Boston Harbor Islands Summer 2012 Family Events

The Boston Harbor Island Alliance is pleased to announce its schedule of FREE family and kids-focused activities this summer on the Boston Harbor Islands! From Family Yoga and Plays in the Park to musical performances and Youth Fishing, kids of all ages are able to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, and parents will love the easy accessibility to the islands, with ferry rides only 15 minutes from downtown Boston. 

Below are descriptions of a few of the exciting, FREE programs being offered throughout the Boston Harbor Islands this summer.

held every week in July & August

Mondays:  Let’s Move Outside! Mondays
Back again for the 2012 season, the Let’s Move Outside! Junior Ranger program is led by First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to end childhood obesity.   Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area is a part of the nationwide effort and our Let’s Move Outside! program makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active and healthy together. Activities may include yoga, hiking, swimming, martial arts, dance, running, exploration and more.   The program meets on all islands.  See daily schedule for times.

TuesdaysToddler Tuesdays
Toddler Tuesdays is an island exploration for toddlers and preschoolers; programs to include nature walks, beach exploration, arts and crafts, storytelling, and tactile exploration. Spectacle Island 11:00 am, Grape Island 10:30 am.

Thursdays:   Weekly Junior Ranger Programming
The Harbor Islands’ junior ranger program is an exciting way for kids of all ages to explore the park’s natural and historical wonders.  Join park rangers for the special weekly program for elementary aged children.  The program meets on a different island each week from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

Thursdays:   Youth Fishing on Spectacle
Youths can join a park ranger on Spectacle Island’s pier to learn fishing techniques all summer long.  Poles and bait are provided.  Open to youth ages 16 and younger, registration required.  Spectacle Island from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Fridays: Plays in the Park
Fridays are “Plays in the Park” days where kids present fun and education theater performances on the stage at Fort Warren.    The show theme changes from week to week and always includes audience participation.  Shows take place on Georges Island from 11:45am to 1:30pm and include:

  • June 29 – Tall Tale of a Tall Ship – presented by City Stage, Inc.
  • July 6 – Tall Tale of a Tall Ship – presented by City Stage, Inc.
  • July 13 – Beauty and Beach – presented by Kidstock
  • July 20 – Tales of the Constitution – presented by City Stage, Inc.
  • July 27 – The Velveteen Robot – presented by Kidstock
  • August 3 – Tales of the Constitution – presented by City Stage, Inc.
  • August 10 – Sleeping Ugly – presented by Kidstock
  • August 17 – Tall Tale of a Tall Ship – presented by City Stage, Inc.
  • August 24 – The Little Martian – presented by Kidstock
  • August 31 – The Princess and the Peanut Butter Sandwich – presented by Kidstock


Let’s Move Outside! Family Fitness Day:
Aug 18th, 10:30am to 3:00pm
As a part of “Let’s Move Outside!” Junior Ranger, Spectacle Island will host a full day of family fitness programs encouraging families to get moving outside, together.  Activities will include kids runs, swimming, kite flying, hiking, boot camp calisthenics, yoga, martial arts, and Zumba. 

Family Jam Concerts
June 26th, July 28th and August 4th
Back by popular demand, the Boston Harbor’s Family Jam Concerts are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.   Shows take place on Georges Island and include:

  • June 26 – Toe Jam Puppet Band 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • July 28 – Rolie Polie Guacamole – 3:00 to 4:00pm
  • August 4 – Karen K and the Jitterbugs – 3:00 to 4:00pm

To view the entire 2012 summer schedule, as well as a ferry schedule visit  The public park ferries to the Boston Harbor Islands operate seven days a week, and depart hourly from Boston’s Long Wharf North. To purchase ferry tickets, please visit the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway (across from the Long Wharf Marriott). For more information about the Boston Harbor Islands national park area, visit

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About Boston Harbor Island Alliance:  Boston Harbor Island Alliance (BHIA) is a non-profit organization that supports Boston Harbor Islands national park area. In partnership with the National Park Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the City of Boston, BHIA plays a vital role in providing an enhanced visitor experience by building visitation and bringing awareness to the park.  BHIA’s newest facility includes includes the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, which debuted in 2011. BHIA provides 150 free informative and educational island programs each summer, as well as free access to the islands for underserved communities.