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Yoga Classes and Birthday Parties for Boston Kids

Many adults love attending yoga classes for exercise or just to relax, and now kids in the Boston area can get the same benefits. Several local yoga studios offer classes – and sometimes birthday parties – specifically tailored to kids and teenagers. With short days and cold weather upon us, this is the perfect time of year for kids to try a new indoor activity like yoga. Here are 18 great options in the Boston area for future yogis: 

25 Things to Do With Kids in Newton

Newton, bordering Boston to the west, has long enjoyed a reputation as a family-friendly place with its excellent school system and standing as one of the safest U.S. cities to live in. Many of Newton's attractions cater to children, whether plans involve running around the many playgrounds in the city, enjoying the services of the Newton Free Library, or learning to swim at charming Crystal Lake. Below are 25 family fun ideas for Newton residents and visitors alike.

February Vacation Week with Kids in Boston: Free Things to Do

If your plans for February Vacation Week include a staycation right here in Boston, you're in luck, because there are tons of cool things to do this month. We're sharing spectacular activities that are worth the money during vacation week in a separate post, but we're happy to report that there are also oodles of free events available to help you take it a little easier on your wallet. I for one am definitely going to be taking advantage of some of the picks below. Hope they're a big hit with your kids, too!

Cooking with Kids in and Around Boston: Classes, Camps, and Parties

Whether our kids are adventurous eaters or too timid to try anything beyond boxed mac ’n’ cheese, teaching them about food prep, healthy eating and nutrition is one of the more important things we as parents can do for their well being. Cooking together at home is one way to do this, but there are also plenty of opportunities for “instructive” fun through kids’ cooking classes and workshops.

One of the appealing aspects of kids’ cooking instruction is that it quite often takes the form of a single-class workshop or two- to three-session program. So, even if your children have regular sports team commitments or semester-long dance or music classes, they can still satisfy their inner foodie selves without missing a goal or a beat. Plus, many kids’ cooking classes are offered during those long school vacations or summer breaks - just the thing to keep kids engaged and entertained. Cooking workshops also make fun birthday parties - kids learn something, have fun and are well fed. And (maybe best of all!), no mess for the parents. (More cooking party ideas here.)

We’ve rounded up seven places that offer kids’ cooking classes and workshops in and around Boston. Get ready for your kids to cook up something great!

10 Indoor Birthday Party Places for Active Kids West of Boston

What do climbing, skating, swordsmanship, batting, and swimming have in common? They are all great birthday party options for kids who like to keep active. Sure, indoor playspaces are awesome locations for kids’ birthday parties, but we’ve found some unique places west of Boston that kids - and parents - just might want to consider.

Of course, they all come with all the advantages of hosting a party indoors and not in your home - plenty of space, no weather worries, no mess to clean up afterwards, and minimal preparation required for parents. Read on for details about 10 indoor birthday party places west of Boston where you can host a party and be assured that kids will be able to channel their energy and excitement in a safe, entertaining environment. And check out our Birthday Party Guide for more places to have a kid’s birthday party in MA, including our roundup of indoor birthday party places for active kids in Boston.

Free and Discounted Admission to Boston Attractions: Check Out These Public Library Passes

Boston is home to several great museums, the New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England, providing educational and entertaining experiences for families with children of all ages, but the price of admission can be discouraging. Fortunately, most of the area public libraries have agreements with the museums and other attractions that allow library patrons to check out passes for free or discounted tickets.

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