Outside of the cities I have lived, Boston is probably my next most visited city. For many years I spent every other Thanksgiving there, as well as summers in Cape Cod.
Here’s the backstory: my dad grew up along the South Shore. He’s the oldest of 8 (6 boys and 2 girls), and most of our family still live in the area. My grandma (Beach Grammy, which Finn named her years ago) has 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She also turns 90 later this year. My brother and I are the oldest grandchildren and my youngest cousin is 9, so we span lots of years!
While the 8 kids were born and raised just outside of Boston, they (and my cousins) are now spread out over Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts and Holland. This was the first time 99% of our family would be in the same city, so Justin and I knew a Boston family vacation was a must this summer. And as expected, we had such a fantastic time!
The kids did an amazing job on the flights. Evie took a little snooze as we made our way to the hotel to settle in. (Random: every time I drive in the tunnels in Boston I think of Princess Diana. Strange?)
We spent our first full morning at the Boston Children’s Museum. Because we are members of the Science Center of Iowa we paid $0! The partnership among museums in this country is really incredible! The kids LOVED the museum. In fact, LOVE might be an understatement for what Finn felt. He would have slept there if we’d have let him.
Finn quickly made it to the top of this rope tunnel at the entrance. Other kids were screaming and getting lost. He was killing it. Ninja skills.
Evie loved the lighted Tetris-like dance floor. Girl has moves for days. Just look at her get LOW!
If this is a look into my future, I’m in trouble. I also have an outdated phone in my future. Let me upgrade ya!
There is an area called “Kids Power” where kids use their humongous muscles to make things move. I love the teamwork and facial expression on Evie as they work to fling a ball in the air. They were incredibly proud of each other and kept high-fiving!! Later that afternoon we filled the kids up with some very necessary nutrition…
… before we took a family drive to Quincy to visit the very first Dunkin’ Donuts. I am well aware Dunkin’ is not the mecca of health, but it screams BOSTON, and it was a history lesson for the kids, right? Hard work, determination, franchising, etc… Some people take historic tours of architecture when they visit the East Coast. Our family? Historic donut buildings.
As you’d imagine, Finn and Evie didn’t give a rip about the history lesson, they were just THRILLED to get a donut. So thrilled, in fact, Evie sang her donut a song. Seriously. She straight up sang to it! By the time her song was done, Finn had already digested his entire donut and was licking his chops for more. Hello, sugar high!
We spent every afternoon with my family, including 2 of my girl cousins who happily scooped Evie up into their hearts. Evie was smittin’ and keeps talking about “Wiz and Kawa” … Liz and Cara Cara made her bracelets, which Evie calls her “power.” There’s no quicker way to Evie’s heart than super powers and pretty jewelry! All 3 of these nuggets are my super heroes! Love them.
Cara also introduced Evie to Kim Kardashian. CARAAAA!!!!
My younger cousins took Finn in immediately and he was in heaven. Between soccer, swimming and running around, he never wanted to leave!
With all of my aunts and uncles and cousins, there were at least 34 of us gathered to celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday later this year. These are most of my cousins on my dad’s side (we are missing 2 cousins and my brother). Do you see now why the kids never wanted to leave this land of magical fun and playmates?!? Entertainment for DAYS!
The next day we took a trip to the New England Aquarium. It was amazing – Nemo and Dory live there, but let’s just say the Children’s Museum went over with a lot more excitement
While Finn has visited the ocean twice before, this was Evie’s first visit. This is a big moment for my beach-loving heart! I watched as she walked closer and closer to the (freezing cold) water. As expected, she fell in love!
She wanted to jump and splash, while Finn preferred to “Superhero punch” the waves. He also accidentally took a big gulp (rite of passage) and exclaimed, “wow, that’s salty!”
And no hotel trip would be complete without flying toddlers, right? I wish I would have recorded this laughter. It was hysterical!
We had such a great time enjoying the city and our family. Maybe some day we’ll buy that Cape Cod beach house and make this an annual trip. Big dreams
Until next time, Boston, we love you!
Have you gone on a family vacation this summer? Where to?