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).
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
There are plenty of zoos and nature centers in New England where families can get acquainted with a variety of animals, from farm animals to native species, but often there’s a “look, but don’t touch” policy in place (for obvious reasons). Here are four spots we’ve found where that isn't the policy at all. Kids will be delighted with these hands-on experiences.
Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
Something small can make a big difference. Last year, still reeling from the news of April 15, we went to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center to see the fairy gardens, and there we found solace. We missed the big event the previous Sunday when kids came wearing wings and built fairy houses of their very own, but that was just fine. Sans crowds, we enjoyed exploring the greenhouses and discovering teeny tiny houses, villages, and grottos.
The fairy gardens are on display until April 27, and I highly recommend taking a drive down to Providence to see them. Keep reading to find out our favorite things about the exhibition and tips to get the most out of your visit.
Each year on or around April 22, Boston comes alive with many special events to celebrate Earth Day. Kids learn about how they can help protect the the environment and how your family can become more green. From community service projects like the DCR’s Park Serve Day and festivals at the Spellman Museum and EcoTarium to outdoor festivals at the Franklin Park Zoo, families can get out, have fun, and make a difference.
Spring is fighting its way tooth and claw into Boston, and what better way to celebrate than to bring the kids out into nature? This weekend we put on our rain boots and prepared to get muddy in Franklin Park. Boston's biggest park sprawls through Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury with lots of great areas to explore.
I'd seen these fancy flower cupcakes on Pinterest and just assumed they were some complicated concoction. Luckily the folks at Taste Buds Kitchen shared the secret of how easy they actually are — even a kid can make these gorgeous flower cupcakes. Perfect for Mother's Day, a baby shower, or just to celebrate spring with a fun-to-make treat.
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