This simple idea is a great way to reuse all those plastic eggs the Easter Bunny may leave behind. All you need is a permanent marker to turn them into learning games. There are so many different ways to make this activity fun for your child. Match uppercase and lowercase letters, rhyming words, numbers and time—whatever you want to practice, this colorful educational game is as easy as 1, 2, 3. And if you put a few jelly beans in the eggs as added incentive, we won't tell.
Out-of-town friends often ask me if Boston is a kid-friendly city. I love this question, because I love answering it with all of the wonderful things that make this city a great place for kids to thrive. I know I'm not alone; Bostonians love their town and aren't afraid to tell you why. This passion gets passed down to each generation with gusto, and makes the top of my list of 25 reasons Boston is the perfect place to raise children.
As March decides whether to leave Boston like a lion or a lamb, tons of fun events continue to fill our Event Calendar. This week's highlights include some of your last chances for photos with the Easter Bunny. If you're looking for quick and fun ways to fool your kids on Wednesday, try these super easy April Fools' Day pranks.
We're finally seeing signs of spring. On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That means it's shearing festival time!
Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place celebrate sheepshearing season with big shindigs. (It’s not that strange, really—think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut.) If you want to make a fun family day trip or even a weekend getaway out of it, there are also sheepshearing and wool festivals in nearby Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.
You don't have to be a master chef to make these adorable chocolate pretzel bites, but you'll seem like one. Making tasty chick and bunny pretzels is so easy that even kids can help decorate the simple treats. They're a great addition to Easter baskets, or just a fun way to welcome spring. They may become your newest holiday tradition.
Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound is not your grandmother’s ballet. Whether it’s the innovative choreography, the vast range of music spanning Tchaikovsky to the White Stripes, ballerinas dancing in heels, or the sparse but eye-catching sets, Shades of Sound stretches the definition of ballet – with extraordinary and highly entertaining results. If your tween says ballet is boring, ask her (rhetorically, of course), “You wanna bet?” and take her to the Boston Opera House this weekend to be proven wrong by the Boston Ballet.
Spring is here (in theory, anyway). Time to celebrate the new life that is (or soon will be) popping up all around us with an easy Easter craft. Whether you observe the holiday or not, turning some yellow wool into these chirping chicks is a simple and fun way to get you in the mood for spring. You can fill a whole nest in no time with these adorable little bundles of fuzz by following these easy steps.
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