Spring in Boston is downright fun! Not only are the flowers blooming, but everything seems to come to life, making it a perfect time to visit. Especially after this winter with the endless snow, everyone is ready to come out of hibernation. Like all good things, it should be kicked off with a bang and for Boston, that’s this weekend!
Fenway Park tour
The Boston Marathon is this weekend and the city is buzzing with runners from around the world. Monday’s course takes you through some of Boston’s finest suburbs and this national event that is fun to watch. But wait, this is April in Boston, we have a sports trifecta- the Celtics, the Bruins and the Redsox- are all still playing. Sports fans couldn’t be happier or busier than April in Boston. If you don’t want to fork over the big bucks for a ticket, consider a Fenway Park Tour. We recently did this with a group of boys and they loved it! You learn fun tidbits about the nation’s oldest ballpark.
Patriots Day, Boston in Concord, MA
Unique to this part of the country is Concord’s Patriots Day celebration. Just 20 minutes outside of Boston, this reenactment of the start of the Revolutionary War is a real historical treat. Given these events unfolded right here in Concord and Lexington, the Patriot’s Day celebration is one of the best around. People come from all over the state to participate in the reenactment.
They actually march miles from neighboring towns with their fife and drums to gather in Concord where the Red Coats cross North Bridge. Arrive early, the parade starts at 8:30 am and the surrounding roads close at about 8:00 am. Kids love hearing the cannons fire and watching the men march. Once you are there, you can enjoy Concord, a quintessential New England town. Its historical beauty is matched by its present day charm. There are two newbies in town that are bringing art to kids.
Not to be missed is Barefoot Books, my favorite children’s bookstore. They offer terrific art workshops and story times while showcasing their excellent collection of books that combine global storytelling with fabulous artistry. Additionally, Dabblers just opened. This creative store is a mecca for hobbiest. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was wowed by its supplies for art, woodworking, models, science, knitting, etc. I love it for travel craft supplies.
I was able to pick up my favorite Clementine natural modeling dough and a great children’s travel art set. If you need a bite to eat, try the historic Colonial Inn for breakfast or Comella’s for great pasta dishes. Have a picnic in mind, The Concord Cheese Shop is one of the best cheese shops in the area and Nashoba Brooks Bakery offers lots of fresh choices.
Experiencing Boston’s rich art scene
The city is full of excitement over the Chihuly Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art. Chihuly’s blown glass pieces are know throughout the world and will amaze both the kids and adults in your group. The MFA is a renown museum that goes out of its way to make its exhibits accessible for children. Often there are family events on the weekends, so be sure to check their schedule online.
Photos by Nancy Solomon
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