In 2012, CNNMoney named Framingham, Massachusetts, home to around 68,000 residents, one of the best places to live in the United States. It's just a 20-mile drive from Boston and 197 miles from New York City. Residents and visitors can enjoy a nice variety of activities in and around Framingham, including many kid-friendly ones.
You can take your kids to one of the state parks in the area, like Callahan State Park in Framingham. Covering 820 acres, this park features seven miles of nature trails, as well as horseback riding, fishing and cross-country skiing. At Cochituate State Park, 16 minutes away in Wayland, you'll find three lakes where your family can enjoy water activities. You can go swimming, boating, fishing or windsurfing on the lakes or enjoy some play time on the beaches.
At the Danforth Art Museum and School, your family can take a tour of the exhibits on display or participate in some art activities. Family programs include Drop Into Art, Storytime and Family Art Workshops. Teens can participate in Teen Art classes or a Teen Art Night. Children's art classes are also available, including Summer Arts, Clay Animals Everywhere and Possibly Picasso. Or, you can take your children to the Framingham History Center to get a dose of local history. Here, they can view the exhibits inside the museum or take a tour of some of the historic buildings like the Village Hall, Old Academy and Edgell Library. The center hosts special events throughout the year, such as the 50s Sock Hop family dance and the annual house tour.
Your kids can celebrate the splendor of nature with the New England Wild Flower Society. The society owns and operates Garden in the Woods in Framingham. Here, your family can walk the trails and see native plants. The society also owns and operates Nasami Farm and Sanctuary where your kids can explore the 75 acres of native plants. Hands-on kids' programs run by the society include the Salamander Celebration and Summer Solstice. Alternatively, you can take your children to Hanson's Farm to shop at the farmer's market, pick your own flowers or pumpkins, and visit with the farm animals including horses, sheep, goats and chickens. In the fall, you can even go on a hayride and navigate through a corn maze.
If you're looking for something to do indoors on a rainy or cold day, you can take your children to Jump Around Parties and Playdates for some play time. During open jump time, kids can play with toys, jump on the inflatables and make their way through an obstacle course. At PlayTown Express, 11 minutes away in Southborough, you'll find a huge indoor playground for children ages 12 and under. Here, your kids can bounce, drive the play cars, zip down the slides and play arcade games.