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The Getting-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Activities for Families This January

Happy New Year! January is a time for fresh starts, chilly weather, and wintery family fun! We have compiled this list of exciting family events to get your 2020 off to a fantastic start!

In addition to this guide, our calendar has daily events listed to keep you active and entertained this month!

We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. We know this is not a comprehensive list, so if you think of any fun family activities we missed, please share them with us in the comments.

If you are looking to connect with other moms near you, make sure to join our Community & Conversation Group!

January 1 :: First Day at The Mosesian Center for the Arts :: Watertown

Kick off the New Year with an array of art and theatre activities at this exciting, free festival! This event has something for everyone in the family, including live performances by area artists.

Concessions will be available for purchase or guests may bring their own, but please note this event is held at a nut-free facility.

January 1 :: 24th Annual NSRWA New Year’s Day Walk :: Driftway Conservation Park, Scituate

Celebrate the kick-off of the NSRWA’s 50th Anniversary at the Annual New Year’s Day Walk. This fun and interactive walk at Scituate’s Driftway Conservation Park will be a “choose your own adventure” experience. Informative and interactive stations will be set-up throughout the park for participants to visit in whatever order they choose.

Participants are asked to park and meet at Widow’s Walk Golf Course (250 Driftway, Scituate). The walk is free and open to the public; families and leashed dogs are welcome.

January 2 :: Creature Creations :: Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford

The perfect event for children who love art and animals! Little ones ages 3+ will be taught by certified art teacher Kathleen Patrick and a zoo educator in this fun class! Children will get up-close and personal with an animal and create their very own masterpiece. This unique art class allows participants to meet and learn about different animals around the zoo.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children (including siblings) must register to attend.

January 4 :: Science on Screen, Jr. — The Pirates! Band of Misfits :: Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline

Set sail for a fun-filled voyage and hilarious pirate antics with the biggest Band of Misfits on the seven seas! Join the infamous Pirate Captain as he sets his sights on winning the coveted Pirate of the Year award in this hilarious film. Before the film starts, guests will get to learn from a local expert about the process of evolution and how animals adapt to their environments.

January 4 :: Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinics presented by TD Bank :: Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters, Boston

Whether your child is training for the pros or picking up a basketball for the first time, this event is for them! The curriculum is an exciting, fun way to build skills and develop a love for the game of basketball. In addition to coaching from specialists in youth development, participants will have access to special edition Jr. Celtics gear. There will also be appearances by Celtics alumni or team mascots! Chaperones are welcome to take photos of their player on the court.

January 11 :: Snowy Owls at Duxbury Beach :: Duxbury

As they migrate south from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra, snowy owls make a stop to winter over the Massachusetts coast. Join Mass Audubon to learn about research on these magnificent creatures, and seek them out in vans provided by Mass Audubon. Additional seasonal sights may include snow buntings and wintering wildfowl.

Registration is required. Participants will meet at Duxbury Beach, on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge, and explore together.

January 11 :: Free Autism-Friendly Evening :: Discovery Museum, Acton

Families with members who have autism can play, explore, experiment, and imagine together while the museum is closed to the general public and headcount is limited. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, is provided courtesy of Not Your Average Joe’s, Acton. A certified therapy dog from Pets & People Foundation Inc. will be in attendance from 5:30–7 p.m. to meet some new friends!

January 11 :: Winter Family Fun Day :: Hale Reservation, Westwood

Don’t let the chill of winter get you down! Come enjoy entertainment, games, activities, hot cocoa, s’mores, and more at this free fireside event! This event runs from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

January 12 :: Dinosaur World LIVE :: Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston

Thrill the dinosaur lover in your life by bringing them to see their favorite Jurassic creatures roaring live on stage! Guests will see a myriad of dinosaurs, including the tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, giraffatitan, microraptor, and segnosaurus! A special meet and greet after the show offers brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.

January 13 :: Ice Skating with Wally & Tessie :: Frog Pond, Boston

Join the big green Red Sox mascot Wally and his sister Tessie for this free winter event! There will be giveaways courtesy of L.L.Bean, free food and drinks, free skate rentals, and much more! This event is open to all fans who wish to participate. Guests must pre-register here.

January 18 :: Lunar New Year :: Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Lunar “Zoo” Year celebration! The tropical forest will be festively decorated for the celebration. As we begin the year of the rat, participants will learn fun facts about some of the zoo’s rodents during zookeeper chats. Guests will also make their own traditional Chinese lanterns and are invited to see a performance of the lion dance by the Imperial Lion Dance Team at noon.

January 18 :: Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire :: Tendercrop Farm, Newbury

Come celebrate the new year with the Old Newbury Christmas tree bonfire! The 1690 Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm house will be open for tours from 3–5 p.m., and there will be food, drinks, and fun for the entire family! The event is free, and parking is $10 per car.

January 18 :: Kids Cake Decorating Night :: Shindigz Parties, Pembroke

A great event for the future baker in your life! Kids will decorate their own designer cake box as well as their own 8-inch cake. They will color frosting, use various designer piping bags with tips, and decorate with fun candy and toppings! There will be pizza and a drink served. This event is best for ages 6+.

January 20 :: MLK Day at the MFA :: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Guests are invited to enjoy free admission all day long, courtesy of Citizens Bank. Programs and activities for all ages will take place throughout the day, including performances by The WonderTwins and Abilities Dance. Mayor Marty Walsh will offer remarks commemorating the life and work of Dr. King, and the winners of a city-wide student essay contest for middle and high school students will be announced at the event.

January 20 :: Benkadi Drum and Dance :: JFK Library, Boston

The multicultural Benkadi Drum and Dance group returns to perform new dances showcasing traditional West African rhythms and movements in this diverse cultural event. Come marvel at the beautiful costumes and interpretive dance as folktales come to life before your eyes!

January 22 :: Teen Jigsaw Puzzle Race :: Pembroke Public Library

In this innovative event, teens (ages 12–18) will race against the clock and other builders as they work to complete a 100-piece puzzle. Participants may compete solo or in teams. Snacks will be provided. Prizes will be given for winners and runners-up!

January 25 :: Chocolate Festival :: Cambridge

Ten area businesses will be on hand to give out free samples of their delicious chocolates at this decadent festival! This free event will take place between 1–2 p.m. at 27 Brattle Street in Cambridge.

January 25 :: Tween & Teen Needle Felted Polar Bears :: MIY Studio, Plymouth

After a safety demonstration, tweens and teens (ages 9+) will learn some basic techniques of needle felting and be provided with step-by-step guidance to create an adorable needle felted polar bear. All levels are welcome, and all supplies and tools are provided.

January 26 :: Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys :: Norwood Theatre, Norwood

Parent’s Magazine has called her the Katy Perry of the toddler set, and it isn’t hard to see why! Come join Boston’s beloved kids band, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, for a morning of guaranteed musical fun for the whole family that will have you dancing and singing along!

January 26 :: Music of Grateful Dead for Kids :: The Sinclair, Cambridge

The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents this family concert series, hosted at many historic music venues across the country. The series allows kids to move, play, and sing along to works of classic rock artists in a family-friendly environment. Aimed mainly at families with children ages ten and under, there will be games, movement, and stories set to the iconic music of the Grateful Dead.

January 28 :: Infinity Express :: Blake Planetarium, Plymouth

Go on an exciting journey of discovery as you map the universe! The production is a blend of science, art, and entertainment that dramatically communicates the latest breakthroughs in our quest to understand the universe.

January 31 :: Monster Jam Triple Threat Series :: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence

Come see world-class athletes tear up the dirt in Monster Jam trucks, speedsters, and ATVs as they compete for the chance to go to the Monster Jam World Finals! Kids of all ages will revel in the fast-paced excitement!

January 31 :: Respect: A Boston Arts Academy Tribute to Aretha Franklin :: Roxbury Community College Media Arts Building, Roxbury

You don’t want to miss Boston Arts Academy students paying tribute to Aretha Franklin — twice named the greatest singer of all time by “Rolling Stone.” This entertaining production showcases the best of all the Boston Arts Academy’s departments’ artistic work through an interdisciplinary collaboration. Boston Arts Academy vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, filmmakers, fashion designers, and visual artists will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s impact on R&B and gospel music as well as her social activism. Come see how BAA students interpret this 20th century cultural icon.

Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux :: Patriot Place, Foxborough :: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

This free weekly storytime takes place every Tuesday at Showcase Cinema de Lux. After a story reading, a special character makes a weekly appearance followed by a short movie.

Public Telescope Nights at New England Sci-Tech :: 16 Tech Circle, Natick :: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8–9 p.m.

The public is invited to join New England Sci-Tech for an evening of astronomy during the spring, summer, and fall months. Depending on staff availability, inside activities such as planetarium shows and visiting the astronomy classrooms may be available. Visitors are also invited to borrow smaller “starblast” telescopes to use on their own.

Urban Air Sensory Friendly Jump/Play Time :: Bellingham :: Sundays, 9 a.m.

This event is specifically designed for children with autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park and have a lot of fun without loud music and flashing lights! The lights will be white and music/video games turned off for those with sensory challenges during this time.

