We're finally seeing signs of spring. On the farm at this time of year, there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That means it's shearing festival time!
Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place celebrate sheepshearing season with big shindigs. (It’s not that strange, really—think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut.) If you want to make a fun family day trip or even a weekend getaway out of it, there are also sheepshearing and wool festivals in nearby Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.
After the winter we've had, we're more delighted than usual to welcome spring in Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each day brings a small but wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and It's the perfect time to get outdoors and reconnect with nature. It just may be my favorite season in Boston (though I did once say that fall is my favorite season in Boston, so let's call it a tie). Here are my picks for Boston's best activities for families in springtime.
Please note: This year's information is not yet available for some events.
It’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets, because it's egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations - both indoors and outside - including parks, farms, the zoo, local businesses, and even a carousel.
Most of the egg hunts are for little ones only, but there are plenty of other festive activities for older kids and parents, like games, crafts, refreshments and visits with the Easter Bunny.
One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring first hand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.
Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs (!). Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.
When we heard that Disney on Ice presents Frozen was coming to Boston, you can imagine the excitement level in our house. (Sometimes I wonder if the Elsa craze contributed to the "freezing" of Boston these last couple of weeks. There has to be some sort of correlation, right!?)
We went on Valentine's Day afternoon, under the threat of a blizzard, and we had a really fun time. Even our one-year-old was dancing to the music and screamed, "Wow!" when (spoiler alert) Kristoff and Anna kissed at the end. Below is my candid parent review, followed by five insider tips at the end.
Whether you’re looking for traditional music and dance, a parade, a big Chinese New Year festival complete with a Lion Dance, or simply a fun craft to celebrate the the Lunar New Year, Boston has it all. Check out these great picks for families to celebrate the Year of the Goat.
You’ll also find links for cooking traditional recipes for kids, children's books about the New Year, and visiting Boston’s Chinatown.
We're always writing about how important it is for kids to learn to code. That's because most of the jobs our children will one day apply for will require basic coding skills. Even if your kids don't dream of becoming the next Bill Gates, computer programming can still teach them critical thinking, logic, creativity and patience. Plus, they can learn to make their own websites and video games, which is pretty cool.
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Below are some of our favorite indoor places North of Boston to take active kids when the great outdoors just isn't in the cards. In addition to exercise and entertainment, many of these venues offer special events (like Parents' Night Out!), healthy snacks, birthday parties, workshops, and classes.
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