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Planning day-after-wedding activities near Burlington, Vermont

First, I am looking for suggestions of daytime activities on a Sunday afternoon (of a long weekend) in or near Burlington, Vermont. Second, I am looking for those activities to be friendly for an assorted cast of family and friends to do the day after a wedding. Both Vermont-specific and general-wedding-planning answers are welcome! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Nov 13, 2014 - 13 answers

C'mon, get happy

I am in a pretty emotionally difficult time in my life. (I'm in the midst of a season of high stakes interviews, and my finances right now are rather limited.) I've got access to professional help, so I'm all covered there, but I think it would be helpful to have a list that I can turn to on a regular basis of easy to do things that are 1) free or very low cost, 2) outside my apartment, and 3) schedule-independent* to help me keep my spirits up during this difficult time. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 4, 2014 - 25 answers

Help keep my hyper baby happy

My wonderful almost-seven-month-old is very, very active. All the "things to do with your baby" websites/books assume the baby will just sit there quietly. What did/do you do with your little livewire to keep them amused? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Sep 26, 2014 - 36 answers

How can you help a toddler learn to jump

Our son, who recently turned three, doesn't know how to jump. When my wife and I ran through a review of his skills and abilities at this point as part of his general check-up, he scored well with or above on all tests, except gross motor skills, namely jumping. How can we help him learn this skill? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Looking for Fun Lake/Swimming Activities and Games I Can Play by Myself

What are fun games and activities I can play in a lake with little or no equipment and ideally no other people? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Best ways to acclimatize yourself to a new city (Montreal)

I have 3 weeks of free time before school starts and want to make the most of it. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 13, 2014 - 10 answers

Where can I eat gooseneck barnacles & explore unique spots in Portland?

For instance, my SO really wants to find a place that serves gooseneck barnacle like they did here and explore spots like the abandoned Upper Salmonberry River Railway. We wanted to see sloths, but it was booked. We know these kind of unique local gems are coveted, but does anyone mind sharing their favorite off-the-beaten path activities in PDX? [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Keeping a kid entertained during grown-up dinners?

In the next few weeks, I will need to attend a series of late-running formal dinners... with a five-year-old in tow. Please recommend your most magical, engrossing, dinner-table-friendly activity books, games, small toys, etc. for the early school-aged set, so we can keep her quietly in her seat and out of everyone's hair. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2014 - 28 answers

Where do people go to NOT drink on the weekends?

I have recently decided to stop drinking due to health reasons. I'm 29 and I live in Chicago, so most of the socialization options available to me (or at least the ones I'm aware of) center around drinking – bars and restaurants, etc. What are some things to do on weekend afternoons and nights that will not involve drinking? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jul 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Quirky Londoners, plz halp

I'm going to London! Help me find fun things to do. I like comics, small indie concerts, clothes, outdoor markets, vintage stuff, handmade stuff, food, knitting, and going on walks. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera on Jul 24, 2014 - 23 answers

What to do in Napa before dinner, with no hotel?

Looking for suggestions of chill hangout spots or low-key activities (preferably not wine-related) for that awkward "before dinner" time in Napa. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jul 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Settling into the Renaissance City

We just moved to Providence. Help us get involved in it! [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jul 9, 2014 - 8 answers

where can we mini golf with puppies?

I work with an adult with disabilities in western Mass. I take him out a few times a week, and we're running out of stuff to do! Can you help us find more things to enjoy? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jul 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Have toddler, will travel, but how to minimize protesting?

Can you suggest some good classic (read: legally free) ebooks for little people around the age of 3? We're planning for a road trip, and we have a long list of good distractions, but I want to lighten our load of books by utilizing our Kindle Fire and the wonders of the Internet Archive and other sources for high quality digital books. Do you know of any good sites that compile such lists, or can you suggest some good picture books from such sources? And any suggestions for distracting a little person on a road trip would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Things to do in Denver with your kids?

Planning a summer road trip with the little fergs (ages 6 & 8) in June involving a couple of nights in Denver, a few days camping at Rocky Mountain National Park, and probably a night/day in Fort Collins or Estes Park. What are the must-see/must-do, uniquely "Colorado" activities for a nerdy, music- and nature-loving family in Denver? [more inside]
posted by jferg on Apr 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Soooo Boooored....

Give me some fun ideas to do with my not yet walking, grass hating, only has interest in climbing stairs 15 month old. I'm getting rather bored with him during the day and I don't know what to do with him. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Apr 22, 2014 - 28 answers

Fun activities for a house bound dad?