Family Night at Urban Air :: Bellingham :: Thursdays, 4–8 p.m.

Family Night is a crazy deal! Get four ultimate passes, four bottles of water, and one pizza for $79.99! It’s fun for the whole family!

Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.

Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.

Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m.

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Storytime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m.

Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.

SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.

ImprovBoston Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m.

Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! The show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. It’s fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.

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Takeaways From the Kobe Bryant Tragedy

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On Sunday our world stopped in the face of tragedy. News of Kobe Bryant’s untimely death started to spread on news outlets and social media, followed by the news that his teenage daughter, Gianna, and seven other precious lives had been cut short as well. As more details of the helicopter crash surfaced, the outpouring of grief, love, and reflection began. 

Many times, tragic circumstances are enough to unite us, despite what usually divides us. Suddenly, sports alliances, politics, money, religion, and race are not a priority. We are all hurting. We are all just humans trying to understand, trying to cope, trying to do what we can. 

I do not personally know the Bryant, Altobelli, Mauser, Chester, or Zobayan families. However, I feel bonded to them at this time through our collective grief over this deep loss. We cry and lament for these families we do not know out of compassion for humanity. 

Death is ugly. But the humanity that follows is beautiful and moving. 

Friends and colleagues sent heartfelt tributes to the victims’ families at the Grammys on Sunday. Celebrities and athletes took to social media to express their condolences and disbelief. NBA players intentionally let the shot clock expire for 24-second violations, honoring the number 24 that Kobe Bryant wore for much of his career. Fans spontaneously gathered outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles where Kobe played during his time in the NBA. 

Tears were shared, hugs were passed around, and kindness was on display. How different would the world look if these values were practiced no matter the present circumstances?

With our defenses and agendas down, we are able to love the way we always should.

The events that unfolded yesterday resurfaced feelings of grief from tragedies I have faced in my life. I called my mom with nothing really to say except, “I feel sad today. I wanted to hear your voice.” Perhaps you remembered your losses as well. Death shakes us and wakes us up in a powerful way. We feel how small we are. We are reminded of how fragile life is. 

Tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us. Life does not provide a dress rehearsal. This is it. This is the time we are given. Live your life! Mend that broken relationship. Set boundaries with that toxic person. Follow your calling. Be brave enough to experience your passions fully. Do not hold back. Hold your people close. Savor the gifts you have been given. Pay your gifts forward. Invest in what is important, and leave behind what is not bearing fruit in your life.

You are valued, and we need you. 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to grieve the tragic losses of these nine lives. What will you take away from this tragedy? The best way to honor these lives is to do our part to make the world a better place. Let’s be light in the midst of darkness.


 

2020 Guide to Boston-Area Camps

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A special thanks goes out to all the sponsors that helped make this guide possible. If you would like your camp included in this guide please email meghan{@}bostonmoms{dot}com.

As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in and around Boston is on the top of many moms’ lists of things to figure out. We’ve seen the posts all over social media asking for camp recommendations, and we’ve been right there with you having the conversations, trying to figure out how to make sure our kids have the best summer possible.

While we long for the lazy days of summer, we also know there are childcare and entertainment needs week after week. We hope this guide to summer camps in and around the Boston area, brought to you by Mass Audubon’s Wild at Art Camp and Dexter Southfield Summer Camp, provides the insight you need to plan a fun and stress-free summer.

Wild at Art Camp

Give your child the chance to experience the transformative power of art and nature! The Wild at Art Camp unique camp setting — part wildlife sanctuary, part art museum and studio — inspires creativity, promotes well-being, and enhances connections to nature. The Wild at Art Camp provides a safe, fun-filled camp experience specially designed to foster a child’s creativity, sense of wonder, and bond with nature. Campers have fun and build lasting friendships as naturalists, teaching artists, and trained counselors lead them in outdoor explorations and creative art projects, including pottery, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and much more.

One- and two-week sessions blend art, nature, science, and engineering for a stimulating experience. Camp staff are selected for their compassion, enthusiasm, creativity, and ability to work with children in an outdoor setting. Most of our counselors are college students or graduates pursuing a career in art or environmental sciences, while professional art educators plan and direct camp art activities.

Dexter Southfield Summer Camp

Dexter Southfield believes that all children should be campers, because the power of a summer camp experience is life changing. Summer camp builds character, self-esteem, and is a great way to meet friends and, of course, have fun!

The key to a successful summer camp experience is exposure to a variety of camps and programs that inspire creativity, happiness, and excitement. With 13 different program offerings available to children 3.5-14 years old, Dexter Southfield has a camp for every child. When you enroll in Dexter Southfield Summer Camp, you will receive exceptional customer service and enjoy the benefits of faculty-driven school buses, best-in-class facilities, and a highly-trained staff. Above all else, your child will laugh, learn, and grow.

Camp Bauercrest

Camp Bauercrest is a traditional overnight sports camp for boys located in Amesbury, MA, about 40 miles north of Boston on the beautiful shores of Lake Attitash. Since 1931, Bauercrest has been providing a safe, meaningful, and fun experience for generations of campers. Camp Bauercrest’s mission is to build independence and self-esteem, both on and off the field, using the S.T.A.R. Principles: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Achievement, and Responsibility. Camp Bauercrest believes the summer camping experience is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child, and the friendships made at Bauercrest truly do last “for a lifetime.” 

Spots are still available for summer 2020! Mention Boston Moms when you register and receive a free Bauercrest hoodie! 

Camp Invention

Camp Invention

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K–6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex, and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles, and be confident in their innovative ideas. Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).

Maine Camp Experience

Experience the magic of Maine! Give your kids the opportunity to have fun, make lifelong friendships, learn new skills, unplug from their tech devices, connect with nature, gain confidence and independence, and more at the best overnight summer camps in the country! Maine Camp Experience is a community of 30+ premier Maine camps and a comprehensive camp-planning resource. Located throughout the state of Maine, the camps are each situated on beautiful lakes and offer top-notch activities, instruction, trips, and traditions. Maine is an easy trip from Boston for campers to attend; and parents, too, get to enjoy Maine (a.k.a. “Vacationland”) during visiting day weekends. These amazing camps are for kids ages 7–17, are either coed or single gender, and feature sessions from 2–8 weeks. Many families choose to tour a few camps the summer before attending. Let the Campcierge™ help you find the best camp for your kids: [email protected]mainecampexperience.com or 877-92-MAINE; mainecampexperience.com

LINX Camps

LINX Camps offers over 40 premier camps that are perfect for your family! LINX Camps provides fun-filled, enriching, and innovative summer programs that are rich with traditions and choices. LINX Camps’ expert staff recognizes each campers’ strengths to support the growth of younger campers while building character in older ones. The flexible sessions and extensive services provided make for an all-encompassing experience that creates an inclusive community in which everyone thrives.

Important Dates:
June 15 through August 28, 2020
Register for as little as one week.
Enjoy growing savings when registering for 2+ weeks.
2.5% discount guaranteed for ACH payments.

Real Madrid Soccer Camps

Soccer summer camp in Boston carried by Real Madrid Foundation is a unique and exciting opportunity to improve your soccer skills under the direction of UEFA licensed coaches, have serious fun, and make new friends.

This soccer summer camp is available for boys and girls, ages 6–15, playing at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Players are evaluated on the first day and placed in reduced groups on age and ability, which guarantees the quality of training sessions.
 
Come and experience outstanding soccer summer training in Boston with us!
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Real Madrid worldwide recognized methodology
Real Madrid Adidas Foundation Uniform
Reduced groups to ensure training quality
Players grouped by level 
High-quality full pitches 
 

Relevant Information
Dates: July 6–10
Location: Hellenic College and Holy Cross
Boys and Girls 6 to 15yo — players and goalkeepers

*$399 Early bird discount until January 31

[email protected]
201-777-0268 (text for faster response)

Orchard Hill Equestrian Center

Ride horses, make friends, and have fun at Orchard Hill Summer Camp! Horseback riding is a sport where kids build confidence, make friends, and have lots of outdoor fun! Summer camp is an ideal starting place for many years of learning and enjoyment with horses.

Orchard Hill’s day camp is open to girls and boys ages 6 through 13. Campers team up with one of the farm’s gentle school horses or ponies and learn to care for their equine partner while socializing with other horse-crazy kids. Daily riding lessons are tailored to each student’s riding ability .

Between mounted rides, kids learn horse anatomy and horse care, enjoy lunch and snacks, practice vaulting, and create equine-inspired arts and crafts — all on our 70+ acre farm.

2020 schedule (one-week sessions): July 6–10, July 13–17, July 20–24, July 27–31, Aug 3–7, Aug 10–14

Pricing: 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday, $475/week
9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday, $525/week

Mass Audubon Summer Camps

Mass Audubon summer camps (multiple locations statewide) offer summer adventures in the great outdoors! Mass Audubon offers day and overnight camp options for ages 3.5 to 17, and adventure, travel, and leadership sessions for teens. Campers have fun and explore nature at wildlife sanctuaries and beyond.

Ages: 3.5-17
Dates: June 17–August 26
Hours + rates vary by location.

