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4 Halloween Happenings in Boston

If your Halloween is not so happening, spice it up at one of these four events taking place around Boston this Halloween.

  1. Fenway Park Trick-or-TreatingHere’s a win-win: The kids get candy, and you get to walk around the legendary Fenway Park. This Halloween, children and adults alike are invited to go trick-or-treating around the field’s Warning Track, receiving candy from the park’s staff. Wally will make an appearance, as will the Sox’s three World Series trophies. Additional fun includes balloon artists, face painting, caricatures, and stilt walker Big League Brian. But before the big event, there’s a pumpkin contest on Thursday, October 29—enter your carved masterpieces from 5-7:30 p.m. If yours is one of the top three winners, it’ll be on display during the Fenway Park Halloween festivities for all to see. Free, Saturday, October 31, 1-5 p.m., Fenway Park, Gate C, redsox.mlb.com.
  2. No Tricks, Just Treats at Boston Harbor Hotel’s Spooky Tea. The Rowes Wharf Sea Grille invites you and your little ones to put on your BHH_Rowes Wharf Spooky Tea 3costumes and celebrate Halloween in the city. Dip into their Witches’ Brew Apple Cider, don their DIY caps and decorate a few cookies then fill their own trick-or-treat bag with Halloween goodies to take home.  Kids will get a kick out of the Trick-or-Treat Treasure Hunt. while the adults in tow can sip champagne and enjoy a monstrous selection of seasonal treats like scarily delectable tea sandwiches, scones and holiday cookies.   Reservations are required and this party does not come cheap ($45 per adult, $20 for children 12 and under). The festivities take place Friday, October 30, Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 2015 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Inside the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA, (617) 856-774.
  3. Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Combine two of kids favorite things- Halloween and LEGOS and you’ll be happy to bring your little monsters to Legoland This October for Brick-o-Treat.  The transformation Legoland has taken creates a Halloween LEGO wonderland that will have you just as mesmerized as your kids.  A Monster Mash scavenger hunt will lead your kids through Miniland where you’ll encounter clues to find your treasure. Add a spooky pumpkin trail, and a themed a building challenge and you have the makings of a candy-free Halloween. $14.95-$29.95 (children under 3 free),  Saturday, October 31, Legoland Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, 866228-6439, legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
  4.  “Heroes & Villains” at Brass Union. If you’re an adult who can sneak away and are looking to party like you did pre-kids then you should headimage006 to “Heroes & Villains” at Brass Union. Head to Brass Union for an adults only comic-themed Halloween bash that will have your kids green with envy. Enjoy the dance party, costume contest, themed libations and candy.   DJ ABD will take to the turntables and spin a variety of genres from hip-hop, funk and soul to ‘80s hits. For good measure, DJ ABD will mix in a dose of Halloween classics so revelers can do their best “Monster Mash.” Brass Union, 70 Union Square, Somerville – 617.623.9211 – www.brassunion.comOctober 31 from 9pm-2am; 21+; complimentary admission.

 -Satisfying your spook this Halloween, Jess

Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt Activity for National GO Day

The warm weather is in full effect in New England and June is the perfect month to get outdoors and enjoy some active and healthy fun in the sun.  The humidity hasn’t yet set in and the kids are still in school so you are still limited in terms of travel.  Day trips to the beach and family hikes are a favorite pastime for late afternoons and on the weekends in our household.

In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), Saturday, June 13, 2015, plan a family excursion to the beach or an adventurous hike through the great outdoors.  A fun activity to do with your little ones is our Amazing Matriarch scavenger hunt.

Your kids will collect an assortment of natural treasures; they will learn about other habitats and the environment (hello, hands on science), and they’ll work on developing their math skills as they count their treasures.  Best of all they’ll remember what they learned, making this hunt better than any standardized test the powers that be deem a priority.

