Guides for Parents
in the spotlight
"Target $1 Friday Nights" takes place every Friday night at the Boston Children's Museum from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Located on Boston's waterfront, the New England Aquarium is home to penguins, seals, sea lions, and fish of all stripes.
With departures from traditional, family-friendly museums, children can discover whole new worlds.
The Children's Museum opened in the early 1900s. Today, it stands on the waterfront - on Children's Wharf - and houses interactive, hands-on exhibits.
At the Children's Garbage Museum in Connecticut, kids can see big trucks disgorging heaps of trash and watch as bulldozers push it around.
Meet sociable robots, learn about holograms, and dissect DNA at this Cambridge museum.
With the Mugar Omni Theater, Hayden Planetarium, and hands-on interactive exhibits, the Museum of Science makes science fun and accessible to all.
They teach our kids culture, science, and curiosity. And then there's a museum's most important function - being a go-to place parents can bring bored kids on a rainy day.
Where do you picnic? We've come up with 18 locations, a summer's worth of options, most of which we bet you haven't tried.
As the competition for tourist dollars increased, farmers have added more extravagant offerings such as corn mazes.
Hike a mountain, rally around the campfire, and spend the night under the stars. New England state parks are venues for reconnecting with nature.
Here are 10 kid-friendly destinations around New England that provide everything from enlightenment to exercise.
These gadgets will make traveling with your children easier... at least a little bit.
Here are 10 products that will take the edge off traveling with kids, and make things easier once you arrive at your destination.
When traveling with children, options are a good thing. But simplicity is even better.
On these journeys you might meet the rail buffs who saved the cars from the scrap heap, rebuilt the rust-seized engines, and even laid some of the track. All aboard!
Sometimes you've just got to get away from the house. Here are our favorite ways to grab a change of scenery, a breath of fresh air, and hopefully a little perspective in the process.
Tired of the traditional toys that every child has? Here are nine local stores that stock playthings and clothing to knock your child's socks off.
Do today's supermoms actually juggle far more than previous generations did, or does it just seem that way because we have way better gear? Our guess is both.
Not all clothing shops are created equal; some selections are perfect for newborns, others stock best for tweens. We've ferreted out those stores that do each category justice.
JUST FOR You
Exposure to at-home employment opportunities has exploded, and a wide range of job ads are just a mouse click away.
You think chasing after your kids is a workout? Try these, our favorite exercise classes for all types of moms.
You do everything for everyone else all day long; now do something - no matter how enormous, tiny, strenuous, or relaxing - for yourself.
Find day spas, resorts, and spa treatments throughout New England and beyond. Check out Globe reviews, Frommer's picks, and more.
off to college
Here are 8 steps MEFA, a not-for-profit college financing resource, suggests student-loan seekers take before signing a loan agreement.
To combat the spending sprees, personal finance magazine Kiplinger.com compiled a list of money-wasters college students are better off going without.
Paying for college is an expense made more difficult to as families grapple with the recession.
We visited four university towns in Massachusetts and compiled a list of reasonably priced and strategically located places to sleep and dine.
Across Massachusetts, students are flocking to two-year public colleges, which have become refuges in the recession.
Here are some tips to help high school seniors as they navigate the nerve-wracking and often bewildering process of applying for college.
Parenting expert Barbara Meltz's most popular advice columns of 2011 on topics ranging from sexuality to food struggles.
There are many local spots where you can take your family for an indoor day o' fun. Check out this list the next time rain, rain won't go away.
Want to take the kids to a place of beauty? Check out our round up of more than a dozen New England gardens, including opening days and pricing information.
From indoor playgrounds to painting pottery, this weekly Globe column (it runs Saturdays in G) offers tips on activities for your family.
In three decades of treating children, one thing has remained constant in the office of Dr. Victoria McEvoy: the questions and concerns of anxious mothers and fathers.
If you're looking for places to take the family that won't break the bank, try one of these great suggestions.
The region offers plenty of newly opened attractions, as well as new perspectives on art and new twists on familiar sports.
We rounded up some classic yard games - plus a few games you might not have tried - that make for a terrific afternoon in the sun.
The region's ice cream shops are throwing open their doors for the summer season. Check out our picks for the 20 top ice cream locales around.
We asked local families to tell us the best places to go with their children in Boston.
We asked seven area bloggers for ideas about where to eat, play, and entertain children around Boston.
Water parks give visitors a sense of adventure with slides, wave pools, and other thrilling attractions aimed at keeping them cool. Check out: Indoor water parks
Looking for inexpensive ways to have some fun this summer? Check out these budget-friendly ways to enjoy the season.
Teens and tweens can be tough to please. No fear. Here are some activities that you and your "too-cool-for school" kids can do for fun in the city.
From an indoor water park to ''The ImprovBoston Family Show'' to balloon artists, check out these ideas for fun kids birthday parties.
Find great kids' deals for museums, restaurants, and more around Boston.
Several New England farms encourage visitors to experience what was once a part of everyday life: contact with farm animals.
We've rounded up some of the best ways to get last-minute tickets, find parking, secure autographs, and find a not-so-typical venue for pregame activity at Fenway Park.
If you are searching for a different camping experience, look no further than... the Boston Harbor.
Coming in from the suburbs? Sure, you can use guidebooks and maps to find your way around Boston, but there are other options to help you see the sights.
No, we're not talking about school. Enroll your kids in a cooking, ballet, or Spanish class to keep them physically fit and mentally challenged.
Here are Boston.com readers' favorite local parks and playgrounds. In and around Boston, you can fly kites, play ball, or just take a long walk.
Looking for some parental guidance? Globe writers share strategies for satisfying many kinds of kid - from the hipster to the hiker.
We had some parents test-drive a few titles over several nights and nap times to see how successful they were at allowing the sandman to enter.
Food-themed destinations give kids permission to have fun with what they eat and to learn where it all comes from.
When you and the brood are craving food that actually tastes good, turn to these kid-loving (and kid-loved) eateries.
Parents often dread taking the kids out to a restaurant. So at the end of a long day, why bother? Here are our favorite places that get a great dinner on your table, fast.
Do the kids want to spend their summer at camp? Check out the Globe Magazine's picks for the best overnight, day, and specialized summer camps.
For parents who are game for a little more adventure, family camps offer lots of rewards.
According to the American Camp Association, the median price for a sleepover camp in the region is $780 per week, but that doesn't mean deals can't be had.
Boston and the suburbs are loaded with options ranging from traditional day camps to summer arts programs, sailing lessons, farms, science courses, nature explorations, and more.