With the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark in East Cambridge near the Museum of Science, skateboarders and BMX bikers have reason to rejoice after waiting for 10 years. The new skatepark features an awesome design. The atmosphere is cool, the setting in uniquely industrial, and the people using it are friendly.
However, unless children know how to shred on a skateboard, push their bike to the limits, or are particularly nimble on a scooter, they may be better off just watching.
This time of year can be wonderful and magical for kids and adults alike, but I often worry about my kids turning into little “gimme” trolls when the holidays come around. To help the whole family focus a little less on getting and a little more on giving this holiday season, take a look at these local opportunities. They are easy to incorporate into hectic schedules and perfect for teaching kids the joy of giving in a meaningful way. If you’d rather donate your time as a family, check out my post about volunteering with kids during the holidays.
The charm and appeal of the new Peanuts movie spans generations, from the moms and dads who grew up reading the comics to the youngest who've only seen the TV specials. Sweet and entertaining, The Peanuts Movie (G) can be a great film for the whole family to see together—but does it retain the nostalgic glow of Snoopy and Woodstock without resorting to Lucy's jarring, outdated cries of, "Charlie Brown, you stupid idiot"? And is it worth seeing in 3D, or will the old 2D work just as well?
The Nutcracker Ballet: It just may be the most classic of holiday traditions. And while the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is the most traditional of them all, Boston families have numerous options to choose from—traditional performances to modern interpretations, full-length, lavish staging to less elaborate productions just right for young audiences. They all promise to bring that Nutcracker charm that will keep adults wide-eyed, too.
Below we have a list of this year's Boston-area performances of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks.
While aspiring Carmelo Anthonys have lots of ways to indulge their love of the game as NBA season kicks off, the best way for kids to experience the sport's history is by visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, this 40,000-square-foot hoops haven is home to hundreds of exhibits, many of which are interactive, so kids (and grown-ups!) can get in on the action. It's the perfect indoor day trip destination for basketball fans of all ages.
Although you may have decided to give out non-edible treats this Halloween, chances are, your neighbors are still handing out the sweet stuff. When your kids come home from trick-or-treating with all that loot and start sorting through it, the sheer volume may make you freak out (even more than the pint-sized grim reaper at your door did).
What are you going to do with all that candy? You could let the kids eat most of it in one sitting (and get sick), or you might be tempted to dump it in the trash. There's no need to take drastic measures! I recommend giving your kids the opportunity to pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then make the rest disappear like magic. Read on for a few neat tricks.
Sure, a haunted house is spooky fun and a haunted castle is even better. However, if your kids have been there and done that, they might be looking for a more extreme adventure this Halloween. New England’s theme parks go all out for the most frightful holiday, mixing the thrills of the rides with chilling theatrics and special effects. Even if your kids aren't into the scary stuff, there is plenty of Halloween-themed fun to be had.
Forget the traditional haunted houses of your youth—these haunted Halloween attractions take you through a castle, the forest, a 3-D world in a time machine, and a "submarine" from which you must escape. They range from not-very-scary to total gore fests, so there's something for everyone, no matter how high (or low) you want to reach on the scare-o-meter. Happy house haunting!
Our Boston event calendar is filled with plenty of nearby things to do for Halloween, including a couple of really cool, free pumpkin festivals right here in the city. Sometimes, though, we like to go further afield for spectacular jack-o-lantern displays and fall foliage. Whether you decide to stay close to home or make a fall family day trip, going to a pumpkin festival is a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the season.
He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.
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