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’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.
Fall brings pumpkins, hay rides, corn mazes, spooky fun, concerts, and festivals. But what really piques my interest is a different fall tradition (nerd alert!): The opening of new museum exhibits. I get excited just reading about the investigation of how humans change over time at the Museum of Science, going beyond human at the Peabody Essex Museum, the meditation on a single color at the MFA, stretching the definitions of art at the ICA, and redefining the topography of the deCordova Sculpture Park. All that, and some STEAM (that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery and MIT Museum. Even if you don’t find it quite as exciting as I do, take a look – there’s something new for every family this Fall in Boston’s galleries.
Fall in New England... is there anything better? We think not. The beauty of nature surrounds us, and family fun is plentiful. Whether you want to frolic on a farm or experience a little culture, there’s much to do with the kids in Boston (and beyond) this fall.
We’ve rounded up some of the best autumn activities for families. Farm fun is abundant: picking apples and pumpkins, having a birthday party, or getting happily lost in a corn maze, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite cultural happenings for kids, too. Looking for Halloween fun? Check out our Halloween Fun Guide!
When you take your children to the Museum of Science, chances are you'll encounter at least one museum volunteer while you're there - the men, women, and teens in red coats and aprons that are at almost all Museum of Science exhibits, activities and special programs. And chances are at least one of them will help your children with a special activity, show you where the bathrooms are, or recommend a particular exhibit to see.
I've been a museum visitor plenty of times, but I've often wondered what it was like for someone wearing the red coat. So when the opportunity to spend the day as a Museum of Science volunteer came up, I jumped on it. The most important thing I learned? There is no doubt that the museum values and appreciates its volunteers, and there is no doubt that its volunteers are integral to a positive museum experience.
I arrived for my shift not quite knowing what to expect.
My kids have visited enough museums in their short lives that they now actually look forward to exploring new exhibits, taking part in scavenger hunts, workshops, guided tours and the like. So when I brought up the idea of learning about art but also staying outside and playing, they were more than game. The good news? Accessible, diverse, entertaining (and mostly free!) exhibits can be found throughout the Boston area, all appropriate for visiting with children.
The beauty of looking at outdoor, public art with kids is that, depending on your child’s mood, you can stop and investigate or just take it in at a glance as you pass by. For insights on making any public art encounter with children a good experience, Mommy Poppins Boston spoke with art expert Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Executive Director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. Read on for Lynch-McWhite’s thoughts as well as places in and around Boston where parents can take children for a great public art experience.
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