Even if you're not much of a prankster (usually a prank would be the last thing I'd think of to do), April Fool's Day is a chance to show your kids that you really do have a sense of humor. I've found 10 pranks that are not dangerous, mean-spirited or complicated. They're just lots of fun and are sure to get your kids (or you) laughing. And that's a good thing.
Last week, we gave you a challenge: Spend 8 minutes each day, for 30 days, on a creative activity with your kids. If you’re like me, this isn’t easy. Then again, a challenge isn’t supposed to be easy, is it?
I’ve had to find creative ways to work creativity into my family’s hectic days, and I’ve discovered a wonderful outlet that achieves multiple goals – food art. From bento boxes to cakes you can draw on, there is no end to fun ways to get creative in the kitchen with your kids. Read on for some of my favorite ideas.
While our 21st century Thanksgiving feast may bear little resemblance to the 1621 celebration popularly known as the First Thanksgiving, Boston families do not have to travel far to learn about the traditions that are at the root of today’s holiday. In fact, if you head south for just about 45 minutes, you’ll arrive at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, the symbol of where our national celebration began.
Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-century English village is a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. In the Village, set in the year is 1627, just seven years after the arrival of Mayflower, you’ll find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens, and heritage breeds livestock. “Townspeople” - costumed role players - tell you about their lives in Plymouth Colony, and daily activities re-create life in 1627.
Curious to know what one of the “first” Thanksgivings looked like, we spoke with Kathleen M. Wall, culinary historian at Plimoth Plantation, for some insights.
Boston - a culinary delight for any child, with comfort foods like New England Clam Chowder and regional favorites like Boston Baked Beans, plus kid favorites that use the local produce the region is famous for - apples, pumpkins and more!
We are always on the lookout for kid-friendly recipes that are healthy, easy to make and fun to eat that reflect this local nature.
Boston families can also find an endless number of restaurants that cater to kids or are kid-friendly, and we report on our finds throughout the year.
The back-to-school season is filled with anticipation, excitement and stress—for kids and parents. There are new clothes and school supplies to buy, lunches and snacks to plan, and classes to prepare for (no easy task after summer slump). If you're worried that you'll never get it all done, stop, take a deep breath and check out our Back-to-School Guide, which is packed with simple tips and advice to help take the edge off. If your kid is going to school for the first time, we've got a list of books that help with the transition to kindergarten. Need name tags? We know about some super-cool ones. We also have plenty of meal posts, like our favorite meal planning apps, healthy lunch ideas and sensory savvy snacks so kids can make it through the school day. We hope our Back-to-School Guide helps your family make it through the madness, sanity intact.
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