Shopping with kids (groan). It can be a drag, both for the children and the adults. But sometimes it is necessary, especially during the holidays. Some Boston stores really go out of their way to make kids and families happy, and we love ‘em for it. Many offer free activities, a few have play spaces, and others are like theme parks! Check out these places to take the kids during your shopping excursions to add a little (or lot of) fun to running errands. Want more ideas for free things to do with kids in Boston? Take a look at my posts about visiting museums for free in the city of Boston and in Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.
Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best family outing tips and picks with you as part of our guest blog series with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community.
Winter, blustery weather, and the holidays are upon us, and it’s good to have a few strategies in place, especially when you have kids. Here’s a list of some cool products that can make winter even more fun for your family, and they all make great gifts as well.
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
I love for my kids to wear the cute, high-quality fashions found in boutiques, but spending $40 on a shirt isn’t in the budget. Here's my little secret: I shop for my kids' clothing and gear almost exclusively at consignment, resale, and thrift shops. If you have Hanna Andersson tastes on a Target budget, you may want to consider buying secondhand too. When they are young, the kids won’t know the difference, and they grow so quickly, it seems like a waste to spend a lot on something they will outgrow in a few months. Plus, consignment shopping is another easy way to be green – it takes recycling to a whole new level! If you also like to dabble in DIY, take a look at my back-to-school DIY fashions posts, Part I and Part II.
Read on for some great places in the Boston area to buy gently used clothing, toys, books and baby equipment. When you get compliments on your child’s adorable outfits, you can smile, knowing just how little you paid for them.
What about the egg hunt at home and the kids’ Easter baskets? Does the thought of stuffing them with candy and weathering the ensuing sugar high give you a headache? If you’re looking for some ideas for filling baskets and eggs without going overboard on the sweets, read on for basket themes, egg fillers and places in the Greater Boston area to get great little gifts.
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