Purim is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated with storytelling, costumes, and the making and giving of gifts. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all.
But Purim is worth knowing. It celebrates the story of Queen Esther outwitting the evil Haman, a story that has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story. (And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!)
St Patrick’s Day is Monday this year, celebrated in Boston on Sunday with the traditional South Boston Parade, starting at 1pm. Just in case the parade crowds seem too much for a family outing but you’re looking to something “green” to do, we’ve rounded up a number of story times, craft activities, performances and other celebrations that may be more accessible for families with younger children.
Plus, since we couldn’t resist, we’ve included a special treat - a simple, kid-approved recipe for Colcannon that will bring out the Irish in anyone.
I adore these cute little animals made from upcycled toilet paper or paper towel rolls. So simple to make, you can turn them into little favor boxes with treats inside, finger puppets, or just use them for imaginative play. We filled them with candy and glued hearts to the bottom of ours for a sweet Valentine's Day gift. What will you do with yours?
Sweethearts of all kinds are celebrated on February 14, and many venues offer plenty of ways for kids and families to get into the pink-and-red spirit as the day draws nearer. From libraries to bookstores, craft shops to bakeries, we’ve got some ideas for kids to exercise their creativity, expand their minds, and please their taste buds.
And don't forget, we've also got 10 DIY Valentines for kids to make (with a little help).
Over the years, I've learned that it's the little things that make a big impression on kids. Since Valentine's Day is all about making our loved ones feel special, it's the perfect time to surprise the with an out of the ordinary breakfast treat. This super easy Valentine's Day parfait will wow your kids and you can still get your beauty rest. And it's healthy enough to become a new morning staple.
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