Everyone loves sparklers on the 4th of July, but they aren't safe for all little hands. This 4th of July we have a safe sparkler magic wand craft for all the littles in your life. This is a super easy craft to do and one of the best parts is that the kids can go on a scavenger hunt to find the perfect wand before sparkling it up.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea – until you’re there. The little one (who refused to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes. But Independence Day is such a wonderful, important, festive and patriotic holiday! What to do?
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also celebrate our country’s independence with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music, food galore and more – no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ US of A some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style and do it big at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from city celebrations like Harborfest to small town festivities all around the Boston area.
NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT.
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 shows, which are often just the right size for young families. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and fun family Independence Day activities happening June 28th through July 5th. NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT. THE BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR ON THE ESPLANADE IS RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 3.
Providence is showing dads the love this weekend with freebies and discounts at family-friendly places around the city. Read on for some ideas for spending a fun day with your favorite father in Providence without breaking the bank – whether he’s the outdoors type, the academic sort, a grown-up kid, or just uniquely himself.
On June 19th, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation theoretically freed all the slaves in the Confederate States, federal troops arrived in Texas to enforce the Proclamation and free the slaves of Texas. Dubbed "Juneteenth," June 19 has been celebrated as Emancipation Day in Texas since 1866 and has since spread to most of the United States, including Massachusetts. Whether you attend one of the special Juneteenth events, plan a visit to one of Boston's African-American museums and historic locations, or spend some time reading books with your family, Juneteenth is a great time for all of us to reflect on what freedom, and its absence, really means.
According to my husband, there's a sweet spot for a Father's Day celebratory activity. It needs to be fun (by his definition) and special, but not too special. The activity can’t have high expectations attached to it, because, well, the kids will probably ruin it for him. So, here's a vetted list of 10 sweet spot activities for dads to enjoy with their families on Father's Day. Fun for the whole family (especially Dad): check. Not something he’s waited his entire life to do: check.
You may want to bookmark this list for any time you're looking for something fun for dads and kids to do together in Boston. And if the dad in your life is an outdoorsy kind of guy, take a look at our new Outdoor Fun Guide for even more ideas.
For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It's the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the Cape. However, Memorial Day is, at its core, a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their local town parades and memorial services (the one in Chatham is quite a beautiful, moving event). We've rounded up some other events happening in and around Boston during Memorial Day weekend, ranging from the somber to the festive.
I remember being a kid and asking my mom why there was a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but no Children's Day. She told me every day was Children's Day. Now that I'm a mom, I understand what she meant: I spend every day planning around my kids' nap schedules, finding activities that will entertain them, and planning meals that they will eat. Now Mother's Day is approaching and it is my day. Here are some great ways to celebrate, with or without your kids.
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