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Fun Purim Events for Families Around Boston

Technically, Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the defeat of Haman's plot against the Jews, as recorded in the Book of Esther; but to kids, Purim is mostly just pure fun. Across the city and 'burbs, schools, temples, libraries, and museums are hosting Purim parties and activities, in which kids can dress up in their favorite or zaniest costumes and nosh on traditional treats.

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.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Hockey, Papermaking, and a Princess Party; Feb 6-10

There's some messy weather in the forecast, so it will be tempting to hang at home when there isn't someplace you need to be this week. But with a wintry mix of exciting hockey, Snow Queen appearances, a princess ball, and more on the horizon too, there's sure to be some event to challenge your hibernating instincts. I'm hoping to venture to the Children's Science Discovery Museum in Acton, where kids will be encouraged to take the concept of "homemade" valentines to a whole new level on Wednesday by crafting their own paper from recycled paper pulp. If you're looking for more activities, mark down (with a red crayon, of course), one of these events from our Valentine's Day lineup. Those cute cards aren't going to decorate themselves.

10 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Kids in Boston

Sweethearts of all kinds are celebrated on Valentine's Day, and there are plenty of ways for families to celebrate together in and around Boston. From libraries to bookstores, craft shops to bakeries, kids can make cute Valentines, hear stories about love and friendship, and enjoy a sweet treat or two. 

If you're looking for an at-home activity, we also have 10 DIY Valentines ideas for kids to make (with a little help).

Ice Skating Lessons for Preschoolers in the Boston Area

Does your preschooler dream of being a hockey star or Olympic figure skater? Or do you simply want to help your little one learn a new skill and take part in a fun winter activity? Either way, three- and four-year-olds are at a perfect age to learn to skate, and we're lucky to have access to lots of great public rinks in Boston. We've compiled a list of area ice skating schools that offer lessons especially for this age group. 

9 Places for Family-Friendly Snowshoeing Near Boston

When temperatures start to drop in Boston, it’s tempting to want to hibernate inside with the kids. But that almost always leads to a bad case of cabin fever. So when winter strikes, we try to embrace it. This means getting out for activities like wintertime walks, skiing, and ice skating. And our other favorite winter activity, that’s perfect for the whole family: snowshoeing. Whether you have your own snowshoes or need to rent them, there are plenty of options for where to try snowshoeing near Boston. 

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.

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