Celebrate Father’s Day on the Field at Gillette Stadium

Looking for something fun to do on Father’s Day? Grab your football and head down to Foxborough where event ticket holders can toss the football on the actual field of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The event runs 10 am to 1 pm, and tickets also include admission to the recently updated The Hall at Patriot Place. Grab lunch in between or after at Patriot Place.

Here are the details:

Celebrate Father’s Day this year by treating dad to The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon’s fourth annual Field Day with Dad event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Gillette Stadium field. Tickets are on sale now at www.thehallatpatriotplace.com.

The June 19th event will feature access to the Gillette Stadium field where you will be able to toss a football inside the home of the four-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots (please note that natural grass will be covering the field for the Copa America Centenario international soccer tournament), take photos with Patriots Cheerleaders, tour the Patriots’ locker room and enjoy Patriots–themed inflatables. Event tickets also include admission to The Hall, which features two floors of interactive football entertainment and history.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own football. A waiver must be signed by ALL participants before accessing the field. For children younger than 18, an accompanying adult must sign the waiver on behalf of the minor. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult 18 or older. Children 3 years old and younger will be admitted free. The Hall will email the waiver and event instructions to guests who purchase tickets online in advance of the event to help speed up the check-in process.

Guest check-in will be located at NRG Plaza adjacent to The Hall with the field entrance located outside the stadium’s north end zone (near the lighthouse). The field will be cleared promptly at 1 p.m.

For more information, please call The Hall at (508) 698-4800 or email thehall@patriot-place.com.The Hall is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Visit www.thehallatpatriotplace.com for ticket prices and more information.

Free Ferry Day Opens Season for Boston Harbor Islands


The Boston Harbor Islands is opening the season on May 7th with a Free Ferry Day, a special one-day ferry schedule to either of the two most popular Boston Harbor Islands – Georges and Spectacle Islands.

Tickets are given out on a first come – first served basis in Boston only. Be sure to check out all of the guidelines before heading in.

Find all the details about free ferry day including ferry schedules on the Boston Harbor Islands Web Site.

Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden Open Saturday April 16

Photo of Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden

Celebrate Spring and join Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in welcoming the Boston Swan Boats back to the Public Garden lagoon at 10 am on Saturday, April 16. The Mayor will host the first ride of the popular Boston family attraction.

“We are proud to celebrate the 140th year that the Swan Boats have brought joy to the Public Garden and millions of residents and visitors since they were first launched,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m pleased to join the Paget family and local schoolchildren for this historic ride around the Public Garden lagoon as we open the Swan Boats for another season.”

The first rider is thanks to the Paget family, owners and operators of the Swan Boats, first launched by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget. Mr. Paget designed the Swan Boats after attending the opera Lohengrin in New York City. At the end of the opera, the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan.

Students from Roxbury’s Ellis Mendell Elementary School and Higginson/Lewis K-8 School will join the Mayor on the first ride. Students have been working on pictures of the Swan Boats for art class. Some of their work will be on display at Boston City Hall.

2016 is the 140th season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 105th season, while the newest was launched in 1993. The swan on today’s boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and encloses a paddle mechanism that is used to foot propel the boat through the water.

Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and carries up to twenty passengers. The Swan Boats are built on oak framed pontoons sheathed in copper just as they were initially constructed in 1877. After being stored in a safe place for the winter, the boats are returned to the Public Garden Lagoon in the spring with Mayor Walsh and his young guests celebrating the first ride of the season.

For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston online at www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966.

If you go:
Boston Swan Boats
4 Charles Street (Boston Public Garden)

Be sure to check up to date hours and ticket prices.

Spring Hours are 10 am to 4 pm

The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.

Adults $3.50
Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
Under 2 yrs. Free
Seniors $3.00

Review of Big Apple Circus Boston

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

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Our family was recently a guest of our friends at the Big Apple Circus that arrived in Boston last weekend and will be hanging around City Hall Plaza through May 8th.

This year’s circus’ theme is called The Grand Tour and is a wonderful trip across the world and back portrayed in circus acts that range from funny to breathtaking.

Back again for the fourth season is Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane.


Have children (or adults) in your family that are scared of traditional clowns? THIS is the circus for you. The clowns this year are portrayed by Joel Jeske (who also wrote the show) and Brent McBeth. Here’s a photo of them.

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The Big Apple Circus has a little bit of everything — animals (trained dogs, horses, and ponies), jugglers, aerialists and other circus artists.

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One of the most breathtaking moments was performed by the Dominguez Brothers in a contraption called the Wheel of Wonder. It involved lots of edge of your seats awesomeness.

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If you are looking for great family friendly fun in Boston, Big Apple Circus is honestly one of the best things we go to each year.

Neat things about the Big Apple Circus:

  • There’s a live band for every performance.
  • Some of the shows will offer pony rides during intermission and/or after the show for $10. (Not all shows.)
  • There is fun interaction with the audience.

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And Big Apple Circus doesn’t just come into town and leave. While they are here, they offer special sensory friendly performances. They also take clown doctors to visit sick children at Boston Childrens Hospital. You get a sneak peek during the show of a fun act they take into the hospital.

If you go…
Big Apple Circus
City Hall Plaza

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.

*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

All Photos Courtesy of Maike Schulz for Big Apple Circus.

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