Regrouping this week with our families

Earlier today I sent out this tweet:

As promised, here’s some ideas of ways you can spend time with your kids this week. These are some of my family’s “go to” activities and have been since my girls were really small.

In Boston:

New England Aquarium 
Boston Children’s Museum
Museum of Fine arts 
Museum of Science
Boston Freedom Trail

In Massachusetts:

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)
Plimoth Plantation (Plimoth, MA)
The Butterfly Place (westford, MA)
The Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
Walden Pond  (Concord, MA)
Salem Maritime  (Salem, MA)
Minuteman National Park  (Lexington and Concord, MA)

1-2 hour drive from Massachusetts:

Roger Williams Zoo  (Providence, RI)
Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT)

In addition to these fun places, you can also have some great family adventures at home. From movie afternoons to creating meals in the kitchen to arts and crafts there really is no end to what you can do together. You can also pull out some games without plugs. Your kids may look at you initially like you have 2 heads but once they get used to the lack of screens and plugs, I guarantee they will enjoy the experience!

So, keep the news off. Tuck away your smart phones so you can’t keep checking Twitter and Facebook and go off and enjoy the family time you had planned this week. We’ll get the updates soon enough and they will be much easier to digest with our emotions less raw and our kids kids feeling more secure about their worlds.

If you stumble upon some fun ways to spend time with your kids, feel free to let me know…but next week is fine. This week, just get off line and stay that way for the rest of the week. That’s what I’m planning on doing. I know my kids need it…and, if I’m being completely honest, so do I.

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