How do we love Boston? Help us count the ways! We know that Boston is the best place to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick Boston's BESTIES. The best play spaces? Boston's got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too.
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. 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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Oh my goodness, it is so nice to have the kids back in school. Say what you want about the carefree days of summer, but I prefer the routines of school and extracurricular classes. Speaking of classes, if you haven't chosen any fall enrichment like music or dance, don't worry—there are still open houses and trial classes happening all this week. (If you haven't chosen your child's school for this year, however, it may be time to panic.)
This week is full of musical and cultural offerings for families, from Movin' and Groovin' with the PJ Library to enjoying traditional music and dance of Hawaii. Get your dot markers ready, too, because International Dot Day is this Thursday! (And yes, that's really a thing.) We're excited because it's all about each child making his or her mark on the world, and the celebration is based on local author and bookseller Peter H. Reynolds' beloved book, The Dot.
Good to know: the Boston Children's Museum is closed for annual maintenance on Monday and Tuesday, but our Event Calendar is full of other ideas if you need to make a quick change of plans. Have a wonderful week!
The kids are back in school by mid-week, which means more time with the littlest ones who aren't yet old enough for those first-day-of-school photos. A stroll with baby and a few new friends sounds perfect. It's also time to choose classes, whether they're of the baby-and-me variety or after school extracurriculars for older kids, and this week is bursting with free open houses and trial classes in dance, music, and tumbling. It's not too soon to start a preschool search for your little one, as evidenced by the JCC's Preschool Open House in Newton. Contemplating classes and preschools for your kids also means the possibility of dropping serious cash, so we've chosen all free picks for you this week. (We do what we can.)
Our Event Calendar is overflowing with fun and festive opportunities to check out classes for kids this week. With themes, favorite characters like Angelina Ballerina, Olaf, and Mickey Mouse, refreshments, and crafts, they sound more like parties than trial classes. We're game!
With a tween and a teen in the household, it’s not easy for my family to find activities we can all get excited about. And planning a trip together? Fugghedaboudit. However, we recently discovered the sweet spot where we can adventure together as a family and have plenty of space for relaxing at the end of the day (because, as we’re learning, teens need LOTS of space): Hunter Mountain in New York’s Catskills. With an itinerary of ziplining, hiking, swimming, Skyriding and lounging in our suite, we were all very happy campers. There’s much on Hunter Mountain and in the surrounding area to appeal to both parents and older kids. Here are some highlights, including outdoor adventures, special dining-shopping hybrids and ample opportunities to chill out (or whatever the kids say these days).
Summer camp, day trips, and weekend getaways – including camping for the first time – have created lots of magical moments for my family this summer, but they've also almost completely emptied our piggy banks, and we still have school supplies to buy. That's why this week's picks are all free. Thanks in part to the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Parks Service, there's a boatload of free events to choose from: options include a free ferry ride to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park (pictured). Plus, from the much-anticipated annual Children's Festival in Franklin Park to a Rosie the Riveter invasion of the Charlestown Navy Yard, there's something free and fun to do every day this week.
Our Event Calendar is chock full of more things to do, piggy-bank approved.
We can't help noticing that the summer series of music, movies, and free fun are starting to wind down. Maybe that's just as well—these dog days of summer with 1000 percent humidity, heat advisories, and thunderstorms have some of us pining for the crisp, cool days of autumn. We've been looking for ways to escape the heat, so for this week's picks we have ideas to keep the kids busy indoors at local libraries, museums, and even at a bowling alley. There are a couple of outdoor picks, too— it is still summer, after all.
Our Event Calendar is also loaded with things to do, whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor activities. Cheers!
We're not even going to mention how summer – jam-packed with free activities like outdoor movies and concerts, dance parties, and art workshops – will soon come to a close for our kids. Instead we'll soak up every moment of sun and free fun we can before the back-to-school frenzy begins, welcoming meteor showers and lazy afternoons at the beach. We'll do some exploring, too: tackling a new hike, taking the ferry to a fort, making day trips to Salem and Plymouth, and maybe even getting away for a few days.
So, in the spirit of seizing the (summer) day, we offer the following suggestions for things to do with the kids this week. In addition to our weekday picks below, we have an Event Calendar loaded with fun things to do. Enjoy!
From Shakespeare to sand sculptures to story time at the park, the city is humming with awesome activities for families this week. Of course, there's nothing wrong with wanting to get out of the city and the sun for a few hours, which is why we have the lowdown on children's museums outside of Boston. And we think there's no better time of year for a short jaunt to Salem or a few days on Lake Winnipesaukee—as long as we're back by Friday to see the spectacular sand sculpting at Revere Beach.
In addition to our weekday picks below, we have an Event Calendar loaded with fun things to do. We recommend checking it out. Enjoy your adventures with your kids this week, no matter how near or far they take you. And remember, the laundry can wait another day.