What is it about trains and Christmas? The two have become inextricably linked, especially since The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg's picture book about believing in the magic of Christmas, began capturing the hearts and imaginations of kids and adults alike. During the holidays, train rides complete with hot chocolate and visits with Santa bring Christmas train stories like The Polar Express to life for all who believe. Although we could make the trek to New Hampshire's White Mountains for a magical Christmas train experience, we have plenty of delightful options much closer to Boston. The seats fill up very quickly, though, so we recommend getting your golden tickets now.
The kids and I had the pleasure of attending opening day of Thomas Land in Carver, MA on the day of Thomas the Tank Engine's 70th birthday. For those who already know Edaville, this brand new section of the park is absolutely worth a trip back. Twelve years in the making, Thomas Land–right in our backyard–is the only one in the United States. The other park is in England, but ours is bigger!
Thomas Land is a treat for the young and the young at heart; the creators have done a great job of making the park fun for all ages. Here are some highlights, plus a few tips along the way. All aboard!
I had the opportunity to visit Kidville of Wellesley with Paigely, my two-year-old, this week. I learned that Kidville was started by a mom in New York City who was sick of taking her child to classes with no kid-conveniences available, like a place to park a stroller. She dreamed of a one-stop shop that made the lives of families with young children easier. Hence, Kidville was born. Offering world-class development programs, birthday parties, shopping, indoor play-spaces, and a mini-salon; the NYC mom absolutely succeeded.
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