April means two things, to most adults who have kids: No more kidding around about your taxes, and the rugrats are loose for another week. But Portlanders are lucky, because local organizations have plenty of activities for their youngsters to get involved in, lest they go Lord of the Flies on us. To wit:
What kid doesn’t love the story of Robin Hood? If your son or daughter goes straight to the dowels when you’re at the hardware store and pretends they’re arrows, enroll them in Portland Stage Company’s Vacation Camp: Adventures with Robin Hood, taking place at their building at 25A Forest Ave. between April 17 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The price is $280 per child. There will be a surplus of games, artwork and performance in the land of Nottingham, with an open classroom on the final day of camp for students to show what they’ve been working on. (Note: Real arrows will not be used.)
Or, if your mini-me is more of an animal lover who has a special bond with the family pet, there’s the Animal Welfare Society’s April Vacation Camp at 46 Holland Rd. in Kennebunk, from April 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the week. Registration costs $125 and kids ages 7 to 12 are welcome. This is a comprehensive course that touches on everything from animal care and handling, to animal welfare issues and awareness, to the interrelation between people, animals and the environment. Your little vet-to-be will finish the week with a head full of knowledge. You’ll have to send bag lunches each day, but the AWS has snacks covered.
Finally, there’s even something for the kids whose noses are always in a book (or at least glued to something worthwhile online). The Portland Museum of Art (7 Congress Sq.) is offering School Vacation Week Family Days: The Art of Poetry. On April 19, 20 and 21 starting at 11 a.m., poets from The Telling Room will come and share their work, to be dovetailed with games and activities in PMA’s galleries, all geared toward developing an awareness of the intersection of visual art and the written word. Plus, in the afternoons, a screening of the film The Eagle Huntress will take place. It’s a stunning story about a young girl who strives to become the first master of falconry in her village. The Museum recommends that participants be at least 5 years old (8 for the movie).
With these options, we foresee that you won’t even be up against much of an argument from the little angels. They’ll be like, “My folks are the coolest!”
Portland Stage Company: 207-774-0465 or http://www.portlandstage.org/events/vacation-camp-adventures-with-robin-hood/
Animal Welfare Society: Megan at 207-985-3244 ext. 109 or http://animalwelfaresociety.org/news_and_events/april-vacation-camp-2/
Portland Museum of Art: 207-775-6148 or http://www.portlandmuseum.org/events/school-vacation-week-family-days-art-poetry