These days, there are almost countless ways to celebrate your child's birthday. But for kids who love animals, creating a party centered around their favorite furry friend or curious creature will make their day extra special.
Animal birthday bashes are both fun and educational. Check out all the ways you can celebrate your kid's animal interests at these fun party venues.
Our roundup of 2015 April Vacation Week camps features programs that get kids outdoors and exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 5 active, outdoorsy and nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
April is bursting with possibilities, beginning with April Fools' Day fun, Easter egg hunts, and Passover celebrations. The circus is in town with a new show, and Boston Common (along with the rest of the city) is waking up from its winter slumber. April vacation week brings singing ogres to Boston, scientific explorations to Cambridge, and magical worlds to Providence.
This month, we show our Boston pride during the Boston Marathon, Red Sox Opening Day, and Patriots' Day celebrations. Plus, a Volunteer Expo and the many Earth Day fests around town give us lots of opportunities to teach our kids about kindness, community, and stewardship.
It's time to kick winter to the curb and start something new this month with our top picks for family fun!
We're finally seeing signs of spring. On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That means it's shearing festival time!
Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place celebrate sheepshearing season with big shindigs. (It’s not that strange, really—think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut.) If you want to make a fun family day trip or even a weekend getaway out of it, there are also sheepshearing and wool festivals in nearby Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.
Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound is not your grandmother’s ballet. Whether it’s the innovative choreography, the vast range of music spanning Tchaikovsky to the White Stripes, ballerinas dancing in heels, or the sparse but eye-catching sets, Shades of Sound stretches the definition of ballet – with extraordinary and highly entertaining results. If your tween says ballet is boring, ask her (rhetorically, of course), “You wanna bet?” and take her to the Boston Opera House this weekend to be proven wrong by the Boston Ballet.
After the winter we've had, we're more delighted than usual to welcome spring in Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each day brings a small but wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and It's the perfect time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. It just may be my favorite season in Boston (though I did once say that fall is my favorite season in Boston, so let's call it a tie). Here are my picks for Boston's best activities for families in springtime.
Please note: This year's information is not yet available for some events.
Watching the Red Sox play at Fenway can be a magical experience. But when you’re bringing young children, it can turn into something, well, less than magical. Instead of being awe-inspiring, the massive and crowded stadium might be terrifying to your little one. You end up leaving before the end of the first inning or spending the entire game at the overpriced concession stands. That’s a whole lotta moolah down the drain.
There is one day a year when you can experience the magic of watching a game at Fenway without breaking the bank: Futures at Fenway. For the rest of baseball season, there's the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), welcoming Boston families to their home stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Read on for 5 reasons to go to a PawSox game, plus 5 tips for getting the most out of the experience.
One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring first hand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.
Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs (!). Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.
We welcome guest contributor Cyndi Reitmeyer, BostonTechMom blogger, who tells us about a gem of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunity for middle schoolers.
If you have a 7th or 8th grade child and live in the greater Boston area, then I want to make you aware of a one-weekend program called Spark, hosted by MIT’s Educational Studies Program (ESP). For a small flat fee, your child can take a wide variety of really unique classes in STEM subjects, taught on MIT’s campus by MIT students and community members.
Whether you’re looking for traditional music and dance, a parade, a big Chinese New Year festival complete with a Lion Dance, or simply a fun craft to celebrate the the Lunar New Year, Boston has it all. Check out these great picks for families to celebrate the Year of the Goat.
You’ll also find links for cooking traditional recipes for kids, children's books about the New Year, and visiting Boston’s Chinatown.
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