Kids (62)

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…

Family Canoe Tours at Scarborough Marsh

If you’re from rural Maine, as many Portlanders are, chances are that your kids are familiar with the joys of camping, hiking, and being near one lake or another. But if it’s been awhile, or you’re not one of those lucky families who have gotten a lot of nature time, head down to the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center (136 Pine Point Road, Scarborough) on any day of the week at 10:00 a.m. for a Guided…

Kulinary Kids Cooking School in South Portland

Many of us showed an interest as children in what our parents were doing in the kitchen, and some were lucky enough to be taught the basics. Kids today are even more enterprising, and may not be satisfied with being allowed to make the salad or chop the squash. If this reminds you of your young protegés, sign them up for the Kulinary Kids Cooking School, a day camp for kids ages 11 to 16,…

Water Slide Time?

On days like the ones we’ve been having, the kids are bound to start thinking about water slides, and bugging you until you make it happen. So if you want to drive north a bit, which is a good idea in our state, take them to the Adventure Park at Lost Valley Ski Area this summer.   Located at 200 Lost Valley Road in Auburn, the Adventure Park features colorful inflatable water slides, including the…

North Yarmouth Academy summer camps

The beginning of the 2016-2017 school year is still a ways off. As a parent, you may be pulling your hair out trying to entertain your children and perform at work at the same time, or you may just be concerned about their level of physical activity, or both. North Yarmouth Academy has a few summer-camp solutions that your family may be able to avail themselves of. Located at 148 Main St. in Yarmouth, NYA…

An important concert for families: Brain development via music

We all know that music combines mathematics, art and language in a way that makes it last in our minds. Naturally, we want to expose our children to the experience of music, and for them to develop their own tastes, favorites and dislikes. But did you know that learning about music at a young age can have a direct effect on the developing brain? The Children’s Music Workshop tells us, “Recent studies have clearly indicated…

A queer-friendly book group for teens

A parent’s love for their child is unconditional. There is nothing they could ever do or say that would make you stop loving them. So in the end, most things aren’t that big of a deal. But LGBTQ kids still need a little special attention, because the world hasn’t quite caught up yet with the fact that it doesn’t matter. To that end, the Portland Public Library, among its many other equality-promoting programs, offers the…

Maine Pines Tennis Camps at Bowdoin College

Do you have a child between 8 and 14 years old who likes to be active, and shows signs of being ready to pick up what could become a lifelong athletic pursuit? Consider signing them up for the Maine Pines Tennis Camps at Bowdoin College (255 Maine St., Brunswick), offered from July 18-22, and again from Aug. 8-12. The cost is $275 per child athlete. Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through…
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