You may find yourself looking for something to do with the family on Christmas Day, even if you do celebrate the holiday. Really, who can sit around the house with an energetic kid (or a whole pack of kinder kin) all day? Most places in and around Boston are closed, but we’ve come up with a few things you can do with kids on December 25, whether you want to be warm and cozy indoors or get outdoors for some fresh air. Read on for ten multigenerational family fun ideas.
Back when I was a kid, the only interactions I had with Santa Claus were sitting on his lap in the mall or mailing him letters at the North Pole (all of which, I suspect, my mother furtively snuck out of the mailbox before the postman arrived). Thanks to technology, families today have lots of newfangled ways to support Santa in his work. Parents can arrange a surprise phone call or a personalized video message from St. Nick, or hook the kids up with the big red guy in a live video chat. These services not only add to the magic of the holidays; some also help moms and dads by emailing them a copy of their child's wish list. And here's the best gift of all: Most of these special Santa experiences are FREE!
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
There are many ways for young speed demons to get a rush outdoors in winter, from racing down mountains on skis to sledding down the highest hills around on snow tubes. But for kids looking for both speed and height, winter coasters and zip lines at several New England resorts offer some fast, chilly thrills. Make sure to call in advance as rides often depend upon weather conditions.
The performance calendar is overflowing this weekend as well, with something for everyone. It's the last chance to catch Alice at the Wheelock Family Theatre. For the younger set, Raccoon Tales hits the stage at the Puppet Showplace Theatre and Vanessa Trien sings at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Older children will enjoy a production of Pippi Longstocking by students at the Arlington Center for the Arts or Seussical: The Musical at the Concord Youth Theatre.
Movie theater birthday parties are always a hit – for the kids and parents. Mom and dad enjoy a stress-free experience while the kids revel in the excitement of an afternoon out at the theater.
Reserved seating for a current blockbuster hit or a private movie-theater showing of a favorite flick will make any birthday kid feel like a star. So, butter your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show at any of these great theaters that host awesome parties for kids in and around Boston.
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 the Tchaikovsky holiday classic, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks. And for more holiday entertainment, be sure to see our roundup of performances of another holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol.
The Polar Express has become as much of a holiday tradition for our kids as The Nutcrackeris for us. Chris Van Allsburg's story about believing in the magic of Christmas inspired a gorgeously animated movie, which in turn spurred all sorts of events that usually involve trains, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa. Boston families can experience The Polar Express, brought to life by rides that range from a 4D movie to authentic steam trains carrying passengers to meet Santa at the "North Pole."
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 nine favorites we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
Whether your family is inspired by the amazing winners of our Boston Kids Who Really Rock contest or you've just been thinking about teaching your kids ways to be kind, you can start pumping the positive vibes of kindness right now. And you don't have to do it alone. There are a slew of organizations -- local, national and international -- that can help plant the seed that will grow your child into a pint-sized philanthropist. All it really takes is one small act of kindness, of which there are many to choose. Read on to discover how these organizations are hoping to change the world one act of kindness at a time, and how you can get started.
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