Testimonial:

“It’s a tremendously well-run camp. There is a special, relaxed, happy, thoughtful, caring feel throughout. It’s a welcoming place for kids to grow and feel a sense of belonging.” — 2019 Camp Parent

BC High Summer Programs

Summer at BC High is located on the beautiful BC High School campus on Morrisey Blvd. in Boston, a five-minute walk from the Red Line and Commuter Rail train stops at JFK/UMass. Campers entering grades 5–11 will experience a wide variety of sports camps, academic courses, and specialty camps instructed by highly educated teachers and state champion coaches. Join for an enriching summer June 22–August 14, 2020, for SAT test prep, college essay and the Common App, baseball, basketball, and football camps, art camp, cooking camp, and so much more! Visit BC High’s summer pages on their website for more information and to register.

Summer in French-French Cultural Center

Believe it or not, summer is around the corner. The French Cultural Center’s weekly Summer in French program is the perfect way to keep kids and teens active and learning. Now enrolling! Early bird pricing ends March 28.

Boston College BIRDBALL Youth Baseball Camps

Boston College BIRDBALL Youth Baseball Camps provides a fun learning environment for all of our campers while teaching the fundamentals of baseball.  We promote, develop and assist in the development of each camper in all aspects in the game for children between the ages of 6 and 12.  We accommodate players of all ability levels from the novice player to the more advanced youth player.   Our program stresses and develops the qualities of citizenship, discipline, integrity, courage, teamwork and physical well-being.  Through our program campers will not only enjoy themselves but they will be building skills that will help them achieve their goals and thrive, both as teammates and as citizens. Camps run from July 6th-10th, July 13th-17th & July 20th-24th, 2020

Hale Day Camp

Hale’s 1,137 acres of adventure in nearby Westwood and Dover feature 20+ miles of trails, two ropes courses, four ponds, and multiple beaches. They’re home to ACA-accredited Hale Day Camp and Boston’s best family camp, Hale Summer Club.

Hale Day Camp offers experiences that inspire exploration, promote growth, and empower campers to develop as individuals as they establish friendships and build community. The Traditional Camp features classic camp activities for campers age 4–12, and the Adventure Camp features tracks in hiking and mountain biking for ages 9–13. A four- and eight-week Counselor-in-Training program is also available.

All campers enjoy swimming and boating lessons with American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and water safety instructors, as well as archery, arts and crafts, field games, and more. HDC’s signature hobby time encourages kids to explore new interests, and its new STEAM activities ensure campers continue to learn as they have fun. Select sessions already have waitlists for 2020, so don’t delay if you plan to register. All payments and forms are due by May 1. Free transportation is included.

Hale also offers a family program you may have seen on WCVB’s ChronicleHale Summer Club. In addition to swimming and boating lessons, it includes childcare, adult classes in yoga and aqua aerobics, and access to special events throughout the season.

JCC Summer and Vacation Camps

When’s school’s out, the fun begins! At JCC Greater Boston Summer and Vacation Camps, children can experience the magic and excitement of overnight and day camp. Attend one of our day camps: Camp Grossman, a traditional camp experience; Camp Kaleidoscope, an arts and science camp; and Camp Thrive, which offers one-week programs centered around health and wellness, tennis, theater, and swim. Or explore Camp Kingswood, a traditional overnight camp in Southern Maine. Summer preschool and school vacation programs are also available. Find the camp that’s perfect for your child and family today at JCC Greater Boston!

Join JCC Greater Boston Summer and Vacation Camps on Sunday, February 9, or Sunday, March 22, for the JCC All Camps Fair! Staff members from all camps will be there to answer your questions and register your children for camp.

Pine Village "Avion Imaginario"

Pine Village is a highly respected Spanish Immersion School for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Founded in 2001, Pine Village Preschool offers parents of toddlers and preschoolers a modern approach to child development where the seeds of creativity, acceptance and inclusion are planted and encouraged to grow. We have 10 schools throughout the Greater Boston area including: Brighton, Brookline, 2 in Jamaica Plain, Kendall Square, Needham, Newton, Newton Highlands, Porter Square and South End.

BCC Summer

BCC SUMMER is back! Join for two weeks of singing, friendship, and, of course, fun! Dive into songs that celebrate diversity, connect us to a global community, and explore social and environmental justice. Activities include singing, dancing, drumming, art-making, storytelling, weekly excursions, and more! Celebrate each week with a Friday evening concert, which is free and open to the public. This camp is for ages 7–12 years old. It runs from July 27–August 7, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (extended day 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.) Cost is $550/week (tuition assistance by application). No audition required.
 

Kidstock! Creative Theater

Kidstock! Creative Theater summer programs provide a variety of options, fun, and flexibility for kids ages 4–12 and pre-teens and teens ages 12–15 to explore creative theater, develop acting skills in a low-pressure environment, and work together to create a fully staged show at the end of each session. The Kidstock! summer schedule is flexible for all families and calendars with individual day sessions at the beginning and end of the summer and one-week sessions throughout the heart of the season. There are also morning and afternoon extended-day options for busy families.

Each week, programs will explore a different theme. Summer programs are divided by age group to participate in unique and age-appropriate lessons plans, combining drama with art, movement, and music to help students create their own original presentation. Check the website for specific descriptions on each age-appropriate program, example schedules of the day, and information on school year opportunities and custom birthday parties.

Community Boating Youth Sailing

Community Boating (Boston) offers sailing, paddling, and windsurf classes, STEM lessons, games, and other activities to Greater Boston’s youth. What better way to spend a summer than learning to sail and making new friends in the heart of the city? This program fosters independence, problem solving, confidence, volunteerism, and leadership. It is located on the esplanade near MGH and the Hatch Shell. *Ages: 10–17. Dates: June 15–August 21. Hours: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Rate: sliding scale from $1–375.

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Boston Moms Birthday Party Guide

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Nothing spells excitement like a birthday party! Our kids are fantastic — what’s not to celebrate? Figuring out where and how to celebrate can be a daunting task, though. The possibilities are endless! Boston Moms has put together a list of our favorite Boston birthday party places, brought to you by Urban Air Bellingham, to help you out!

Urban Air Bellingham

Urban Air in Bellingham is the perfect place for an indoor kids birthday party. Every kid likes something different, and it’s almost impossible to please them all. But at Urban Air, it’s more than just a trampoline park — there’s so much for the kids to explore, they’ll have a hard time deciding which attraction is their favorite.

  • We’ve got more than a dozen attractions, including classic trampolines, climbing walls, ninja warrior course, basketball, and more, so bring your birthday boy or girl and all their friends to bounce, climb, dunk, and play the day away!
  • How does Urban Air take your next birthday party to new heights? They handle everything. From setup and hosting to entertainment and cleanup, they do the work so all you have to do is show up and have fun.

(508) 232-4604

189 Mechanic St.
Bellingham, MA 02019

Jam Time

Jam Time is Massachusetts’ premiere play space, catering to little ones 3 months to 6 years old. This ultra clean, safe, and unique indoor playground features climbing structures, slides, imaginative playhouses, ball pit, play tables, baby area, and more. Jam Time is open seven days a week for open play with no membership required, so stop by anytime! Jam Time offers fun and creative classes and is the ultimate birthday party destination! The playspace includes a cafe with coffee and snacks, comfy seating, and free WiFi. Visit locations in Maynard, Natick, and Norwood, and see why Jam Time is repeatedly voted the number one indoor playspace!

86 Powder Mill Rd.
Maynard, MA
978-897-2917

251 West Central St.
Natick, MA
508-651-2917

111 Lenox St.
Norwood, MA
781-269-5390

Boston Playground

Boston Playground is a brand new indoor play space for ages 3 and up. For kids, Boston Playground provides an innovative, fun, and safe place to play. For adults, enjoy a stress-free environment from party planning to arrival on the day of and having many activities to get involved in too!

The Playground promotes kids playing with each other and their parents — bouncy arena, climbing wall, giant building blocks, and much more to explore!

It’s the perfect venue for birthday parties, group outings, and drop-in play. There is plenty of free parking as well!

(617) 466-0142

121 Webster Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150

Archery Games Boston

Think dodgeball, but swap out the balls for bows and foam-tipped arrows! Archery Games brings you combat archery, a combination of dodgeball and archery in a fast-paced game designed to get you moving and your adrenaline flowing. The game is safe and family friendly, suitable for ages 7 and up. No experience is required, with all training and equipment provided on the day. Party space is available free of charge, and there is plenty of free parking on site! Nerf Wars also offered!

