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Casting Call: &RYHU0RGHOV:$17(' Last month, our staff was jumping for joy over the fact that we had just swept and won 14 awards (out of over 3,000 entries) in the 2012 "New England Better Newspaper Competition." Since then, we placed first in "General Excellence in Advertising and Design," as acknowledged by the New England Newspaper and Press Association.*

And the celebration continues. We are thrilled to announce that our May issue will be a new and better size, replete with more color, a finer editorial focus and an exciting new advertising section, called "bspADvantage," that will help you find education, extra-curricular, healthcare, home improvement and professional services listings.

Simply put, we think it's YOUR turn to jump for joy. So, put on your sneakers, and join us at Solomon Pond Mall on Saturday, March 23rd from 10A-1P in the jc penney Court, or at Auburn Mall on Sunday, March 24th from 12P-3P in the Sears Court. Our award winning photographer, Steven King, will be on hand to photograph you "jumping for joy." Then, your photograph, and those of all of our other "jumpers," will be part of an online "virtual vote" to select the son, daughter, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle and/or friend (an individual or group) that our readers, their families and their friends think should grace the cover of our awardwinning magazine.

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Welcome Some of my favorite memories as a child are the days I spent at the local YMCA camp near my hometown. I didn’t attend as a camper because my mom was a stayat-home mom, and she always took us to fun places in the summer for day trips or let us play with the neighborhood kids in the backyard for hours. My camp experience was as a counselor-in-training and as a senior counselor. I did this for almost a decade. I had babysat in the past and really loved working with kids. Since I had never attended camp as a child, I wasn’t sure what to expect from camp, but soon learned no matter what we did, it was always filled with fun and learning. I can still remember the first s’mores I tentatively ate at my first outdoor campfire (I didn’t really like marshmallows at the time). I don’t really enjoy the messiness of s’mores, but sticky fingers are definitely worth it because s’mores taste so good. We

even have a fire pit in our backyard now so my kids can enjoy s’mores in the summer. Those summers as a counselor while I was in high school and college were so much fun because it never felt like work. Some of the counselors I worked became my closest friends, and I still often think of the children that were part of my groups. Whether it was helping the kids learn archery for the first time or making gimp bracelets and lanyards or just lazing around the fields playing games and hanging out, camp was always just about fun and learning. The best part of my job was that I was able to help the kids make awesome summer memories. I remember one of my campers’ families owned a local ice cream business, and I still remember the day her mom brought ice cream to share with the other campers. I had forgotten to bring out napkins, and the campers just ate (and wore) most of the ice cream, but even with my mistake, they had a great time. I remember hanging around near one of the streams in the woods and watching the kids look for tadpoles and other wildlife. It was always about the simple things and just enjoying the time spent together. Throughout this issue, we feature dozens of camps and what’s great about camps today is that there is something for every child, no matter their interests. We highlighted some camps for kids with special needs in the area, as well as a camp that teaches girls to gain confidence by rocking it out on stage. For the little comedians out there, we also highlight a camp in Boston that teaches improvisation to the aspiring stars. And for those kids who love the undead, there is even a zombie camp for kids in Massachusetts. The counselors dress up as zombies and the kids can defeat them with Nerf guns. When it comes to going to camp, many children experience some level of fear being separated from their families. We offer

some ideas about how to lessen these fears and prepare your child for camp. One other not so welcome camp experience is bedbugs, and we show you how to combat the tiny-size critters and make sure it doesn’t affect you or your child’s summer camp experience. Bedbugs are certainly no laughing matter, but if you are looking for a laugh, Kerri Louise shares her experience traveling to Disney with her family. Disney may be the happiest place on earth, but it’s not always the case for parents. And if you’re looking for a great day trip with the kids, one of our writers headed to the North Shore to enjoy a family getaway, and she shares her tips in our monthly feature Let’s Roll. The Worcester Historical Museum also unveiled their new interactive family gallery, which brings the local history of Worcester to life for children. They integrated the architecture of Worcester as well as the experience of the factories, diners and shops in the city for kids to enjoy while they play. Even though there is still snow on the ground, it’s never too early to start thinking about plans for the summer. I’m already starting to plan some summer camps for my kids, and I hope they have some great summer memories like I did when I was a child. And I hope your children will also have a great summer, too!

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Mary Boshar AGE 11, ANDOVER What is your favorite camp experience? I loved playing mini tournaments at the Vogelsinger Soccer Camp. My brothers and I go every summer. The coaches were really fun, and I learned a lot.

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What is your favorite part of school? My favorite part of school is art class. We are always doing fun projects whether it is clay, paints, markers, crayons or something else. It is always exciting and interesting, and I love it.

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I hope my story inspires at least one person to take a leap of faith with an open heart to adopt. It was a long journey with every obstacle that would have me believe I wasn’t meant to have a child…it started with being forgotten in a doctor’s office at the end of the day by the staff when I went to find out about freezing my eggs. I prayed and cried and wished the desire away for years, but couldn’t so I did everything from trying to place an ad in a newspaper to being on the wait list for Safe Haven Babies. I went to classes through the state twice because my dad passed away, and I had to miss class nine out of 10. I was excited and disappointed at least six times when I was told I was getting a baby. Adoption seemed so difficult that I thought about insemination, but then found out it was too late for me to have a child. That was heartbreaking. I broke up with men that thought I was a freak because I said I was waiting for a child. I could have got married and lived in a mansion in Newport, but broke it off after he said he would never want an “adopted child.” I finally got a call about a 7-year-old girl named Tina through the state, I decorated her bedroom ready only to find out a family member wanted her. Now devastated, I decided to check into private adoptions, most wouldn’t take me

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Having an Open Heart Leads to a Family

Cheryl Richard’s daughters, Eva, 6, and Tina,14, enjoy playing with their dogs, Gracie and Lilly, left.

because I was too old and single, and the others wanted money up front with no promises. On my mom’s birthday, March 6, 2007, my mom told me she prayed for me again that day. On our way out to dinner I got a call that I had a baby, Kimora Lee, was waiting for me in Arkansas. She was 2 weeks old. I only had two days to get


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everything together, and when I asked the agency for a third day, they said I must not want a child and that anyone else would walk to Arkansas that day. How insulting after all the hoops I’d gone through for years. I wasn’t excited because I was expecting to be crushed again. I was told I had to get the baby and wait for 10 days to see if

This adorable sibling group of four - ages 12, 9, 8 and 3 - hopes to be adopted together. Alicia is the oldest, 12, and she is of Caucasian and Hispanic descent. She is kind, bright, well-rounded and excels at everything she does. Alicia enjoys sports and playing musical instruments, particularly the drums. Alexia, 9, is a Caucasian child in the third grade. She has a strong interest in singing and dancing. She is vivacious, bubbly and somewhat impulsive. Alexia was recently diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that affects overall growth and development; however, she is doing very well in all areas of her development. Dante is an 8-year-old Caucasian boy in the first grade. He is very independent, responds well to redirection, but he does need firm limits set. He is an active, energetic boy who loves the outdoors, biking and camping. Although Dante does not receive special education services at this time, he is currently undergoing some educational testing at the request of his foster mom.

the birth mother would change her mind. There are many stories I could tell in those 10 days about fear and doubt. I came home “a mother” to a daughter I named Eva. I was met by surprise by my mother and aunt waiting at midnight at the airport to welcome us. The support and love I got from everyone, family, friends and clients was unexplainable. Six months later I got a call from the state that Tina’s adoption to her family member fell through. I started the process and by the time Tina was 9, she was my daughter. Tina had so many heartbreaks in her life, and it wasn’t easy for us for the first couple of years. And again, there are many stories I could tell you about doubt and fear. The lesson is the more you give and love with all you have that over time you can teach someone how to love that doesn’t know how to love or trust. We are what my children call-white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Non-traditional. It is not what you plan out and dream of, but what life and God have planned for you. There are more joyous surprises than you can ever imagine. We are a family.

Finally, Destiny is the 3-year-old baby of the family. She is a happy, healthy Caucasian child with extraordinary energy. This little daredevil requires a high level of supervision. Destiny likes running, riding her bike and playing with her older siblings. The children’s worker is looking for a two-parent family that is very structured in their routine but also has the flexibility to be active and enjoy life. This sibling group of four is legally free for adoption. For more information on Alicia, Alexia, Dante and Destiny please call Department of Children and Families Adoption Supervisor Karen Greaney at (508) 929-2000. The DCF Adoption Office in Worcester holds monthly informational meetings about the adoption process. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The office is located at 121 Providence St. (the old St. Vincent Hospital Building) on the third floor. Please call (508) 929-2143 to register.

Last Christmas all they asked for was a father. It would be wonderful to have a man in our lives, but for now I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t found anyone loving enough to be a part of our family. Putting them first has confirmed to me that I am meant to be a parent. Thank you for reading this with an open heart, and I hope you know that every child needs a chance. Cheryl Richards, is an acclaimed photographer and a mother of two girls from Boston.



Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) Training. Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 50 RedďŹ eld St., Dorchester. The Home for Little Wanderersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Adoption Program is hosting a series of free Saturday MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) Trainings for Adoption starting March 9. The ďŹ ve-session, 30-hour training is required for families that are considering adoption through the Department of Children and Families. For additional information or to register, contact Karin Gemeinhardt at 617-2645368 or kgemeinhardt@thehome.orgor visit www.

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Adoption Information Meeting. Friday, March 1, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 22 Pleasant St., Malden. If you plan to attend, please leave a message for Stephanie Frankel at 978-557-2734, this will conďŹ rm your attendance. Should the meeting be cancelled it will be posted on the Department of Children and Families website under massgov. org. Please check the website the day prior to the meeting for the most updated information. Boston Adoption Informational MeetingsDCF. Wednesday, March 20, 4 to 6 p.m. DCF Boston, 451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. No registration required. Learn how you can change the future of a child in need by becoming a foster or adoptive parent with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. For more information, call Marsha Donovan, LCSW ,617-989-9209. Foster Care/Adoption Informational Meeting. Thursday, March 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Department of Children and Families, 121 Providence St., third ďŹ&#x201A;oor, Worcester. No registration required. Learn how you can change the future of a child in need by becoming a foster or adoptive parent with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. For more information, call Patricia Savelli at 508-929-2143. Adoption Learn & Play: Monthly Support Group. Call for times. Emerson Hospital, Route 2, Concord. A support and education group for parents with adopted children age 5 and under. During the parent discussion time, children are welcome to play in a supervised playroom. The facilitated group is a supportive environment where adoptive parents can meet and share resources with other adoptive families. For more information, contact Mary Rowlinson, 978-287-0221, ext. 218.









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PETS BY JESSICA WALSH PHOTOGRAPHY job, she started doing pet photography on the side. In the last three years, it has become a career and a love for Jessica. Jessica focuses on modern pet photography, which includes close-ups, interesting angles, specialty focus and bright colors. She photographs pets in their own environment – their yard or home, inside or out, their favorite park or place to walk. By using this style of photography, pets are free to be themselves

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PANCAKES 1 1/4 cups flour 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3 T sugar 3/4 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup milk 3 tbsp. oil Green food coloring Mix all ingredients in a bowl. You can also add chocolate chips, blueberries or other fruit to the batter. Serves 2-3.

