Kids (69)

"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…

Let me tell you "Y"

Since your childhood, has there ever been a time in your life when you haven’t been aware of the YMCA, that gym that every sizable town had where you might be able to go play ping-pong or shoot hoops after school? Well, they haven’t gone anywhere, and in the interest of continuing their mission to promote health and well-being for American men, women and children, southern Maine branches are presenting a Whole Health, Whole Family…

Revisiting the days of yore at Pettengill Farm

Did you know that back in medieval times, last names were something brand new? It was only after settlements started to have more than a few families living close to each other that more than one person would happen to have the same first name, and we needed a way to distinguish between them to avoid confusion. It might have gone something like this: Woman: “You’ll never believe what I heard about John.” Man: “Which…

Got a little Ninja Warrior in the house?

Many of us have our favorite shows that we watch with our son or daughter, niece or nephew, to share quality time and be entertained, talk about what’s going on and bond together. If you have shows like that, and American Ninja Warrior is one of them, you should take your child to something that’s happening at Maine Warrior Gym (865 Spring St., Westbrook): They’re offering a Ninja Warrior-inspired Obstacle Course Open Gym on Fridays…

Sundays on the Boulevard is great for kids

As a Portlander, do you ever wish there were more (and bigger) spaces for your kids to play, ride bikes, run around, and do the things kids do? Well, don’t forget about Sundays on the Boulevard, when Baxter Boulevard (from Vannah Ave to Payson Park) is shut down to automotive traffic. This Sunday is no exception, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frisbees fly, friends find fun, and families frolic. For free. Counting Sept. 4,…

STAGES Youth Theater moves to Woodfords Corner

“Stacey and Hollye believe in kids and in creating a community where they can feel confident and supported, and the kids always blow us all away with their accomplishment. STAGES is already a wonderful gift to many Maine 'theater kids' and we're all excited to share it with even more area youth.”   These are the words of Maria Fox, a STAGES Youth Theater Trustee, on the opening of their new children’s theater facility in…

A magical tour with chocolate delicacies

Were you a kid when you saw the famous episode of I Love Lucy where she and Ethel have jobs in a chocolate factory, and they can’t keep up with the assembly line conveyor belt? Did it make you wonder about those seemingly unstoppable machines, and what it would be like to be surrounded by them, churning out thousands of bonbons for untold numbers of people? If you think a chocolate factory would hold the…
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