Mommy Poppins Boston and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Boston are excited to bring you a new series of guest blog posts on getting outdoors as a family. Kids Outdoors is a free online community for families filled with ideas on close-to-home outdoor activities in the Boston area and expert advice on how to get started. Each month “Outdoors with Kids Boston” author and local mom, Kim Foley MacKinnon, will have new tips and picks for you – enjoy!
Camping out is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. Finding a campsite, setting up the tent, roasting marshmallows, snuggling down in sleeping bags—it’s all a wonderful family adventure. But when you’re a parent with young kids who haven’t camped before or you’ve only got the weekend, you may want to stick close to home.
Whether you’re sporting two wheels or four, riding a bike is efficient, economical, healthy, ecological and fun - and just about anyone can do it.
Cycling is celebrated around the country in May during National Bike Month. And this week in Massachusetts, it’s Bay State Bike Week, culminating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. In keeping with the spirit, we’ve rounded up some suggestions for area biking trails, family-friendly cycling tours, and special biking events taking place this spring.
The Appalachian Mountain Club recently launched Kids Outdoors Boston, a free online community designed to help parents get their kids outside. The site is packed with over 100 thoroughly described, close-to-home trips, which include maps, driving and public transportation directions – making planning a breeze for moms and dads.
Kids Outdoors Boston is based on a guidebook recently published by AMC, Outdoors with Kids Boston. Today in partnership with the AMC, we highlight five picks from the book, chosen by the author’s daughter.*
Uncle Tom stopped by this weekend with his boat in tow. This was a special treat, because it was not just any boat, but a 1948 Old Town wooden motor boat, beautifully restored and just perfect to take on the Concord River. We put together a picnic, grabbed the life jackets, and set off for a summer adventure.
The launch went smoothly, and we slowly eased into the river, past the families fishing on both shores at the boat landing. Once we were out on the river, it felt like we had entered a different world. The shore line is remarkably undeveloped, and the scenery varied. The river flows slowly, and is navigable by small motor boats, canoes, and kayaks. We passed a number of fishermen slowly trolling up and down the river, as well.
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