(617) 466-0142

121 Webster Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150

Action Athletics

Wellesley

Altitude Trampoline Park

Marlborough, Franklin

Animal Adventures

Bolton

Bach to Rock

Wellesley

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Natick

Boch Ice Center

Dedham

Boston JCC

Newton

Boston Paintball

Ashland, Maynard

Bricks 4 Kidz

Framingham/Natick

Clarity the Clown

Dudley

Colores Kids

Natick

Create a Cook

Newton Highlands

Cutie Cake Parties

Mendon

Empow Studios

Newton/Lexington

Energy Fitness & Gymnastics

Newton

Extra Innings

Watertown

Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing

Newton

Flippo! Juggling Clown and Magician

West Boylston

FMC Ice Sports

Auburn, Fitchburg, Franklin, Marlboro, Natick, Worcester

Frozen Ropes

Natick

Fun and Games

Framingham

Glass Bar

Needham

Goldfish Swim School

Needham, Marlborough, Milford

Gymboree

Needham, Westboro

Honey Pot Hill

Stow

Jump Around

Framingham

Jump and Slide Boston

Newton

Launch

Norwood

Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream

Waltham

Mass Gymnastics

Waltham, Westboro, Sudbury, Leominster

Mike’s Moonwalk Rentals

Boylston

My Princess Dream Parties

East Longmeadow

Pinz Bowling

Milford

Planet Gymnastics

Natick

Plaster Fun Time

Dedham, Waltham, Framingham

Playtown Express

Southborough

Reasons to Be Cheerful Ice Cream

West Concord

Rock on Adventure

Norwood

Rock Spot Climbing

Dedham

Ships Ahoy

Norwood

Tanglewood Marionettes

Ware

Teamworks

Acton, Northboro

The Creature Teachers

Littleton

The Discovery Museum

Acton

The Icing on the Cake

Newton

The Little Gym

Waltham, Littleton, Medway, West Boylston

The Loved Child

Belmont

The Painting Place

Wellesley

Treat Cupcake Bar

Needham

Whimsy Arts and Crafts

Framingham

White’s Bakery and Cafe

Brockton, Hingham, Mansfield, Wellesley

Xtreme Craze

Westborough

Animal Craze

Winchendon

Art Beat

Arlington

Boston Paintball

Chelsea

Bruce’s Fun Company

Peabody

Castle Creek Adventure Land

Salem

Catch the FUNk 

Wakefield

Clay Dreaming

Beverly

CoCo Key Water Park

Danvers

Collins Bowladrome

Billerica

Cowabungas

North Reading

Curious Creatures

Groveland

Dance Place

Arlington

Einstein’s Workshop

Burlington

Flips R 4 Kids Gymnastics

Wakefield

FMC Ice Sports

Burlington, Lynn, Revere

Goldfish Swim School

Westford, Burlington

Gymja Warrior

Woburn

Hago Harrington’s Mini Golf

Stoneham

Hugh Hanley

Arlington

Imajine That

Lawrence

J & J Ponies

Groveland

Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center

Methuen, Salem N.H.

Jump on In 

Woburn

Kidcasso Art Studio

Wakefield, Andover

Kidz Fun Children’s Fitness

Woburn

Laser Quest

Danvers

Loch Ness Playcenter

Chelmsford

Magpie Puppets

Stoneham

Margaret Moody Puppets

Arlington

Masks by Design

Melrose

Plaster Fun Time

Chelmsford, Haverhill, North Reading, Saugus, Salem

Roller World

Saugus

Smolak Farms

North Andover

Sparkles Birthday Parties

North Reading

Sugar Plum Parties

Stoneham

Sunnyside Bowladrome

Danvers

Taste Buds Kitchen

North Andover, Beverly

Teamworks

Revere

The Little Gym

Woburn, Danvers

Top Secret Science

Woburn

Total Entertainment

Danvers

VinKari Safari

Woburn

Wiggles and Giggles

Lynnfield

Woburn Bowl

Woburn

Xtreme Craze

Woburn

5 Wits

Foxboro

A Firetruck For All

Pembroke

A Piece of Cake Parties

Swansea

Altitude Trampoline Park

Avon, North Attleboro

Animal World Experience

Stoughton

Art Barn Childcare

Weymouth

Art on the Spot

Middleboro

Barn Babies

Lakeville

Bead Addiction

Walpole

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales

Plymouth

Billy Beez

Kingston

Boston Bowl Hanover

Hanover

Busy Bee Jumpers

East Bridgewater

Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Mashpee

Carousel Family Fun Center

Whitman

Ceramics A La Carte

Canton

Easton Children’s Museum

Easton

Edaville Family Theme Park

Carver

Face Paint by Leelee

Whitman

Fantasy Land Mini Golf

Seekonk

FMC Ice Sports

Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Plymouth, Raynham, Taunton

Fun Faces with a Twist

Brockton

Ginger Betty’s

Quincy

Goldfish Swim School

Rockland, Braintree, Norwood

Hidden Hollow Farm

Pembroke

In Sync Arts

Quincy

It’s 2 Cool

Canton

Kidz Planet

Norwell, Easton

Konditor Meister

Braintree

Marina Bay Sportsplex

Quincy

Marmalade the Clown

Mass Gymnastics

Hingham, Pembroke

Montilio’s Baking Company

Brockton, Weymouth, Braintree, Quincy

North Bowl Lanes

North Attleboro

Open Space Studio

Plymouth

Over the Moon Parenting

Norwell

Paragon Carousel

Hull

Paul’s Pony Parties

Canton

Pinz Bowling

Kingston

Plaster Fun Time

Braintree

Ryan Amusements

Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Mall, Falmouth, Millis, Newport, Oak Bluffs, Plymouth, Raynham, South Yarmouth

Sky Zone

Kingston

South Shore Pottery Shop

Abington

Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park

Hanover

Stronghold Ops

Abington

Teamworks

Canton, Somerset

The Bubble Music Man

Rockland

The Fun Bus

South Shore

The Teapot Fairy of Norwell

Norwell

Tumblefun Gymnastics

Marshfield

Weymouth Club

Weymouth

White’s Bakery and Cafe

Brockton, Hingham, Mansfield, Wellesley

X1 Boston

Braintree

Xtreme Craze

Foxboro

A Firetruck For All

Pembroke

A Piece of Cake Parties

Swansea

Andrea Lovett (Storyteller)

Boston

Animal Adventures

Bolton

Animal Craze

Winchendon

Animal World Experience

Stoughton

Art on the Spot

Middleboro

Benjamin the Clown

Brookline

Big Joe the Storyteller

Brighton

Big Ryan’s Tall Tales

Plymouth

Boston Party Adventures

Boston

Bruce’s Fun Company

Peabody

Busy Bee Jumpers

East Bridgewater

Clarity the Clown

Dudley

Colores Kids

Natick

Curious Creatures

Groveland

Cutie Cake Parties

Mendon

Dreamtale Puppets

Face Paint by Leelee

Whitman

Faerie Tribe

Fairytale Dream Parties

Boston

Farm Visits

Flippo! Juggling Clown and Magician

West Boylston

Fun Faces with a Twist

Brockton

Game Truck Parties

Girls & Tiara’s Parties

Happy Kids Entertainment

Hugh Hanley

Arlington

It’s 2 Cool

Canton

J & J Ponies

Groveland

Jeff Jam

Jenny the Juggler

Johnny the K

Jungle Jim

Kaleidoscope Arts & Entertainment 

Boston, Salem, Worcester

Karen K & the Jitterbugs

Reading

Kids Stuff Amusements

Little Celebrations

Stoughton

Little Miss Princess Parties

Mad Science

Magic of David Hall

Magpie Puppets

Stoneham

Margaret Moody Puppets

Arlington

Marmalade the Clown

Masks by Design

Melrose

Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys

Mike Bent’s Abrakidabra

Mike the Hatman

Mike’s Moonwalk Rentals

Boylston

Norah Dooley

Parties Over Boston

Pretty Pretty Princess Parties

Rainforest Reptile Shows

Renee: Boston Face Painter

Stephanie Beach Magic

Tanglewood Marionettes

Ware

The Bubble Music Man

Rockland

The Creature Teachers

Littleton

The Fun Bus

South Shore

The Party Fun

The Teapot Fairy of Norwell

Norwell

Toe Jam Puppet Band

Tommy James Magic

Top Secret Science

Woburn

Total Entertainment

Danvers

Tumblebus

Ultimate Mobile Gaming Truck

Violet the Clown

Wayne Martin Puppets

Boston

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Which ‘Harry Potter’ Character Am I?

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Harry Potter character - Boston Moms

I love all things Harry Potter. I’ve read the books, seen the movies, and yes, I even got the T-shirt (and the socks… and the purse… and deathly hallows charm that hangs on my rearview mirror… and, well, you get the picture).

Of course, like any good fan, I have been sorted into my Hogwarts House. (I am a Gryffindor, thankyouverymuch.)

I don’t, however, need to take any of those “Which Harry Potter Character Are You?” quizzes that pop up on my social media feed. I already know, without a doubt, which character I am.

So, which one is it? Brave and determined leader Harry Potter? Wise and guiding Dumbledore? Snarky yet devoted Snape? Nope. None of the above.

I am Molly Weasley.

Harry Potter character - Boston MomsNot quite the leading lady that would show up on one of those quizzes, I know. But Molly and me? We are pretty much kindred spirits.

We each have a gaggle of kids.

We each take our place as the matriarch of a large family consisting of all sons with one beautiful, intelligent, feisty daughter in the mix.

My house is the muggle version of The Burrow.

Like Molly, I make my home in a cluttered house full of tiny rooms, bursting at the seams with kids, pets, and stuff galore.

There are always extra kids hanging around.

