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Pure, Air-Conditioned Fun: Puppet Showplace Theater

Puppets aren’t really our thing. Well, at least I thought they weren’t. We kept hearing about the delights of the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, but we never understood the appeal. However, we’re up for almost any adventure this summer, so when a friend invited us to see Pinocchio last Friday, we said, “Sure, sounds good.” The kids were actually excited from the start, but I wasn’t sold until I heard the theater is air-conditioned. Little did I know, we were going to have the most fun we've had in ages.

The World’s Only Curious George Store – Definitely Worth a Visit

Do you remember back in April, when The Curious George Store opened with much fanfare? You didn't make it to the grand opening? Well, that's OK, neither did we. Mommy Poppins Boston got a sneak peek of the store before it opened, but we hadn’t been back until just recently. I thought the place looked like it was going to be quite fabulous, but I wanted to see it through the eyes of my children, so we recently hopped on the T and headed to Harvard Square for a summer field trip to The World's Only Curious George Store.

The New Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum - "Let Freedom Ring!"

“The time for action has arrived…”

Museum, guided tour, interactive exhibit, historical re-enactment - you could describe the Tea Party Ships and Museum as any of these, but in reality, it’s actually all of these. Many years in the re-building, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum opens on June 26 on the Congress Street Bridge, just around the corner from the Children’s Museum.

We recently had the opportunity to tour this new Boston attraction and have to admit that we were were impressed by the quality, care and attention to detail that has gone in to the project.

Boston Area Farmers’ Markets are in Full Swing – June Openings

Summer is upon us, and the farmers’ markets in Boston and surrounding communities are truly in full swing. There’s something about the markets opening in June: They have a festival-like atmosphere, with friends catching up, colorful foods and plants everywhere, music, activities for kids, and delightful treats fit for any kind of summer celebration.

Read on for the 411 on five of our favorite markets, plus a secret or two to make your family’s market shopping experience even more fun.

Great Places to Hike with Kids Around Boston

Hiking just may be the perfect family activity. It is appropriate for all ages and a wide range of abilities, it is very inexpensive, it’s dynamic, and it’s good for the body, mind and soul. Perhaps that’s why hiking has become a holiday tradition for my family; looking back on Easter, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve, and Labor Day, we celebrated those days with a family hike.

Read on for a few of our favorite places to explore nature and enjoy a couple of hours away from our hectic schedules. You may notice that most of these places offer more than hiking trails – that’s because, for better or for worse, the kids are far more enthusiastic about a hike when it holds the promise of another fun activity, like playground time, a swim, or animal encounters.

The World's Only Curious George Store, Harvard Square - A Sneak Peek

For anyone who has spent time in Harvard Square over the last few months, it has been hard to miss the activity going on at 1 JFK Street. Large, colorful pictures of Curious George lifting up a curtain and peeking out the store window should have been enough to pique any child’s - or adult's - curiosity.

We were definitely curious to know what was behind the curtain, and were lucky enough to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the store. We also met with Adam Hirsch, who, with his wife, Jamie, is responsible for all the activity. Even though the grand opening was still three weeks away at the time of our tour, it was clear that the World’s Only Curious George Store, Harvard Square is going to be an exciting place for children, one that both local families and out-of-towners will want to visit frequently.

STEM Fun: Cambridge Science Festival

Now in its fifth year, the Cambridge Science Festival is bigger than ever before.

Navigating the complex schedule of over 200 events over a nine-day period, April 20-29, can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to figure out which activities are best for your kids. I’ve picked a few great events for kids and families – read on for details about a few family-friendly highlights of this year’s festival.

Fun Things for Kids and Families to Do in Boston for Easter Weekend - 4/7 to 4/8

With two big holidays just around the corner, Boston is buzzing with bunnies, Easter egg hunts, and Passover preparations. There is still time for kids to see the Easter Bunny around town and take part in some really big Easter Egg hunts. Plus, we have some great ideas for ways to fill your Easter baskets and Easter eggs to celebrate at home.

If you’re still trying to figure out what to do with the kids during April Vacation Week in and around Boston, take a look at these terrific workshops, camps and programs. And be sure to check in on our calendar as we’re continually updating it with other special vacation events.

Here’s wishing everyone a great weekend. Read on for some of our suggestions of things to do. Enjoy!

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