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.

Preschools in Boston Series: 5 Preschools in Cambridge

by Julie Marden

We continue our Preschools in Boston series with a glimpse at five Cambridge preschools, from one of the oldest parent cooperatives in the country to a Harvard affiliated non-profit childcare center. Granted, some of these have long wait lists, but there are a surprising handful of openings right now.

We’ve provided an overview of the school philosophies and basic requirements below, but a look at these schools’ websites – and, of course, a visit! – is highly recommended as you begin to clarify your hopes and requirements for your children and their educational paths.


Keith Munslow Ticket Giveaway - Win One of Two Family 4-Packs!

Keith Munslow comes to the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Saturday, 10/29, and two Mommy Poppins Boston families can win free tickets to see his show, Songs and Stories, Cartoons and Comedy.

Munslow is an award-winning performer who combines music, storytelling, visual art, and improvisation in a performance that includes plenty of audience participation.

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

Boston Preschool Open Houses - November and December

by Julie Marden

While the school year may still have a bit of a “back to school” feel to it, area preschools begin their open house season this month for parents trying to decide where to send their children next year. Recently, we launched our occasional series of preschools in the greater Boston area by highlighting five Boston nursery schools that represent different philosophies or approaches to education. Below is a calendar of these schools’ upcoming Open Houses and information on how to visit them. 

Preschools in Boston Series: 5 Preschools, 5 Philosophies

by Julie Marden

For any parent, choosing a preschool can feel overwhelming, especially in an educational center like Boston.  But even the best schools vary in tradition and curriculum; what may be right for one family may not be for another.  As many schools are already accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year (and most have an application deadline at the end of January 2012), now is the time to begin your search. To start you off, here’s a breakdown of five different but exciting nursery schools in Boston.  



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