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.
Looking for fun things to do with kids during April vacation week? There are plenty of programs and special events for families going on in Boston - puppet shows, dance and theater performances, special museum happenings, one-day events, and nature programs.
Read on to see highlights of some of the many wonderful things to do during spring break with kids, and be sure to visit our calendar of events, our Patriots Day and Earth Day roundups for even more ideas.
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.
Patriots Day commemorates the April 19 anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is a Massachusetts state holiday, officially observed on the third Monday in April and is celebrated with parades and ceremonies from Boston to Roxbury, and all along the Battle Road.
Thousands of members of local minute men companies, militias, and historical societies participate in the re-enactments in Boston, the Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord's Old North Bridge, Lexington's Battle Green, and other historic sites in the Boston area.
We’ve rounded up some of the key re-enactments, parades, and special events for Patriots Day, as well as special events at local museums, historical houses and the Minute Man National Park. Note that most of the events listed are free, but they are very popular, so plan to arrive early and expect crowds. (If you're interested in more happenings or places to eat while in Concord, check out our 20 Things to Do in Concord for suggestions.)
Our picks for April are in! Our April GO List highlights our favorite, extra special activities from our daily events calendar, including the Swan Boats Opening Day, Patriots Day celebrations, the Boston Marathon, and the Cambridge Science Festival. We still send our weekend event roundups each Thursday, and we'll keep adding to our Events Calendar daily; but we want to give you enough notice to plan for some of these favorite April events.
Read on for the top things to do with kids in Boston this April. Click through to the full listings and you can add them to your calendar.
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