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FLIPPING FOR HYGIENE Most people store toothbrushes either in their bathroom cabinet or on a countertop. Every time you flush, droplets of contaminated water spray into the air landing on bathroom surfaces and items on the countertop, such as toothbrushes. Experts say that you should not let your toothbrush make contact with other toothbrushes. This is a quick and easy way of passing along the common cold and other diseases. Flipper provides a great, secure storage solution away from harmful germs. The cap’s side vents allow in just enough air flow for bristles to stay clean and dry. Flippers are large enough to accommodate almost every type of toothbrush on the market including those with fat handles. The suction-strength can even handle electric toothbrushes while staying gripped to a mirror, tile or most other smooth surfaces. The flipper is available at the Container Store and Babies R Us or by visiting


Ever since she was a child, Jessica Walsh, of Worcester, has loved taking pictures. She loved taking pictures of family and friends and even drove them a bit crazy with her countless requests to capture them. While in college, Jessica was diagnosed with cancer and after that became a proud owner of Mordecai, her first dog. From that point on, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in helping animals. She worked at a dog rescue for two years and as a veterinary assistant technician for four years. At that

and she can capture candid shots that reflect the true personality of your best friend. For more information, visit jessicawalshphotography. com, find her on Facebook at Jessica Walsh Photography, call 617-283-2515 or email

How much does summer camp cost? In New England one week of camp ranges from a low sliding scale fee (for the income eligible) to nearly $800/week for day camp and nearly $2,000/week for overnight camp. Price doesn’t correlate with quality where tuition is concerned; there are camps with lower tuitions that share the same high standards for quality with camps that are more expensive. The camp choice also needs to be a match for the family budget. Parents should be aware that camps represent their fees in unique ways. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Financial aid is available. Much of it comes from camps directly; some comes from community service clubs, religious communities, and schools. Start looking for “camperships” early because funds can be promised to campers by March. There are nonprofit organizations and private funders who subsidize the cost of camp in order to pass a lower fee on to families. Tax credits may be available for day camp. Find out more about these “Child and Dependent Care Expenses” directly from the IRS. Some activities cost more. -The American Camp Association, New England

LARRY GETS LOST IN BOSTON Meet Pete and his adorable pup Larry on a family trip to Boston. They’re having a great time until Larry is lured away by a yummy treat and gets separated from his family. As Larry and Pete search for each other, they follow the Freedom Trail and encounter the famous sites of Boston, including Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Swan Boats of Boston’s Public Garden, the USS Constitution and Fenway Park. But will Larry and Pete ever see each other again? Follow the search and find out as you take an amazing illustrated tour of Boston. Larry Gets Lost in Boston is available at Barnes & Noble.

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GO BATTLE: Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Battleship Cove by searching the maritime heritage museum for bright green shamrocks during a scavenger hunt with prizes. The event is the weekend of March 16, Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 14 MARCH2013

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GO DANCE: Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is playing at the Hanover Theatre on Thursday, March 7, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester.

GO FLIP: USA Gymnastics presents the 2013 American Cup, a World Cup Event and the fourth-annual Nastia Luikin Cup. The event will take place on Saturday, March 2, at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester.

GO DISCOVER: Come learn how to identify different footprints and other signs that animals leave behind on Saturday, March 2 at The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Route 27, Acton.

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First Friday Nights Free! The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Route 27, Acton. 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Both museums are open. Take advantage of free admission and explore the museums at night on the first Friday of every month! We will gratefully accept donations for the Acton Food Pantry. Sponsored in part by Emerson Hospital with additional support from Alexander, Aronson, Finning and Company, P.C. and the Local Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Harvard, Hudson, Waltham, Wayland, and Westford.

Animal Footprints and Signs. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Route 16, Natick. Wondered what animal made those tracks? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries! Pre-registration required. Online registration available. A $11m/$13nm, C $6m/$8nm. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Full Moon Owl Prowl. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Route 16, Natick. Sound is one of the best ways to locate and identify owls.


ONGOING Experience the Beatles with Rain. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), EXPERIENCE THE BEATLES WITH RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. From the early hits to later classics “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be, Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Full price tickets start at $32. Learn to Decorate Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union Street, Clinton. Just in time for Easter, explore the art, symbolism and joy in creating pysanky. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers. No experience is necessary; all materials will be provided (Please bring an apron). Each participant will create a unique and beautiful egg in this hands-on workshop. Instructor Karen Brouillette has enjoyed the art of pysanky for over 10 years and is a docent at the Museum of Russian Icons. $25m/$30nm. Class is open to adults and children ages 12 and up; ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited to 12 people. Advance registration required. Call 978598-5000. Circle of Moms: We Are All In This Together. Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St., Greenfield. Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies who are experiencing a challenging postpartum time. Expectant mothers welcome. Feel heard, valued, understood, nurtured and energized. Free childcare up to 4 years old. This program is funded by Clinical and Support Options and Baystate Franklin Medical Center with the support of MotherWoman, Community Action and Pioneer Women’s Health. MotherWoman trained facilitators.

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ONGOING Game On! Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester. Experience a new way to learn about history in the fun and interactive exhibition Game On. Exploring the history of toys and games in America, Game On is designed like a board game encouraging children and adults to explore the gallery and artifacts - like LEGOs, the first paper dolls manufactured in America, toy soldiers, puzzles, Barbies and more - while answering trivia, playing games and having fun. Audiences, young and old, will be able to connect to the fond memories of childhood and the connection those toys and games create with future generations. This exhibit was funded in part by the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Free with museum admission.

Come to the 6th Annual Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for Children with Special Needs on Sunday, March 3 at Framingham High School, 115 A St., Framingham.

ONGOING Mapping Makeover. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 W. Bay Road, Amherst. In much the same way that Eric Carle used tissue paper scraps from his book art and transformed them into ArtArt, find inspiration in old maps to journey to new and extraordinary places. Ongoing through March 5.

2SATURDAY Naturalist Fun: Animal Tracks, Scats & Signs. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Route 27, Acton. Science Discovery Museum – All Ages Learn what animals might be walking in your yard, neighborhood, or nearby woods. You’ll identify different footprints and other signs animals leave. Sing songs, play games, and have the opportunity to touch and handle artifacts. Take a walk outside to see what kinds of tracks we find! Note: The walk is not handicap accessible. Sponsored by Genzyme with additional support from Apple Valley Montessori School. 1 p.m. Heifer International’s Pancakes on the Farm. Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. Reserve a seat for Heifer’s annual Pancakes at the Farm held at Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm. After breakfast, tour the farm to view the sugaring operation and Heifer’s Global Village. Reservations are required for this popular breakfast feast.

Learn about their calls, behavior and habitat. Join in on the prowl as you walk through moonlit fields and forests listening for screech and great horned owls. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. A $12m/$15nm. Animal Tracking. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Route 16, Natick. Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Pre-registration required. Online registration is available. Cost is A $12m/$15nm. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mobile Making Workshop. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton. Mobiles can add balance, movement, relaxation and beauty to any environment indoors or outdoors. Vladmir Barsukov combines his artistic skills and passion with his experience working as a scientist, physicist, and mathematics professor. During this workshop where science meets art, you will create beautiful, fun floating pieces and kinetic sculptures. All materials are provided. All levels are welcome. Cost is $40. Kids’ Shows: Little Groove. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. Brookline. Little Groove is quality, groovy, fun, educational, well-produced music for children that adults can listen to over and over again. Sara Wheeler formed the Little Groove band in 2006. Sara is a professional touring singer/songwriter

based out of Boston, and has six adult contemporary folk CDs under her belt. She has toured across the US, Europe and Japan several times. Her dream was to break into the children’s music market and create quality music products for children. She has recorded over 100 children’s songs in the past two years, 22 of which are on Little Groove’s CD Building Blocks. Recommended for ages 2+. Admission is C $8 and A $10. Annual Snow Row. Hull Life Saving Museum, 1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull. The Snow Row covers a 3¾-mile triangular course starting off the beach at Windmill Point, continuing around Sheep Island, past the Peddocks Island day marker, and back to shore. Huge crowds gather on the beach beside the museum’s Windmill Point Boathouse to share in the wild, LeMans-style start, unpredictable weather, and one-of-a-kind gathering of gorgeous boats and athletes. After watching the excitement of the Snow Row’s one-of-a-kind start, come to the Hull Lifesaving Museum, a mile from the boathouse, which will be open throughout the day with free admission. For registration and information visit Fee: $20 racers; Spectators free! Time of race to be determined. American Cup. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. USA Gymnastics presents the 2013 American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup event, and the fourth-annual Nastia Liukin Cup. The DCU Center hosted both events in 2010. Groups of 15+ are eligible for discounted prices on select seating. Tickets start at $49.50. For group discounts, email or call 508929-0125. Tickets are on sale now at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800745-3000 and online at dcucenter. com/event.php?id+=849. An Evening with Bill Cosby. Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums, the groundbreaking series, The Cosby Show, and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with a role in I Spy, becoming the first African American to costar on a television series and win three consecutive Emmys for “Outstanding Lead Actor” in the dramatic series. Tickets start at $37.50. For more information, visit

3SUNDAY Dog Days for Members. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Old Sturbridge Village extends to OSV members the privilege of bringing their dog to Old Sturbridge Village during the first weekend of the month in January, February, March, April, and November. Heifer International’s Pancakes on the Farm. Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. See March 2 listing for more information. 6th Annual Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for Children with Special Needs. Framingham High School Cafeteria, 115 A St., Framingham. Want to make the best choice or summer camp or a recreational activity for your special child? Come to the 6th Annual Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for children with special needs to meet and learn about summer camps and recreational organizations in Massachusetts and the surrounding area. BAYSTATEPARENT 15

OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has…he wakes up with gum in his hair, he trips on a skateboard, and then he accidentally drops his sweater in the sink – all before breakfast. Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical, featuring book and lyrics by Judith Viorst, author of the bestselling classic book. Discover along with Alexander that sometimes, everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Shows at 1pm and 3pm. Two Beans Production. Geared for families with children ages 4+ years. A program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10m/$13nm. Magic Ark performances are available at bostonjcc. org/magicark or by phone at 617-965-5226 or 866811-4111.

speaker about your child and growing family. This event is geared to families with children ages 0-1 years. Open to the entire community. Cost is $8/ family for JCC members and $10/family for nm. Walk-ins are an additional $5. Register at bostonjcc. org/newtonbabybrunch. For more information, contact or 617-558-6414. Family Experience. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace St., Boston. Enjoy a glassblowing demonstration with all your family. Only $15 per

Bakalar Recital Hall, 25 Kennard Rd., Brookline. Recommended for ages 2-7 years. Rolie Polie Guacamole is a hip “kindie” band from Brooklyn, NY. Their high energy, interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active The band is a hit across the east coast and mid-west, with top picks by, Time Out Kids NY, and Time Out Kids Chicago. Tickets $5 each. 2 p.m.

Family Art Together: Paper Layered Lilies. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton. Let’s bring color to the winter. Inspired by Monet’s famous water lilies paintings with vibrant colored tissue paper and 3D techniques create beautiful artwork with lily pads and lily flowers. Admission is $10. 10 a.m. to noon. Welcome Baby Brunch. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. This informal get-together provides opportunities to connect and socialize with other families and learn from a guest

5TUESDAY Take Aparts: Telephones. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Route 27, Acton. Science Discovery Museum Celebrate Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday month with a special telephone version of Take Aparts! Are you curious about what’s inside telephones? Discover the inner workings of the everyday objects as we explore phones both old and new. Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc. and Genzyme. Drop-in 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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FREE JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp Open House. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. 12-2pm. Meet the camp director and staff and learn how children in entering grades K-11 will make friends and spread their creative wings at JCC Kaleidoscope Camp. Art, drama, science, cooking, dance, music, games, sports, swimming, fishing, boating and more are offered. Two to eight-week program with flexible registration. Bus transportation available to and from Brookline, Framingham and Wayland. For more information, visit or call 617-558-6523. First Sunday Drop Into Art. Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave. Framingham. The First Sunday Drop Into Art is the Danforth Museum’s monthly free family event. Families can enjoy a tour of the Children’s Gallery, along with some other exhibits, led by our adult and teen docents. At the end of the tour, visitors are invited to create their own works of art that reflects the style on display at the museum. Have fun, learn something new, create your own masterpiece to take home, and experience beautiful art! All for free; registration upon entrance to the event. For more information, visit danforthmuseum. org/firstsundayactivities.html.

special free morning for families with infants and toddlers with hearing loss - in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Children’s Hospital Boston. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kevin Nolan, Outreach and Support Services Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, at to register or find out more information. Funding provided by MathWorks and Hologic.

