Like many people, I've had a lifelong love affair with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I spent many a holiday watching with my grandmother. Now as a parent, I get up early every year so my kids and I can stake out a great viewing spot on the Upper West Side. So being invited to Macy's Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey for a behind-the-scenes look at this year's brand-new floats and giant balloons was a totally priceless experience.
I realize a lot of people are in awe of life-size Legosculptures, but the plastic building bricks are meant to fit together after all. Giant sculptures made out of cans of food, however? I think that's way more impressive. That's why my daughter and I always kick off the Thanksgiving season by making a pilgrimage to Battery Park City to check out the annual Canstruction display in Brookfield Place. Not only are the all-can sculptures fun to look at, they also function as a massive food drive.
While the 22nd annual Canstruction isn't as pop-culture obsessed as last year's edition (I admit, I missed the Minions!), there are still plenty of awesome creations. Check out our slide show to see our top 12 favorites and then head to the exhibit before it closes on Thursday, November 20.
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.
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