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5 new or upcoming attractions for kids in Boston

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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE’S YAWKEY GALLERY

In February, the Museum of Science will turn its three-story lobby into a permanent exhibit immersing visitors in the nearby Charles River (without getting them wet). There will be two big aquariums displaying the river’s fauna, a crawl-through tunnel with display windows for tots, and water-focused engineering activities for bigger kids. There’s even a 30-foot waterfall. 617-723-2500, mos.org

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BILINGUAL PLAY DATES AT THE MFA

In October, the Museum of Fine Arts partners with the Pine Village Spanish immersion preschool to kick off hourlong bilingual play dates on the first Monday morning of every month. Kids 4 and younger will enjoy themed stories, crafting activities, stroller tours, and a singalong in English and in Spanish. 617-267-9300, mfa.org

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CHILDREN’S LIBRARY AT THE BPL

The Boston Public Library’s Copley branch has an expanded and revamped children’s section, making it easier for budding bookworms to explore. There are tot-sized shelves, toys built into the walls, comfy reading nooks, and regular story times. 617-536-5400, bpl.org

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LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

At this bright-blocked shrine to all things brick at Assembly Row in Somerville, there are rides, a 4-D movie, hands-on building activities for bigger kids, and a Duplo section for miniature architects. Assembly Row has family-friendly eats like Ernesto’s Pizzeria and J.P. Licks, plus a well-kept playground. 866-228-6439, legolanddiscoverycenter.com

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THE GREENWAY CAROUSEL

No need to visit a theme park — the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway has its very own 36-seat ride near Faneuil Hall Marketplace. For $3 a pop, kids can take a spin atop whales, harbor seals, and other creatures native to Massachusetts from April until January. Bonus: on-site food vendors like Cookie Monstah and Stoked Pizza. 888-239-7616, rosekennedygreenway.org


Kara Baskin is a frequent contributor to the Globe Magazine. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.

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