If you're looking for a fun and exciting indoor activity in Boston with kids, you need to check out the brand new CAMP Store in Boston and The Paw Patrol Experience!
This awesome attraction is located about 20 minutes from downtown Boston, at the Burlington Mall, in Burlington, Massachusetts. And, it is a great way to get the kids immersed in a fun, interactive, and joyful experience.
Plus, it's a great place for shopping and birthday gifts, for kids to be entertained and engaged, and to participate in arts and crafts, among other things.
In this blog post, we will give you a complete review of the new CAMP Store Boston and The Paw Patrol Experience. We'll tell you what it is, what to expect when you visit, and we'll also share our thoughts on the experience's various attractions.
So, whether you're planning a trip to Boston, live in Boston and need something to do over a school break or during a staycation, or you're just curious about this new Boston attraction, be sure to read our complete review about CAMP Boston for all you need to know!
This is a sponsored post but all of the opinions and recommendations are my own from personal experience. See my disclosures. Cover Photo credit: Camp Stores.
About CAMP Stores
If you are not familiar with the CAMP Stores, let me give you a quick overview of this super cool company. CAMP is a “Family Experience Company”, which means it is part toy store and part interactive play space.
The company has locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, and now Boston!
It is a unique concept with a hybrid shop and play experience. Not only can you interact while in the shopping part (there is a car in every store kids can play in), but each location has a fun, interactive, and experiential play experience.
These experiences, available with the purchase of a ticket, are uniquely themed and they change every few months. Current and previous themes have included Base Camp, Travel Camp, Toy Lab Camp, Cooking Camp, and now The Paw Patrol Experience.
During these experiences, activities range depending on the theme. However, kids can interact, play, create, do arts and crafts, build, climb, slide, swing, be entertained, and more.
These experiences are fun for the whole family, and can engage kids of all ages. As they are guided by “CAMP counselors”, the experiences can be modified based on abilities and age in the group.
As a thoughtful and inclusive company, even kids with special needs can have an AWESOME time at CAMP. Plus, the changing themes make visiting the CAMP Stores, worth returning to time and time again.
About CAMP Boston
The CAMP Boston store is a brand new, unique, and fun new destination in the North Shore area of Massachusetts. It's located at the Burlington Mall, just 20 minutes north of Boston.
If you're looking for an indoor activity to do with kids that will make them happy, CAMP Boston is definitely the place to go!
Like all of the stores in the CAMP collection, CAMP Boston greets you with a beautiful and bright toy store with an interactive car kids can play in while you shop.
If you have booked the experience, kids can keep busy in the car until it is their turn to head behind the “Magic Door”.
Led by their CAMP counselors, campers will find CAMP Boston's current interactive theme, The Paw Patrol Experience! This attraction is based on the popular Nickelodeon show and books and it offers kids the chance to become a character from the show, go on missions, and play in a variety of fun environments to solve the missions and save the day.
It is about an hour to enjoy the entire experience, but it is a great indoor thing to do in Boston with kids.
Our Experience At CAMP Boston & The Paw Patrol Experience
When we first arrived at CAMP Boston & The Paw Patrol Experience, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it was going to be fantastic, just from looking online at the other CAMP stores and their experiences.
But I have to say, I was blown away.
Upon checking in for our experience, my nine-year-old twins patiently waited in the store's green car (a “mini”). They had so much fun pushing buttons, honking the horn, turning on the lights, and pretending to drive. We also received our mission booklet and stickers we would need for The Paw Patrol Experience.
I took some time to peruse the shopping, which has a fantastic selection of high-quality toys and games kids from toddlers to teens would love. In fact, I made a note for the next birthday party AND noticed the wrapping station! That is always important to moms on a tight schedule and on the birthday party circuit.
We next were invited to help open the Magic Door, where our fun and bubbly CAMP Counselors led us through. They then explained our guided journey, which would involve us suiting up (wearing our Paw Patrol Badge), and solving our missions so we could help save the day.
These themed missions around different Paw Patrol characters included putting out fires, driving police cars, helping rebuild buildings (using our paws), saving pups using remote control cars, going over the city on a zip line, and more!
