FREE Summer Activities for Kids
Lowell Summer Music Series
July 10 – Aug. 8
Who on earth is Herb the Magic Chicken? Find out at one of the many free kids shows scheduled for the Lowell Summer Music Series. At others, witness magic firsthand, set your eyes on world champion yo-yo masters, and watch a performance of “The Jungle Book.” Arrive at 10 a.m. to create your own art, kick back to enjoy one of the special performances at 11, and finish off your activities with a national park trolley ride at noon.
Lowell Folk Festival
July 26 – 28
The longest running free folk festival in America is right here in the Merrimack Valley, where the streets of historic Lowell transform into a playground for children of all ages the last weekend in July. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the festival organizes a special family activity area where kids can participate in beanbag tosses, box hockey and more.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
Lowell, Chelmsford and Westford, Mass.
Get in shape this summer and encourage your kids to do the same. Bring bikes or use your own two feet to travel the newest scenic rail trail in the Merrimack Valley. The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is still a work in progress, but the Lowell/Chelmsford/Westford segment is open for your family’s enjoyment.
Minute Man National Historical Park Junior Ranger Program
Lexington and Concord, Mass.
Who said history was dry? Discover the riches of America’s past during a visit to Minute Man National Historical Park. Start with a presentation in the award-winning multimedia theater at the visitor center, and then venture outside to witness musket-firing demonstrations. On special occasions, the park even hosts a guided tour of the historic Battle Road. See website for full schedule.
Hampton Beach, N.H.
Toss a Frisbee. Build a sand castle. The possibilities abound at the Merrimack Valley’s busiest beach. Don’t sit inside to watch a movie when you can see free Monday-night films on the beach beginning at dusk. Your kids especially won’t want to miss children’s week on Aug. 12-16.
Theater in the Open
On August 7, prepare for an afternoon of music, storytelling and puppetry with the incredible Newburyport Chamber Music Festival’s Auricolae Music Troupe. They’ll explore some favorite fairy tales made all the more exciting thanks to the magic of combining Theater in the Open’s storytelling with truly beautiful live music. Come back on Aug. 17 and 18 for a weekendlong festival, kicked off on Saturday morning with Family Hour.