There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little one is too young, you have a sensory-sensitive child who is not amused by cackling animatronic witches, 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 they may be even better than the real thing!
We thought we’d take advantage of some free time this summer and make our own ice cream. After all, how tough could it be? But by the time we had Googled a recipe (found plenty that did not require a machine) and made a list of ingredients we needed, the enthusiasm had waned, and we decided it would probably be best if we left the ice cream making to our favorite ice cream shop and enjoy the fruits of their labor!
From good quality ice cream chains founded right here in New England to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, there are plenty of places for Boston families to satisfy that need for something cold and sweet to beat the heat. Read on to find some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt experiences.
Every June, we pack the kids into the car and head to the Cape, where we hop on the ferry over to Nantucket. It's a family tradition we hope to keep up for many years to come. Although it is further than Martha's Vineyard, we choose Nantucket because of the wealth of things to do on the island with young children. Here are some of our favorite spots (including a few secret gems), plus insider tips for getting the most out of your visit. See you "on island!"
It’s that time of year: The weather is increasingly wacky and predictably unpredictable. What’s a parent with an energetic baby, toddler, or preschooler to do? On those days when the weather is a little iffy, head out to one of Boston’s wonderful, sanity-saving indoor play spaces. We’ve got the skinny on some pretty great ones for the under six set.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea—until you’re there. The little one (who refuses to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes.
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also mark Independence Day with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music and food—no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ U.S. of A. some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from the city's annual Harborfest to small-town festivities all around the Boston area.
It’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets, because it's egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations - both indoors and outside - including parks, farms, the zoo, local businesses, and even a carousel.
Most of the egg hunts are for little ones only, but there are plenty of other festive activities for older kids and parents, like games, crafts, refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny.
In my experience, at-home playrooms only go so far in the colder months. Sometimes my kids crave a change of scenery just as much as I crave not having to pick up the toys. And indoor play spaces can offer so much more than just play -- often they can encourage socialization, help kids develop gross motor skills, and provide a great way to exercise.
Check out the following selection of places to play (other than your basement!) south of Boston.
We're always on the lookout for ways to make parenting in Boston a little easier and a lot more fun, and blogs written by local parents are a terrific resource. Last year, we highlighted our 13 favorite new (or new to us) parent blogs in 2013, covering everything from autism to umami, parenting in Boston on a budget to LGBT parenting adventures.
As the snow comes down and temperatures drop below freezing, it can be tough to keep babies and toddlers entertained. An indoor playspace offers one solution, but you may not want to spend every day there. Here are ten ways to enjoy the winter season with your little ones, whether you want to chill out at home or get out and about with your baby or toddler (or baby and toddler!).
I recently moved to the South Shore from downtown Boston, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do with kids. I figured the list would dwindle significantly once the weather turned cold, but alas, it seemed to actually grow the more I investigated!
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