Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Have fun exploring Roxbury with your kids and teens. There's plenty to do.


Stroll, jog or bike along the Southwest Corridor Park or within Frankin Park. Franklin Park has acres of rolling hills, urban forest, and a cave to explore. The Franklin Park Zoo will also give kids a chance to see and learn about a variety of tropical animals.


Young visual artists will enjoy Roxbury Open Studios. Every year, artists from around Roxbury gather for group shows and open their home studios to sell original jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, and other works of art. Museum-goers should visit the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists (NCAAA). The museum is dedicated to the worldwide Black visual arts heritage and presents a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions, including Aspelta - A Nubian King's Burial Chamber. At the center of the burial chamber is a cast from Aspelta’s original sarcophagus containing a replica of his gilded coffin.


Roxbury has some of the most varied architecture in the city. Queen Anne, Victorian, Italianesque, Greek Revival, brownstone, and other architectural delights await you. Download the architecture and urban design walking tour and let your young architect explore the shapes and textures of the neighborhood.


Youngsters interested in theater will enjoy free summertime outdoor performances in Franklin Park or staged performances in the ballroom at Dudley Square's Roxbury Center for Arts. Performances in Franklin Park are seasonal and weather permitting; those at the Roxbury Center for Arts are available year round.


Depending on when you visit, you may have the opportunity to celebrate in one of the neighborhood's historic re-enactments or annual festivals. The biggest celebrations are Patriots Day, Juneteenth, Roxbury Homecoming, Puerto Rican Parade, Dominican Festival, and Caribbean Carnival.


Don't forget to enjoy the flavors of the neighborhood. Roxbury has restaurants and cafes catering to a variety of tastes and budgets that serve Latin, Soul, Caribbean, Japanese, and American fare. The main commercial areas - Dudley Square, Egleston Square, Grove Hall and Brigham Circle - have the most to offer. But, try smaller restaurants on the side streets, too.