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.
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.
On Monday afternoon, inspired by the runners in the Boston Marathon, I started a Couch to 5K running program. When I got home after my first training session, I heard the terrible news of the tragedy at the marathon. At first, I thought about giving up on the 5K program. But then I made a completely different decision: Although I am in the worst shape of my life – I can’t even run a mile (seriously, but please don't judge) – I am going to start with a 5K, and then keep going all the way to next year’s Boston Marathon. Every race I run will be for all the people who are no longer able.
Races have always been a family affair for us. Over the years, my kids have done several fun runs and kids races while one of the adults in the family runs the “big race”. I plan to continue our tradition. If you’d like to give a race a try, either just for fun, or in honor of the Boston Marathon runners and their loved ones, take a look at my round up of upcoming family-friendly races in Massachusetts this spring.
As a kid, I was into the arts, not sports. Unless you count gymnastics, I never played an organized sport. However, as a parent, I see a lot of value in having my kids participate in sports – I want them stay active, be a part of a team, and learn problem-solving skills. As a result, I have spent many hours washing uniforms, sitting through practices, juggling schedules, and watching my kids’ games. I’ve been involved in youth sports as a coach’s wife, and even coached soccer and t-ball myself.
So that my kids could get the most out of their sports-playing experiences, I’ve tried to learn a few things about being a good spectator over the years. It hasn’t been easy – I am ûber-competitive and can be very intense when it comes to my kids – and I’m always a work in progress, but I do have some tips to share. Read on for a few do’s and don’ts for being a good spectator of your kids’ games (and feel free to pass along to other parents, grandparents, and coaches, too).
Eagle, birdie, bogey, par… It doesn’t matter whether you know what these terms mean or not to have fun playing mini golf. What does matter is that mini golf is a great way to keep the whole family entertained, if you’re looking for something to do to pass a few hours on a summer evening, or for an interesting place to have a birthday party. It can also be a great way to spend time outdoors - without the time commitment, training, or investment in equipment of the “big” version.
We’ve rounded up some of the local courses; please let us know if you have a favorite!
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