Enjoy Mom and Tot skating lessons on Wednesday, March 6 at the Worcester Oval, on the Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St., Worcester. person every Sunday from 1-2 pm. Come in and make pendants for only $10 more per person Share this unique experience with your whole family. 1 to 2 p.m. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Jiminy Peak, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Rd., Hancock. The Challenge always shows a good time and makes sure nobody goes home thirsty. Bring your friends and family for one of the biggest parties of the year at Jiminy Peak. 8 to 4 p.m. 413738-5500. Rolie Polie Guacamole. Brookline Music School,

4MONDAY Boston Common Frog Pond Skating. Boston Common, Boston. The Skating Club of Boston is looking forward to another season of fun on the ice at The Frog Pond. A $5, C Free. Especially for Me! Free Morning at the Children’s Discovery Museum for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Route 27, Acton. Join in all the fun during this

WCT Chorus. Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Experience the joy of singing with others, learning choral blend and vocal technique, while singing a variety of song styles. At the end of the session, the chorus will be joined by private voice students in a late winter concert. Grades 3-8. Tuition is $135. Performance is at the Mosesian Theater on March 5. Time to be determined. Play with Me. Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Explore the world of music and movement through dramatic play! Develop spatial awareness and cultivate motor skills while strengthening the bond between caregiver and child. Tuition $150.

6WEDNESDAY FREE Budding Scientists: Chemical and Physical Changes. Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium’s Budding Scientists program. Held on the first Thursday of every month, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun with hands-on activities. There are two identical sessions each month. Please pick up a ticket for your session at the Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Limited to first 10 adult-child pairs per session. Free with admission. ONGOING. Mom and Tot Skate Lessons. Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main

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St., Worcester. This mom and tot morning class is geared toward ages 3 to 6 year olds. It is a 10-week program. Tots and young children learn to skate using a variety of games and toys such as bubbles, beanie babies and more! Instruction taught by the professionals from Colonial Figure Skating Club. Skate rentals are available for $3 if needed. Helmets are required.

our human ancestors lived. Play a 3,000-year-old game. Visualize changes in season and climate. Using specimens from the museum collections and special hands-on activities, Stories Through Time invites you to explore our past with faculty, students and curators from Harvard’s science and cultural museums. A $12, C $8, Seniors and college students $10. Children under 3 free.


ONGOING Homeschool Class: Behind the Scenes. Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Theatre artists often begin with written works and bring them to life. Behind the Scenes examines connections between novels, scripts, and theatrical productions, while also providing an introduction to the skills designers use in scenic design, costumes and other technical elements of theatre. Using Lois Lowry’s The Giver, students will have the opportunity for a new look at how theatre is made! Tuition is $135. ONGOING Puppetry and Plays. Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Imagine creating a character of your own design, then bringing that character to life! From designing to building to creating characters, students will learn all about the art of puppetry in Puppetry and Plays! At the end of the session, students will perform for an audience of family and friends. Tuition is $135.

8FRIDAY ONGOING Snowshoeing at Gore Place. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. Enjoy an outdoor

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Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Described by the New York Post as “fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining,” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a showpiece extravaganza,” LORD OF THE DANCE is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the LORD OF THE DANCE. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting. Full price tickets start at $27.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming on Saturday March 10 to Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. snowshoeing adventure on the 45-acre Gore Place estate. Child and adult sizes available. 3 trails offer spectacular views of farm, brook and Mile Walk. Call for details or group reservations (781) 894-2798. Admission is $5. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday noon to 3 p.m. ONGOING Worcester Spring Home Show. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. The 2013 Spring Home Show will feature over 250 companies displaying all the latest products and services for your home, condo or apartment. With spring right around the corner the Home Show is the perfect place to shop for all your needs. Many exhibitors offer money saving show specials and discounts. There will be demonstrations, prizes and hundreds of giveaways. Friday 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For updates, please visit the website.

9SATURDAY Clifford The Big Red Dog. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. In this new musical adventure,

Clifford and Emily Elizabeth will take audiences on a journey to Birdwell Island with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta and Mac. And they will learn about Clifford’s BE BIG!” Ideas - Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Help Others, Believe In Yourself and Be A Good Friend - with laughter, songs and dancing that the whole family will love. Tickets start at $17. Family Workshop: Glass Fusing. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton. In this fun and interactive workshop you will learn basic glass fusing techniques. Using pre-cut colored glass pieces, glass powders, frits and stringers, Michel will propose a series of fun exercises for parents and children to create together, including a small plate or bowl, fused necklaces and name plates. The final project will be available for pick up after one week. Registration for two participants includes materials. Admission is $95. Stories Through Time Family Festival. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. Take a time travel trip. Consider how

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Princess Party at the Fall River Carousel. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. Calling all princesses to the royal court for unlimited rides on the Carousel. Make your own princess jewelry. Enjoy a royal make-over. Dine on delicious snacks and princess punch. Call for reservations now—space is limited. Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime heritage museum, comprising five National Historic Landmarks, and the world’s largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. Recently designated site of the Commonwealth’s official memorial for September 11th, Battleship Cove is Massachusetts’ official veteran’s memorial for World War II and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Tickets are $12 per person. Maple Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Historians at Old Sturbridge Village demonstrate early New England maple sugar-making at the village’s own working Sugar Camp, and visitors can experience the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees by sugaring off. England farm families in the 1830s tapped around 100 trees to make 400 pounds of sugar each season. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission.

10SUNDAY Clifford the Big Red Dog. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ What better way to celebrate the beloved Big Red Dog’s 50th anniversary in 2013 than seeing the Emmy-nominated show brought to life on stage in this all new musical! Join Clifford and Emily Elizabeth on a journey to Birdwell Island for adventures with their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta, and Mac. They will share Clifford’s BE BIG!™ Ideas, such as Help Others, Work Together, Believe In Yourself, Share and other timeless values with laughter, music and dancing that the whole family will love. Full price tickets start at $30. Please call the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows. Kids’ Shows - Film: The Care Bears Movie. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St.,






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OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO Brookline. The World is in trouble...and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to the Care Bears to save it! The Care Bears Movie will dazzle and delight viewers of all ages. Way up high where the clouds and rainbows live, the Care Bears watch over the Earth and make sure everyone is kind and friendly to one another. So when they see an evil spirit trick a lonely boy into helping make people mean, the huggable heroes jump into action! They come to the rescue with the animals from the Forest of Feelings...but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take an awful lot of love to defeat the spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful spell. Recommended for ages 3+. A $5, C $5.

biggest horticultural happening provides the tools and inspiration to kick off the season in style. Visitors will leave behind the gray days of winter and explore the show, themed First Impressions, for tips and ideas on adding the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wow factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden.

14THURSDAY FREE Plymouth Winter-into-Spring Local Food & Gift Market. Plymouth Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, 137

for survivors), and to individuals struggling with household expenses during their treatment. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event promises to be just as successful, as we have added another event to it, a Friday evening girls U-11 and U-12 tournament! On the Saturday of the event, the Pink Fire Truck will be making an appearance from New Hampshire. Through March 17. For more information, visit Annie, Jr. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Directed by Deirdre and

ONGOING Worcester RV, Boat & Camping Show. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Boaters, campers and RV enthusiasts can now join together under one roof at the 2013 Worcester RV, Boat and Camping Show which will be held March 15th to March 17th at the DCU Center. RV and Boat dealers from throughout the northeast will be displaying their newest products and give you the best deals. The newest equipment to enhance your camping, boat or RVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ing experience will be on display. Financial representatives will be available to help you finance your new RV or boat. Friday 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Crafts at Close Range. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Spend some time at OSV learning a historical craft. These adult workshops vary from blacksmithing to textiles, coopering, foodways and more. Come and try your hand at a craft and take home your finished masterpiece! Register online for an upcoming class. Fees vary by program.



ONGOING Boston Wine Festival 2013. Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston. The Boston Harbor Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Boston Wine Festival features 39 evenings of wine as well as three themed brunches, culminating with a final reception on Friday, March 29. The threemonth festival will offer guests exclusive dinners, seminars, receptions and brunches hosted by some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most renowned winemakers, each personally selected and invited by Chef Bruce. The 2013 Boston Wine Festival will also bring back the themed dinners including Battle of the Cabernets and Meritage Madness while introducing a new twist with Pinots: Old World, New World. For more information, visit

13WEDNESDAY Boston Flower and Garden Show. Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Blvd., Boston. Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Bats: Creatures of the Night. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Forget the myths and learn the truth about bats: they are gentle, beneficial animals that play an important role in our planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ecology. With larger-than-life models and interactive stations, visitors to Bats: Creatures of the Night can experience the sensitivity of bat hearing, discover how bats find their way in the dark, and understand how mother bats locate their babies. Ongoing through March 12. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


the only non-profit market in town that provides the community with direct access to fresh, wholesome, locally grown foods. The opening market will host a ribbon cutting ceremony with local officials and community leaders, and features over 20 vendors selling produce, baked goods, herbal products, olive oil, cheese, meats, gluten-free products and more. 3 to 7 p.m. Content/129.htm.

Catch the funny antics of the Harlem Globetrotters on Sunday, March 17 at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Warren Ave., Plymouth. The Plymouth Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market is held on the second Thursday of the month, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. indoors at Plimoth Plantation November through May. Each market will feature special guests and activities and is free and open to the public. Enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loaves & Cheesesâ&#x20AC;?, with an Irish Bread bake-off and a medley of regional cheeses.

15FRIDAY 5th Annual Score for a Cure Soccer Tournament. Jungleplex, 8 Natalie Way, Plymouth. Held annually to raise funds for breast cancer programs and those that are currently undergoing treatment for the disease. Proceeds from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event were distributed to the Jordan Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center, WeCanRow Boston (a rowing club

John Budzyna. Leapinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Come enjoy a local cast of dozens of talented student actors as they remind all of us that the sun will come out tomorrow! Produced through special arrangement with Music Theater International. Tickets: A $20, Students/Seniors/ Members $18. March 15-17, Fri-Sat @ 7pm, Sat-Sun @ 2pm. Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market at Cordage Park. 10 Cordage Park Circle, rear lower mills, North Plymouth. Visit this new winter farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market held Fridays through April. Sponsored by Explore Historic Plymouth Inc., â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plymouth Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marketâ&#x20AC;? is

Owl Prowl Adventure for All Ages. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Route 16), Natick. Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat and search for our frequent evening owl visitors, the screech owl and great horned owl. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. 7:30 to 9 p.m. A $11m/$13nm, C $6m/$8nm. Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shows: The Tanglewood Marionettes present Cinderella. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting--the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom, plus many more (one of the scenes even â&#x20AC;&#x153;popsâ&#x20AC;? right out of the book!). All your favorite characters are here, from gentle Cinderella to the bumptious stepsisters and the charming Prince, and each marionette is manipulated with precision and grace by Tanglewoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talented puppeteers. Recommended for ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. A$8, C$10. Yo-Yo People. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. A Yo-Yo Show for the 21st Century! Who would have thought you could make an entire show out of yo-yos? This husband and wife duo bring back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and unusual tricks. Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with

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St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Weekend at the Cove. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. The destroyer, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., was named for the eldest brother of John F. Kennedy, former president and proud member of a prominent IrishAmerican family. Spend the day aboard Kennedy and search for the bright green shamrocks painted on her steel. Enjoy scavenger hunts and free prizes. Battleship Cove is a nonprofit maritime heritage museum, comprising five National Historic Landmarks, and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest and most diverse collection of historic naval ships. Recently designated site of the Commonwealthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official memorial for September 11th, Battleship Cove is Massachusettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; official veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorial for World War II and the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. Opening Day for Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II. Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth. Both will be open to the public, with special events to be announced. At 8:30am & 10:30am Ewe and the kids are invited to join museum staff for our annual salute to spring with a celebratory walk and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rare Breeds Animal Paradeâ&#x20AC;? from the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center to the 17th Century English Village at 10:30am. Celebrate the morning with a farm-fresh breakfast as well. 8:30 to 5 p.m. St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celtic Celebration. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Celebrate St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day at OSV with Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. Meet 19th-century Irish immigrant Mary Culligan. Attend a special concert by Full Gael in our Stephen Brewer Theater (on Saturday - purchase tickets here) or listen as they explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell the story of the Irish experience through song (on Sunday).

