Taking full advantage of Boston’s location - the Charles River to the west and Boston Harbor to the east - community boating programs provide numerous opportunities for kids and families to learn to sail in Boston. Look a little further to the north and south, and options multiply. From annual memberships to five-day passes to one-day rentals, the following sailing centers offer packages that will fit your budget and schedule. Note that many of the lesson and camp programs fill up fast, so be sure to plan ahead.
Audrey is a veteran city editor who brings over a decade of experience in seeking out the best events and activities for families in the greater Boston area. She was one of the original six-person team that founded and built GoCityKids.com and continued with the site through its transition to ParentsConnect Local, eventually covering all of New England - plus San Antonio! Reach her at email@example.com or follow her on Google+.
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Does your child come home from a kindie concert completely star struck by the performer on the stage? Does he know - and sing - all the words to all of Josh and the Jamtones’ or the Jumpin' Monkeys' tunes? Does she want to dress up and perform just like Karen K or Marcie Joy? Would you like to get the award for Best Parent Ever by offering your little musician the opportunity to sing and dance with these stars?
Well, you’re in luck, because quite a few of our favorite local musicians are also amazing teachers, sharing their talents with kids lucky enough to live in the Boston area. (Please check out our other music classes post for more local options.) And for information about watching these musicians performing live, check out our Events Calendar.
Outdoor ice skating rinks are great for some fun, unstructured time, but if your budding skater dreams of forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks, some formal instruction may be just the thing. Lessons are offered at most of the outdoor rinks featured in our related post, and three skating schools also provide lessons at indoor rinks in the area. We’ve highlighted these skating schools and lesson options below; schedules, registration forms and pricing details can be found on the rink or school websites.
The Big Apple Circus makes its annual trip to town and has set up its tent in City Hall Plaza; the Harlem Globetrotters bring their world tour to the TD Garden for two performances; and Drumlin Farm hosts Woolapalooza 2014. (For more places to find the wooly animals, check out our post with a complete lists of Sheepshearing Festivals.) These big events, plus The Sound of Music, Family Opera, Lights Off, and a calendar full of events means there are plenty of ways for families to keep busy this weekend.
Also this week on Mommy Poppins Boston:
- Celeste explores Franklin Park with toddlers;
- Our partners at Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston offer 10 Boston-Area Nature Centers for Young Children; and
- Tara has 10 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids
Finally, our Wee Works projects continue to receive rave reviews - you can see the entire series here. If you’ve enjoyed the projects, why not sign up to get WeeWork activities delivered to your inbox?
Happy spring! Maybe it’s the season, but if your kids love music, this is the weekend for them! From the annual Revels Spring Sing in Watertown to Rock ’n’ Romp in Cambridge, from Vanessa Trien in Chestnut Hill to Stacey Peasley in Needham. Read on for information about these and other weekend events. And be sure to visit our Events Calendar for even more things to do.
Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:
- 25 Things to Do with Kids in Dorchester - Indoor and outdoor fun for kids and families
- Visiting the JFK Library and Museum with Kids - Tara has the lowdown on what you need to know when visiting the JFK Library and Museum with kids.
- Part 2 of Tara’s April Vacation Week Programs for Kids
- Our WeeWorks Series continues - see all our WeeWork activity posts here.
This weekend is book-ended by the quirky International Pi Day on Friday and St Patrick’s Day on Monday (celebrated in Boston on Sunday with the traditional South Boston Parade, starting at 1pm). In between, we’ve got the Boston Flower Show in Boston, a Maple Sugaring Festival in Ipswich, a book launch in Dedham, Purim carnivals, and plenty of other events and activities for Boston families.
Also this week, our first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps highlights programs that get kids outdoors, exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Looking ahead to summer? Be sure to check out our new and improved Camps Directory, offering multiple ways to search for quality camps in and around Boston that your child will love.
There’s plenty going on this weekend, from free movies at the Museum of Science and maple sugaring tours in Milton and Natick to the opening of Brundibar and But the Giraffe! in Cambridge and Honk! in Concord. Ben Rudnick performs in Boston, Margot Fox in Arlington, and Elska in Brookline. Read on for more of our weekend picks, and visit our Events Calendar for a complete list.
Finally, just a reminder to set your clocks ahead on Sunday. Enjoy the weekend.
Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated with storytelling, costumes, and the making and giving of gifts. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all.
But Purim is worth knowing. It celebrates the story of Queen Esther outwitting the evil Haman, a story that has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)