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When the kids are on break from school, bored with board games and cartoons, and fighting like cats and dogs, it's probably time to find some new and entertaining outlets for you and your family. With more than 1,500 miles of coastline to cover, you are in luck in Massachusetts (even when it's not beach weather). Come rain, snow, or shine, the Bay State offers a plentitude of places to explore and learn about the coastal environment, including museums, education centers, and parks. What's more, you can visit a variety of historic sites to learn about the events that are legendary to American history, complete with their coastal connections. For the helpful at heart, how about volunteering at a beach cleanup? Finally, even when you can't leave the house, online exploration of the coast is only a click away.
When you are looking to not only entertain but educate your kiddos, these indoor and outdoor marine, science, and nature centers should definitely be on your list.
It may not be beach weather, but that doesn't mean you can't get the family outside to explore the great outdoors. Check out the following links for premiere coastal parks and recreation ideas.
Along the Massachusetts coast, there are many ways to explore history, maritime culture and heritage, the legacies of local heroes and scoundrels, and much, much more.
If you feel a little hard work might just get your children's blood moving and their synapses firing, then consider coming out for these cleanups of the coast and beyond.
On the first Earth Day—April 22, 1970—20 million Americans took to the street to protest the deterioration of the environment and increase awareness about protecting our natural resources. This event, now known as the birth of the environmental movement, opened the doors to major environmental regulatory reform, such as the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Today you can still do your part on Earth Day by participating in a local earth-friendly event. EPA's Earth Day Events and Volunteer Opportunities in New England web page provides a list of Massachusetts events and volunteer opportunities.
Even when you can't leave the house, there are many ways to bring the coast to you and keep your children entertained (in a productive way!).
See CZM's Bird Watching on the Coast, Cures for Cabin Fever/Coastal Edition, and Firsts and Fun Facts from Coastal Massachusetts to find additional family-friendly coastal activities, educational opportunities, and links for more information.