When I received a flyer in the mail for the grand opening of Toddler Town at the Marina Bay Sports Complex, I practically jumped for joy. As the days grow colder I can't help but think about the indoor house itch we all tend to get with young kids. There are plenty of museums in Boston and lots of great indoor play spaces outside of Boston to the west, but there wasn't much available to us south of Boston. Until now. The Bay's massive indoor turf field in Quincy has been turned into the king of all jungle gyms, complete with a snack bar, infant play area, and even Disney tunes bumping! That's my kind of turf. Below are some highlights and tips to maximize your play time at the Bay.
There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little pumpkin is just too young and is afraid of the dark; you have a sensory-sensitive child (like mine) and a complete meltdown seems inevitable; you’re trying to move toward a more earth-friendly or less sugary Halloween; or you just want your kids to think more about giving than getting.
Whatever the reason, there’s no need to feel left out on Halloween. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating for Boston area families, and dare I say, they may be even better than the real thing!
If you’re willing to venture out just beyond city limits, you’ll find unique and wonderful art and craft making classes for your kids. Sure, the city of Boston has fine art classes at the MFA, glass crafts at the Diablo Glass School, and woodworking at The Eliot School. But Greater Boston (Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline) boasts its very own stitch lounge, a different (and wild!) museum art making experience, and studios where kids are encouraged to get messy.
For LEGO-obsessed kids, visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Assembly Row in Somerville can be an almost magical experience, especially if you go in with a few insider tips. We recently got a sneak peek behind the scenes and had a chat with Master Model Builder Ian Coffey before exploring the indoor attraction on our own. Here's the inside scoop: Highlights, things to look for, and tips for getting the most out of your visit, whether you're visiting with your family or having a birthday party for your child (a good way to get the "Best Parent Ever" title).
When you and your little ones need some downtime from summer sun and fun, story time may be just the thing. There are indoor and outdoor story times all over the Boston area, almost every day of the week throughout the summer. So, drop in to one of these free story hours we’ve rounded up for you – then sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone else read to your child for a change.
Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in one of NYC's enriching science program to continue their studies. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.
Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.
Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum is such a gem. Nature exploration and low-key adventures, perfect for little ones, are plentiful both inside and outside the museum. Plus, if your kids are old enough to manage the hike and climb the stairs to the observation tower, I highly recommend going for it - the view of Boston is fabulous. Here are 20 things to do with your kids in the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and on the universally accessible trail (equipped with a rope guide and educational materials in a variety of formats, including braille).
The Highland Street Foundation's 2014 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday from the end of June through August.
Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift, but with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit. I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at another time, how much money is saved on admission, proximity to Boston, whether the place is good for children, and the overall fun factor.
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