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What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

Family Fun Activities Boston

Family fun activities abound this weekend! I read, well, sort of all the time, so in my travels I might find stuff to share. First check with Boston Central – it’s a great resource for families. Then I read my inbox (some of it) and status updates – here’s what I found so far.
Head of the Charles Regatta 50th Anniversary – Cambridge
The Head Of The Charles Regatta® will mark a momentous milestone this October, celebrating its 50th occurrence with a gala celebration to cap off the historic two-day race event along Boston´s iconic Charles River.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 – Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Boston Museum of Science
8th Annual Archaeology Fair – Boston
Explore the exciting world of archaeology through a variety of interactive activities and games like Underwater archaeology, Roman legionaries, flintknapping, glass blowing, simulated digs, ancient languages, & more.
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
MIT Science on Saturday: How Computers Think – Cambridge
Demos on stage by MIT students, followed by activity booths with hands-on experiments. Open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing, and Equipment Sale – Needham
ParentTalk’s annual Fall Sale is coming up Join us to shop for gently used strollers, pack’n’plays, high chairs, baby equipment, nursing equipment, linens, baby and kids’ clothing (including upscale brands) for ages 0-8, and toys
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Charles River School Family Fair and Craft Show – Dover
The Charles River School Fair and Craft Show in Dover, MA offers twice the fun Over 50 juried artists will display handcrafted treasures. Families can enjoy rides, games, photo booth, pony rides and more
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

King Richard’s Faire Come and escape YOUR reality at King Richard’s Faire! Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80 acre wooded site. You’ll be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers! Captivated with our minstrels, dancers and puppeteers and instantly enthralled by fire eaters, exotic tigers, and the majestic white lion. Hundreds of talented performers perform non-stop for you throughout the day when visiting any one of our eight vibrant stages.

  • Weekends August 30th thru October 19th 2014
  • Gates open at 10:30am and close at 6:00pm

The Six Flags Food Truck & Beer Festival

Come enjoy some of New England’s best gourmet food trucks at Six Flags New England on October 18th from 12pm – 11pm! This festival will be combining roller coasters, haunted attractions, beer and wine, and over 20 food trucks!

Tickets to the theme park and the Food Truck & Beer Festival will be $49.99, which will include parking, theme park admission and access to the Food Truck & Beer Festival. Tickets can be purchased here!

Spooky Hayrides – Lexington

Wilson Farm hosts it annual Spooky Hayrides, no charge and fun for the whole family. Ride one of our farm tractors through our fields filled with spooky displays.
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 6, 2014 – Oct 31, 2014

Salem Haunted Happenings 2014 – Salem
You’re invited to Salem’s annual Halloween Festival. It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts. Here’s a list of top favorites from The Thrillist. You can drive, take the commuter rail but check out the fast ferry from Boston Harbor Cruises.
Now thru Friday, Oct 31, 2014

FIND A LOT FOR LESS AT FORT POINT OPEN STUDIOS (source – Bargain Bin – Ami Albernaz – Boston Globe)

369 Congress St. will be a spot for bargains at this weekend’s Fort Point Open Studios. Artist-designers on the second floor will have prints, ceramics, knitwear, and more at 15-75 percent off retail prices. Find lamps, bowls, vases, and trays from Jill Rosenwald; funky earthenware lamps from Lawrence McRae Ceramics; colorful prints, maps, and iPhone cases from JHill Design; and hand-knit hats, mittens, and scarves from The Third Piece. The sale happens Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 369 Congress St., second floor, Boston.

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Halloween and more in Newton!

Harvest Fair, October 18 and 19

This weekend! Kiddie amusement rides, face painting, international craft vendors, ethnic food, live entertainment and MORE! For details read more. . .

>GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPOSunday October 19, 10 am – 5 pm
Newton Harvest Fair

Newton Centre Green
This year’s Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce EXPO showcases solutions you can use to reduce your carbon footprint and over 50 exhibitors in one area. Come enjoy the Newton Harvest Fair which also features continuous entertainment, food and games for the kids. Get tips on how to live a “green” life style. See exhibitors with green products, services and ideas. See how far electric cars can take you before you have to switch to gasoline. See the advanced Tesla electric car. Find out how you can convert to solar electricity and reduce your electric bills without spending thousands. Have a green lawn all summer without watering and only cut once a month. This year’s EXPO will include games and activities for kids.

Boston Artists Ensemble, October 19

Intimate concert led by Boston Symphony cellist Jonathan Miller. . .Read more

From Conflict to Peace, October 21

A night of critical reflection moderated by NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Read more

 Newton North High School Teen Gallery Opening,  October 29

The Newton Free Library will host the opening for posters and ceramics from Newton North High School; artwork will be on view through early spring 2014. Read more

Great Gatsby Movie & Costume Party, October 23

Wear 1920’s garb munch goodies and watch the classic film. Open to ages 13 and up

. . .Read more

Halloween on the Farm, October 31

Spooky stories, apple bobbing and more! Read more

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How Many More Days of Vacation Week or Is It Over Yet?

It is that time of year again – school vacation week! If you have planned ahead, your children are in daily activities, if you have not, you are no doubt washing crayon, and quite possibly food, off the walls and hoping for enough time for a shower. I have experienced many, many school vacation weeks – some better than others.

My advice? Get moving and keep moving. Do you need to pretend you are a shark and only your constant movement keeps you alive? No. Does this mean no slow-moving sleeping-in mornings? Depending on the age of your children, maybe. You can do it, you just need the right attitude. I don’t mean you can’t have lovely mornings at home.

When my children were younger we had a breakfast where we practiced math facts with dominoes and had our breakfast in pretty dishes. Sometimes we even played school with real worksheets and stickers for work well done. They are older now and that won’t fly (we didn’t have smartphones, tablets or apps back in the day, either) but if your little ones are quite young, it will get you some quality hot beverage time before you roll.

If you are still reading, you may need help. No worries – here are some ideas and links for local activities. KidoInfo out of Rhode Island but covers Southeastern Massachusetts, too. Founder Anisa Raouf has done a fantastic job of lining up the best resources and she shares so nicely, too! From the website: Kidoinfo is Rhode Island’s guide to family fun, creative ideas, resources and local events. With fresh ideas everyday, we keep you in the know with DIY projects, kid-tested recipes, after-school activities, camps, story times and so much more. From new parents to grandparents, babies to tweens, we have something for everyone.

Boston Area – Moms A great site with Guides, Things To Do listings, Discussion Pages for Parents and much more. From the site – a listing of family activities for the next seven days. You’re welcome!  Go to Momsfor great local activities and events.

Here is a link to the Museum of Fine Arts  with its great vacation week programs. Don’t forget the Museum of Science  – The Pompeii Exhibit is great and good for most ages (it may be hard to explain that we don’t live near an active volcano to young ones but the world map of active volcanoes is a good visual reassurance). If you are going to the Pompeii exhibit it is worth getting a membership, really, it is always worth getting a membership here. I signed up online and picked up my membership card and packet when we got to the museum. Super easy.
Need more? Click on these links for vacation week ideas: The Boston Children’s Museum,The Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Peabody-Essex Museum and The Discovery Museums.We also like to take walks at the Weston reservoir or Lake Waban at Wellesley College – both places are dog-friendly and nice easy trails.
Arts and Crafts? Check out Artbeat in Arlington, Sew Easy in Needham and Wellesley or Hip Stitch in Newton.
It is also a great time to make some healthy resolutions and cook together as a family. I attended a blogger event at the Chestnut Hill Shaw’s Supermarket and they were rolling out a Nutrional IQ progam that helps you make healthy choices. Not that I am giving up the holiday cookies quite yet – just not making a meal of them!
Crafts at home – Here is a great link to Pragmatic Mom’s site for homemade play dough. Definitely a longtime favorite at our house, too.
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