Whether you're looking to warm up after swooshing down the local sledding hill or just hoping to satisfy your seasonal sweet tooth, nothing takes the chill off a winter afternoon like a really good cup of hot chocolate.
A steaming cup of cocoa not only helps you face winter's frosty air, but wrapping your hands around a warm cup of melted chocolate, steam rising before your eyes, can also bring you back to you own childhood memories of snowmen, Santa and rosy cheeks.
So, gather the family, pull off those mittens and sip on some sweetness at one of these places -- from Boston to the North Shore -- serving up the season's most delectable drink.
Magical winter wonderlands, full of lighted displays, twinkling trees and sparkling scenes: Each year, it seems like holiday light displays get more and more elaborate. We've rounded up some of the best light displays in and around Boston. 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 are really decked out for the holiday season.
Whether your family is trying skating for the first time or your budding ice hockey or figure skating athlete is just looking for a change of scenery from indoor lessons, skating on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Boston is a family activity that can be a fun, affordable way to get outside, get active, and burn off some energy. Most rinks offer skate rentals, so no need to haul your equipment or buy skates before you go.
So, if you have an hour to spare, dig out the hats and mittens and get ready to rosy up those cheeks!
Whether you're full of Christmas spirit or feeling a little "bah-humbug," seeing a performance of Charles Dickens' classic story of redemption, A Christmas Carol, can be an uplifting and delightful family holiday activity.
This holiday season, there are multiple versions of the story being performed in a variety of ways in the Boston area, including the unique “in-the-round” performance by the North Shore Music Theatre and a comedic version performed by puppeteers at the Puppet Showplace Theater. Keep reading for details, and if you're looking for more classic holiday performances, take a look at our roundup of Boston-area productions of The Nutcracker.
For little kids, Halloween is usually more about the treats than the tricks. The excitement is in getting dressed up, making decorations, and enjoying sweet treats from neighbors – not gore, creepy stuff, or being scared silly. I guess that usually comes later, although it’s hard for me to imagine a time when my kids will appreciate the more macabre side of Halloween.
For fun, not-so-scary – but maybe slightly spooky – Halloween happenings in and around Boston this month, read on. I’ve rounded up activities for creative types, nature nuts, Curious George fans, and animal lovers who just want the Halloween festivities to be sweet.
Ah, fall… can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? The draining heat of summer is behind us, back to school jitters have subsided, and the threat of winter’s cold and snow is hopefully still weeks away. The beauty of nature surrounds us, and family fun is plentiful, whether you want to experience a little culture or frolic on a farm.
Nothing says fall in New England like a family excursion to the apple orchards. With many orchards to choose from, families can head a short distance from Boston for their choice of places to pick their own apples starting in early September through mid-October.
We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite places to pick apples near Boston, but with over 50 farms in the area offering apple picking, there are many more to choose from. In addition to apple picking, many of the orchards offer petting farms, country stores, hay rides, corn mazes, and other kid-friendly activities, so leave plenty of time to take advantage of all these farms have to offer. You can also plan your child's fall farm birthday party at some of the farms.
And if you're looking for some ideas for what to do with all those apples, we've put together some of our favorite apple recipes for inspiration!
We love that there are so many options for enrichment outside of school for our kids. From music to art to robotics, Boston has it all. What we don’t love is how difficult it can be to choose from all those options. We definitely don’t relish the idea of blindly committing to several weeks of a class when we’re not even sure who the instructor is or what our kids will actually be doing in the class. Really, if you can sample ice cream before deciding on a flavor, shouldn’t you be able to try a class before you register? We think so, and luckily, so do the places on this list. Some are hosting open houses where you can check out programs and meet the instructors, while others offer a free trial class – try before you buy, so to speak.
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