History, nature, literature, and the arts - whatever grabs your family’s interest, chances are, you’ll find something to in Concord that satisfies any interest. Just 45 minutes west of Boston, Concord has been called one of the more picturesque New England villages and is known far and wide for its revolutionary connections, extensive literary culture, and acres of diverse, protected land.
And if you and the kiddos work up an appetite as you work your way through town, there is no lack of places to eat - most of them casual and very family friendly - everything from sandwiches and pizza to ice cream and baked goods.
While our Boston calendar is filled with plenty of near-by things to do for Halloween, we’re highlighting three special events we’ve found that may take you further afield, but that truly embody the Halloween spirit.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival, in Keene, NH, featuring two glowing pumpkin towers and the Great Pumpkin Fest in Worcester, MA, with its display of more than 1,500 carved and lit pumpkins, take place on Saturday, October 22. The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, in Providence, RI, comes to life with approximately 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins that glow throughout the zoo area each night through Halloween.
It's August, and summer camp may be winding down, the family vacation just a memory, and back to school still a few weeks away. Restless kids and free, unstructured time can leave parents looking for things to do.
While we've uncovered plenty of summertime things to do in and around Boston, day trips can often be the perfect diversion - venture out to explore new territory, and return home in time to sleep in the comfort of your own bed (no hotel expense, either!). We’ve rounded up more than 15 places in Massachusetts that are all at the most two hours from downtown Boston. If your family has a favorite day trip to go with kids, please add to our list in the comments section, below.
Peaks Island is located in Casco Bay, three miles from downtown Portland, ME. For such a small place (just 720 acres), the island has quite a story to tell - from its early days as a fishing village, to its era as the “Coney Island of Maine” in the late 19th century, to its time as a WWII outpost, when concrete bunkers and observation posts were set up to help protect Portland in case of German attacks, to its current role as a haven for day trippers and those looking to get away from it all for a week or the entire summer.
For New England families looking for a perfect summertime destination with kids, a 20-minute ferry ride is all that separates them from Peaks Island and the simple pleasures of island life - biking and walking, swimming, kayaking, sailing, beach combing, and even just relaxing.
Read on for our recommendations of the best things to do on Peaks Island.
Portland, Maine is a city filled with history, outdoor recreation, culture, and truly great food. Pack up the car or take the train and bring the kids along for an engaging, relaxing, and sometimes even awe-inspiring New England family weekend getaway.
To plan a memorable trip, take a look at these 25+ things to do with the kids in Portland, one of my kids' favorite places in New England.
Even if your kids haven’t seen Night at the Museum or read The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the appeal of staying overnight in a museum or a zoo seems to be universal. For a night your child will be talking about for a long time, read on: I’ve found 8 really cool sleepovers at favorite destinations within an hour’s drive from Boston. Start planning your family or group slumber party with knights in shining armor, among science exhibits, with nocturnal animals, on a battleship, in a baseball stadium, or adjacent to a water park.
Mommy Poppins Boston and Nantucket Bucket are pleased to offer a new series of guest blog posts about things for families to do on Nantucket. Nantucket Bucket is the premier online resource for all things child-friendly on Nantucket - events, activities, camps, classes and more.Happy travels!
With award winning beaches, world-class fishing and a quaint downtown where you can easily mill about the cobblestone streets for hours (yes, with children – they’ll enjoy stops at the Nantucket Toy Company, Indian Summer and the Sunken Ship), picturesque Nantucket offers the traveling family an opportunity to both play and relax into the summer.
Mommy Poppins Boston and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston are excited to bring you a new series of guest blog posts on getting outdoors as a family. Kids Outdoors is a free online community for families filled with ideas on close-to-home outdoor activities in the Boston area and expert advice on how to get started. Each month “Outdoors with Kids Boston” author and local mom, Kim Foley MacKinnon, will have new tips and picks for you – enjoy!
Camping out is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. Finding a campsite, setting up the tent, roasting marshmallows, snuggling down in sleeping bags—it’s all a wonderful family adventure. But when you’re a parent with young kids who haven’t camped before or you’ve only got the weekend, you may want to stick close to home.
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