We know, we know (sigh). The arrival of Labor Day means the end of splashing in the Frog Pond Spray Pool and jamming with favorite local bands during free outdoor concerts. But it is not the end of the summer! Technically, we still have almost a month left of summer, and gosh darn it, we're going to soak in every last drop. Although we must wait until next year to enjoy many of summer's pleasures, there are plenty of ways to stretch summertime bliss into autumn:
You can see stars all over Boston. No, we're not talking about spotting Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at the playground with their kids. The stars we're seeking are in the sky over Boston every night – even if the city lights make them a little difficult to see. Stargazing in the city can be very rewarding if you know where to look and you have access to the right instruments, which is where local observatories and planetariums come in. Take your kids to these places to make the whole family feel closer to the stars.
Our list of 25 things to do in Harvard Square with kids includes two stops at Harvard University's museums, and with good reason: They encompass loads of fascinating collections! So many in fact, it might be hard to choose which one to hit first. When planning a visit, it's important to keep in mind that the options for exploring these museums are almost endless. If you've only got an hour to burn on a weekday, you can stop by one of the smaller museums, or plan a full weekend day that includes one of the larger museums and a lunch break at a nearby restaurant. You can even make your own museum week by visiting a different one each day.
As residents of the "hub of the universe," we Bostonians have a lot to be proud of, and Boston kids are just as proud of their city. At a young age, most Boston kids can recite important local historical events from the American Revolution to the Red Sox World Series wins, and have probably hit most of the items on our list of 100 Things to Do in Boston With Kids Before They Grow Up. They love our bustling harbor and sailboat-choked river, and have experienced their share of the arts, culture, and nature of the surrounding areas. Read on to find our fun list of the top 25 skills most of our local kids can claim by their tenth birthdays.
Forget the Super Bowl. People who know where it’s at will be switching the channel to Animal Planet for the annual Puppy Bowl. If gazing at adorable puppies playing football isn’t enough to fill your heart, you can turn it into the perfect kid party with doggy-themed snacks, decorations and activities. Prepare your clan for a whole lotta cuteness; this may just be the most fun you've had yet this year.
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.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
There are many ways for young speed demons to get a rush outdoors in winter, from racing down mountains on skis to sledding down the highest hills around on snow tubes. But for kids looking for both speed and height, winter coasters and zip lines at several New England resorts offer some fast, chilly thrills. Make sure to call in advance as rides often depend upon weather conditions.
I didn't grow up in Los Angeles; and although I have Latin American family, we are not of the Mexican or Guatemalan variety - meaning I arrived in SoCal knowing next to nothing about Day of the Dead. I've gradually pieced together the whole fascinating cultural and historical puzzle, discovering how many Halloween traditions we actually owe to the Native Americans who were in the city of angels before us, before the Spanish, before Christianity. El Día de los Muertos is a rare opportunity to understand several layers of angeleno culture, while celebrating something that looks a heck of a lot like Halloween.
While LA offers many Day of the Dead celebrations, the most authentic may be the novenarios, the nine nights of revelry leading up to November 2. Many Spanish-speaking countries have novenarios leading up to Christmas, but there is a similar build-up to the Day of the Dead, and here in LA it is most celebrated, not surprisingly, on Olvera Street. I've been curious to check out this traditional celebration for years, but between ghost trains and haunted houses our last week of October has always been booked solid. Not to mention that whole parking downtown thing. This year I finally decided to take the sugar skull by the horns and go see what it's all about. Curious?
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