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Things to do in the springtime in Boston

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Spring is in the air; the sun is coming out, flowers are in bloom, summer is approaching and there is no better time to start getting out and exploring Boston than right now. Here are a few activities we recommend doing this spring in Boston:

  1. Take a bike ride. This is not only a great way to get exercise and get some Vitamin D, but it’s a chance to get out and see our beautiful and historic city!
  2. Stop by Faneuil Hall. A visit to the historic Faneuil Hall allows you to get out and enjoy some of the key aspects of Boston all at once: nice weather, history, shopping, street performers, and good food.
  3. Walk the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Explore the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway; four parks connecting the North End, the Wharf District, Dewey Square, and Chinatown.
  4. Picnic at Jamaica Pond! This spot is ideal for enjoying the beautiful weather and relaxing with the family. Bring a blanket, some tasty treats, and a frisby then set up right by the water!
  5. Go to a museum. Boston is packed full of historic and interesting museums to explore with the kids. Check out a few this spring!

Here at Delphi Boston, we are hoping this spring brings you nice weather and fun memories with the kids.


What to do with your kids over spring break!

It can be a tough job trying to figure out what to do with your kids over spring break. The last thing you want is for your kids to go from being productive in school, to sitting on the couch with nothing to do. Here are a few activities to try out this spring break in order to ensure boredom is unheard of!

  1. Hit the beach! No place on earth relaxes the spirit like the coast. Bright sun, crashing waves, and feet in the sand. Your family will have nothing but smiles.

  2. Take a road trip to a national park! Travel to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or the Smoky Mountains. Somewhere within driving distance lies a national park offering fun and exploration. Get out there and show your family the world is more than strip malls and concrete.

  3. Backyard fun. Turn your backyard into your very own resort destination. You can play all types of different sports, such as ultimate Frisbee or volleyball. Put down a Slip N’ Slide. Even a sprinkler can keep young kids entertained for hours on end.

  4. Cook together! Spend the week with your kids challenging and expanding your abilities. As a family, research and find recipes of food you have never attempted. Try a new one each day. Have your kids involved every step along the way.

  5. Volunteer with the family! Clean up litter in your neighborhood. Pick up trash around ponds and creeks that harm wildlife. Help an elderly neighbor with yard work or house maintenance. Let your family choose the cause and then be the solution.

We hope you have a wonderful and productive spring break!


What to look forward to in Boston this spring.

Kid playing out in the rain. Children with umbrella play outdoors in heavy rain. Little girl caught in first spring shower. Kids outdoor fun by rainy autumn weather. Child running in tropical storm.

With the Spring approaching, it’s time to start coming up with activities to do with the kiddos in Boston this year! Here are a few things we would recommend checking out in Boston this Spring:

  1. Take a bike ride around downtown. Spend a sunny day with the kids exploring downtown Boston while getting some great exercise and stop at your favorite restaurant pick before heading home!
  1. Walk the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Explore this mile-long series of four beautiful parks. To walk the entire path without retracing your footsteps, start at either Chinatown or the North End.

  2. Head to the circus. Check out the 36th season of the Big Apple Circus at City Hall Plaza on March 28 to May 11. Tickets start at $25.

  3. Visit the New England Aquarium. This is a super fun option for the kids and is loved by all in New England! From sharks to stingrays and everything in between, there’s an animal for you to marvel at somewhere in this modern aquarium.

  4. Explore the Museum of Fine Arts. Visitors flock to the wonderful Museum of Fine Arts year round, but their fine collection of special exhibits in the spring months make it especially worth a visit (or two!).

Make sure to check out some of these options this spring in order to keep your days exciting, productive and adventurous!


Food equals brain power!

A well-balanced and satisfying diet is essential for anyone, but especially important for the little ones who need lots of brain power to study hard and learn new things! A diet that consists of high-fat and high-calorie foods with little nutritional value doesn’t just make you gain weight: it impairs focus, energy, motivation, sleep, and overall wellness. On the other hand, a diet that consists of energy-rich, low fat foods packed with antioxidants, iron and other minerals can make a huge difference in a student’s mood and focus. Here a few foods you should make sure you are adding to you and your kids diet for optimal performance:

For increased energy levels it’s recommended to consume whole grains in between meals. For higher levels of energy you can also eat oranges, red meat, oatmeal, drink milk, and increase water intake.

Your brain also craves certain nutrients. Some foods you brain loves includes blueberries, tuna, avocados, walnuts, salmon, eggs, and cranberries.

For an overall increased nutrients value you should make sure to eat hummus, apples, strawberries, quinoa, watermelon, and broccoli.

Make sure you are adding these foods to your and your kid’s diets to ensure your brain is getting all the power it needs to function properly!


Books to read with your kids this year

It’s time to come up with a new list of books to read with your kiddos this year. We’ve come up with a list of books you should checkout—each of them easy to read and paired with a strong message!

  1. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices. The world is a pretty divisive place these days, and finding ways to talk to kids about politics, social change, prejudice, racism, and the path to justice can be challenging. This collection of poems, letters, essays, art, and honest advice is a wonderful place to start
  2. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. The title of this book alone is intriguing, but the story is even better. You’ll have to trust me that Brangwain Spurge is a character you’re going to want to get to know. He’s a historian, spy, and scholar and, well, there’s just no other way to say it, an elf. He’s supposed to bring the goblin lord a peace offering but may have started a war instead.
  3. The House with Chicken Legs. If your kids saw “Ant-Man and the Wasp” this summer, they may have had a few questions about who or what a Baba Yaga is. Lucky for you, Sophie Anderson’s new book has all the answers and an inventive story about a young girl named Marinka who chafes at her life in a house with chicken legs and a Yaga grandmother who spends every night helping the dead cross over to the afterlife. But when Marinka disobeys her grandmother’s strict rules, things go horribly wrong.
  4. Amal Unbound. Set in Pakistan, 12-year-old Amal’s life changes drastically when she’s forced to work as an indentured servant for the rich Khan family. With her growing awareness of the Khan’s illegal activities and an unpleasant new enemy, Amal must find the courage to stand up for justice and change.
  5. The Lifters. When Granite and Catalina discover a magical doorway to a labyrinth of tunnels underneath their town, they learn that it’s up to them to save the world from the mysterious forces below the earth.