When you’ve already got a gaggle of kids, what is the difference if a few more show up at the dinner table? If we are heading out, I will gladly toss them in my (slightly less bewitched) car and bring them along for the trip.

We are thrifty.

Hand-me-downs galore! Molly flits around Diagon Alley’s version of a consignment shop at the beginning of each Hogwarts school year, buying her kids second-hand books and robes. I would say my beginning of the school year consigning is less magical, but a good deal is simply magical, whether it involves a wand or not.

The housework is never ending.

Molly and I are both up to our eyeballs in housework. There is never any end to the cooking, cleaning, and keeping up with kids… though I am more than a bit jealous that Molly can just wave her wand at her load of laundry.

We both like cheese.

OK, this one is a bit of a guess, but the woman owns a book called Charm Your Own Cheese, which would 100% be on my bookshelf if I were magical. This may also be why we could both be described as a bit plump… but come on now, who isn’t easily charmed by a delicious cheese!

We know how to throw a party.

When we celebrate our kids, we celebrate big and we celebrate loud. The magical tents she erected for her son’s wedding look a bit more like bounce houses around here, but the celebration is just as joyous! (The ministry may have fallen during her party, but my kid fell at mine. Make no mistake, a broken arm at a birthday party can cause just as much chaos as the Ministry of Magic falling during a wedding.)

We always know where everyone is.

All it takes is one glance at the Weasley Clock for Molly to know the whereabouts of each of her family members. The Greenstein Clock is more of a “Google Calendar,” but… same difference.

School is important.

We take great pride in our kids’ accomplishments and aren’t afraid to push them when they need it. Leading right in to…

We aren’t afraid to send howlers.

Molly’s discipline may be a little more jinx-and-hex heavy than my own, but our kids know when they have crossed the line! My kids just have to wait until they get to the car after school to get an earful. I am sure they are quite grateful there are no screeching red envelopes flying over to their lunch tables!

Speaking of an earful…

Molly used the only bad word in the eight-movie “Harry Potter” arc when she was defending her daughter. We really are kindred spirits, I tell you (this muggle-mama may have a bit of a potty mouth).

And finally…

We are fiercely devoted to our kids.

But this goes without saying for any mom, whether you identify as Molly or not!

What about you? Which “Harry Potter” character do you identify with most?


 

Plan Your Weekend :: January 24–26

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Friday, January 24

Firebringer

January 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm :: Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham :: $15.00

Join the Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company for the production of:

FIREBRINGER
A NEW HILARIOUS MUSICAL FROM THE CREATIVE FORCES BEHIND A VERY POTTER MUSICAL

Performed by Students in Grades 10-12

At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each others’ heads with rocks and eating each others’ babies. But one member of the tribe doesn’t seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She’s always trying to invent things to make life easier… for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history. One that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. She’ll travel from omega to alpha, and become… the Firebringer!

Recommended for audiences age 13+. Contains strong language.

4th Annual CATpella Festival to Belt Out Cancer

January 24 @ 7pm :: 869 Mass Ave, Boston :: $20

The a CATpella Festival to Belt Out Cancer is an a cappella fundraiser to benefit the Catherine J.
Malatesta Foundation. Come see seven incredible, local a cappella groups perform a dazzling array of pop and classic songs to honor the life of 16 year old Caterine J. Matatesta. 

Joining us this year is the Tufts University Beelzebubs, the Common Tones of Boston College, the Amherst College Zumbyes, the Tufts Jackson Jills, Sound Off, Winchester High School Octets and the Arlington High School Madrigal Singers.

There are fun raffles, an online auction , t-shirt sales and concessions.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

January 24 @ 4pm – 10pm :: Patriot Place, Foxboro :: $6 – $10

Winter Skate at Patriot Place, offering day and evening public skating, is the perfect antidote to cabin fever this winter! The 60-by-140-foot, refrigerated ice surface is designed specifically for recreational skating, non-contact hockey and figure skating. The rink features an observation deck for non-skaters. Large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike, the professional surface provides ideal skating conditions at all times.

 

Saturday, January 25

PAW Patrol Meet and Greet at Franklin Park Zoo!

January 25 @ 10:30 am – 2:45 pm :: Franklin Park Zoo, Boston :: Included with cost of admission

Direct from Adventure Bay, your favorite PAW Patrol pups Chase and Skye are racing to the ruff-ruff rescue to meet you at Franklin Park Zoo for a fun-filled day! Come meet your favorite pups and get your photo taken inside the Meeting Barn. Kids can also have fun with PAW Patrol coloring sheets. There will also be keeper chats where guests will learn more about some of our Zoo’s own heroes. Don’t miss this exciting chance to meet Chase and Skye from 10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.! See schedule below:

Meet Chase and Skye during these times:
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m – 2:45 p.m.

Tween & Teen Needle Felted Polar Bears

January 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm :: MIY Studio, Plymouth :: $40

After a safety demonstration, tweens and teens (ages 9+) will learn some basic techniques of needle felting, and be provided with step-by-step guidance to create an adorable needle felted Polar Bear. All levels are welcome, and all supplies and tools are provided.

Chocolate Festival

January 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm :: 27 Brattle Street, Cambridge :: Free

Ten area businesses will be on hand to give out free samples of their delicious chocolates at this decadent festival! This free event will take place between 1-2 p.m. at 27 Brattle Street in Cambridge. 

The Magic of Bonaparte

January 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am :: Regent Theatre, Arlington :: $15.00

He captivates the imagination of each child leading them on a fun-filled journey into his whimsical world of magic. Bonaparté astounds and amazes audiences of all ages with his unique blend of Magic, Comedy, Origami, Balloon Sculpture and much, much, more!

Sunday, January 26

Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys

January 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm :: The Norwood Theater, Norwood 

Parent’s Magazine has called her the Katy Perry of the toddler set, and it isn’t hard to see why! Come join Boston’s beloved kids’ band, Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, for a morning of guaranteed musical fun for the whole family that will have you dancing and singing along!

Minni FashionShop – Winter Hats

January 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am :: $30 :: Minni Space LLC, Boston

Embrace the chilly weather and join the fashion fun in our popular Minni FashionShop workshop! Local fashion designer Alyssa Tang-Bortnyk will show little designers and repeat outfit-offenders alike how to use soft felt, fuzzy fabric and a variety of buttons to decorate their own knitted hat inspired by snowy forests and their favorite woodland creatures. Each designer will venture back into the snow with the warmest edition to their winter wardrobe in tow. Best for ages 4 – 10.

 

Frozen Jr

January 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm :: Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham :: $15.00

Join the Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company for the production of:

DISNEY’S FROZEN JR

Performed by Students in Grades 1-9

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

This performance runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

A Comparison of My First and Fifth Pregnancies

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We have spent the last eight years building our family. It’s been a lot of pregnancies, nursing, sleepless nights, and joyful chaos. This pregnancy is likely to be our last, and as I reflect during the last five weeks of it I can’t help but see some big differences between the first and last!

My attitude has shifted

With my first baby, I was over the moon in love with the idea of being a mom. Even when I was put on partial bed rest the last two weeks for hypertension, I loved every minute. By the fifth pregnancy, though, age, weight, reality, and exhaustion have replaced the euphoria of my first. I had planned to enjoy every minute of this pregnancy as if it were my first. That was a short-lived plan.

I could sleep away the first-trimester fatigue the first time around, but having four littles now won’t allow for it. Any nesting attempts have been quickly foiled by messy tiny toddler hands. After four baby bellies and two C-sections, aches and pains are daily reminders that I’m not the young 32-year-old I was with my first. I am still excited to be pregnant this time, but I’m even more excited to be done.

I’m less social

I wanted everyone to share in my joy with my first few pregnancies. I kept up social engagements, I had several showers, and I participated in birthing, newborn, and parenting classes. After my first son was born, I immediately joined a new moms group and continued to participate for several years. This pregnancy, though, I went into hibernation around 27 weeks. I’m all set with being social. I’m quite content in my sweats all day long sitting on the couch watching my four kiddos tear the place apart!

I’ve become a rule breaker

As a first-time expectant mom, I read everything and followed all the pregnancy rules — even the ones that are a bit over the top. Now, I still take care of myself and my unborn child, but from a place of practicality and reality. To know which rules I break, you’ll have to chat me up personally. I do follow the ones that are based on common sense and fact. I don’t fret over getting it all right, and I follow my instincts. It seems to be working just fine.

I’m still getting ready

As I write this at 35 weeks, I’m still getting ready. I have done quite a bit, but I still have laundry, set up, organizing, and car seats to handle. If the baby came tomorrow, we’d figure it out. If I can, I’ll get it all done in time. But I might not. I guess the race against the clock has begun. I’m walking, though, not running!

Our baby will have no nursery

Our first nursery was beautiful, color-coordinated, and ready for baby’s arrival well in advance! This time, however, we haven’t completely decided how our family’s bedroom makeup is going to look. So she won’t have a nursery or a crib for her first six months. Instead, I have a bassinet, dresser, rocker, and changing station set up on my side of our bedroom. She’s rooming with me to start, so no need to prepare a nursery she may never use!