17SUNDAY Harlem Globetrotters. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smiles will begin before you even get to the show as the Harlem Globetrotters 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Write the Rulesâ&#x20AC;? World Tour takes kid participation to a whole new level. For the first time ever, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now at, then see the winning rules implemented into the live Globetrotter basketball.

After the game, Globetrotter stars remain on court for autographs and photographs with fans. Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you get to actually spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magic Pass,â&#x20AC;? will create memories of a lifetime. Tickets are on sale now at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster. com. 2 p.m.

famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Nashoba Valley - Peoples Choiceâ&#x20AC;? award competition. 5:30 to 8 p.m. For a full list of vendors - and the winners, check out

20WEDNESDAY ONGOING Exhibit: A Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. This exhibit will explore the changing world of childhood during the first half of the 19th

Come enjoy the traveling Greenberg Train & Toy Show on Saturday, March 23 at 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington.

18MONDAY Art Investigations. Peabody Essex Museum. 161 Essex St, Salem. Included with museum admission Saturdays, Sundays from 1pm - 3pm. Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you.

19TUESDAY Taste of Nashoba. Lawrence Academy, Powder House Road, Stone Athletic Center, Groton. Taste attendees enjoyed the offerings of 34 vendors. The list of vendors included many who participated in the past and returned once again to compete in the

century through their toys, their clothes and their work. Ongoing until May 31.

21THURSDAY Travel & Taste: Patagonia. 25 South Main St., Sherborn. Join in for a tour of Argentinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique wildlife and landscapes from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, with side trips to the Valdez Peninsula on the Atlantic coast, and Los Glaciares National Park at the base of the Andes. From the sea, Patagonia offers the visitor close encounters with amazing marine life from elephant seals, sea lions and southern right whales to magellanic penguins and the opportunity to travel in Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps on the Beagle Channel. From the land, visit the Pampas, and experience the unique vegetation of the Patagonian Monte and Steppe habitats, complete

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OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO with rheas and guanacos. The trip ends at the foot of the Perito Moreno glacier, an incomparable wall of ice. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be some exciting birds of Patagonia, from Chilean flamingos to Andean condors. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture at 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the dinner. Dinner/ Lecture $25m/$29nm, Lecture only $10m/$12nm.


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10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while hula hooping and unicycling are just some of their finely tuned feats. As seen on David Letterman, they hold a Guinness World Record, a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title, and have performed in over 20 countries. A$10, C$8. 11 a.m. to noon.

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Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shows: Lunch Money! Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Lunch Money brings the indie rock experience to family audiences with an energetic, musical salute to the stuff of childhood: blowing bubbles, pushing buttons, going to the library and getting dizzy. The Columbia, South Carolina-based band has songs in regular rotation on SiriusXM Radio and has been reviewed on NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Things Considered.â&#x20AC;? Their most recent album Spicy Kid was released in June 2012. Come bark, roar, hop, and dance along with Lunch Money! C $8, A $10. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

23SATURDAY The Sleeping Beauty. Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. With its scenario drawn from the stories of Perrault, a glorious score by Tchaikovsky, and choreography after Marius Petipa, The Sleeping Beauty has been enchanting audiences of all ages for over a century. But more than the tale of a princess, spell and a kiss, The Sleeping Beauty is a tour de force of classical dancing, with brilliant solo choreography and ensemble pageantry. This grand-scale production, with sets and costumes by David Walker, spotlights the accomplishments of the entire Company. John Carver Inn Dinner Theater â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Psychic Mindblowing Comedy Show with Jon Stetson. John Carver Inn & Spa, 25 Summer St., Plymouth. As seen on CBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mentalist.â&#x20AC;? Join Jon Stetson, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master Mentalist, for an evening of intelligent, audience interactive fun. Stetson will keep you mesmerized and thoroughly entertained. Mind reading has never been this much fun! Admission includes a delicious buffet dinner & show for $59.99 per person. Overnight Packages start at $126 per person, double occupancy. Call for reservations or reserve online at Western Mass Mineral Jewelry & Fossil Show. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1 Atwood Dr., Northampton. Western Mass Mineral Jewelry & Fossil Show sponsored by the Connecticut Valley

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OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO Mineral Club A Massachusetts non-profit educational organization. The show features Minerals, Gemstones, Jewelry, Crystals, Beads, Fossils, Lapidary and Mineral Arts from around the world Live Demonstrations and Free Exhibits. Admission is C$5, scouts in uniform are free with adult admission. For more information visit Workshop: So You Want to Have a Vegetable Garden! Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. Planning your first vegetable garden or hoping to improve the quality of your backyard vegetable garden? Join in as this popular program returns for its fifth year with an emphasis on techniques to start and succeed with common vegetables. $35nm/$30m. Greenberg Train & Toy Show. 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington. Greenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Train & Toy Show is a traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers offering everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Hobby Tools, Die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania, slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A$7, Kids free. Admission is good both days.

24SUNDAY FREE JCC All-Camp Fair. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. Meet the JCC day, overnight and specialty (arts, sports, technology) camp directors and explore the Summer 2013 options for boys and girls from preschool to high school! Learn about the following camps: JCC Grossman

Camp in Westwood, JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp in Newton, JCC Summer Sports Camps in Newton, icamp Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Technology Workshop in Newton, JCC Early Learning Centers Summer Programs throughout Greater Boston, JCC Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice School Vacation Programs in Newton and JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood in Bridgton, Maine. 2 to 4 p.m. Guess How Much I Love You. Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Two beloved childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books come to life on stage through whimsical puppetry, gentle narration and beautifully scored original music! The magic and charm of the characters from these award-winning classics emerge from the pages of the book, hop around trees, over hills and into the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination providing for very young children the ideal introduction to the magic of live theatre. 3 p.m. Tickets $10. Egg Scavenger Hunt. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. Join this â&#x20AC;&#x153;eggcellentâ&#x20AC;? safari at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Follow the clues to different locations around the Zoo to claim your eggs. When your hunting is through collect a goodie bag and enjoy the rest of our festive Spring activities. Free with Zoo admission.

25MONDAY Art & Seek: a drop in toddler program. Visual Arts Center, 963 Washington St., Canton. A drop-in program for 2-5 year olds and an adult. Each week is a different theme and will include a story, an activity and an art project. Registration is not required. A Free, C $3m/$5nm. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, email



26TUESDAY ONGOING Big Apple Circus, Legendarium. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Plaza, Boston. Enter the intimate big top circus of years gone by, where the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest circus artists perform spectacular feats and no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring! See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a backbone flexible as an archerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bow. With an affable Ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker. The performance runs two hours, including one intermission. Tickets start at $25.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Easton is located in the Old Fire Station at 9 Sullivan Avenue in North Easton, MA. Admission is $7.50 per person; members and children under 1 are free. For more information, please feel free to call, (508) 230-3789, or check out Wonders & Smiles. Applewild School, 120 Prospect St. Fitchburg. Calling all 3 to 5 year olds for a fun hour of stories, crafts and activities.


Community Conversation: Women in Photography. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. In collaboration with Andoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Hall Library, this program looks at women photographers from Margaret Bourke-White to Cindy Sherman as pioneers in the field. Meet in the Museum Learning Center. Led by Katherine Ziskin, the Addisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education fellow for school and community collaborations. Registration required. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 978-749-4198. andover. edu/museums/addison/Pages/default.aspx.

Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My! The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street Williamstown. TAME YOUR CURIOSITY! Asking questions, investigating objects, and making discoveries can be an exciting and wonderful experience. Sometimes, a single work of art can spark curiosity in many ways. In the 1600s, Peter Paul Rubens, a painter from Flanders (now Belgium), painted a dramatic picture of a big cat hunt. The painting, Lion and Tiger Hunting, is now in an art museum in Rennes, France, where visitors admire the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability, learn about the paintingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, and maybe get curious about it too. This exhibition looks at the same work of art from the perspective of four kids of museums: an art museum, a living history museum, a science museum, and a natural history museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Puppet Playtime. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Puppet Playtime is a fun, interactive performance experience designed for very young children (0-3). In each hour-long session, two friendly performers guide children (and their grownups) through free play, sing-a-longs, stories, and imagination games. Puppet characters appear throughout to introduce the theme of the day and to join in the fun, and each session ends with a short puppetry performance. 10:30 a.m. puppetshowplace. org/index.php?page=puppet-play-time.

Live Music. Springfield Science Museum, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. Demonstrations provided by Falcetti Music instructors and students in the special exhibition gallery. $3 fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission (includes the special exhibition GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World). 1 p.m.


Guided Garden Tour, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent garden, with seasonal highlights such as Camellias in the Limonaia and subtropical plants in the Orangerie, and the beauty of bark and berries in the Winter Garden. Learn about the history of the Worcester County Horticultural Society that owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and learn about the Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future goals. A$12, $7Y, Children under 6 free. 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Art Adventures. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. Come by The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum in Easton every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to enjoy the Art Adventures program! Children will be able to explore various art mediums as they are introduced to the colorful and creative world of art. They will become young artists as the learn how to make their own special masterpieces that they can take home! Art Adventures does not require registration and is free with paid admission to the museum. There will be no class on February 21, 2012 due to school vacation. The


