If I’m not hosting Thanksgiving dinner or visiting extended family and friends, cooking a big feast seems completely unnecessary to me. I’d rather go out for dinner and be thankful that someone else is doing the cooking and cleaning.
If it’s just you and the kids for Thanksgiving this year, you might want to consider dining out, too. Here are four Boston restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinners that are both kid-friendly and budget-friendly. Plus, if you want to go all out this Thanksgiving, I’ve included two elegant (but also kid-friendly) Thanksgiving brunches that sound hard to resist.
Whether our kids are adventurous eaters or too timid to try anything beyond boxed mac ’n’ cheese, teaching them about food prep, healthy eating and nutrition is one of the more important things we as parents can do for their well being. Cooking together at home is one way to do this, but there are also plenty of opportunities for “instructive” fun through kids’ cooking classes and workshops.
One of the appealing aspects of kids’ cooking instruction is that it quite often takes the form of a single-class workshop or two- to three-session program. So, even if your children have regular sports team commitments or semester-long dance or music classes, they can still satisfy their inner foodie selves without missing a goal or a beat. Plus, many kids’ cooking classes are offered during those long school vacations or summer breaks - just the thing to keep kids engaged and entertained. Cooking workshops also make fun birthday parties - kids learn something, have fun and are well fed. And (maybe best of all!), no mess for the parents. (More cooking party ideas here.)
We’ve rounded up seven places that offer kids’ cooking classes and workshops in and around Boston. Get ready for your kids to cook up something great!
Breakfast and brunch are the meals we tend to eat out most often; toddlers are early risers, so by 10 or so, we're ready for (second) breakfast, and kids really, really like breakfast food. I enjoy whipping up muffins or pancakes, but I will gladly pay for the privilege of getting someone else to make them for me while I happily sip a mimosa or bloody Mary. It may only be 9am, and I may have a weekend's worth of stuff to fit into one day, but hey! If you're looking for fancy brunches to celebrate a birthday or special event, check out Tara's piece from last spring, but here are a few of our family's favorite casual neighborhood spots around town.
Boston certainly offers a plethora of family-friendly dining options around the city. After writing about family-friendly dining in two very specific areas for Mommy Poppins, Charlestown and Fort Point I was asked, "What does Family-Friendly actually mean?". I told them the answer was two-fold: 1.) No annoyed looks from the hostess, waiters, and patrons when you ask for a highchair and a kid's menu and 2.) The restaurant actually offers highchairs and kids' menus. But I recently learned the term “family-friendly” can mean so much more. Enter Aura’s Fine Dining Family Style concept, where you don’t have to give up your discerning palette OR eat at the speed of lighting to keep up with your constantly moving child.
Aura takes the term “Family-Friendly Dining” to a whole new level, offering kids plenty of opportunities for fun. They provide movies, toys, crafts, and games - with help from a representative from The Kid's Place in Needham.
Most likely you’ve heard of – or even lived through – one of the largest, most complex highway projects ever built in the United States. The Big Dig sent our noisy, polluted highways underground so that the lovely Rose Kennedy Greenway could emerge. It sure took awhile, but boy, am I glad they figured it out! Today, the Greenway stretches the length of the central artery and is nestled in between popular Boston tourist sites like the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall. It features gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. Now, as of late August, it boasts a brand new carousel.
We set out on a sunny day for a ride on the new merry-go-round. Along the way, we found plenty of kid-friendly stops to recommend. Here they are, along with highlights from the carousel and a few bonus insider tips.
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