If you are thinking about coming to HGSE and you have kids, you will eventually need a great list of kid-friendly activities in the area. Here are some of my favorite places to get you started.
Cambridge is full of kid-friendly spots. The Cambridge Commons playground is right down the street from HGSE and is a must-do if you have little ones. Another must-do is the Museum of Science – don’t miss the butterfly garden and planetarium. The Cambridge Public Library is also fantastic and has cute story hours. If you are looking for outdoor activities, make sure to check out Memorial Drive on Sundays. From late April to early November, the street is closed to traffic every Sunday from 11am to 7pm. My kids are there every weekend riding their bikes. Another great outdoor activity is kayaking on the Charles River. The kayak rental location in Allston is our favorite because it’s on a calm stretch of the river away from the larger boats.
In Boston, make sure to check out the Boston Public Library and the Boston Children’s Museum. Boston Common and the Public Garden are also a favorite spot for us. We are eagerly awaiting the seasonal opening of the ice skating rink in the Common!
When you get to HGSE, you will find a warm community of student parents. There are several organized events throughout the year, including movie nights and an annual Halloween party. In October, we went on a HGSE apple picking “field trip” at a local farm, and my three-year-old is still talking about it. If you find yourself apple picking next year, make sure to try the spiced donuts. Trust me on that one.
And finally, if the thought of coming to HGSE with children sounds daunting – don’t worry. Many of the students here are in the same boat, and there will be plenty of people to give you advice. Cambridge and Boston are both great cities for families, and there is no shortage of things to do. I look at my year here as an adventure for all of us!
Sara DeWolf is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Education Policy and Management program. She has experience as both a civil litigation attorney and a public school teacher. When she’s not at HGSE, you can find her playing with her daughters and exploring Boston.