Monday, March 30, 2015

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis Review

My family had the amazing opportunity to see the Big Apple Circus at City Hall Plaza yesterday.   I hadn't been to the Big Apple Circus since I was a kid and it was even more fun than I remembered!  It was so exciting to share the experience with my husband and my 5 year old son, Isaac.

The show, called Metamorphosis, ran for about 2 hours with a brief intermission.  It was fast-paced and kept the crowd interested the whole time.  It included animals, Francisco the Clown, acrobats, and lots of comedy!  The live music was also a treat.  My husband is a professional musician and not easily impressed, but he thought the band was really good.

I loved it because it felt like a classic circus but with a modern twist.  It had the festive circus music and costumes, but at the same time it was all very contemporary.  The big top wasn't too big so it felt like a personal experience.

Last night before bed, I asked Isaac what was his favorite part of the show.  His response:  "The camels, the acrobats, and the clown."  Isaac tends to get a little restless but he sat through the entire show without getting bored for even a second.  It really captivated him.  I think he was the perfect age to enjoy it, but honestly, my husband and I enjoyed it just as much!

A few things to note:

- The Big Apple Circus does NOT use exotic animals in their shows.  They only use domesticated animals, like ponies, camels, and dogs.  You don't have to worry about animal abuse or wild animals, like elephants or lions, being kept in inappropriate conditions.

- If your kids (or you!) are scared of clowns, never fear.  Francisco is not scary at all.  He isn't like the clowns of years past with a painted white face.  He's fun and entertaining!  In fact, nothing scared Isaac at all, and he can be a bit skittish.  It wasn't overly loud or too dark.

- The Government Center T station is closed until next year, so if you take the T, get off at Park Street or Haymarket.

- The bathrooms are in a trailer outside and there are also port-a-potties.  You have to go outside to get to them, so if it's cold or rainy out, don't forget your jacket!

- Concessions include typical circus fare:  cotton candy, popcorn, candy.

-  A tall adult sat in front of Isaac, and he found it hard to see the show.  He wound up sitting on my lap for the majority of it.

- The Big Apple Circus offers an autism-friendly show on April 7.

- Tickets start at only $25 and because the tent is not that big, you're never that far from the action.

We can't wait until it comes back next year.  And actually, I think Isaac will be campaigning to go back and see it one more time before it ends its run here!

The Big Apple Circus runs in Boston until May 10, 2015.  
Buy tickets:  http://bit.ly/11iwGTI



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Big Apple Circus Tickets Giveaway!


I am thrilled to have the opportunity to giveaway FOUR tickets to the Big Apple Circus in Boston on Thursday, March 26 2015 at 6:30 PM!  Their current show is called METAMORPHOSIS and it is supposed to be dazzling and magical.  You'll see the flying trapeze, the hilarious (but not scary!) clowns, and more!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel

I haven't blogged here in a while, but I did recently write a guest blog post about the Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel.   Isaac loves those butterflies.  :-)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

5 Things to do this Week!

After an amazing family vacation to the island where my mom grew up in Croatia, I'm back and ready to blog!  Here are 5 free/cheap things to do this week.

1.  Spray parks.  There are going to be a few scorchers this week - Tuesday is supposed to be 88 and Wednesday is supposed to be 90.  So why not hit up a spray park?  Waltham not only has some excellent spray parks, but during the week the Boys and Girls Club is at a few of the locations giving free lunches to kids.

2.  Frog Pond.  Keep cool in Boston by taking a wade in the Frog Pond.  Enjoy the shade in Boston Common, a picnic, a ride on the carousel, and cool off in the Frog Pond.

3.  See a free outdoor movie.  The Sandlot is playing in Newton Highlands after live Irish music.  The Hatch Shell has Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Both on Friday.

4.  Visit the MIT Museum or the Franklin Park Zoo for free on Friday, courtesy of Highland Street.  Get there when it opens, though!

5.  Check out tide pools.  Drive on up to Joppa Flats in Newburyport for tide pooling.  $2 per kid.  Afterwards, I suggest visiting Bob Lobster for some fresh seafood!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Free Music and Outdoor Movies in Newton Highlands

Can't make it to the outdoor movies at the Hatch Shell?  Newton Highlands has live music AND movies!  Bring blankets, beach chairs, and pack a picnic.  (Or buy drinks and snacks sold there)   Newton Highlands is right off the green (D) line, for those of you looking for something T-accessible!

 This is a GREAT lineup and includes one of my all-time favorite movies...Mary Poppins!

