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Calling all young theater fans: Dramatic offerings for youngsters

Does your child have a dramatic streak? Two theatrical events this week are aimed at youngsters with a penchant for theater. First, "The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet," at the Portland Public Library (Monument Square) is a compilation of Shakespeare plays put on by Portland Stage’s Middle School Shakespeare Conservatory. The half-hour show takes place  at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. It takes the audience on a journey through 13 of the Bard’s…

Smiling Hill Farm rolls out the fun with Easter Egg Hunt

It’s the time of year to take the kids to see bunnies, chicks, and especially Easter eggs, at Smiling Hill Farm’s Easter Egg Hunt in the Barnyard, on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on both days. The address is 781 County Rd (Route 22), Westbrook. As a dairy, Smiling Hill keeps plenty of cows and chickens, with plenty of other animals to introduce…
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First Folio Month continues for young fans

First Folio Month, referring to the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, now on display, continues at the Portland Public Library with two events for kids: First, Shakespeare Monologues: For Kids/By Kids, on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Many of us have difficulty understanding Shakespearean language, but when it’s interpreted and performed by good actors, the beauty and art of the words comes through. Actors ranging in age from 8…

Shakespeariment brushes up on the Bard

The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Portland Public Library invites you to “Shakespeariment: Interactive Workshop for Children,” on March 19 and 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. Educators will help kids work together to make their own Shakespeare stories for the stage. With improvisational games and literacy challenges, this introduction to Shakespeare is a perfect program to inspire and challenge, for ages 5 to 12, organizers noted.To know some Shakespeare provides a head…

Prime numbers: Crazy8s 4-H Club aims to make math fun

There is a brand new activity series for kids called the Crazy 8s 4-H Club that meets at the Portland Public Library for the next six Wednesdays, starting on the second at 3:30 p.m. (no meeting on March 30). Crazy 8s is an after-school recreational math club aimed at getting young people excited about the possibilities of mathematics and helping them understand the math that surrounds them in society. The program is designed by Bedtime…

Celebrities vs. farmers: Farmer Games event helps program for low-income residents

For guaranteed family fun, come to the Farmer Games on Sunday, Feb. 21 between 1 and 4 p.m. at 84 Cove St. in Portland. The event is put on by the Portland Farmer’s Market to raise funds for their Low Income Access Program, and admission is $5 per person or $10 per family. The main attraction at the Farmer Games is a competition between local celebrities and local farmers, in three frenetic rounds: the obstacle…

Yoga, improv and helping out

Spiral Tree introduces yoga to youngsters, parents at PPLTeachers from Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio will be introducing yoga to children and parents through simple movement, breathing, songs, stories and music on the third Saturday of each month at the Portland Public Library.The recommended age for kids is 2-6 years old. Let Spiral Tree’s programs promote the connection between the body, mind and heart, within your family and with the world around us.

Tales and clay

Play Me A Story Portland Stage Company, 25a Forest Ave., Portland | Nov. 14, 10:30am-noon | www.portlandstage.org/education/classes

Celestial myths and fantasy fun

Celestial mythology for teensIf your middle- or high-schooler is a star-gazer, consider enrolling them in Celestial Mythology for Middle and High Schoolers, a four-week course covering 50 constellations in all four seasons.

Kids: French tales and witchy travails

Songs & Stories en FrançaisThe Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library (inside the Portland Public Library) is offering a weekly story time in French, led by Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford, the director and teacher at La Petite Ecole, Portland’s only French preschool. Children will be led in stories, songs and activities, a fun half hour of hands-on experience.
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