Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the day off every time the kids got a day off from school? If you’re scrambling to find childcare for December vacation, take a look at these camps in and around Boston. You may not have the day off, but you can rest easy, knowing that your kids are safe, staying active and having fun (while you toil away at work).
If you're planning to be home for the holidays and need some fun things to do with the kids during those long school-free days, check out our Holiday Fun Guide for ideas aplenty.
Shopping with kids (groan). It can be a drag, both for the children and the adults. But sometimes it is necessary, especially during the holidays. Some Boston stores really go out of their way to make kids and families happy, and we love ‘em for it. Many offer free activities, a few have play spaces, and others are like theme parks! Check out these places to take the kids during your shopping excursions to add a little (or lot of) fun to running errands. Want more ideas for free things to do with kids in Boston? Take a look at my posts about visiting museums for free in the city of Boston and in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been part of many holiday traditions since its publication in 1843. The tale of the lonely and mean-spirited Scrooge, who undergoes a Christmas conversion after being visited by the ghosts of the past, present and future has been adapted to stage, film, opera, and other media, and lines from the book - “Merry Christmas,” “Bah, humbug,” and the name “Scrooge” - have entered the English language.
This holiday season, there are multiple versions of the story being performed in a variety of ways in the Boston area, including the unique “in-the-round” performance by the North Shore Music Theatre. Read on for details. And for information about another holiday classic, please see our roundup of Nutcracker performances in the Boston area.
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. In fact, they already have a long list of goodies they want for Thanksgiving dinner. What happened to giving thanks?
If (like me) you want your kids to focus a little less on getting and a little more on giving this holiday season, take a look at these local opportunities, perfect for teaching your kids the joy of giving. If you’d rather donate your time as a family, check out my post about volunteering with kids during the holidays.
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