One of my favorite things to do in Boston in the summer and fall is to browse the SoWa Open Market, New England's largest outdoor weekly bazaar. May through October, this three-block section along Harrison Avenue (South of Washington Street = SoWa) turns into an open-air crafts and art market featuring amazingly talented local small business owners and their wares. What better way to expose your children to the arts and the outdoors...for free? I get it: Tightly packed toddler-height tables displaying potential breakables may not seem like the kid-friendly activity you were going for, but it can be done, and it can be fun! Here is a top 20 list of helpful tips to browse these sought-after "mini" shops with your mini people:
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My husband grew up in Boston and, like the rest of the state population, is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Our son was born right before last year's World Series win and my husband called him sport-spoiled. After all, my husband had to wait 26 years for his first World Series Red Sox ring! The obsession has already been handed down to our 3 year old daughter. I think she may know the names of the Red Sox players better than her numbers.
For Father's Day, I decided to go for "Wife Of The Year" and score us tickets to a game. Here are my top 10 tips to help make the game a success for you and your family (and last at least to the 7th inning stretch.)
Given its close proximity to downtown and the airport, beautiful new parks, and kid-friendly streets, families are flocking to Charlestown, MA and staying put. Because of this influx, businesses are stepping up to the plate to meet the demand for enrichment classes in the area. Read on for the details about Charlestown's classes for expectant moms, babies, toddlers -- all the way up to big kids.
Located on the banks of the Boston Harbor, Charlestown has become increasingly popular for young families due to its proximity to the city and neighborhood feel. Made famous by several landmarks like the Bunker Hill Monument and Old Ironsides, Charlestown offers plenty to do for kids in all seasons. It's hard to believe this 'hood is only one square mile!
As condo buildings and new businesses sprout up all over South Boston, restaurant owners have clearly taken notice. The area has been introduced to some great new culinary additions in the last couple years. Combined with some fabulous old stand-by's, Southie is now holding its own as a reputable place to come and dine. Luckily for the large numbers of families moving here, many of these establishments are kid-friendly. Here are some of my favorites in South Boston, and don't miss my recommendations on where to eat when visiting the Boston Children's Museum.
Over the last 20 years, South Boston (“Southie”) has been the setting for a number of Hollywood blockbusters. But with its uniquely Boston charm, proximity to downtown and beautiful beaches, many young families also call this bustling neighborhood home. In fact, since moving here in 2009 I’ve lived here the longest I’ve lived anywhere in 15 years! The strong sense of community known as “Southie Pride” is apparent in every business and aspect of South Boston living. For this reason (and many others) I am delighted to show off the area. So here are our favorite kid-friendly spots we love bringing our three-year-old daughter and our four-month-old son:
Finding places to bring both a toddler and an infant in the city (in this weather!) is never easy. So, we put our baby in the Bjorn, bundled up our toddler, and headed to Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure this weekend at Agganis Arena. Boston University has certainly changed since my graduation day in 2001. The Arena is now a state-of-the-art venue, perfect for hosting extravaganzas like Disney on Ice. I found the added stage built over the rink a particularly wonderful surprise that made for a more robust show. Together (along with Mickey, Minnie and the gang), we traveled from the jungle to the sea, and along the way met The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch, and Peter Pan & Tinkerbell. Overall, Disney On Ice is well worth the time, with a couple areas that could use some polishing.
The weather has turned chilly in the city, which means parents everywhere scramble to one of Boston's museums to entertain cooped up toddlers. But that's not always easy when you have an infant and a toddler; you want to get out of the house, but the idea of fighting the crowds is daunting. Now that I officially have “two in tow” I’ve been searching for more creative (READ: easier) places to take them that don’t require 1) A lot of walking around, and 2) A huge parking lot.
The combination of kids, winter, and the city sure is a tough one. Getting out of the house is key, but it doesn't have to be an epic adventure. Here are 5 places that are manageable to bring an immobile infant and a toddler with energy to burn.