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You won’t hear the kids say there’s nothing to do at the Double Tree by Hilton located in Danvers. First stop enjoy the hotel’s 65,000-square-foot indoor water park CoCo Key, one of the area’s largest indoor water parks. No matter what the weather is outside it’s always 84 degrees inside and there is something to do for all ages. The park has lifeguards on duty at each attraction. If you’re adventurous and are at least 48 inches tall you can slide down four three-story water slides. On two slides you can use a one man or two man tube and the other two slides no tubes at all! There’s an activity pool for older kids

which features a lily pad obstacle course, water basketball and plenty of room for them to have fun on their own. My favorite is the lazy river, a river that circles the water resort at a pace perfect for relaxing. But parents, if you really want to relax try the indoor/outdoor spa with swim-through passage. The outdoor spa is open, weather permitting, and is reserved for guests 18 and older. There are kiddy slides, water spouts and buckets, and the wading pool offers something special for little swimmers (under 48 inches tall) and a safe environment for them to play while watching movies on the

large sail screen, the Dip-In Theater. Overlooking the Dip-In Theater, cabanas can be rented and can accommodate up to 10 people. Each is equipped with a table and chairs, a sofa, a ceiling fan and a flat screen TV. Hungry? Stop at Gator’s Grab and Go located right in the water park. Gator’s offers everything kids love such as pizza, chicken fingers, French fries, and ice cream. Enjoy a quick bite without leaving the water park. Centrally located across from the Parrot’s Perch Play Area, the Wet Rooster Bar lets parents enjoy a tropical beverage and light

fare while kids play close by. Coco Key also offers a state-of-the art arcade that has the latest selection of video games and activities offered at most hotels. Water logged? No worries, there is plenty to do in the area. If you’re up for shopping there is Liberty Tree Mall, North Shore Mall and Square One Shopping Mall, all within 10 miles. Or if you like more gift shops and galleries, Rockport is just 23 miles away. Looking for something a little more cultural? There’s also The Peabody Essex Museum and the North Shore Music Theatre, both within 6 miles. Take a walk on or spend the day at Crane Beach, Ipswich, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester and Wingaersheek Beach, Rockport. They are all within 30 miles. Attached to Coco Key Resort is the Double Tree by Hilton North Shore, which has recently been renovated and offers all the amenities one would expect and then some. When we arrived we were greeted by exceptionally friendly staff and offered a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie at check in that hit the spot! Our room was spacious, clean and equipped with a 32-inch flat screen television and high speed Internet. Didn’t bring your computer? Not to worry: complimentary computers and printers are located in the lobby. Enjoy dinner in the Trade Winds Restaurant which features contemporary American cuisine (also open for breakfast and lunch). There is also a coffee shop located in the lobby featuring Starbucks coffee, pastries and muffins. Time to wind down? Try out the pool area. Relax in the spa, sauna or do a lap or two in the pool. Children are welcome but there is a designated lane for adults only. Full-service spa treatments are also available by appointment. And you don’t have to miss your exercise regime while away. Enjoy the fully-equipped fitness room and health club. Double Tree by Hilton North Shore 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 978-777-2500 Paula Monette Ethier is the creative director at baystateparent and is the mother of two sons who grew up with the 16-year-old baystateparent.

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Performances are held for patrons who are deaf and blind.

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ALL CHILDREN Caitlin Wheeler plays Pippi Longstocking in an upcoming performance at the theater.


heelock Family Theatre isn’t just about drama; it’s a thoughtful, inclusive and alternative theater and educational program based on Wheelock College’s mission of creating a safe, caring and just world for children and families. Since 1981, Wheelock Family Theatre has made a commitment to do exactly that. The theater company produces professional quality shows, with a mix of professional union actors and students, and has an educational program with a drama curriculum that focuses on improving the quality of life for children and their families. Wheelock College and its theater work hand in hand to produce excellent shows and enhance the life of children living in the community. By utilizing the superior educators at the college and integrating college students, the theater produces performances that are accessible for everyone. It is a beautiful interconnection reflected in the theater staff’s commitment to acces-

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sibility for all kinds of families and all types of people – including people with disabilities and low-income families. Wheelock Family Theatre believes in accessible theater where everyone can participate. The theater is fully wheelchair accessible, and all performances are open captioned, and infrared listening devices are available for use at any seat. In addition, selected performances of every show have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, and other shows are audiodescribed for people with visual impairments, with sound enhancement devices available upon request. Additionally, show programs are available in braille and large format. The theater also works with local community organizations to ensure lowcost and free tickets are available to families who otherwise would not be able to attend. In addition to theater for people who have hearing and visual impairments, Wheelock Theatre has been developing a drama program for children and teens on the autism spectrum and will also be

producing an autism-friendly performance of Pippi Longstocking. The theater has drama classes for local community youth and also engages the college students in the productions. The theater’s education director, John Bay, has been working with Wendy Lament, theater producer, and Felicity Crawford, the chair of the special education department at the college, to collaborate on both the show and the theater classes for children on the autism spectrum (classes are currently in development). Their enthusiasm for the upcoming autism-friendly show and drama classes for children with autism is contagious, thought provoking and also demonstrates the college’s commitment to teach to a diversity of children in multi-disciplinary modalities. Parents of children with disabilities can often find themselves socially and emotionally isolated, with treatment of children coming within the strict parameters of a school system. Wheelock College and the Family Theater program understand the importance of teaching to children of

multi-intelligences, not through rote content, but with a focus on problem solving through a multi-sensory approach. Indeed, one size does not fit all. “Drama is a great vehicle for kids with autism to learn to express themselves through feelings and language,” Crawford says. “It teaches kids to develop empathy, engages their imagination and encourages self-confidence and communications skills utilizing drama as the vehicle. Concentration is enhanced through practicing, rehearsing, and performing, using a child’s voice, body and mind.” “Drama is a rehearsal for ‘real life.’ Children can play characters with ‘real’ emotions but ‘no one gets hurt,’” Bay says. “In learning about empathy and how to connect with other human beings, you learn concrete skills about eye contact, your actions, reactions and how they affect people’s choices. You learn that how you treat others has an effect,” Lament adds. “Drama teaches kids to think in a different way and helps both kids and future educators to learn both creativity and in-

novation,” Crawford says. “Drama teaches kids divergent thinking, and that is an important skill. Drama enhances self-discipline and teaches collaboration and unique ways to solve problems. The power of drama is that it is a process of self-reflection and self-awareness. It gives students a chance to develop interpersonal skills and learn awareness of others. Drama gives students a chance to come into their own voice, and built into it is fun and developing a sense of trust in others.” Bay, as director of education, also sees the importance of theater in both teaching young students and in training the college’s future educators. “As a teacher, you have to give up your power in the classroom to give the students a voice,” he says. “You have to plan, but have a flexible plan. Sometimes students have a more interesting idea than the lesson you planned – and by giving kids a voice, they learn what they have to say is of value and that they have the best idea in the room. We aren’t here to add content to education, we are here to change the lenses. We need to focus more on how to learn, and ensemble theater doesn’t come from you, but it comes through you. Drama has a respect for variety and eclecticism; it’s kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and emotional. It’s good for teachers to have a variety of educational strategies to come through ‘different doors.’ It’s about learning to approach things from different angles and appealing to a student’s strengths.” Lament agrees with Bay. “What excites

me is working with future teachers across the curriculums, teaching them different ways to incorporate drama into everyday teaching,” Lament says. “Teachers don’t have to be an actor to play a role, the can encourage students to be in the role of ‘expert.’ You can play a queen, but looking for the villagers to help you. Utilizing drama in the classroom can give students a reason to apply skills.” Lament says the actress playing Pippi Longstocking connects with children with

in Pippi. Just as Pippi has her own unique set of strengths, so do kids with autism.” Just as Pippi experiences her world differently, so do the professors impart the importance of teaching college students what the ‘world of disability looks like.’ “Understanding the barriers of kids with special needs and how the world continues to disable them and discriminate against them,” Bay says. “And like Pippi, how future educators can both encourage their students’ strengths, while also chang-

“People recognize themselves in Pippi,” Bay adds. “Kids with autism get silenced in all kind of ways, and they see themselves in Pippi. Just as Pippi has her own unique set of strengths, so do kids with autism. disabilities. “Pippi is a pistol. She literally changes everything in her world. When she comes, the music becomes more upbeat and the sanitized beige world turns colorful. Pippi is a state of mind. Pippi doesn’t fit into her world and she does things that upset the people in her world, and at times, she is a complete disaster,” Lament says. “People recognize themselves in Pippi,” Bay adds. “Kids with autism get silenced in all kind of ways, and they see themselves

ing the world they are living in. Theater is about social change. Not just learning about it, but changing it. That is what we teach our college students—choose a problem and affect the change.” Pippi Longstocking performances run at Wheelock College Theatre in Boston from April 12 to May 12. Performances are on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. (except April 19); Saturday & Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. April school vacation week matinees (Tuesday April 16 and Friday

April 19) are at 1 p.m. and are American Sign Language. Audio-Description Performances are on Friday May 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 12 at 3 p.m. The autismfriendly performance will be on Saturday April 27 at 10 a.m. All performances offer open captioning. The autism-friendly show on April 27 will be 90 minutes long with one 15-minute intermission. There will be multiple accommodations to the show, including a Meet Your Seat trial run offered one week before the show, on Saturday April 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. Social Story Guides will be offered to all audience members for introduction to the play, characters and storyline. There will be two designated quiet rooms within the theater, which audience members can utilize if needed. The lighting and sound extremes will be modified, and the theater will not go to total blackness during the performance. Loud noises will be softened. There will be additional trained staff on site to assist families. There will not be an issue of behavior expectations. In addition, there is a reduced ticket price of $10. For more information about the theater, performances and classes for the community, please visit their website at Kathleen Quinn is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) and freelance writer from Holden. She is also a mother of two children, Owen, 3, and Bridget, 6.

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Their pristine lake is a stage and their canoes are microphones. Not since Allen Sherman penned the hilarious anthem, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah….” has camp been so funny. Improv Boston’s crack-up curriculum for kids may not boast acres and acres of bucolic woodland, but its campers do have miles and miles of heart. No crafts. No cabins. Nestled in bustling, colorful Central Square, Cambridge, Improv Boston, Boston’s comedy/improv showplace and school, offers something different from the regular vacation fare. Started back in 1982 by Second City Denizen Ellen Holbrook as a loose collection of performers with varying venues and revolving artistic directors, Improv Boston is now a well-established hotbed of new talent and veteran entertainers featuring sketch, improvisation and standup shows nearly every night of the week.

There are also classes, workshops, and, starting about eight years ago, comedy camps for the younger set. With multiple stages, classroom space and even a lounge and bar area, Improv Boston is a dream comedy club. Enter Deana Creiss Tolliver: comic, mother of two and a veteran of Improv Boston. Tolliver was working as a preschool teacher and got into improv first as a hobby - something she could do for a few hours a week, just for herself. But when she realized she was using many of her new-found stage and performance skills back in the classroom, something clicked. “It seemed like improv had a bigger reach than just high school kids. It was not only fun, but really helpful,” she says. If not wallet making, what goes on all week? Typical days at comedy camp start with warm-up exercises, stretches and so forth to get the body ready and energized.

