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.
I'm loving my CSA membership - such great, fresh fruits and vegetables every week. This week, we got a bonus - two empty quart containers and directions to the best field to pick our own strawberries. They were so abundant, I was told, that five minutes was all we'd need to fill a container!
In the realm of pick-your-own, I'm not sure there's a better fruit for kids to pick than the strawberry. The plants are low and close to the ground (no poles needed for reaching that just gotta have, high-up fruit). The plants are small, too, and the fruit is accessible, easy to get to without having to reach way into the plant. Ripe berries are clustered together, so kids have the satisfaction of picking a lot in a short period of time (just enough time so it doesn't get boring). And, no prickers!
June is “strawberry month", and most farms are open for picking by mid-month, but some are ready at the beginning of the month. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Be sure to scroll through to find out about some fabulous strawberry festivals, and check back later in the summer for our updated blueberry picking post.
Why not make Mother’s Day a whole weekend celebration? On Sunday, you’ll want to be in town for the One Family Music Festival (presented by us, Mommy Poppins Boston!), but Saturday would be the perfect day for a family adventure. Take a break from your routine and bring the kids along for one of these three day trips that that are good for little ones, but are really for Mom – because you totally deserve it!
Spring is here, and family fun is blooming in Boston and beyond. This guide is full of information about things to do with your family outdoors when the weather is nice and indoors during an April shower. In spring, we celebrate Passover, Easter, Patriot's Day, Earth Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day (whew!) - and all you need to know about making those celebrations extra special is right here. Plus, there are plenty of ideas for an April staycation when the kids are out of school. Enjoy!
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.
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