How and Where to Volunteer With Kids Around Boston

Kids have boundless energy and idealist hearts, which makes them perfect volunteers. But it can be tricky to find giving opportunities open to the whole family. As any parent who’s tried to vacuum or bake cookies in the presence of a young child knows, little kids really, really want to help out, but making sure their efforts aren't counterproductive requires masterful delegation—or even creation—of tasks they can handle independently. Not surprisingly, many volunteer organizations limit involvement to kids who are in their pre-teens or older. Boston, luckily, is home to several organizations and activities designed with families and young kids in mind. If the community spirit of the marathon and Earth Day has you and your kids feeling inspired, read on for ways to give back.

Travel Back in Time at the Vintage Radio and Television Museum

It's hard to believe a place like this even exists.  The Vintage Radio and Television Museum in Windsor will transport you backwards in time all the way to the 1800's. At this jam-packed museum, you will find yourself reminiscing about the technology of your own youth as well as decades before. Your kids will be amazed by the televisions of the 1950's, the radios of the 1940's, and even the quirky ways we used to call each other on a phone...with a cord. For more fun family museum suggestions check out our Museum Guide

Fiesta with the Family for Cinco de Mayo

While tequila and margaritas may have become staples for Cinco de Mayo parties everywhere, this hasn't always been the case. In fact, May 5 actually has a lot of rich cultural heritage, dating all the way back to 1862 when the Mexican Army proved victorious over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Over the years, the day has become a great source of Mexican pride... and also a good excuse for people to get together and fiesta. 

Whether it's a morning spent exploring the holiday's history at the Children's Museum or diving into a Mexican feast and enjoying live music at one of this year's kid-friendly celebrations, we challenge you to bring back some of that cultural awareness this year... and have some good, old-fashioned family fun in the process. 

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in the Lower Hudson Valley this Spring

Spring is in the air, and that means it's cherry blossom time. These beautiful flowers typically start blooming in late March through early June in the New York region. In addition to the opportunities to see cherry blossoms in New York City—including the famous Sakura Matsuri annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden—there are some great spots north of the city. 

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Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fest, Butterfly Release, Earth Day, April 22-23

It's all good this weekend. First, there's good for the environment: Earth Day recognizes the importance of looking after the number one mother (Earth) with a flurry of good festivals celebrating the planet we call home. You can show Momma E some love at the zoo, the aquarium, gardens, or the beach, and on bikes, at the movies, with crafts, concerts, kites, and cleanups.

Then there's a good book. You can find plenty of those at the LA Times Festival of Books, one of the goodliest events of the year. 

And since one good turn deserves another, why not join a whole bunch of science types gathering at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, showing all the good science can do? More science lovers are getting together in Pershing Square; a whole lot of good could come of it.

Keep reading for our most goodly finds this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Earth Day, March for Science, Cigna Streets, April 22-23

This weekend go outdoors and celebrate Earth Day! Many of your favorite places in Houston have fun parties for the planet this weekend, like the Houston Zoo (as if you need a better reason to visit than the new baby giraffe!) and the Downtown Aquarium. Or maybe you want to take part of a nationwide movement at the March for Science in midtown Houston. 

Are you planning a birthday party soon? Check out our Birthday Party Guide featuring animal party entertainers, fun indoor locations, cool science-themed parties, first birthday party ideas, and more. If you want to take the take the party to the next level you might want to explore these one-of-a-kind birthday party ideas.

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Brick Fest Live, Earth Day, Science Festival April 22-23

Living in the Delaware Valley offers many perks for Philly families such as historic Philadelphia, interesting museums, and, who is kidding who, amazing food! However, every spring, children and grown ups alike can look forward to some special annual experiences that can be found in our event calendar.

Anyone who loves building with little plastic blocks (not stepping on them, ouch!) is sure to be in Lego heaven at the annual Brick Fest Live. Celebrate Earth Day by biking down Pennypack trail, learning about the environment through play at Lardner's Point Park, visiting an environmental exhibit at the National Constitution Center, or participating in Narberth Park's NarbEarth Day. But, wait, the annual Philadelphia Science Festival is in full swing too! Opportunities include events such as Science in the Park.in which kids can participate in S.T.E.M. activities. Or deepen the experience in fields of ecology, farming, or architecture at events throughout the city.

With a jam-packed weekend of fun, be sure to narrow down your search using the filters. Now, continue reading for our top picks.

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