Music fans certainly have their pick of concerts this weekend! A music festival at the Newton Free Library sounds pretty amazing, and there's also a family concert with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble that includes an instrument petting zoo.
Another great live entertainment option is at one of my family's favorite museums, the ICA Boston (pictured). This particular Play Date appears on our May GoList because of its combination of art-related activities along with a family-friendly performance. Other fun this weekend includes an Audubon Nature Festival with live owl presentations and an opportunity for stargazing.
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Undecided about whether to take the kids to see Tomorrowland? Check out our parent review.
As a child I did not go to a local school, and it was always my dream to be able to walk to class. Now grown up with kids of my own, I live in a very foot-friendly Los Angeles community. From the moment my kids could take off on two feet, we have been promenading in the park and walking to the library, the grocery store, the farmer’s market, and our multiple options for fro-yo. I like to think that I have modeled safety and caution, and hope that's been absorbed by my children.
My daughter is off to middle school next year and I know she is going to want to walk. Should I let her? Yes. No. Maybe. It is possibly more difficult to parent a middle schooler than to be one.
You don't have to go broke to have fun with kids in and around Boston this summer. There are lots of free things to do, whether you want to enjoy the sunshine outside or cool off indoors. Read on for a summer of free events, festivals, crafts, music, games, movies and more.
And if you're looking for times when you can visit local museums at no cost, check out our roundups of free museum hours in Boston and the greater Boston area (after you read through this list of free things to do with kids in Boston this summer, of course).
This weekend, Disney rolls out an action-packed sci-fi adventure for older kids that reminds us that there's a whole lot more to the Mouse House than princesses and singing snowmen. Tomorrowland is a glorious thrill ride for tweens, teens, and the adults who take them places. It is not a movie for little ones by any stretch of the imagination—not because of anything inappropriate (the film is rated PG), but because the breakneck pace of both the complicated plot and the relentless threat of peril is likely to leave anyone younger than 10 curled up in a ball begging for explanation. But for older kids? Pure gold. Tomorrowland has all of the action and humor of an Indiana Jones flick, the sci-fi impact of Star Wars or Doctor Who, and the feel-good, inspirational message of vintage Walt Disney—all with some heart-pumping George Clooney charisma and a pair of ass-kicking young girls thrown in. In short, I got to see a film last night that my son and I loved equally. Read on for everything a parent might want to know (no spoilers).
In the realm of pick-your-own, I don't think there's a better fruit for kids to pluck than the strawberry. The plants are close to the ground so no poles needed for reaching high-up fruit. They're small, too, and the berries are accessible without having to reach way into the plant. Ripe berries are clustered together, so kids have the satisfaction of picking a lot in a short period of time so it doesn't get boring. And no prickers!
June is "strawberry month" and most farms are open for picking by mid-month; some are even ready sooner. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Check back in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
With American flags waving all around town, Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to talk to kids about everything our soldiers do to protect our country. My young history buffs like to ask lots of questions, and I find that a single focused activity helps them understand serious topics more than a whole pile of books or a lengthy discussion. Some of the picks highlighted in our roundup of Memorial Day weekend activities offer ways to honor fallen soldiers as a family, like the Garden of Flags on Boston Common.
Family fun this weekend includes some special programs at local museums, like the first anniversary celebration at Legoland Discovery Center and a birthday celebration for Arthur the Aardvark at the Boston Children's Museum. Finally, a great way to make the most of the unofficial start of summer is to get outdoors at a popular annual festival in Newburyport (pictured).
Taking the subway, a.k.a. the T, is a great way to navigate Boston with kids. Each subway line—Green, Red, Orange and Blue—has its own unique vibe, and they all transport riders to some of the coolest places in Boston. (One might even argue that if you can’t get to it on the T, it isn’t worth doing.) Whether you’re visiting the city or raising your kids here, it’s always handy to know which T stops have wonderful family attractions nearby.
The Green Line, Boston’s oldest and most iconic subway line, stops at many of Beantown's most legendary destinations. My top ten picks for Green Line-accessible outings should be on every family’s list of things to do with kids in Boston at least once; of course, if your family is like mine, you’ll visit them too many times to count, but still find something new to love each time.
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