Although this week is starting to feel like spring, we all know how predictably unpredictable New England weather is – and that winter isn’t over yet. The vernal equinox is March 20, but I remember years when we had snow in April. So, you may want to keep the boots and snow pants somewhere handy for now, and enjoy the remaining days of winter with your kids.
Bloggers from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s “Kids Outdoors” online community have lots of great ideas for getting outdoors and staying active as a family, even while trees are leafless and the ground is covered in a layer of white. Read on for a round up of our favorite AMC posts on winter fun with the kids, with our own recommendations for places in the Boston area to have all that fun.
If your family needs an escape from winter in New England, you don’t have to travel far – or at all. We’ve found five fabulous indoor garden spaces in the city of Boston and beyond, some just a short trip away. From the tropics to the desert, featuring local and exotic plants and animals, these places offer a warm, green respite from the frigid temperatures and leafless trees of winter in Massachusetts. Read on for gardens where you’ll find butterflies, birds of paradise, or fountains, and feel like you’re a world away.
Farmers’ Markets present great opportunities for supporting local farmers and buying foods you can feel good about giving to your kids. The markets are also wonderful for cultivating a sense of community, finding unique gifts, enjoying live music, and learning something new.
Even though it’s winter, your family shouldn't be deprived of the farmers’ market experience! Read on for this year's Boston-area winter markets. (Sadly, a couple of markets we featured last year are not running this year, but there are new winter markets in Medford, Brookline and Newton.)
So, you’ve made some family resolutions. This year you want to get outside and be more active with your kids. Or you want to get them excited about the sciences. Maybe you want to eat healthier foods, be more creative, or encourage intellectual curiosity. Sounds great, but where – and when – do you start? We have some ideas! Read on for activities you can do with your kids on New Year’s Day to jumpstart your family resolutions. Even if you don’t believe in making resolutions, keep reading for places that are open for family fun on January 1, 2013.
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