Here's the schedule from the Hyde Center website:

 June 13 6:00 p.m. Concert: Studio 2 Beatles Tribute Band, (rock)
 Dusk Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

 June 20 6:00 p.m. Concert: In The House, (R&B, Motown, Reggae)
 Dusk Movie: The Nut Job

 June 27 6:00 p.m. Concert: Specific Gravity, (rock)
 Dusk Movie: The Lego Movie

 July 11 6:00 p.m. Concert: Gringo Kings, (Jazz & Salsa)
 Dusk Movie: Frozen

 July 18 6:00 p.m. Concert: Four Guys in Tuxes, (family mix)
 Dusk Movie: Princess Diaries

 July 20 8:00 p.m. New Rep Theater , Shakespeare in the Park
 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

 July 25 6:00 p.m. Concert: Black Velvet Band (Irish)
 Dusk Movie: The Sandlot

 July 27 8:00 p.m. New Philharmonia Orchestra
 Classical and Popular Music

 August 1 6:00 p.m. Concert: Reminisants (Oldies)
 Dusk Movie: Rear Window

 August 3 8:00 p.m. Red Sox & New York Yankees Telecast

 August 8 6:00 p.m. Concert: Soft Touch Dance Band (Big Band)
 Dusk Movie: Saving Mr. Banks

 August 10 8:00 p.m. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
 “Much Ado About Nothing”

August 15 6:00 p.m. Concert: Jumpin Juba (rock)
 Dusk Movie: Mary Poppins

 August 22 6:00 p.m. Concert: Heritage House Blues Band (blues)
 Dusk Movie: Despicable Me 2

 September 5 6:00 p.m. Concert: Waiting for Neil
 Dusk Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

*All events take place outside on the Hyde Playground. In case of rain, everything moves inside the community center gym.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Bucket List

Summer officially arrived this weekend and we couldn't be more excited!   Last year I created a summer bucket list and we did almost everything on the list, so I've decided to do it again.


  • Salem Willows.  A great place for summer fun!  A historic merry-go-round, mini golf, arcade games, ice cream, right on the water.  Everything is inexpensive and it's a great beachy outing.  
  • Look Park.  I'd love to head out to Amherst for a day trip and spend some time at Look Park.  There's playgrounds, paddle boats, mini golf, a little zoo, and spray parks.  I went there once before I had Isaac and I've been wanting to take him since last summer, but we never got a chance.  
  • Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.  A friend posted some pictures of her family at the Seacoast Science Center and it looked like so much fun that I'm looking forward to taking Isaac!  It's only $7 for adults and $3 for kids.  
  • Frog Pond.  We can't get enough of wading in the Frog Pond!  I can't wait to spend an entire day at Boston Common this summer.
  • Blueberry picking.  We had a great time strawberry picking at Ward's Berry Farm last week but next month we plan to pick blueberries at Tougas Farm.  
  • Camping at the Cape.  The best way to do a Cape trip on a budget during the summer is to CAMP!  Last year we enjoyed Sweetwater Forest in Brewster. 
  • York, ME.  We usually try to go to York once a year, but last year the summer just went way too fast!  Fun-O-Rama is always a good time with some bowling and skeeball and ice cream or candy at The Goldenrod is a real treat!  And you can't get much more New England than the picturesque Nubble Light.
  • Walden Pond.  GO EARLY!   The parking lot fills up fast on nice days and it's also shaded in the morning.  
  • Visit a new Mass Audubon location.  I'd like to visit a location where we've never been before!  
  • Picnic and play at Artesani Park in Brighton.  The wading pool is wonderful on a warm day!  
  • Boating.  I'm on the lookout for some inexpensive boating options.  Charles River Canoe and Kayak is expensive.  Stay tuned for cheaper alternatives...

What's on your summer bucket list?


Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Fun Weekend Activities

Woohoo!  The first weekend of summer has arrived, bringing with it a GORGEOUS forecast.  Here are some free or inexpensive happenings for the weekend.  Enjoy!

1.  Verrill Farm's Strawberry Festival.  PYO berries, strawberry shortcake, pony rides, music, burgers, hay rides.  Free admission.

2.  Watertown's Greek Festival.  Greek food (including pastries!), games, music, dancing.  Starts tonight and goes through Sunday.

3.  Riverfest on the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Kids can explore the riverbanks, ride boats, listen to music, and more.  These activities appear to be FREE!

4.  Free Beach Party in Acton.  Beach admission is waived for this event which includes hula hooping, sand building, and more fun and games.

5.  Play outside until dusk.  Tomorrow is summer solstice, which throughout my childhood meant playing outside until the sun went down.  Even if it's past your kid's bedtime, let them stay up and enjoy a long day full of daylight.   Some of my favorite memories were getting to play outside until 9 on the first day of summer.  This could be made complete with ice cream sandwiches or ice pops.  :-)