This park is awesome. The new spray park is large, with lots of small sprays (nothing too scary) surrounded by playground equipment and a restroom (Yay!) There is a babbling brook (a raging stream after this weeks rain) and rolling hils and beautiful big trees and an area for dogs. There are trails too though I haven't tried them out yet. This is a great place to bring toddlers.
This place is the bomb. If you have ever tried to entertain a toddler inside a small house in Boston you know how impossible it is to do day after day of rainy/snowy weather. Toddlers need to move and they need new experiences all the time! This place is a huge indoor playground where kids can run around all day and never run out of things to do. There are all kinds of great toys and a huge bouncy wind tunnel and trikes and slides and other play equipment. It is clean and organized and well-maintained. They host birthday parties. They have tables for eating and a drink and snack machine. There are bathrooms with changing tables. You pay $10 and you can stay all day. You can even leave and come back for free on that same day. There is usually a small crowd of kids but it is not crazy and chaotic like the children's museum playroom. Seriously, this place is worth the drive even if you live far away. It is good for babies, toddlers and kids under the age of 10.
This place is idyllic. It's a playground and wading pool right on the Charles River. I brought the toddler I care for to play there--the wading pool was closed unfortunately, must be because it is September. But, the playground equipment was great and then I took him for a stroll along the Charles River Bike Path, stopping to admire the ducks and the boats on the water, check out the kayaking center and peer into the beautiful community garden. There are benches and picnic tables nearby and plenty of portapotties. You can get here by bus--it's near the 86 busline (get off at Western and Everett and walk over to Soldier's Field Road.) It is so worth the trip.
---update. We finally got to try the pool. It is so awesome! Cold, clean water. A little too cold for June but it's going to feel so great in July. And they have public restrooms you can change in.
This community based organization, ABFN for short, has all kinds of great programs for kids and families, but the programs that I can personally vouch for are the playgroups offered at the Dighton school in Brighton. They have groups for children ages 1-4. I take the toddler I babysit to one of the groups and it is the highlight of our week. They have two large clean bright rooms full of interesting toys. The playgroup is free form play for the first 45 minutes and then there is circle time with songs and games. It is a very well organized space and the woman who runs the playgroups does a really excellent job. Each time she puts out different toys and suggests activities. The toys are all sterilized after each class. A really nice group of moms/caretakers and their toddlers come each time. The playgroups are free and yet are better than any of the toddler classes that we have paid for. They even have a playgroup for Spanish speakers. If you live in the Allston-Brighton area I highly recommend it.
The beauty of this place is that they have a fenced off play area in the back of the store with toys They have recently updated the toys and have some pretty cool stuff back there. I've passed many pleasant hours in this store with the kids I babysit. They've got a pretty incredible selection of strollers and high chairs if you are looking for that, a good selection of quality toys, and some organic cotton bedding. And they have a restroom--something that is not that easy to find in Coolidge Corner.
This is a great place to see movies. It's gorgeous inside (I've only been in the large theater so far) and they show a great selection of films. The popcorn is actually good and they use real butter and a soda is only $2.00. The seats do not have enough arm room, that's my only gripe. And I sure wish they were a dollar theater. It is still my favorite place to see movies, and even better there are lots of great places to go/eat before and after the movie (like Zaftigs or Paris Creperie or Brookline Booksmith. Just be sure to ask them what room the movie you want to watch is showing in: if a movie has been there awhile it moves up to the very small screening rooms. I don't mind--it's like living room theater. But if you want the big screen in the beautiful room, go to see the movie as soon as it comes out. The other great thing about the Coolidge Corner Theater is that they have kids shows almost every Saturday morning at 10:30--jugglers, clowns, musical acts, etc. It is $10 for adults and $8.00 for kids. You should look up the act before you go because some are better than others. But, it's a great way to entertain kids. They host birthday parties for kids as well.
This Brookline school has an awesome playground that kids can use even if they don't go to the school here. It has a great clean sandbox and a wide variety of play equipment. Best of all it has a large softball field, a basketball court, and tennis courts. Lots of enclosed spaces that you can let your toddler run around. It is right on Washington Street on the 65 busline. There seems to always be a group of parents with toddlers here which makes it extra fun. And, if the kids get hungry you can take them to Nicholas for pizza afterwards.
