Years ago we saw a preview of the Urban Nutcracker during Opening Our Doors Day, and I have wanted to see the full production since. However, I thought it might be a little too intense for my kids, so I decided to wait until they were older.
When we saw a performance during opening weekend as guests of the Urban Nutcracker, I realized that waiting was completely unnecessary. In fact, Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker is an ideal introduction to the ballet. The atmosphere is relaxed, the variety of dance styles keeps young children engaged, and the diverse cast is full of kids who young audience members can connect to. Best of all, the Urban Nutcracker makes going to the ballet fun. Here are the top ten reasons I recommend taking kids to see the Urban Nutcracker, plus a few tips for getting the most out of the experience.
Basic salt dough only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. Despite its simplicity, salt dough makes perfect keepsake-worthy ornaments. Start a tradition and each year your ornament will remind you of back when your child's hand was 'just so big'. These holiday ornaments aren't just great memory-makers for your family, they make wonderful gifts too. Baby footprints, handprints, thumbprint hearts...your ornaments are sure to impress.
There is nothing cookie-cutter about these colorful ornaments. Christmas cookies and ornaments are a holiday staple, so why not combine these two institutions and create your own cookie cutter ornaments!
If you have the cutters out, and your oven on, you are already halfway to making these treasures. Create this craft by adding Perler, or fusible, beads to metal cookie cutters. Perler beads are inexpensive little plastic beads that stick together like magic with a little bit of heat. The end result is stainedglass-like ornaments that will look as pretty catching light in your window as they will on your tree.
Parents might think of New Year's as a holiday for grownups, but there are some great opportunities to celebrate with the kids, too. First Night in Boston is an obvious choice, but if you're looking for something a bit more low-key, there are plenty of other options. Most of these events take place at museums out in the 'burbs, so if one of them is in your neck of the woods, attending a special family-friendly New Year's Eve event might become an annual family tradition.
You may find yourself looking for something to do with the family on Christmas Day, even if you do celebrate the holiday. Really, who can sit around the house with an energetic kid (or a whole pack of kinder kin) all day? Most places in and around Boston are closed, but we’ve come up with a few things you can do with kids on December 25, whether you want to be warm and cozy indoors or get outdoors for some fresh air. Read on for ten multigenerational family fun ideas.
For a holiday celebration of yesteryear, you don't need to travel back in time, or even more than an hour away by car. You can take the kids to experience Christmas traditions -- from times long past through today -- at museums and historical estates In the Boston area and just beyond. See the halls decked out for a Victorian or traditional New England Christmas, enjoy a candlelit stroll, watch model trains chug through holiday displays, listen to festive music, or meet Father Christmas at one of these historical places.
Magical winter wonderlands, full of lighted displays, twinkling trees and sparkling scenes: Each year, it seems like holiday light displays get more and more elaborate. We've rounded up some of the best light displays in and around Boston. Some can be viewed by car, some by train, others on foot. There are even tour buses that will take you to some of the neighborhoods that are really decked out for the holiday season.
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