Islands and Berklee College have joined to bring an ongoing series of live music.
9. You can also find free concerts all summer out west in Greenfield’s Energy Park, as well, including an abundance of kid-friendly entertainment.
10. Follow the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty as they perform across Massachusetts, including Acton, Medway, Newburyport, Boston, and Hyde Park!
Johnny Monsarrat writes Events INSIDER, New England’s largest source of festivals, with 4,000 outdoor summer movie, theatre, and music events and shows. For more, see his website on Boston events, and things to do in Massachusetts. He also gives Facebook advice on what to do in Boston, and Tweets on what to do in Massachusetts.
Photo: Revere Beach, Courtesy of BostonPhotoSphere via Flickr