February Vacation Week has come and gone, and it's already March, which means it's time to start thinking about April Vacation Week! If you want to be sure to get a spot for your child in a great camp, this is the time to start considering the options.
My first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps highlights programs that get kids outdoors, exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 4 nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated with storytelling, costumes, and the making and giving of gifts. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all.
But Purim is worth knowing. It celebrates the story of Queen Esther outwitting the evil Haman, a story that has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)
St Patrick’s Day is Monday this year, celebrated in Boston on Sunday with the traditional South Boston Parade, starting at 1pm. Just in case the parade crowds seem too much for a family outing but you’re looking to something “green” to do, we’ve rounded up a number of story times, craft activities, performances and other celebrations that may be more accessible for families with younger children.
Plus, since we couldn’t resist, we’ve included a special treat - a simple, kid-approved recipe for Colcannon that will bring out the Irish in anyone.
For most of the country this winter seems to be never-ending. If we have to put up with permafrost, we might as well try to get something out of it. Making an icicle sun catcher studded with natural materials is a favorite winter activity for my son. With just a some water, natural materials, freezing temperatures and a little time, kids can create an unexpected, glistening decoration to brighten up the doldrums of winter inside your home or out in the yard. It isn't just pretty, this simple project offers some great added benefits. Searching for the leaves and twigs will force the kids to leave the house and venture outside on a gloomy winter day and waiting for the project to freeze hard is a great way for them to experience delayed gratification. If you don't have freezing temps (lucky) you can also just toss this in the freezer.
There's something about pom poms that just brings out the inner child in all of us. I have no idea what it is about these balls of fluff, but somehow they can make just about anyone stop, drop, and play. Little kids (and big ones too!) will love getting to make something so fun basically on their own. Turning these adorable pom poms into cool creatures that you can play with for ages is just the icing on the cake.
It’s a busy month, and with St. Patricks Day and Purim and the First Day of Spring and everything in-between, our schedule of events is filling up with plenty of special things for kids during March. For our March GO Boston List, we’ve highlighted nearly a dozen favorites picked from the many activities on the Mommy Poppins March daily events calendar - many free or low cost.
Read on for our top things to do with kids in Boston this March. Click through to the full listings and you can add them to your calendar. We'll still send our weekend event roundups each Thursday, and add to our calendar daily, but we want to give you enough notice to plan for some of these in advance.
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