Hurricane Sandy in the Forecast: Get Ready!

Whether making a direct path for Boston or simply threatening to hit with high winds, a hurricane can wreak havoc on the unprepared. Rather than panic, though, when the news reports begin to hint of an impending storm, it's definitely worth spending some time to be sure you and your family are ready to handle emergencies that can arise. (Batteries? Check. Flashlights? Check. Water? Check.) Read on for a roundup of some sound advice about hurricane preparedness from a number of reliable sources.

Ticket Giveaway and a Free CD - Mister G at the Coolidge Theatre

Mister G plays songs from his brand new bilingual (English/Spanish) CD, Chocolalala, an irresistible collection of songs that blend Latin rhythms, traditional instruments, and Mister G's uniquely catchy song-writing for children. The concert is at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline on Saturday, October 20, and we're offering two readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show plus a CD of Chocolalala. Bailamos!

We have several ways to enter:

  • Send us an email and let us know you're interested in attending the MISTER G show
  • Post a comment on our Facebook page
  • Leave a comment at the end of this post.

The deadline is Friday, October 12. Two winners will be drawn at random and notified on Monday, October 15.  If winners don't respond to our email notification within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn. (Email addresses of entrants will not be collected, sold or otherwise abused.)

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.


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