Assuming you have toddlers and kids to be entertained, there are some really neat places to visit with kids this season – provided you do not have an infant that needs a diaper change every two hours [or less] like mine. Here is where I would love to take my three year old, or perhaps give her a date with daddy away from her screaming newborn brother for a few hours.
1.Christmas Festival of Lights (Carver, MA): Through January 1st you can experience this delightful display of lights at Edaville USA (same place as Day Out with Thomas). Enjoy a ride through the seven million lights display in a heated train and access vintage kids amusement rides and indoor play areas. $18 for adults and kids over 2, kids under 2 are free. Check out the schedule. Also available is the Polar Express Ride that is $30 per person, December 12, 13, 24, and 31.
2.Boston Ballet, The Nutcracker (Boston, MA): Through December 31st you can catch the breathtaking performance of E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker set to music by Tchaikovsky. I still remember watching this performance in Russia as a six year old. Both boys and girls would enjoy this immensely. Ticket prices depend on dates and seating of course, they range anywhere from about $50 to $179. Expensive but worth it.
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3.Smolak Farms Coookie Decorating Workshop (North Andover, MA): I primarily chose this because it is a very short drive from our home and a lot more affordable than the above events! My toddler loves to bake with me, so I’m sure she would enjoy this since we never get to the cookie decorating part. On Wednesday December 14th and 21st from 10 am to 1 pm you can drop in an for a small $3 fee (per child) have some fun decorating santa and snowman cookies. No need to register or make reservations. Also available is the Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday the 17th from 10 am to 12 pm, registering is a must by calling 978-682-6332.
Of course the list could go on, and on, and on. You just can’t possibly be everywhere at once. Neither would you want to tire out your kids so much that they would not want to go anywhere anymore. Stick to just a couple of fun events and if you have very little ones like I do, a cookie baking day or holiday family movie night may be a lot more enticing than packing an obscene amount of diapers for a trip that will leave all in the party exhausted!
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