I have less anxiety

Over the course of the first four pregnancies, I had a wide range of experiences. I was living in the clouds with my first, then experienced some anxiety with my second and third (most likely due to a miscarriage before my second). My third pregnancy resulted in an emergency C-section, which amped up my anxiety over the fourth. My fourth delivery was scheduled, and there was nothing remarkable about the experience except for the lack of labor. I have experienced enough to know it’s all gonna be fine this time and will happen the way it’s supposed to. My anxiety has reached an all-time low, and for that, I’m very thankful.

Overall, it’s been quite a journey building our family. I have loved every minute of these hard eight years and will remember them fondly — but I am very much looking forward to being on the flip-side of it all and making memories with our complete family!


 

The View From My Glider

 

The view from the glider in my daughter’s bedroom shows a map of the world. Though I bought the map to inspire a sense of adventure for her, it has become meaningful to me as a source of connection. It is connection to the moms in different time zones and circumstances who are doing what I do in that chair — fiercely loving their child. When I find myself rocking her during the hours that conventional wisdom tells me I should be sleeping, I look at that map and remind myself that I’m not the only mom going through a phase that, at times, feels harder than it does fun.

Holding my daughter as she naps, looking at our map, I’m filled with questions I could never possibly answer: How many other moms out there are cradling their babies so they can sleep through an ear infection? How many other moms are resorting to slice-and-bake cookies for Santa and picking up a pre-made appetizer for New Year’s Eve because there’s just no more Mom Magic left at the end of the holiday season? How many other moms question whether they are doing all they can to keep their children safe and healthy? Is it just me?

The duality of my feelings has been a challenge. Daily, I am filled with immense gratitude for my beautiful family, yet I also still mourn the life I once lived, a life unencumbered by the stress of missing work due to someone else’s illness or harming relationships by canceling plans at the last minute.

So, in this new year, I will keep cultivating gratitude. I will fight to live in the moment. I will take my children camping in the White Mountains and delight in watching them splash in the campground lake with sand squishing between their toes. I look forward to hearing my daughter’s language change from babbles to words, and to seeing my son (hopefully!) make it all the way up Great Blue on his own. I strive to be attentive to the ways my husband brings joy to our children, as he is present with them in a way that catches my breath day in and day out. There is so much good to see.

So, moms, as I sit in the glider looking at my small corner of the world, I see you. I see your struggles and sacrifices and triumphs. I am lucky to be on this journey with you.


 

I’m Not Always Mom of the Year (and That’s OK)

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We were at the mall. I was wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. My kids were running in two different directions. I was short-tempered with them and definitely not showing my best self. Mom of the Year, right? No doubt, some of the other folks there would have called me other names.

But, here’s the deal: It was a snow day. The second snow day. The second snow day after Thanksgiving weekend, illness, and lack of sleep. I had hosted Thanksgiving, baked with my children, and heard them sing the Turkey Tom song a hundred times together. Don’t get me wrong — I loved every minute of it. (OK, most minutes of it.)

I had read countless books, which is quite possibly my favorite thing to do with them. I had played rounds of Candy Land with them (continuing to play until they both had won). I had let them turn my couch into an obstacle course, observing from far enough away for them to enjoy their independence, but being close enough to stave off any casualties.

I watched lovingly as they played together, and I encouraged the use of “I statements” when that wasn’t working out so well. I served them breakfast, and lunch, and dinner. And snack, and snack, and snack. For days on end.

I took a few spare minutes to scope out summer camp options. I fretted about what was waiting for me at work in this now-shortened week. I sent emails about swim class.

So when I got to the mall, I was exhausted. I had a whole bunch of pent-up energy to release. And so did my kids. They were itching to play in the snow. I am not a snow lover. We had been cooped up for quite a while.

They ran off in the mall like the no-longer-caged dogs that they were. And it was funny at first. Until I had had enough and I realized how this all looked — and I felt embarrassed. Another day, I might have been able to shrug it off and remind myself that parenting is more than one moment in time.

Today, I felt pathetic. I felt like a failure. It had just been too much.

And then an older couple walked by. They didn’t call me Mom of the Year. But they also didn’t call me those other names I was calling myself. They both looked me in the eye with a nod and a chuckle and said, “We’ve been there.”

That little moment saved me.

That small exchange reminded me that not everyone is mom-shaming and judging — and that I should definitely not mom-shame myself. It reminded me that not every moment of parenting is perfection. And that’s OK. (And it does not negate all the other moments.)

Some days are easier parenting days than others. Some weeks fly by with a wonderful syncing of energy, listening, and fun. Some hours are spent crying in the corner, worrying you’ve scarred your smaller beings forever. Some days we are singing, hugging, and playing with our sweet little ones. Other days we are that mom in the hoodie and sweatpants, chasing after her kids running wildly in opposite directions.

All those days together make up the motherhood journey. All of them.


 

No One Told Me Parenthood Would Come With Eye Injuries

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A mother holding her hands up to her eyes

Parenthood grants you a lot of gifts. Hugs. Little voices saying, “I love you, Mommy.” Gobs of handprint crafts.

And eye injuries.

I write this post with one eye covered with an eye patch, looking like a pirate, after my second corneal abrasion (tear in my cornea) in my nearly four years of parenthood. Everyone prepared me for all the other gifts of childhood, but no one prepared me for the eye injuries.

And it’s not just common folk, like I, who suffer eye injuries at the hands of their children. In November, Today co-host Samantha Guthrie suffered retinal detachment thanks to her toddler hitting her with a toy train. Boston Red Sox utility player Brock Holt found himself missing games at the beginning of last spring when his son poked him in the eye and caused an abrasion. “One of his fingernails got me good,” Holt said to reporters at the time.

Holt and I share a similar story. My first corneal abrasion happened when I was changing the diaper of my then 1½-year-old two years ago. I finished the job, and my squirmy toddler stood up, looked me in the eyes, proclaimed, “Eye!” and promptly poked his finger in my left eye.

After hours of blurry vision, pain, and tearing up, I went to urgent care. The nurse looked at my eye and said, “Let me guess — your kid poked you in the eye.”

“How did you know?”

“Because we see it a lot.”

Referred to an ophthalmologist the next day, the doctor walked into the exam room and said, “I hear you have a corneal abrasion. Do you have kids?”

“How did you know?”

“Because most of the people I see with this injury suffered it at the hands of their toddler,” he laughed.

Cuts in your cornea sound and feel awful, but they’re very treatable. A round of eye drops and a few days of an eye patch or sunglass-wearing indoors and you’re as good as new… except that you’re not. See, as my ophthalmologist informed me, corneal abrasions never really go away. You might be sitting at your desk nearly two years later, blink, and bam! It re-tears.

Like it did to me.

I was sitting at my desk at work, typing an email, when I blinked — and BAM. It was back. And within hours, the pain was worse than it was the first time. Tears dropped down my face and onto my laptop like I was watching the saddest episode of television ever created (or, to be honest, the ending of Super Bowl XXV). I went to the emergency room because the pain was so bad that I thought it must have been more than just the return of my old eye injury.

The resident came into the exam room, examined me, and of course asked, “Did someone poke you in the eye?”

“Two years ago. My son.”

“Yup, that’s how that usually happens.”

So to newbie parents, I offer you the following advice: Some of you are going to get poked in the eye by a well-meaning, but curious, child. Or you may take a toy to the eye. Or you might catch that lovely pink eye going around your child’s class. Have an eye doctor in your phone contacts, have an eye patch of some kind in your first aid kit, and just know that if eye injuries happen to you, you’re far from alone.


 

What’s Harder: Raising a Toddler or a Teenager?

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I remember walking into a Starbucks, clumsily wearing my 3-week-old baby in my baby Bjorn. I was so exhausted and irritable from weeks of no sleep, and I had one mission and one only. Get the damn coffee, STAT!

While paying for my coffee at the checkout, I overheard two moms chatting about who had it worse — the mom with the toddler licking her foot under the table or the other mom who was worried her teenager might be doing some “other” types of naughty things with her tongue.

They went back and forth, both mightily making their cases about why parenting their “T” was harder. It was almost like a “FML” festival (Google it).

I remember thinking that what I was going through as a first-time mom with an infant was harder than anything I had ever done in my life! And this was what I had to look forward to?

More hard?

Hallucinating from exhaustion, leaking enough milk to make my own latte, and feeling completely overwhelmed, I grabbed my coffee and abruptly left to ponder my life’s decisions.

But that’s the whole point. 

With each stage, be it a little T, a big T or any phase in between (tweens, anyone?), there are going to be epically bad days. (Like that time I was having a mommy playdate in Boston and my baby decided to have explosive poop as I nursed her on a park bench. Ahh, yes, that one was for the books.) And you’re going to have these glorious days you didn’t even see coming. (Like that day when I finally understood what everyone meant when they said the love you’ll feel for your baby will be like no other you’ve ever felt before.) 

No one can claim some magical age or phase is harder than any other, necessarily. It really all has to do with each individual child and our own ability to handle the stressors and unknowns during each stage.

Every stage is going to suck. Yet every stage is also going to be glorious. From toddler to tween to teenager — and everything in between? Parenting is hard! 

