When I received a flyer in the mail for the grand opening of Toddler Town at the Marina Bay Sports Complex, I practically jumped for joy. As the days grow colder I can't help but think about the indoor house itch we all tend to get with young kids. There are plenty of museums in Boston and lots of great indoor play spaces outside of Boston to the west, but there wasn't much available to us south of Boston. Until now. The Bay's massive indoor turf field in Quincy has been turned into the king of all jungle gyms, complete with a snack bar, infant play area, and even Disney tunes bumping! That's my kind of turf. Below are some highlights and tips to maximize your play time at the Bay.
Halloween is almost here, and my kids don’t have costumes. It’s not unusual for us to wait until a week before Halloween to put something together, but this is cutting it a little close, even for us. I searched the web for the best costumes that are easy to put together quickly and use things we probably already have around the house. I was also inspired to come up with a couple of ideas of my own. Here are 9 last-minute Halloween costumes for kids that can be made in no time and on a dime (OK, maybe a few dollars, max).
If you're also looking for quick and easy Halloween decor ideas or just need a fun mask, check out DIY Halloween 101.
There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little pumpkin is just too young and is afraid of the dark; you have a sensory-sensitive child (like mine) and a complete meltdown seems inevitable; you’re trying to move toward a more earth-friendly or less sugary Halloween; or you just want your kids to think more about giving than getting.
Whatever the reason, there’s no need to feel left out on Halloween. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating for Boston area families, and dare I say, they may be even better than the real thing!
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.
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