Plenty of libraries and book stores also offer sing-a-longs, concerts, and story times to liven up an otherwise dull winter day this week. In case you missed it, we recently shared 10 Things to Do in Boston with Baby in the Winter just in time for the big snow storm this week. Read on for our picks of the week, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!
Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone's heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine's Day gift. There's barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.
In my experience, at-home playrooms only go so far in the colder months. Sometimes my kids crave a change of scenery just as much as I crave not having to pick up the toys. And indoor play spaces can offer so much more than just play -- often they can encourage socialization, help kids develop gross motor skills, and provide a great way to exercise.
Check out the following selection of places to play (other than your basement!) south of Boston.
Balloons are magical spheres of pure joy to young children. As the days get shorter, and toddler energy levels are on the rise, I definitely keep a pack handy; they are the perfect cure for a bad case of cabin fever. There are so many things you can do with a simple balloon! Create this fun tennis game with a couple of paper plates and popsicle sticks. Give your child the advantage of working off some energy while developing a swinging backhand. For more ideas like this, check out our list of 25 active indoor games.
Forget the Super Bowl. People who know where it’s at will be switching the channel to Animal Planet for the annual Puppy Bowl. If gazing at adorable puppies playing football isn’t enough to fill your heart, you can turn it into the perfect kid party with doggy-themed snacks, decorations and activities. Prepare your clan for a whole lotta cuteness; this may just be the most fun you've had yet this year.
It's also a great time of year to try something new. All week long, the New School of Music is offering free trial lessons for kids and adults. Some other events this week introduce kids to art or nature with fun activities. It's also the perfect time to plan for summer camp. Attending a summer camp fair is a great way to see what's out there, so you might want to stop by the Parent Talk Summer Camp Fair on Tuesday. Read on for our picks of the week, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!
We were warned. From the Farmer’s Almanac to Al Roker, weather forecasters across the nation predicted a ruthless winter. It only took a few days of frigid air to get me dreaming of warmer climes. The ingredients for a toasty vacation are only a plane ride away. Here are twenty five destinations to escape the grip of the polar vortex. Let Jack Frost knock on the door; you won’t be home.
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