A sure sign of spring, the Big Top is going up in Boston’s City Hall Plaza! Step right up as the Big Apple Circus returns to town with the Boston premiere of The Grand Tour, the company’s 38th season production. The show runs from March 24-May 8, 2016.
The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe.
Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.
Tickets starting at $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org. Thanks to our friends at Big Apple Circus, Family Friendly Boston readers have access to a special rate discount and a chance to win a set of tickets for Sunday, March 26th. Information on both offers are below.
DISCOUNT CODE FOR BIG APPLE CIRCUS BOSTON
To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.
*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Disclosure: Family Friendly Boston will attend an evening as a media guest. Stay tuned for photos!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.