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.
If you frequent Jamaica Plain, you already know about the many awesome places to make music with your kids. But you might not know that Jamaica Plain is also home to one of the most unique and critically acclaimed up-and-coming chamber music groups in the country, the conductor-less string orchestra, A Far Cry. This group -- they call themselves Criers -- invites a new generation of young people to embrace classical music by making their concerts participatory, varied, and inexpensive. And they have afternoon recitals, perfect for the younger, post-nap set.
Each year, two of our favorite local theaters - the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline and the Regent Theatre in Arlington - host special Saturday and Sunday morning shows just for families. The series, geared primarily to kids ages three to 10, run most weekends from October through April.
Many of the offerings are concerts, but there are also films, children's entertainers and dance performances. While there are a lot of well-known, local names on the rosters this season, there’s enough variety to keep families entertained throughout the season. Both theaters recommend purchasing tickets in advance, although you can try your luck at the door. Read on for details.
Does your child come home from a kindie concert completely star struck by the performer on the stage? Does he know - and sing - all the words to all of Josh and the Jamtones’ or the Jumpin' Monkeys' tunes? Does she want to dress up and perform just like Karen K or Marcie Joy? Would you like to get the award for Best Parent Ever by offering your little musician the opportunity to sing and dance with these stars?
Well, you’re in luck, because quite a few of our favorite local musicians are also amazing teachers, sharing their talents with kids lucky enough to live in the Boston area. (Please check out our other music classes post for more local options.) And for information about watching these musicians performing live, check out our Events Calendar.
Whether your child has dreams of being the next rock superstar or is content just humming along to his favorite tunes in the back seat of the car, chances are music is at least a small part of his or her day. For parents looking for ways to help their kids make more music, the choices for classes and instruction appear endless. While we could never cover every one of these programs in one post, we have rounded up some of our favorites in and around Boston.
We’d love your help in growing this list, so if you and your little maestros have a favorite place for music instruction, please add your good experiences in the comments field below, or email us your suggestions. And if you're looking for other types of classes and lessons (sports, art, preschool, after school), please check out our Classes Guide.
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