April Vacation is here! If you’re wondering what you’re going to do with the kids all week, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Read on for April Vacation Week ideas galore. And be sure to take a look at Audrey’s post 35+ Things to Do with Kids in the Boston Area for April Vacation for special vacation week events and programs.
The 2013 Free Fun Fridays schedule is out, and it’s time to start planning your family’s summer adventures! Every summer, the Highland Street Foundation gives us the opportunity to visit cultural attractions in Massachusetts for free each Friday, from the end of June through August.
The Free Fun Fridays are truly a gift and offer the chance to visit varied attractions, from art museums to historical villages. This year, the fifth anniversary of the program, there are six options each Friday – some venues are right here in Boston, while others are as far away as Western Mass. With so many wonderful choices, it can be difficult to decide which ones to visit.
I have chosen five to highlight, taking into consideration whether other significant discounts (such as library museum passes) are available at another time, how much money is saved, proximity to Boston, and whether the place is good for children.
For kids who love animals, nature, and adventure, an outdoor birthday party just seems right. Even if your young adventurer’s birthday is in the winter, there are good options for outdoor parties. And at this time of year, it almost seems criminal to be indoors when you could be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
However, planning an outdoor party can be tricky. The weather is always a wildcard, so you want to minimize the variables. This means having a party somewhere you can choose a package and know exactly what you’re getting. It also means that at least part of the party is under cover, so you don’t have to worry about nixing the whole thing if the weather isn’t cooperating. I've found four really fun party places for kids in and around Boston that fit the bill – read on, and starting planning an epic outdoor birthday celebration!
You want to start teaching your kids about about community service at a young age, but most volunteer programs are not able to accommodate kids, and it’s difficult to find the ones that can. My family is always on the lookout for ways to get involved in the community and do something good in the world, especially in these difficult times. As a result, I have lots of great resources to share. They're all here, whether you prefer fundraising, participating in hands-on programs coordinated by organizations like Catching Joy, or more of a DIY affair.
Spring is here, and family fun is blooming in Boston and beyond. This guide is full of information about things to do with your family outdoors when the weather is nice and indoors during an April shower. In spring, we celebrate Passover, Easter, Patriot's Day, Earth Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day (whew!) - and all you need to know about making those celebrations extra special is right here. Plus, there are plenty of ideas for an April staycation when the kids are out of school. Enjoy!
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