My Kids' Opinion
My nine-year-olds were challenged and yet had so much fun. It was active, interactive, they used their thinking skills, and it was very entertaining.
And, what impressed me most, was that while it was great fun for my nine-year-olds, the toddler in the group next to us was having just as much fun! The experience is very thoughtful and really does appeal to all ages.
Also, our super fun counselors were high energy, fully engaged, and really got my kids excited and involved in the theme. They also helped keep the kids on task and made sure it was fun for them.
Overall, we absolutely loved Camp Boston and the Paw Patrol Experience. It's a great place for kids to run around and have fun, and it's also perfect for shopping and birthday gifts. We highly recommend this attraction to anyone looking for something fun to do indoors in Boston with kids!
Know Before You Go
Here are a few IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE before you visit CAMP Boston and The Paw Patrol Experience:
- CAMP Boston store is free to visit, but the Paw Patrol Experience requires tickets. You can get those here!
- The Paw Patrol Experience is a GUIDED EXPERIENCE, not a free play space. So kids can't just run around.
- The CAMP Counselors will lead kids through and help them with the missions.
- Parents MUST be with their kids at all times. This means you need to buy a ticket for both yourself AND your kids. This is NOT a drop off play experience.
- The Paw Patrol Experience is a TIMED ENTRY. You need to be there a few minutes before the start of your ticket. If you are late for your tour, you may need to rebook.
- Parking at the Burlington Mall can be busy, so allow for extra time to park and get into the mall.
- The store is located in the BACK SIDE of Burlington Mall (the new entrance to the right of Legal Seafoods – use the entrance next to Fogo de Chao Steakhouse).
- You may be on a tour with other families.
- The CAMP Counselors can accommodate kids with special needs, so let them know when you book your ticket if any special accommodations are required.
- At the moment, they can't host birthday parties at this location with food. But you can certainly make The Paw Patrol Experience part of a birthday and host the food/cake at one of the restaurants in the mall.
- Masks and hand sanitizing are required at the time of publication. Also the team regularly cleans all surfaces after kids visit an area.
- Every few months or so, CAMP changes what is behind the “Magic Door”. So keep visitng CAMP.com for new and upcoming themes. But, if you don't want to miss The Paw Patrol Experience, I recommend getting your tickets now.
Why You Should Visit CAMP Boston and The Paw Patrol Experience At The Burlington Mall
The Paw Patrol Experience at CAMP Boston at the Burlington Mall is a fantastic new addition to some of the best indoor things to do in Boston with kids. It is less crowded (and easier to access) than some of the museums downtown. And, its mall location makes it perfect for additional shopping and dining before or afterward.
Parents are often wondering “what should we do today?” This is especially true when taking a staycation with kids during school breaks or rainy or snowy days. The Paw Patrol Experience at CAMP Boston definitely helps answer that question!
I think it is also the PERFECT place for playdates, playgroup meet-ups, and for keeping kids busy when parents need to get shopping done!
While it IS NOT a drop-off, one parent can keep the kids busy for an hour or so in The Paw Patrol Experience at CAMP Boston while the other parent gets some shopping done during the holidays, for birthdays or more.
The Paw Patrol Experience is ideal for young kids all the way up to preteens. But certainly, even older kids can have fun! Some of the activities (like remote control cars, the zip line, and even the building with paws on) are enjoyable for older kids.
The CAMP Counselors can also adapt based on the ages of the group. And, the CAMP store itself sells really high quality and unique games, toys, and gifts.
Plus, they GIFT WRAP!
Currently, there is an exclusive collection of Paw Patrol toys at the end of the Paw Patrol Experience. There are also a range of other gifts, games, books, and toys as well out front.
And, you can even buy exclusive CAMP Boston merchandise and a stuffed animal to remember your experience.
Final Thoughts About Camp Stores At The Burlington Mall
CAMP Boston and The Paw Patrol Experience at the Burlington Mall is so much fun for kids of all ages. It gets them off screens, doing physical and interactive activities. And, it is a great way to spend some family time and friend time together.
Overall, I can say that CAMP Boston and the Paw Patrol Experience is a much-needed addition to things to do in Boston with kids and especially fun indoor things to do in Boston.