Day Tripper Dispatches

Swords & Play at Higgins Armory Museum
December 30, 2006, 11:39 pm
Filed under: all ages, demonstrations, family activities, history, indoor activities, museums
The Divas finally made it through snow and sleet on Dec. 30 to visit the Higgins Armory Museum, a truly unique museum in Worcester, originally recommended by Dispatches reader Dan Maher for one of our early issues There are great demonstrations on the weekends, plus a great kids’ zone with a giant chess game and dress-up area, and a host of armor collected by Worcester steel magnate John Woodman Higgins in the early 1900’s. At kids’ birthday parties, the birthday boy or girl gets to be King or Queen in the Great Hall (for members only). Call 508-853-9697.

Skating Photos from Frog Pond, Boston

We can’t believe that this was a first for the Day Tripper Divas. What a fabulous time we had, despite the 20-minute wait in line to get in to the skating rink at Frog Pond at Boston Common. Crowded, yes – but manageable with kids ages 6, 7, 11, and 12. We even survived a hot chocolate spill (bring extra clothes, especially in cold weather). Enjoy!

Harbor Cruise to the Hull Wind Turbine
December 29, 2006, 4:07 pm
Filed under: all ages, beaches, boating, Boston, cruises, outdoor activities, seaside, state parks, sustainability
This annual cruise is sponsored by the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and it’s not only fun, but very informative for all ages! It starts at Rowes Wharf in Boston Harbor. In 2006, the Town of Hull won the Department of Energy’s Wind Power Pioneer Award and now generates a significant amount of electricity for the Town throught its two wind turbines. Enjoy the photos!

Follow the Guru
December 28, 2006, 4:29 am
Filed under: exclusive coupons, technology

Dispatches readers get a free phone consult from MetroWest Boston’s favorite on-site computer-repair guru, the one and only Computer Handyman, Mark Bildman. Contact Mark at (617) 596-7545 or via email. Just refer to the Day Tripper Dispatches when you call or email.

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Accessible Winter Sports for Everyone

If you’re looking for recreation opportunities for yourself or friends & family with disabilities this winter, the DCR’s Universal Access Program is the place where you can do it all: kicksledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. They even have equipment you can use! New this year, an outdoor skating rink near the headquarters building with a warming room and accessible bathroom, is sure to be a hit. Sled hockey anyone? Check out the DCR’s Universal Access Winter Calendar and be amazed! For information on booking an outing and reserving equipment, call Gigi Ranno at 617-626-1294 or email.

Family Fun Saturdays
December 15, 2006, 6:01 pm
Filed under: coupons, holidays, indoor activities, theater

Enjoy the Regent Theatre’s Family Fun Saturdays series, which runs October through May at 10:30 a.m. Download our two-for-one Family Fun Saturdays coupon, for Dispatches readers only! Call the box office at 781-649-4849 or visit the website.

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Boston Children’s Museum Update

On Jan. 1, the Boston Children’s Museum will close for a few months to wrap up renovations. In the recent renovation, the BCM is improving the famous Milk Bottle, upgrading the famous big blue elevator, and creating a great new expansion that will be unveiled at the grand reopening in April. But if you’re heading down to the South Street Station area, you can still enjoy the Boston Tea Party, Aquarium, Harbor Cruises, and much more on the waterfront.

New Playspace for Pre-Schoolers
December 12, 2006, 9:31 pm
Filed under: classes, family activities, indoor activities, play spaces, pre-school activities

Together in Motion, a new play space at No. 1 Broadway in Arlington (former Cityside Subaru location) for ages 6 and under will give you deja vu for the Tot Stop of a few years ago. The venue is set to open for drop-in sessions in December, proprietor Erik Kondo told the Day Tripper Divas and the Arlington Family Connection when we previewed the space on Dec. 12 for an AFC party. We found it nicely equipped, spacious, well-lighted, and a much-needed venue for families in Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and surrounding towns. Looks like Kondo is planning organized activities & classses for kids and adults, and there is a separated area where you will be able to watch your kids whilst you work on the Internet. The space is also available for birthday parties and other events.

Sunrise Photo Contest
December 11, 2006, 5:32 pm
Filed under: dispatches subscription, ordinary magic
Idenfity the hour and the town or city in which this photo was taken and win a prize from The Compleat Day Tripper. There will be multiple winners – just email your answer before January 31. Active Dispatches subscribers eligible only (but the subscription is free).

Christmas Song Lyrics
December 9, 2006, 5:05 pm
Filed under: adult activities, car games, holidays, music, ordinary magic

If your kids are like mine, they may be asking for words to Christmas songs right about now. I don’t know about you, but I can’t always remember them. We found a website with all the essentials – no ads, no pop-ups, just lyrics. [Ed. – If you want Midi accompaniment to holiday and other kids songs, visit NIEHS Kids’ Pages]. – from S.K. Joun, author, Mother of Two’s Guide to Sanity.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth. Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you”Merry Christmas!”

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