Robot Turtles: The Game for Little Programmers (Amazon image)

Robot Turtles: teaching kids to code via a board game (about, review, pros, and cons)

Last month, I wrote about participating in the Hour of Code at my daughter’s school and mentioned that I had ordered a highly recommended board game to teach kids the basics of coding, called Robot Turtles. I promised I’d come back and review it, so here we are: my review of Robot Turtles (short answer: we…

Let’s go see some model trains! Where to take kids to see model railroads

Kids and trains – they just sort of go together. I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t interested in trains, and there’s something about model trains which is especially fascinating to them. Recently, the HUB Division of the National Railroad Association held a model train exhibit nearby, so I was inspired to research other places where…

Subscription activity boxes for kids (STEM too!): Green Kid Crafts and Kiwi Crate 50-70% off Black Friday sales now live

I have no idea how we are seeing Black Friday deals a week and a half before Thanksgiving, but I’m not complaining. Two of the major subscription kid’s activity box companies, Kiwi Crate and Green Craft Kids, have just launched their deals today, and they are awfully good ones – 60-70% off a first subscription…

Happy Veterans Day! Free meals for veterans, active duty service members, and families on Veteran’s Day (and after)

Came across this list of restaurants offering Veterans Day discounts and free meals to current and former military (and spouses and families, in some cases). Most are just good for today (Veterans Day) but the Outback Steakhouse is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals through December 31st, and Red Lobster…

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,…