Apr 082014
 

If there is one thing you can count on in Boston, it’s that the Big Apple Circus comes to town every spring.  The circus is set up right on City Hall Plaza under a big old tent. We’ve gone to the circus a few times in the past, but when I heard several of my blogger friends were giving away family four packs of tickets to the circus, I entered a few of their giveaways and wouldn’t you know – I won one of them.

My hubby, Chris, works in the Federal Building right next door to where the tent is set up, so he was kind enough to snap this picture of the view from above.

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Chris and I didn’t tell the boys in advance that we were going, so they were really happily surprised when they found out.  We’ve been seeing lots of commercials on tv for it and they asked to go every time one came on.  When we arrived, they were each given clown noses, which made their day. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to see Blue Man Group in Boston in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in anyway**

Have you ever seen the Blue Man Group?  I recently had an opportunity to go see the show with my family and I don’t even think words can express how much we loved it.  I was super excited to take my family to see it.  I had seen the show three or four times in the past, but it was the first time seeing the show for my husband and boys.  Knowing them, I knew it was going to be a hit with all three of them and I was so happy that they all liked it even more than I thought they would.

Ok, so you’ve heard of Blue Man Group, but you’re not really sure what it’s all about, huh?  Well, it’s really hard to explain, so here’s what they say about the show on their website:

Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

The show is about an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, and it flew by.  I was shocked when I looked at my watch and saw that the show was nearly over.  Blue Man Group is fast moving and highly entertaining.  We were not bored for a second.  Honestly, if you are looking for something different to do with your family, check out the show – it’s very family friendly and so much fun! Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 

It may have been 40 degrees out a couple of weekends ago, but to us, it was a great day to head to the zoo.  We have memberships to two local zoos and one of them is reciprocal with the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, MA, so we took a ride over there.  The zoo is only about 20 minutes from my house and it’s quite possibly the smallest zoo of all time, but they have a nice playground, so that kind of makes it worth going.

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Apr 012014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Massachusetts.

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Mar 312014
 

About two weeks ago, I got to chaperone my first grader’s field trip to the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford.  My family used to be members there, so he was familiar with the place, but for many of the kids, it was their first time there.

Three out of the six first grade classes went on the field trip that day & the other three went the following day.  The people at the Ocean Explorium split each classroom into groups and we went through four separate stations as a group.  The Ocean Explorium is relatively small, so I think that was the best way to run things.

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Our first stop was Science on a Sphere.  Using high-speed computers, multiple projectors and advanced imaging techniques, Science on a Sphere creates an image of the planet in 3-D. Continue reading »

Mar 222014
 

Sometimes people ask me what some of  my go-to inexpensive activities to do with my kids are.   Visiting the Bass Pro shop in Foxboro is high up on the list.  My boys could spend hours in that place (actually they have).

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While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center.  Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of New England’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.

The store is huge.

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We went there a few weeks ago and the first thing we did when we were there was to grab a snack.   On the second floor of the store, there is a snack bar which has ice cream, fudge, coffee, pretzels, nachos and things like that.  The boys got some ice cream while Chris & I split a chunk of fudge. Continue reading »

Mar 212014
 

The Skinny House is located at 44 Hull Street in the North End is an extremely narrow four-story house that has the unique distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus (who is buried across the street in Copps Hill Burying Ground) and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.

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Mar 202014
 

You’ve all heard the phrase “One if by land, and two if by sea”.  Well, today, I am going to show you where it came from:  The Old North Church  in the North End of Boston.

The famous “One if by land, and two if by sea” secret signal is said to have been  orchestrated by Revere during his historic ride from Boston to Concord on the verge of American Revolutionary War. In April of 1775, Paul Revere told three Boston patriots to hang two lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church -one lantern meant that the troops chose the longer land route and two lanterns meant the shorter route by water, leaving less time for patriots to react.

The signal was meant to alert patriots about the route the British troops chose to advance to Concord.

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Mar 172014
 

Yesterday, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Abington, MA.  Back in the day, I used to go to the big parade in Southie (Boston), but the crowd can get a little rowdy in the city, so I wanted to take them to a smaller event like the one in Abington.

As far as parades go, it was a pretty decent one to be honest.  It was our first year attending that parade and the boys loved it.  Maybe I should clarify, though.  They loved all the candy they collected from the people throwing it off of the floats.

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We got there a little early so that we could get a good spot to see the parade. Continue reading »

Mar 162014
 

Recently, Chris & I took the boys to The Museum of Science in Boston.  Since Chris is a retired Military man, we parked at the Coast Guard Station (because it is free to park there for anyone with a military ID) and we walked to the museum, which was about a mile away.  As we walked along, I took some pictures of the city. They are nothing special – just a few pictures that I snapped with my iPhone as we walked along.

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Mar 152014
 

Last week I told you about our visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.  We had no idea that when we got our tickets for that museum, that another museum was included in the admission price.  The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is attached to the natural history museum on the 3rd floor, so you can walk right into the second museum after you are done with all the fun stuff in the The Museum of Natural History.

Because we were limited on time the day we were there, we only got to see one floor of the Peabody Museum.  There are three floors, so I think another visit is in order soon.  The day we were there, we got to learn a little bit about the history of Latin America.  The first exhibit that we came to was called Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas.

Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas explores the spectacular wall paintings from the Maya murals of San Bartolo and Bonampak in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively; and the Moche huacas of northern Peru. The artists and artisans who adorned these walls left stunning visual accounts of some of the most significant and enduring stories of their times—stories that insist upon being read, even now, centuries after their creation.

The original art works remain for the most part in situ. Storied Walls uses the photographs and drawings of archaeologists, models, and fragments of original murals to examine the meanings and social uses of murals within the Maya, and Moche cultures; the history of their discoveries and investigations by affiliates of the Peabody Museum and others; and ongoing efforts to preserve and restore these fragile painted surfaces.

Here are a few of the pictures I took of the items on display:

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Mar 142014
 

You may remember that a ways back I took the boys to Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  It’s a collection of battleships that you can board and tour. Since I had taken so many pictures the day we were there, I decided to break up each battleship into separate posts rather than bombarding you with 859,234 pictures all in one absurdly long post.

Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I took while we were on board The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

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Mar 132014
 

It’s called the Marshfield Hills General Store.

Steve Carell and his family spend their summers in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts (on the south shore), which is about 25 miles south of Boston.  In 2009, he bought the store to save a piece of Americana.

Carell told the Boston Globe in an email: “This is much more of an emotional investment than a business one….I saw an opportunity to help to preserve a little piece of history. I also felt that places like the Marshfield Hills General Store represent a gathering place, and give people a sense of community. These spots are growing more and more scarce. I hope to keep this particular one alive and well.”

Located in the heart of Marshfield Hills Village on Boston’s South Shore, “The General” has been the epicenter for this historic neighborhood for over 150 years. In 2009, actors Steve and Nancy Carell, both Massachusetts natives, bought the property and restored this treasured landmark to its original glory and stocked it for its 21st Century clientele. Step inside and experience quintessential New England charm.

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Mar 122014
 

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend an event put on by our local major league soccer team, The New England Revolution. The event was a fashion show, held at Royale Night Club in Boston, in which they would be unveiling their new 2014 team uniforms.

Before the fashion show started, there was a cocktail hour with the players, which gave fans a chance to grab some autographs and take pictures with their favorite players.  Here I am with Bobby Shuttleworth, Goalkeeper.

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I got to meet a lot of the players, actually. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

We recently took a trip into the Museum of Science in Boston with the boys.  It’s one of their favorite places to go because of all the hands-on learning they get to do there.  They think they’re playing, but they’re really learning at the same time!

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There are three floors of exhibits, so it’s usually a jam packed day whenever we go there.

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Mar 102014
 

Fourth Cliff Family Recreation Area is a 56-acre seaside resort located in Humarock on Massachusetts’ South Shore.  It is operated by Hanscom Air Force Base as a military recreation area & it’s open to anyone with a valid military ID including active duty, reservists, Department of Defense employees, retirees and authorized family members.  In case you didn’t know this, Chris is an Air Force retiree.  He retired last year after serving 20 years as a fire fighter for the USAF.

Anyhow, we only live about 30 minutes from Fourth Cliff and had a night without the kids, so we decided to check it out.  Fourth Cliff is a relatively small reservation and it’s not easy to get reservations to stay there.  They only have 17 cottages, four efficiencies, 11 RV camper sites and four tenting areas. It’s right on the beach, so reservations go quick.

Since we had never been there before, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We plugged the address into Lance and were a little put off when we got there.

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Mar 092014
 

Last weekend Chris surprised me with tickets to a show called Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at a small community theater called The Curtain Call Theater in Braintree, MA.  I had never heard of this show before (and neither had he), but after reading the description of the show, I was excited to see it.  I was even more excited to check out the theater, though.  I had never been there and honestly some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been put on at small, local theaters like this.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features husband and wife George and Martha in a night of dangerous fun and games. A stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years.  When the play opened in Broadway over 50 years ago, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly original work of art—an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire [that] will be igniting Broadway for some time to come.”  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Continue reading »

Mar 072014
 

I love living so close to the coast of Massachusetts.  Not only am I just minutes away from the beach, but another one of my favorite things about living where I do, is that there are so many lighthouses.  Recently, Chris and I stopped to take a few pictures of the Scituate lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Scituate Harbor.

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Mar 062014
 

Yesterday you read all about our adventures in bones and taxidemied animals and as promised, I am going to show you a few of the pictures I took the in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

From their website:

Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery

This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. Visitors can touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system. Uncover mysteries of our planet’s origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth, zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years!

Here is the 1,600 pound amethyse geode:

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Mar 052014
 

Last weekend, Chris & I took the boys the The Harvard Museum of Natural History (yes, THAT Harvard) because of a friends recommendation.  I am so glad we listened because the museum was amazing and my boys LOVED it.

The museum was sort of split into two sections.  One was filled with fossils & taxidermied animals. The other was the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, which has thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones on display.  Today, I am going to show you the pictures I took of the fossil & animal galleries.  Why?  Because I took SO many pictures that I didn’t want to overwhelm you all in one post.

We got there right when the museum opened and walked right into the EVOLUTION exhibit as soon as we got there, so we spent a while examining the fossils on display!

EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts.

See a model of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae (see image below)—a fossil fish dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals—discovered in 2004 by a team of scientists in northern Canada.

EVOLUTION offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing evolution research at Harvard, from exciting new discoveries about human origins, to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin’s finches.

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