Activities and Ideas for 2021

We’ve listed family-friendly venues that appear to be open as of February 11, 2021. Many require advance registration, and information may change at any time, so PLEASE check for more info before leaving home. 

Think of this list as just a starting point for your search for things to do! No matter what activities you choose, be sure to mask up, keep a safe distance, and have fun.

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OUTDOOR Activities

Zoos/Museums

WWI Memorial Park – N. Attleboro

  • Outdoor animals, playground, huge slide. Free, drop-in.

Natick Community Organic Farm – Natick

  • Walk around and see sheep, pigs, rabbits, goats, and more. Free, drop-in.

NRT Sheep Pasture – Norton

  • Free to drop in and walk their trails, see website for details

Drumlin Farm – Lincoln

  • $, Reserve online

Franklin Park Zoo – Boston

  • $, Reserve online

Capron Park Zoo – Attleboro

  • $, Check opening status before leaving home

Blue Hills Trailside Museum – Milton

  • Outdoor exhibits include hawk, eagle, deer, red fox
  • $, Reserve online

Animal Adventures – Bolton

  • Animal rescue center with indoor and outdoor exhibits
  • $ Reserve online

deCordova Sculpture Park – Lincoln

  • $, Reserve online

Tower Hill Botanic Garden – Boylston

  • $, Reserve online

Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge

  • Outdoor strolls through 19th-century village for half the normal price
  • Daily horse-drawn wagon rides

Outdoor Ice Skating

NOTE: Ice Skating on ponds and lakes may pose a great risk, and Community Kangaroo is never able to provide guidance on the safety of any location at any time.

Skiing/Tubing

Sledding

Outdoor Mini-Golf

  • McGolf in Dedham appears to be open through the winter! Call ahead & bundle up!

Our Favorite Hikes

  • Purgatory Chasm – Sutton
  • Noon Hill – Medfield
  • King Phillip’s Rock – Sharon
  • Cranberry Bog – Bass Pro in Foxboro
  • Del Carte – Franklin
  • Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary – Norfolk (Boardwalk open, restrooms & buildings closed)
  • See our activities map for dozens more (Filter by “Hikes“)

Our Favorite Playgrounds

  • WWI Memorial Park – N. Attleboro
  • Sherborn Playground – Sherborn
  • Fayville Playground – Southborough
  • D’Amico Playground – Wrentham
  • See our activities map for dozens more (Filter by “Outdoor Playgrounds“)

StoryWalk® Locations

  • Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough: (hiking trails) Several readers loved this walk; follow the link for more info before leaving home.
  • Del Carte Reservation in Franklin: (<0.5 mile path/trail) There is a nice playground for a wide age range, then find the story by walking across the causeway. Stay on the path along the water for the first few pages until the story clearly leads you away.
  • Wolbach Farm in Sudbury: (3/4 mile trail) A boy scout recently installed cases for year-round walks. As of January the book was “The Wish Tree”.
  • Hopkinton Public Library: (back wall of library) The library displayed the book “While We Can’t Hug” in December and pledged to continue it as long as weather allowed. Last confirmed in mid-January. Adjacent to the parking lot.
  • Shrewsbury Story Walk: (paved path) “Snowmen at Night” was the January story, located at 430 Lake Street. Follow the link for a printable puzzle to fill out along the way.
  • Lane Property in Foxboro: Books in cases are updated several times throughout the year.
  • Westwood’s Lowell Woods:  (0.3 mile hiking trail) A new walk focused on diversity and inclusion just began this month with the book “All Are Welcome”. During non-school hours, park behind Hanlon Elementary School (790 Gay Street, Westwood) and find the entrance up a small hill. New books every 6 weeks through June 2021.
  • Rehoboth’s Blanding Library: (library garden) “Now It Is Winter” was up in the month of January.
  • Bradley Lessa Playground in Stoughton: (Nature Trail) A storywalk has been maintained here and frequently updated for several years.

 

INDOOR Activities

Museums

Playplaces

Indoor Mini Golf

Indoor Ice Skating

Indoor Family Swim

Bowling

Arcade

Art / Painting

Movie Theater – Rent Entire Theater

Movie Theater – Standard Viewing

 

At-home Ideas

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