When it’s your first child, you’re experiencing that phase, with them, for the first time. The unknowns and how to deal with situations you couldn’t have predicted happen in real time, and you are often lost and in the dark, just bushwhacking it as you go.

Same for the toddler years of your first child. Of course I had heard about the terrible twos (oh and the terrible threes that they DON’T tell you about), but you just really don’t get it until you are living it day in and day out.

Now that I have a teenager, I see myself going to bat for that mom of a teen at Starbucks. Is it because I am myopic and stubborn and can only see and experience what is happening in this moment? Or is it because I really did forget what it was like having a toddler?

Consider the following (since I’m trying to be empirical here):

Pros to teen stage:

Pros to toddler stage:

  • Nap time!
  • Is amazed by everything
  • Still your “baby”
  • Can go on outings together without eye rolls

Cons to teen stage:

  • I mean, it’s everything you’ve read about and worse…

Cons to toddler stage:

  • See above 

And where are there overlaps?

Teen/Toddler

  • Messy room? Check!
  • Sleep issues? Check!
  • Talks back and is stubborn? Check!

See? All hard and all glorious. Just like parenting is at all stages.

Over to you. What stage do you think is harder? The teen or the toddler? Let us know your thoughts and experiences!


 

Codeverse Boston Is Opening!

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It is never too early to start thinking about summer. It may still be chilly outside, but those warm-weather, school-vacation months are just around the corner! And with the thought of summer vacation comes a question: What are the kids going to do during those months off?

Codeverse is the answer!

Codeverse coding camp Boston - Boston MomsThis cutting-edge, fully interactive coding studio is opening a Boston location at the Burlington Mall in summer 2020!

What exactly is Codeverse, you may ask?

Codeverse is the world’s first fully interactive coding studio and technology platform for children ages 6 to 13, offering weeklong camps, weekly classes, and weekend parties. At this state-of-the-art studio, kids will learn how to code using KidScript — a proprietary language drawing inspiration from JavaScript, Ruby, Python, and Visual Basic that enables children to build mobile games, projects, and apps. In addition to app and game development, kids learn how to program cutting-edge technology featured within the studio, including concert-hall lights and speakers, and a 20-foot TV wall!

Camps and classes are led by guides.

Codeverse coding camp Boston - Boston MomsCodeverse guides come from a wide range of backgrounds! Among them are K–12 certified teachers, improv comedians, seasoned designers, engineers, and game developers. This diverse mix of backgrounds, skillsets, and experiences creates a dynamic, fun, and engaging learning environment for kids!

Each guide is equipped with an iPad to display real stats on how every student is progressing through the self-guided and adaptive curriculum. Guides then use the data to craft a personalized approach to learning to code for each individual student.

Kids receive achievement pins and digital badges.

As they demonstrate their comprehension of coding concepts, learn to control physical objects (using code) within the studio, and build unique apps and games, students earn badges and pins. These are displayed on the Parent Portal, where parents gain real-time visibility into their child’s progress and can view all badges earned by their child!

2020 Summer Camps at Codeverse Boston

From video game creation and robotics to 3D printing and circuitry, Codeverse camps are packed with hands-on STEM activities that are fun and engaging for every tech-loving kid.

The Codeverse studio is a futuristic, digital wonderland. Every aspect — from the furniture to the hardware — is designed to encourage play, inspire creativity, pique curiosity, and promote collaboration.

Codeverse coding camp Boston - Boston MomsWhen your child attends a Codeverse camp, they embark on many educational adventures. Weekly themes include studio programming, coding, robotics, 3D printing, circuitry, and game development. Students also get to embark on excursions to area businesses throughout the week to see coding in action!

To cap off their exciting week, campers have the opportunity to show off their coding creations to family and friends during Demo Day, a fun celebration that is held every Friday afternoon during camp!

What is included in Codeverse Camp?

  • All coding, robotics, 3D printing, and hands-on STEM activities

  • Allergy-free lunches, beverages, and snacks

  • Guided, organized excursions to nearby businesses 

  • Complimentary early drop off at 8 a.m./late pick up at 4 p.m.

Codeverse is the first of its kind and sure to be a thrilling summer adventure for tech-savvy kiddos and newcomers alike! Don’t miss your opportunity to register for this exciting new camp! 

Register for Codeverse Summer Camp here. Camps run weekly from 6/22–8/28. Families that register before 6/1/2020 save $100 off the cost of registration!

Codeverse Boston

The Villages at Burlington Mall :: 75 Middlesex Turnpike, #3040 :: Burlington, MA 01803

 

A New England Transplant’s Guide to Boston Winter

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Prior to moving to Boston, I had spent eight years living in the D.C./Baltimore area, which does not have a stellar record when it comes to dealing with snow. When we told people we were moving to Boston, the response was, “Good luck with those Boston winters!” Now, in the middle of my fourth Boston winter (with a 2-year-old in tow), I am happy to report that the winters are not nearly as fear-inducing as I was led to believe. (Now if only I could say the same about the drivers.) Here’s what I’ve learned.

Things get canceled… but not often.

I remember the first time significant snowfall showed up in the forecast. Where I used to live, 5-6 inches of snow is more than enough to cancel school, all extracurricular activities, and most businesses for at least a day or two. So when it happened for the first time here, my husband and I assumed our outing with friends would be canceled. We were surprised to find that everyone still planned to head out.

Of course, it was then that I looked out the window and witnessed the well-oiled machine that is Boston Public Works snow removal. I was amazed to see not only a plow, but also a Bobcat scooping snow into a dump truck that drove it away in no time. The grass and sidewalks were covered in snow, but the street was clear down to the pavement. Nothing was canceled that night, and life went on without missing a beat in the midst of half a foot of snow.

Get ready for sidewalk Olympics.

OK, everything I said above about the fine art of snow removal in Boston? Well, that only applies to the streets, and it is the EXACT opposite when it comes to the sidewalks. The sidewalks will be terrible from now until April. Many sidewalks will remain unshoveled for days. OR there will be a tiny shovel-width path, so there is no hope of navigating a stroller down the sidewalk. The daily melting and re-icing can pose a challenge for even the most devoted sidewalk clearer. Be prepared for many weeks of plowing that stroller through snowbanks, across ice patches, and sometimes even into the street to make it to solid ground. Godspeed, my friends.

Invest in a good pair of boots.

If you plan to leave the house between December and April, a good pair of boots will make all the difference. I was encouraged by some local friends to invest in Bean boots my first fall. I initially balked at the price but decided to take the plunge… and it remains one of the best decisions I’ve made. Four years in, they are still in great shape. They keep my feet warm and dry on the coldest of winter days. And of course, they provide much-needed traction as I navigate the icy sidewalks of Boston with my stroller. (Speaking of which, I’d also highly recommend investing in some winter stroller gear, especially a bunting of some kind.)

The 4 p.m. sunsets are real.

The first time I walked out of a faculty meeting at 4:30 p.m. in darkness, I was convinced something was wrong with my watch. Nope, I just moved to a place that probably should be on Atlantic time. Just be prepared for 4:30 p.m. darkness.

Boston winter does last forever.

The first time I visited Boston, it snowed. ON MAY 1. I assumed it was probably some kind of fluke but have since learned I was wrong. Some years winter is more like October–April, others it’s November–May. But however you look at it, winter in Boston does really linger for about six months. Yep, that’s right. Half the year is winter.

It is beautiful.

Before I scare some of you away, let me be clear: Winter in Boston is beautiful. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s long. Yes, it’s dark. BUT unlike most places I’ve lived, Boston is prepared for all those things. There are plenty of indoor activities, museums, and events where you and the kids can stay warm and dry on the coldest winter day. There are plenty of impressive sledding hills in local parks. There are so many ice skating options to explore. And who doesn’t love an excuse to snuggle up inside and watch a movie with hot chocolate?

Take it from this New England transplant: Boston winter isn’t that bad. And with a little planning and preparation, it might actually turn into one of your favorite seasons!


 

All (Before) a Day’s Work

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6:30 a.m.

Alarm goes off! Oh my gosh, why are my children so bouncy so early in the morning? And how are their toes so freakishly cold? I wonder if they have my poor circulation? But now they’re snuggling. Aww, I’ll take these snuggles any day. Remember when they were tiny and snuggly? Maybe it doesn’t matter if we’re late for school, because I really just want to stay here forever. Maybe I should have another baby. Or not, because now they’re kicking me. And their brother. And jumping. So much jumping. I think I might actually have one kid too many. Or three. Our neighbors must hate us. Please, please, please let there be coffee already…

6:45 a.m.

Shovel that cereal faster, kiddo. I’m not sending you to school without breakfast, even if it is just Frozen II Marshmallow Charms. Why do we have that again? Oh right, the temper tantrum of death at Costco. That reminds me, we’re out of something. What was it again? Brush your teeth. Now. Yes, now. No, I actually mean now, not after you build a skyscraper with your Magformers. Dear God, has he actually hit any of his teeth with that fun motorized toothbrush, or is he just massaging his ear with it? Definitely in the ear now.  That probably explains the cavities… I need to call the dentist again.

7 a.m.

