Kids (82)

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…

A time of wonder

It’s no secret that literacy is the key to success for children as they grow and become interested in things that will shape their future as adults. From birth forward, kids are exposed to the written word everywhere their eyes fall, and parents know that it’s a good idea to channel their natural curiosity about reading and writing into true learning. It is indubitably a Time of Wonder. That’s the name of a literacy program…

'Dramatic' solution to a summertime conundrum

Every parent faces a challenge during school summer vacation: What’s a good way to keep the kids busy, in a safe, fun, educational environment? Well, your ship may have come in, with Portland Stage Company’s Summer Theater Camps. The week-long camps, based on popular age-appropriate stories, create a lively environment, stewarded by professional actors, directors, artisans and composers. Young imaginations are set ablaze. Personalities emerge. Parents are met with ear-to-ear grins at pick-up time. This…

Participate in a 'community conversation'

Feeling concern for children and families who may have trouble buying groceries, or may live in unstable situations, or find other stressors at home, is commonplace among citizens of a first-world country like ours. But imagine living in a place where the sound of gunfire and the fear of kidnapping or persecution were familiar to your children, so much so that you made an arduous journey to bring them to a safer, but entirely unfamiliar,…

Getting kids involved with food prep

We all want our kids to grow up to be capable, self-sufficient adults. That means, of course, leading by example when it comes to demonstrating life skills, but a little direct teaching never hurts either. This week, in the arena of food preparation, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (142 Free St.) is offering two chances for children to be introduced to the things they will need to know to support themselves later on.…

Is your kid a star?

If your retirement plan is for your child to grow up to be the next Brad Pitt or Julia Roberts, the place to get them started outside of Hollywood is the Main Stage Theatre Meet and Greet at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine (142 Free St.) on Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m. This is the chance for kids with a flair for the dramatic to become familiar with how it feels to…

Working 'Side by Side' brings innovation to young people

Those readers who picked up this issue on press day have a chance to support an important Portland children’s program by attending the Side-x-Side Exhibit Reception at the Portland Public Library (5 Monument Square) on Thursday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. Side-x-Side is a local nonprofit that works in partnership with University of Southern Maine and other Portland institutions, currently partially funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. Working to bring creativity, innovation and…

Call for Volunteers

This summer, A Company of Girls (a local organization that enhances the lives of girls, with after-school programs in the culinary, visual and performing arts) is expanding their weekly summertime visual-arts outreach program, ‘Art in the Parks.’ The program will now serve three local communities: Kennedy Park, Riverton Park, and Sagamore Village. These neighborhoods are served by the Portland Housing Authority and have some of the highest poverty rates in the city of Portland. The…

A chance to support a place for kids

Do you ever have those moments where you feel like you should do more, like for the environment, or maybe the less fortunate, or wait a minute, I know, the kids! Well, now’s your chance. Attend the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Auction 2016: Every Child is an Artist, at The Portland Company (58 Fore St.), on Friday, May 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. In keeping with the theme "Every Child is an…
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