Here’s what you need:

  • Amazing Matriarch’s Scavenger Hunt List
  • A small bag or pail to collect and store your found items

Print up Amazing Matriarch’s scavenger hunt list (click on the beach edition or forest edition images below to download), cut the page in two and create little booklets so each child has a guide of their own.  For reference, I take a single hole punch and put a hole in the top left corner of the booklet and secure with a ribbon that can then be tied to a bag with handles, or held on their wrists for easy access.  A stapler, tape or glue will work for securing the pages together in your booklet as well.

Amazing Matriarch Beach Scavenger Hunt                              Amazing Matriarch Forest Scavenger Hunt

For a few glorious minutes, you’ll get to relax a bit and enjoy nature at its finest while your kids’ attention is focused on the thrill of the hunt.

– Just one adventurer adding a little learning to Family Fun on your next outdoor excursion, Thia

Try this activity with your family on National GO day and share your experience with us via Facebook:  Amazing Matriarch,  Instagram:  amazingamtriarch or  Twitter:  @AMatriarch;  Tag us using #amazingmatriarch. 

Kidgits is Calling All Young Foodies for 1st Annual Lil Chefs Event

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The Simon Malls Kidgits Club is whipping up some creative cuisine and loads of fun with this first annual event for Lil Chefs. On Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 12pm – 2pm, children will experience, hands-on, the endless possibilities of food pairing. At the end of the day you can expect a new generation foodies to emerge. Hosted in the Macy’s Center Court at the South Shore Plaza (250 Granite Street, Braintree, MA), there will be a variety of food focused activities including:

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Never too young to learn to cook
  • Healthy Snack Ideas
  • Decorating Desserts
  • Food Samples
  • Disney and Lego Activities
  • Design your own Chefs Hat Craft
  • Kidgits Club Members will receive a Free Chefs Hat & Apron

All Kidgits are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event to be donated to The Braintree Food Pantry to help those in need.

The Kidgits Club, which recently launced at the South Shore Plaza, is a fun and interactive program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. For more information on how to become a member, visit www.simon.com/kidgets.

“Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms” at Simon Malls Thursday, 5/7/15

This Thursday get set to to shop at Simon Malls. Greater Boston area malls are eager to offer mom a little FREE Mother’s Day pampering at their  Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms events taking place at malls across the Commonwealth. Each event has a donation component supporting causes that benefit women in need.

Events include:

Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA  from 6:00 – 8:00pm (Center Court, level 1)

You’ll find inspiring fashion displays by Burlington Mall Retailers, making it easy to recreate the look that night by buying at the the stores within their roof, beauty tips and tricks to make you feel like the Amazing Matriarch you are, food and drinks samples, live entertainment and giveaways. Feel good by donating to a worthy cause, as The American Cancer Society will be onsite promoting their Burlington’s Relay for Life, Making Strides website and “Look Good Feel Better” program which offers assistance to women who are undergoing cancer treatment to help make them feel beautiful. A $5 + donation lets you leave with a Simon Mall cosmetic case complete with a passport entitling you to samples from on-site retailers.      

Emerald Square Mall, 999 South Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA from 5:00 – 7:00pm (Center Court, level 1)

Check out the fashion displays set up by  Macy’s, JCPenney, LOFT, and New York & Company then tag along on a  guided “Mommy Crawl” that will bring you to participating retailers throughout the mall where you can update your look for less by enjoying  special offers each retailer is offering for this event only. Nibble and sip on  the food and beverages out for sampling.

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be at Emerald Square to promote GloriDays, a 44-mile, multi-day journey through scenic East Bay, Rhode Island. All money raised at Indulge will be used to support the foundation’s future Survivorship & Wellness Center. For a minimum donation of $5, you gain access to the Mommy Spa along with spa swag, mini massages, manicures and special surprises. Any mom spending $100 gets a Simon  insulated wine tote. Cheers!

