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10 Free Things to Do in Boston with Your Kids!

  1. Free Fun Fridays: Enjoy 60 museums and cultural venues open for free on Fridays all summer long including the Franklin Park Zoo, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, MIT Museum, and more! Click here for a full schedule.
  2. Star Gazing at the Observatory: The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for young people to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars. Gaining hands on astronomy knowledge. Wed nights, 8:30-9:30pm. Coit Observatory, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave.
  3. ZUMIX’s Summer Concert Series: Join ZUMIX for a FREE concerts this summer! Sundays through Sep 7, except for Aug 17, 6-8pm. Piers Park, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston (next to Maverick Station). Matt, 617-568-9777 x123,
  4. Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival: Enjoy FREE entertainment, games and gift card giveaways beginning at 6pm followed by the featured movie starting at sundown. The first 20 guests to arrive each night will receive a free picnic blanket. Every Sat in August. Prudential Center Shops, South Garden.
  5. BPL Concerts in the Courtyard: The Boston Public Library courtyard will host free music concerts that range from jazz to classical and from folk to funk. Through Aug 29, Fridays, 12:30pm and Wednesdays, 6pm. Central Library in Copley Square.
  6. The Boston Arts Festival: This free festival showcases visual artists who exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, and more. Aug 30-31, 12-6pm. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, North End. 617-635-3911
  7. Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: This fitness series will bring FREE classes to parks across Boston through Aug! Click here for a full schedule. 617-961-3015
  8. Summer Evening Yoga at the Frog Pond: Join us on the lawn adjacent to the carousel for FREE outdoor yoga classes at the Frog Pond. All levels of experience are welcome. A limited number of mats and blocks will be available; recommended you bring your own. Thursdays, 6-7:15pm, weather permitting. http://www.bostonfrogpond.com
  9. Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night: Mayor Walsh is hosting free movie nights all across Boston. All ages are welcome to join the fun. Free popcorn! Bring your blankets and chairs and make yourself comfortable as you enjoy these family favorites in the outdoors. Full schedule here.
  10. Roxbury Revival: Legacy Project is hosting a FREE family cookout. Residents of Roxbury and neighboring communities are welcome to join. Free food, raffles, activities for all ages, live music and much more. Aug 16, 1-5pm, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury. 617-480-8675

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10 Volunteer Opportunities in #Boston for Young People

Interested in giving back to your community? Volunteering a few hours here and there is an awesome way to help others while you build some awesome experience to add to your resume. Here are some current opportunities in Boston for young people…

  1. Teens in Print: Ever dreamed of seeing your name in print? Join the staff of Boston’s citywide youth newspaper, Teens in Print. This is a volunteer position open to BPS high school students that could lead to a paid position next summer. Meetings are twice a week at The Boston Globe and have FREE food! ric.kahn.jcs@cityofboston.gov, 617-541-2651
  2. Project D.E.E.P One-on-One Tutoring Program: Project DEEP is looking for high school tutors to volunteer for their One-on-One Tutoring Program. Volunteer mentors will help Dorchester elementary school students with their homework once a week for 90 minutes after school starting in Nov and ending in Apr. Beth, beth@projectdeep.org, www.projectdeep.org
  3. Food Project: On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, youth ages 17+ for individuals and 14+ for groups can volunteer at the West Cottage Street Farm in Dorchester from 9:30am-12:30pm. Must pre-register online: www.thefoodproject.org, 617-442-1322
  4. Brigham & Women’s Hospital: BWH volunteers assist staff in many departments throughout the hospital, such as the BWH Gift Shop, Patient & Family Relations, Outpatient Infusion, and Pathology. Must be 16 years of age to become a BWH volunteer. A commitment of at least six months of service is required. www.brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/volunteer/General%20Volunteers.aspx
  5. Beth Israel Deaconess Center: The Health Corps Program offers high school students ages 14+ the chance to volunteer in clinical and non-clinical settings during the summer and school year. A minimum of 40 hrs needed. 6-12 month commitment and two recommendation letters are required. www.bidmc.org/AboutBIDMC/VolunteerServices.aspx
  6. Boston Blooms with Daffodils: Join Mayor Menino as the city plants 40,000 daffodil bulbs along Boston’s sidewalks, traffic medians, and paths. The Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to assist with planting and suggestions for locations. Plantings will take place on the weekends of Oct 19 & Oct 26. Registration: www.cityofboston.gov/parks/Daffodil_Signup/Default.aspx
  7. theMOVE Farm: theMOVE organizes farm-volunteer workdays for urban groups across Metro Boston. Trips take place thru Oct and head from program sites to farms in Boston or the North or South Shore. 617-922-8428, www.getoutma.org
  8. Farmers’ Market: Roslindale Village is in need of volunteers at their Saturday farmers’ markets. Volunteers can help with the following tasks: music set-up, setup and management of children’s entertainment area, EBT/SNAP assistants, parking lot monitors/counters, and breakdown. Ben, rvmsfarmersmarket@gmail.com, www.roslindale.net
  9. Samariteens: Samariteens is looking for teens ages 15-18 interested in volunteering to listen to other teens on the Helpline. The line is dedicated to the prevention of suicide among teens and providing confidential peer support to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness, and stress. www.samaritanshope.org/teen-helpline.html
  10. Boston Cares: Make a difference in your community by volunteering! Register with Boston Cares, and you’ll become a part of the many service projects that advocate for community enrichment, health & wellness, homelessness/hunger, environment and more! www.bostoncares.org

