If you’re like me, by the end of the week, you may just have an assortment of stale bread ends hanging around. That, and, at least in the spring, an unreasonable desire to ditch your work shoes and play in the sunshine. Last Friday my two year old and I went on a mommy and daughter date with a friend and her daughter. The girls are still talking about it five days later. Here are five simple ways to occupy a toddler (or two) and connect with nature in one of the city’s most beautiful and peaceful green spaces.
Taking full advantage of Boston’s location - the Charles River to the west and Boston Harbor to the east - community boating programs provide numerous opportunities for kids and families to learn to sail in Boston. Look a little further to the north and south, and options multiply. From annual memberships to five-day passes to one-day rentals, the following sailing centers offer packages that will fit your budget and schedule. Note that many of the lesson and camp programs fill up fast, so be sure to plan ahead.
Two of Rhode Island’s East Bay towns, Warren and Bristol, make a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. When we visit them, we feel like we’re worlds away from everyday city life. Quintessentially New England, these neighboring towns have it all: Natural beauty, history, arts, culture, and plenty of activities for families. Looking for great shopping and dining? They have that too. Read on for our top 15 things to do with kids in Bristol and Warren.
Something small can make a big difference. Yesterday, still reeling from the news of the day before, we went to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Gardens to see the fairy gardens, and there we found solace. We missed the big event last Sunday, when kids came wearing wings and built fairy houses of their very own, but that was just fine. Sans crowds, we enjoyed exploring the greenhouses and discovering teeny tiny houses, villages, and grottos.
The fairy gardens are on display until tomorrow (Thursday) at 4 pm, and I highly recommend taking a drive down to Providence to see them. Read on for highlights from the exhibition and tips to get the most out of your visit. Even if you can’t get there before the exhibit ends tomorrow, take a look at the photos for inspiration – maybe you’ll decide to attend the fairy garden event next year, or build a miniature village of your very own with your kids.
Each year on or around April 22, Boston comes alive with many special events to celebrate Earth Day. Kids learn about how they can help protect the the environment and how your family can become more green. From community service projects like the DCR’s Park Serve Day and festivals at the Spellman Museum and EcoTarium to outdoor festivals at the Franklin Park Zoo, families can get out, have fun, and make a difference.
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