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Free Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camp can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, it can be free. Yes, you read that right: Free summer camp! There are several options right here in Boston for both young kids and teens that cover everything from academics to the arts. If you don't find a good fit for your family, check out our post highlighting wicked cheap summer camps for kids in Boston. 

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: 

Where to Take Wonderful Wintertime Walks with Boston Kids

Boston winters can feel really long, especially when you and the kids have been cooped up inside too much. One of my favorite ways to shake off a case of cabin fever is to bundle up and head outside for a winter walk (another favorite is ice skating). Taking a stroll on the first snowy day is an annual tradition in my house—followed by a cup of hot cocoa, of course. We extend the winter walking season as long as we can, sometimes with the help of snow shoes, at these favorite winter walking destinations in the Boston area.

10 Boston Parent Blogs to Follow in 2016

With the new year upon us, we thought it would be fun to review some of the Boston-area parenting blogs we loved in 2015. They cover everything from hyper-local events and healthy eating to LGBT solo parenting, and are the perfect additions to the two previous lists of some of our favorite local blogs from 2014 and 2013. In no particular order, here are some of our recommendations for local parenting blogs to start following in the new year:

25 Things To Do With Kids in Somerville

Somerville has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years as young families have opted to stay closer to the city center when they have children. From festival-going to exploring a new neighborhood like LEGOLAND Discovery Center's home at Assembly Row, there's plenty to do with kids of all ages. Here are 25 ideas for family fun, whether you call Somerville home or are just visiting.

Where To Find the Best Holiday Lights in Somerville

The season for holiday magic is upon us and one of the best ways to share the wonder of winter with your family is by touring local light displays in Somerville. Residents take the phrase “deck the halls” to heart by creating fabulous displays that include homemade wooden characters, lights linking multiple houses and life-sized nativity scenes. The City of Somerville goes all out too, decorating the major squares and City Hall Plaza with lights and trees. Here’s where to find the best lights in Somerville this holiday season!

Snag Super Savings on Skiing for 4th and 5th Graders in New England

Winters can feel like they never end in New England, but one sure way to combat cabin fever is to get the kids having fun outside. Living within driving distance of dozens of ski mountains in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts makes it easy to hit the slopes for the day or a whole weekend. But with a lift ticket usually costing upward of $50 per session, a ski day can get expensive. Luckily, several mountains offer great deals on ski passes for fourth and fifth graders. Here’s how to score one for a super skiing season.

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