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Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Jazzy Storytime, Natural Inspiration, and Kitchen Chemistry

As Boston kids make their way back to school, we're wrapping up a lot this week—including the end of Black History Month and the final full month of winter. In that spirit, we're highlighting a Jazz Age storytime and dance party as well as an (indoor) exploration of art in the natural world, among other cultural treats. Kids who love hands-on fun will also love digging into messy paints at the Boston Children's Museum or messy food at the Discovery Museums of Acton. If you're looking for more reasons to escape the house this week, check our Event Calendar.

March GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

March is a month of celebrations. From Purim to St. Patrick's Day to maple sugaring festivals, there are family-friendly festivities happening all around town this month. As winter gives way to spring, annual favorites like the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Revels Spring Sing pop up on the calendar. We also have something special to announce in our GoList this month: A giveaway of tickets to both PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue and Circus 1903, two nationally acclaimed, family-friendly shows playing at Boch Center's Wang Theatre this month. Read on for more about these exciting shows and contests, and to check out our other top picks for the month.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Australian Folktales, Seuss Storytime, and the Globetrotters; Feb 25-26

Some parents dread the end of February vacation; others are counting down the minutes. Regardless, finding things to fill those few remaining days before school is back in session can be just the thing to end the break on a high note. Vacation week activities are still going on at the Boston Children's Museum, with a slew of planned activities happening throughout the day on Saturday. Also extended hours continue at the Museum of Science on Saturday. The popular (and free) family Play Date is happening at the ICA, with a brand-new theme for February.

Celebrate Dr. Suess' birthdaytake a tour to learn all about maple sugaring, and stop by Gore Place for some tea and tunes. Looking to take in a show? You can find the Tanglewood Marionettes performing a classic tale, and the Puppet Showplace Theater is bringing audiences on a trip down under. Also arriving in town this weekend: the always entertaining Harlem Globetrotters, starting a four show run.

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

Cooperative Preschools West of Boston

Montessori, Reggio Emilia, language immersion, public, and private—when it comes to choosing a preschool, parents have a lot of options. If you’re interested in a program that allows you to have a high level of participation in your child’s education, a cooperative preschool may be the right choice for you. Also known as a co-op, this type of preschool offers parents opportunities to assist in all aspects of running and managing the school, from serving as a board member to participating on school committees to helping regularly in the classroom. Co-ops abound in Boston; we've rounded up several worth exploring in the preschool-rich Metrowest suburbs, in particular.

25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: A Magic Show, a Scavenger Hunt, and Engineering Fun

Even if your kids are on school break, it happens to be a terrific week to boost their brain power. There's a physics-defying magic show by one of the area's most entertaining hocus-pocus masters, a scavenger hunt for clues to local wildlife, and some STEM-oriented events  to celebrate National Engineers Week. Even the annual Children's Winter Festival has some activities that exercise kids' minds along with their hearts and legs, like the "Snow Mazing" maze. 

If you're still looking for ideas to fill up your February vacation week, we've rounded up a slew of ideas for free events as well as worth-the-money happenings all over the city. Craving even more family-friendly options? Check our complete Event Calendar

Pro Sports Are for Amateurs: Smart Parents Take Kids to College Games

Much like air travel, going to a Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, or Patriots game is expensive enough for just one person, much less an entire family. Fenway Park, of course, is consistently ranked the priciest ballpark in America when it comes to tickets, concessions, and parking. Tickets to see the Patriots at Gillette Stadium—if you can even get them—average $90 apiece, making it the 6th most expensive place to see an NFL game. And the median price of a single Bruins ticket on the resale market is currently $170, according to VividSeats.com.

The good news: We’ve got dozens of colleges in and around Boston, many of which host competitive, exciting, top-tier games in all of those sports and more—for a fraction of the price.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Lego Building, Ziplining, and a Goat Party; Feb 18-19

After so many snow days (thank you, Mother Nature!), it's hard to believe that February school vacation week is now upon us. It's so easy to go stir crazy inside, so why not start the weekend off by getting everyone OUT? Lego lovers can check out the new exhibit at LEGOLAND opening on Saturday, or head to Wenham for a Lego builder breakfast. Families have two (free!) chances to spend time together creating art at the Bakaler and Paine Galleries as well at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. Meanwhile, at Kids Paint! at the Fuller Craft Museum, children will be focused on making "Cute Owls." If you've ever wanted to party with a goat, Franklin Park is celebrating little Chewbacca's first birthday with festivities all day. For thrill seekers, the Airborne Comedians will be juggling all kinds of things while on unicycles, and in Dewey Square, there's a free event featuring a 200-foot zipline and live (!) alligators straight from Florida.

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