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Bedtime Stories Pajama Party – You could win!

We have a winner – Freya H. of Newton, MA will be staying overnight – thanks for all of your amazing comments. We hope you have a blast supporting ReadBoston.

Last year Hotel Commonwealth, in Kenmore Square, hosted a storytelling and pajama party for families in Boston and it was a huge success. This year they’re doing it again to help raise money for ReadBoston, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization founded by Mayor Thomas Menino back in 1995. They’re also generously donating an overnight package to one of our readers! Comment on this post for a chance to win!

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Bedtime Stories Pajama Party is truly a magical night for kids, with professional storytellers and performers all night long. Afterwards, kids enjoy a make-your-own hot ch

ocolate bar with various types of hot cocoa and tons of toppings, while parents shop a library of ReadBoston children’s books from local authors.

Last year about 65 children, ages 3 through 9, assembled on a carpet to sing songs like “Five Little Monkeys” and “Roll Over,” and participate in interactive performances of “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch, “Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming, and “Don’t Let the Pigeons Stay Up Late!” by Mo Willems. Terry Guiney, former managing partner of Hotel Commonwealth, even read “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, while children nuzzled up beside him.

This year the event will be on Friday, February 25th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The hotel matches the $10 suggested donation from each family. RSVP now.

pancake class for kidsFamilies are also encouraged to make a night of it by booking the ‘Hotel for Kids’ overnight package at a special opening night rate of $219 on Friday, February 25, 2011. And one lucky winner will receive the over night package for free – all you have to do is comment on this blog post. The package includes a special Saturday morning kids’ pancake-making class with Executive Chef Jeremy Sewall of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks. This package also includes:

  • Deluxe family accommodations (up to 2 adults and 2 children) in a Commonwealth Suite.
  • A welcome backpack for kids stuffed with slippers from LL Bean, a bedtime story, flashlight and the hotel’s signature bear.
  • A board game and family-friendly DVD selection..and popcorn!
  • Homemade cookies and milk upon arrival
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • and more!

Remember to comment on this blog post for a chance to win!

For more information, contact Hotel Commonweatlh at 617.532.5017 or email them at!

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  1. this would be fun to win!!

  2. What a great idea, especially during what seems like an endless winter! And supporting literacy is such a great cause! Books are our favorite things to give out to all the children in our lives as gifts and takes up a good portion of space in our own home. I hope that my two year old is not too young for this, but think we might give this a try! Looking forward to it!

  3. We would love that overnight package – it sounds amazing! (Fingers crossed …)

  4. oooohhh, i want it

  5. Encouraging childhood literacy is a worthy cause, and this ReadBoston event sounds like a fun way to get kids excited about reading! I hope our family gets to attend.

  6. My girls would love it!!

  7. Amazing!!! I would love for my daughter to be a part of a such a special and fun filled night that supports such a fabulous cause!

  8. I can’t wait to go, this would be my first pajama party…ever!

  9. Sounds like a fun night! My boys would love it!!

  10. Amazing! Sounds like so much fun!

  11. Fun, fun, fun! Let’s hope we win. 😉

  12. Oooh! What fun this would be! My daughter has been mad to have a sleepover someplace, and this would be fantastic! Such a good cause too – will let my friends and family know about this – and see you on the 25th!

  13. I’d love to give this to my wife and daughter as a belated Valentines Day present. There is nothing better they like than books and pancakes, and this is a great idea for a winter treat.

  14. sounds awesome, wish we lived closer so we could go.

  15. Wow! What a fun night! We’re in! My girls will love this.

  16. this would be amazing to win for our family. A much needed mini get-away to clear the winter blues!!!!!

  17. this would be so much fun- a great getaway!

