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As the weather begins to cool down, it’s a good time to think about some indoor family fun.
In Massachusetts, there are a whole lot of places to find it, with water parks, trampoline parks and art centers being just a few of the choices spread across the Commonwealth.
In addition to the household names for family outings, there are also a number of places that are a bit more under-the-radar but still awesome and entertaining.
Read on for a quick rundown on three lesser-known spots for family fun!
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA
One of the world’s most iconic and quotable children’s authors hailed from Springfield in western Massachusetts, and the city’s quad gives him a fitting tribute. The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden consists of three sculpture groupings, which depict Yertle the Turtle, the Cat in the Hat and more of the good doctor’s timeless characters. For the young and young at heart, it’s a blast.
Photo: The Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss hard at work during spring
Just a few steps away from the memorial is the entrance to Springfield Museums, where visitors can immerse themselves in paintings, regional history, hands-on art, a planetarium, dinosaurs and more. For all the necessary details about museum visitation, just click here. For overnights in the area, The Hilton Garden Inn Springfield and La Quinta Inn & Suites – Springfield are right nearby.
Playdipity in Cohasset, MA
For families with younger ones, Playdipity is all sorts of good fun. The South Shore playroom, which is designed for kids aged 5 and under, was recently refurbished and has many trinkets and toys, as well as plenty of indoor play structures.
Photo: Plenty of room to play at Playdipity
Inside, kids can play with their peers under adult supervision, and parents do need to stick around to watch the kids play. The playhouse is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. It’s also available for birthday parties, which can be further explored here. To sleep over without traveling far, the Cohasset Harbor Inn is a five-minute drive away.
Animal Adventures in Bolton, MA
For children who always want to get a bit closer to animals than they can at the zoo, Animal Adventures is the place to be. This nifty family zoo and science center is unassuming on the outside, but indoors, hundreds of scaly, furry and feathery friends await. Here’s an in-depth look at the experience:
There are three different kinds of tours available at Animal Adventures, ranging from basic self-guided tours, which are available to all comers during business hours, to the extreme adventure tour, wherein guests get to spend some alone time with the critters. For those in the area who would rather stay at home, the center does have travel presentations, too. Charlotte’s House Bed and Breakfast is a charming place to rest for the night just down the road in Bolton.
How does your family like to make the most of late fall and winter? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo at the top by Tim Grafft