Things to do in Boston this weekend

Boston Weekend

Modern Ballet for parents, puppet show for kids, a bookstore day for all and a bike ride thrown in for good measure.

After a week of “heavy duty” kiddie style entertainment during school vacations, the parents deserve a date night this weekend.  And with the two notable contemporary ballet performances, this Boston weekend is perfect for a night on the town.

Things to do in Boston this weekend

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg (Russia) is performing the “Rodin” ballet on May 2 and 3 at Cutler Majestic Theatre. The company is known for its combination of the discipline of traditional Russian ballet with their own unique style of contemporary psychological dance. “Rodin”  is based on a love story between the sculptor and his muse Camille Claudel, and is set to the score of Ravel, Saint-Saëns and Masseneon.  For  the discounted tickets, try Bostix ($32+), or Goldstar discounted tickets  ($32-$42).

Boston Ballet is presenting its own contemporary ballet evening with its Edge of Vision trio of dances on April 30 – May 10. This Sunday, May 3, the ticket holders have an opportunity to meet with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen following the 1pm program. The dances in the program are made in Boston for Boston Ballet and include Resident Choreographer, Jorma Elo’s, world premiere “Bach Cello Suites”; Helen Pickett’s updated “Eventide”; and Lila York’s “Celts”  set to a mix of Irish music. For tickets, check out Bostix Discounted tickets ($40) or contact Boston Ballet (the seating options might be better via Boston Ballet’s site and if you have it in you to organize a group of 10+ ballet lovers, there are group discounts of up to 40% ; Tel. (617) 695-6955.)

Before you head out the door with your date this Saturday, you may want to let your kids  join in for the Wellesley Books’ (82 Central Street, Wellesley) celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – complete with stories, activities, prizes, and limited edition items for purchase. Check out complete schedule of the day events here.

You may still have time for a kiddie show at the  Puppet Showplace Theater . It’s hard to beat $6 bostix tickets for The Emperor’s New Clothes show (recommended for ages 3 – 6; this Sat and Sun at 1 and 3pm) which also promises to be silly and interactive.

It’s going to be a gorgeous day on Sunday– so take your entire family for a biking trip. My favorite biking trail right now is Cape Code Rail Trail on the Cape (for an inspiration, check out my post about it).

Biking at Cape Cod Rail Trail
Biking on Cape Cod Rail Trail

One of these days I plan to explore a Minuteman Bikeway path between Bedford and Lexington. This post from Fortuitoushousewife is helpful in planning your Minuteman biking day out of Bedford, MA (and discovering a lot of American history along the way).

And what is your favorite local bike trail?


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