This is a great place to take the kids. Wait! I qualify that--this is a great place to PAY somebody to take your kids. Goddess knows you don't want to be there yourself if you don't have to. It is so incredible crowded. This is my experience with most public attractions in Boston and it makes me wonder why places don't limit the number of people allowed inside at one time. We went on a Tuesday morning in the summertime--I guess you need to go on a Tuesday morning in January. My favorite part of the trip was the hour we spent outside on the Children's Wharf. I took a toddler here and I have to say I think that the Museum is better for older children. There is a large toddler room but it is too packed to be any fun. And there are other things of interest to toddlers. It is just a nightmare to keep track of your toddler here, especially if you make the mistake of going stroller-free as I did.
I love this library. I came to check it out because I found out that my beloved local Brighton branch is going to be closing for renovations for two years. That is horrible...one of the things I love best about my current location is being three blocks away from the library. Nonetheless, I decided I'd better start checking out nearby branches. After going to Coolidge Corner I'm relieved. The building and layout is really awesome. It's bright and cheery and open, painted yellow with lots of windows and large purple signage up high on the walls to tell you where everything is. It has trees growing in the middle of the building! They have a Chinese, a Russian and a Yiddish section! A good selection of DVDs/CDs/Books on Tape. The librarians are smart and friendly. They have a kick-ass toddler singalong/play hour in the basement and offer a number of story hours for kids. The children's librarian here who hosts the story hours is just incredible. I will say that for as large a neighborhood as this is, this branch library should be much larger--it's resources seem overwhelmed by the huge number of people who use it. Still, all in all it is a wonderful library.
I haven't eaten here yet but they have a free sing-along story hour for kids on Mondays from 10:30 am to 11:30 and as somebody who has to entertain a toddler for 10 hours a day during the wintertime maybe you can imagine how happy I am about free toddler entertainment indoors.
This is an awesome little toddler park with basketball courts and sprinkler water jets to run through on a hot summer day. I found it completely by accident, like all of my best finds. This neighborhood and hence the park has a large Orthodox-Jewish population. I used to assume that Orthodox Jews were unfriendly to outsiders and didn't believe in fun. I have realized through coming to this park that that is not true at all. I love watching the little boys running around in yamakas and little girls riding bikes in their long black skirts, and I love talking to the moms who come here. This park is perfect for toddlers--it has infant swings, and two toddler sized jungle gyms, and a small sandbox which desperately needs more sand.
Wow! This place is cool! Great kids books and toys, really well displayed. It is aesthetically pleasing and chock full of great stuff. If you are looking for a gift for a child, this is a great place to try. Or if you are in Harvard Square and looking to kill some time--it's fun even if you don't want to buy anything. They have both kids and young adult books, toys, art supplies, and of course Curious George toys and books. There is a great selection of board games downstairs.
Wow! I liked this place. As the babysitter of a small baby I am always into checking out new toy stores in hopes of finding something that will enthrall the babysitter---that is, I mean, the baby. This store has tons of toys for the infant-toddler age child, maybe not as much for older kids. It did look like there were lots of games and some educational stuff. I liked that they have train sets out and kids are allowed to play with them.
This is a great toy store. I haven't been to every toy shop in Boston, but I suspect this might be the best. It's locally owned and the employees are friendly. There are lots of interesting toys and games. They even have things like clothes, strollers, books and baby carriers. A great selection of musical toys and sport toys. Lots of wooden toys and push toys. Free wrapping paper and a wrapping self-service station. They even have a play room in the back for the kiddies.
This is really a great park. I like it more each time I come. It has a baseball field, basketball courts, tennis courts, great playground equipment including baby swings and a toddler junglegym. Tenacity hosts tennis lessons for underprivileged kids here and there is usually a baseball practice going on. There are always friendly people here. There are a lot of trees and a huge expanse of lawn to spread a blanket on. There is a clean and well-maintained porta potty on the far end. It is also a great place to walk your dog.
This is a tiny little triangle park between Academy Hill and Chestnut Hill, near the Veronica Smith Center. I love coming here though. There are three little enclosed areas tucked away behind the center--a small sand park, an area with picnic tables, and an area with statues and benches. Then there is a basketball court and some benches near the street. I love the sand park. I don't care how questionable the sand is. It's a place to come with your toddler (if you clean it up first, and clean up your toddler afterwards!) and feel like you are at the beach. Yes, you have to scan it first for broken glass and trash, and I wish it had some fresh sand. Still, it is a peaceful little place and I love it.
