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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kids in Boston - Contests, Festival, Workshops and a Walk

“Listen my children and you shall hear…” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Kids in the greater Boston area can celebrate with poetry contests, workshops, performances, a festival and an exploratory walk through the woods. Read on for a roundup of all things poetry.

Fun for the Whole Family in Boston: The Big Apple Circus

As our kids are growing up and starting to develop their own interests, it has become increasingly difficult to find an activity our whole family will enjoy. Each person has their own idea of fun, which often doesn’t even register on the rest of the family’s fun-o-meter. Happily, we discovered that the Big Apple Circus is an exception. The whole family enjoyed two hours of pure entertainment – we laughed, we gasped, we sat wide-eyed and momentarily frozen in our seats, wondering if the performers were really going to be able to pull it off (they did, of course).

Gluten Free Boston Kids: Glutenus Minimus Saves the Day

GLUTENUS MINIMUS HAS CLOSED FOR BUSINESS AS OF OCTOBER 2015

As a gluten free parent with two gluten intolerant kids, there are some things I really miss, like being able to go out for a quick slice of pizza.  I can’t tell you how many times we have gone to places that serve gluten free pizza, only to have them tell us they just ran out of the GF crust.  If someone in your family eats gluten free, you’ve probably had similar experiences. If you have, I have very good news for you: Glutenus Minimus, the gluten free bakery in Belmont, is now serving pizza!

It’s true. I have been there and seen it with my own eyes.

Arts and Crafts Places for Kids in Metro West Boston

Whether it’s extreme heat, freezing cold, or rain that sends your family running for cover, there’s no need to sit around at home. There are some great places in the Metrowest area for you and the kids to avoid the elements, create something wonderful, and maybe even make some new friends.

What’s New and Cool at the Museum of Science

There’s always something new at the Museum of Science to engage you and your young Einstein (or maybe Frankenstein) in scientific inquiry. The place is so humongous, it’s sometimes difficult to choose what to do while you’re there, given the kids’ limited attention spans and basic needs, like snack breaks and naps.

We like to see what’s new first, then visit some old favorites, like the schoolhouse and the Science in the Park exhibit. On our recent visit, we checked out the new gecko exhibit and spent a lot of time in the Discovery Center, which is a great place to go any time you visit with young children.

Boston Flower and Garden Show - A Sure Sign of Spring

If the weather this week hasn’t done enough to give you a case of spring fever, a visit to the Boston Flower and Garden Show - at the Seaport World Trade Center from Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18 - will certainly do the job. Over 25 garden displays by landscape professionals and area nurseries focus are designed around this year’s theme – First Impressions: Adding WOW Factor to Outdoor Spaces. There is also a full schedule of lectures and demonstrations by top garden writers, industry professionals and chefs, as well as a wide marketplace featuring plants and gardening products.

We had the opportunity to visit the show the first day, and while it is definitely designed for adults, there is plenty to keep the kids’ interest if they do come along.

Everything Old is New Again at the Boston Children’s Museum

Last week, I took my kids to the Boston Children’s Museum for an afternoon. It had been a while, and the kids acted like they were visiting old friends: “Let’s go to the beauty parlor in Boston Black. There she is! Oh, it looks like she has lost a lot of hair since we last saw her.” “Let’s go climb in the Construction Zone! Remember that time we hid from you up in the top?” That was the sort of thing I heard for most of the afternoon, as we hit all our favorites. But we also made some new discoveries, and I think my kids now have some new old friends they would like to go back and see again. There are three new exhibits at the Boston Children’s Museum, and they are definitely worth a visit: Big and Little, OddAnimals, and Native Voices.

7 Baby-Friendly Cinemas in Boston - Infants Welcome!

It’s not often that first-run movies and crying, sleeping, or just-waking babies are mentioned in the same sentence. But at several local cinemas, it’s a regularly scheduled event. These theaters offer baby-friendly matinees - special programs that give moms, dads, grandparents, and caretakers the chance to see a new, top-rated film – crying babies welcome!

A comfortable and early daytime setting and a baby-friendly environment where parents can park their strollers and socialize with other parents with infants are common among these theaters. Lights are kept brighter and the volume lower, and no “shush”ing required.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show - with your baby.

What's In Your Shell Collection? - Mollusks at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

As most school-aged children in the area know, the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge is a great destination for families with kids who are fascinated by animals, dinosaurs, insects, sea creatures and birds. Its exhibits, informative displays, and special programs make it a fun place to explore.

There's a new reason to visit the HMoNH: Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm, which looks at the world of snails, clams, squid and other invertebrates of the marine world.

What’s New and Exciting in Toyland? Magic Beans in Boston!

Sheri and Eli Gurock, intrepid proprietors of Magic Beans, keep planting more seeds and making their toy store business grow. It started in 2004, with a single store in Coolidge Corner. Eight years and 5 stores later, their latest beanstalk has sprung up in The Shops at Prudential Center.

The new Magic Beans store in the Prudential Center quietly opened for business in November and made a splash in January with a grand-opening Kazoo Flash Mob – Skip to My Lou through the Pru with kazoos – led by the incomparable children’s songstress, Vanessa Trien. It was quite a celebration, complete with a visit from Elmo and giveaways galore. For those of us who missed it, we can have our own micro celebrations by taking our little ones to the new store to check out the selection of gear, gadgets, gifts and games.

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