Spring is finally in the air as temperatures start to rise above freezing this week, giving stir-crazy families a much-needed break. There's still plenty of time to enjoy the snow, though. With the warmer air, it might be more enjoyable to take the kids to one of the local sledding and tubing hills. However, hiding out and waiting for spring's true arrival at one of the indoor play spaces in the area is another great option.
Special events this week include a free Blizzard Voices concert at Jordan Hall, an ARTfull Play program for preschoolers at the DeCordova, and Raccoon Tales puppet show in Brookline. Read on for our picks of the week, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!
Whether you’re planning a skiing and snowboarding trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or you’re a world-class armchair traveler, the Ice Castle is a must-see on your Lincoln, NH winter itinerary. These glimpses of Ice Castles New Hampshire's magnificence are for your enjoyment, enchantment and daydreams. Maybe you'll even be inspired to create your own ice palace at home.
Where do all those missing socks go? Instead of getting frustrated, turn those unpaired socks into snowmen in just three easy steps. This no-sew craft recycles unmatched socks into adorable snowmen. Add a couple buttons, a pipe-cleaner nose, and those mismatched socks will be transformed into this friendly little Frosty. Next time you are asked, "do you want to build a snowman?" you can smile, sort through the laundry, and say, "yes!"
March is a month of celebrations, and it's a good thing, because we could use a party right about now. From Purim to St. Patrick's Day, the Lunar New Year to maple sugaring festivities, there are family-friendly celebrations happening all around town this month. And this year, we're betting there will be an audible sigh of relief rippling through the entire city on the First Day of Spring.
So, it's time to dig out of the snow and paint the town red (or any color but snow white) with our top ten picks for March. Many are free or low cost, which is another reason to celebrate!
One of my family's favorite special occasion treats is afternoon tea. The combination of delicious sweets, fancy sandwiches, pretty china, and the tradition of an afternoon tea service is something we can all agree on. Despite the gentile settings, children are generally welcome at places that serve afternoon tea. But, when you're talking fancy schmancy eating experiences with kids, it's always good to know where children will be most welcome and which experiences will be the most fun for them. After all, a special occasion should be fun for everyone. We got out and tried a few of the best afternoon tea spots in Boston so we could share the inside scoop with you.
With its storied past with tea, there’s no better place, outside Britain itself, to celebrate with a traditional English afternoon tea than Boston. So, pinkies up! Here are five great places for afternoon tea in Boston.
One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring first hand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.
Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs (!). Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.
This week brings the chance to catch make-ups of some events rescheduled due to all the February snow, including the exciting conclusion to the Beanpot Tournament. Unfortunately, the Monkey King Puppet Show scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed once again due to roof snow removal at the library. Since there's still plenty of snow out there, other fun activities to try with the family include snowshoeing at Gore Place or skating at one of Boston's outdoor ice rinks.
Storytimes are always a good choice for the preschool set, and there are some great options this week. Gather the kids up for morning storytime at the Elephant's Trunk in Lexington or for Pajama Storytime with Catching Joy at the Blue Bunny on Friday evening. Read on for our picks of the week, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!
Please check with the event venues for snow cancelations before heading out this week.
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