Ah, The Polar Express. It has become as much of a holiday tradition for our kids as The Nutcracker. The talented Chris Van Allsburg created a classic with the story about believing in the magic of Christmas. The book-inspired movie became an instant classic, which in turn inspired all sorts of events, usually involving hot chocolate and visits with Santa. Here's how Boston families can experience The Polar Express brought to life through train rides, story times, and even a 4D movie ride.
My eight-year-old has been obsessed with Smurfs since the age of two, and has been counting down the days to the release of the second Smurfs movie all summer. So, imagine our delight when we were invited to a screening of Smurfs 2 in 3D at the Regal Fenway theaters. Although only one of us has a bizarre affinity for the little blue people, the whole family went to the show – we all liked the first film, and we were actually looking forward to the second one, too. Did Smurfs 2 live up to our expectations? Find out from my kids first, and then read on for my take on the film as a parent. If you decide to see Smurfs 2 with your kids, consider making a night of it at one of the drive-in theaters near Boston. You just might feel like a kid again yourself.
For me, a drive-in movie theater evokes memories of playing catch with family and friends on a warm summer night, then settling in to watch movies on the big screen until we (the kids) fall asleep. Those were distant memories until recently, when I took my own family to the Mendon Twin Drive-in. The funny thing is, the experience was exactly as I had remembered it. For my kids, our night at the drive-in has been one of the highlights of the summer, along with our evening at a PawSox game.
Read on for everything you need to know about a family night at the drive-in: Five reasons to go to a drive-in theater, five drive-ins near the Boston area (and one that isn’t), and five tips for enjoying your experience to the fullest.
Last night, we piled into the car (along with our lawn chairs and lots of bug spray) and headed out to the Mendon Twin Drive-In to see a double feature: Turbo and Monsters University. We enjoyed both movies, and all around it was a fun family night out. Our friend, Toby, at Mommy Poppins in LA has already written a review of Monsters University, so I’m focusing on Turbo, the tale of a snail with an impossible dream. For parents, the big question is always: Is it really a good film for kids? Read on to find out.
Enjoying a film on the big screen in the big outdoors is a summertime tradition in Boston. And the good news is that there are plenty of family-friendly series to choose from.
Movies begin at dusk - typically between 8pm-8:30pm - but make sure you arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment where offered. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston.
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