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DH is thinking of going to a Magic the Gathering thing in Boston in August. I have no interest in going too, but I'm jumping at the chance to go to Boston. I went once with my parents a few years ago and I loved it. If we do go he'll go to his thing and I'll be able to wander Boston with DD for a day or two. Then we'd have a day or two more as a family to do things. However, I have no idea what I would do all day there with an 11 month old and no car or even with DH and a car (I don't' want to drive in Boston though, but I have no idea how to use the trains). Spam me with ideas and cool things to do.
 

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August is going to be hot. My best advice is to take the commuter boat over to Hull, and spend a day at the beach. There are bathrooms and showers, and even a nice playground, and you shouldn't need anything you can't bring in a backpack. It's free (other than $12 or something for the boat plus a small amount for a bus or cab ride over to the beach if you don't want to walk), will cool you all off, and is way better than getting stuck in tourist-y things.<br><br>
The Boston aquarium could be fun. If you do a whale watch boat ride (not sure if you'd be comfortable doing this with an 11 month old...I would, but dw probably wouldn't), I would say *only* do the one through the aquarium...it is worlds better than the rest, and more ecologically friendly and whale friendly. I loved the whale watch I did through the aquarium. There is a Boston Children's Museum that is supposed to be good as well.<br><br>
The one tourist-thing we did years ago and loved was the Duck tour. I don't know if it is the same now, and we didn't do it with babe in arms, but when we did it, it was a riot...tons o' fun!
 

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My husband is the one running that tournament! That's super cool. I can definitely help you find stuff to do in the area.<br><br>
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I'm normally only a lurker but my wife and I moved to Framingham about two seconds ago and I think she is planning to be in this tournament too (ah to be the wife of a geek). Can I butt in just a teeny bit and ask for a few extra ideas of what I can do with our probably two month old baby at this thing? Because I don't know a blessed soul up here in real life who I could ask.
 

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It's nice to know I'm not the only one who's being abandoned for Magic for a day lol.
 

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FYI, there's a Magic PTQ (Honolulu qualifier) in Brighton, MA tomorrow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> .<br><br>
Our lives basically revolve around Magic and other tcg's and games...I've brought many a baby to these tournaments, hung out, nursed, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Honestly, I'd say just stay home with the baby (or go out to a cafe & playground nearby), because these tournaments can go laaaaate into the night sometimes, as you both probably already know!<br><br>
And welcome to Framingham CassnBeth!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: May I recommend the prenatal & postpartum aerobics class at the YMCA monday & friday mornings, 10:20-11:30am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
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Staying home isn't much of an option b/c we live in Iowa lol. I was trying to figure out a family vacation where we'd both have fun and I saw Magic and Boston (I Love Boston) and figured it was a good idea. I regularly get ditched on Sundays for these so I know how long they can go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I'm amazed anyone can do anything for that long. I can't even sit still through an hour long TV show.
 

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An 11 month old would definitely enjoy the aquarium. It has one of those huge central tanks that you can walk up alongside. It's pricey but i don't think your dd would have to pay. The children's museum is pretty hectic for a small child but they do have a toddler area.<br>
I would also second the beach if it's hot, though I don't know if I would do it without a quick get a way handy (car) simply because things happen with kids at the beach...<br>
Another nice trip would be to Salem. I think you can take the train and then walk every where else and it's really pretty with lots to see and do.<br>
Also the Boston botanical gardens (is that right?) is great for relaxing and letting your dd run around...I guess she might not be running yet though, very shady.<br>
If she is content to be in the stroller/ sling I would just do things I wanted to do in boston and take her along. The Museum of Fine Arts, historical sights etc...<br>
Have fun!
 

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I agree that it will be pretty hot, and the places I can think of will probably be crowded. Do you have a problem with heat and crowds? I do, but I can try to think like someone who doesn't. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> What types of things do you like to do? Do you want to see typical touristy things, or just find cool places to hang out? Do you know if you'll be in the city or will you be further out?<br><br>
Also, the train/subway is very user friendly and can get you pretty much anywhere. I know it can be a little intimidating, but it's really not hard at all.
 

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No but depending on where you're staying I'd certainly sleep in and hang out with baby for a good portion of the day, checking in at the tournament a few times. Do you know where you're staying yet? Will it be close to the tournament site?
 