  18. This is a great idea and I don’t know why other hotels have not jumped on board with something similar!

  19. We wanted to go to this last year but my little one wasn’t old enough! I know they’d have a ton of fun =)

  20. What a great event for a great cause! And a fun prize, too!

  21. My boys would love this…..this would great to win! What a great idea

  22. In these tough times it would be so much fun for my children. They would so enjoy this package and what better than promoting reading one thing our family does.every night together. My family write part of the day!! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to win Such a fabulous gift!

  23. Sounds like fun! My girls would love this. 🙂

  24. That would be so much fun!! Hope I win! 🙂

  25. This sounds like so much fun!

  26. Jennifer Millington

    This sounds like soo much fun! I just love raising money for wonderful causes while having FUN!!!

  27. This is the day after my daughter’s birthday and would make a great gift!

  28. wow great prize fun stuff

  29. This would be so much fun!!! Read Boston is a wonderful program!

  30. We will be there! Sound like a great evening for kids and adults alike!

  31. What a great way to promote reading in our young children while teaching them to pay it forward!

  32. This sounds like a lot of fun! What a great way to encourage and support reading & literacy!

  33. What fun! My kids would love this!

  34. Great cause and a fun evening!!

  35. What fun! Hotel Commonwealth is beautiful! We’d love to stay there again!

  36. Such a brilliant concept! My daughters would LOVE the idea of a pajama party and story telling. Ever since I lost my job last year, I have more time with my girls at home, but the idea of spending the night at a hotel in Boston after a professional story teller and all would be absolutely enthralling to my girls! It would also be her first pajama party:-)

  37. Is the rate $129/night or $219/night. The link of the Hotel above states differently.

  38. What a fun winter getaway for the family!

  39. Wow, what a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  40. This sounds like a blast for the little ones! Would love to go!!!

  41. Wow this sounds like fun!

  42. This looks like a great event. I’d love to be able to bring my two daughters!

  43. My two daughters ages 7 and 4 yrs. old would love this entertaining and memorable experience. My children love reading and also enjoy culinary creations. Thanks for the entry chance.

  44. The rate is $219, the original press release was incorrect, we’ve updated the post. Still a great deal!

  45. A night filled with screaming kids? Sounds like a dream to my three year old. This is a wonderful opportunity to build community, help a cause, and to give a release to our poor kids who’ve been cooped up by snow this whole winter. Thanks to Hotel Commonwealth and everyone involved.

  46. A girls pajama party would be amazing to break up this hum-bug snowy winter! What a great idea!

  47. What a fun event!

  48. Great deal indeed. Especially when you factor in the priceless smile on your children’s faces!

  49. What a great idea! My wife and I had a “babymoon” there a few years back. The hotel is amazing. We’d love to bring our kids there for a wonderful cause.

  50. SOunds fun, and what a great program.

  51. What a great idea! The kids (and us, let’s be serious) would love a mid-winter getaway!

  52. What a great activity!

  53. Great idea for the wintery weather!!! Hope to get to spend an evening downtown!!

  54. I think the “supervising adults” would have just as much (if not more) fun than the children! What a fun event!

  55. Sounds fantastic! What a great way to spend time together as a family!

  56. Sounds like fun

  57. This sounds like so much fun! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  58. What a perfect getway for the entire family.

  59. What a great way to spend quality time together as a family!

  60. This sounds like so much fun. would love the overnight accomodations since the hour drive home would be kind of a buzz kill to all the fun!

  61. What a great activity for the family – especially on my 40th bday! Thanks for sharing.

  62. Sounds like a blast. Calvin loves books, and what’s better is books with friends

  63. PJs, stories AND a hot chocolate bar?!? Not only would my daughter love this, but her daddy would too!

  64. What a great way to beat the winter blah’s!!! My daughter would LOVE this magical night (as would I !!!!) Thank you!

  65. Thanks for the great post on this event. I will post as well to help get the word out on this wonderful event that allows kids to have fun and help other kids read. It’s a win-win-win for everyone and makes me proud of my city!

  66. This is perfect escapade for everyone in the family. I wish there is one like that in our town too. It’s pretty cool to have all those lovely amazing kids.

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