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More December Vacation Camps for Boston Kids

Are you still looking for good camp options for December Vacation? Need some structure for your little one during the time off from preschool, or a great gift for your budding artist? We’ve found a few more vacation week camps, and a couple of them are for little tykes, too! Read on to find out more about camps for nature enthusiasts, LEGO fanatics, young artists, and preschoolers with a lot of energy to burn. 

Things to Do in Boston with Kids this Weekend: Revels, Holiday Extravaganza and More, Dec 14-15

It’s the second-to-last full weekend before Christmas (!), and the choices of things Boston families can do to celebrate this season continues to grow. One of our annual favorites, The Christmas Revels, opens this week. Other picks this weekend include the opening of Wheelock Family Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play and The Heart of Robin Hood in Cambridge. Alastair Moock hosts his annual Holiday Extravaganza in Brookline, and Karen K and the Jitterbugs host a Holiday Jamboree in Natick.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Finally, our Biggest Holiday Giveaway is back! There are 12 awesome prizes - but they end one per day, so enter to win before they expire. And follow us on Facebook to learn about our flash giveaways - you never know when they will appear.

Enjoy!

Two in Tow: 5 Indoor Places to Take Baby & Toddler

The weather has turned chilly in the city, which means parents everywhere scramble to one of Boston's museums to entertain cooped up toddlers. But that's not always easy when you have an infant and a toddler; you want to get out of the house, but the idea of fighting the crowds is daunting.  Now that I officially have “two in tow” I’ve been searching for more creative (READ: easier) places to take them that don’t require 1) A lot of walking around, and 2) A huge parking lot.   

The combination of kids, winter, and the city sure is a tough one.  Getting out of the house is key, but it doesn't have to be an epic adventure.  Here are 5 places that are manageable to bring an immobile infant and a toddler with energy to burn.

20 Things to do with Kids in Roslindale

I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood. Roslindale Village (and it really is a bit like a village) includes the square and its surrounding neighborhoods, and it is diverse, sociable, walkable, and fun. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the suburbs.

The fact that Roslindale is situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury means that you've probably driven through it on your way somewhere else. Here are twenty reasons to stop and hang out for a while.

December Vacation Camps for Boston Kids

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the day off every time the kids got a day off from school?  If you’re scrambling to find childcare for December vacation, take a look at these camps in and around Boston. You may not have the day off, but you can rest easy, knowing that your kids are safe, staying active and having fun (while you toil away at work).

If you're planning to be home for the holidays and need some fun things to do with the kids during those long school-free days, check out our Holiday Fun Guide for ideas aplenty.

Free & Cheap Indoor Fun for Boston Kids (While You Get Your Shopping Done)

Shopping with kids (groan). It can be a drag, both for the children and the adults. But sometimes it is necessary, especially during the holidays. Some Boston stores really go out of their way to make kids and families happy, and we love ‘em for it. Many offer free activities, a few have play spaces, and others are like theme parks! Check out these places to take the kids during your shopping excursions to add a little (or lot of) fun to running errands.

Want more ideas for free things to do with kids in Boston? Take a look at my posts about visiting museums for free in the city of Boston and in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline

Outdoor Gift Picks to “Gear Up” the Kids for Winter

Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston free online community.

Winter, blustery weather, and the holidays are upon us, and it’s good to have a few strategies in place, especially when you have kids. Here’s a list of some cool products that can make winter even more fun for your family, and they all make great gifts as well.

Poppins Parents: Amber Bobnar, Wonder Mom

In our Poppins Parents series, we’ve featured the founder of a local nonprofit organization, a Boston Marathon runner who raises money for homeless children, a passionate advocate for getting kids outdoors, a musician who helps kids sing their way through cancer, and a yogi whose parenting blog provides reassurance that we're all in this together. It’s a diverse group of people with something in common: They are all local parents who make a difference in the lives of Boston families.

Our newest Poppins Parent hasn’t lived in the Boston area for long, but she’s already made quite an impact. She is a writer, an avid proponent for Boston’s many talented children’s musicians, and the creator of WonderBaby.org, an invaluable resource for parents of children with special needs.

Meet Amber Bobnar; find out what drew her from Hawai‘i to Boston, discover what's on her list of Boston's best venues for children's music, and learn which local resources she has found most helpful for raising a child with special needs.

A Far Cry: A Fun Introduction to Classical Music for Boston Families

If you frequent Jamaica Plain, you already know about the many awesome places to make music with your kids. But you might not know that Jamaica Plain is also home to one of the most unique and critically acclaimed up-and-coming chamber music groups in the country, the conductor-less string orchestra, A Far Cry.  This group -- they call themselves Criers -- invites a new generation of young people to embrace classical music by making their concerts participatory, varied, and inexpensive. And they have afternoon recitals, perfect for the younger, post-nap set.

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