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10 Reasons to Go to Plimoth Plantation over Thanksgiving and Christmastime

All elementary schoolers learn about the first Thanksgiving and early Native American and colonial life. But did you know that Boston kids are less than an hour away from a living museum where this era is reenacted almost everyday? Plimoth Plantation, located 2.5 miles north of modern-day Plymouth, is a wonderful place to visit anytime, but is particularly special during November and December when seasonal presentations and historic feasts bring the first holidays to life. Bundle up and make plans for a cozy, fascinating day on this bustling property; whether they share a meal with a "pilgrim" or play a traditional game with a member of the Wampanoag Nation, your kids will definitely leave Plimoth with a taste of how their New England forebears lived.

10 Turkey Trots and Holiday Fun Runs: Festive Foot Races for Boston Families

As the holidays approach each year, three things are always on my list: burn off the extra calories we consume during holiday feasts, find festive and fun activities the whole family will enjoy, and get the kids involved in giving back. I’ve finally figured out how to do all three at the same time: run together in a race.

These local turkey trots, jingle bell runs, and other holiday-themed races are kid-friendly (a few are also dog-friendly), festive, and even downright silly. They’re also for a good cause—so round up the family, sport your most cheerful running attire, and go for it!

All Aboard The Polar Express: Christmas Train Rides Near Boston

What is it about trains and Christmas? The two have become inextricably linked—especially since The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg's picture book about believing in the magic of Christmas, captured the hearts and imaginations of kids and adults alike. During the holiday season train rides complete with hot chocolate and visits from Santa bring Christmas stories like The Polar Express to life for all who believe.

Although we could make the trek to New Hampshire's White Mountains for a magical Christmas train experience, we have plenty of delightful options much closer to Boston. The seats fill up very quickly, though, so we recommend getting your golden tickets now.

7 Festive Brunches with Santa or Mrs. Claus for Boston Kids

One of the quintessential holiday activities for kids is meeting Santa and telling him their Christmas wishes. Make this tradition even better this year when you and your family attend a breakfast or brunch with Santa—or the lady who we suspect might really run the show, Mrs. Claus. At these events, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious holiday meal, spend some extra time with Mr. or Mrs. Claus, and participate in other seasonal activities. Bring your camera to capture all of the festive fun and make your reservation early—spots at some of these events go quick!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Musicals, Bubbles, and a Film Festival, Nov 4-5

Anyone out there still nursing a sugar hangover from last weekend? Well, what better way to spend a weekend then to sit back, relax, and take in a show or two with the kids? The Boston International Kids Film Festival is back with three days of kid-related films and workshops, The Music Man opens in JP, and you can catch all things "Jack" at the Puppet Showplace. In case you missed it on November 1st, there is one more Dia de los Muertos celebration with live music, dancers, and sugar skull decorating. 

7 Hot Holiday Show, Train, and Tea Tickets in Boston to Book Right Now

Yes, leaves remain on the trees and pumpkins still dot our doorsteps, but smart parents know that now is the time to snatch up the city's hottest holiday tickets. While November and December are full of options for family fun, prime seats at some events are worth booking very early—since, due to tradition, trends, or a limited engagement, they promise to sell fast. Whatever suits your family's fancy, you're sure to be the envy of your friends with these holiday tix in hand before December.

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

November GoList: Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

November in Boston is packed with kid-friendly films, live performances, and museum programs. It's also the start of holiday season excitement. As we update our Holiday Fun Guide throughout the month with the scoop on tree lightings, Santa sightings, winter skiing, outdoor ice skating rinks, and other seasonal fun, there are many great events to add to your calendar right now. Many require advance registration or tickets, so go ahead and claim your seats!

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