Visiting the New England Aquarium is like a mini vacation during the unforgiving winter, so consider a membership to make frequent visits. Being so close to the ocean, you can expect exhibits that are incredibly close to the real-life habitats of its hundreds of animal species. Don’t miss out on this local attraction for features like the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast, plus the popular four-story ocean tank. That’s where you’ll find Myrtle the green sea turtle, along with loads of other Caribbean sea creatures. Also onsite is the Simons IMAX Theater, plenty of opportunities for animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tour packages that make each and every visit a unique experience. Visit the website for a full list of ticket combination packages, or to get psyched for your visit when you preview the exhibits. The New England Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow. Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you
They say it’s better to give than receive, but living up to the old adage can be expensive. This holiday season, keep your wallet full—and your stress level at a minimum—by going the DIY route with your gift-giving. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or pro chef to create a gift that’s memorable and meaningful, and these ideas are proof! Put together a gift basket. Who wouldn’t want to receive a beautifully presented gift basket during the holidays? You can customize a gift basket for every recipient on your gift list, from the foodie to the spa-goer. After deciding on a theme, grab a few inexpensive wicker baskets from the craft store, then fill it with goodies that follow the theme. For the home chef, for example, you could fill the basket with a dish towel, oven mitt, gourmet non-perishables, and a cook book. Whip up something sweet. The
For one of the most spectacular showings of The Nutcracker in the United States, you must go see the Boston Ballet’s rendition this season; we’re lucky to have this incredible show right in our backyard! This age-old holiday story truly comes to life on stage and with each sugar plum fairy and floating snowflake, you’ll be more in the holiday spirit. The show runs at Citizens Bank Opera House through Dec. 29, with plenty of shows to fit into your busy holiday calendar so you don’t have to miss it. Tickets start at around $40 and range to over $200 depending on when you’re going and where you’d like to sit. The interactive seat map will allow you to browse to find the perfect ticket for you and your group. Get ready to experience the magic of The Nutcracker and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably starting to make your holiday plans. And if those plans include hosting the big meal at your apartment, you might also be panicking about how you’re going to accommodate everyone. But don’t worry—just a few of these small tweaks will get your apartment ready for the crowd. Stash your superfluous stuff. Extra clutter will always make your space look smaller, but it can actually become a physical barrier to your guests’ comfort in this case. Clear out the pieces of furniture that serve no functional purpose and stow them in the bedroom or office, and get rid of any knick-knacks or decor that are taking up what could be valuable space for food and drinks. Find some extra seating. Unless you really want to mix things up with a cocktail-style dinner, you’re going to need enough seating for everyone on your guest
Kick-off your Thanksgiving Day with a little movement at the Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5K in Allston. The event is not only a festive, healthy way to start your holiday with family and friends, but it’s a way to give back, as the race proceeds are donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Start time on Thanksgiving Day is 9:00 a.m. but you’ll want to get there early to grab your bib, register and participate in the opening ceremonies. Registration opens at 7:30 that morning, with the opening ceremony starting at 8:45 a.m. You can save yourself some time now and register online for only $35 now through November 25th, if you miss the online registration cutoff you can register the day of the event for $40. The first 700 to register for the race get a race t-shirt to add to their collections! What are you waiting for? Give