Kids (66)

Turning Everyday Drama Into Gold

We all have that one friend we swear would have a really easy time as a television writer because all they’d have to do is write down what happens to them in their daily life. Chances are, your teen has a friend about whom they feel the same. Some lives are just full of drama, sweeping change and challenges overcome. In our country’s history, there is a woman who must have been the marvel of…

The Afternoon Imagination Series Is Under Way

Many of our kids are back in school after the holiday break now, new toys and gadgets now just a few more items in their self-entertainment repertoire. The young stars are once again with their friends and teachers, safe within the walls of wisdom. But, if you work nine to five, your children still might be on their own or with your sitter for a couple of hours before you get home. You may be…

Kids Need Culture Too

It would be hard to argue that music and art are not key components that any parent would want to see included in their child’s education and development. In rural areas or especially poor ones, it can be hard to expose children to these opportunities. However, luckily for those who live and work in Greater Portland, the culture here allows for quite the opposite: a lot of dedicated professionals creating a lot of innovative children’s…

Royalty on the Rink

Skating the edge. Skating on thin ice. Just skating by. With all the English idioms like those, it would seem that ice skating is a shameful pursuit. But any mom or dad (steps included) who has given that last push before their child starts to kick and glide on their own, knows that skating can light up a kid’s world, for days, stretching into evenings, at a time. And the youngsters are going to want…

Author and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell Reads from 'Toby'

No one wants to bring baggage into a new relationship. So, when it’s just ourselves, we work on our issues, sharpen up, and try to be better now than we were back then. It is easy to imagine a new pet, especially one who has been in a human family before, being anxious about making a good impression, to leave their old selves behind. But animals don’t generally have the ability, as we do, to…

Can't Make It To the Slopes This Weekend?

Now that winter is here (yes, we realize that technically it’s not till the 21st, thanks), the opportunities for children and teens to get their exercise outdoors are fewer. There’s skiing and snowboarding if you can afford it, but that requires a trip to the mountain, which can be quite a production. Sledding is always good, along with wintertime hikes and runs, and a spontaneous snowball fight will get the blood going, but the truth…

Help Your Teen Discover the Power of Words

Teenagers get bored. Imagine: Homework is done or able to be procrastinated safely, and there's nothing else to do. Social media has made them go bug-eyed, they don't feel like reading or watching TV, they've listened to their entire music library a million times, and their school friends may not have cars either, so guess what: "Mom, Dad I'm bored." And you worry. You say to yourself, "They have the whole world around them, and…

Santa's Not the Only One Coming to Town

There are characters, and there are characters. Certain ones, when children are introduced to them, capture imaginations and allow young minds to witness ways of interaction that teach lessons about grown-up life, kindness, love and forgiveness, in ways that are not mysterious or intimidating to them. Barney. Elmo. Even Santa Claus. Kids feel comfortable hearing what they need to know, from these trusted faces and voices. This week in Portland, they have the chance to…

Old-Time Holiday Magic at Merrill

It’s a Portland tradition, and it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say it’s a holiday tradition in cities across the globe: professional productions of The Nutcracker. Talk about being immortal in Western culture. The two-act ballet originates from an 1816 fairy tale written by E.T.A Hoffmann that was eventually adapted by Alexandre Dumas (Père), perhaps to lessen the blow of some of the scarier scenes in the original German story. It gradually became…

"I'm sorry, sir, there is no roaring in the library."

If you were lucky enough to have plenty of children’s books in the house when you were a kid, chances are, your imagination was captured by illustrations drawn by literary artists like Maurice Sendak and Dr. Suess. No doubt you made sure that your own kids were exposed to the same or similar books, introducing them to the magic of stories and art. If they haven’t thanked you for it yet, they will.   Now…
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