Family Hangout, Indoor

Editors’ Choice

The Castle: A Board Game Cafe, Beverly

Philosophy: The Castle is a new type of business for the North Shore, but it’s part of a giant wave that’s been gathering steam in the rest of the world. Its goal is to enrich the downtown Beverly area with an energetic and fun place where people can get together with friends, put their phones down, and enjoy themselves while playing a game
from its expansive library.

Standout Qualities: The Castle offers snacks, paninis, and coffees of all varieties to make your gaming experience as comfortable as it can be, at a fee of only $5 per person a day for unlimited play. Children under five and military personnel with a valid military ID can play for free, and to make family outings more affordable, families will only be charged gaming fees for a maximum of two children.

Fun Fact: The Castle has over 650 games to play.

240 Rantoul St., Beverly, 978-969-1719,


Readers’ Choice

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

Standout Qualities: Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum isn’t simply home to world-class maritime, Asian, modern, and other art—it’s also a wonderful place for kids to learn and play. Kids and families can experience hands-on activities at the Art & Nature Center, create art projects, meet authors and illustrators, explore the galleries with a special exploration theme, and more. Plus, the museum’s PEM Pals program welcomes the smallest kids to read, dance, play, and more, every week. 

Fun Fact: PEM’s Atrium Alive festival offers families free, fun-filled weekend events for all ages, including art activities, performing arts, workshops, artist demonstrations, tours, films, presentations, and more.

161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500,