We asked you to vote for the best family businesses and resources in 24 categories during our Boston Besties contest. You chose from 10 nominees in each category (and four voters were picked at random to enjoy great prizes from our sponsors!). The votes are now in, and our Boston Besties Guide is out. Here are the winners in categories 9-16:
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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We know that some kids are already out of school, so we have you covered with ideas for each day leading up to the weekend of Christmas and the start of Hanukkah. It's a wonderfully literary week, with two stage adaptations of beloved children's book classics, and celebrations of the season – the winter season, that is – will keep kids' spirits high even when rain washes away the sledding snow.
Have a holly jolly week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more family fun and holiday-themed events each day.
There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights in Boston, from crafting a menorah by hand to joining in the celebration at a huge hootenanny. We’ve rounded up some special Hanukkah events just for kids and families in the Boston area—read on for details, and keep checking our daily Event Calendar, where we're adding more Hanukkah events all the time!
We can't escape the December holiday madness, so we've decided to embrace it. Our picks this week are all Christmas-themed, much like the day trip ideas we shared over the weekend. Happily, the ubiquity of holiday events means that there are lots of great choices, including opportunities to do good and eat well, see a favorite classic holiday film on the big screen, and hear members of the BSO play in concert with a light show. If you find yourself with some extra time with the kids this week and need a few more ideas, check our Event Calendar. It's is full enough to keep your family occupied all day, every day (no kidding).
Have a fun and festive week, and don't stress over the nefarious Elf on the Shelf or gifts for the family—instead, we recommend spending some time with your kids on the ice, in a theater, or at the library.
After an eventful weekend of seeing José Mateo Ballet Theatre's magical performance of The Nutcracker, noshing our way through the Boston Public Market, and checking out the winter wonderland that has recently popped up in City Hall Plaza (pictured), we're not sure we want to go back to the weekday routine. But go back we must, so we've picked a few happenings this week that take us out of the doldrums and drop us into Antarctica, the North Pole, and the Land of Sweets. Our Event Calendar is also bursting with festive holiday events this time of year, so we highly recommend checking it out in addition to our picks below if you're looking for a mid-week escape.
Whether we're cooking a big feast at home or planning to dine out on Thanksgiving, many of us are looking for something to do with the kids this week. There is plenty to choose from: turkey trots, tree lightings, The Nutcracker performances, and more festive holiday fun that kicks into high gear the day after Thanksgiving.
Our picks for this week highlight a little bit of everything to help you keep your sanity and the kids entertained, including a drop-off "camp" on Wednesday and Friday, a visit with a favorite author early in the week, and a free celebration of diversity at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (pictured; reserve your seats in advance). For family fun ideas every day this week, read on. And if you want more, check our Event Calendar.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This week's event picks offer meaningful, low-key ways to inspire and connect with our kids, starting with the Supermoon and wrapping up the weekdays with an uplifting play. For more family fun every day, check our Event Calendar.
It's the last week to help us choose our Besties. You could win amazing prizes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Great Wolf Lodge, and Puerto Vallarta just for showing the love for your favorite family-friendly spots in Boston.
Wishing you a week filled with kindness and wonder.
With Election Day on Tuesday and Veterans Day on Friday, we have lots of opportunities this week to teach our kids about the election, patriotism, and service to our country. While the school kids have the day off on Friday, many of us still have to work, so we're very appreciative of the drop-off programs offered by the JCC, Puddlestompers, H2K, and LINX (register in advance). Families looking for something to do together on Friday have so many stellar options, we couldn't choose just one. See our picks below.
Remember to vote—in the national election, of course, but also in another (decidedly less stressful) contest: the Besties. When you vote in the Besties you're entered to win amazing prizes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Great Wolf Lodge, and Puerto Vallarta just for showing the love for your favorite family-friendly spots in Boston.
Have a great stars and stripes week, and remember to check our Event Calendar when you're looking for something fun to do with the kids.