The weather has turned chilly in the city, which means parents everywhere scramble to one of Boston's museums to entertain cooped up toddlers. But that's not always easy when you have an infant and a toddler; you want to get out of the house, but the idea of fighting the crowds is daunting. Now that I officially have “two in tow” I’ve been searching for more creative (READ: easier) places to take them that don’t require 1) A lot of walking around, and 2) A huge parking lot.
The combination of kids, winter, and the city sure is a tough one. Getting out of the house is key, but it doesn't have to be an epic adventure. Here are 5 places that are manageable to bring an immobile infant and a toddler with energy to burn.
I can't say enough good things about my neighborhood. Roslindale Village (and it really is a bit like a village) includes the square and its surrounding neighborhoods, and it is diverse, sociable, walkable, and fun. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the suburbs.
The fact that Roslindale is situated between Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury means that you've probably driven through it on your way somewhere else. Here are twenty reasons to stop and hang out for a while.
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.
Ah, The Polar Express. It has become as much of a holiday tradition for our kids as The Nutcracker. The talented Chris Van Allsburg created a classic with the story about believing in the magic of Christmas. The book-inspired movie became an instant classic, which in turn inspired all sorts of events, usually involving hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Here's how Boston families can experience The Polar Express brought to life through train rides, story times, and even a 4D movie ride.
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.
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