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.
What about the egg hunt at home and the kids’ Easter baskets? Does the thought of stuffing them with candy and weathering the ensuing sugar high give you a headache? If you’re looking for some ideas for filling baskets and eggs without going overboard on the sweets, read on for basket themes, egg fillers, and places in and around Boston to get great little gifts.
We're finally seeing signs of spring! On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That’s right, it’s sheepshearing festival time! Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place make merry and have a whale of a shindig to celebrate. (It’s not that strange, think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut – I’ll bet you even kept a lock of hair from that momentous occasion.) If you can’t make it to the sheep shearing festivals in our area, or if your family just can’t get enough of the wooly animals, follow the festivals to Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts and make a day – or even a weekend getaway – of it.
February Vacation Week has come and gone, and it's already March, which means it's time to start thinking about April Vacation Week! If you want to be sure to get a spot for your child in a great camp, this is the time to start considering the options.
My first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps highlights programs that get kids outdoors, exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 4 nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
My kids have visited enough museums in their short lives that they now actually look forward to exploring new exhibits, taking part in scavenger hunts, workshops, guided tours and the like. So when I brought up the idea of learning about art but also staying outside and playing, they were more than game. The good news? Accessible, diverse, entertaining (and mostly free!) exhibits can be found throughout the Boston area, all appropriate for visiting with children.
The beauty of looking at outdoor, public art with kids is that, depending on your child’s mood, you can stop and investigate or just take it in at a glance as you pass by. For insights on making any public art encounter with children a good experience, Mommy Poppins Boston spoke with art expert Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Executive Director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. Read on for Lynch-McWhite’s thoughts as well as places in and around Boston where parents can take children for a great public art experience.
I'm loving my CSA membership - such great, fresh fruits and vegetables every week. This week, we got a bonus - two empty quart containers and directions to the best field to pick our own strawberries. They were so abundant, I was told, that five minutes was all we'd need to fill a container!
In the realm of pick-your-own, I'm not sure there's a better fruit for kids to pick than the strawberry. The plants are low and close to the ground (no poles needed for reaching that just gotta have, high-up fruit). The plants are small, too, and the fruit is accessible, easy to get to without having to reach way into the plant. Ripe berries are clustered together, so kids have the satisfaction of picking a lot in a short period of time (just enough time so it doesn't get boring). And, no prickers!
June is “strawberry month", and most farms are open for picking by mid-month, but some are ready at the beginning of the month. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Be sure to scroll through to find out about some fabulous strawberry festivals, and check back later in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
Why not make Mother’s Day a whole weekend celebration? On Sunday, you’ll want to be in town for the One Family Music Festival (presented by us, Mommy Poppins Boston!), but Saturday would be the perfect day for a family adventure. Take a break from your routine and bring the kids along for one of these three day trips that that are good for little ones, but are really for Mom – because you totally deserve it!
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