My poor dad is recovering from an accident, and is stuck in the house during this crazy winter. What are some fun activities to keep him busy while we wait for the snow to melt? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Feb 26, 2014 - 15 answers

What to do in Albany on a weekday in January.

I have to take a crash solo trip to Albany, NY in mid-January for a (very short) business meeting on a Wednesday morning and another meeting the next day. I will be staying in a hotel near the SUNY campus, and my meetings are downtown. I'm looking for suggestions of things to do afterwards on Wednesday, as I will have the whole day and evening to kill, as well as a bit of time on Thursday morning. I will not have a car or bike, but am perfectly happy to walk sizable distances or take public transit, and though I plan on dressing appropriately for the weather, I'd prefer activities that involve at least some amount of indoor time, are open on a weekday, and are on the cheaper end. Suggestions on places to eat are also welcome! Oh, and though I have driven through it, I have never actually been there before. Thanks!
posted by likeatoaster on Dec 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Christmas in NYC

I'm visitng NYC for the next couple days and would like to pack in some quintessential Christmastime in New York City activities. ! [more inside]
posted by gardenbex on Dec 14, 2013 - 18 answers

DC on Black Friday... Non Shopping Suggestions, Please!

My husband and I have the opportunity to be dropped off at the Metro (red line, Glenmont side) at around 11:00am and picked back up there around 5:30-6:00pm on Friday 11/29, the day after Thanksgiving. What should we do? What's open? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Definitive book for Doing Things?

Is there a definitive activity book? Sort of like a cookbook, but for Activities To Do? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Nov 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Projects/Activities for 3-year-olds

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with my 3.5-year-old boy/girl twins, and looking for some structured activities/things to do to help drive it and get them excited, as they generally prefer my wife over me... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 28, 2013 - 30 answers

How does a 20 yr old healthyish student get back in shape without dying?

The fact I never liked the "traditional" forms of exercise never bothered me before. That is, until it recently dawned on me activities like going to the gym or running might be the only options I have left. But, with sensitive knees and shins from growing quickly and the residual effects of childhood asthma still occasionally inhibiting my ability to do cardio, these activities seem more foreign than ever. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Oct 27, 2013 - 26 answers

What are some fun activities a couple can do together in an apartment?

My partner and I work thirds, so we often find ourselves hanging out in my apartment at ungodly hours like 3-6am. We're running out of things to do, or at least I feel we are, because things are getting boring. What are some quiet, not-costly activities I can have around for us to do? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Oct 2, 2013 - 24 answers

Golden birthday on a budget

My golden birthday is coming up, and since you only get one, I'd like to do something special. But I'm pretty much broke. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Day trips/activities in Seattle for myself and my elderly mother?

We're going to be in Seattle from August 3rd to 10th for the Seattle Opera production of the Ring Cycle. What might you suggest for daytime activities? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe on Jul 28, 2013 - 7 answers

What are some fun day time activities in the DC are for kids?

I have a ten-year-old boy staying with me for the next month in a Maryland suburb of DC. I would love to hear any and all suggestions for activities in the DC area (especially if anyone knows about any kind of baseball day camp or one day programs, anything baseball related). We have been having fun exploring the area but new ideas would be awesome. Thank you.
posted by TallyH on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Fun activities for a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles?

My little sister -- an athletic, smart, totally awesome 12-year-old -- will be staying with me in the greater LA area in a couple weeks. I've been living here for a few years, but most of my spare time is spent on things like galleries/museums, strange, arty movie theaters, or experimental music shows (either watching or playing). This is the life for me, but I don't expect it to be enjoyable for my kid sister. So what are some fun things for a smart, conscientious pre-teen (tween? I don't know the terminology anymore) girl that likes to be outdoors or reading? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jun 20, 2013 - 24 answers

Active recreation in Palo Alto, CA.

I'm a recent transplant to the South Bay. I live and work in downtown Palo Alto. I don't drive, but I do have a bike and live near a Caltrain station. I'm looking for some kind of structured, regular physical activity to do outside the house. Recommend good things near me. It doesn't necessarily have to be athletic. Think outside the box. A list of things I don't want is inside. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Oh no...I'm boring!

Why don't normal hobbies and activities interest me, or why can't I stick with them? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on May 21, 2013 - 28 answers

What to do in Montreal?

I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Baby- and family-friendly activity for 6 couples on May 5 in Seattle?

