At Home in Boston

Activities and celebrations in and around Boston

Summer Celebrations in New England: Bikes, tents, concert chairs and a couple of good old friends not included but handy

If you live in New England (or are visiting in the summer), there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate every summer weekend – within a two hour drive. Our family’s summer celebrations last summer started with a last minute getaway to the lake house on Long Pond in East Lempster, New Hampshire during the last weekend in …

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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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Things to Do in Boston this weekend for families

Boston Weekend with Out of Town Friends. A 2-day Family itinerary.

Technically, we stayed IN (greater Boston), but hosted Out of Town visitors for a weekend (my college friend, her hubby and two kids). So I got myself a wonderful excuse to plan a weekend of touring activities for our two families – all without leaving Boston and minus a travel book.  I did my research (online), …

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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 …

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

It all started 20 or so years ago with a first failed merengue (I don’t think I got as far as properly beating the egg whites to a desired consistency, let alone baking them) . I have tried again a couple of times over the years. Always failed, but never gave up!  It was the picture of the Pavlova cake …

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Mornings with the Arts.
Children’s Studio Art Class at MFA.

I am definitely not a morning person.  I can’t even pronounce “GOOD MORNING!” and still feel true to myself.  Yet, a 10 am Sunday morning class with my four-year old daughter at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston was a great thing to wake up to – for eight Sundays in a row! …

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Children’s Studio Art Class at MFA.
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