I once had a boss who told me all he wanted for Father's Day was to drink a glass of Scotch, smoke a cigar, and be left alone. He had young twins, so I couldn't disagree with him, but I'll choose the higher road by suggesting 10 splurges families might consider for Dad on his special day.
Scott Wallask is a freelance writer for Mommy Poppins who has three young boys. He has lived in the Boston area his whole life, and in his full-time job is an editorial director at TechTarget overseeing content strategy and operations for a series of high-tech websites.
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You've walked into Boston's Public Garden and taken the kids for a ride on the Swan Boats. You can check that off your list of things to do with kids in Boston before they grow up, but now what? Well, there's good news: Families can actually enjoy a lot more in the Public Garden. The 24-acre park – which lies between Arlington and Charles Streets, and across from Boston Common – is a stroller's delight, with winding paths among tremendous horticultural sights.
We recently wrote about Massachusetts spots that focus exclusively on indoor rock-climbing, but in doing so we left out many fitness centers that offer rock walls among other physical activities. So, if parents want rock-climbing for their kids as an option along with, say, swimming in the same building, here are some good places to consider.
The MBTA's Blue Line gets a bad rap: It's shorter than the other T lines, such as the Orange and Green lines, and doesn't pass through any particularly hip neighborhoods. But there is a surprising amount of sights families can enjoy at most of the Blue Line's dozen stations. Here's a quick look at the top eight kid-friendly stops along this subway line.
April Fools' Day is a great holiday for parents. When I was in high school and college, I often egged on my friends to pull pranks. Now, as a dad of three boys, one my great joys is being able to gag my own kids.
With that in mind, I reached back into my memories for the following list of old-school April Fools' jokes that buddies or family members played on me at one time or another. These high jinx, with a little prep work, can turn into funny moments.
An interesting, eclectic community parents might not immediately think about swinging through is Chelsea, a 1.8-square-mile location abounding with people from many cultures. Located northeast of Boston, just over the Tobin Bridge, Chelsea offers several spots for family fun and good food.
Whether it's in healthcare, manufacturing, or another forward-thinking industry, robotics is primed to a play a large role in future innovations. And by robots, we mean less BB-8 from Star Wars and more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. In Greater Boston, parents have a handful of good choices to look into if their kids want to experience the fun and technology behind robotics. Let's run down some options:
For many kids, hearing a train rumble through a tunnel as it enters a station can be a moment of excitement, inspiring cries of, “I see the train!” Certain subway and trolley stops on the T exhibit a bit more charm than others, whether it be an interesting station design, convenient vendors, or appealing artwork. With that in mind, below is brief rundown of eight kid-tested stations in Boston's rapid transit system.