It's officially the last weekend before my kids head back to school, and I can't believe we still haven't made it to any of the outdoor flicks that have been going on all summer! At least there's one last chance to remedy that on Saturday by catching either Maleficent or Despicable Me. After this weekend, events start heading indoors. (I know! It's so hard to believe fall is around the corner.) Other opportunities for last-minute fun before homework sets in include something new at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston and something old in the streets of the North End.
Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week: Summer's end isn't all bad. Once school starts, these places give you access to the stars in Boston.
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!
You can see stars all over Boston. No, we're not talking about spotting Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at the playground with their kids. The stars we're seeking are in the sky over Boston every night – even if the city lights make them a little difficult to see. Stargazing in the city can be very rewarding if you know where to look and you have access to the right instruments, which is where local observatories and planetariums come in. Take your kids to these places to make the whole family feel closer to the stars.
The Strandbeests are coming! Two sneak peaks of these wicked cool contraptions (pictured) are coming up this week, including one at the sculpture-friendly Rose Kennedy Greenway. The full exhibit opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in September, but if you're like me and can't wait, grab the kids and check out one of these free pop-ups. While you're at it, this week is a good time to hit one of the local farmers' markets or have the little ones learn about food we can grow at home before summer turns to fall.
Families can find plenty of outdoor fun in Boston this weekend, including two super-cool festivals: one to celebrate the environment and another to celebrate ways we can reuse junk to create something fantastic. Both of these festivals have similar goals, and they both offer fun for local families.
Besides the festivals, this is a perfect weekend to check out the stars or go play in the park. With only a couple of weeks remaining before school starts up again, I plan on soaking up every possible minute of summer with my kids!
The kids and I had the pleasure of attending opening day of Thomas Land in Carver, MA on the day of Thomas the Tank Engine's 70th birthday. For those who already know Edaville, this brand new section of the park is absolutely worth a trip back. Twelve years in the making, Thomas Land–right in our backyard–is the only one in the United States. The other park is in England, but ours is bigger!
Thomas Land is a treat for the young and the young at heart; the creators have done a great job of making the park fun for all ages. Here are some highlights, plus a few tips along the way. All aboard!
I'm big on getting the kids out of the house, but sometimes it's easy to get so caught up in summer vacations, holidays, and big-ticket events that we miss the small things that are just as special to our kids. Before we know it, the summer will be gone, so I'm making a point to take my kids to some of the low-key activities they love. At the top of that list are free activities like enjoying an outdoor movie and splashing at a local spray park. Whatever you decide to do this week, don't forget to check the full Event Calendar for other fun happenings!
My family never went camping when I was little, but I fell in love with the great outdoors as an adult and love sharing it with my own family. As a parent, I've brought my kids tent camping since they were toddlers, but even when they were babies we camped in cabins. Spending a night at a campground is certainly more economical than a hotel if you're traveling, but it's also a great way to escape the city.
The following campgrounds are all close enough to Boston for a quick weekend getaway and are well worth a visit, whether you want to head north, south, east, or west.
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