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.
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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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.
If our weekday picks are any indication, it's an embrace winter and enjoy nature kind of week. There's snowflake making at the library, furry fun on Drumlin Farm, and nature story time in the Blue Hills. This could also be the week to try the skating path at City Hall Plaza (if the weather cooperates).
Not so keen on nature? Got the winter blues? The opportunity to school your kids in board game strategy and a musical about a boy who finds his passion in the dance studio might cheer you up. Plus, our Event Calendar is chock full of story times, theatergoing, and STEM activities this week, so take a look for more ideas each day.
We saw Hidden Figures over the weekend, and not only would I highly recommend the film to families with older kids, I think it's a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of course, there are many other meaningful ways to mark the holiday, and the Boston area has service opportunities aplenty along with celebrations through art, stamps, and music for all ages.
This week is also a big one for whimsical January holidays, starting with Nothing, moving on to a honey-loving golden bear, and wrapping up with a holiday double header. Keep reading to find out exactly what is being celebrated on Friday (hint: it's a little cheesy).
With these picks I hope you have an enriching and engaging week. If you're looking for more ideas for exploring the city with your kids each day, check our Event Calendar.
Whether the weather outside is frightful or delightful, we've found a reason for each day of the week to get out of the house with the children. This week's top picks, which are all free and all indoors, include trying a new class, enjoying the oasis of the library, joining in a meaningful celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and solving winter-themed math puzzles.
Have an enriching week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more ideas each day.
Thanks to New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, vacation continues through the beginning of the week for most Boston area kids. That means there's still plenty to do – sort of a December Vacation Week extension. Our picks this week will help you jump start your family's resolutions and goals for the new year, whether you want to be more outdoorsy, artsy, active, or social.
Home for the holidays? Lucky you, because this city offers loads of December vacation week fun for kids and adults. In the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve there are still holiday shows aplenty, including the Urban Nutcracker, Christmas Revels, and Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (check out our tips for taking a preschooler before you go). Holiday pop-up Boston Winter and dazzling light displays like Christmas Festival of Lights and Blink! are open through the end of the year. If Santa was extra generous and your child received a museum membership, this is a great week to start using it—many museums roll out the red carpet for families during vacation week with special programs. Our picks cover the range of cool things to do, from shows to museum programs to taking the kids to the zoo for free.
Have wonder-filled winter week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more ideas each day.
You may find yourself looking for something to do with the family on Christmas Day. Really, who can sit around the house with an energetic kid — or a whole pack of kinder kin — all day? Most places in and around Boston are closed, but we’ve come up with a few things you can do with kids on December 25, whether you want to be warm and cozy indoors or get outdoors for some fresh air. Read on for a dozen multigenerational family fun ideas.