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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 6/9/2019

Getting about and experiencing the sights and sounds gets you out of the house and away from screen time for a while. You can find many low-cost and no-cost family-friendly experience in your area if you know where to look. Whether it is inside or outside activities you want you can find new and different ways of spending family time not the family fortune. With a little research, you can locate anything from hidden parks, museums, art lessons, story times and even live theater all at a nominal fee or free. 

Where do I Look?

Start your search online. Several sources keep track of specific areas. If you look at your community or chamber of commerce website, you'll likely find a list of local free events. When you are at your children's dentist or physician's waiting room look around for publications that list local children's services and activities. Your local library is a great resource. The library offers many free events and will have information about your area that you can use to discover places to visit. Don’t be shy about calling around to places and asking about free introductory lessons. Always utilizes your friends and neighbors, ask them what they have enjoyed doing with their kids and what they would recommend. Local faith-based organizations may offer community events free of charge and fun for all ages, check online for event information and details. 

What is There to Do?

In addition to the library check into the areas park and recreation programs. Parks departments can direct you to family-friendly hiking trails or areas of local interest. These places could be a geographic feature you never noticed or sites of historical significance. Many regions offer through the school district, free lunch programs during the summer months. Utilizing the program is an excellent way for kids to grab free lunch and then play with friends they have missed, for free! Check with any museums for free or special discounted days or programs. If your area has a college campus, you can look at the calendar of events of all sorts and usually offered free of charge. The college campus can provide anything from sports to art exhibits to guest lectures for your older kids. Many malls these days host evenings with activities for all different ages and have indoor play areas for younger kids to play and meet new friends. 

If you’re new to the community, check with your realtor for any local points of interest or family-friendly hidden gems to enjoy.

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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 5/26/2019

As the sun continues to shine brighter than usual, everyone is certainly having that good jolly feeling that summer is almost here. While you might be planning on lying on the warm sand of the beaches near Boston snoozing to the soothing sounds of the waves, others are getting themselves ready to eat their delicious flavors of ice cream. 

Whatever you may be panning this summer, one thing that is common on every list of every Bostonian is the fun-filled festivals, and as summer comes with its longer days, these festivals are always favorites. Here are some of the top summer festivals for families to enjoy in Boston.

Topsfield Strawberry Festival
When: June 9th
Where: Topsfield

The first festival to get the summer groove going, this year will be the 51st annual version. Get ready for free bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and delicious shortcakes. Also, there will be a lot of kids’ games and live music for the whole day. 

Dragon Boat Festival
When: June 9th -10th
Where: Boston

This will be the Dragon Boat Festival's 40th year. This festival has all the thrills to get the family excited. You and your family will get to watch 50 teams race their well-crafted looking dragon boats on the Charles all weekend. However, you may need to wake up early to get a good viewing spot because this festival starts as early as 7 AM each day. There are also mouth-watering Asian foods and cultural displays to keep everyone entertained. If you would love to participate in the boat race, registration is currently open.

World Oceans Day Festival
When: June 10th
Where: Boston

This exciting event is a fun family festival that features a lot of activities like seafood cooking demonstrations, tastings and a lot of other outdoor activities. Also, families will even get the opportunity to interact with scientist and learn more about ocean animals.

Lowell Folk Festival
When: July 26th -28th
Where: Lowell

Enjoy music from Africa, Portugal, Ireland and many other nations across the globe. There is also a craft fair, dancing from local and international dance troops, a parade, and delicious local and foreign cuisines. In addition to the fun and lively music, there is a Family Activity Area with beautiful crafts and games the kids will enjoy. 

When: Not announced yet
Where: Somerville

Riverfest is one festival everyone anticipates every year. Live music, tons of children actives and five works, everyone is sure to have a splendid time. A blend of the best dance, music, and craft, this festival is only a glimpse of the beautiful treasure of art that Boston carries.So, these are some of the top festivals in Boston. From intriguing Asian culture to the best of art, brace yourself because there is so much to see and learn this summer. 

If you're new to the Boston area, your real estate agent can let you in on other local events where you can meet new friends and get to know your new home.

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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 2/1/2015

sixteen girls being fed upWinter can leave everyone feeling a little stir-crazy.  If you find yourself battling a case of cabin fever, then consider these helpful hints to set your mind at ease. 1.  Invest in some board games.  They've come a long way since the days of checkers and chess.  Check out your local toy store, and drop some cash on these tried and true ways to pass the time.  Not only are they good for family time, but they can also be a lifesaver if you find yourself hosting a get-together gone stale. 2.  Get organized.  Spring cleaning is fine, but winter organizing can make your life a lot simpler, while providing you with something to break the monotony.  Go from room to room, and clean from top to bottom.  Organize those junk drawers.  There's really no need to wait for spring! 3.  Cook something fabulous.  Most people have at least one cookbook in their homes, and odds are, that cookbook hasn't done much more than collect dust.  Try your hand at some recipes you've never made before.  A new culinary skill can come in handy when entertaining guests as well. 4.  Make something awesome.  Try your hand at a new craft.  Candle making, terrarium building, and potpourri are all hobbies that are not only fun to try, but can add a touch of personality to your home.  Take a trip to your local craft store, and see if anything catches your interest.  If you become particularly skilled at the craft of your choosing, there's always room to make a little extra money from your endeavors. No matter what you end up trying out, keep in mind that doing something is always better than doing nothing.  Keeping your mind and body active in the winter is not only good for you, it's good for your home as well.

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