Free Children’s Winter Festival at Boston Common on School Vacation Week THURSDAY

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NOTE: Boston Parks has just announced a date change due to forecasted weather on Tuesday. This event will now take place on Thursday.

Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common during school vacation week on Thursday, February 18 (THIS IS A DATE CHANGE), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the attractions will be Snowzilla, a three-story-high inflatable snow tube slide, and SnowGlobe Live!, a 15-foot-tall snow globe that allows participants to step inside for winter wonderland photos.

In addition, the Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a week-long Winter Camp at the Boston Common Frog Pond with free skating and rentals for all ages from Monday, February 15, through Friday, February 19. For more information on the Winter Camp skating, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

The festival will also feature a DJ from Magic 106.7, an appearance by the L.L.Bean Bootmobile, and refreshments from Essentia Water, DAVIDsTEA, and Dunkin’ Donuts. The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School will present activities including, weather permitting, their Snowshoeing Discovery Course, a fun and easy way to try out the sport with expert instructors who will lead an easy guided trek through Boston Common. Snowshoes will be provided and participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing and winter or hiking boots.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks or go to www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment.

Big Air at Fenway on February 11th and 12th

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Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. “Big Air at Fenway” will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and bring in athletes from around the world including Olympic and World Champions.

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As a U.S. Grand Prix and part of the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Cup tour, Big Air at Fenway will bring in many of the top big air competitors including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg and Olympian Ty Walker.

In big air, snowboarders and skiers do a single trick off a ramp similar to those seen on slopestyle courses. Men’s and women’s big air snowboarding will debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Men’s big air snowboarding has been part of the FIS World Championships since 2003. It was added to the World Cup tour for women a year ago, with Walker winning the opener at a city stadium event in Istanbul.

Get tickets here.

Big Air at Fenway will air live on NBCSN, with men’s and women’s snowboarding events on Thursday, February 11 and men’s and women’s freeskiing events on Friday, February 12, plus a full highlight show on NBC Saturday, February 13. Tickets for the Big Air at Fenway are available at redsox.com/bigair. For more details about Big Air at Fenway, including ticket information, please visit redsox.com/bigair.

Click play on the video below for a sneak peek!

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Disclosure: Family Friendly Boston will attend an evening as a media guest. Stay tuned for photos!

Family Friendly Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods

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Is your family already excited for the upcoming Red Sox Season? You don’t have to wait for Truck Day for some great Red Sox excitement. This upcoming weekend there is a family friendly fan event, Winter Weekend and it takes place at Foxwoods Resort in Ledyard, CT on January 22 to 24.

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There’s so many fun activities for the whole family. Here’s a sample:


  • Talks about epic Red Sox championship games from Red Sox veterans Pedro Martinez, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Jason Varitek, Luis Tiant, and more
  • Kids can fire off their toughest questions to current Red Sox players at the Kids Press Conference
  • Breakfast with Wally and Tessie
  • Kids Clinic where Red Sox Coaches and Alumni will provide tips on the basics of hitting, throwing, pitching and running

Tickets are $60/adults and $20/kids and are available at redsox.com/winterweekend.

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Make a full weekend out of it and grab a hotel room near Ledyard, CT at a discount using the app Hotel Tonight. Use the code “kimworld” to get $25 off your first reservation. (App available for iOs, Windows, and Android.)

Photos Courtesy of Boston Red Sox

Special Holiday Rates at Boston Hotels

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Looking for a staycation during break? Or visiting Boston with the family? Check out some of the holiday and winter rates at some of our favorite family friendly hotels!

See some of Boston’s best holiday hotel decorations!

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Blvd, Cambridge


Love to shop? The Royal Sonesta Boston is offering a great shopping package rate that includes overnight accommodations for 2, complimentary self-parking and discount passes for many area shopping destinations including the Assembly Row outlets, Faneuil Hall, Copley Square Mall, the Pru and more. The package even includes a ride on the Greenway carousel and and 2 tickets to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center.

