In the spirit of opening day, I just had to share this muralist that came to my attention recently. It doesn't matter if you have already done the nursery, kids' room, or playroom (check out this basement playroom in New Canaan, CT.). Peruse these works of art just for the fun of it! M-C Lamarre of New Bedford, MA has the goal of painting the Green Monster in every state by April 2012 spread the word!
If you like Hanna Andersson or you want some more eco-choices for your kids' clothes check out the sale at Polarn O. Pyret. They have kids clothing and mom-to-be clothing. I don't have any experience with their clothes, but the website looks cute and their prints are fabulous.
Barefoot Books in Porter Square, Cambridge is closing. They are having a sale through April, which may or may not mean they are already closed. I will try to stop by and see if they are still selling anything. They did not look completely closed when I drove by a few days ago. If you need a book or gift in the area, head over to welcome Twinkle Star Baby to the neighborhood or visit Henry Bear's Park in their new Porter Square location and don't forget the great selection of books at independently owned Porter Square Books and of course just up the road Stellabella Toys or for a little eco-shopping just down a bit toward Harvard Square is Greenward.
Monday (yes tomorrow, April 5th) attend a free workout class or two. At the Soule Gym, 652 Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill.
7:30 MommyMuscle Blast. This is a 30 minute class with cardio and muscle conditioning.
8:00 Restore the Core (yeah...remember that!) This is a 50 minutes mat based workout.
To save your spot, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bigelow Cooperative Daycare is hosting a Family Concert with Wayne Potash and is having a silent auction on Saturday, April 10th. Doors open at 2:00 for the auction and bake sale and the concert is from 3-5. Support a local coop. If you are new to the school thing, this is a great way to get a feel for the school's community. Then visit the school for open house and get a tour. Tickets are $8 per person or a max. of $30 per family.
New members can join the Mass. Audubon Society for only $29 and then you'll have plenty of time to play at Drumlin Farm in Concord/Lincoln, Habitat in Belmont or Wellfleet Bay on the Cape.
Spring is in the air and so is music. Inspire your little virtuoso with an outing to the Symphony Hall for a family concert with the talented Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. There's nothing like children to inspire children. Children are free and adult tickets are $20. (Saturday March 27th at 11:00)
Majestic Yoga, a cute little yoga studio in Huron Village now offers wonderful children's yoga classes on Friday afternoons. It is a great way to end the week and start the weekend grounded, relaxed and open to whatever comes their way. My daughter loves Tara who keeps the class moving along with stories, soothing rites, and child appropriate yoga poses. Classes are available on a drop in basis. Hi Rise is a great pre-yoga stop or post yoga treat. (Fridays 2:45 for ages 2.9 - 4 and 3:30 for ages 5 - 11 )
Woolapalooza Baby! It's coming up on Saturday at Drumlin Farm. Say hello to the new babies on the farm, watch some sheep shearing and sheep herding demos. There will be plenty of activities for children of all ages and children under 2 get in free. Tasty treats will be all natural, locally grown and harvested Drumlin farm food now if only our schools could provide some of that! (Saturday March 27th from 10-4)
Playgrounds are the top entertainment spot this time of year with the warmer weather. Head home for a quick snack and homework or off to lessons, then pack a dinner picnic and enjoy an evening at the playground. On Tuesday, the weather might be a bit wet so you can check out the new Muckykids Art Studios. Drop in hours are from 10-2:00 on Tuesdays.
Father, Celebrity Chef and allergy activist Ming Tsai's famed Blue Ginger is adding a noodle bar which débuts NOT this week, but next Tuesday, March 30th. So if you have a noodle loving child plan a special lunch date or if you just want to have some time to sit and savor the new bar with a lunch cocktail, make arrangements to check it out alone or with a friend some time next week. (Tuesday, March 30th)
If tacos are calling your name then you'll be glad to know that El Pelón Taqueria has reopened after their fire at a new location 2197 Commonwealth Ave./ Brighton Ma 02135/Phone: 617-779-9090.
Planning for Passover? Give yourself a break whether you love to cook it all or you love to cater it all. There are so many options. Tony Maws has his seder open to guests at Craigie on Main for goodness sake! If you haven't gotten to the point where you're saying "Next year at Craigie!" then check out these other Passover menus to help you get it all done while keeping your sanity. Formaggio Kitchen, Wilson Farm, Bakers' Best, Russo's, The Butcherie, or Whole Foods.
We're not quite getting to farmer's market season, but it is fast approaching. Start prepping your raised beds and plant some seeds in egg cartons or newspaper pots and soon you'll have your own farmer's market spread. We uncovered some nice baby chives as we cleared the leaves from our yard this weekend.
Have you looked at your children's feet lately? Are they still wearing their Uggs or Kamik boots trying to climb the spider web at the playground? Do their shoes look smaller than their socks? The Stride Rite Outlet at the Arsenal Mall is having a buy one get one 50% off sale. It's the perfect time for a fitting and a seasonal update in the shoe department.
Grand Opening of Nordstrom at the South Shore Plaza will be March 26th!
Shop or stretch at a Lululemon store near you. Free yoga classes and sometimes pilates classes too are offered. Check out the site for your closest store.
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Camp Registrations continue...
Consign My Closet
Bi-annual sale of gently used maternity, baby, kid, tween, and teen items.
Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holiday Inn Boxborough, 242 Adams Pl., Boxborough
Nordstrom Fits America Friday, March 19 Lingerie
rsvp for the event
Come in for a personal fitting during the event and shop our collection of beautiful bras in everything from basic styles to playful colors and imported lace. We also offer a full selection of mastectomy products and prosthesis bras, including more than 100 different sizes from best-loved brands.
For every bra purchased during the in-store event, $2 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®: $1 from Nordstrom and the matching $1 from participating brands, including Amoena, Betsey Johnson Intimates, Calvin Klein Underwear, Chantelle, DKNY Foundations, Donna Karan Intimates, Elle Macpherson Intimates, Elomi*, Fantasie, Fayreform*, Felina, Freya*, Josie Foundations*, Le Mystère, Natori, On Gossamer*, Panache*, Simone Perele*, SPANX and Wacoal.
Join Tony Fonseca and The Tony Fonseca Drumming School in the Atrium Mall play space on the 4th Level for some drumming fun on Saturday, March 27th - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.