Northshore Mall, 210 Andover Street, Peabody, MA, 5:00 – 8:00pm  (Lower Level Nordstrom Wing)

Take in the fashion Show emceed by Aricia Symes-Elmer along with local moms from North Shore Modeling. They’ll be wearing looks from Northshore Mall retailers.  Take advantage of beauty tips & mini makeovers from Northshore Mall retailers, dig into food and drinks out for sampling, take advantage of  in-store events & sales with Northshore Mall retailers, admire the live entertainment. Those who want to up the fun factor and get creative can register for a VIP Glass Painting Class with The Painter’s Pub for $20! $5 from every painter’s ticket will be donated to several local families to support their fight against breast cancer, use the links provided to sign up:  5:30p.m. Session: http://bit.ly/1JbQ0b or 7:00p.m. Session: http://bit.ly/1PYtBnq. Drawings and giveaways will be taking place throughout the night. And those who spend $150 in the Northshore Mall or with local vendors during the event should bring their receipts to Guest Services to receive an exciting gift!

South Shore Plaza, 250 Granite Street, Braintree, MA, 5:00 – 8:00pm (Lower level Nordstrom Wing)

Make your way to the South Shore Plaza for Freeze Modeling Fashion displays by mall retailers, beauty tips, live entertainment and giveaways. Sip, and savor the food and drink samples while socializing at this great event. And for those who can’t make it but want in on the freebies, spend $150 between May 4 and May 7th for a free gift bag. The American Cancer Society will be hosting a VIP Entertainment Center – Make a donation to The American Cancer Society for access into the VIP Entertainment Center which will include a Fortune Teller, a photo booth and make your own wine glass charm! 

Solomon Pond Mall, 601 Donald Lynch Boulevard,Marlborough, MA, 4:30-7:30 (JC Penney Court)

Peruse the fashion displays featuring seasonal  must haves for mom’s closet while enjoying the tasty treats, wine and beer samples. Make time for a beauty session; hair, nail and skin consultants will be happening on-site. Look into your future with a Tarot card reading and be ready to win because Solomon Pond Mall will be giving away prizes at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. If you find great goods and spend $100 or more Thursday, May 7 thru Sunday, May 10 at Solomon Pond Mall retailers you’ll be eligible for a free cosmetic bag filled with goodies with valid receipts from Guest Services. 

Square One Mall, 1201 Broadway, Saugus, MA, 6:00-8:00pm (Center Court)

Check out the fashion displays by Square One Mall Retailers, get complimentary beauty and fashion tips, and enjoy live entertainment. $100 in purchases gets you a Simon-branded insulated wine tote. Bring receipts to the Indulge Registration Table between 6:00 – 8:00p.m. on Thursday, May 7.

The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA, 5:00-8:00pm (Bloomingdales Fashion Court)
Along with  fashion displays by The Mall at Chestnut Hill Retailers you’ll find beauty tips including a “Mini Class” on Botox and Wrinkle Fillers by Newton’s La Residencia. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks for sampling, live entertainment and giveaways.

Not to be forgotten, Simon’s New Hampshire Malls are also offering Indulge events on Thursday:

Pheasant Lane Mall5:00 – 8:00p.m. Center Court, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH

The Mall at Fox Run, 4:00 – 7:00p.m., Sears Center Court, 50 Fox Run Rd, Newington, NH

The Mall at Rockingham Park,  4:00 – 7:00pm, Lord & Taylor Court, Level 2, 99 Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem, NH

The Mall of New Hampshire4:00 – 7:00pm, Macy’s Court, 1500 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH

Each New Hampshire location is offering a variety of fashion, beauty, food, and other exciting activities, entertainment and giveaways and details can be found on each mall’s Facebook page.

In addition to the Indulge festivities every mall is offering moms and moms-to-be across New England the chance to enter to win 1 of 5 spa packages valued at $500.

Simon’s Indulge events are free and open to women of all ages. For more information, visit the participating properties Facebook pages.

“Simon has had a longstanding tradition of celebrating Moms and the important roles they play in our lives,” said Brian Nelson, Regional Vice President of New England. “Held right before Mother’s Day, Indulge events create a perfect opportunity for Moms – who always think of others first – to focus on themselves and enjoy a social evening of fashion, food and fun.” 

We say, Thank you Simon Malls for recognizing and celebrating the Amazing in every Matriarch!

