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.

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, Boston.com Staff

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, Boston.com 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.

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.

Check out Author Event Series, lectures, and signings at the Harvard Bookstore.

Check out Author Event Series, lectures, and signings at the Harvard Bookstore.

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.

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.

SPECTACLE ISLAND , Boston Harbor Islands. You’ll need to take a ferry to get here, unless you’ve got your own boat. It’s worth the short trip. Long sandy beaches with supervised swimming (there are not many places you can — or want to do that — in the harbor) and guided tours of the island’s ecosystem provide nice diversions. Or hike up to the top of one of the two summits and drink in the ocean air and awe-inspiring views. Ferries leave from Long Wharf in Boston. Round-trip tickets $15 for…

SPECTACLE ISLAND , Boston Harbor Islands. You’ll need to take a ferry to get here, unless you’ve got your own boat. It’s worth the short trip. Long sandy beaches with supervised swimming (there are not many places you can — or want to do that — in the harbor) and guided tours of the island’s ecosystem provide nice diversions. Or hike up to the top of one of the two summits and drink in the ocean air and awe-inspiring views. Ferries leave from Long Wharf in Boston. Round-trip tickets $15 for…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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