I’ve probably seen more than my fair share of circus shows, reviewing just about every one that comes through town. I’ve watched as the rise of cirque nouveau, popularized by Cirque du Soleil, has reinvigorated the old three-ring model and rejuvenated children’s theater with amazing new performance troupes. But, even Cirque has started to fall a little flat for me. I’ve been waiting for something new to knock my clown socks off. What I didn’t expect? That the people to finally do that would be a bunch of kids in rural New England.
Circus Smirkus is a youth circus troupe based in Greensboro, Vermont where kids aged 8-18 train and perform in a traveling big top tour each summer. We were able to catch their show, Anchors Away for Atlantis, in Essex Junction, Vermont last week. Both my son and I were blown away by what we saw.
July makes a grand entrance with Independence Day celebrations in and around Boston; daytime July 4th festivities like Harborfest, and fireworks filling the night sky during the first week of July. The family fun keeps going with lots of events and activities, and below are our top picks. Of course, we have plenty more ideas for enjoying summer sun and fun with your kids: Free summer concerts; free summer movies; great beaches, and 50 free things to do this summer. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to look ahead for these July favorites and get them on your calendar. In fact, if you click through to the full listings, you can automatically add them to your personal calendar. Easy peasy.
The Highland Street Foundation's 2014 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday from the end of June through August.
Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift, but with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit. I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at another time, how much money is saved on admission, proximity to Boston, whether the place is good for children, and the overall fun factor.
As Boston's largest and oldest neighborhood, Dorchester boasts lots of fun activities for kids, families, and teenagers. Whether you are looking for a hike, an animal encounter at the zoo, fresh food from a farmers' market, classes, or a museum, you are bound to find it in Dorchester.
When you live somewhere for over 20 years, it can be easy to lose appreciation for your surroundings. We recently met up with a group of 8th graders from Richmond, VA, who were on a school trip to the Concord area and asked for their impressions as they visited historic sites in town.
Seeing the world from a 12 year old’s eyes can be enlightening!
Plus, we liked their itinerary - it was a good mixture of indoor and outdoor activities and covered many of the key sights for visitors trying to make the most of two days in town. Looking for more things to do in the area? Please see our 20 Things to do in Concord post.
Whether you’re looking for traditional music, a spectacular show, a big Chinese New Year festival complete with a Lion Dance, or simply a fun craft to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Boston has it all. Read on for a roundup of ways to share many different Asian cultures with your kids while ushering in the Year of the Horse. You’ll also find links for cooking and dining, children's books about the Lunar New Year, and visiting Boston’s Chinatown.
If you have found something fun to do in Roslindale, there is a good chance that the Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) organization is behind it somehow. A non-profit organization, RVMS works to make Roslindale a vibrant place to live or visit by sponsoring events, supporting local businesses, and making the neighborhood beautiful.
I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood. Roslindale Village (and it really is a bit like a village) includes the square and its surrounding neighborhoods, and it is diverse, sociable, walkable, and fun. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the suburbs.
The fact that Roslindale is situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury means that you've probably driven through it on your way somewhere else. Here are twenty reasons to stop and hang out for a while.
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