In my experience, at-home playrooms only go so far in the colder months. Sometimes my kids crave a change of scenery just as much as I crave not having to pick up the toys. And indoor play spaces can offer so much more than just play -- often they can encourage socialization, help kids develop gross motor skills, and provide a great way to exercise.
Check out the following selection of places to play (other than your basement!) south of Boston.
We're always on the lookout for ways to make parenting in Boston a little easier and a lot more fun, and blogs written by local parents are a terrific resource. Last year, we highlighted our 13 favorite new (or new to us) parent blogs in 2013, covering everything from autism to umami, parenting in Boston on a budget to LGBT parenting adventures.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Monday, January 19 -- is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader. Boston offers families numerous ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy throughout the weekend.
It’s that time of year: The weather is increasingly wacky and predictably unpredictable. What’s a parent with an energetic baby, toddler, or preschooler to do? On those days when the weather is a little iffy, head out to one of Boston’s wonderful, sanity-saving indoor play spaces. We’ve got the skinny on some pretty great ones for the under six set.
I recently moved to the South Shore from downtown Boston, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do with kids. I figured the list would dwindle significantly once the weather turned cold, but alas, it seemed to actually grow the more I investigated!
So, you’ve made some family resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps this year you want to get outdoors and be more active with your kids. Or you want your children to get excited about science and technology. Maybe you want to eat healthier foods, be more creative, or encourage intellectual curiosity. Those aspirations sound great, but where to start?
We have some ideas! Read on for activities you can do with your kids on New Year’s Day to jumpstart your family's resolutions. Even if you don’t believe in making resolutions, keep reading for 15 things to do with your family on January 1, 2015.
Winters in Boston can sometimes feel dark and dreary, but there are so many fun things to look forward to in the wintertime. Here’s a list of our favorite things to do with kids in Boston, bright spots in the cold and gray months. Most are free or are inexpensive, because we know how wallets can feel empty after the holidays.
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.
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