Fun family outings – factory tours! Taza chocolate and more

It’s getting colder, which means the search for indoor activities will soon be upon us. Instead of playspaces and museums, why not try a good old-fashioned factory tour? Learn something yourself, teach your kids about how things are made, and have some fun. We recently went on the Taza chocolate tour right here in Somerville,…

National Free Museum Day this Saturday (9/26) – includes Ecotarium, Discovery Museums, etc. Thanks to the Smithsonian!

The Smithsonian Institute and Smithsonian Magazine are sponsoring free admission to tons of museums around the country for Free Museum Day this Saturday, September 26th. Not all museums are participating, but lots are – it’s not just the Smithsonian or Smithsonian-affiliated musuems. For example, here in Boston you can get free admission to the Ecotarium,…

Children’s audiobooks, part 2 – your recommendations and an evaluation of Audible, Hoopla, and more

Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on my post on downloading children’s audiobooks on Audible! Here’s part two – a compilation of all the favorite audiobook titles that were submitted and an evaluation of Audible vs. the other players that folks said that they sometimes used, Spotify and Hoopla, and of course the folks who picked…

Good local kid-friendly Groupons on discount right now (ex: $2/drop-in pass at Together in Motion!)

The free group deals site Groupon.com has some great savings on children and family activities right now, and a code (MYCITY20) for an additional 20% off today. My five favorite deals (I’m planning ahead for cooler weather): $28 for a 14-pack of drop-in passes to Together in Motion, a neat indoor playspace with classes (Arlington)…

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING SALES AT THE OUTLETS (PART 2 OF 2)

Yesterday I went to the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets to take advantage of the Labor Day weekend sales for children’s clothes. I visited the OshKosh, Gap Kids & Baby, Hanna Andersson, Carter’s, Crewcuts, and Hartstrings outlets. Yesterday I posted my reviews of the first three stores, including current merchandise photos, notable items, and of course my pick for the best deal…