Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston free online community.
Going on outdoor summer adventures with your kids often means eating on the go, maybe picking something up at a snack bar or bringing a PB&J sandwich and a piece of fruit. It can be fun to switch the focus to making a picnic the main event, and the setting is the key. Here are some outstanding picnic spots that will make your al fresco meal that much more delicious!
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea – until you’re there. The little one (who refused to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes. But Independence Day is such a wonderful, important, festive and patriotic holiday! What to do?
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also celebrate our country’s independence with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music, food galore and more – no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ US of A some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style and do it big at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from city celebrations like Harborfest to small town festivities all around the Boston area.
NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT.
If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own shows, which are often just the right size for young families. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and fun family Independence Day activities happening June 28th through July 5th. NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT. THE BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR ON THE ESPLANADE IS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 3.
How is end of school year stressful? Let's count the ways. Oh, sure, there's the silver lining of not having to get the kids to school or arguing about homework for the blissful weeks of summer; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?", particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do today doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neato programs that are probably filled up now with kids whose parents got on this weeks (or months) ago.
Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; every one of the neato summer camps listed below still has space available as of this publish date.
We've rounded up some of our favorite theme parks for kids in the area, all less than a two-hour drive from downtown Boston. You may even want to make your theme park visit a daycation or a weekend getaway.
Before you hop in the car, make sure to check the parks' official websites to confirm hours - they change by season and also may vary due to weather. And check for prices, too. Many offer online-only ticket specials that you can take advantage of from home. Also, if you plan to visit a particular park more than once, consider buying season passes as that may be more economical.
In the realm of pick-your-own, I'm not sure there's a better fruit for kids to pick than the strawberry. The plants are low and close to the ground (no poles needed for reaching that just gotta have, high-up fruit). The plants are small, too, and the fruit is accessible, easy to get to 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 (just enough time so it doesn't get boring). And, no prickers!
June is “strawberry month", and most farms are open for picking by mid-month, but some are ready at the beginning of the month. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Check back later in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during April vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events for families going on in Boston - puppet shows, dance and theater performances, special museum happenings, one-day events, and nature programs.
Read on to see highlights of some of the many wonderful things to do during spring break with kids, and be sure to visit our calendar of events, our Patriots Day and Earth Day roundups for even more ideas.
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