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6 Indoor Birthday Party Places for Active Kids in Boston

Jump, climb, run, skate - some kids just have to keep on moving. Lucky for these kids, there are plenty of indoor spaces to host a birthday party in Boston that allow kids to harness some of that energy. Since the party places are all indoors, no need to worry about rain, snow, heat or cold. And what may be the best thing about hosting at an indoor birthday party place? No mess, minimal fuss, and great fun for parents, too!

Read on for details about indoor birthday party places in Boston where you can host a party and not worry about kids breaking anything or having to use “inside voices, please.” Find even more birthday ideas in our Party Guide: Birthday Party Places for Kids in MA.

A Parent Review Of Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure

Finding places to bring both a toddler and an infant in the city (in this weather!) is never easy. So, we put our baby in the Bjorn, bundled up our toddler, and headed to Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure this weekend at Agganis Arena.  Boston University has certainly changed since my graduation day in 2001.  The Arena is now a state-of-the-art venue, perfect for hosting extravaganzas like Disney on Ice.  I found the added stage built over the rink a particularly wonderful surprise that made for a more robust show.  Together (along with Mickey, Minnie and the gang), we traveled from the jungle to the sea, and along the way met The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, and Peter Pan & Tinkerbell.  Overall, Disney On Ice is well worth the time, with a couple areas that could use some polishing.

Local Cloth Diapering Resources: Making baby poo a little greener

It's the thing every expectant parent dreads and every new parent comes to accept within hours of their child's birth: the copious amounts of poo that little bodies are capable of producing. For families interested in "going green," cloth diapers may be an appealing alternative to sending endless bags of disposables to the landfill. But where to start? Fortunately, while cloth diapering can seem overwhelming, Boston has several local resources to help figure out if cloth diapering is right for your family.

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

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