My daughter and I are big Grace Lin fans. Her storytelling and gorgeous illustrations continually mesmerize us, and we really like that she’s a local author. Our fandom began when I first read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the story of a girl named Minli who, inspired by her father’s fantastical stories, sets out on a journey to change her family’s fortune. With a young, quick-witted heroine and its messages of the value of selflessness and recognizing one's own good fortune, I knew it would be the perfect family read-aloud.
When I heard about the stage adaptation of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon playing at the Wheelock Family Theatre, I imagined how beautifully the lyrical writing would translate to script and the ways a theatrical performance would bring the magic of the story to life. Keep reading to find out if the production measured up, plus five highlights and five things to be aware of before taking your kids to the show.
Going to the Blue Man Group performance was the most fun my family has had in ages, and that’s really saying something, because we’ve been doing whole lot of fun springtime activities in Boston lately. During the Blue Man Group show, we laughed until we were blue in the face (ha) and a week later, my kids haven’t stopped talking about how cool it was. Keep reading to find out why we think Blue Man Group is a winner, plus what to expect if you decide to go, things to be aware of when taking your kids, and a few bonus tips.
We spent the first afternoon of February vacation doing the same thing many families are doing this week: Watching The LEGO Movie. Although I love LEGO, my expectations for the movie were fairly low. I mean, we’re paying to see a really long toy commercial, right? So I was surprised that we were entertained, amused, and even awed by the film. We chose The LEGO Movie over seeing Frozen in the theater, and I don’t have any regrets. However, I think we were the right audience for The LEGO Movie, and not everyone fits into that category. In fact, as we walked out of the theater, we heard one mom say, “That was the longest hour and 40 minutes of my life.” Read on for all you need to know to determine which category your family fits into.
Over the last 20 years, South Boston (“Southie”) has been the setting for a number of Hollywood blockbusters. But with its uniquely Boston charm, proximity to downtown and beautiful beaches, many young families also call this bustling neighborhood home. In fact, since moving here in 2009 I’ve lived here the longest I’ve lived anywhere in 15 years! The strong sense of community known as “Southie Pride” is apparent in every business and aspect of South Boston living. For this reason (and many others) I am delighted to show off the area. So here are our favorite kid-friendly spots we love bringing our three-year-old daughter and our four-month-old son:
In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling (I’m not the only one sitting on the edge of her seat through most of the events, am I?), the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy wintertime, and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions.
Here are party ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics hootenanny, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. I’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, the season of light, cultural understanding, and family time.
This free and easy bowling game will get your kids moving indoors on a cold or rainy day. Even babies can have fun knocking down the pins and it's great for motor skills. I've found setting up this bowling game for my kids can often inspire them to come up with other games on their own. Score!
The Museum of Science is a paradise for any kid who ever wanted to push a button and see what happened. Some of the exhibits are specifically aimed at children, but even those with a wider audience in mind have lots of hands-on opportunities for fun and learning. Here are my favorite exhibits when visiting the museum with kids.
Has the MLK holiday gotten you thinking about how quickly February Vacation Week is coming up? Luckily, fun and enriching programs abound during the break. I've rounded up some terrific vacation week programs for creative kids who like to craft, draw, create virtual worlds, sing and dance - and kids who love nature, too. Read on for my picks, from learning about modern architecture at Einstein's Workshop to creating museum creatures at the MFA.
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