New Yorkers have a long tradition of mounting over-the-topholiday displays. But in recent years, we've noticed many of our neighbors going all out for Halloween, too, just substituting skeletons for Santa, spiderwebs for sparkles and severed limbs for lights.
Our bloggers scoured the streets to find some of the spookiest sights on stoops and sidewalks throughout the city. Click through our slide show... if you dare!
After a morning of hiking, swimming and treasure hunting on Spectacle Island, hop on the ferry. It’s a sort of time machine that will take you and your kids back in time to the Civil War era on Georges Island. The island's Fort Warren once held Confederate soldiers as prisoners during the war. Now, it gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into a time long past and ignites the imaginations of kids (both big and small). There is much to do and many areas to explore on the island, from the museum-like visitor center to the top of the lookout tower. Take the kids on an adventure and challenge yourselves to do everything on this list. (Fair warning: It may take a few visits.)
Something small can make a big difference. Last year, still reeling from the news of April 15, we went to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center to see the fairy gardens, and there we found solace. We missed the big event the previous Sunday when kids came wearing wings and built fairy houses of their very own, but that was just fine. Sans crowds, we enjoyed exploring the greenhouses and discovering teeny tiny houses, villages, and grottos.
The fairy gardens are on display until April 27, and I highly recommend taking a drive down to Providence to see them. Keep reading to find out our favorite things about the exhibition and tips to get the most out of your visit.
In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling (I’m not the only one sitting on the edge of her seat through most of the events, am I?), the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy wintertime, and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions.
Here are party ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics hootenanny, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. I’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, the season of light, cultural understanding, and family time.
Fall is my favorite season to have family photos taken. In the cooler, crisper air, everyone looks their best: no heat rash, no sweaty faces, no frizz, and we moms can finally pull out our favorite hot mama boots. Plus, there’s the New England fall foliage – what a backdrop it makes!
The question is, where are the best places in Boston to do a family photo session? We asked photographer Korri Crowley, whose work we were introduced to in Kristin’s post about things to do on Castle Island with kids. (Remember the adorable photo of Kristin's daughter? That was Korri's work.) Here, Korri shares her favorite spots in and around Boston for family photos, and what she likes about each one.
If Boston Common and Central Park got together and had a baby, it would probably look a lot like Roger Williams Park in Providence. A 435 acre urban oasis with ponds, hills, and lots of history, Roger Williams Park has the beauty of the Public Garden combined with the kinds of attractions you would find in Central Park. The Park is home to a zoo, natural history museum and planetarium, botanical center, year round carousel, fully accessible playground, and Temple to Music. During the warmer months, you could easily spend a full day in the park and still not see everything. Or, if you visit in the winter, complete your day with playtime at the Providence Children's Museum.
No matter the season or weather, there are lots of things to do with kids in Roger Williams Park. Here are 25 ideas for outdoor and indoor family fun.
Have you ever noticed how kids love themes? Themed birthday parties, weekly camp themes, bedroom themes – you get the idea. We have been taking themed trips since my kids were very young, and it seems to make our short getaways more special somehow.
We recently went on a themed getaway, but I didn’t realize it until the second day, when I noticed a definite thread running through our trip: Everything was related to children's books (otherwise known as kid lit). If you love children’s literature (and really, what’s not to love?), Western Massachusetts is the place to go. Springfield, Northampton and Amherst hold the secrets of favorite writers and illustrators like Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and Emily Dickinson. Here's an itinerary to discover those secrets and hidden gems. If you enjoy this children's literature getaway and want to try another book-lover's vacation, take a look at this itinerary with literary stops from Hartford to Boston (and just reverse it).
I’m going to be completely honest with you: I don’t like football. In fact, I’ve never really been into any sport, unless you count gymnastics (and I know many people don’t). That said; I truly enjoyed my family's summer field trip to The Hall at Patriot Place. Maybe it’s because I like museums, especially ones that are highly interactive. Or maybe it’s that the whole place is so visually stunning. Perhaps it’s the way they've struck just the right balance between being educational and entertaining. Could it be because they found ways to celebrate women in some of their exhibits, even though football is totally male-dominated?
I’m guessing the biggest reason is this: It was really fun to watch my kids having a great time – blocking players, trying on helmets, and kicking field goals – and get in on the action myself. If you’re wondering what you can do in a football museum, I’ll tell you: A whole lot. Read on for highlights of fun things to do with your kids in The Hall at Patriot Place. (And after a couple of hours of celebrating all things New England football at The Hall, you could round out your day with a 5 Wits adventure.)
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