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Little Ninja Warriors: Indoor Obstacle Courses in Boston

Building forts indoors and romping on playgrounds outdoors are classic ways to satisfy your child’s need to play and explore. But if your kids want to turn your house into an obstacle course, you may need another outlet. That’s where gyms that channel the TV show American Ninja Warrior come in.

For the uninitiated, American Ninja Warrior pits competitors against a series of increasingly difficult obstacle courses in a bid to make it to the finals and be crowned the American Ninja Warrior. The challenges are really tough and require skills like speed, stamina, agility, balance, and strength to complete.

If your kids are inspired by the show, or just need a productive way to channel their energy, there are five Boston-area gyms with obstacle courses perfect for aspiring ninja warriors.

12 Things to Do Christmas Day in Boston with Kids

You may find yourself looking for something to do with the family on Christmas Day. Really, who can sit around the house with an energetic kid — or a whole pack of kinder kin — all day? Most places in and around Boston are closed, but we’ve come up with a few things you can do with kids on December 25, whether you want to be warm and cozy indoors or get outdoors for some fresh air. Read on for a dozen multigenerational family fun ideas. 

5 Awesome Experience Gift Splurges for Boston Kids

Want to cut down on the amount of “stuff” your kids receive for Christmas, a birthday, or another special day, but make sure the occasion is no less memorable? We’ve rounded up some of the coolest experiences the Boston area has to offer kids—and we think the smiles you’ll get are worth the splurge. Plus, less time spent shopping means more time for you and your family to enjoy fun activities together.

Christmas Festival of Lights at Edaville: Full Of Charm & De(light)!

There are many opportunities for a dose of Christmas cheer in the Boston area, but I recommend including Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights on your holiday must-do list this year. During the holiday season Edaville USA is decorated with over 17 million (that's right, 17 million) lights! Admission also grants you the opportunity to enjoy the park's newest attraction, Dickens Village, with Santa on hand for pictures; a train ride for an up-front view of the light structures; and Edaville's 90 family-friendly rides and attractions, including the iconic Thomas Land.

Where to Take a Family-Friendly Sleigh Ride This Winter

There are so many fun and festive family-friendly holiday activities to take part in each year, from taking a Christmas train ride and attending a Santa breakfast, to shopping for gifts at a local market. One more tradition that we love is taking a cozy sleigh ride, and warming up after with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. We’ll be dreaming of a white Christmas so we can go dashing through the snow at one of these six spots in Massachusetts that offer sleigh rides! 

Where to See Your Favorite Family Holiday Movies on the Big Screen in Boston

One of my family’s favorite traditions is watching all of the classic holiday movies. We start right after Thanksgiving to get us in the holiday spirit as we get our tree, bake cookies, and wrap gifts. Usually we watch these movies at home on our couch with popcorn and pajamas, but there’s something really special about seeing a film on the big screen. With that in mind, here's where you and your family can catch all of your favorite holiday flicks at movie theaters and libraries in or near Boston this season:

Baby's First Christmas in Boston

They may not understand just who Santa Claus is quite yet, but that doesn’t mean the littlest members of your family can’t enjoy the many fun events that the holiday season has to offer. We’ve rounded up several fun Christmas activities perfect for babies — and that we’re sure will appeal to parents, too.

13 Hay Rides Near Boston for Fall and Halloween Family Fun

We love everything farms have to offer families in the fall. From apple and pumpkin picking to corn mazes, there’s something for every age group. This includes one of our fall favorites: hayrides! It’s truly an activity for everyone, even the littlest family members, so we’re bringing you a list of 13 local farms that offer hay rides throughout the season to make your fall even more special.

5 Apple Picking Day Trips for Boston Families

Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating are classic fall activities, but our favorite by far is apple picking. It’s especially festive since we live in New England, the site of the first apple orchard in America. There are several terrific places to pick apples close to Boston, but it can be even more fun to venture a little further afield. So we’ve rounded up five of the best places to pick apples in Massachusetts that have other fun attractions—and good food—nearby, so you can make a day trip out of your visit to the farm.

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