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.

Nature Summer Camps: 17 Mass Audubon Day & Overnight Camps

My kids taught me everything there is to know about frogs, fiddler crabs, horseshoe crabs, tidal pools, the marshes, and shorebirds. And they learned everything there is to know about these important things at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Natural History Day Camp. For three years, they happily spent hot summer days mucking in the marshes, digging at the sandy shore, and skimming bugs from a fresh water pond — and loved every minute of it.

Mass Audubon has 17 day camps across the state, from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands. The organization has been running summer camps for over 60 years, and if our experience in Wellfleet is any indication, the quality of its programs is hard to beat. 

Kid-Friendly & Allergy-Friendly Dining in the Greater Boston Area: Burtons Grill

My family has so many food allergies and sensitivities, dining out has become more of a chore than the pleasant, relaxing experience I would like it to be. At different times in my life, going out to eat has been a celebration, an escape from the drudgery of the kitchen, a gastronomic adventure, or an opportunity to share a stress-free meal with friends and family. After visiting Burtons Grill in Burlington, I have hope that it can be those things for us once again.

Arts & Crafts Places for Kids in Boston

There are many reasons for taking your children to an artsy-craftsy place: Bringing out their inner artist, encouraging creativity and self-expression, doing something fun together, having access to teachers, equipment and materials… I could go on and on.

While all those things are important, this is the number-one reason for visiting the fabulous places I have selected: The mess isn’t in your house! So take the kids out, unleash the creative spirits within, have a great time.


Calvin's Monster Ticket Giveaway - Win a Family 4-Pack!

Boston Children's Theatre's latest production, Calvin's Monster, comes to the Boston Center for the Arts for two weekends, beginning February 4, and a Mommy Poppins Boston family can win free tickets to see the show.

Calvin's Monster is a musical based on the book Fairy Tale Moments by Marcia Trimble, in which eight-year-old Calvin learns how to overcome his fears - with a little help from his fairy tale friends. Performances are February 4, 5, 11, and 12, and tickets are good for any performance.

For your chance to win the Family 4-Pack of tickets for the show, just send me an email by Thursday, February 2 at 5pm. The winner will be randomly drawn and notified that evening.

Museums for Kids and Families in Greater Boston: 3 North Shore Museums

As part of our continuing series that highlights area museums, Mommy Poppins Boston recently toured three museums on the North Shore: the Wenham Museum (Wenham), Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester), and Peabody Essex Museum (Salem).

While they vary in size and focus, from the cozy Wenham Museum to the nearly 500,000-square foot Peabody Essex, each one offers a unique museum experience for kids and families, with special exhibits and programs geared to different ages.

Things To Do in Boston with Kids on Christmas Day - Walking through History

With the shopping done, gifts wrapped, and house ready for guests, Christmas Day is a welcome break from the last-minute rush and chaos of the season. While most stores, museums, and other attractions in Boston are closed on Christmas Day (thank the Blue Laws in part for that), families can get out and explore the city via several self-guided tours: the Freedom Trail, the Boston HarborWalk, and the Walk to the Sea. Of course, there's nothing to say families can't explore the city throughout the year using these walks as a guide!

Please read on for details, and all our best for a safe and joyful holiday.

Sing-Along Mary Poppins Ticket Giveaway - Win One of Two Family 4-Packs!

The Regent Theatre in Arlington hosts an interactive movie experience with a customized version of the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and two Mommy Poppins Boston families can win free tickets to see the film.

A restored 35mm print of the classic 1964 film has been customized with on-screen lyrics so audiences can join in the fun by singing along. A movie host introduces the film and leads the crowd through audience participation activities and demonstrates the use of the complimentary bag of interactive props. To complete the Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins experience, audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite Mary Poppins character – or in a costume inspired by the movie.

Show times are: Fri 10:30am, 2pm, 7pm; Sat 10:30am, 2pm; and Sun 2pm.

For your chance to win one of two Family 4-Packs for the show, just send me an email before Wednesday, 11/23 at noon. Winners will be notified by 2pm.


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