Once again, I'm thrilled to see a long list of free things to do this week! After attending an amazing concert with my family at the Boston Public Library this past week (pictured), I can't recommend the free performances around town enough. And now that the Hatch Shell is open again, so is one of our favorite outdoor movie series, launching this week with everyone's favorite bear from Peru.
With all the fun activities, though, it's important for those elementary schoolers to keep up with their reading lists, too. Thankfully, ReadBoston has a great story time program going on all around the city with free books for kids.
Faneuil Hall might be a great place for tourists, but it's a pretty fantastic spot for locals, too. With one of the 10 coolest stops for kids on the Freedom Trail and some of the best places to eat along the Trail, along with tons of fun activities especially for children, you can easily spend a full afternoon without once hearing, "I'm bored." Read on for the 10 best kid-tested things to do while visiting Faneuil Hall with kids.
Happy Fourth of July! With no shortage of fireworks and other celebrations this weekend, it's easy to find tons of potential outings for your family. The hardest part might be narrowing it down to only a few!
While most events this weekend focus on Independence Day, including those celebrating local history, summer is in full swing with ongoing activities at Faneuil Hall, Frog Pond, and the Harbor Islands. I personally can't wait to storm the fort on Georges Island with my family. And just in time for all this outdoor fun, the City of Boston has launched a pilot program that provides free sunscreen dispensers in Boston parks, including at Boston Common and Christopher Columbus Park.
Strawberries? Raspberries? Blueberries? Our family debate over which is the best berry may never be resolved, but that just may be because each time one of these berries is in season, it’s hard not to declare it the best. Our favorite this time of year? It’s the blueberry, by far. Blueberries just may be the easiest fruit to pick, prepare and serve. No peeling, no pitting, no coring, no cutting. Plus, they have few natural pests other than birds, so much is grown pesticide-free.
The pick-your-own blueberry season begins early July and continues through late August or early September. We’ve rounded up some farms in the Boston area which are beginning to open up for blueberry picking, plus we've included a few helpful tips. At the end of the post, you'll find a recipe for our favorite blueberry treat: the classic blueberry buckle.
July makes a grand entrance with Independence Day celebrations in and around Boston, including daytime July 4th festivities and fireworks filling the night sky. The family fun keeps going all month with lots of events and activities, and below are our top ten picks.
Of course, we have plenty more ideas for enjoying summer sun and fun with your kids: Free summer concerts, free summer movies, and great beaches. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to look ahead for these July favorites and get them on your calendar. In fact, if you click through to the full listings, you can automatically add them to your personal calendar. Easy peasy.
As we turn the calendar page to July, the MDC pools are now open for business every day of the week! While waiting for our local pool's opening day, my family definitely hit the beach, but we also used the time to take advantage of some other fun summer activities in town. One of our favorite stops in the past few days was the new Lounge space at Faneuil Hall (pictured). With structured activities and entertainment for kids, along with well-stocked drop-in art and game areas, it's a great place to keep kids busy.
We're also leading up to the big Fourth of July celebrations here in Boston, both with fireworks and without, so be sure to check out all the offerings popping up at the end of the week and into the weekend. Whatever you choose, have a great week, and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!
My children and I were lucky enough to attend the press preview of the new Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Science, and boy, do I mean lucky, because everything about it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the dazzling lighting made us feel like we were walking right onto a movie set. After a short film featuring Pixar employees and the creative challenges they've overcome in some of the films we know and love, we opened the doors to an amazing scene.
Read on for some of the exhibit's highlights, as well as a few tips to get the most out of your visit.
School's out for summer! I'm looking forward to kicking back and relaxing at a local spray pool to ease into vacation, but celebrations are also in order, especially with Independence Day on the horizon. Why not get a head start at one of the early 4th of July celebrations happening this weekend?
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