Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
There are many ways for young speed demons to get a rush outdoors in winter, from racing down mountains on skis to sledding down the highest hills around on snow tubes. But for kids looking for both speed and height, winter coasters and zip lines at several New England resorts offer some fast, chilly thrills. Make sure to call in advance as rides often depend upon weather conditions.
Every year on Thanksgiving we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. But talk is cheap. To really show our children the meaning of gratitude it's important to also do something to show our thanks. With older kids we can volunteer, but with little ones the options are limited. This simple project is a sweet way to get little ones involved in some giving back in an age appropriate manner.
Whether your family is trying skating for the first time or your budding ice hockey or figure skating athlete is just looking for a change of scenery from indoor lessons, skating on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Boston is a family activity that can be a fun, affordable way to get outside, get active, and burn off some energy. Most rinks offer skate rentals, so no need to haul your equipment or buy skates before you go.
So, if you have an hour to spare, dig out the hats and mittens and get ready to rosy up those cheeks!
Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or a new experience, cutting your own Christmas tree adds a dimension to the holiday season that’s hard to match. There’s nothing quite like the real deal -- a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, Christmas tree -- and the opportunity for creating a lasting family memory in the process is an added bonus. We have rounded up a sampling of cut-your-own locations to get started, and keep reading to the end for helpful tips!
Nothing says Thanksgiving like quality time in the kitchen with your family. Even kids can get in on the action decorating easy, fun and quite adorable turkey cookies. These sweet treats are perfect for your Thanksgiving day desert, or a thoughtful take home favor for your guests. Or they can be a great way to use up scraps of leftover pie dough. Thanks to our friends at Taste Buds Kitchen for sharing this cute idea.
Boston lights it up with dazzling holiday tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November, lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park, and the festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.
It's not all just about flipping the switch, of course. The tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations, with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa himself.
Add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table with something hand made with these acorn inspired napkin rings. Guests will go nuts for these kid creations that are easy to make and look great on a holiday table. Get creative and add other fall themes to create individualized rings for each place.
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