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I concur. Probably your best bet. The Children's Museum is insane, and the Museum of Science is a little too old for a toddler. The Public Gardens and Swan Boats are nice, and there are some neat playgrounds, some with wading pools or sprinklers if you know where they are (I used to be a nanny in the area). Getting on the T and going out of Boston proper can yield some fun stuff too.<br>
My youngest will be 13 months in August if you want a playmate or picnic lunchdate.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No but depending on where you're staying I'd certainly sleep in and hang out with baby for a good portion of the day, checking in at the tournament a few times. Do you know where you're staying yet? Will it be close to the tournament site?</div>
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Once we know for sure if we're going we'll probably try and find a cheap hotel (if that's even possible) close to the tournament site.<br><br>
A picnic lunch sounds great! I'll pm you closer to the time/when we figure out if we're going.<br><br>
The aquarium sounds fantastic! I love them and hopefully DD will too.
 

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Just an FYI, the Museum of Science has added on an infant/toddler crawling area as well as a room for the younger child set (lots of stuff to touch and feel). It is nicely air conditioned. The infant/toddler area even had gliders for mamas to nurse in if you're okay with NIP.<br><br>
Same with the Children's museum. But I have to agree, if you go on a weekend, it can be an absolute zoo.
 

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Boston has tons of great parks and I love taking DD to the Swan boats we went all the time as kids - tho the pond seems much smaller now haha. This is also the spot where the Ugly Duckling was writen and the have golden ducks all lined up and the kids like to sit on them and stuff.<br>
Also a fan of visiting with the fish - the jelly fish room is a great relaxing nursing spot for shy mommas or distractible babes.<br>
DD will spend lond as my sanity will allow switching trains and riding around ppl watching . the red lines her fav. lots of artists . If you like real chinnesse food China town is fun too We used to take feildtrips there as kids.<br>
playgrounds<br><br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/872317/visit_the_best_playgrounds_in_boston.html?cat=16" target="_blank">http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...on.html?cat=16</a><br>
Enjoy<br>
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Krista,<br>
i keep trying to PM you, but your box is full.
 

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It's chronic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> You can email me at: yourmove @ rcn . com
 

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I second the public gardens, try out the frog pond & the swan boats. If your baby is happy in a sling or carrier, than the MFA or other museums YOU are interested in can be a lovely way to keep cool - but pricey. I also agree with PP re: children's museum & science museum, both have toddler/baby spaces that are more mellow, but I would not go on a weekend. The children's musuem has a sing-a-long for the under 3 crowd a few times a week, but so do branches of the Boston Public Library (for free!) At that age, I would rather have spent the money on something I would enjoy seeing, & my ds would just come along for the AC & the ride.<br><br>
In August, I'm all about getting my LO's to the water...I love the north shore & totaly agree with the PP who mentioned Salem, 'tho I would also suggest trying out the beaches in Rockport (town beach) & Gloucester (singing beach). Both are accessible via the commuter rail & a longish walk (bring a stroller!) The water is very cold, but so is the breeze off the water. The beaches are very toddler friendly (not big waves, etc.) Rockport has a super cute town to walk around & get a sandwich or coffee, shop, etc. There are other beaches closer (revere beach), but I've not found them to be as baby/kid friendly - not a clean, etc.<br><br>
If you have access to the car - go to Walden Pond (about 25 minute drive). The water is awesomely warm & spring -fed & the little beach is super toddler/baby friendly & even has some shade. Again, this is better during the week or early in the day. On the weekend, the parking lot gets filled up by 9 or 10:00 am. If you have the car, & you don't mind a longer tirp (about 1:20) , you may also want to try out the beaches on Cape Cod: for LO's some of my favs are Corporation beach in Dennis & Old Silver Beach in Falmouth (water's warm & gentle). If you & your DP are going together & you want the bigger waves , dunes & a longer trip (2 hrs), we love Head of The Meadow Beach in Truro.<br><br>
On weekend nights, my family likes walking into Harvard Square to listen to the street musicians, get ice cream & relive my Hrvd punk teenagehood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Post again when you know where you'll be staying & I'm sure the Boston MDC will give you pointers to the best playgrounds, etc. in the immediate area. Enjoy your stay!
 
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