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.
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.
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