Whether it's too hot, too cold or too wet, New England's unpredictable weather often has us scrambling to find fun indoor activities for our kids. Hanging out at home is fine sometimes, but when the kids start climbing the walls, it's time for a change of scenery. We've gathered our posts that feature indoor activities and put them all in this this handy dandy guide for you to visit and revisit any time you're looking to escape the elements. You'll find additional ideas in our Museum Guide and our Indoor Activities Directory.
It’s hot out there. Some people are lucky enough to have central AC and a pool, but if you’re like the rest of us, you’re desperately looking for things to do with the kids that involve air conditioned spaces or splashing around in the water. I’ve mined Mommy Poppins Boston for ways to stay cool during the dog days of summer – read on for ideas aplenty.
It’s that time of year: The weather is increasingly wacky and predictably unpredictable. What’s a parent with an energetic baby, toddler, or preschooler to do? On those days when the weather is a little iffy, head out to one of Boston’s wonderful, sanity-saving indoor play spaces. We’ve got the skinny on some pretty great ones for the under six set.
My children and I were lucky enough to attend the press preview of the new Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Science, and boy, do I mean lucky, because everything about it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the dazzling lighting made us feel like we were walking right onto a movie set. After a short film featuring Pixar employees and the creative challenges they've overcome in some of the films we know and love, we opened the doors to an amazing scene.
Read on for some of the exhibit's highlights, as well as a few tips to get the most out of your visit.
The Highland Street Foundation's 2015 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, which means it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures!
The organization offers families the opportunity to visit Massachusetts attractions for free every Friday from the end of June through August. There are 70 museums and cultural venues on the schedule, and with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to pick. We're highlighting five, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at other times, how much money is saved on entry, proximity to Boston and, most importantly, kid-friendliness and cool factor.
When taking my kids to see a live performance, my hope is that we're wowed, challenged, or inspired to laugh with wild abandon. Thrill of Contact, the last installment in Boston Ballet’s spring Perception series, succeeds at all three. Here’s how (plus an important warning, from one parent to another):
If you've seen the movie, you might just wonder, How in the world could Shrek be turned into a musical?
The answer is simple. Start with a smash Broadway script and score, cast a bunch of talented actors, throw in a gifted musical director (who really knows how to translate the sounds of bodily functions to the stage) and a skilled crew, and there you have it. Well, then, of course, there's the director, choreographer, musicians, set and costume designers, prop master, puppet designer, lighting director...
Okay, so maybe it's not so simple to create an engaging and entertaining show that appeals to both kids and adults. But the Wheelock Family Theatre's production of Shrek the Musical, about a grouchy ogre, a feisty princess and a loquacious but kindhearted donkey, does it, and does it so well that when the curtain closed on the final makes-you-want-to-dance-in-your-seat song, my 9-year-old son and I looked at each other and said, "We want to see that again!"
Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound is not your grandmother’s ballet. Whether it’s the innovative choreography, the vast range of music spanning Tchaikovsky to the White Stripes, ballerinas dancing in heels, or the sparse but eye-catching sets, Shades of Sound stretches the definition of ballet – with extraordinary and highly entertaining results. If your tween says ballet is boring, ask her (rhetorically, of course), “You wanna bet?” and take her to the Boston Opera House this weekend to be proven wrong by the Boston Ballet.
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