And if you need more resources on how to get a job, build a resume, or prepare for your career, check out these resources:

Teen Resume Guide: Create a resume to be able to share with potential job, internship, or volunteer leads. This guide includes a variety of formats samples, tips on how to tell your story, and great action words to describe your work and volunteer experience.  www.cityofboston.gov/youthzone/JobsInternshipsAndVolunteering

Job Tips for Teens: A job or an internship can provide you with new skills and a chance to investigate careers you may be interested in pursuing. This guide includes advice for young job seekers in Boston and resources to help you in your search. www.cityofboston.gov/youthzone/JobsInternshipsAndVolunteering

Panera Cares in Boston

This past week I had a good experience so I decided it was worth writing about it. As a young mother and a community member, I love to give back to the community that supports me. I believe it is so important because we have to show our kids that giving back to our own communities really shows how grateful we are for their support on our parenting. I also believe that being a giving person makes a difference in this tough social environment, and I want my child to learn that.

A few days ago, I went to Panera Cares, not just any Panera, this is a community-based Panera. They had great healthy choices for my child and my budget wasn’t an issue because they gave a “suggested price.” How this place works is you put the money in a box in front of you and they don’t ask how much you put in or even look at you. For people with no money at all, they allow them to work one hour for a free meal, which is awesome.

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So if you like to give back to your community, there’s many places you can go to, like Panera Cares. And if you’re the one in a time of need, there are places that will help.

The Panera Cares is located in Government Center, Boston at 3 Center Plaza, right across the street from City Hall.

Lily Loves the MBTA

My daughter and I take the public transportation daily. I have a love and hate relationship with it, especially now that I take it with my daughter. Lily loves public transportation. Seeing so many people amazes her. She loves going out and traveling from place to place. Staring out the window of the bus or the train makes her happy. I in the other hand, have a different experience with public transportation. Most times the public transportation is great, the bus/train not full with people, which is good because we are able to grab a seat. Then there are other times where it is completely full that we cannot even get on the bus. When this happens Lily has a tendency to scream “Wait bus!” I have to explain to Lily that it is fine that the bus left, we will get on the next bus.

On a busy bus day we had, Lily had actually surprised me. Lily and I had entered a full bus where there were no seats available for us. I thought to myself “great now I have to stand up while holding lily in my arms.” After few stops, Lily looked around and pointed at a lady sitting down in the front and said “you, my seat!” I gasp and thought this is embarrassing but awesome. The lady looking at lily smiled and said “you want this seat? Here.” I was glad that she did this. I would not have been able to. It is hard at times to find a seat when we are taking public transportation. It surprises me that people do not offer a seat for a child. When I see that another person with a child get on the bus and no one offers a seat, I stand and ask the person if they want the child to share the seat with my daughter (since Lily is so tiny).

Lily and I have built relationship with some of the frequent bus riders. We started to take public transportation when she was six months old. Lily will be two this September. Most of the frequent bus riders say hi and know us. We exchange a few words during the ride. Lily has started to know this nice people. Even the bus drivers recognize us too. When lily used to go to daycare in a stroller, the bus driver always had the front seat up for us. On days we would not take the bus, the driver would say the next day “Hey, I had the seat up for you girls yesterday, what happened?” Lily loves all of this. She likes being noticed. I like taking the public transportation but there are also days I don’t. I just try my best to plan the ride and take it at their best times to avoid the struggle for me and avoid having an upset baby.

Do your kids like public transportation as much as Lily does?

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My Daughter is the Love of My Life

makedaLife is something that I live everyday, but I would never thought that I would be a mother at an early age. I go by the name Keda but my real name is Makeda. I have lived in Boston for the past 10 years. Just last year I graduated high school with a human being growing inside of me! I was the happiest woman in the world when I saw how determined I was to get my high school diploma.

On September 13th, 2012, my life changed; I became a young mother. On this day, I met my blessing and named her Makaela Syvive. The first day I met the loml (love of my life) words couldn’t explain how I felt; all could say is thank you God she’s finally here…

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