Mom’s Gone Wild :: 7 Ways Stressed-Out Moms Can Blow Off Steam in Boston

Look, just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I don’t need to have adventures, blow off some steam, and even be a little naughty sometimes. And thanks to the breadth of amazing and interesting offerings available in Boston, moms can do this in a really fun yet safe (and socially acceptable!) way these days. No more drunken nights ending with a tattoo of your kid’s name on your butt! (Oh wait, was that just me?)

When I had my midlife crisis a few years back, taking an improv class at Improv Boston and doing a nude photo shoot did the trick! But, occasionally, I need to live out some mini midlife crises. Once this place opens up in the Boston area, I’ll be all over it. But in the meantime, one of these local seven will hit the sweet spot. I hope you’ll find the experiences below a great way to either kick back and relax or blow off some steam through serenity, creativity, debauchery, and movement.

Howl at the moon

Howl at the Moon is a high-energy experience that is part piano bar and part live concert, with lots of dancing, singing along, and yes, howling is encouraged. Just what a stressed out mom needs during the witching hour — am I right?


Have you ever gone floating? You literally float in a tank filled with epsom salt that keeps you aloft without any effort. The tank is warm and it is completely dark and quiet, allowing you to quickly enter a meditative state. According to certain experts, floating can bring about a lucidity that can foster intense creativity, serenity, and peacefulness. Some people even experience mild visual hallucinations whilst floating. Obviously, this is not for the faint of heart or for those with claustrophobia, but if you’re looking for a really unique and mind-expanding experience, this is for you!

MGH Healing Garden

Those looking for some serenity after a particularly stressful mommy week should check out the healing garden at MGH’s Yawkey outpatient area on the 8th floor. It’s an 8,000-square-foot hidden gem that reveals an expansive topiary filled with exquisite plants and highlights an extraordinary view of the Boston skyline. Make it a solo date night and visit the Liberty Hotel afterward. It’s a short walk from MGH, and you can have a drink or dinner at Clink, the hotel’s signature restaurant.

Boston Winery

Ahh, wine. A stressed-out mom’s best friend, at times. And a visit to Boston’s only winery is a great way to enjoy some great wine and take part in a fun activity at the same time. Boston Winery offers wine tastings on Thursdays and Fridays from 3–8 p.m. and tours at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They are also open for tours on Saturdays. This is also a great spot for a moms’ night out event for collective and social de-stressing.

Gypsy Rose Dancing

Here comes the debauchery. Pole dancing. Yep, you’re a hot mom, you’re not afraid to own it, and you’re bringing sexy back with exotic pole dancing lessons. Located in Allston, Gypsy Rose’s tag line says it all — “where sexy is a state of mind.” This place offers private and group classes with inviting names, such as “pole-on-the-go,” “chair flair,” and “dance for your man weekly session.” They also have a selfie studio, costume catalog, and create your own cheesy 80s video. In my opinion, this is a one-stop shop experience for all the moms wanting to get back in touch with their naughty side. And for the ultimate in naughtiness, check out Alterna-TEASE — New England’s only neo-burlesque festival.

Boston Mobile Massage

I know what you’re thinking. Massage? “That is awesome — and I would love that — but I have really young kids and there is no way I have the time and energy to go and get a massage during the day.” Well, what if the massage could come to you? Maybe even during nap time? Heck yes! Just simply book your massage and Boston Mobile Massage will come to your house — lotion, massage table, and all — and get into those stressed out muscles, stat. Rates start at $135, and they also offer chair massages by request.

Daybreak Boston

I’m going to be honest. I absolutely love to dance. But now that I’m a mom of a “certain age,” I really can’t deal with clubs that open at 11 p.m. and have me losing my much-needed beauty sleep. Daybreak, however, is the ultimate morning-time dance party! The fact that Daybreak starts first thing in the a.m. makes this morning-person mama do an extra special happy dance! Daybreak dance parties start at 10 a.m. preceded by yoga at 9 a.m. They offer dance parties in most major cities, and the next one in Boston, which has a beach party theme, is May 21. You’re welcome. I’m planning to go, so if you want to carpool with me, comment below!

Honorable mentions

Artisan Asylum

For those ulta-creative moms who like to destress by creating something cool. 

For the moms who need a quick “serenity now” moment for free and without leaving the house.

Parts and Crafts

For mamas who want to be with their children while doing something creative and fun for themselves at the same time.

Jenny is a crass and pushy (read = sweet) native New Yorker who has always had a penchant for New England, after attending Brandeis for 4 years, but especially so after meeting her husband Barry, who also happened to live in Boston. After marrying, and creating 3 awesome daughters - ages, 11, 8 and 6 - she and her husband moved to Needham and love it there! Jenny is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Mindful Eating Instructor and Wellness blogger. She loves writing about how Mom's can navigate and prioritize their health and positive body image after having children. When she's not trying to figure out how the heck to parent a tween, She can be found blogging at the Huffington Post, (healthy living section) and on her site Heck yes! - mindfulness, kettlebells, body acceptance, yoga, traveling the word and eating decadent and unctuous (vegetarian) food. No way, man! - arthritis at 40, allergies to anything, animal cruelty, waiting in line.