Tara D

Tara D

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Tara constantly seeks out opportunities for enrichment and exploration with her kids. When she started writing about it as the Boston Community Ambassador for Ziptivity.com, she discovered a passion for sharing her unique finds with parents, helping to make their lives a little easier and a lot more fun.  She now writes for Mommy Poppins and is the Boston Site Editor. Her work, which has been highlighted by Huffington Post, can be seen nationally across the Mommy Poppins sites and on Appalachian Mountain Club's Kids Outdoors blog.
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Latest posts by Tara

12 Summer Theater Camps for Boston Kids

The theater provides opportunities for kids to be creative, gain confidence, and learn the value of teamwork. And summer theater camps are a wonderful way to experience the thrill of the stage: Students and the instructors alike can immerse themselves in the creation of a production without the cares of school, other extracurricular activities, or homework. All over the Boston area, there are opportunities for kids from preschool through high school to spend their summer days making theatrical magic. Here's a roundup of some of the best summer theater programs in Boston, Cambridge, and the suburbs.

If you are looking for an overnight camp experience or a different type of day camp, take a look around in our new Summer Camp Directory and our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston

April is bursting with possibilities, beginning with April Fools' Day fun and Passover celebrations. April vacation week brings the endearing story of Charlotte and Wilbur to Boston, scientific explorations to Cambridge, and magical worlds to Providence.

This month, we show our Boston pride during Red Sox Opening Day, Boston Marathon, and Patriots' Day celebrations. Plus, a Volunteer Expo and Earth Day fests around town give us lots of opportunities to teach our kids about kindness and citizenship.

It's time to say goodbye to winter and try something new this month with our top picks for family fun!

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids Around Boston

It’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets, because it's egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations—indoors and out—including parks, farms, local businesses, and even a carousel. Many of the egg hunts are for little ones only, but there are plenty of other festive activities like games, crafts, refreshments, and Easter Bunny brunches for any-age kids and parents.

Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston This Spring

We're always delighted to welcome spring to Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each day brings a small and wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and It's the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to reconnect with nature or celebrate at a fair or festival. Here are our picks for Boston's best activities for families in springtime.

Sheepshearing and Wool Festivals in New England

We're seeing signs of spring. On the farm at this time of year there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That means it's shearing festival time! Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place celebrate sheepshearing season with big shindigs. (It’s not that strange—think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut.) If you want to make a fun family day trip or even a weekend getaway out of it, there are also sheepshearing and wool festivals in nearby Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

Maple Sugar Festivals and Farms for Boston Families

One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring firsthand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.

Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs. Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.

Boston Area Summer Camp Open Houses

Choosing a summer camp is a big decision, whether you're sending your kid down the street to a day program or off to sleepaway camp for the first time. Camp Fairs are great for gathering a lot of information about local camps, but once you’ve narrowed it down to a short list, it's time to really get a sense of the camp environment and the people who will be caring for your children.

To help you figure it all out, we’ve rounded up some upcoming camp open houses where you'll meet camp staff, have the opportunity to ask questions, and get a glimpse of camp life. You may also want to check our events calendar for more camp event listings and our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide for the scoop on day camps and sleepaway camps for Boston area kids.

March GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

March is a month of celebrations. From Purim to St. Patrick's Day to maple sugaring festivals, there are family-friendly festivities happening all around town this month. As winter gives way to spring, annual favorites like the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Revels Spring Sing pop up on the calendar. We also have something special to announce in our GoList this month: A giveaway of tickets to both PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue and Circus 1903, two nationally acclaimed, family-friendly shows playing at Boch Center's Wang Theatre this month. Read on for more about these exciting shows and contests, and to check out our other top picks for the month.

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