Then a host of challenging improv games, 3-5 minute intellectual exercises with specific rules to help strengthen mental acuity and to get kids thinking on their feet. This might include a game of “Take that Back” where an oral story is edited spontaneously, helping kids move past the obvious, encouraging them to let go of trying to always make sense. Another exercise is Party Quirks, and the premise involves pretending to have an unusual trait that could never occur in real life, like a jelly bean for a head or an allergy to the word “cheese.” But amidst the silliness, real life skills are hard at work, such as active listening, quick thinking and reading social cues, all using the brain in multiple ways. “We always say, ‘Yes,’” says Bobby Smithney, private school drama teacher and Improv Boston camp counselor. “That’s our mantra. You’re not going to say, ‘No’ in

the middle of something on stage. You stay in the moment, say ‘Yes,’ and see where it goes. You can really watch the kids discover that. I’m always surprised by what they come up with. Even after 10 years of teaching, they still surprise me.” They also get going by clearing the air of fart and poop gags. “That’s a universal first day,” says Tolliver. “From ages 5 to 17, they think it’s hilarious. And normally, when a teacher says, ‘Was that funny?’ the answer is ‘No.’ But here, everyone laughed. We can’t deny that, but timing is everything. Was your poop joke funny? Yes. Was it appropriate at this time? No.” Once the pent-up flatulence jokes are out, it’s time to get serious about comedy. At lunch, the class breaks and heads outside, if weather permits, to a nearby park, where more improv exercises are explored. With Central Square so full of characters already, these kids fit right in with the lo-

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cal eccentrics as they sharpen their imaginations and acting-out skills. Afterwards, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll prep for the big Friday afternoon show for parents and friends. What looks like a youth program full of fun and games on the outside, structured goofing around and skies-the-limit imaginary play masks some extraordinary life building skills. Not the least of which is supporting others. With the influx of bullying, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a golden antidote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly they got on board supporting each other,â&#x20AC;? says Tolliver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I tell then why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better and how good it feels to help one another, they are so quick to do it. Even when I have some kids with arms folded and eyes rolled, and I think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be tricky this week,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; once they understand how much more fun it is than being negative, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in.â&#x20AC;? Curriculum breaks down similarly for each age group. The kids are separated so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be with their own age for maximum comfort level. As for the content, for the 6-14 year-old set, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically the same. For high-schoolers, more real theater knowhow, story craft, motivation, examples from the arts come into play. Tolliver and Smithney agree that no matter what age, comedy camp is valuable for both the class clown and the chronic wallflower. Improvisation taps into the nature of any kid. The quiet ones discover their voice. The playground jokester learns to hold back and let others take the spotlight. Defiant kids learn to help and support. Sports kids, who already know the value of teamwork, do the same, while learning to hone

and express their own unique view point. Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a star and everybody contributes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We channel all they have in a productive way,â&#x20AC;? says Tolliver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for all walks of life and personalities. To see it all come out and all come together every Friday night, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really magical, and it makes for an amazingly entertaining show because you have all those kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; voices coming from different places. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amalgam of comedy, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun to watch.â&#x20AC;? The benefits go beyond stage lights as campfire: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had people tell me, as adults, they got a job because improv was on their resume. It really impressed the boss,â&#x20AC;? says Tolliver. Comedy Camp Graduate Lea Doolittle, who is now a political science major at American University, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It definitely gave me a lot more confidence, not just on stage, but in general: how I carry myself, speak and present myself. It trains you to think on your feet, and you need that in any field. And I have the privilege to go back and assist teaching classes, and to see a shy kid, after a week, turn into a whole different person, laughing and having a great time on stage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really something.â&#x20AC;? Punch lines and life-long skills combine for a powerful learning and growing experience for all children at comedy camp. For more information, check out April vacation and summer sessions available. Susan Boitano lives with her husband and 8 year-old son in Newton.




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Move over lice. There’s a new bug in town. It’s the bedbug, an irritating pest with the power to spread scratching faster than tweets about Justin Bieber’s new girlfriend.

ccording to the American Camp Association, bedbugs are becoming increasingly prevalent in camps and other youth settings, and they bring more than just scratching. Like head lice, bedbugs incite fear, rumors and plain ‘ole parental freak-outs. Any parent who has received the dreaded lice notice from school knows how quickly the finger pointing, frantic texting and social shunning begins as well as repeated head checks. Bedbugs, like lice, are mini vampires, parasites that feed off human blood. Both don’t care if the home or the host is clean or messy, so don’t play the blame game there. They only care that there is food— your blood. On top of the “ewww!” factor, an infestation is stressful, time-consuming and costly. About the only thing bedbugs don’t bring is disease, as bedbugs generally do not pose health risks. And guess what? They have table manners. While the lice gorge on dinner and digest in a head of hair, the bedbug retires to his corner of your mattress (bed frame, dust ruffle, phone…but more on this later). It’s understandable to flinch at the thought of bedbugs waiting for your child at camp, but is it enough to prevent you from sending your child at all? If so, you should also cross the following venues off


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your list, as bedbug top spots include: • Hotels • Airplanes • Movies • College Dorms • Moving Trucks • Cruise Ships • Restaurants • And More… Yup. Bedbugs are pretty much like germs— they live everywhere. Just as you teach your child to wash her hands or cough into her elbow, there are bedbug precautions you can take so that your child can enjoy the best life offers, including summer camp.

The attack of the bedbugs But first: why are there so many bedbugs? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say that the United States is experiencing an alarming resurgence in the population of bedbugs due to: • Increased international travel • Poor pest control practices • Costly pest control practices • A lack of understanding of bedbugs and

how they increase in numbers • An over-reliance on pesticides which have caused a resistance to many chemical pesticides. The banned and deadly chemical DDT, for example, is no match to the bedbug. Bedbugs continue to make headlines in national and local news. On February 7, The Patriot Ledger in Quincy reported that bedbugs were found at the Quincy Police Station living in the headrest of a chair. The chair was thrown out and the area was treated. Captain John Dougan told the Ledger, “We don’t know how they got here. You can get them anywhere.” “I get a call for bedbugs every single day,” Worcester Pest Control owner Brian White told the Telegram and Gazette in a January 2013 report. “That’s no joke. There are more bedbugs in the city than roaches. I can tell you that for sure. It's flipped.” The Telegram and Gazette found that in 2006, Worcester’s Department of Inspectional Services received three calls for bedbugs as compared to last year’s 96 calls. And these are just the cases that are reported. In 2011, Bill Eagan*, a facilities manager for a Worcester apartment building, fought thousands of bedbugs...and that’s just in one apartment. “It’s something I never used to worry about,” he says, “especially when my kids were little.” Despite facing these minuscule suckers head-on, he believes that parents can’t get overly concerned about them. “You check your child for ticks when they come in from playing. You put sunscreen and bug spray on your child. This is just another thing you should check, just something to be mindful of, and I imagine most respectable camps would know this.” Elementary school teacher Meghan Frye* agrees that bedbug checks should become a routine part of family hygiene. In 2006, Meghan could not figure out why she had bites all over her until one night, she lifted the covers and saw dozens of oval-shaped bugs, about the size of apple seeds, crawling inside of her bed. Meghan believes a fire in the condo adjacent to hers prompted the bugs to flee to their next meal: Meghan. “I didn’t know what to do,” says Meghan, who didn’t tell anyone except her mother about the infestation. “It’s not something you talk about. Having bedbugs is not as socially acceptable as something like mice. It’s a different kind of dirty.” At the time, Meghan says she didn’t have a dime to her name and could not afford to get an exterminator. She ended up treating the bedbugs with chemicals herself, sealing off her bedroom to prevent the bugs from migrating. “I literally threw everything away—alarm, remotes, books, pictures, lamps, pillows. I threw away 20 bags,” she says. Eliminating the bugs was expensive, Meghan says, and a process. Bed bugs are champion hide and seek players and can live for months without eating. For years afterwards, she would wake up in the middle of the night to peek under her covers. “It makes you a little paranoid,” she says. “Thankfully, it was just me dealing with this. I cannot imagine if I had a family or an entire home.” Since most of us are not in Meghan’s situ-

ation, baystateparent arms you with the best bedbug prevention tips we could find.

Bedbug Boot Camp As you plan your child’s summer camp adventures, there are steps you can take before, during and after camp.

Pre-camp How can I find out if a camp has bed bugs? • Ask the staff and camp director directly. The quality of the answers you receive can help you determine your comfort level. • Check to see if the camp uses secondhand items such as mattresses and upholstered furniture. If yes, ask if they’ve been thoroughly inspected for bedbugs. • Inquire about what routine checks are in place to determine that camp facilities are pest-free.

dios and phones. • Unusual smells. Bedbugs possess stink glands and may emit a sweet musty smell. • Dark specks along mattress seams—these specks are bedbug excrement. • Empty exoskeletons. Bedbugs molt five times before becoming adults. Look for their empty skins which are light brown. • Small smears of blood, which are sometimes left behind on sheets from engorged bedbugs.

not to bring bedbugs in. • Immediately put all items in a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes—either the home dryer or a laundry mat. • Inspect and vacuum your luggage outside before storing it away. Be sure to get into all seams.

During camp


What precautions can my child take while at camp?

• Inspect your child’s body for bites which may appear in tight lines of multiple, small, red marks. Not all bites are from bedbugs, so you will need further evidence. Keep in mind; some people do not react to bedbug bites at all. Bedbug bites are an allergic reaction, and reactions vary, so you could still have bedbugs without bites. • If you suspect your child has brought bedbugs home, consider hiring a bedbug dog. A simple Google search will reveal plenty of dogs for hire who can sniff out bedbugs so that you can follow up with a professional exterminator. • While people tend to be guarded when talking about head lice or bedbugs, talk with parents of campers to see if they’ve noticed anything unusual. • If you find a bug, pick it up with clear packing tape and tape it to an index card. Show it to a professional.

• Encourage your child to inspect his sleeping area. He should look for flat, brown bugs the size of apple seeds. They are oval-shaped, wingless and appear to have stripes. He should communicate any signs of bedbugs to camp staff.

“You check your child for ticks when they come in from playing. You put sunscreen and bug spray on your child. This is just another thing you should check, just something to be mindful of, and I imagine most respectable camps would know this.”

• Google the camp to see if it has made the headlines for bedbugs in recent years. • Check online bedbug registries including and reach out to administrators of these registries. • Ask friends and families about their experiences with the camp, and use social media in your inquiry. • Request a camp tour and ask to see proof that cabins are bedbug free.

What signs should I

look for

on my camp tour? • Look for evidence of bedbugs in their favorite hiding spots: along the seams of mattresses; in bed frames and headboards; underneath furniture, dust covers and rugs; along the edges of carpets, baseboards and window casings; behind electrical outlet plates and pictures; inside televisions, ra-

• If possible, have your child place his luggage on a rack instead of on the floor. Bedbugs cannot fly, but they can crawl into luggage. Having luggage higher up may prevent a pest from hitching a ride. • Keep clothing in luggage. • Enclose the mattress with a plastic encasement brought from home. A search online can help you to find these mattress protectors. • Avoid throwing clothing all over the floor. Hang clothing whenever possible. • Tell camp staff if any suspicious bites appear on his or her body. • Your child should put her bag inside of a giant trash bag when leaving camp. This will protect the family car from any bedbugs clinging to luggage.

Post camp How do we prevent bedbugs from entering our home?

How can I tell if my child

brings home

How are bedbugs treated? Once you determine that you have bedbugs, a professional pest company will assist in one or more of the following ways: • Removing clutter where bed bugs can hide • Applying heat treatment • Vacuuming • Sealing cracks and crevices to remove hiding places • Using non-chemical pesticides and chemical pesticides If you are diligent about bedbug prevention, the only thing your child will bring home from camp is a mosquito bite or two and lots of memories. *While it is baystateparent’s intent to share the identities of those we interview, both Bill and Meghan are aliases. Bill chose not to use his real name out of respect for his employer and Meghan is still dealing with the stigma seven years later. Carrie Wattu is a Central Massachusetts freelance writer who successfully dodged a bed bug scare when her daughter’s overnight program detected bed bugs. After the camp explained in detail the treatments they took, which included discarding all furnishing through a window, removing the drywall down to the studs and bringing in a bug-sniffing dog, she felt comfortable that the camp took bedbugs responsibility and seriously. Her daughter returned bedbugfree with many happy memories.

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Where All Kids Can Be Kids BY

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Summer is a time for kids to kick back and relax away from the weekly routine of the school year. It’s a time for summer camp, making new friends and having some plain old fashioned fun. As parents, we can remember camp fondly, and we want our children to experience it as well. It seems to fit into a summer routine as nicely as flip-flops and watermelon. For families with a child whose needs can’t be met at a traditional camp, however, the experience takes on a whole new meaning. Finding a camp that can meet a child’s special needs, whether it is a physical disability, disease, or behavioral issue, can be life changing. “Finding a population that is all about that child, where the other campers and even the counselors have something in common with them is very empowering for children,” says Lucy Norvell, director of the American Camp Association - New England. “If you walk into a camp like that, even a stranger can feel the vibe. Children take that away with them, and they carry it for life.” Camps that are designed, staffed and equipped to meet special needs can offer the same benefits of traditional camps as well as the specific supporting needs of each child. We’ll take a look at three camps that give children with challenges a summer experience they won’t soon forget.

