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6 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 well before Thanksgiving. And be sure to check our holiday guide as we move into November for even more trains, shows, and special kids' meals: We're constantly updating our lineup of Christmas and Hanukkah events. 'Tis—almost—the season!

12 Boston-Area Doughnut Shops We Love to Visit with Kids

New Englanders big and small love their doughnuts. And while we’ve got nothing against Dunkin’, we really enjoy visiting local shops, which serve up everything from classic apple cider doughnuts to maple-bacon-flavored beignets. We can hardly think of a more kid-friendly food—especially when sprinkles and frosting are involved—so bring the whole family when you go sample of some of the tastiest treats in the city at a dozen of our favorite doughnut shops.

Weekend Fun: Happy (Almost!) Halloween; Oct 27-28

It's everyone's favorite fall weekend and Boston has so many Halloween happenings we hardly know where to begin. Young scientists are invited to a Halloween science carnival, and kids can boogie down at this dress-up dance bash. Even animals can get in on the fun at this doggy costume parade, animal mask-making, and trick or treating with the animals of Franklin Park Zoo.

Feel like Halloweening for a good cause? Check out the annual PRU BOO charity event and Pumpkinfest at Volante Farms, both benefitting local causes. 

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

The Best Trick-or-Treating Spots on Halloween with Boston Kids

Ask a family what their favorite trick-or-treating spot is, and it's likely to be their own neighborhood. It's always fun to see familiar houses lit up with spooky decorations or the sweet old lady from down the street answer the door with a witch's hat and cackle. But sometimes, kids—and adventurous parents—are looking for an exciting alternative to their usual route. In that case, you might consider bringing your loot bags and Unicef boxes to one of the following Boston-area neighborhoods, where residents really take Halloween festivities to the next level. (If you're looking for more spooky fun before the big day, check out these haunted attractions—if you dare!)

Patriots, Pirates, Castles: Theme Playgrounds Spark Imaginative Play around Boston

Do you have a child who dreams about being a pro sports star, a pirate, or a princess? A handful of forward-thinking playgrounds in Massachusetts really take imaginative play to the next level. From a pair of Patriots-themed parks sure to thrill G.O.A.T. and Gronk fans to a castle-shaped playground fit for wannabe royals, these outdoor play areas—all within an hour of Boston and free and open to the public year-round—are perfect for kids who love to play pretend. For more parks that justify a trip beyond your own 'hood, check out our recent roundups of our favorite destination playgrounds and brain-boosting playgrounds.

Weekend Fun: Lantern Parade, Fall Hikes, and Haunted Trails; Oct 13-14

Is there anything better than New England outdoor adventures in the fall? Let's enjoy all this season has to offer this weekend with a fall hike in the Blue Hills, fire-making lessons, and an illuminating evening lantern parade. Halloween festivities are in full swing so be sure to check out this monster mash dance party, spooky fun at the zoo, a magical historic house, and even a haunted trail.  Have a family member with sensory-related sensitivities or autism? Check out this special performance of Blue Man Group just for them

Are Daycare Kids Better Behaved? This Study Says Yes

Torn between a nanny, daycare, or staying home with your kids? Choosing childcare can be a difficult—and deeply personal—decision for any family, and of course involves a number of factors, from costs to the length of your commute. A new study out of France suggests that daycare might offer some significant advantages in terms of our kids' development.

Researchers at Sorbonne Université in Paris followed nearly 1,500 kids from the womb to age 8 as they either attended a center-based daycare or were cared for by a nanny or family member. The daycare kids, particularly those who attended at least a year before the age of three, were less likely to have problems with peers and other emotional and behavioral issues, according to the researchers.

10 STEM Week Activities to Get Kids Psyched About Science

It's official: October 22nd through the 26th is Massachusetts' first annual statewide STEM week, and we couldn't be more excited! Schools will be planning fun activities, events, and lessons focused on science, technology, engineering and math (a.k.a. STEM). But can your kiddos ever get too much STEM-ulation? We didn't think so. From robots to outer space, we've rounded up 10 extracurricular activities sure to get your kids psyched about science. 

Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a San Diego Family Vacation

Whether you're driving down from Los Angeles or flying in from afar, a weekend in San Diego is the perfect getaway to find rest and relaxation all year long. The SoCal destination offers a wide array of family activities to keep everyone entertained, in between the requisite visits to Seaworld, Legoland, and the Safari Park. Here, we round up eight of our favorite spots to kick back and unwind in this picturesque beach town.

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