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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Walden Pond With Kids

Walden Pond was made famous by Henry David Thoreau, who lived at the site from 1845-1847 and wrote the book Walden based on his experience. Today, Walden is known locally for being a beautiful, pristine recreation area. It’s one of our favorite places to visit year-round, but we especially love to go in the summer. There’s so much to do with kids at Walden and it provides a great alternative to heading to the beach on a hot day. Here’s our advice on how to make the most of your visit.

Places Where Kids Can Make Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and there is a vast array of places where kids can make a special gift for Dad. Whether it’s making a handmade masterpiece before Father’s Day or going as a family to make something together, kids will be able to make meaningful and creative gifts that Dad will treasure forever.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy Memorial Day; May 27-29

The official kick-off-to-summer weekend has arrived, and we have plenty of suggestions for how to spend time together as a family while also honoring our country's fallen heroes. Visit the garden of flags to pay respects, and enjoy a tribute concert and fireworks. Military members receive free admission to Edaville all weekend long. There are two more sheep and wool festivals to wrap up the spring season, some outdoor SaturPLAY, sailing on the harbor, and even a wizard market. On Monday, head to the JFK Library for a very special and historic birthday celebration.

Additionally, there are three events especially for autism/special needs families happening at the Children's Museum of Easton, and the Boston Children's Museum (on Saturday and Monday, respectively).

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

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppet Palooza, Swords, and Flag Garden; May 22-26

Thanks to all the smart cookies who joined me, Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol's Marshall at Bedford's Learning Express to do brainy games with Summer Brain Quest. It was a blast to see so many kids excited about learning—and about summerThis week gives us more reasons to get out of the house and learn something new. There are pop-up puppets telling classic fairy tales north of the river, and an event celebrating swords throughout history in the 'burbs. A beloved toy store will teach children about the Jewish holiday of Shavout through stories, and a South Shore museum will show kids how dirt is beneficial to a variety of critters and creatures. At week's end, parents can help kids absorb the meaning of Memorial Day through just the sort of visual display that children respond to: a breathtaking garden of flags planted in Boston Common. Have a great week, and take a peek at our Events Calendar for more fun ideas.

Animal Farms and Petting Zoos for Boston Kids

Living in or near the city means most kids today don’t have a lot of access to farm animals. But many children absolutely love cows, chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep. If your little one warms to barnyard creatures, they'll have a blast at one of these local farms or zoos, where they can interact with some favorite furry creatures. 

How to Deal with the Trickiest, Stickiest, Messiest New Parent Problems

Protecting your little one is probably at the top of every parent's to do list, but between the sleep deprivation and the fact that you seem to be missing the instruction manual to your new bundle of joy, a little guidance goes a really long way. After all, parenthood hurls a lot of tough stuff at you in the first year—sometimes literally—and you don't have the time to desperately search for solutions. You barely even have time to shower.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kite Flying, Brainy Books, and Fairies; May 20-21

Nice to see the sunshine after all the dreary weather we've been having this spring. Luckily, there are plenty of chances to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, including two chances to fly kites—at Franklin Park and Revere Beach. Fairies are waiting to be discovered in the woods, sculpture is meeting with nature, and wildlife (and bikes!) are on display.

Get ready for all that summer pool time at these swim safety and open family swim events (Needham, Westford, and Burlington), spend some time with local tween authors, celebrate our hometown LEGOLAND's birthday, and check out this Summer Brain Quest kickoff party (MP will be there too!). 

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

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