This week promises to be a grand time for fans (or fans-to-be) of The Boxcar Children, with a festival this weekend in Connecticut and a book giveaway right here on Mommy Poppins Boston! Read on for more about the festival and how to enter the contest.
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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In the early 1940’s, a first grade teacher dreamed up a story about four orphaned children who set up house in a boxcar. It became a book called "The Boxcar Children," published in 1942. The teacher and author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, went on to write eighteen more books for the series.
Fast forward 70 years, to today. There are 130 books in the series, graphic novels, e-books, audio books, and a forthcoming animated film. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Boxcar Children series, a prequel written by Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain & Tall) has just been released, and there are events galore scheduled in New England. To get in on the action, read on for Boxcar Children-related activities and happenings in the Boston area and beyond, all the way to the hometown of Gertrude Chandler Warner in Putnam, Connecticut.
Although it’s a time when many of us are preparing for our winter hibernation, fall is also a time for new beginnings, like the start of the school year, new TV shows, and football season. Performing arts seasons also begin in the fall and new exhibits open at local museums. We at Mommy Poppins are especially excited about the latter, and we think you will be too when you take a look at the new museum exhibits we’ve rounded up for the fall. Read on for places around Boston to see exotic haberdashery, a genuine space capsule, artwork that heals or that you can literally step into, graffiti as high art, and replicas of massive mammoths.
Sometimes I get the impression that parents think the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) is a little too highbrow for kids, or that children don’t have long enough attention spans for a couple of hours at the museum. I disagree. In fact, I think visiting the MFA is a wonderful museum to visit as a family. I have found the place to be very family-friendly, especially if you take the time to do some planning. Read on for tips to help you get the most out of your visit.
Puppets aren’t really our thing. Well, at least I thought they weren’t. We kept hearing about the delights of the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, but we never understood the appeal. However, we’re up for almost any adventure this summer, so when a friend invited us to see Pinocchio last Friday, we said, “Sure, sounds good.” The kids were actually excited from the start, but I wasn’t sold until I heard the theater is air-conditioned. Little did I know, we were going to have the most fun we've had in ages.
Do you remember back in April, when The Curious George Store opened with much fanfare? You didn't make it to the grand opening? Well, that's OK, neither did we. Mommy Poppins Boston got a sneak peek of the store before it opened, but we hadn’t been back until just recently. I thought the place looked like it was going to be quite fabulous, but I wanted to see it through the eyes of my children, so we recently hopped on the T and headed to Harvard Square for a summer field trip to The World's Only Curious George Store.
Summer is upon us, and the farmers’ markets in Boston and surrounding communities are truly in full swing. There’s something about the markets opening in June: They have a festival-like atmosphere, with friends catching up, colorful foods and plants everywhere, music, activities for kids, and delightful treats fit for any kind of summer celebration.
Read on for the 411 on five of our favorite markets, plus a secret or two to make your family’s market shopping experience even more fun.
It’s comforting to know that we’re not the only ones who didn’t make summer camp plans for our kids back in February – apparently we’re in good company. Our readers have asked for more last-minute camp options, and here’s our answer: a sizable list of camps for kids from preschooler to teen, with activities ranging from theater to sports, pop music to outdoor camping adventures.
Read on to find out about eight more excellent summer camp options for the children of professional procrastinators. (We don’t recommend waiting any longer, though, because the spaces are filling up fast!)
Looking for 2013 summer camps with availability? Check out this post.