Great Kids, Great Outdoors

In October, a lot of attention goes to pumpkins, whether picking them, carving them, or eating them, but there’s another fall crop, especially in Massachusetts that deserves our attention: the cranberry! There are several places and ways to learn about the little red berry, including museum exhibits, farm tours, and even wading out in a…

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As much as the sun worshipers hate to accept it, fall is here! But for those who love a crisp fall day, the best time of year has just arrived. Fall in New England is a special time, with colorful foliage displays, cider pressing, pumpkins galore, and the best hiking of the year. Families with young…

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Fairies, unicorns, and butterflies are staples of childhood folklore, but while the first two are hard to come by, butterflies aren’t. What parent hasn’t seen a kid gazing in wonder at the tiny creatures? People of all ages appreciate butterflies without knowing anything beyond the critters’ caterpillar origin story, but the monarch, in particular, provides…

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There’s a lot to be said for the act of fishing, from learning patience to unplugging from technology to simply enjoying being outside. I live in the city, where fishing is certainly not something every kid learns how to do, but it’s one of those summer activities that can be so much fun and so…

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Kids love forts. Something about the potential for exploration, the dark passageways, the great hiding spots, the element of surprise, the excitement of what might be around the next corner…it all adds up to a great experience. Most forts in New England are located on the coast or on islands, which makes for a great…

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Summer is here and we are all longing for long sunny days at the beach or for a relaxing dip in a refreshing New England brook. Instead of planning a hike to a scorching mountaintop, why not get a hold of some old inner tubes and just float down a lazy river on a weekend…

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X marks the spot. As easily as that, you can get a kid interested in a map. Who doesn’t like looking for hidden treasure? But ask that same kid where north is or how far it is to her grandmother’s house, and she might not have a clue. Lisa Gilbert, an instructor with AMC’s education…

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For any parent or teacher hoping to get their kids interested in gardening, here’s one piece of advice: Go straight to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s gardens and horticultural center, located on the 36-acre Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, Mass. There, alongside the historic Italianate Garden, the Garden to Table Chef’s Garden, and the Food Pantry…

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When the sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the winds are favorable, flying a kite can be an exhilarating family activity. A number of kite festivals pop up in the warmer months, and a great resource for tracking them is Kites Over New England, a club for flyers of all ages. The club has…

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Getting outside with your kids doesn’t have to entail days of packing, exhaustive trip planning, and expensive gear. Some of the best outdoor adventures take place in local parks—or even in your own backyard. Great American Campout On June 25, some 125,000 Americans will pitch a tent for the Great American Campout. Hosted by the…

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