Spring Break Activities

DCR April School Vacation Programming
Free Family Friendly Programs

DCR Great Blue Hill Family Trek
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Thursday, April 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Head for the Hills! Join a DCR Park Interpreter as we trek to the summit of Great Blue Hill, and enjoy an amazing panoramic view of the Boston Skyline and surrounding countryside. We will be exploring the changing habitats as we climb and cover some ‘Hike Safe’ tips as well. Must be able to hike 1 mile on rocky, rugged terrain. Sturdy boots and drinking water recommended.  For ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the bulletin board at the start of the red dot trail at 1904 Canton Avenue in Milton. For more information, please call (617) 698-1802.

DCR Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt
Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Celebrate spring on a family friendly discovery walk.  We will be looking for frogs, birds, blooms, and other signs of spring. Dress for mud season in New England!  Ages 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the kiosk at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot. For more information, please call (617) 698-1802.


DCR Spring Storywalk® at Houghton’s Pond
Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside Street, Milton
April 15 – April 30, daily, dawn to dusk

The Storywalk® is self-guided and will be posted through April. A StoryWalk® will be posted at Houghton’s Pond playground in the Blue Hills Reservation, just in time for school vacation. Stroll along the playground edge and share a spring adventure with “Sheep Take  A Hike” by Nancy Shaw. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy a wonderful children’s book while enjoying the great outdoors at scenic Houghton’s Pond. Rain or shine. This Story Walk® can easily be appreciated by children both young and old. Encouraging early literacy and nature exploration in collaboration with Milton Early Childhood Alliance, the StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. For more information, please call (617) 698-1802. Located at the Houghton’s Pond playground at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.

Things to know before you go:

  • All programs are free.
  • Some parks charge a parking fee. If so, information is in the program description. Check at your public library to see if they have a MassParks Pass to borrow. More info about the MassParks Pass athttp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/passes-and-fees/.
  • Dress for the weather by wearing sturdy spring footgear and dressing in layers for maximum comfort.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry drinking water and a snack.
  • Rain may cancel; please call ahead to confirm.
  • Reasonable accommodations are available; call in advance to inquire.


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