We did it! We made it through the long New England winter, dragging our strollers over the snowy sidewalk, wrestling with tiny gloves, hats and snow boots, and containing babies and small children within the four walls of our, let’s face it, not huge South End apartments.

Ahead, are 6 glorious months of sunshine, light evenings, and outdoor fun. The South End is a great place to enjoy the summer with your kids. In fact, there’s so much fun to be had, that putting sunscreen on a squirming being, repeatedly putting your little one’s sunhat back on, AND trying to keep cool will feel like a simple ‘challenge accepted.’

Here are 10 things to get excited about in the South End this summer:

SoWa Outdoor Market, Harrison Avenue, April 29-October 29, 10am-4pm
Now on both Saturdays and Sundays, the SoWa outdoor market is a great place for a family outing. Browse the stalls of the Arts and Farmers markets, have lunch at the Food Truck Bazaar, and grab a drink in the Beer Garden.

Titus Sparrow Park Concerts, W Newton Street
If you are around during the day, there are children’s concerts every Tuesday, 10am, June 27-August 15 (no concert on July 4). There are also evening concerts for the whole family to enjoy every Wednesday from May 31-August 30, 6:30-8:30pm – bring your blanket and a picnic and enjoy the music with other local families.

Father’s Day Open Play, Little Lovage Club, 778 Tremont Street, June 13, 4-5:30pm
Come and enjoy sensory tables (painting, sand, water), crafts and lots of toys at a Father’s Day themed play date for kids (aged 0-4) and their caregivers. Not only is this a great way to entertain your little one for the afternoon, but you’ll also have a chance to meet other local parents and caregivers.

Summer Soulstice in Blackstone/Franklin Square Parks, June 21, 6-9pm
Celebrate the longest day of the summer with local friends and families. You’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, and a beer garden.

Fountains at Ringgold Park, between Waltham St & Hanson St, Mid-June through September
Dress your little one in a bathing suit, bring a towel, and enjoy the smiles and laughter as your toddlers and kids run in and out of the fountains with local friends. From mid-June through September, the cascading top fountain comes on automatically for one hour, three times a day (usually 9-10am, 12-1pm,  and 6-7pm). The push-button, interactive portion of the fountain works all day long (9am – 7pm).

Fête de la Musique, Warren Avenue and 4 South End Parks, June 17, 3-6pm
Come and enjoy music at four of the South End’s Parks (Ringgold Park, Childe Hassam Park, Union Park, and Frieda Garcia Park), as well as a block party on Warren Avenue (between Clarendon and Berkeley) with live music, food and activities.

Little Groove Outdoor Concerts, South End Boston Public Library, July 10 & August 14, 10:30am
Come to 685 Tremont Street for a free outdoor concert performed by the Little Groove team. You and your kids will have a chance to sing, shake maracas, and dance to music in the sunshine.

July 4th Open Play, Little Lovage Club, 778 Tremont Street, July 11, 4-5:30pm
Come and play at Little Lovage Club to celebrate Independence Day. There will be sensory tables (painting, sand, water), red, white & blue crafts, music, and lots of toys for kids (aged 0-4) and their caregivers.

Family Dinners al Fresco
Take advantage of the outdoor seating at many of the South End’s Restaurants and go for a family lunch or dinner. No need to worry if your child decides to break into a loud version of Old MacDonald or yells repeatedly for ice cream as their ‘dulcet’ tones will be carried away in the wind.

Beantown Jazz Festival, Columbus Avenue, between Mass Avenue and Burke Street, September 30
A little way off but worth adding to your calendar, the world famous Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival features performances of Jazz, Latin, Soul, and Blues that take place on multiple stages across the venue. There are food trucks and craft stalls for you to browse. There are also fun and educational
KidsJam concerts throughout the day and an instrument petting zoo to inspire your little ones to find their inner jazz musician. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the end of the summer sunshine, while enjoying some incredible artists.

So order that sunscreen, dust off that picnic blanket, and get ready for an unforgettable summer of fun in the South End!

Image courtesy of Little Groove

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