Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife (or yourself!) in the most glorious brunch of the year, a splurge-worthy meal to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks.
We've been doing Eastereggdecorating all week in our WeeWork series. But it wasn't until I brought out a bag of jelly beans for this project that my ornery son suddenly got very interested in participating. This would be a great little activity for Easter morning, keeping kids occupied while the Easter bunny does his business. Or, if your little ones are too small to work a needle, you can make these and put them in their baskets.
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
The first time my now 9-year old son decorated Easter Eggs he couldn't manage to retrieve them from the dye using the little metal dipper that came in the packaged egg dyeing kits. Against my mother's advice, I let him scoop the eggs out of the liquid color with his fingers. Resulting in a basketful of lovely eggs for Easter and a toddler with dye stained hands for two weeks.
The following year we tried this easy tie dye method using a colander and regular old food coloring. The technique is fun, quick and simple enough for a toddler to achieve incredible looking eggs without having to submerge them in messy liquid dye. We still decorate our Easter Eggs this way even though my son mastered the egg dipper a long time ago.
Patriots Day commemorates the April 19 anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is a Massachusetts state holiday, officially observed on the third Monday in April and is celebrated with parades and ceremonies from Boston to Roxbury, and all along the Battle Road.
Thousands of members of local minute men companies, militias, and historical societies participate in the re-enactments in Boston, the Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord's Old North Bridge, Lexington's Battle Green, and other historic sites in the Boston area.
We’ve rounded up some of the key re-enactments, parades, and special events for Patriots Day, as well as special events at local museums, historical houses and the Minute Man National Park. Note that most of the events listed are free, but they are very popular, so plan to arrive early and expect crowds. (If you're interested in more happenings or places to eat while in Concord, check out our 20 Things to Do in Concord for suggestions.)
Yes, I love decorating Easter eggs and some of my favorite memories are of decorating eggs with my kids, but there have definitely been some years when I hedged a bit wondering if I really had to do the whole dying thing and deal with stained hands and whatever else the dye got onto. Then there were my son's sensory issues which meant he didn't like getting his fingers wet.
Some years I tried to short-cut by having them draw with crayons on the eggs, but the crayon colors don't take well to the egg, so they just looked a mess. I wish I'd thought of this method. No mess, no wet, stained fingers...and a teenager will enjoy making these eggs as much as a toddler.
Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20, and it’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets for Easter egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations - in parks, on farms, at a carousel and even on a US Navy cruiser. And if we’ve missed any, please let us know by either sending us an email or commenting below.
While some kids can think of nothing but Easter bunnies and scrambling to fill their baskets this time of year, children who celebrate Passover have plenty of ways to mark the holiday. Even some of the smallest members of the family can participate in Passover celebrations in a meaningful way. Through stories, music, puppets, and hands-on activities hosted by Boston-area organizations, children learn about the history and traditions of Passover.
We’ve rounded up special events taking place leading up to Passover (this year, the first Seder begins at sundown on Monday, April 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 22); please let us know if you have others to share via email or in the comment section below.
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