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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


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe/File 2013

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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