The kids are back in school after the holidays and you can finally take a little break from keeping them busy all the time, right? Well, not if there’s a snow day. When winter hits Boston, it hits us hard, so it’s good to be fully prepared and have fun activities in your arsenal for when your little ones have the day off. Our partners in the Greater Boston area have the perfect resources for the next time bad weather strikes:


Eureka! Puzzles & Games The goal of Eureka! is to provide a collection of items that stimulates the mind, is playful to the spirit, and has lasting value, so it’s an ideal place to stop for snow day activities. With items including puzzles, brain games, books, crafts, toys, and more, Eureka! has exactly what you need to keep the kids busy. They also have things that suit the adult mind, so you can have your own fun as well. 1349 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446


Architrave When you’re giving your kids new toys, you don’t have to settle. Architrave offers unique toys in an innovative and educational environment, so you’ll be giving your children a fun experience as well as new trinkets and games. At Architrave, there’s a playstation for the kids to play in as well as free coffee and tea provided by Boston Bean coffee, so it’s a place where the kids can have a blast while you can recharge. Get prepared for the next storm with the variety of fun and educational toys Architrave has to offer. 1029 Great Plain Ave., Needham, MA 02492


Boing! The only thing that limits your snow day fun after a trip to Boing! is your imagination. Get your little ones some puppets and have them put on a show, purchase an educational book filled with vibrant pictures and activities and show them that learning can be fun, grab a game and have the whole family get involved for some quality time, or go classic and get Legos for your child to create their own microscopic world. Boing! is an independently run store that contributes to its community’s uniqueness, so pop by today to give your child the special experience they deserve. 667 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


CouCou When you think of snow days you had as a kid, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is playing in the snow; however, in order for your kids to have fun in the cold like you did, they need to have the outerwear to keep them warm. CouCou in the South End offers beautiful clothing that will allow your kids to make the most of their time outdoors. CouCou’s mission is to keep childhood wonder and imagination alive and this goal is clearly evident in all of their toys, books, and clothing. Get your camera ready once you get your child’s new snow day wardrobe because with the stylish outerwear that CouCou offers, you’ll want to capture how cute your little ones will look. 24 Union Park St., Boston, MA 02118


Hatched Hatched offers eco-friendly products with your child’s safety and comfort in mind. Not only does Hatched have the largest and best selection of organic fiber clothing for children, but it also has creative toys that will keep your kid’s imagination going. The store owner is a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain who is a mother of two herself, so she understands your desire to give your children the best. Hatched is very careful and deliberate about what they sell and, because of this, they offer your child the absolute best. 668 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Wagon Wheel If the weather’s holding you back from going out to eat but you want to have a special family meal, find a recipe and get fresh ingredients for it at Wagon Wheel. At Wagon Wheel, they pride themselves on the quality and variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs they provide and they always keep their prices low. Their food is purchased locally when available and they consistently offer organic produce. If your child’s old enough to do so, you can even keep them busy by having them help you prepare the delicious meal. 927 Waltham St., Lexington, MA 02421


On the Dot Books Few things are as cozy as curling up with a book while the snow falls outside your window. If your little reader is in need of a new book for the snow day, On the Dot Books has you covered. Whether your child needs their story to be read to them or they’re looking for a young adult novel, On the Dot Books has an inventory that accommodates all levels of readers. After ordering books from On the Dot Books, you’re sure to have a relaxing snow day experience with your kids. 1739 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124


The Red Wagon If it’s too cold to go outside but your kids are restless, head to The Red Wagon for toys and games. The Red Wagon has been serving the Beacon Hill community since 1997 and has a unique and ever-changing selection. While you’re looking for new gifts to entertain your child, keep an eye out for The Red Wagon’s classic 100% Peruvian cotton sweaters, which will have your child feeling comfy and fashionable. 69 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114