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Family Summer Fun around Boston

Tanglewood Summer for Families (with Video)

SUMMER  2020 update: Tanglewood Festival is happening online, but grounds are open for visits with prior registration. I used to think of a Tanglewood concert (in Massachusetts Berkshires) as a romantic date night idea. Over the last couple of summers however, attending a Tanglewood concert has become our family’s tradition (it is still part of …

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Family Outing at Coppelia (by Boston Ballet). There is spring somewhere!

I could not believe my eyes when I opened the curtains on a Saturday morning this weekend (at the end of March!) and saw the new snow on the ground! But any flurries in the forecast have settled down in time for our mom-daughter outing to the Boston Ballet’s Coppelia.  Even if the weather is …

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“Mary Poppins” Musical opens in time for February School Vacation Week in Boston

Growing up in the former Soviet Union in the 70-s and 80-s we did not travel very far (or often), so a good children’s theater production in nearby Odessa was what made my school vacations special. Your kids’ February vacation in Boston could be special too- if you hurry up to get the tickets for the new “Mary …

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20+ ideas Boston family TO DO ideas for December School Vacation 2015

2015 December School Vacation: 20+ family TO DO’s in Boston.

Staying in Boston area during December school vacations? There are many Boston STAYCATION choices to entertain your kids with.   AN-ALL FAMILY FUN As a family with 10-year age difference between our two kids, we know the challenge of finding an activity to appeal to a multi-age family audience. This all-family fun list should work: Museum of …

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Things to Do in Boston during February school vacation week 2017

Holiday Winter Traditions in and around Boston.

Paraphrasing a famous Tolstoy quote, all happy families are rich in traditions.  Here in Boston, with the abundance of natural and cultural resources, it is easy to create your own family traditions for each season. (Read about our Fall and Summer favorites;  spring list will be my new challenge next year). Here is my list …

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A Month of Celebrations. Arts and Sports Showcases (by your own kids).

If you are a parent of school age kids with extracurricular music-dance-gymnastics-theater activities, the month of June is filled with never ending array of kiddie rehearsals and showcases – while the parents can’t wait to get to the beach or to a music festival or two.  Armed with a proper attitude, however, we could turn an exhausting …

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A VERY SPECIAl 5TH! (Five top tips for making your kid’s birthday into a real celebration.)

Our beautiful, smart, affectionate, precocious and vivacious Viva – turned FIVE today! It has been a one fine day and ain’t over yet! We celebrated at home, at her preschool, at the ice-cream café and a candy store. We painted a princess doll in the crafts club and took the rides at the new Lego …

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Cooking Couples and Sticky Fingers: Cooking Classes at a Grocery Store

When a sleek glass-walled culinary center opened in the middle of our “neighborhood” Whole Foods (in Dedham, Mass.) the concept seemed new, but also so natural. We are used to celebrating food in any number of places, so why not at our neighborhood grocer as we do our weekly shopping runs? Whole Foods’ culinary center …

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Around the New Year Tree.
Father Frost Homecoming or How to tell New Year from Christmas.

Celebration of the New Year is one of my most enjoyable memories from Soviet childhood.  There was the New Year tree (basically, a Christmas tree- but without a religious “affiliation”); there were presents from “Father Frost” (basically, a Santa Claus) and an all-night-long celebration of food and friends.  Specifically for kids, there was a tradition …

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Father Frost Homecoming or How to tell New Year from Christmas.
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