It's hard to find a place to celebrate your child's birthday party for free. However, if you think outside the box, you'll find places aside from the typical indoor party venues to throw a kids' birthday party. The South Shore of Massachusetts, which stretches along the shores of Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay, makes free birthday parties possible with the parks and recreation areas you'll find there.
Blue Hills Reservation
The 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation (no website; 695 Hillside St.; Milton; 617-698-1802) is a place where you can organize a birthday party for free year-round. Invite your child's friends and set the picnic tables with food and drinks. Use the charcoal grills or bring your own food. Take the kids swimming in Houghton's Pond and hiking or biking on miles of scenic trails. Ice skating is free from November to March in the William T. Shea Rink during public skating hours (there is a fee for skate rentals).
Wollaston Beach Reservation
Organize a birthday party in the Wollaston Beach Reservation (no website; Quincy Shore Drive; Quincy; 617-727-5293), where the kids can enjoy different kinds of recreational activities. Supervise the kids as they play along the 2.3-mile beach and when they swim or bike on the trail. The beach is home to the more than 15-acre Caddy Park, which has a toddler play area and where you can set up food, drinks and a cake for the kids on the picnic tables.
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
With a total of 34 islands, 22 of which are wilderness areas, you can choose one of 12 where you can celebrate your child's birthday. Schedule your party when one of the free programs for kids takes place, such as "Civil War Stories and Crafts" or the "Youth Fishing Clinic." Otherwise, engage the kids by hiking along trails, picnicking and swimming. Some areas of Boston Harbor Islands are accessible by automobile and some will require that you take a ferry ride. Although you have to pay a transportation fee to ride the ferry, admission to the park is free.
Nantasket Beach Reservation
Plan a birthday party in the 26-acre Nantasket Beach Reservation (no website; Route 3A; Hull; 617-727-5290). Set up blankets on the beach for a picnic and take the kids biking. You'll feel safe swimming from June to September when lifeguards are on duty. The hand-carved and painted 1928 Paragon Carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company is located in the reservation. For a minimal fee, you can take the kids to ride the carousel.
- Mass.Gov Department of Conservation and Preservation: The Blue Hills Reservation
- Mass.Gov Department of Conservation and Preservation: Wollaston Beach Reservation
- U.S. National Park Service: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
- Mass.Gov Department of Conservation and Preservation: Nantasket Beach Reservation
- Photo Credit Hoby Finn/Photodisc/Getty Images
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