There are some staples in Fairfield County when it comes to entertainment for little kids, and Earthplace is one of them. It is clean, easy and reliable as a go-to morning/afternoon killer, no matter what the season. Granted, you could also be done in there in about 20 minutes, but that’s only if you’re the type who need heaps of bells and whistles — which the preschool set does NOT! Here’s how to take
When we first visited the Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, we fell madly in love. During the 18 months the museum was closed for inventory, we pined for it to reopen. You may be thinking, “Really? What’s so great about a bunch of old stoves?” OK, there are a few old stoves (which are actually pretty cool), but the museum offers a surprisingly wide variety of exhibits and fun, hands-on activities for families.
When the Culinary Arts Museum reopened this fall, we fell in love all over again. The staff showed us around, pointing out the newest additions to the collections. Thankfully, all of our old favorites are still there too. Read on for highlights, what's new, and tips for getting the most out of your visit to this gem of a museum.
The Museum of Science recently sent me tickets to check out the 4D movies it is currently showing: Dora & Diego and Happy Feet. My three year old doesn't nap anymore, but every afternoon we have "rest time," when I'll put on a short movie to let her body rest. I was excited to switch it up and go experience something a little different for an afternoon. But let me tell you, it was the opposite of "rest time"! 4D movies feature multi-sensory effects to provide a thrilling immersion into short films. Sure, I knew this going in, but I thought, "What could be so thrilling about a cartoon penguin and a pre-schooler?"
Even if your kids haven’t seen Night at the Museum or read The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the appeal of staying overnight in a museum or zoo seems to be universal. These favorite destinations, within an hour’s drive from Boston, make the fantasy a reality. For a night your child will be talking about for a long time, read on and start planning your family or group slumber party among science exhibits, with nocturnal animals, on a battleship, or in a baseball stadium. You might even want to add one of these sleepovers to your list of things to do with the kids before the end of summer.
If you’re willing to venture out just beyond city limits, you’ll find unique and wonderful art and craft making classes for your kids. Sure, the city of Boston has fine art classes at the MFA, glass crafts at the Diablo Glass School, and woodworking at The Eliot School. But Greater Boston (Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline) boasts its very own stitch lounge, a different (and wild!) museum art making experience, and studios where kids are encouraged to get messy.
The Highland Street Foundation's 2014 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday from the end of June through August.
Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift, but with so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit. I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether free admission or library museum passes are available at another time, how much money is saved on admission, proximity to Boston, whether the place is good for children, and the overall fun factor.
The MIT Museum is a haven for science and engineering geeks, but it’s also a fascinating place to visit for everyone else. It’s where all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) are explained, learned, and celebrated. It's also a quieter, calmer alternative to the Museum of Science for families with tweens and teens. Read on for highlights of the museum’s offerings, tips to get the most out of your visit, and things to do before and after your visit.
My fifth grader’s class recently went on a field trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester. Although I’ve taken my kids to many Boston museums, we had not visited the JFK Museum before, so I jumped at the chance to chaperone. For parents and educators alike, here is the lowdown on what you need to know when visiting the JFK Library and Museum with kids.
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