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Amazing, Kid-friendly Features at these Airports Make Family Travel Suck Less

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

10 Thanksgiving Week Activities to do With Boston Kids

In some quarters, Thanksgiving is a blip on the November calendar between the splashier, more commercial holidays of Halloween and Christmas. But not so in the Commonwealth. Here in the region where the "first Thanksgiving" was said to have taken place, Bostonians take turkey day seriously, and the week is full of events to commemorate this day of family, food, and gratitude. 

Nutcracker Shows and Other Holiday Performances Kids will Love in Boston

The Nutcracker Ballet: It's among the most enduring of holiday family traditions in these parts. And just as there are many kinds of Boston families, there are different Nutcrackers appealing to different tastes, from the Boston Ballet classic to a high-energy, hip-hop interpretation. But Tchaikovsky's beloved confection is hardly the only holiday-themed stage performance delighting kids across Boston this month and next. Families can carol with the Pops, giggle at Elf, root for a red-nosed reindeer, and more. All the shows are terrific, but tickets will go faster than cookies at Christmas Eve, so we'd advise booking sooner than later. Want to make a special day or evening of it? Reserve a table at one of these family-friendly restaurants nearby, too.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Thanksgiving Concerts, Light Shows, and Kids' Cooking; Nov 18-19

With the holidays approaching but not quite yet in full swing, why not spend this weekend appreciating all the excitement of the season (and try to leave the stress behind)? Head to the birthplace of Thanksgiving for a jubilant three-day celebration, and swing by Artbeat to make your own Thanksgiving table decoration. The Enchanted Village (one of my favorites as a child!) is up this weekend along with Edaville's Festival of Lights

Upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Boston

Boston lights it up with dazzling Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall (pictured) and Christopher Columbus Park, and the festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.

It's not only about flipping the switch, of course. Tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa (and sometimes even Mayor Walsh).

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Holiday Volunteering With Kids in Boston

We all have our hands full with family and work obligations, and the pending holidays certainly don't lighten the load. And yet, it's the time of year when we're also inspired to count our blessings—and teach our children to do the same. To inspire my children to think about what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, we’re going to try one of the Fun Projects That Help Kids Give Thanks. But I also want my kids to think about other people and do something to make a difference in our community, and we've found some great opportunities for volunteering as a family during the holiday season. 

10 Things to Do with Toddlers and Preschoolers in Boston this Week

As the weather grows chillier and open-ended playground time seems less appealing, getting out and about with a younger child pre-nap or post-playschool takes a little more advanced planning. But don't fear: While holiday fun for all ages warms up across the region, this week, in particular, is full of easy and worth-it opportunities to get toddlers and preschoolers out of the house.  

10 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and Around Boston

This time of year, holiday markets are springing up all around the greater Boston area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted 10 fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like like food and live entertainment, and some even have Santa on hand for sharing holiday wishes! Take this opportunity to get into the holiday spirit; and find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, too.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Veterans Day Cruise, Art Making, and Cranberries, Nov 11-12

Veterans, we salute you! This Veterans Day weekend, take a trip to historic Fort Warren on Georges Island (vets ride free!) before heading to the Navy Yard for a special weekend long event at the Constitution. Budding artists and crafters have a bunch of activities to choose from including a mini maker faire, a gallery family day, and even a free way for kids to discover art. African Adventure Tales returns to the Puppet Showplace Theater and Star Wars is back at Legoland.

Ultimate Guide to Boston's Logan Airport for Families

“Hooray! It’s time to take the kids to the airport," said no parent ever. We all know bringing children and their bags and their feelings to the airport can be an absolute nightmare. But Bostonians are in luck: Logan is, without bias, one of the kid-friendliest airports in the country. It has comfy restaurants, clean play areas, lactation stations, and, yes, lots of good coffee that will make your wait or layover slightly less painful. Here are some tips for getting there on time, and finding the good stuff once settled (hopefully not for too long).

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