Spring officially starts on March 20, but New Englanders know the season really begins when the maple syrup starts flowing. And we know when that is because the region explodes with events, tastings, and tours, which are almost universally family-friendly. Here are some of the best resources to find a sugarhouse or a maple sugaring event near you,…

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Woody Guthrie famously sang, “This land is your land / This land is my land,” but as wonderful as that sentiment is, it takes a lot of work to make sure the outdoors is protected for generations to come. It’s never too early to get kids engaged in stewardship efforts, be it through volunteerism, community gardens,…

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Did the February school vacation week creep up on your family? It might feel like we just had a break, what with having three snow days and a weekend right in a row, but next week, there are five days kids have off and parents need to fill them with things to do. For those…

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Cross-country skiing can be the perfect winter activity for a family outing: If snow has just fallen, you can ski right from your front door; it’s less expensive than downhill skiing; and it’s a sport people of all ages can enjoy. Rather than racing down mountains, a cross-country, or Nordic, glide along trails is an…

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As the holidays quickly approach, many of us are shopping around for presents for the kids in our lives. Books are always my first choice as gifts, but I also like to give unusual games, activities, and experiences. These five picks are at the top of my gift-giving list. L.L. Bean Outdoor School For the…

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As the days get shorter, the leaves start falling, and winter gets closer, it becomes easier to spot wildlife. For owl fans, the bare trees make it easier to catch sight of the majestic birds’ silhouettes, though patience is a necessary requirement when out looking for owls. It helps to go with an expert, who knows…

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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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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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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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