WaterFire just might be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to Providence, Rhode Island. In the 20 years since the first bonfires were lit on the rivers in Providence, the brilliant and moving art installation has helped to transform the city into a vibrant, family-friendly destination.
Part community festival and part art exhibition – complete with bonfires juxtaposed with water, music, arts and crafts vendors, boat rides, and live performances – WaterFire is an event not to be missed. But just like other wonderful, very popular events such as First Night Boston, having the inside scoop on WaterFire can mean the difference between having a magical night with the family and a total bust. Here are 25 things to look for and to know before you go – with wisdom learned (sometimes the hard way) from my family’s WaterFire adventures and from the very knowledgeable team at WaterFire.
Speaking of Halloween, can I tell you a secret? The Curious George Store has a special Halloween Storytime on October 31 just for Mommy Poppins Boston readers! Just register here with the code "mommypoppins" (and keep it on the DL).
Of course, Halloween isn't the only reason to celebrate this weekend. The Boston Book Festival brings Rick Riordan, Anne Dewdney, and other great children's authors. Plus, the Boston Children's Museum hosts a Diwali celebration.
We want to give a warm welcome to all our new readers from the Biggest Baby Shower Ever. It was great to meet you face to face. Remember the flyer we gave you, filled with information for new Boston parents? We didn't actually expect you to look up all the links: we've posted the same information online, so you can conveniently connect to resources for new and expectant parents.
Pipe cleaners are a perfect staple of a children's craft supply kit; they are inexpensive, easily available, and foster a wide range of imaginative play. This simple twist (ha!) on making finger puppets is a basic framework for creating Halloween ghosts, monsters and more spooky finger puppets. In a matter of minutes you'll have a complete cast of characters to tell terror-ific tales or not-so-spooky stories. Have your phone set to video and let the show begin.
These spooky and simple ideas for turning everyday snacks like hot dogs and brownies into some spine-tingling treats for Halloween will have you and your kids dancing the Monster Mash. Easy enough for a kids' party activity, or parents can whip a batch up for a fun twist on the pre-trick-or-treating dinner. Either way, you won't even need to dress up to be a hero this Halloween.
You’ve breathed through birth classes, drooled over adorable baby clothes, picked out the perfect stroller, and decided on a pediatrician. What about having a little fun after baby is born? Connecting with your baby and other new parents may seem like luxury, but we think it’s incredibly important. Here are a few things to check out before baby comes to ensure you have a social network and plenty of fun ways to connect with your little one once she arrives.
Don't be scared to get creative this Halloween; one of the best things about Halloween is the opportunity to be creative and replace store-bought with homemade. While your kids may demand that store-bought character costume, you can skip the plastic treat bucket or the old pillowcase this year and do something homemade without any sewing skills. An old costume might even make the basis for the perfect treat tote. Or pick a black or orange colored tee. Another alternative: let them decorate the tote with spooky drawings, or glue plastic spiders and other Halloween elements. Let your imaginations take this easy project in your own unique direction.
The phenomenal entries we received confirmed our belief that Boston kids are making a difference in their communities, and that they really do rock! After careful consideration (and some very difficult decision-making), we selected five finalists, including one grand prize winner who is the recipient of $1,000 donation to local nonprofit Cradles to Crayons and a nonprofit organization of his choice. These are the inspiring stories of our five finalists in the Boston Kids Who Really Rock contest.
Confronted with the statistic that one out of every five children in the U.S. is food insecure, a friend expressed incredulity. "How can that be true? I don’t know a single person like that.” That's the tricky thing about hunger today. Not only has the demographic of who suffers from hunger changed, it's a problem happening right under our noses without us realizing it.
Sometimes situations that lead to food insecurity are complicated. And, let’s face it, people don't introduce themselves by saying, “By the way, I don’t have enough money to feed my children” unless they are panhandling on the street. I speak from experience because I was food insecure as a child, and most of the people around me had no idea, outside of one English teacher who frequently bought me a bagel for lunch if I hadn't eaten that day.
That’s why I’m proud to sponsor Unilever Project Sunlight, a program that brings awareness to the issue of hunger in America and encourages supporters to Share A Meal to fight childhood hunger. I hope you’ll consider joining me in our virtual food drive. Our goal is to raise $1500 through Feeding America, and if we reach it, Mommy Poppins will double the amount by adding an additional $1500 donation.
We're glad you're here at Mommy Poppins Boston, your free online resource for everything for families and kids in the greater Boston area. We'd love to hear from you with any questions or suggestions! — Tara