The New England state of Massachusetts is a state rich in U.S. history. It was there that the Mayflower and Pilgrims landed, it was one of the original 13 colonies and it's where the Boston Tea Party took place. Today, Massachusetts is home to more than 6.5 million residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. It's the destination of many travelers who are ready to explore. When the weather isn't ideal for outdoor play, parents of busy little toddlers will find plenty of indoor activities to do with their children.
Take your tot to one of the children's museums in Massachusetts. The Discovery Museums (discoverymuseums.org) in Acton, in Middlesex County, features three floors of hands-on activities your toddler can enjoy. He can create a bubble wall, play in the diner or build a train track. At the Boston Children's Museum (bostonchildrensmuseum.org), toddlers can create works of art in the Art Studio, dance on KidStage or play in the PlaySpace. In Hampden County, in the city of Holyoke, you can take your toddler to the Children's Museum at Holyoke (childrensmuseumholyoke.org). Your toddler can experiment with water on the Water Table, toddle around Imagination Playground or play pretend in the Ambulance and Vet Clinic.
If your toddler needs to run off some energy, take her to one of the indoor playground in the state. Inside Playground (indooroutdoorplayground.com) is in Watertown, in Middlesex County. This play place features activities to boost fine and gross motor skills, including inflatables, play cars, dress-up, puzzles, books and a ball pit. If you're near Maynard, also in Middlesex County, visit Jam Time (jamtime.com). There, your toddler can pretend in the grocery market, climb on the play equipment and learn about sharing toys, all inside a 4,000-square-foot facility designed for little ones. Haverhill, in northeastern Massachusetts, has an indoor playground called Amazement Action Playcenter (cedarland.net), where your child can climb, slide and explore with other toddlers.
Sign your child up for a toddler class to keep him busy. At Imajine That (imajinethat.com) in Lawrence, situated in northeast Massachusetts, your toddler can attend the Little Learners class to prepare him for school. Other toddler classes include Family Yoga and the Storybook Playhouse dramatic acting class. Or check out the classes at The Little Gym (thelittlegym.com) in the southeastern Massachusetts town of Westboro. Toddlers can participate in a parent-child class for children infant to preschool age that focuses on fine and gross motor skills, balance, coordination and social skills. He will also start learning about colors, numbers and letters.
Take your toddler for some educational activities at a Massachusetts science center. The South Shore Natural Science Center (southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org) in Norwell has the EcoZone Museum. Your toddler can take a look at real frogs and turtles, crawl through a hollow log and get close to some animals in Creature Corner. At the Museum of Science (mos.org), in Boston, your toddler can explore the fossils of dinosaurs, search for treasure in a shipwreck and watch as butterflies flutter about in the Butterfly Garden. There is even a Discovery Center, for kids 8 and younger, with a variety of hands-on activities for your little toddler.