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.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy the weekend!

Boston April Vacation Week Camps 2014 - Part II

If you’re still trying to figure out what to do with the kids during April Vacation Week, take a look at these terrific workshops and camps. They provide fun opportunities for kids who enjoy arts & crafts, writing, theater, and history. If your child is more outdoorsy, check out my first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps, highlighting programs that get kids outdoors and exploring nature. 

Purim Festivals and Carnivals around Boston

Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated with storytelling, costumes, and the making and giving of gifts. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all.

But Purim is worth knowing. It celebrates the story of Queen Esther outwitting the evil Haman, a story that has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)

How to Find a Summer Camp for Your Child: Introducing Our New Boston Camp Directory

This time of year, the planners, the worriers, and the Type A personalities among us start obsessing about finding the right summer camp for our kids. The bad news is that most of the camp fairs have already come and gone. The good news is that the open houses are just getting started. (To find upcoming camp open houses in Boston, use the keyword search in our Events Calendar.) That’s great, but you might be wondering where to even start. After all, there are hundreds of camps in the Boston area. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have the tool you need: A Camp Directory! The Mommy Poppins Boston editors have chosen quality camps in and around Boston to include in the directory, and there are multiple ways to search for camps your child will love. Keep reading for the answers to your burning questions, like where to find this handy dandy directory, how to use it, and what other camp resources we have to help you on your quest for the right summer camp for your child.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in South Boston

As condo buildings and new businesses sprout up all over South Boston, restaurant owners have clearly taken notice.  The area has been introduced to some great new culinary additions in the last couple years.  Combined with some fabulous old stand-by's, Southie is now holding its own as a reputable place to come and dine.  Luckily for the large numbers of families moving here, many of these establishments are kid-friendly.  Here are some of my favorites in South Boston, and don't miss my recommendations on where to eat when visiting the Boston Children's Museum.  

6 Indoor Birthday Party Places for Active Kids South of Boston

Looking for a place to hold a kid’s birthday party south of Boston? We continue our series of indoor birthday party places for active kids with six different types of parties on the South Shore - gymnastics, dance, rock climbing, swimming, open play, and skating - that all allow kids to stay active and have fun in a safe, indoors environment.

And as with any party that is not held in your home, they all offer advantages like plenty of space, no weather worries, no mess to clean up afterwards, and minimal preparation required for parents. Read on for details about 6 indoor birthday party places south of Boston to consider. Please check out our Birthday Party Guide for more places to have a kid’s birthday party in MA, including our roundup of indoor birthday party places for active kids in Boston.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Trains, Science, Magic and More Trains, Feb 15-16

February school vacation kicks off this weekend, and Boston offers plenty of ways to keep kids busy throughout the break. Options this weekend range from interactive readings of Kadir Nelson’s I Have a Dream picture book at Faneuil Hall to a model train show at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham.

National Engineers Week begins this week; check out the special events that will keep kids interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. We’ve also highlighted over 30 museum events and special activities taking place throughout February School Vacation Week. And if you’re thinking about visiting Southie this weekend, take a look at Kristin's new post. Read on for things to do this weekend, and be sure to visit our events calendar for more ideas.

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Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Fun in Boston: National Engineers Week

We parents know it’s important for our kids to do well in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, but how do we get them – and keep them – interested?  Start early, and make it fun! National Engineers Week, February 16-22, is a great place to start.  Read on for some wonderful programs happening in the Boston area during National Engineers Week, which (thankfully) coincides with February Vacation Week. If you want to continue stoking your child's interest during the summer, take a look at our post highlighting summer camp options for kids who love STEM


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