-A mom who feels good when she looks good, Jess

Fill us in on your Simon Mall shopping adventures at Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms, or any day! Send us comments and pictures at: Facebook: Amazing Matriarch, Instagram: amazingamtriarch or Twitter: @AMatriarch;  Tag us using #amazingmatriarch and Simon Malls using #SimonIndulge

St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Boston

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was known for bringing Christianity as well as its rich history and culture to Ireland. Observed on the day of his death, March 17thSaint Patrick’s Day is credited as the drunkest holiday. Every March 17th the Irish diaspora celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick and pay homage to “the Apostle of Ireland” and his legacy by wearing green, eating and drinking, and attending parades all over the world.  But you don’t have to be from Irish decent in order to join in on the fun.

Here is what is happening in and around Boston that will bring the Irish out in everyone:

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade South Boston – March 15 

The “Southie” parade as locals know it, is one of the largest St. Patty’s Day parades in the country. Held the Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day, you can join in the festivities on Sunday, March 15th at 1pm (regardless of the snow banks).

The 2015 parade route has been shortened due to record snow still lingering along Boston’s streets. Starting on West Broadway the parade will end on Farragut Road.

If you plan to attend the parade, plan accordingly; people start lining up as early as 9am to save spots along the route.  If you can’t stay for the duration of the parade, be sure to note that the streets of Southie will close at 11am until the parade has finished; no cars are allowed in or out during that timeframe.

If you are heading in as a family (with children), make your way to the east side of the parade route as it is more family friendly than the west side.  Parking is available along William J Day Boulevard and a short walk brings you to the parade route.

As a former resident of South Boston, and an annual attendee, I can say with expertise that this parade is a must see for kids and adults alike.

Hard Rock Café Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, www.hardrock.com/cafes/boston) – March 13 – 17

The Hard Rock Cafe Boston will offer St. Paddy’s Day limited-edition Irish inspired fare. This fare includes:

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Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe
  • Irish Mule – made with Jameson whiskey, ginger beer and lime. An Irish twist on an old favorite!
  •   Irish Reuben- this sandwich is filled with slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, then topped with crispy sauerkraut, creamy Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese atop a salt-crusted pretzel roll, served with Hard Rock’s special crispy fries and a side of citrus-spiked coleslaw.

On March 17, The Joshua Tree (The nation’s premiere tribute band to U2) will be playing U2 hits live from the Hard Rock Cafe Boston’s cavern club stage on St. Patricks Day from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets available for $10.

Saloon (255 Elm Street, Somerville, www.saloondavis.com) – March 17

The Saloon in Davis Square is serving up a trio of hearty, traditional Irish dishes to complement its extensive Irish whiskey portfolio.

  • Guinness Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage – roasted red potatoes and baby carrots, stone ground mustard – $20
  • Shepherd’s Pie Vol-au-Vents – Yukon Gold whipped potatoes – $18
  • Bangers & Roasted Garlic Mashed – caramelized shallot beef gravy – $12                                      

For entertainment or for anyone that wants to get their jig on, The Saloon is featuring the Dunns River band live from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. From 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Dunns River will play an Irish set at Saloon’s sister restaurant upstairs, Foundry on Elm.

The Independent, Union Square Eatery and Bar (75 Union Square, Somerville, www.theindo.com) – March 17

The Independent will open its doors at 11am to celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick with an Emerald Isle traditional inspired menu and cocktails.  Classic dishes include:

  • Irish Breakfast – two fried eggs, grilled tomato, black and white pudding, Irish sausage, Irish bacon, fried potatoes, Irish baked beans, Irish soda bread – $12
  • Corned Beef Dinner – corned beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions – $16
  • Irish Bangers & Mash – Irish pork sausage with mashed potatoes and baked beans – $13
  • Irish Guinness Beef Stew $16
  • Lamb Sandwich – Lamb with Irish cheddar, roasted garlic puree, fries – $14

The special lineup of liquid courage includes:

  • The Brotherhood – Jameson, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, lemon – $11
  • Chicory Stout – whiskey, chicory maple syrup, whiskey bitters, Guinness – $10
  • Ceangoba Toddy – apple-cinnamon infused Jameson, Benedictine, lemon peel, served warm – $9

Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, www.puritancambridge.com) – March 17

Puritan & Company is offering guests a delicious three-course prix fixe boiled dinner this St. Patrick’s Day for $40.  Dinner begins at 5pm and for an additional price there will be a selection of local craft beers for meal pairing.

