Celebrate the Launch of the Cooking Channel With FREE Ice Cream

The Cooking Channel, a sister network to the Food Network, has recently launched. To celebrate, the Cooking Channel is hitting the road with a cross-country ice cream truck tour. After an NYC kick-off this weekend, the next stop is Boston on Thursday, July 1st!

The truck will be making its Boston appearance during Harborfest serving up FREE scoops from local favorite J.P. Licks.

Date: Thursday, July 1

Time: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Location:
Boston Harborfest, Southwest corner of City Hall Plaza

Family-Friendly Farm in Newbury, MA

The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts, is a family-friendly site with activities for visitors of all ages. The 230-acre site includes a late seventeenth-century manor house and also fosters farm animals in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and a horse are available to visit with guests year round. Visitors can also learn about life on the farm through hands-on activities and by exploring nature trails.

Dates: Open Thursday – Sunday, June 1 to October 15. Closed major holidays

Times: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, grounds open sunrise to sunset, year round.

Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $4 students, Free for Historic New England members

Address: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass. 01951

Time Out With Thomas in MA at Edaville

Thomas steams down the track

Are your kids big Thomas the Tank Engine fans?  You absolutely have to take a trip to Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA, where Thomas is visiting this weekend.

WHO: Thomas the Tank Engine

WHAT:

* A 20-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine

* An opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of The Railway

* Activities for the whole family

WHEN: JUNE 25 TH-28TH

TIME: 9:00 AM UNTIL 5:00 PM

ADDRESS: 5 PINE STREET, CARVER, MA 02330

WEB SITE: http://edaville.com/

New England Family Road Trips: White Mountains, New Hampshire

Cross-posted on Mom’s Favorite Stuff…

The White Mountains of New Hampshire is truly a four-season tourist destination – whether you enjoy relaxing, skiing, leaf peeping, or visiting family-friendly attractions.

Each summer, my family enjoys visiting a variety of attractions in the White Mountains, and our favorites are Santa’s Village and Storyland.

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Storyland – Glen, NH

Storyland is the perfect attraction for families with young kids, because it’s wonderful for little kids, and isn’t overwhelming at all.  You can generally see most of the park within one day, and if you arrive within three hours of closing, you’ll get another day free!  We like to go at about 3 or 4 on one day, and then get a whole other day in too!

This year, Storyland is also offering character dinners on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm in July and August.

santasvillage 300x200 New England Destination Review: White  Mountains, New HampshireA Reindeer at Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village – Jefferson, New Hampshire

Last weekend, we visiting the Mountain View Grand hotel in Whitefield, NH, which is much closer to Santa’s Village than Storyland.  So, we decided to give Santa’s Village a try (I’d been there a bunch of times as a kid and once when my kids were smaller – but not lately).

It took a little convincing to get my kids to agree, but they were on board when they heard about the reindeer (one pictured here).  They loved celebrating Christmas in June, and even had the chance to see Santa.  The park is small and unassuming, but still had lots of rides the kids loved.

Disclosure: The Mountain View Grand provided us with an expense-paid trip at the resort.

Life is Good Festival in September

Chances are, you know that Life is good is based right here in Massachusetts. This year, Life is good is offering their very own festival at Blue Hills, taking place on September 11-12, 2010 in Canton, MA.

Children’s recording artists Laurie Berkner Band, Dan Zanes & Friends, and They Might Be Giants will join Life is good in its quest to raise $1 million for kids by headlining the Good Kids stage at the 2010 Life is good Festival at Blue Hills. In addition to these headline musical acts, the festival will feature a special performance from The Big Apple Circus and The Sippy Cups, also appearing on the Good Kids Stage. The event will also feature a wide range of games and interactive art activities.

The event is perfect for children and their parents alike. In addition to the talent on the Good Kids Stage, the two main stages will feature performances from national headlining artists Jason Mraz (my favorite – if you haven’t seen him live yet – you have to), Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Guster, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Ziggy Marley.

Tickets for the 2010 Life is good Festival at Blue Hills are already on sale at www.lifeisgood.com. Adult single-day tickets are $50, and $90 two-day tickets are also available. TICKETS FOR CHILDREN AGES 6-12 ARE AVAILABLE FOR $10 IN A LIMITED SUPPLY, AND CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ARE FREE.

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