It can be quite a production to get your kid(s) all geared up, in the car, into your chosen venue, and on their butts in their seats, all to show them a bit of theater, film, or dance that you are sure will open up a whole new area in their brains, specifically the appreciation-that-leads-to-cultured-adulthood part. But then, as you’re watching their reactions to the art on stage out of the corner of your eye, you may witness fidgeting, boredom, or the simple inability to pay attention to anything, however interesting and fun, for that long.
The Maine State Ballet has thought of that, and has loaded the dice with an easily-viewed one-hour production of The Little Mermaid, complete with fascinating set design and amazing costumes by Associate Director Gail Csoboth, moody lighting by Fred Bernier, original choreography, and even a break with tradition in the form of a family-friendly happy ending to the Hans Christian Andersen tale. We have been remiss, as this weekend is already the final set of performances at MSB’s Lopez Theater (348 US Rte One, Falmouth), with only Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to go. Seats range in price from $15 to $20, with a $2 discount for seniors over 61 and kids under 13. Just click on http://www.mainestateballet.org/the-little-mermaid to check it out.
On the other hand, if your family is more the outdoorsy type, you can always depend on the annual Wolfe’s Neck Farm Fall Festival to shake things up and provide some stimulus. It’s at their property at 184 Burnett Rd, Freeport, on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for the day is $8, with a fifty-percent discount for kids 3 and under and members of the nonprofit.
You’ll be guaranteed lots of demonstrations of specific aspects of sustainable agriculture, as well as fun things for the kids like face-painting, hay-bale climbing, animal interactions, delicious local foods, and the pièce de resistance, scheduled tractor rides to the pumpkin patch to pick out favorites to carve later. (Yes, it’s that time of year already.) One note: There’s no ATM on the Wolfe’s Neck acreage, so bring cash for the pumpkins and to purchase food. For more information, click on http://wolfesneckfarm.org/fall-festival/ and go breathe the fresh seaside air.