Give Amazing Matriarch a shout out on social media by using the #AmazingMatriarch and don’t forget to #GoGreen4PatricksDay with your St. Patty’s Day attire.

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Being Irish is very much a part of who I am.  I take it everywhere with me.” – Colin Farrell

– Just one Irish girl sharing a taste of my traditions, Thia

National Pi Day Specials in Boston Tomorrow

Tomorrow is National Pi Day and Boston area restaurants are serving up pies in all shapes and forms in honor of this smart day.  Put on your smartie pants and take advantage of these delectable specials (3/14/15 only) in and around the area.

Salvatore’s – All Salvatore’s restaurant locations including  Boston’s Seaport & Theater District as well Medford, Andover and Lawrence  will serve up their signature flatbread pizzas for $3.14.  This special offer is only available on March 14th, 2015 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. 

The handcrafted pizzas include Bruschetta with tomato, basil, garlic and red onion, fresh mozzarella and balsamic reduction, Rabe and Bacon with braised broccoli rabe, bacon, pepperoncino and mozzarella, Sweet Orchard with sweet Italian sausage, spinach, caramelized apples and gorgonzola, Salvatore’s take on the traditional Margherita, and Sweet Chili Chicken with roasted chicken, sweet chili sauce and mozzarella.

Salvatore’s will also offer specialty cocktails to pair with the many flatbreads including:

  • Basil Berry Martini ($11) with New Amsterdam vodka, St. Germaine, lime juice, and fresh strawberries.
  • Boston Sunset ($9) with New Amsterdam red berry and orange vodkas, Bacardi dragon berry rum, peach schnapps, orange juice and a splash of grenadine.
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Photo courtesy of Brass Union

Brass Union is serving up some special all american apple pie : three mini apple pies, burnt sugar, ice cream, cinnamon, apple compote for the low price of $6. Brass Union is located at 70 Union Square, Somerville – 617.623.9211 – www.brassunion.com

Photo courtesy of Cask ‘n Flagon
Photo courtesy of Cask ‘n Flagon

Head on over to Fenway for one last pre-season look at this soon to be bustling area, and bite into a slice of Oreo Cookie Pie at Cask ‘n Flagon; this cake batter ice cream and Oreo cookies creations adds special touches like raspberry swirls and chocolate fudge for 62 Brookline Avenue, Boston – 617.536.4840 – www.casknflagon.com.

Photo courtesy of The Tip Tap Room
Photo courtesy of The Tip Tap Room

The Tip Tap Room at 138 Cambridge Street, Boston, has a very special sweet treat Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pie on the menu in honor of Pi DayChef Poe’s family recipe, this $8 delight is the ideal end to a fulfilling meal.  857.350.3344 – www.thetiptaproom.com

Photo courtesy of Legal Seafoods
Photo courtesy of Legal Seafoods

All of Legal Sea Foods locations  will be serving up an area classic, Boston Cream Pie. Making it a little extra special they’ll be incorporating a chocolate sauce, rum caramel sauce, and toffee almond crunch  into this $7.95 must try dessert. 

Photo courtesy of Legal Sea Foods
Photo courtesy of Legal Sea Foods

They’ll also transport you to the tropics with the sweet/tart combo of their Key Lime Pie. Served with a side of lime cream, and pomegranate sauce for $7.95 this is one dessert you won’t want to skip. www.legalseafoods.com

Give Amazing Matriarch a shout out on social media by using the #AmazingMatriarch with your best pics on this or any National Pi Day Adventure.

