Great, the big kids are all set for the school year, but what are you going to do with the little ones? Feeling like you need a little structure in your days with your bundle of joy and energy, but school is a long way off? We’ve rounded up a few nice playgroups for tiny tots. Read on for groups ranging from casual drop-in to structured, multiple-week commitments that get you out of the house and making new friends.
Does your child come home from a kindie concert completely star struck by the performer on the stage? Does he know - and sing - all the words to all of Josh and the Jamtones’ or the Jumpin' Monkeys' tunes? Does she want to dress up and perform just like Karen K or Marcie Joy? Would you like to get the award for Best Parent Ever by offering your little musician the opportunity to sing and dance with these stars?
Well, you’re in luck, because quite a few of our favorite local musicians are also amazing teachers, sharing their talents with kids lucky enough to live in the Boston area. (Please check out our other music classes post for more local options.) And for information about watching these musicians performing live, check out our Events Calendar.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea – until you’re there. The little one (who refused to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitos, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes. But Independence Day is such a wonderful, important, festive and patriotic holiday! What to do?
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also celebrate our country’s independence with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music, food galore and more – no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ US of A some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style and do it big at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from city celebrations like Harborfest to small town festivities all around the Boston area.
NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST, MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED. WE ARE UPDATING INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT.
As a new parent I devoured books about babies, trying to understand the tiny new life in my charge. How far can he see? What is going on in his little mind when he is playing with that toy? And then I started to wonder how all these experts on babies knew anything. So when I learned that many of Boston's universities recruit parents and their kids to participate in research studies, I thought it would be fun way to engage in science with my little one.
I follow the philosophy that you're never too young to make art. This fun toddler art project, contributed by the folks at Kids at Work, is great for even the youngest little artists and a fun sensory twist on traditional finger painting. And since it involves bubble wrap, even older kids will love it.
Are you looking for some really fun kids' birthday parties in and around Boston? We write about places in Boston and the suburbs to have a kid's birthday party, highlighting the ones we've experienced ourselves or heard good things about from other parents.
Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor birthday celebrations, party places for crafty kids or active kids, we have them all right here in our Birthday Party Guide. We will be adding to our Boston birthday party places coverage as we go along, so be sure to check back whenever you're looking for celebration inspiration.
Given its close proximity to downtown and the airport, beautiful new parks, and kid-friendly streets, families are flocking to Charlestown, MA and staying put. Because of this influx, businesses are stepping up to the plate to meet the demand for enrichment classes in the area. Read on for the details about Charlestown's classes for expectant moms, babies, toddlers -- all the way up to big kids.
Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20, and it’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets for Easter egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations - in parks, on farms, at a carousel and even on a US Navy cruiser. And if we’ve missed any, please let us know by either sending us an email or commenting below.
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