Kids (61)

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…

The Kids Are Alright

Music is one of those things that affects each of us differently, but it is rare that a person has no emotional response, no favorite genre, no band that opened their eyes to a new world of experience. You may remember the first song you ever heard on the radio as a child that made you beg your parents for your own radio. Maybe you were brought to a concert and sat on your dad’s…

"In a minute, Dad. This is important."

We at the Phoenix make no secret about it: We believe that Portlanders, including and especially kids, should be active. From theater to live music to dining out to kids events, we want everybody to go out and do stuff and enjoy life. That’s why we tell our readers what’s going on.   Unfortunately, it is a fact that sometimes our kids would rather beat the next level at their video game than go out…

Could Your Child Be Healthier?

If you had to come up with a top ten list of issues facing American children and their families today, it would be a good bet that nutrition and literacy would be among them. Children need good food in their bellies to give them the energy for school and play, and they need encouragement to make sure that a significant part of that play time is spent away from an electronic screen. They also need…

Tolkien effort: A dramatic adventure

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”   That first sentence of The Hobbit, penned by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in the years leading up to 1937, have been introducing children to a land of adventure, magic and heroism ever since. The story, where the unobtrusive Bilbo Baggins is railroaded out of his home and into the dangerous wild, has seen seemingly limitless adaptations and spinoffs. Movies (the Peter Jackson films were…

Celebrate autumn on an oceanfront farm

If you’re old enough to have kids, and you call Maine home, you probably remember a time in your younger days where you spent at least a little time on a farm. You probably noticed the sagging of the roofline of the barn, or even the house, that the farmer didn’t seem to be worried about. You may have climbed up into the hayloft on a lazy afternoon and watched motes of dust hover in…
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