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The weather has turned chilly in the city, which means parents everywhere scramble to one of Boston's museums to entertain cooped up toddlers. But that's not always easy when you have an infant and a toddler; you want to get out of the house, but the idea of fighting the crowds is daunting. Now that I officially have “two in tow” I’ve been searching for more creative (READ: easier) places to take them that don’t require 1) A lot of walking around, and 2) A huge parking lot.
The combination of kids, winter, and the city sure is a tough one. Getting out of the house is key, but it doesn't have to be an epic adventure. Here are 5 places that are manageable to bring an immobile infant and a toddler with energy to burn.
Outdoor ice skating rinks are great for some fun, unstructured time, but if your budding skater dreams of forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks, some formal instruction may be just the thing. Lessons are offered at most of the outdoor rinks featured in our related post, and three skating schools also provide lessons at indoor rinks in the area. We’ve highlighted these skating schools and lesson options below; schedules, registration forms and pricing details can be found on the rink or school websites.
I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood. Roslindale Village (and it really is a bit like a village) includes the square and its surrounding neighborhoods, and it is diverse, sociable, walkable, and fun. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the suburbs.
The fact that Roslindale is situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury means that you've probably driven through it on your way somewhere else. Here are twenty reasons to stop and hang out for a while.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the day off every time the kids got a day off from school? If you’re scrambling to find childcare for December vacation, take a look at these camps in and around Boston. You may not have the day off, but you can rest easy, knowing that your kids are safe, staying active and having fun (while you toil away at work).
If you're planning to be home for the holidays and need some fun things to do with the kids during those long school-free days, check out our Holiday Fun Guide for ideas aplenty.
Magical winter wonderlands, full of lighted displays, twinkling lights and sparkling scenes. Each year, it seems like holiday light displays get more and more elaborate. Some can be viewed by car, some by train, others on foot. There are even tour buses that will take you to some of the neighborhoods that really get decked out for the season.
We've rounded up some of the best holiday displays in and around Boston that families can visit throughout December. Is it time to start a new holiday tradition this year by checking out these spectacular sights? (For more holiday traditions, please see our Winter Holidays Fun Guide.)
Our December calendar continues to fill with free and fun holiday specials, craft fairs, winter festivals, and your pick of wintertime events. The Mass Horticultural Society concludes its Festival of Trees this weekend, and the Concord Museum is decked out for the holidays with its annual Family Trees exhibit. Concerts with Ben Rudnick and Stacey Peasley, plus the opening of Boston Children’s Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. Read on for all of our picks. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide.
Also this week on Mommy Poppins Boston:
Outdoor gift picks to gear up the kids for winter - from our friends and outdoors experts at Appalachian Mountain Club
Ah, The Polar Express. It has become as much of a holiday tradition for our kids as The Nutcracker. The talented Chris Van Allsburg created a classic with the story about believing in the magic of Christmas. The book-inspired movie became an instant classic, which in turn inspired all sorts of events, usually involving hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Here's how Boston families can experience The Polar Express brought to life through train rides, story times, and even a 4D movie ride.
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