New Museum Exhibits for Families In and Around Boston – Fall 2012

Although it’s a time when many of us are preparing for our winter hibernation, fall is also a time for new beginnings, like the start of the school year, new TV shows, and football season. Performing arts seasons also begin in the fall and new exhibits open at local museums. We at Mommy Poppins are especially excited about the latter, and we think you will be too when you take a look at the new museum exhibits we’ve rounded up for the fall. Read on for places around Boston to see exotic haberdashery, a genuine space capsule, artwork that heals or that you can literally step into, graffiti as high art, and replicas of massive mammoths. 

5 Favorite Outdoor Adventures around Boston for Kids – “Tween” Approved!

The Appalachian Mountain Club recently launched Kids Outdoors Boston, a free online community designed to help parents get their kids outside. The site is packed with over 100 thoroughly described, close-to-home trips, which include maps, driving and public transportation directions – making planning a breeze for moms and dads.

Kids Outdoors Boston is based on a guidebook recently published by AMC, Outdoors with Kids Boston. Today in partnership with the AMC, we highlight five picks from the book, chosen by the author’s daughter.*

Boat Ride on the Concord River - a Perfect Summer Adventure

Uncle Tom stopped by this weekend with his boat in tow. This was a special treat, because it was not just any boat, but a 1948 Old Town wooden motor boat, beautifully restored and just perfect to take on the Concord River. We put together a picnic, grabbed the life jackets, and set off for a summer adventure.

The launch went smoothly, and we slowly eased into the river, past the families fishing on both shores at the boat landing. Once we were out on the river, it felt like we had entered a different world. The shore line is remarkably undeveloped, and the scenery varied. The river flows slowly, and is navigable by small motor boats, canoes, and kayaks. We passed a number of fishermen slowly trolling up and down the river, as well.

A Day at the MFA with Kids

Sometimes I get the impression that parents think the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) is a little too highbrow for kids, or that children don’t have long enough attention spans for a couple of hours at the museum. I disagree. In fact, I think visiting the MFA is a wonderful museum to visit as a family. I have found the place to be very family-friendly, especially if you take the time to do some planning. Read on for tips to help you get the most out of your visit. 

Pure, Air-Conditioned Fun: Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppets aren’t really our thing. Well, at least I thought they weren’t. We kept hearing about the delights of the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, but we never understood the appeal. However, we’re up for almost any adventure this summer, so when a friend invited us to see Pinocchio last Friday, we said, “Sure, sounds good.” The kids were actually excited from the start, but I wasn’t sold until I heard the theater is air-conditioned. Little did I know, we were going to have the most fun we've had in ages.

The World’s Only Curious George Store – Definitely Worth a Visit

Do you remember back in April, when The Curious George Store opened with much fanfare? You didn't make it to the grand opening? Well, that's OK, neither did we. Mommy Poppins Boston got a sneak peek of the store before it opened, but we hadn’t been back until just recently. I thought the place looked like it was going to be quite fabulous, but I wanted to see it through the eyes of my children, so we recently hopped on the T and headed to Harvard Square for a summer field trip to The World's Only Curious George Store.

The New Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - "Let Freedom Ring!"

“The time for action has arrived…”

Museum, guided tour, interactive exhibit, historical re-enactment - you could describe the Tea Party Ships and Museum as any of these, but in reality, it’s actually all of these. Many years in the re-building, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum opens on June 26 on the Congress Street Bridge, just around the corner from the Children’s Museum.

We recently had the opportunity to tour this new Boston attraction and have to admit that we were were impressed by the quality, care and attention to detail that has gone in to the project.

Boston Area Farmers’ Markets are in Full Swing – June Openings

Summer is upon us, and the farmers’ markets in Boston and surrounding communities are truly in full swing. There’s something about the markets opening in June: They have a festival-like atmosphere, with friends catching up, colorful foods and plants everywhere, music, activities for kids, and delightful treats fit for any kind of summer celebration.

Read on for the 411 on five of our favorite markets, plus a secret or two to make your family’s market shopping experience even more fun.


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