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5 Free Outdoor Playgroups for Boston Babies and Toddlers

As soon as the weather turned warm, I couldn’t wait to get outside with my son. And while we love going to the park or playground by ourselves to swing or play with toys, it’s extra fun when a friend or two can join us. So when I started hearing about outdoor playgroups, an increasingly popular alternative to meet-ups in houses and rec centers, I knew we had to check them out. We’ve mostly been going to the Growing Center (see below) because we live in Somerville, but all of the groups look like really fun (not to mention no-cost) ways to soak up the sunshine and fresh air while meeting new friends.

7 Drive-In Movie Theaters Near Boston

For me, a drive-in movie theater evokes memories of playing catch with family and friends on a warm summer night, then settling in to watch movies on the big screen until the kids fell asleep. Those were distant memories until I took my own family to the Mendon Twin Drive-in. The experience was exactly as I had remembered it, and we now try to make it to the drive-in at least once each summer. 

Read on for everything you need to know about a family night at the drive-in, including seven drive-in theaters in the region and five 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.

7 Hidden Gem Beaches for Families Around Boston

With the Cape, North Shore, and South Shore a drive away, a day trip to a great Boston-area beach is always possible. The only drawback to the most popular beaches is, of course, crowds,—which can make parking, swimming, and watching after little kids somewhat stressful. If a lower key scene is what you're after, check out these sandy spots, which can all be reached in just over an hour from the city. 

New Charlotte's Web Experience at Old Sturbridge Village

There are few stories as ingrained into our collective memory as Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s classic novel of an unlikely friendship between a barn spider, a pig, and a young girl. Lucky for us, Old Sturbridge Village (already one of our favorite summer day trips) is breathing new life into White's story with The Charlotte’s Web Experience: a unique live production running from July 5th through August 26th. Kids are part of the act in this interactive re-telling of the timeless tale, which is staged on an actual farm and involves music, cute barn animals, and even delicious themed treats.

Free Things to Do with Boston Kids in July

We all know it is easy to spend a small fortune entertaining the whole family all summer long. Luckily, with so many free options in the Boston area, you don't have to! We recently rounded up our family-friendly picks for July; here, we're focusing on all-free fun throughout the month. Save your change for ice cream after!

25 Beat-the-Heat Crafts for Hot Summer Days

Summer's here, the kids are out of school, and some days are made for staying indoors to relish in the A/C instead of weathering an outdoor event in 90+ temps and 85% humidity. The same old indoor activities can get boring for you and your crew though, so we've scoured our resources to bring together creative projects your kids are bound to enjoy. Make the day even more memorable and invite some friends over to join in the fun. 

Here's a list of 25 unique arts and crafts that can really help you stay cool (literally and figuratively) with your kids. Heads up, save your recyclables!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fireworks, Harborfest, Soccer Celebration, June 30 - July 1

With the 4th of July coming up in a few short days, Boston is ready to get the Independence party started! Harborfest kicks off with events all over Boston, and the Boston Harbor fireworks will be lighting up the Saturday night sky. World Cup fans can play in an open kick, and football fans can learn from former pros at this football clinic. Speaking of sports, check out this 4th of July classic vintage baseball game between the Derbys and the Coopers, or learn how to dance like a revolutionary (costumes encouraged!).

Woof! Dog Sculptures Bring Kid-Friendly Public Art to Charlestown

It's official: Charlestown has gone to the dogs! This summer, the Charlestown Navy Yard is being invaded by huge, colorfully decorated sculptures in the shape of man's best friend. Canine-loving kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy the whimsy of these massive steel pups, designed by local artist Dale Rogers, that temporarily dot the landscape of Boston's most historic waterfront area. Situated on the lovely National Park Service grounds (where real dogs, on leashes, are welcome, too!) and next to the USS Constitution Museum (one of our fave free museums), the Big Dog Show will be accessible daily throughout Summer 2018. Consider it a perfect excuse to pack a picnic and head to Charlestown for a day or evening of public art, history, and awesome harbor views.

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