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.
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!
Disney is really on a roll. After the amazing success of Frozen last winter, the studio has created another lovable animated movie that is sure to be a huge hit with kids and adults alike.
Big Hero 6 is the story of a boy, Hiro, and his robot Baymax, a charming plus-size goof turned butt-kicking justice machine. Along with their band of faithful friends, Hiro and Baymax embark on an action-packed adventure to solve a life-changing mystery.
There's a lot to love about Big Hero 6. Mommy Poppins partnered with the New York International Children's Film Festival on a pre-screening and you can see the enthusiastic reactions of some of the school-aged kids in this video. But parents should also use caution before taking little kids as the film definitely earns its PG rating. Here’s what you need to know to decide if Big Hero 6 is right for your family.
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 and showing kindness 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.
After visiting Concord Museum's annual exhibition Family Trees: A Celebration of Children's Literature for the first time last year, my family now has a new holiday tradition. Concord Museum celebrates the town of Concord's rich literary heritage year-round with exhibits featuring literary giants, and during the holidays, the presentation becomes even grander. For almost two decades, the museum has celebrated classic and contemporary children’s books with Christmas trees and wreaths inspired by those books. Each tree pays tribute to or brings a story to life in its own unique way. Here's more about the exhibition and what’s happening at the museum during the holidays, plus some tips for getting the most out of your visit with kids.
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