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Great spot in Boston to bring kids

So I've got the nephews, (10 & 12) and we'll be right in downtown Boston. Any suggestions on a fun place to bring them? Obviously I'd like to steer away from Cheesecake Factories and the like, but this isn't exactly going to be fine dining either. I had thoughts of heading to Pizzeria Regina, would make all of us happy, but how crazy-busy would they be at say 7:30-8ish on a Fri night? Something like Border Cafe would probably be fun for them, and barely tolerable for me, but again, I anticipate a mob scene there. I'm sorta blanking on other good options, anyone?

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    1. re: Bostonbob3

      Summer Shack is a good idea, so good in fact, that they've been there before. MOS is a good thought. Thanks guys.

      1. re: twentyoystahs

        I agree about Summer Shack too! I have yet to meet a kid that don't like to check out the giant lobster tank!

    2. Durgin Park might be perfect. They serve kid-friendly food that's also good enough to please a 'hound. Plus it will expose them to a bit of Boston history.

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        1. How about the Museum of Science? You could eat and then tour the museum since they have extended hours on Friday nights (and I believe cocktails for the adults). I think the observatory is open, too.

          Just checked the website...they do have extended Friday night hours. Might be fun for the kids!

          http://mos.org/doc/1012

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          1. re: a l i c e

            I was thinking the same thing, MOS or the aquarium. And if you go to the library you can get free passes to the Museums. (Call ahead and then just pick them up... amazing deal).

            Or Top of the Hub or Bay Tower Room for an app. Fun to check out the city and see the planes taking off.

            1. re: cvb

              Bay Tower Room doesn't exist anymore, private function space.

          2. How about Shabu-zen or Kaze? My kids are 10 and 7, and they adore those places. It's the do-it-yourself factor, plus, they love soup and noodles. If it's lunchtime, dim sum is entirely child-friendly. Lot's of stuff on the board about that. We like China Pearl, but there are votes for Hei La Moon and Chau Chau City too.