We thought we’d take advantage of some free time this summer and make our own ice cream. After all, how tough could it be? But by the time we had Googled a recipe (found plenty that did not require a machine) and made a list of ingredients we needed, the enthusiasm had waned, and we decided it would probably be best if we left the ice cream making to our favorite ice cream shop and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
From good quality ice cream chains founded right here in New England to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, there are plenty of places for Boston families to satisfy that need for something cold and sweet to beat the heat. Read on to find some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt experiences.
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 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and festive Independence Day activities happening June 27th through July 4th.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea—until you’re there. The little one (who refuses to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes.
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also mark Independence Day with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music and food—no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ U.S. of A. some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from the city's annual Harborfest to small-town festivities all around the Boston area.
How stressful is the end of the school year? Let's count the ways. Oh sure, there's the silver lining of not having to get the kids to school or argue 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 know that what YOU have to do 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 neat-o programs that are probably already filled up 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 great summer camps listed below still has space available as of this publish date.
In the realm of pick-your-own, I don't think there's a better fruit for kids to pluck than the strawberry. The plants are close to the ground so no poles needed for reaching high-up fruit. They're small, too, and the berries are accessible 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 so it doesn't get boring. And no prickers!
June is "strawberry month" and most farms are open for picking by mid-month; some are even ready sooner. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Check back in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
These days, there are almost countless ways to celebrate your child's birthday. But for kids who love animals, creating a party centered around their favorite furry friend or curious creature will make their day extra special.
Animal birthday bashes are both fun and educational. Check out all the ways you can celebrate your kid's animal interests at these fun party venues.
Each year on or around April 22, Boston comes alive with many special events to celebrate Earth Day. Kids learn about protecting the environment and how the entire family can become more green. From community service projects like the DCR’s Park Serve Day, to festivals at the Spellman Museum and EcoTarium, to a celebration at the Franklin Park Zoo, families can get outside, have fun, and make a difference.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during April vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events to keep the whole family entertained, including big annual events like the Cambridge Science Festival, performances, cool museum happenings, and nature programs. Plus, there are FREE drop-off workshops and programs for Boston city kids!
Read on to see highlights of the many wonderful things to do during spring break with kids, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar and our Patriots' Day and Earth Day roundups for even more ideas.
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