New Family-Friendly Restaurant in Chestnut Hill

When dining out with kids, sometimes you want something beyond the easy choices – the chain casual restaurants.  I’m a foodie, but it’s not worth the hassle to take my kids to a nice restaurant where they won’t feel welcome.  That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to experience The Cottage Restaurant (original location in Linden Square in Wellesley, second location in Chestnut Hill).  While I’ve been with my husband to the Wellesley location, it wasn’t until this past Monday that I had the chance to visit the Chestnut Hill location.

The Cottage Chestnut Hill hosted some of the Boston Parent Bloggers for a chef’s tasting, and wow, were we spoiled.  Not only did we get some delicious food, we also got samples of loads of different drinks – from nonalcoholic spa drinks to the best sangria ever.

Ingredients are generally locally sourced and are always fresh.  Everything on the menu is unique – the chef told us that they don’t offer anything that can be seen on a menu within a fifteen mile radius.  Best of all for families, there’s a kid’s menu, with some healthy options.  I’ll definitely be returning with my kids!

Disclosure: The Cottage in Chestnut Hill provided us with a complimentary tasting menu.

17th Annual Children’s Day at Boston Harbor Fest

From their website –

A FREE day of fun and games for children of all ages

Children’s Day gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate the nation’s birthday with a wide variety of entertaining and educational activities.  Join organizations like The USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium to learn something new and exciting about Boston and its history.

Juggling and entertainment by Fly by Night,

Music by Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band,

Dance performances by The Eleanor Rubino Dancers,

Balloon fun and more! Everyone will enjoy this festive atmosphere!

Click here for more info….

Strawberry Picking in the Greater Boston Area

We are in the midst of strawberry-picking season here in the Greater Boston area.  Hurry up though, because when they are gone, they are gone for a full year.  We went to Land’s Sake yesterday, and while the fields were open, there was definitely a limited supply.

Here’s a link to an article I wrote for CBS Boston with a few places for strawberry picking.  If I’ve missed your favorite, leave a comment here and I’ll add it next year!

Giveaway: Father’s Day Restaurant Week at Eversave Boston

Are you still looking for a gift for your spouse or dad for Father’s Day?  It’s Father’s Day Restaurant Week at Eversave Boston, and you can get a new save each day at a restaurant that dad is sure to like!

Want to win a save for your dad?  Eversave Boston is offering one save to a Family-Friendly Boston reader.  To enter, just leave a comment letting us know what your usual Father’s Day plans are.  The winner will receive the save for La Summa in the North End ($15 for $30 worth of food).  Contest ends 11:59pm on Friday, June 17th.  US Residents Only.

To learn more about Eversave Boston, visit their website, Twitter, or Facebook page.

The Scooper Bowl at Boston City Hall Plaza

Calling all ice cream lovers! The 29th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by FedEx is on June 7, 8 and 9, at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 30 flavors will be served for three consecutive days to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

General admission to the Scooper Bowl® is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-9, and free for children who are younger. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 1-800-525-4669.

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