8 Great Summer Camps for Preschoolers

Ready or not, summer is just a few months away and it's time to plan a way to keep your kids occupied. This is especially true for preschool-aged kids, for whom summer planning can be particularly tricky: They're old enough to want (and need) some mental and social stimulation outside the house, but not so mature that you can plant them at any old camp and trust they'll make do (or articulate why they're not). The good news is that the Boston area offers lots of great summer programs for preschoolers, from traditional day camps to out-of-the-box options. We've listed some of our favorite programs that cater to this age group here. For more options, check out our summer camp guide.

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.

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.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Puppetry, Easter Bunnies, and More, April 5-6

Bunnies and turtles and giraffes... Oh my! Turtle's New Home opens at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline and Brundibar and But the Giraffe! closes at the Central Square Theater. Easter festivities kick off this weekend with photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, and an Eggstravanganza (if you're on the hunt for eggs, see our post on more  Easter Egg Hunts in Boston). Spring has just arrived, but if you are already planning for summer check out the open houses at Camp Sewataro and the Dedham Country Day Camp. See the full calendar of events for more fun family activities this weekend.

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Enjoy the weekend!

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