During the new year, be sure to add reading with your kids into your daily schedule. It’s a great bonding activity and a fantastic way to give your kids perspectives on important topics.


How to help your kids make new year resolutions

New year’s resolutions and goals are a great way to get 2019 off to a wonderful start. It’s important that we make sure our kids our focusing on big games and setting high goals so that they can stay productive and grow through the next year.

To get your kids started on coming up with resolutions, be a resolution role model yourself. Bring your resolutions to the kitchen table as a family and discuss what everyone’s goals are for the next year.

On top of this, keep a positive approach to resolutions. Rather than bringing up shortcomings to your kids and what they can improve on from last year, talk about everything they did right in the last year. Ask what they feel they could have done better or things they didn’t get a chance to do and would love to do in 2019. You set the stage. Look ahead and ask, “What are some of the great things you want to do this year? What do you want to improve? What will make your life better and happier?”

Finally, narrow down the resolutions you have come up with with the kids. Two or three resolutions are reasonable. Take a fresh sheet of paper and have your child write down her top three resolutions, leaving a large space between each one for inserting smaller steps.

Helping your kid come up with resolutions will help them stay busy and happy throughout the next year! Good luck in accomplishing all your resolutions and in helping your kids achieve theirs!


Boston Holiday Traditions

With winter here and the feeling of the holidays in the air, it’s important to remember and take part in the winter traditions of our hometowns. Boston has a multitude of incredible traditions and events happening through the rest of the year that make the holiday season truly what it is.

The Nutcracker is an event held every year at the Boston Ballet. The celebration starts the moment you enter a festively decorated Boston Opera House and continues with Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, magical sets, and spirited dancing. Such a great location to enjoy a bit of timeless culture as well as experience a fantastic holiday tale!

 

The Boston winter holiday market is another experience that cannot be forgotten about! Taking over the City Hall each winter, the plaza is filled with festive lights, colors food, and an ice skating rink.

 

Ice skating on Frog Pond is another big part of the holidays here in Boston. In the heart of the Boston Common, surrounded by trees wrapped in festive lights, skating across Frog Pond is simply like a dream.

 

Boston’s holiday traditions truly make winter what it is. Make sure to take part in as many festivities as you can and have a wonderful holiday season!

 


Holiday movies to watch with your kids.

 

As leaves change and drift to the ground, and the snowy season approaches, thoughts of getting cozy by the fire with a warm cup of tea and a good movie sound heavenly. Here are some perfect classics to check out this holiday season with the kids:

 

  • It’s a Wonderful Life. Although a bit dark in the beginning, this movie ends on a positive note. Turn on this black and white classic to be reminded there’s more to the holiday season than getting new things.
  • Elf. A hilarious film with undertones of deep truths surrounding the holiday season, family, love and friendship. After watching this film, you’ll find you always have a place in your heart for the man raised by elves in the North Pole.
  • Polar Express. Experience the adventure of taking a fantastic train ride up to the North Pole with a young boy. We promise you won’t regret watching this magical animated tale.
  • A Christmas Story. The situations in this movie are very real and funny. They are guaranteed to leave both you and the kiddos laughing, cringing and crying with the characters.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas. This classic directed by Tim Burton takes an interesting twist on the holiday season. You start the journey in Halloween Town where you meet interesting and compelling characters at every turn. Another great film with underlying truths about the holiday season and what it really means.

 

 

We hope your holidays are filled with happiness and joy and make sure to check out these movies this holiday season.

 


Tricks on getting your kids excited about school.

The beginning of the school year can be a very nerve-racking and exciting time for both you and your kids. As time goes on and we get further into the cold season, school can start seeming like a chore and your kids might have a bleak outlook on heading off on the school bus each morning. How do you raise that excitement level again?

 

  1. Be a role model. As a parent, you are one of the most influential figures in a child’s life. When parents read a book or take an adult education class, they’re modeling that everyone continues to learn. In a kid, this helps to instill a positive idea on what learning means to them.
  2. Get them involved in activities they are interested in. Talk with your kids and find out what they are interested in learning more about in practical areas, such as soccer, chess or art, etc. Introduce them and have them get signed up for activities and clubs at the school having to do with their interests. Not only will this get them more involved in school, but will allow them to grow in many different areas and make new friends.
  3. Encourage meaningful relationships. When kids have great friends at school they are more inclined to get excited about waking up early and head out to school.
  4. Show an interest. Talk with your kids, go to their sports games as much as possible, and support them in their endeavors. This lets your kids know that you care, that you see when they are in need of help and that you acknowledge when they are doing well.
  5. Set the tone.

 

School doesn’t have to be an inevitably awful part of a kid’s life, it can be fun and it should be a place where they are leaning a lot, practically and academically. Try out these tips to get your kids more excited about attending school!


The History of Halloween

Three Fun DIY Halloween Projects

October 31st has arrived and the things that only haunt us in horror films have come to life. Zombies, witches, ghosts, and vampires walk among us asking for candy at our doors.

This eerie night and well known holiday originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

And so, with this haunted day approaching we hope you and the kids have scary costumes ready for a night of scaring off ghosts and trick or treating! Have a spooky Halloween!




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