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Beautify, Buy & Grab a Bite at Chestnut Hill Square

When style means more than shopping (but that’s a must too) head on over to Chestnut Hill Square where you can style yourself from head to toe. One of Boston’s best lifestyle Centers, Chestnut Hill Square has a little something for everyone in a town square environment that offers plenty of parking.

Start with your body by booking yourself a class at Soul Cycle where you’ll be bouncing to the beats and getting a high spirit, full body workout without hopping off your bicycle. Take advantage of the on-site showers, complete with soap, shampoo, toiletries, hair dryers and towels, then dress yourself in something other than sweats to move on with your day.

Pop on over to Drybar where their cocktail inspired hair styles will have you looking fresh and fabulous. Their expert hair styling mavens will wash and blow your locks to perfection. They’ll even straighten or curl for no additional fee. Freshly coifed, head out for a bit of shopping at the high demand retailers who call Chestnut Hill Square home.

Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Square
Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Square

Favorites like White House Black MarketFrancesca’s and Anthropologie have stores set up to provide you with an experience you won’t find just anywhere. Home to one of the few Anthropologie retail stores offering their bridal line, you can find the dress to make your special day perfect (or score one of their bridesmaid dresses to wear to a cocktail party, this line really can do double duty) as well as enjoy the eclectic housewares and everyday fashion inside.

Once you’ve filled you shopping bags to the brim, it’s time for some sustenance and maybe even a cocktail or two. Check out Season 52 for a sit down experience with their  fresh seasonal cuisine. The menu is calorie conscious ensuring you won’t toss your weight loss plan out the window with one meal. If your doing your day solo, have a relaxing drink and bite at their spacious bar. If you prefer to grab something quick and light then check out Sweet Green where the salads are simply superb.

Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Square
Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Square

If you find yourself in need of filling your own fridge before heading home, Wegman’s makes it easy. With a location right in Chestnut Hill Square, you can stay within this one property, fill your cart, then head home ready to face reality with a fresh outlook.

-Busy mom 1, setbacks 0; a way to sneak a treat mid-week,  Jess

Want more Boston shopping?

Check out Jessica’s picks for Boston’s best Shopping Malls and Centers on USA TODAY’s 10best

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Waterville Valley Resort + Kids = Rewarding Family Ski Vacation All Around

For most of us with young children, vacations aren’t really vacations at all.  It is a lot of work to pack up a family and relocate.  On top of that, you are dealing with schedule changes (especially for little ones under 5) and unfortunately most of the time you likely end your days with screaming children and a big pounding migraine.

A ski vacation is braving it especially with subzero temperatures, lugging ski equipment, getting  the children to and from the car and answering the endless chorus of are we there yet from the back seat.  Most sane people would avoid this at all costs.  Even though it’s a whole lot of work,  (and more if, like the AM team, you choose to head to the mountain mid-week, packing 4 kids in one car,  while your husbands stay home to work, meeting you for the weekend)  you will have fun at Waterville Valley.

After a whole lot of huffing and puffing, and equipment lugging,  Waterville Valley Resort made it all worth the trouble, placing smiles on all of our faces (including the husbands who joined us at the end).

Check out Waterville Valley with your  family:

Mountain

011a2ac2d1b3a0b84c3ad44724be8a9e0c162bed6cOnly a 2 hour ride from Boston, this quaint mountain resembles an idyllic vintage-esque ski mountain and village.  With 50 trails, this mountain has it all. Most of its trails are attractive to the intermediate skier, about 15% is dedicated to beginners and 22% is geared towards the advanced skier.  There really is something for everyone.  Best of all, lift lines move at record speed, eliminating the long waits that you’ll find at larger mountains in the north east, and allowing you to do what you’re there for-ski.

The mountain is extremely manageable with children. Drive right up to the base of the mountain and leave your car for a few minutes while you get your ski gear and family situated.  Everything that you need is located at the base of the mountain-lift tickets, kids camps, daycare, lodge, ski shop, and bar. It is very easy to navigate to and from the buildings there with entrances that allow you to set up your gear closest to the lift you are interested in riding.