My family is in charge of organizing an event or outing for our PEPs group on Sunday May 5 in greater Seattle. We are 6 couples with babies from 8-10 months. Ideas that aren't the zoo or aquarium? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Interesting, intelligent, cultural, or culinary activities in NYC

My partner will be in NYC for the next month for medical treatment, with varying energy levels, and I will be visiting her over the long weekends. Looking for people's favorite diversions that would be appropriate for a non-athletic, museum-interested, grad-school-educated, foodie couple based on the Upper East Side (70th St.) We're 40-somethings who've done a lot of the NY standard stuff in the past, including the big UES museums and MOMA -- although I have to admit a lot of my experience is nearly 20 years ago at this point -- but we're both comfortable using the Metrocard to take subways and buses around town. Partner will probably not be up to walks over 20-30 minutes. Just looking for cool stuff locals might recommend for weekend activities that wouldn't be in travel guides or major web sites or mobbed with typical tourists. Thanks in advance!
posted by aught on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

The Final Frontier in NYC?

What can two space nerds do in NYC for a day—besides the ANHM and The Intrepid? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Apr 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Ideas for indoor activities for an employee party

I'm in need of ideas for indoor activities for an end of the season work party for a large group of seasonal employees. [more inside]
posted by a girl and her dog on Apr 3, 2013 - 8 answers

How to Spend a Weekend in Charlotte?

I'm going to be in Charlotte, NC for the weekend of April 21-22 in preparation for a conference. What fun things can I do there? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Things to do at home when incapacitated.

I need recommendations for activities for someone with medical conditions that preclude reading, writing, watching much video, or walking for any significant amount of time. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

fun group activities in Atlanta

I'm the Fun Czar for a group of software developers, some of whom are in the Atlanta, GA area. I know nothing about Atlanta or fun stuff to do there. Help! I'm especially interested in activities that will be fun and engaging for a group of approximately 20 people, mostly geeks in their 20s and 30s. I'm interested in both little things (bowling and beer?) that can be done in a couple of hours, and bigger things (sporting events? amusement parks? boat rides?) that would take a full afternoon or all day.
posted by spindrifter on Mar 14, 2013 - 17 answers

I need to come up with ideas for daycare visits to our gym.

I'm the program developer at a gymnastics club, and my latest assignment has be wracking my brain. We have outside daycare groups come and visit us once a week for around an hour, and my boss wants us to add on an additional activity to make us a more appealing choice. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 29, 2013 - 19 answers

English speaking person in Paris (France)

Things to do as an international living in Paris. [more inside]
posted by gunners on Jan 26, 2013 - 11 answers

games without reading

We're taking a 5 hour bus trip to and from NYC this weekend. My partner gets car sick from reading; what are some games or activities we can do on the bus that won't make him car sick? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Jan 13, 2013 - 15 answers

Structured activities where a shy guy can meet women?

What are some structured activities where I (early 30s, male) can meet women in their 20s/30s? I'm specifically looking for activities that involve an ongoing group with structured interaction between participants, because I'm not good at starting up conversations on my own. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Dec 28, 2012 - 23 answers

What can I do that would result in a good story

Can you help me think of activities I can engage in that will give me lots of good material for interesting stories? I want 2013 to be the year of the interesting story in which I do things that have a good chance or resulting in an interesting story. I want to come up with at least 12 things I can do -- 1 per month. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 5, 2012 - 38 answers

Help me find fun & intellectual activities in Pittsburgh

27 year old somewhat nerdy male. Non-drinker. Have lived in Pittsburgh for four years. Recently left a nights-and-weekends kitchen job for a 9-5 office job. I've never had nights and weekends off in my adult life and, silly as it sounds, need ideas on what to do. [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Creative and fun activity books for kids

What are your favourite books for children with activities that they can do with minimal supervision? So far on the list, I have The Silver Spoon for Children (cooking), the Ed Emberley books (drawing), maybe Wreck This Journal or How to Be an Explorer of the World (random creative activities)? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Nov 8, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I connect with my sister?

How do I develop and nurture a relationship with a family member with whom I share little in common besides mutual respect and a desire to build closeness? [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids.

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Oct 28, 2012 - 7 answers

What to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas?

What is there to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Oct 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me make an impact.

Help me put together an engaging and enlightening workshop about gender and sexuality! [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Four free evenings in San Diego. What to do?

I will be at a conference in San Diego this week. I arrive Tuesday around noon, and leave on Saturday at noon. My evenings are free and I'm looking for suggestions of things to do on my own without a car. [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Oct 1, 2012 - 9 answers

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