Now that it's August, it's time for a reality check on summer reading assignments. To keep up with their daily reading logs, my kids have been enjoying visits to the library, where there are some great summer programs. Storytimes with ReadBoston in BPL branches and other neighborhood venues are only going on for a few more weeks, so look for one near you before it's too late.
My family has also been loving all the activities at local parks. In addition to ReadBoston storytimes, there are free craft workshops and outdoor movies. Take a look at these and other picks for the week, and don't forget to check the full Event Calendar for more fun happenings!
There are certain must-do activities for Boston families during these magically long days and warm summer nights. Somehow it all seems to come to a halt once Labor Day arrives and school starts: Bedtimes are once again enforced, the swimsuits are packed away in the closet, and every day is scheduled down to the minute.
It’s time to seize these summer days before they start slipping away! Here are 25 Boston summertime experiences to have with your kids before it turns colder, because that's where it ends. (Are you hearing "Summer Nights" from Grease? You’re welcome.)
If you missed last weekend's Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, this weekend offers plenty of other opportunities for local family-friendly festivals. Some great options include celebrations of boats (pictured), Puerto Rico, and seafood. For something more low-key, kids are sure to enjoy the outdoor movies and concerts rounding out the weekend, with something just right for everyone.
Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:
Celebrate a free and festive month with all the cool events in the August GoList.
We’ve been working our way through the most fun to-do list ever, and we decided it was high time to check off number 37, a whale watching cruise. After an exciting Whale Watch with Boston Harbor Cruises, I am – for the record – ranking it as one of the top 10 things to do with kids in Boston before they grow up.
However, I don’t recommend just jumping on the next BHC Catamaran going out to Stellwagen Bank. The difference between having a great experience and a phenomenal one, especially when you’re taking kids on the cruise, is knowing what to expect and getting a few tips from a fellow parent before you go.
After the exciting Pluto flyby of the New Horizons mission, kids who've become more interested in astronomy will be delighted to know that there are plenty of other space-related activities they can catch over the summer. Not only does the Museum of Science host Astronomy After Hours every Friday, but this particular Friday night, a blue moon lights up the sky with some fun events to celebrate.
August in Boston is free and festive! There are free festivals almost every weekend in August, plus lots more free fun throughout the month. We've also picked a few things that aren't free, but we think they're well worth checking out, especially if you have a train aficionado in the house or you're thinking about taking the kids camping for the first time.
We hope you'll be able to squeeze a few of these top picks for hometown fun into your family's last weeks of summer day trips and weekend getaways before the kids head back to school.
If it's time to hit the beach with your family, Revere Beach has the perfect excuse this weekend with its annual Sand Sculpting Festival (pictured). As on other summer weekends, there are tons of great events farther inland as well. Music fans looking for more than a summer concert have their pick of music festivals highlighting everything from folk to jazz, and kids with big imaginations will love collaborating on art projects during Figment Boston.
Maybe we all hope that our kids will spend the summer mostly outdoors, but let's be honest: they're going to find their way to the computer or phone from time to time. So why not make the most of screen time by signing them up with an online summer camp from the likes of Google? Or how about a Maker Camp run by a former Pixar staffer?
There are a number of reputable online camps available to get kids excited about STEM topics or to dive into other offline, DIY experiments that can help to bridge that gap between June and September.
My 9-year-old son put several online camps to the test and excitedly waited to sign on each day to see what challenge awaited. Check out these seven virtual camps—some of them free!—and let your kids get a little extra summer learning in at their own pace.
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