As we ring in summertime with Memorial Day Monday, we'll collectively cross our fingers that June brings more sunshine than May. But no matter what Mother Nature brings us this week, there's a lot to do around town to keep kids smiling. It's a big week for sparking creativity, with interactive events at the Museum of Fine Arts and Fox Library, and a performance celebrating simple materials at the Puppet Showplace Theater. Music will be in the air at a farmer's market in Lexington and the Boston Public Library. Don't miss our Events Calendar for more family-fun ideas.
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Thanks to all the smart cookies who joined me, Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol's Marshall at Bedford's Learning Express to do brainy games with Summer Brain Quest. It was a blast to see so many kids excited about learning—and about summer. This week gives us more reasons to get out of the house and learn something new. There are pop-up puppets telling classic fairy tales north of the river, and an event celebrating swords throughout history in the 'burbs. A beloved toy store will teach children about the Jewish holiday of Shavout through stories, and a South Shore museum will show kids how dirt is beneficial to a variety of critters and creatures. At week's end, parents can help kids absorb the meaning of Memorial Day through just the sort of visual display that children respond to: a breathtaking garden of flags planted in Boston Common. Have a great week, and take a peek at our Events Calendar for more fun ideas.
Known for its grand resorts and farm-to-table restaurants, the Berkshires is often associated with romantic weekends and girls' getaways. But make no mistake: This hilly cluster of towns in Western Massachusetts is actually a great destination for an easy, fun-packed, low-frills family vacation. With bucolic hiking trails, interesting museums, welcoming farms, and cute main streets dotting the region, the only problem with taking the kids to the Berkshires is deciding which activites you can fit into one trip.
Looking for an antidote to the fast-paced, tech-saturated culture our kids are growing up in? One word: fishing. Demanding preparation, patience, and stillness, fishing is a pasttime that might be a challenge for our instant-gratification generation—and that's exactly what's so great about it. Our street backs up to a little pond, and from the time they could capably hold a pole, our kids have tried their luck hooking sunfish and striped bass on free weekend days and evenings. Our catches have been few, but our boys have learned some lessons about treasuring the process over the final product, and the quiet moments contemplating the water have made for some great memories.
Spring is a great time to introduce kids to fishing, as many local ponds and lakes are often brimming with fish (sometimes stocked by MassWildlife). Here are some family-friendly fishing holes within a short drive of Boston—and some tips for making a day out on the pond or lake a successful one, whether the fish are biting or not.
The extended, school-and-sports heavy stretch between spring break and summertime can sometimes feel like a long slog for kids and parents alike. But this week's offerings are an antidote to the everyday routine. Taking us from the slave era to the Great Depression to the futuristic world of video games, this week's events really run the historical—and cultural—gamut. And just in case you need a stress reliever, there's a chance to dig your hands into edible dough at the beginning of the week, and Play-doh (and similar sensory delights) at week's end. For more ideas to make this a memorable week, take a look, as always, at our Events Calendar. We're adding new activities everyday.
For many parents, the mere words "amusement park" can start the heart racing, and not always in a good way. Many big-name parks are enormous, expensive, and contain the sort of rides that might have seemed exciting when you were a kid, but downright terrifying when you have one. Luckily, New England is home to lots of manageable amusement parks, including a family-run gem that's located just a half hour from Boston. Canobie Lake Park opens for the season this Saturday, May 6, and spring is a terrific time to visit the park before the summer crowds descend. There's a little something for everyone at Canobie, but here are the must-dos in our book.
Perhaps Boston's prettiest month, May is always ushered in with a bit of fanfare in Boston. The week starts with an annual celebration of artistic flowers downtown, and a parade for a fine-feathered celebrity couple in the Public Garden. Local birds are also in the spotlight at the zoo this week, with an educational event honoring some very special species. By week's end, kids can also learn how two of their very favorite phenomena—bubbles and Star Wars—have a lot to teach us about science. See our Event Calendar for more reasons to bust loose of the regular routine this week.