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 Boston free online community.
Going on outdoor summer adventures with your kids often means eating on the go, maybe picking something up at a snack bar or bringing a PB&J sandwich and a piece of fruit. It can be fun to switch the focus to making a picnic the main event, and the setting is the key. Here are some outstanding picnic spots that will make your al fresco meal that much more delicious!
Ever notice how when folks talk about summers back in the day they say things like, “We just went outside and played and we survived.” Yes, surviving is a great achievement, but we can set our sights a little higher, can’t we? We’re sharing our SUMMER OF PLAY with hundreds of ideas for playtime with your kids. So Red Rover those neighborhood kids right on over and teach the whole crew a few of those games that used to occupy the Brady brood in their AstroTurf backyard, and do more than survive this summer. Play!
Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or nanny to occupy their time. Just one big SUMMER OF PLAY. And one thing that really works for summer play is water; those kids are going to want to get wet!
You may already be navigating your summer days using our SUMMER FUN LIST GENERATOR. Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List. And many more are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy water activities below.
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.
My husband grew up in Boston and, like the rest of the state population, is a die-hard Red Sox fan. Our son was born right before last year's World Series win and my husband called him sport-spoiled. After all, my husband had to wait 26 years for his first World Series Red Sox ring! The obsession has already been handed down to our 3 year old daughter. I think she may know the names of the Red Sox players better than her numbers.
For Father's Day, I decided to go for "Wife Of The Year" and score us tickets to a game. Here are my top 10 tips to help make the game a success for you and your family (and last at least to the 7th inning stretch.)
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.
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