Shoes! Backpacks. Lunch. No, we’re not negotiating about snacks. No, you can’t take the Magformer tower with you to school. Shoes. What are you doing? Where are your shoes? Stop hitting your sister with the lightsaber! PUT ON YOUR SHOES. Why am I yelling already? I never wanted to be a yell-y mom. I think I’m turning into my mom. Oh thank God, they’re finally out the door — just a little late. My husband is a saint to take them to school every morning. Now where did I put my coffee?

7:15 a.m.

Oh look, that mom from my kid’s class just accepted my friend request. Yay, mom friends! Huh, that took a long time. Wonder what she thinks of me? I bet she thought I was awkward that one time when I hadn’t had coffee and was stumbling over my words. Who am I kidding, I’m awkward even when I do have coffee. I’m just an acquired taste — there’s nothing wrong with me. Maybe she’s just weird. Or maybe I’m weird? My gosh, our house is a mess. I wonder if normal people clean under the couch regularly? And how do people keep couches white? Do their houses always look like Pottery Barn catalogs? Because mine just looks like a barn. A small barn that lots of small animals destroy.

Speaking of small animals, where is my littlest monkey? Oh good, she’s entertaining herself by reading a book — completely in the nude. Oh yay! She likes reading! I wonder if I should start teaching her letters now? Am I behind on her schooling because she’s not doing preschool yet? I should probably get her a punching bag so she stops tackling her brothers. Is that normal? Time to heat up my coffee again.

7:30 a.m.

To-do list time. I’m going to put “shower” on here so it actually happens. Who am I kidding? I’m going to wear my running pants instead so I actually go for the run I need. I’m going to put everything I do on here so that if my husband sees it, maybe he’ll know how much I actually do accomplish each day.  Oh God, do I actually accomplish anything meaningful in my day? Girl, please, you write for Boston Moms — oh, shoot! I forgot about my deadline today! You run your own business, keep the house clean-ish, cook homemade meals, run half-marathons, lead a half-dozen moms groups, and are raising three pretty decent human beings. And I’m exhausted — maybe I’ve taken on too much? And am I even doing it well? My kids still keep wiping their hands on their shirts and don’t use spoons, and they think poop is hilarious.

Oh look, my toddler just pooped. Yay! Now we can leave the house without fear of an accident! Shoot, forgot the coffee in the microwave again.

7:45 a.m.

OK. Dishes are done, breakfast is cleaned up (theirs, anyway — I still haven’t eaten!), laundry is folded, kids are off to school.

I should probably start my day.

Where is my coffee again?


 

Mom Life Ain’t a Track Meet, It’s a Marathon (Why Ice Cube’s Wisdom Can Be Applied on the Daily)

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“Life ain’t a track meet, it’s a marathon.”

It’s true. So often throughout the day, I’ll remind myself of these lyrics. (Yes, I do sing it — in my head or aloud. It’s also fun to serenade myself in the mirror.) Pre-motherhood, it was simply about life. Now, I apply the metaphor to motherhood.

Mom life is a marathon, not a sprint.

You see, every mom I’ve ever known, near and far, experiences mom guilt to some degree, at some point in their journey of motherhood. And typically, it doesn’t serve us, especially when it leads us to say no to the things that fill us up.

So here are a few ways I’ve found to kick mom guilt to the curb and live my #momlife marathon to the fullest:

  • Remember your why. Whether it’s a reason for going to work every day or a night away from the family, taking time to invest in ourselves usually has a greater “why” than the feelings that may come up from time to time. For example, I currently work part time outside of the home as a therapist, and I’m building a life coaching business. These are things that allow me to use my gifts, bring in money for the family, do something good in the world, and feel a sense of meaning and purpose.
  • Practice saying no. “No” is one of the most valuable words in the English language, especially during the busy seasons of our lives. Last holiday season I decided to ignore the mom guilt and say no to the craziness/business/stress. During your next busy season, make a list of the memories and events or activities that give you and your family joy. Then say no to the rest.
  • Reach out to a favorite person for a pick-me-up. Bonus points if she also happens to be a mom. Chances are, she’s had mom guilt before and will have some tips for you. Or if nothing else, she can remind you that mom guilt is normal to feel, but it’s also OK — and, in fact, wonderful — to ignore it. Put it away. Focus on things that serve you.

How have you kicked mom guilt to the curb? Please do let me know. Motherhood is a long journey, and we’ve got to tend to our hearts, souls, and selves along the way.


 

Boston Moms’ Guide to Photographers

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Don’t you wish you could freeze time while your little ones are still tiny? To stay in these sweet moments with your beautiful babies — while they are still babies? Unfortunately, that just isn’t possible. With the help of an amazing photographer, though, it is possible to make time stand still, if only for a moment!

But who should you trust to capture these precious memories?

Boston Moms is here to help! We have compiled a list of amazing photographers in this Guide to Boston Photographers, brought to you by Miss Z Photography and Meg and Roe Photography. Scroll down to find the perfect person to capture those tiny newborn smiles, the rambunctious tween antics, and everything in between!

Miss Z Photography

Award-winning and internationally published maternity and baby photographer Abrah Zion, aka “Miss Z,” is a passionate person. Whenever she does something, it is with full energy and love. Her photography is no exception. She started her dream profession in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Abrah strives to give her clients the best experience possible. She personalizes all her sessions and provides a boutique experience from start to finish. She’s constantly attending workshops to keep her skills and ideas fresh and timely. Her photos are a mix between timeless and creative. Abrah specializes in maternity, birth, newborn, baby, child, and family photography. She has been proclaimed by clients as the “baby whisperer.” Her studio is located in historic downtown New Bedford.

508-663-6544

Meg + Roe Photography

Meg and Roe are all about color and laughter. Meg loves capturing the personality in people and showing them what they can’t see in themselves. Not just capturing a child’s smile, but their silliness. She’s worked with all ages and learned a lot about making sessions carefree and fun. Collaborating with clients is fun for Meg and helps her bring your vision to life, whether it’s a theme or colors. If your heart is set on it, so is hers. Meg offers in-home studio newborn sessions in Marshfield, MA, but she also loves traveling to new spots for all types of sessions!

There are many amazing photographers in the Boston area to capture those special family memories! Check out some of the talent our region has to offer!

Kate L Photography

Boston :: (617) 651-1075

Emily O’Brien Photography

Boston :: (508) 667-3520

Isabel Sweet Photography

Boston :: 617) 398-7537

Whitney O’Brien Photography

Boston

Beth Miga Photography

Boston ::  (508) 245-7595

Paula Swift Photography, Inc.

Boston :: (978) 261-5266

Willow Baby Studios

Boston :: (617) 480-0387

Cara Soulia Photography

Boston :: (617) 501-4008

Beth Ann Fricker Photography 

Boston :: (617) 209-9648

Elizabeth Clark Photography

Boston :: (617) 945-0743

Kin & Kid Photography

Boston :: (570) 574-1297

Claudia Gustafson Photography

Framingham :: 508-872-3768

Jane McDonagh Photography

West Concord :: (978) 952-8816

Captures by Lisa

Hudson :: (978) 490-6820

Erica Pezente Photography

Framingham :: (508) 494-7817

Jurate Photography 

Acton :: (978)795-4075

Bonnie Baker Photography

Concord :: (978) 369-0033

Polina Kuklina Photography

Westford :: (508) 265-8269

Lyndsay Hannah Photography

Framingham

August + Iris Photography

Wellesley Hills 

Lark & Leaf Portraits

Bolton :: (617) 905-5082

Shawna Shenette Photography

Millbury, Worcester :: (508) 685-0885

Ann Lyle Photography

Framingham :: (508) 861-3305

Anelise Paduch Tubinis Photography

Melrose :: (617) 275 – 3606

Inner Life Portraits by Maureen Cotton

Beverly ::  978-712-0740

North Shore Boston Photography 

Danvers :: (978) 771-7489

Bobbie Bush Photography 

Lynn :: (978) 744-6918

Lightshed Photography Studio

Salem :: (978) 854 – 5348

Cassandra Lauren Photography

Gloucester ::  (978) 290-2312

Kathleen Ivy Photography 

 North Reading :: (978) 357-8425

Julie Freitas Photography

Beverly

Suzie Boston Photography

Winchester :: (617) 329-1559

Brooke Whicher Photography

Newburyport :: (978) 828-2946

Miss Z Photography

New Bedford :: (508) 663 – 6544

Ivana Doria Photography

Braintree :: (617) 470-8337

Steph Eliason Photography

South Shore based, will travel :: (617) 676-8741

Beeden Design Photography

Westport 

Jennifer Zall Photography & Design

Taunton :: (774) 226-8358

Maureen Russell Photography

Norton :: (781) 264-7614

Linsey Wakefield Photography

Taunton :: (508) 576-1270

Jennifer Lima Photography

Westport :: (401) 261-0506 

Kelsey Sheehan Photography

Norton :: (508) 846-9608

Boston Baby Photos 

Milton :: 617-501-6078

Anastasia Aranovich Photography 

Sharon :: (571) 331-1105

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2020 Guide to Boston-Area Camps

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As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in and around Boston is on the top of many moms’ lists of things...
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