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Paddle the Charles River Now that the ice has melted, it's time to get out and paddle around the Charles River. Charles River Canoe and Kayak rents out single and double kayaks for $15 and $19 per hour ($8 for kids). Check out Free Family Day April 15.

DOCK ALONG THE CHARLES RIVER, Charles River, Boston. Sure, there are plenty of green spaces along the Charles River for lounging and lunching. We prefer, however, to stake out a spot on one of the docks lining the Esplanade. Take a suit for sunbathing and soak in the afternoon sun on the water. By: Courtney Hollands, Staff

Get jumping SkyZone is a trampoline park that will allow you to forgo gravity (if only for a second or two). This is a great place to have fun and get a workout at the same time. Prices start at $8 per person ($6 for toddlers) for half an hour of jumping.

Go on a hike Hiking is a great inexpensive way to get the kids outside for some exercise. Check out these 10 family-friendly hiking spots around New England.

Commonwealth Museum After a major renovation, the Commonwealth Museum has finally opened its doors to its permanent exhibit. Now everyone can enter for free and marvel at rare original documents and artifacts that are true national treasures.

Tour Fenway Park Even if a Red Sox game doesn't fit your schedule (or your price range), that shouldn't stop you from visiting Fenway Park. Tours of Fenway currently run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for children 15 and younger.

Visit a museum Taking the kids to a museum doesn't have to break the bank. The Boston Children's Museum is just $1 on Friday nights (originally $12 for adults and kids). Another money-saving tip: Pick up museum passes through the Boston Public Library and attend various Boston museums for a fraction of the price.

Visit a zoo Visit Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo the first Saturday of the month and enjoy 'Kids' Price Saturday.' All guests are charged children's admission prices ($10 for Franklin Park Zoo and $9 for Stone Zoo). But you have to arrive between 10 a.m. and noon to qualify.

Massachusetts Historical Society Get to know a bit more about the Bay State's historical side at the Massachusetts Historical Society where they make manuscripts and artifacts available to the public. They also hold numerous seminars and weekly tours.