There is a real community and family feel to this mountain.  You won’t find a bunch of hot shot 20 something’s buzzing down the mountain after a few too many; instead you’ll find yourself surrounded by parents just as eager to keep their kids safe as you are with yours. Everyone is helpful, and lifts on the lower mountain are slowed regularly to assist new skiers as they get on and off.

Staff

The staff at this mountain is incredible and really adds to the experience.  Everyone is very friendly and always showing a smile on their face (hard to come by anywhere now a days). Even when the temperature plummets to -34 with the wind chill, everyone is happy to help.

I most likely should not bring my phone skiing, but it is always by my side and is my lifeline when my kids are not. Of course, each day I had phone issues that the staff of Waterville pleasantly helped me with.

Day 1 – My phone was running low on battery and the wonderful staff at the bag check/info desk were kind enough to let me charge my phone up to full power as my son was in ski school and I really wanted power in case of an emergency.

Day 2 – While managing my hungry kids and husband, I misplaced my phone in the cafeteria.  Again the wonderful staff really came to the rescue to help me locate my phone.  Even after I gave up hope, they came upstairs to find me to offer another suggestion.  Luckily, I found it; in a pocket that I had previously checked (thanks mommy brain).

Ski School

Two mom’s who have not seen skis in 3 and 5 years = rusty skiers in need of a full day to regain some confidence. So, we put our boys (ages 4 and 5) in a  full day of ski school and let them have fun without us (while we did the same).  It was wonderful.  They really enjoyed skiing with their instructors, hot chocolate in between runs and meeting/playing with the other kids in their ski group.  They were actually asking to go back to ski school for the rest of the trip.  I personally despised ski school when I was younger, I couldn’t wait for my parents to pick me up.  So the fact that 2 boys wanted to go back to Waterville’s school even after skiing on the coldest day of the year was proof enough for me.

Private Lessons

Mike Furgal Business Card

One name, Mike Furgal!  Mike was rated top 100 ski instructors for ski magazine.  This is the second time that I have done a private lesson for my 2 year old with him.  Seeing as how 2 year olds do not have much of an attention span at this age, it is a miracle that Mike can keep her engaged and happy for an hour session.  Introducing her to the sport and allowing her to get comfortable on skis at a young age is allowing us to get out of the house for a fun family winter activity.

Rentals

We popped into the rental shop so Jess could rent skis for her 2 year old.  Everyone was super helpful and quick.  We were in and out of the shop in 10 minutes.

Apres Ski Entertainment – All Ages

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Happy Mommas!

Head to Buckets for Apres Ski, especially on Saturdays when the live band allows the adults to unwind with a few spirits and snacks while kids can grab a seat in the adjoining room for complimentary movie night as well as s’mores on the deck overlooking the mountain.  Our 2, 4 and 5 year olds were splitting their time between the movie and the dance floor.  After a long day of skiing, our kids were happy and distracted instead of miserable and tired.  Allowing us to hang out until 7pm when we could pop them in the car without worry of sleeping en-route home. And we all know that happy kids = happy parents!

Specials

Check out some fun deals that Waterville Valley is featuring in the month of March and April.

Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th – $17 lift tickets.

April Fools Day, April 1st – $1 lift tickets (and this isn’t a joke).

Helping you find some family fun outdoors even in the middle of winter, Thia

Elsa and Anna Visit Boston’s Battery Wharf Hotel

Boston is frozen so why not enjoy it with Elsa and Anna. The Battery Wharf Hotel is hosting a two-hour, Frozen themed, afternoon tea on Sunday, February 22 and Monday February 23, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm.
Great for kids obsessed with this Disney spectacular, this special event is $39.00 per person and includes your choice of tea or hot chocolate plus a variety of sweets: cupcakes, cake-pops, whoopie pies and snowman cookies.

Catch the movie, Frozen, on the projection screen, and meet Anna and Elsa who are sure to be in attendance.

Find the Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston’s North End at 3 Battery Wharf
Buy your tickets in advance at: http://www.batterywharfhotelboston.com/special-offers 

617-994-9000

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