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Kids take the toys here seriously

OK, so every family has different interests. One clan’s camping trip is another’s frugal New York weekend (the museums there are pay what you can).

And one family’s afternoon picnic is another’s lazy afternoon at… a brewery!

Places like Somerville’s American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden offer great beers for parents plus toys and kid-friendly appetizers. What a simple yet powerful way to make room for families in a typically child-free zone. THIS is the stuff of community. It’s real. It’s integrated. It’s local. And it’s probably going to hold equal appeal for moms, dads and grandparents.

Meanwhile, here’s to music for kids that is actually good and interesting for all listeners (surf, rockabilly, kid-song mash-up, anyone?). My husband Matt Heaton is putting the music, the beer AND the family friendly together at two forthcoming events in Somerville. Boston-area parents, take note!

Wednesday May 25, 5-7pm
American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden
301 Canal St, Assembly Square (Somerville) with
Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys

Monday June 13, 5-6:30pm
Toddler Dance Party and TACO NIGHT
Once Somerville, 156 Highland Ave (Somerville)
All ages, all taco, Full bar all the time
live music from Matt Heaton

No matter where families are, living a juicy life with kids mostly boils down to finding routines and field trips that are truly fun for everybody. Here’s to finding more family versions of fun stuff. Or, if you can’t find the right thing, make it!

Leap, Little Frog

a musician's musings on nesting, being creative, traveling, and parenting