Eager to experience some Halloween night magic before October 31? This fall season, Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo is just the place to do it. Through November 4, the zoo is home to the Jack O’Lantern Journey, a spectacular jack-o’-lantern display filled with thousands of intricately carved pumpkins over a half-mile trail. I headed to the event with my two children to find out everything you need to know before visiting. Here are my insider tips to make sure your visit with children is a real treat (with no tricks).
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If you’re looking for something new to check off your family’s summer bucket list, there are few experiences as unique as a visit to Battleship Cove. Located in Fall River, just about an hour south of Boston, the museum and war memorial features the world’s largest collection of World War II naval vessels. After an exciting day touring the massive ships with my five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, I'm sharing tips to ensure a fun visit with your own crew.
When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.
Montessori, Reggio Emilia, language immersion, public, and private—when it comes to choosing a preschool, parents have a lot of options. If you’re interested in a program that allows you to have a high level of participation in your child’s education, a cooperative preschool may be the right choice for you. Also known as a co-op, this type of preschool offers parents opportunities to assist in all aspects of running and managing the school, from serving as a board member to participating on school committees to helping regularly in the classroom. Co-ops abound in Boston; we've rounded up several worth exploring in the preschool-rich Metrowest suburbs, in particular.
Music, art, swimming, dance, playgroups: When you're the parent of a young child, the opportunities to introduce your son or daughter to new experiences and friends can seem limitless. But if you're a working parent, the last thing you want to do is cram your already packed calendar with classes that happen at inconvenient times. Luckily, Boston is home to many stellar programs that are particularly accommodating to working parents' schedules. Here are some of our favorites.
Does your preschooler dream of being a hockey star or Olympic figure skater? Or do you simply want to help your little one learn a new skill and take part in a fun winter activity? Either way, three- and four-year-olds are at a perfect age to learn to skate, and we're lucky to have access to lots of great public rinks in Boston. We've compiled a list of area ice skating schools that offer lessons especially for this age group.
What birthday gift do you give the world’s biggest Paw Patrol fan, aka, my 4-year-old son? This year, the answer was easy: tickets to PAW Patrol Live!, the first-ever theater show for the pups of Adventure Bay.
Want to cut down on the amount of “stuff” your kids receive for Christmas, a birthday, or another special day, but make sure the occasion is no less memorable? We’ve rounded up some of the coolest experiences the Boston area has to offer kids—and we think the smiles you’ll get are worth the splurge. Plus, less time spent shopping means more time for you and your family to enjoy fun activities together.