We're finally seeing signs of spring! On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That’s right, it’s sheepshearing festival time! Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place make merry and have a whale of a shindig to celebrate. (It’s not that strange, think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut – I’ll bet you even kept a lock of hair from that momentous occasion.) If you can’t make it to the sheep shearing festivals in our area, or if your family just can’t get enough of the wooly animals, follow the festivals to Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts and make a day – or even a weekend getaway – of it.
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.
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 festivals, take tours of maple sugar farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, and 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.
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.
From Thanksgiving to Christmas (or Xmas) to Hanukkah (or Chanukah) to New Year's Day, there are plenty of ways for families to enjoy the holiday season in and around Boston. So you won't miss a single special event, we've created this Holiday Fun Guide with all our holiday coverage in one easy-to-find place. And be sure to check out our Events Calendar for more Chanukah-related and other seasonal things to do!
There are over 200 daily events that are part of Boston Harborfest, Boston’s Independence Day celebration that runs from Tuesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 7. There are so many events, in fact, that it can be an overwhelming decision as to where to spend your time - picture First Night times six. Families can choose from re-enactments, outdoor concerts, historical tours, special events, and more. To help make the decisions a bit easier, we’ve sorted through all the activities and highlighted the best things to do with kids. We also took into consideration the cost of the events - much of what’s available is free or inexpensive, but there are some activities that might be worth a special treat.
I'm loving my CSA membership - such great, fresh fruits and vegetables every week. This week, we got a bonus - two empty quart containers and directions to the best field to pick our own strawberries. They were so abundant, I was told, that five minutes was all we'd need to fill a container!
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. Be sure to scroll through to find out about some fabulous strawberry festivals, and check back later in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
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