Barton Center for Diabetes Research Camps One of the largest independent camping and education programs in the country dedicated to children living with diabetes, The Barton Center operates the Clara Barton residential summer camp in North Oxford for girls and Camp Joslin residential summer camp in Charlton for boys as well as several day camps and adventure programs. 34 MARCH2013

With cabins nestled among the trees and boats tied at the edge of the pond, each campus seems like a place where any kid would be happy to settle in and enjoy their stay. There are lots of things to do including swimming, arts and crafts, boating, fishing and basketball. This is a typical summer camp program in every way except that all of the campers have Type 1 diabetes, and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to check blood sugar levels, something magical happens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a lot of these kids just being in a room where someone else has diabetes is life altering for them,â&#x20AC;? says Jenni Schwab, Clara Barton Day Camp Director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diabetes is an isolating disease because typically you are the only one in your class or the only one in your school with diabetes. Getting together in a room where other campers as well as most of the staff are testing their blood sugar is eye opening. Campers will think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my gosh, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not the only person with diabetes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Schwab says that both she and the director of Camp Joslin have diabetes. They each have children and lead normal, productive lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids see that they are not alone. They can lead great lives and diabetes is part of their life but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their entire life,â&#x20AC;? she says. The camps provide the necessary medical care and keep the staff to camper ratio low. Games include typical camp activities as well as others that teach about diabetes with subjects ranging from insulin, nutrition and how to deal with social situations as they relate to diabetes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look for teachable moments,â&#x20AC;? Schwab says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say we are playing basketball and a camperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood sugar becomes low. We stop and take care of the problem, then focus on why it happened, asking questions such as did you eat all of your lunch? Are you feeling stressed? Then we can tie it back to the event so they learn to manage their life and not just the number as it relates to their insulin level,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hard disease because you will have it for the rest of your life. There is no cure right now, and we say until thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cure thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s camp.â&#x20AC;?

The Bridge Center Located on 20-acres in Bridgewater, the Bridge Center provides camp opportunities for young people ages 4 through 22. A range of programs meets a variety of special needs.

Camp Connect is designed to meet the developmental, social and behavioral needs of children with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and related disorders. Camp Discover is open to all children with special needs regardless of the nature or severity of their disabilities. Camp Summit creates opportunities for success among children who struggle with severe behavioral challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The programs are geared towards the individual campers,â&#x20AC;? says Program Director Spencer Nichols. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We assess each new camper and determine staffing support based on his or her needs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that we will have a group of six to eight campers with eight staff members if needed,â&#x20AC;? she says. The VIP program is designed for teenagers who are interested in developing leadership skills. Participants spend part of the day developing the skills necessary to lead younger campers in daily activities such as sports and cooking. For the remainder of the day, they enjoy recreation activities within their group focusing on teamwork, communication and social skills. Equine-assisted therapy plays a big role in all of the programs. Therapeutic riding helps to improve posture, balance, communication skills, and sensory processing, according to Spencer. Accommodations are made so that there are no barriers for anyone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lift is available for any student who requires assistance and wants to ride. We also offer carriage driving with a horse and cart which allows children with sensory processing issues to work with the horses outdoors, away from the smell of the barn,â&#x20AC;? she says. The Bridge Center is now in its 50th year and also offers year-round programs for children, teens and young adults with special needs.

anniversary in 2013, the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp provides a place where children throughout the northeast, including Massachusetts, ages 7 to 15 with serious illnesses can go for what is called at the camp â&#x20AC;&#x153;A different kind of healing.â&#x20AC;? Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, the camp provides eight-week-long sessions for children who would not be able to attend traditional camps because of their extensive medical needs. Known affectionately as the OK Corral, the on-site medical facility has a full-time staff and provides all treatments campers may need including medications, IV infusions, G/J-tube feedings, chemotherapy, central line care and more. The staff dresses in the standard camp t-shirts and shorts in order to keep the atmosphere as relaxed as possible.

Hole In The Wall Gang Camp

Federation for Children with Special Needs The Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Summer Fun Camp Directory includes links to over 200 camp Websites serving children with disabilities.

Entering through the archway at the main entrance of the 344-acre campus in Ashford, Conn., a brightly painted sign reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome! The fun starts here,â&#x20AC;? and with activities including a climbing wall and ropes course, arts and crafts, archery, boating and fishing, horseback riding, mini golf, theater, photography, music, swimming and trail hiking, there is no limit to the fun. But this is no ordinary camp, and these are no ordinary campers. Celebrating its 25th

The magic that Paul Newman envisioned lives on in the camp today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It provides a safe hideaway for kids, where they can be themselves and not fear that they will be judged by their physical appearance,â&#x20AC;? says Ryan Thompson who is the senior development officer for the camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We meet children where they are medically and physically and they participate in every activity here. In school they might be the only kid facing what they are going through, and they face a lot of isolation. Here there are 120 kids just like them. They have a sense of community and belonging. Camp treats their spirit and restores their sense of childhood,â&#x20AC;? he says. Susan Dipietro is a freelance writer and the mother of two. She can be reached via email at

Contact Information The Clara Barton Center for Diabetes Education: 60 Clara Barton Rd., N. Oxford, MA 01537 508-987-2056 The Bridge Center 470 Pine Street, Bridgewater MA 02324 508-697-7557 The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp 565 Ashford Center Rd. Ashford, CT 06278 (860) 429-3444

Resources For Parents:

American Camp Association Online Camp Finder tool includes option for camps that specialize in serving campers with physical/mental challenges. specialneedscamps Bay State Parent online summer camp fair 6th Annual Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for Children With Special Needs Attend the 6th Annual Summer Camp and Recreation Expo for Children with Special Needs to meet and learn about summer camps and recreational organizations in Massachusetts and the surrounding area. Event Organizer/Sponsor: Framingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council When: March 4 from noon-3 p.m. (Snow Date: March 10) Where: Framingham High School, 115 A St., Framingham, MA 01701




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Parents often worry about their kids’ safety and wellbeing while they are away at summer camp. There’s no need to fret at Guard Up since the campers are armed with Nerf guns, and they are in the company of dozens of zombies. 38 MARCH2013

If it sounds intriguing already, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Nerf Zombie Camp, which is now in its third year at the picturesque Westford location, is a revolutionary week of non-stop adventure for kids who thrive on creativity and thrill seeking, where life is a giant story, and you are not only one of the main characters – you are the hero. With roots firmly embedded in classic literature, zombie camp is the brain child

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of Director Megan Carlson, who owns the camp with business partner Jeff Wegman. Together, the two oversee a team of 20 staffers who are constantly writing and rewriting the script as adventures unfold. “It’s an active learning environment even though the kids don’t really see it that way,” she says, adding that all of the counselors on staff during the day are teachers who bring their own disciplines to the table – from chemistry and math to research and literacy. “What’s inevitable is that the kids get completely wrapped up in the story and forget that they are learning and expanding their minds,” she adds. Whether devising a potion in which to dip darts to kill off zombies or using their skills to research the translation for a Latin phrase that will help them to crack a code, the plot is ever-changing thanks to a hard-working team of writers and enthusiasts who stay up long past their own bedtime each night to figure out how to direct the story come morning.

“We don’t develop a curriculum for the week and just follow it,” she says, adding that they never know what kinds of strategies the kids will devise. “We don’t know what’s going on tomorrow because it depends on what happened today.” All the magic unfolds thanks to a whole lot of attention to detail behind the scenes – including an extensive Logistics department that creates costumes and props well into the night for whatever is about to happen the following day. The entire process, adds Carlson, is impressive to say the least – from watching the staff scramble to bring a story line to life to observing campers experience a full expression of their passion. “We attract a certain type of kid to this camp,” she says, explaining that the camp appeals to gamers and kids who are serious about video games and reading, not necessarily in that order. “Kids who are incredibly creative, who like live action role play, who might not fit in at school because they are not interested in typical


things but who thrive in an environment where there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one possible outcome to a story or one solution to a problem.â&#x20AC;? For those campers that stay overnight, some of the younger counselors in training get to flex their muscles and run the show â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although the zombies have long since gone to bed and will not re-emerge until the next day. According to Carlson, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way for the teen staffers to try

their hand at keeping kids engaged and excited under the mentorship of a more experienced counselor. While zombies and adventure are the main course, kids get to experience all of the age-old components of camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sleeping in cabins, swimming in the lake and goofing around with friends in the dining hall. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that they have a zombie battle to look forward to each day.

And when talking about zombies, the question of terror naturally arises. Not surprisingly, Carlson has figured out how to make the experience inclusive for all children. In addition to designating a particular tent a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zombie-Free zone,â&#x20AC;? the camp divides the experience into three categories: morning, afternoon and midnight. Campers choose the level that works best for them, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;morningâ&#x20AC;? being a low-make-up and absolutely no gore experience where Zombies will not chase or engage with you in a threatening way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afternoonâ&#x20AC;? ups the ante with some higher theatrics and a bit more of an adrenaline-inducing fight. And midnight? Well, â&#x20AC;&#x153;midnightâ&#x20AC;? is not for the faint of heart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnight is all-out: full gore, sounds effects, fog,â&#x20AC;? she laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super intense and a lot of the kids love it more than I can explain.â&#x20AC;? The annual Parent Day gives parents a chance to play-act as Zombies while their kids battle them, trying to turn them back into their regular old moms and dads. The concept â&#x20AC;&#x201C; modeled loosely after the Choose Your Own Adventure books of old â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was born of Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion for gaming and storytelling and role play. For the kids who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so easily understood in their day-to-day mainstream lives, Zombie Camp counselors are trained to integrate them into the culture and help them to

experience the very best of everything the camp has to offer. Kids make only modest use of technology like GPS treasure hunts or watching an occasional evening movie, as overseen by the staff, and are otherwise â&#x20AC;&#x153;unpluggedâ&#x20AC;? during their time at camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The essence of our camp is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an adventure driven by a story, because we believe that stories are the most powerful educational element,â&#x20AC;? Carlson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories allow kids to take information and put it into context, which is where real learning happens.â&#x20AC;?

The process is exhausting by all accounts as counselors work round the clock to bring campers an unforgettable week in their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all beat, but nobody cares,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much fun.â&#x20AC;? For more information on Zombie Camp, visit Amanda Roberge is a Leominster-based freelance writer and mother of three children.







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Girls, it’s time to drop those hairbrushes and become the real deal. Whether you’ve learned power licks or never strummed at all, Girls Rock Campaign is less about being a rock star than feeling like one. What it takes is practice space. It’s not easy being a girl in music. Relegated to groupie or lead tambourine, pitted against one another and themselves for attention at times, there’s a discord to the process. More jammed than jammin’, most give up. That’s where Girls Rock Campaign Boston comes in for technical and emotional tune-ups. Started back in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, it has expanded to 40 worldwide chapters. Girls Rock Camp Alliance helps women, young and old, find their voice in the arts and in their hearts. “It changed my life. I was always told be pretty, don’t be too funny or loud. But when I saw what the girls got out of the camp and what the women gave – I never got that. I was blown away,” confesses Mancini (who attended Boston Conservatory and toured with Fuzzy) of the grass roots movement and her first visit to camp, as an adult. She couldn’t imagine founding and running one a few years later. Here now, Girls Rock Campaign Boston operates modestly from a colorfully crammed back office at 40 South St., a long-standing vintage boutique in Jamaica Plain. Silver sequined pants, beat up amps, girls’ 8x10 band photos compete for space. There’s a jaw dropping amount of snacks piled in the corner. After seeing her music colleagues trade in their picks and ear plugs for cribs and dia42 MARCH2013

per pails, Mancini felt left behind, but her revelation at camp came back to her. With the help of her friend and fellow musician, Mary Lou Lord, and Nora Allen-Wiles, drummer and fellow camper from Oregon living in Somerville, the three founded the now 3-year-old camp.

