Adults wearing pajamas outdoors is a trend I find odd. Are these people too lazy to remove their funky jammies and pull on a pair of pants? Yeesh! Kids, however, get a pass. Raise your hand if you remember piling into the family car as a young 'un and heading to the drive-in to see a double feature in your PJs. OK, dinosaurs, put your hands down now, and go explain what a drive-in is to the whippersnappers who have never visited one.
It may be difficult to find a drive-in these days, but I've got a great event that your kids can enjoy in their pajamas. It's the fourth annual Storytelling and Pajama Party hosted by Hotel Commonwealth
on February 22 and 23. For a suggested $20 donation per family (which will be matched by the hotel) to support the children literacy organization, ReadBoston, PJ-clad attendees will be regaled by professional storytellers, can add all the fixings they want at the make-your-own hot chocolate bar, and have an opportunity to meet Curious George. (Fun Boston-area fact: Curious George authors H. A. and Margret Rey lived in Cambridge.)
If you want to make a weekend adventure out of the event, the hotel (which is fabulous) is offering a Bedtime Stories Package at a special rate that includes admission to the party, accommodations in a four-person suite, a backpack for the kiddos stuffed with L.L. Bean slippers and other goodies, a morning pancake making class, and complimentary parking.
If you do plan to splurge for the package, do me a favor: Don't wear your pajamas out on the streets of Boston the following day. That's just gross.
Bedtime Stories Pajama Party
Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2013 (Mass. school vacation week)
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (Kenmore Square)
Special hotel package
starts at $229. Stay a second night for $169.
RSVP and more info: 866-784-4000, Email the hotel
Photo: Hotel Commonwealth. Used with permission.