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Boston’s 5 Best Things To Do Before School Starts

By now, you’ve been to every beach, seen every summer movie and enjoyed more than your share of ice cream cones on sweltering summer nights.

08/17/2012

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Doggy Day Trip to Providence

It’s only about an hour’s drive from Boston to Providence, but you and your dog can make it a leisurely day trip by hopping off the highways to enjoy the dog-friendly attractions along the way. In addition to parks and hiking trails off routes 93 and 95, you’ll find a bakery offering yummy organic dog treats and a bookstore where you can browse thousands of titles with your canine companion in tow. Once you arrive in Providence, restaurants with outdoor dining facilities will welcome your leashed, well-behaved dog for a fun, sun-soaked day out.

07/20/2012

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Boston Harborfest Preview

With more than 200 activities planned for the 31st Boston Harborfest from June 28th through July 4th, this year’s weeklong festival promises to live up to its proud reputation as the nation’s largest patriotic celebration. More than half of the Harborfest events are free and based on last year’s attendance, they will attract more than 2.5 million visitors. Here’s a rundown of some of the ones you won’t want to miss.

06/22/2012

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Boston’s Best Waterparks And Pools

You don’t have to travel far from Boston to find lots of affordable options—whether you’re looking for a place where you can swim all summer long or just drop in intermittently for an occasional dip. Even in the midst of the city, Boston offers some watery meccas where you can relax, exercise, and work on your tan. Here are just a few.

06/08/2012

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Boston’s Best Dog Obedience Schools

That new puppy’s not going to train itself, no matter how much you lay there hoping the yelping will stop at night. The best way to make sure your new addition becomes a valued, and welcome member of your family, is training for both the pup and its parents. It’s never too early to start, and the dog-loving Boston area has an abundance of venues that offer a training styles to meet any needs. These, however, take the cake, offering trainers unmatched anywhere in the city.

06/01/2012

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Boston’s Best Places For Moms To Meet

Kid-friendly venues are easy to come by, but finding the right fit for moms may prove a bit more challenging. Boston’s best places for moms to meet offer a little bit of everything, from movies to yoga body makeovers.

05/04/2012

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The Best After-School Activities for Kids in Boston

The greater Boston area is particularly blessed with a rich menu of choices for parents seeking to ensure that the learning doesn’t stop when their kids close their books or their laptops at the end of a school day. These are the best and most interesting after-school options the city has to offer.

04/27/2012

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Boston’s Best Mini Golf Courses

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro mini golfer, you know the joy comes from shepherding the ball through unlikely — and often beautiful — obstacles and terrain into holes that are often cleverly camouflaged. It’s all about the fun of a shared family outing, and the best mini courses challenge everyone just enough to bring them back for more. These are some of the best mini-golf games Boston has to offer.

04/20/2012

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Boston’s Best Babysitting and Nanny Agencies

Boston parents rely more and more on professional agencies as a source of pre-screened, well-qualified and compatible caregivers every year. Indeed, no matter what qualifications parents seek in a babysitter or nanny, they are bound to find a bevy of suitable prospects in any one of these well-established Boston businesses. Whether it’s for long-term nanny placement or an emergency sitter, start here to find the perfect fit.

04/06/2012

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Boston’s Best Fish and Aquarium Supply Stores

Novices and seasoned fishkeepers alike love these local venues for their well-versed salespeople, vibrant aquatic selections and their ability to inspire individualized waterscapes for any home.

03/23/2012