One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring first hand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.
Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs (!). Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.
Did you know that over 300 species of our fine-feathered friends are observed in the Newburyport area each year?
It turns out this place really is for the birds.
In fact, serious birders from all over flock to this northeast section of the state in the hopes of getting a glimpse of their favorite winged animal. But birding is a nice, leisurely family activity, too – in all seasons. Check out the following resources, grab a pair of binoculars, and head out into the great outdoors to see how many cute little birdies your family can spot.
Welcome to Part II of our February Vacation Week coverage. There are so many things to do with kids in Boston during vacation that we've rounded up the activities in two separate posts: We’ve highlighted shows, nature and programs and craft activities in our first post, and continue our coverage with a roundup of the many vacation week museum programs here.
Whether your kids are into history or science, art or animals, they can find plenty to do at local museums during the mid-winter break.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during February vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events for families going on in Boston, including films and live performances, arts and crafts, outdoor fun and nature programs. So many, in fact, that we almost wish there were at least another week of vacation to do everything!
My family has lived in Newburyport for 12 years now, and the city's charm and character never get old. Located northeast of Boston, Newburyport is a vibrant coastal community rich in history, arts, and outdoor beauty. There is just so much to do here, both indoors and out, when it's cold and when it's hot.
Read on for 25 ways for families to enjoy all that Newburyport has to offer Boston families, from an insider's perspective.
Below are some of our favorite indoor places North of Boston to take active kids when the great outdoors just isn't in the cards. In addition to exercise and entertainment, many of these venues offer special events (like Parents' Night Out!), healthy snacks, birthday parties, workshops, and classes.
Water slides, ice rinks, laser parks, trampolines, and rock walls: We’ve found some unique spaces north of Boston to host a birthday party, places where kids can keep active, have fun, maybe try out something new. Since the parties take place indoors, there’s no need to worry about rain, snow, heat or cold. And, of course, since they take place somewhere other than your home, there’s no mess, minimal fuss, and it's great fun for parents, too!
Read on for details about indoor birthday party places north of Boston. Find even more birthday ideas in our Party Guide.
We're always on the lookout for ways to make parenting in Boston a little easier and a lot more fun, and blogs written by local parents are a terrific resource. Last year, we highlighted our 13 favorite new (or new to us) parent blogs in 2013, covering everything from autism to umami, parenting in Boston on a budget to LGBT parenting adventures.
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