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Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

With Evan’s open-heart surgery cancelled, Kendra and I have suddenly found ourselves with a lot of unplanned free time this week. Her mom, Jane, flew up here to help take care of Addison and Kate while we were in the hospital, and is with us until January 4th. Having spent the last three weeks in […]

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Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA

Visiting the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Last week Addison and I visited the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. It was not our first visit to the gallery – we love it because of the great artwork, the proximity to our home, and the free admission. Kendra and I love taking Addie to art […]

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Playing with trains at the Wenham Museum

Family Fun at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA

Quite some time ago, we received free passes to go to the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA. Though we kept meaning to visit, something always seemed to pop up and derail our plans. However, this weekend our thirteen year-old niece Jada came up to visit us from North Carolina, and we finally put the passes […]

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Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon in Canton, MA

Hiking and Owls: The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon in Canton, MA

Addison totally digs owls, so when I read that the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon in Canton, Massachusetts, was having a special “Hoot Happenings” event this past weekend, we had to go! My sister, Kim, and her three kids, Grace, Eoin, and Bria, joined us as well. Our first stop was the registration desk […]

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La Farge stained glass at the Boston M.F.A.

Exploring Art and Printmaking at the Boston M.F.A.

One of the perks of being teachers is that Kendra and I get school vacations to spend with Addison. We try to take advantage of this time, using it to take her on new adventures or experiences. With Kendra’s parents in town for the holidays, the five of us had a special adventure to the Museum of Fine […]

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Addie exploring at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.

5 Tips for Taking Toddlers to Museums

I know what you’re thinking. Toddler + Museum = Potential Disaster. Oh the things that could go wrong – a temper tantrum on the floor of a crowded gallery, sticky fingerprints left on a delicate piece of art, any number of bodily fluids leaking onto the floor… the possibilities are endless. Yes, taking a toddler to a […]

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Addie adding to the collaborative lego sculpture at MASS MoCA.

MASS MoCA: Our Trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Today we visited MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the largest museum of contemporary art in the United States! Opened in 1999 in a former textile mill, it houses over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. Though massive, it is surprisingly not overwhelming. We spent an hour walking around the museum, spending a lot of time in the […]

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Addie playing at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

Our Sunday Adventure at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

Summer usually equates to vacation time for teachers, yet somehow, Kendra and I have managed to jam-pack our days thus far. As soon as school ended, we both spent a week developing curriculum for next year. Taking no time to breathe, I started teaching summer school, and she participated in an intensive two-week writing workshop. Today was […]

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Addie carrying her strawberries at Hunter Farms in South Carolina.

Six Family-Friendly Activities in Greenville, South Carolina

My wife grew up in the upstate of South Carolina, so every time we south to visit her family, we inevitably end up hanging out in Greenville. It’s a charming little city with a beautiful Main Street and an abundance of activities for all ages. While there are tons of family-friendly opportunities, I narrowed it down […]

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My Personal Connection to Lowell National Historical Park – Lowell, MA

As an inner-city teen, I found refuge in the Lowell National Historical Park. While many of my peers were getting drunk, pregnant, or dropping out of school, I was weeding the slag heap at the Saugus Iron Works National Historical Site, squeezing into a War of 1812 uniform for parades, getting First Aid certified, and writing articles for […]

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