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Weekend Fun: Soccer, Slime, and a FunFest; Jul 13-14

Nothing says summer more than being outdoors, eating awesome food, and just plain having fun. In Boston, we're lucky enough to have these options all summer long, and many are kid-friendly. This weekend, budding chefs can learn the fine art of pasta making or eat as much pizza as they can eat. The annual, WGBH FunFest is back, along with one of our picks for summer art-themed events. Young scientists can get up close with some creepy crawlies or learn how to create slime "ice cream." Sports lovers won't want to miss this all-weekend tournament (with a special event on Sunday just for kids).  

16 Touristy Things Even Boston Kids Love to Do

When out-of-towners visit Boston, they have many boxes to check off their must-see list. But kids are notoriously reluctant tourists, and may not have the stamina to do every stop on the Freedom Trail or spend hours inside a museum. Here's our carefully curated list of specific, unique-to-Boston activities that even local kids love to do again and again. 

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Water games are an easy way to keep the kids entertained—and cool—this summer. From a simple water balloon toss to fancier DIY fun like sprinkler Twister, these outdoor games are sure to please all ages.

One year, I found myself home with both kids for a whole summer due to a shift in my career path, so we got pretty creative with the water games. There were 10 weeks to fill after all! Read on for our favorites—and you can also download this free printable with all 25 top water games for kids.

Need more free and cheap activities for the kids this summer break? Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep them busy (and tired out). Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and Free Summer Fun Ideas. But their absolute favorites are the water games for splish-splashy, low-key summer fun.

Drive-In Movie Theaters Near Boston for Kids' and Family Flicks

There are some family activities that seem to define summer: picking berries, spending a day at the beach, camping out, and, of course, watching a movie under the stars! While you could always catch an outdoor movie from a picnic blanket in a local park, taking in a drive-in movie from the comfort of the family truckster is a special treat.

Read on for everything you need to know about a family night at the drive-in, including our favorite drive-in theaters in the region and tips for enjoying your experience to the fullest. A few of them might be over an hour away, depending on where you live, but consider that a chance to pack pjs and send kids off to dreamland on the drive home.

A Tiny House Hotel Vacation Means Big Fun for Families

For traveling families, a tiny house rental can make the perfect hotel solution. It often comes with multiple beds without the cost of a pricey multiroom suite, as well as family-friendly amenities, such as stocked kitchens. It doesn't hurt that they're so very cute and often set among pretty landscapes, from beaches to forests and mountains. 

Tiny houses have grown in popularity in recent years as many of us try to reduce our footprint and that means a tiny house getaway is all the more accessible. There are now villages of tiny houses available for American vacationers. Tiny home resorts have cropped up, too, while some campgrounds and even urban areas have added a handful of rentable tiny homes to their grounds.

So pack light and check out these seven tiny house resorts that allow you and the kids to try on tiny living for size.

25 Things to Do on the Boston Seaport and Fort Point with Kids

Boston's neighboring Seaport District and Fort Point neighborhoods are bursting with cool new spots to play, learn, and eat, and families are flocking to live here. So it's no surprise that this waterfront district just across the channel from Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail is becoming a day-trip hot spot with young kids. Between awesome playgrounds, kid-friendly art installations, world-class museums, and drool-worthy restaurants, these 25 ideas for enjoying the Seaport and Fort Point area with kids will keep your family plenty busy when exploring the area. Warning: If you don't already live here, you may find yourself thinking about a move after reading this list!

Fourth of July Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fireworks, Harborfest, and Big Bounce

Break out the flags and fireworks: It's the Fourth of July! Definitely one of the best holidays for Boston kids to enjoy, Independence Day and national pride are celebrated not just this Thursday, but all weekend long. Harborfest kicks off its week of activities, Big Bounce bounds into Boston (say that three times fast), and this popular summer block party has been extended from one to two days of partying. There's music in the Navy Yard, movies by moonlight, and a very blue drum-off. Kids can get their science on or set sail for Spectacle Island. How about a little dabble, doodle, dancing?

Whatever your family chooses to do, we here at Mommy Poppins wish you a fantastic and fun Fourth of July with your families!

Best Fourth of July Activities for Kids That Aren't Fireworks

It's Fourth of July week, and the kids are itching for something fun to do before the big fireworks show. Keep them entertained with these Independence Day activities, including patriotic crafts, cooking projects, and even day trips.

We've rounded up plenty of kid-friendly things to do this Fourth of July, including for toddlers and preschoolers who might prefer to avoid those startling (and thunderous) sky explosions. But we didn't neglect the big kid and teen activities either.

Find more at-home activity ideas in our Boredom Busters for Kids guide, including 100 Awesome Crafts and the Ultimate Summer Play List.

Where to Pick Blueberries with Kids in the Boston Area

Strawberries? Raspberries? Blueberries? Our family debate over which is the best berry may never be resolved, but this time of year, the blueberry is everyone's favorite pick. This tart little superfood just may be the easiest fruit to pick, prepare, and serve: There's no peeling, pitting, coring, or cutting. Plus, they attract fewer natural pests other than birds, so much of the fruit is grown pesticide-free. 

The pick-your-own blueberry season begins in July and continues through late August or early September. From simple you-pick blueberries to full-service farms with play areas and petting zoos, we’ve rounded up some of the best farms in the Boston area to visit. Read on to the end of the post to find a recipe for our favorite blueberry treat: the classic blueberry buckle. 

If you've had your fill of berries or missed the growing season, check out these u-pick peach, plum, cherry, and corn farms or these gorgeous pick-your-own flower farms. Check out all of our guides for seasonal u-pick farms in the area!

Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway!

Yes, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for fun all year round, but especially summertime – our Summer Guides and local family event calendars are jam packed with outings and activities galore. But we wanted to put a little extra sizzle in your season, so this summer we’re hosting our biggest giveaway ever! Each week, for the entire summer, we’re giving away a different awesome prize package.

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