Great Kids, Great Outdoors

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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In 1916, the Moose Hill Bird Sanctuary was established in Sharon, Mass., after Dr. George W. Field gave his estate to Mass Audubon with the goal of attracting birds and people interested in them. Today there are 56 Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries located around the state—and spring is a great time to introduce, or reintroduce,…

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Let’s face it: Sometimes kids just don’t want to hike. They may be tired; the hill might be steep; the weather may be hot. Remember that, for kids, hiking can be hard work and downright unenjoyable if they feel like they’re on a forced march. On occasion, the kids. Will. Just. Stop. That’s when you…

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With winter coming to a quick end in New England, many of us are eyeing the bikes packed away in the garage. When the air warms and the spring peepers prepare to emerge from the mud, it’s time to dig out the bikes, grease up the chains, pump up the tires, and head out for…

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Whether it’s a rabbit in a Rhode Island forest or a moose on a Maine pond, at some point in your family’s outdoor adventuring, you’re bound to meet up with a representative of the local wildlife. Before happening upon an animal of any size, it’s best if your kids learn some basic ground rules. Nancy…

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One of winter’s best, and cheapest, thrills has to be flying down hills on a sled. My Boston neighborhood hasn’t seen much snow yet this year, but we know it is coming any day now! When it does, all the kids will be ready to head out to the Arnold Arboretum for some of the best…

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This could be perfect cross-country skiing for beginners, whether they’re kids or entire families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area, run by…

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January ice. February snowstorms. March rains. April mud. Winter and spring weather can make it challenging to get motivated for family adventures outdoors. And since we all want our kids to have the most positive experiences possible, sometimes when it rains or snows, we bag our plans and stay home instead. But wait! Hold that…

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