Tweens and Teens

There are plenty of things to do and see for older kids in Boston, including these suggestions for you and your fun-seeking tweens and teens. If you have younger kids as well, head over to our Family Fun Seeker Insider page.

For the latest scoop on family-friendly events in our fair city, be sure to click on HUBa HUBa, the BostonUSA blog.

Not-Your-Fuddy-Duddy Museums

The city is filled with world-class museums that can be enjoyed by visitors of many ages. With its highly interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology, however, the Museum of Science,museum of science is particularly attuned to inquisitive, active minds. In addition to the exhibit halls, the museum offers large-screen films in its Mugar Omni Theatre and high-definition, digital planetarium shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. You could also explore technology, invention, and innovation at the MIT Museum, part of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

INSIDER TIP: Save some of your hard-earned vacation dollars while you enjoy all that the city has to offer by checking out the Boston CityPASS and Boston Go Card programs. They both include discounted tickets and special offers for many Boston museums and other attractions.

All the City is a Stage

Boston is alive with music, theater, and other cultural opportunities. The Theater District welcomes Broadway-bound and touring plays, concerts, and other productions, many of which would appeal to tweens and teens. Peruse the latest schedules at Broadway In Boston. See who will be performing in concert during your visit at TD Garden. You and your gang would surely enjoy the surreal wackiness and pulsing music of Blue Man Group.

INSIDER TIP: Head over to the BosTix booths or go to BosTix online for ½-price day-of-show tickets and other nifty offers.

Other Fun Stuff

KingsLace up those funny-looking shoes and enjoy the retro-chic atmosphere at Kings Bowling. (Arrive before 6 p.m.; patrons must be 21 or older to enter after that time.) Take a Student-Led Walking Tour of Harvard University or any of the area's many other noted colleges, and maybe your kids will aspire to attend a Boston school when they get older. Hey, it could happen! Tour historic Fenway Park or catch a Sox game during the season. Sports fans would also enjoy seeing the Bruins or Celtics in action. Does your gang have a hankering for the macabre? Do you want to learn more about Boston's spookier side? Join the Haunted Boston Ghost  Tour -- if you dare. If shopping is your thing, some places to check out include Faneuil Hall Marketplace (which features street performers, restaurants, and clubs as well as lots of shops), The Shops at Prudential Center (which includes the Skywalk Observatory for a great above-it-all take on the city), and Copley Place.

INSIDER TIP: For more tween- and teen-centric ideas, visit the teen concierge (an actual teen who is tuned into the city) at the Omni Parker House Hotel.

Photo: Museum of Science, Kings Bowling

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