Pack up your little chefs and head to the Royal Sonesta Boston for a Holiday edition of their Culinary Classes for kids 13 and under. Delicious meets adorable in this fun, hands-on class, holiday dessert class. Guests will learn the surprisingly simple steps for creating their own picture-perfect cupcake sweets. Classes are $20 per guest with limited spots. Get tickets here.

Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Lane, Boston


This December, from 12/18 – 12/30, the Seaport Hotel is offering guest room rates starting at $149/night, plus tax & service charge. This includes complimentary wireless internet access and complimentary use of Wave Health & Fitness, which includes an indoor pool.

Even if you aren’t staying, grab the family and head to the Seaport Hotel to drop off new toys to benefit Christmas in the City.

Check out all of the holiday happenings at the Royal Sonesta Boston here.

Intercontinental Boston
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

The Intercontinental Boston has activities planned for the young and the young at heart! Enjoy events all season long when you plan a winter getaway to InterContinental Boston. Discover fireside stories, ornament making, poolside movies, and brunch with a special visitor from the North Pole.

Find a full listing of family-friendly activities here.

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

The Colonnade Hotel is offering a special Frosty Fridays for Families package that includes Overnight accommodations for four; Choice of: admission and ice skating rentals for four at Boston Common Frog Pond OR tickets for Old Town Trolley Tour; “Make your own” hot chocolate bar, which includes marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, caramel, milk, etc. and complimentary overnight parking in The Colonnade’s onsite garage.

W Boston
100 Stuart Street, Boston

The W Boston is offering a Holiday Friends and Family rate that starts at $189 and includes a complimentary room upgrade and complimentary parking.

The Langham Boston
250 Franklin Street, Boston

Now in its 27th season, Café Fleuri’s famous all-you-can eat Chocolate Bar invites guests to enjoy a special holiday edition with a plethora of spirited treats prepared by Pastry Chef Ryan Pike, live contemporary jazz and photos with Santa Claus. Begins November 28; $45 adults, $35 children 5-12; Reservations: 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Sundays, The Langham’s decadent City Brunch embraces the festive spirit offering photos with Santa Claus, and an extensive selection of seasonal culinary options including traditional brunch fare, hand-
rolled custom sushi, build your own omelets, crepes, Belgian waffles, and pasta, a raw bar and interactive culinary stations set against the relaxing sounds of a live jazz band. Begins November 29; $81 adults (includes mimosa or non-alcoholic beverage), $45 children 5 to 12; Reservations: 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

The Let It Snow! Family Package invites guests of all ages to enjoy the best of the season with a snowman-making kit for an outdoor adventure, and the Hot Chocolate Bar and festive cookies at The Reserve. Rates from $264, includes valet parking and late checkout up to 4 p.m.

The Lenox Hotel
61 Exeter Street, Boston

The Lenox Hotel has a winter rate starting at $195/night. The Lenox Hotel also has a special relationship with a family-run goat farm in rural Sharon Springs, NY. Find out more about the partnership here. The Lenox now has POP-UP store in the lobby.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Sonesta Boston.

Best Hotel Holiday Decorations in Boston

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If you’re looking for a festive place to experience the holidays in Boston, you really can’t beat some of the local hotels. Many of them have gorgeous holiday displays.

The holiday ambiance makes for a great excuse have dinner in one of the hotel restaurants, relax in one of hotel lounges, or even grab a room for an overnight.

We’ve picked out some of our favorite hotel displays below. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments!

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Check out special holiday rates at these Boston hotels!

If you go:

Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street, Boston

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin Land Blvd, Cambridge

Four Seasons Boston
200 Boylston Street, Boston

Loews Boston
154 Berkeley Street, Boston

Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Lane, Boston

The Lenox Hotel, Boston
61 Exeter Street

The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street, Boston

Intercontinental Boston
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

W Boston
100 Stuart Street, Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
101 Harborside Drive, Boston

The Langham Boston
250 Franklin Street, Boston

Photos courtesy of The Liberty Hotel, Royal Sonesta Boston, Four Seasons Boston, Loews Boston, Seaport Hotel, The Lenox Hotel, and the Intercontinental Hotel.

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