This is an amazing place, and a reason all by itself to move to Jamaica Plain. I wanted to come here all throughout May, but a sunny weekend day just didn't present itself. Finally I went last weekend, with a couple from Chile who were visiting Boston. After spending so much time in the city, they loved getting to spend some time in nature. The lilacs were all in bloom as well as the rhododendrums and peonies. There are so many beautiful trees there. I loved that there were lots of people walking their dogs and riding bikes and picnicking on the hill. You could spend hours here, but there are maps and landmarks, so if you only have an hour that will work too. It's right near the Jamaica Plain Forest Hills stop, so very easy to get to. There's a small gift shop and botany classes are periodically offered here. This is definitely the place to bring your out of town friends, your mom, your dog, and the kids.
Wow! I came here for Earthfest, and was it ever packed. But I'm so glad I did--what a beautiful place to have in the middle of the city. I got there by way of the Charles/MGH T stop. I can't wait to walk the entire path. It is a gorgeous place too sit and watch the water and admire the sailboats in the setting sun. It's a great place for walking, running, biking and people watching. And obviously, a great place for festivals.
I love this library. It's in a beautiful building, it's huge, the librarians are incredibly nice, it's comfortable, it has a great layout. It seems to have a really decent selection of books and a great dvd collection. It is near the T (D Riverside) and on the 65 bus route, so really convenient for me. It never seems very crowded and there are lots of great table nooks to use your laptop, also a room with computers for public access.
I love, love love Cochituate State Park. I've come here twice with my friend and her 3 year old daughter, both times intending to go to Walden Park (but Walden Park had reached capacity.) I love swimming here and hanging out on the beach and kayaking. If you don't have kids, you may not enjoy it as much--it is definitely a lively, multicultural buzzing kind of place full of people picnicking and children playing. There are restrooms and usually an ice cream truck and boats/kayaks to rent. It is also easy to bring your own--the access to the water from the parking lot is very convenient.
This is a great place to take kids for a fun low-key day outside. They have sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, a pony, owls etc. and you can go for a hay ride and eat a picnic in a shady wooded spot. It costs $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids ($2.00 for the hayride.) Bring your lunch--they have a small concessions area but not a lot of choices. it's a short easy drive (from Watertown, at least) and a fun place to bring a large group.
|I work near Harvard Square so I spend a lot of time here. I wish the square had more local businesses and less chains...still it has plenty of great places to go. Harvard University is a great place to bring the out of town guests. I love sitting on the benches down by the Charles River. And I love the way the square is really very circular. These are my favorite places in the square.||Watertown is my new neighborhood and at first I thought it did not have much going on but I've come to love it. It's quiet, it has great frequent bus lines to Harvard, and you will never run out of hummus living here.|
|I love Davis Square. I actually live in Teele, but it's a short beautiful walk. The longer I live here, the more I love it. I've heard it's the neighborhood in America most like Europe and I believe it. It is so densely packed and there are so many great independent businesses. People walking their dogs, young moms and dads with babies strapped to their chests, professionals fast-walking to the T, students, and elderly. It's diverse and friendly and it's pretty easy to meet most of your daily needs right within the neighborhood.||I'm a graduate student so I don't go out for dinner very often. I'm more prone to get take out and go out for lunch. So, my list of favorite dinner restaurants is short but hopefully I'll be adding to this list over time.|
|Well, once I started making this list I found myself tempted to add all kinds of things, like ice cream parlours and restaurants and bars but I think I should keep it simple--it's the "taking care of business" list.||Central Square is oh so gritty but I am always happy when I'm here. This place is so full of life and has so many interesting places to go.|
|So...this is a really small list. I just don't go out drinking that often. When I do I like a casual place with good beer and fish and chips.||I'll admit, I don't find Allston the most aesthetically pleasing neighborhood but I am continually surprised by the number of cheap and good restaurants, and cheap fun entertainment in general.|
|When the sun goes down, you'll find me here.||One of the things I love the most about Boston is the amazing number and variety of parks, trees, and nature spots. These are the places I frequent that make living in this city a positive experience for me.|
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