Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation during school vacation week on Thursday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


“We are pleased to announce the return of the Children’s Winter Festival on Boston Common,” said Mayor Walsh. “We have some great activities for kids during the public school vacation week and we invite residents, families, and visitors to join us for a fun day in the city.”


Among the attractions will be Snowzilla, a three-story-high inflatable snow tube slide, the 15-foot-tall and 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure with twin roller lanes, and the Snow Mazing maze.  In addition, the Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a week-long Winter Camp at the Boston Common Frog Pond with free skating and rentals for all ages from Monday, February 20, through Friday, February 24.  For more information on the Winter Camp skating, please visit


The festival will also feature a DJ from Magic 106.7, the Museum of Science Chocolate Truck with facts about chocolate and free hot chocolate samples, an appearance by the L.L.Bean Bootmobile with their popular Boot Toss game, giveaways from Summit Premiere’s “Rock Dog” and Columbia Picture’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” and refreshments from DAVIDsTEA and KIND Snacks.  In addition, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Outdoors Rx program will present activities including a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunts, and a winter play party.


Additional support is being provided by the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and Fisher College.  For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit or go to


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