When we heard that Disney on Ice presents Frozen was coming to Boston, you can imagine the excitement level in our house. (Sometimes I wonder if the Elsa craze contributed to the "freezing" of Boston these last couple of weeks. There has to be some sort of correlation, right!?)
We went on Valentine's Day afternoon, under the threat of a blizzard, and we had a really fun time. Even our one-year-old was dancing to the music and screamed, "Wow!" when (spoiler alert) Kristoff and Anna kissed at the end. Below is my candid parent review, followed by five insider tips at the end.
My family has lived in Newburyport for 12 years now, and the city's charm and character never get old. Located northeast of Boston, Newburyport is a vibrant coastal community rich in history, arts, and outdoor beauty. There is just so much to do here, both indoors and out, when it's cold and when it's hot.
Read on for 25 ways for families to enjoy all that Newburyport has to offer Boston families, from an insider's perspective.
One of my favorite things about being a mom is that I get to experience so many wonderful things with my kids and rediscover curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests and encourage their budding passions.
To that end, Mommy Poppins Westchester offers up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's browsing a whimsical toy store, visiting a local museum or romping in a beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, however, chances are you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?
Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Below are some of our favorite indoor places North of Boston to take active kids when the great outdoors just isn't in the cards. In addition to exercise and entertainment, many of these venues offer special events (like Parents' Night Out!), healthy snacks, birthday parties, workshops, and classes.
Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone's heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine's Day gift. There's barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.
In my experience, at-home playrooms only go so far in the colder months. Sometimes my kids crave a change of scenery just as much as I crave not having to pick up the toys. And indoor play spaces can offer so much more than just play -- often they can encourage socialization, help kids develop gross motor skills, and provide a great way to exercise.
Check out the following selection of places to play (other than your basement!) south of Boston.
Balloons are magical spheres of pure joy to young children. As the days get shorter, and toddler energy levels are on the rise, I definitely keep a pack handy; they are the perfect cure for a bad case of cabin fever. There are so many things you can do with a simple balloon! Create this fun tennis game with a couple of paper plates and popsicle sticks. Give your child the advantage of working off some energy while developing a swinging backhand. For more ideas like this, check out our list of 25 active indoor games.
We're glad you're here at Mommy Poppins Boston, your free online resource for everything for families and kids in the greater Boston area. We'd love to hear from you with any questions or suggestions! — Tara