We'd all like to be the sort of family that hikes together—what can be more healthy and wholesome than that? But with little kids, it can be a challenge to traverse a large parking lot, much less uneven or steep terrain. The nice thing is, one of the closest legit hiking spots to downtown Boston happens to also be among the most kid-friendly: Blue Hills. Stretching across 7,000 acres and four towns—Quincy, Dedham, Milton, and Randolph—Blue Hills' only problem may be its vastness: It can be hard to figure out the best spots for a short-but-sweet journey. Today, we're zeroing in on our three favorite Blue Hills' family hiking trails that can be done in a single morning or afternoon—and make kids feel like great adventurers.
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Spring break week might be over, but spring weather—and the crop of cool activities that tend to come with it–has really just arrived. This week, little kids get the spotlight on them at the Boston Children's Museum; and they'll also be thrilled to know that their favorite pig will be coming to town (looking at the forecast, she—and likely you—will be able to splash in some of her beloved mud puddles on show day.) For bigger kids, brunch is on the menu at the latest American Girl cooking class, and scientists will be on hand in Cambridge to explain the super-cool innovations being developed in labs across the country right now. Equally mind-blowing: An interactive "sound sculpture" at the Seaport. On the hunt for even more fun? Study our Event Calendar for more reasons to bust loose of the regular routine this week.
There's just one bummer about being at home for a staycation this week: deciding which special activity to take the kids to each day! Along with the oodles of special school break events we've already covered, there's some seriously inspirational fun going on across the city and 'burbs. Kids can get a glimpse at some of the world's most awe-inspiring athletes on Monday, and talk to a working scientist on Wednesday. If the great outdoors is more their speed, they can live the life of a farmer or build miniature imaginary lands from natural materials. If the wacky weather has them scratching their heads, let the wind blow you in the direction of the Central Library. Don't forget, there are a ton more fun ideas for the week in our Event Calendar—this packed week, may we suggest that you bookmark it?
In this busy week leading up to Easter, eggs are definitely on the event menu. An egg drop contest will be held at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch on Monday, and bananas will stand in for eggs at a storytime and hunt at the World's Only Curious George store on Friday. It's a good week to introduce kids to the world of musical theater and classical dance this week, with two beautiful performances featuring royalty debuting on the Boston stage: The King and I at the Boston Opera House and a Cinderella ballet at the Larcom Theatre on North Shore. Haven't had a close encounter with the rabbit of the hour yet? There are chances to see the Easter Bunny at the Natick and Westgate Malls as well as at Bass Pro Shops all week. Check out our Event Calendar for more fun ideas to entertain you and yours this week.
This is the second post in our new series about why it's great to be a mom in different towns around the Hub. Got pride in your 'hood? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and your town could be featured in a future post.
We know, we know...Swellesley has a reputation for maybe being a little too pleased with itself already. But when we moved here with two small kids (and one on the way) six years ago, we found out that this town—which celebrates its 136th birthday today!—has a lot to be proud of beyond all the manicured lawns and nails. Great green spaces and terrific local businesspeople make this community one of the warmest and friendliest places we've ever lived in. Here’s just a sampling of what we’re grateful for—with what’s worth checking out when you swing through the ‘burb.
You can tell Bostonians are eager for warmer weather to arrive when everyone's taking about baseball, ice cream, and stargazing events this week. But if these summer-esque treats aren't speaking to you, two different Roxbury libraries are serving up terrific, kid-friendly offerings, including a family cooking class on Monday and a board game night that's sure to get you over hump day. If you've been meaning to get to Puppet Showplace theater and haven't yet, hop the train to Brookline Village and catch a super-seasonal, highly interactive show about a certain Mr. Bunni and some carrots he's looking to sell. If you still have room on your plate, take a look at our Event Calendar.
New is the theme as Boston families enter the month of April: We're celebrating a museum opening, the arrival (albeit a bit sluggish) of spring, and budding musicians, among other exciting events. Somerville is in the spotlight this week, with a special visit by a superhero to Legoland's weekly Toddler Tuesday and a fair featuring super-healthy, hyperlocal food. For more reasons to get out of the house with the kids, check out our Event Calendar.
As we ring in spring here in Boston, the city is abuzz with the arrival of the annual Boston Flower and Garden Show, which opens to the public on Wednesday (just about the time of the week when you're looking for a break from the work-and-school doldrums). The theme of this year's show is Superheroes of the Garden, but if you'd like to introduce your kids to a real-life superhero, take them to the afterschool workshop about pioneering chemist Rosalind Franklin at the Acton Discovery Museums on Thursday. The week is also bookended with fun family dinners—a tots-and-tacos dance party in Somerville on Monday night and a family dinner at The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market on Friday. For more nourishment for little brains and bodies this week and beyond, feast your eyes on our Event Calendar.