Planning a toddler birthday at your house can be stressful, especially if you are like me, (a bit of a perfectionist) and want everything to be just so. There are two pieces of advice I can give here: (1) expect nothing to go “just so” and (2) hire entertainment. Here‘s some insight on the latter...
Who ever came up with the idea of breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day as a special treat for mom? Both my kids love to cook, but I would never turn over my kitchen to them for them to fix a surprise meal for me (even with Dad supervising). Plus, as much as I enjoy eating together, sharing the time in the kitchen is at least as special.
This year, we’ve found a way to have our cake and eat it, too (see dessert!). What follows is simple Mother's Day meal kids can put together almost all by themselves. With a guiding hand from mom (or dad), kids can get almost everything prepared on Saturday, and add the finishing touches just before serving on Mother’s Day. Thanks to our grandma for the inspiration!
We’re feeling festive this month! While the events of April 15 remain vivid in the forefront of our minds, as we turn over a new page (virtually or literally) of our calendars, we’re reminded of the beauty that is Boston in springtime. For this month’s edition of the Go List, we’re highlighting five fabulous festivals - all free! - that capture all that is good in our special town.
Of course, our Events Calendar is filling up with plenty of other special events for kids all month long, and we’re adding to it every day. Read on for 5 of our favorite things to do with kids in Boston this May. Click through to the full listings and you can add them to your calendar. We'll still send our weekend event roundups each Thursday, but we want to give you enough notice to plan for some of these in advance.
Taking full advantage of Boston’s location - the Charles River to the west and Boston Harbor to the east - community boating programs provide numerous opportunities for kids and families to learn to sail in Boston. Look a little further to the north and south, and options multiply. From annual memberships to five-day passes to one-day rentals, the following sailing centers offer packages that will fit your budget and schedule. Note that many of the lesson and camp programs fill up fast, so be sure to plan ahead.
And with Mother’s Day just over two weeks away, we’ve highlighted some special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches - reservations required!
Be sure to check our Events calendar for more things to do, and please stay tuned for an announcement about a very special festival being planned to benefit The One Fund Boston - The One Family Music Festival. Details coming soon.
Two of Rhode Island’s East Bay towns, Warren and Bristol, make a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. When we visit them, we feel like we’re worlds away from everyday city life. Quintessentially New England, these neighboring towns have it all: Natural beauty, history, arts, culture, and plenty of activities for families. Looking for great shopping and dining? They have that too. Read on for our top 15 things to do with kids in Bristol and Warren.
Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife (or yourself!) in the most glorious brunch of the year, a splurge-worthy meal to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks. [Updated April 2013]
Whether you’re sporting two wheels or four, riding a bike is efficient, economical, healthy, ecological and fun - and just about anyone can do it.
Cycling is celebrated around the country in May during National Bike Month. And this week in Massachusetts, it’s Bay State Bike Week, culminating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. In keeping with the spirit, we’ve rounded up some suggestions for area biking trails, family-friendly cycling tours, and special biking events taking place this spring.
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