One of the high notes of the camp is that no musical background is required. A girl who can’t tell chop sticks from drum sticks can sign up. The improv nature of forming bands and working together intensely all week on writing and performing a song at a showcase performance levels the playing

field so everyone can get into the music. Girls are divided by age group. The older ones are encouraged to play mentor to the younger ones. “There’s some eye-rolling, but we explain how important it is for them. They’re models for the smaller girls,” Mancini says. As the week goes on, girls are rotated around the curriculum of music or vocal instruction, plus there’s self-defense provided the local L.E.A.P. chapter (Learning Empowerment and Awareness Programming). They get their mojo working with empowering exercises like starting small and quiet vocally, then building to a hollering crescendo. This helps them open up to the power and strength of their own voice. They’ll also create a Power Persona to help fend off nerves on stage. Rock Aerobics gets them going when they get there. Loud Band Practice gets it all out and is a favorite activity. Assembly brings it all home at the end of the day. But more than head banging music (or whatever genre they choose), the real progress is going on silently, between the eardrums. What sets Girls Rock Campaign apart from other rock or music camps is “the real camaraderie and connections these girls can find in each other. There are differences, of course…but it’s the similarities that count. Everyone has a voice. A unique voice and this camp is a celebration of the girl’s own uniqueness and their own voices,” she says. “But also how wonderful it can be when they put them together,” Lord says. Togetherness not just with each other, but also with the large cast of talented, dedicated women who volunteer to keep the camp, well, rockin’. Many are music and arts professionals, like tktk, head of the Brookline High School’s music department. Plus, there’s star power from the Boston area: Thalia Zadek, Tonya Donnelly and Julianna Hatfield. Others are mothers, some not, but all interested in creating harmony in the next generation of women to rule the world and airwaves or their corner of the stage for now, anyway. “It’s good to see other women making music and still doing it. It’s important to have role models, at any age,” Mancini says. “The most important thing is the support group of the volunteer women, from band coach, band manager, music history teacher, DJs: these women are excited about what they’re doing,” says Executive Director Allen-Willes. The finale comes at week’s end with a live showcase typically held at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston. “It’s not competition,” says Allen-Wiles. “They do a great job even if they forget half the lyrics or mess up a chord, but if a girl has only one drum beat and she got that down, then that is amazing.” Veteran GRCB musician, Nell Myers of the Peanut Butter Panthers by night, sixth grader by day, recalls her showcase day. “It was great! We had a really catchy chorus and afterwards all the girls were singing our song,” Myers says. “They really empowered us to stay with what we want to be in life, and I thought that was really great.” With a mixture of hugs and chokeholds, writer Susan Boitano lives with her husband and 8-year-old son in Newton.


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lthough it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like it now with temperatures below freezing, before you know it the summer camp season will be upon us. Delay too long on enrolling your youngster, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be dooming yourself to a July and August of backyard slip and slides and Disney Channel reruns. Jump on the first thing you see and you might doom your little munchkin to a week of swimming camp when soccer is what was really on his mind. Are you considering a day camp or overnight camp? Would it be more cost effective to utilize the grandparents in Northern Maine for a week-long experience in the woods? Never fear. The choices may seem endless but this issue of baystateparent is dedicated to the summer camp experience and may help you narrow it down. There are a few ways to best match a camp to your child and also to prepare them for the summer experience with as little anxiety as possible if you follow a few simple guidelines. For starters, ask them what they are thinking about doing this summer for an activity. Even if the basketball clinic at the local YMCA has been on top of his list for the past three summers, you may want to find out if it is still an interest before laying down your hard earned cash. You may think you know your child inside and out, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to ask in case there is a change of plan. Your child might have friends who are thinking about babysitting courses this year to give them a new skill and the possibility of earning money. An entrepreneurial venture like that could be just enough of an incentive to lure your daughter away from her old standby. Perhaps that set of pastels and brushes you gave your child on his last birthday has really set his soul afire and a week of classes at a local art museum is more in line this summer. No matter what the case may be, asking your child genuinely and directly is a clear way to let them know you are interested in their developing curiosities and open to providing them with new experiences. Exposure to a diverse set of options will allow your child the chance to have more flexibility in trying new things and experiencing various satisfying endeavors as well as helping them to have appreciation for how challenging it is to paint a still life or make a jump shot. Avoid overdoing it. A healthy amount of


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unstructured time can be quite good for children and will allow them some ability to figure out on their own what they should do with their time. Overscheduling can lead to fatigue and resentment which is the opposite effect youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for from your child this year. If a week of art camp leads into a week of soccer which leads into a blur of something else which leads into the start of school you might not have a well rested child when it comes time to start learning geometry again. Avoid the temptation to create something structured to do for your child each week. A dose of downtime can really work wonders. Try to help your sons or daughters appropriately gauge their abilities without giving off a â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doâ&#x20AC;? vibe. When little Johnny comes to you with a pamphlet for two weeks of skydiving lessons and you know that last summer he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle the view from the Mass Pike overpass, try to temper your response. Perhaps he has matured and is ready for a new adventure, but we all have to crawl before we walk. Therefore, encouraging a step towards skydiving next year by way of practicing at an indoor rock wall course this summer may be a good barometer of ability and a nice compromise. Often time children try to bite off more than they can chew and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for us as parents to try and keep their goals within reach and out of the clouds. By no means am I implying that we should restrict our kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests. The sky is the limit! Helping our kids to define reasonable and attainable goals should be part of the summer experience and life experience. We should, however, avoid letting our own anxieties creep into our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consciousness thus giving off the feeling that trying something new may be too risky or unadvisable. Channeling their good energy is constructive and may help them have the most positive and challenging experience the summer can offer. Of course you may have a more reluctant camper on your hands this summer which can make things a bit more challenging. Not every child is eager for the camp experience. The thought of leaving the comfortable surroundings and slow pace of home, to spend nights in a cabin bunk or daytimes making macramĂŠ plant hangers may cause children both younger and older some anxiety. If this sounds like your child, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to do a little proactive and preventative prep work during these colder months so everyone can be ready for summer. Calling the camps you have in mind ahead of time and asking about how they handle more anxious and reluctant children will

give you some good information and also set your own mind at ease. â&#x20AC;˘ Can they call home during the day or evening? â&#x20AC;˘ Can they bring a photo or a toy that could relieves stress? â&#x20AC;˘ What about some scheduled visits from family or a beloved pet or even asking about reduced or half days? â&#x20AC;˘ How about talking to other parents about positive experiences they have had with camps or even getting the scoop on where your daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend may be going this summer and trying to work out a buddy system? Trying to create some readiness skills and increased self confidence in your child about his/her independence, peer relationships and maturity over the next few months may be a good way to germinate some growth when it comes time to enroll in some summer camp. I have found that many camps are looking more and more at tailoring the summer experience and are willing to work with you for the greatest outcome for your child. If, despite your best efforts, your child continues to exhibit a more intense level of anxiety about camp including physical symptoms like dizziness, sweating and nausea or avoidance and negative and angry thought patterns it may be best to consult a trusted school official or seek guidance from a mental health professional. Your child may need a bit more preparation and skills building before they are ready to embark on that new summer experience. Or they just may not be ready for camp this yearâ&#x20AC;Ś.consider â&#x20AC;&#x153;Camp Grandma & Grandpa.â&#x20AC;? So after the last school bell sounds and the dog days of July and August are upon us you can be sure that you are a prepared parent. That you have used the information in this issue to find the right summer experience for your child that is cost effective, fun and low on the stress meter. And when they are away swimming, making new friends and developing new interests, you can sit back and begin planning for what you need to buy for school supplies for the start of school in September. Darin Haig is a licensed mental health counselor who lives with his wife Chantal and three daughters in the Blackstone Valley. Darin provides clinical psychotherapy out of his private practice in Sutton and can be reached by visiting his website and clicking the â&#x20AC;&#x153;meet the cliniciansâ&#x20AC;? tab.


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For all the excitement that camp generates in kids and parents, anxiety about homesickness can weigh heavily on some parents’ minds. Parents worry their kids will miss home and they will be unable to comfort them. And kids wonder what will happen if they feel homesick when they should be having fun. Although it is not pleasant, everyone who is away from home feels homesick at some point, says nationally recognized clinical psychologist and camp expert Christopher Thurber, founder of and designer of the American Camp Association’s homesickness prevention DVD-CD set The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success. But it

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is the intensity of the homesickness and how the child copes with feelings of distress that make longings for home bearable for some and not for others. “We are all attached to something,” says Thurber. “It might be our family, our bed, home cooking, or our climate or culture. And some of it is abstract. We can miss anything we are attached to.” Those powerful feelings can even be an indicator of something good. “Sometimes the intensity of homesickness is a testament to the strength of the attachment. Even the intense homesickness isn’t inherently bad,” says Thurber. Luckily, families can prepare their children to help stave off some of those


feelings of missing home. And there are plenty of steps you can take now to make the transition easier for your child when camp time comes this summer. First of all, be honest. Whether they are worried about being afraid of the dark or wetting the bed or getting teary when they miss home, they need to know they are not alone and that the people at the camp will help them. “The first thing is to tell them, ‘You are never the only kid,’” says Leanne Wyant, camp director of Life Tech Ventures, the summer camp of Nature’s Classroom in Charlton. “And camp counselors are trained. We have seen it all, and nothing surprises us.”

But don’t assume everything will go smoothly just because camp is fun. As Thurber says, you wouldn’t just plop your child on water skis without preparation, and you shouldn’t drop them off at camp without some training. Visiting the camp ahead of time is great, but almost nothing wards off intense homesickness better than trial time away from home. Carolyn Read of Bolton sent both of her boys to Boy Scout camp when they were each in sixth grade. But her older son, Adam, who went to a local camp for a couple nights before trying a longer camp stay, had an easier time. “He knew what to expect,” Read says of Adam’s longer camp experience. He knew



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what a night would be like in a tent, what Lexington mom Julie Sibertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two daughit was like to get ready for bed, and even ters went to several camps with varying that you had to leave the tent to use the levels of ease. She says no matter how bathroom in the middle of the night â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all hard the transition is, it helps to keep a little things that helped him prepare for goal in sight when your kids are learning the experience. how to be away from home. Many parents worry if they mention â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents need to recognize itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their job homesickness, it will become reality. to grow independent adults,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It But talking about it normalizes the feelis sad when they say they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need you ing, says Thurber, and the kids will know anymore, but that is the goal.â&#x20AC;? And a mild homesickness is universal. case of homesickness is a gentle reminder Thurber says you can begin by saying, of what a child loves and might motivate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone misses something at camp. I some letter writing or inspire distraction wonder what you might miss.â&#x20AC;? by playing with camp friends. Talking about it means Do a little confithey will feel more nordence-boosting to get mal when homesickness campers ready. If the surfaces when they are camp is outdoorsy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes away. Follow the discusand physical, increase the intensity of sion with positive comtheir activity level or ments about what they enroll them in a rehomesickness is are looking forward to, fresher swim class to a testament what they are excited build strength and about, and what new coordination. Make to the strength experiences they will tell sure you go over of the attachyou about when they proper hygiene with ment. Even the come home. them, so they are Are there things you not running around intense homeshould not say? Absowith sandy undersickness isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lutely, says Wyant. wear after the mornâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize ing swim. Involve inherently bad,â&#x20AC;? their anxiety trickles them in buying their says Thurber. down,â&#x20AC;? she says. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t equipment. Even tell them how much you something as small will miss them and that as choosing the color you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what of their trunk or the you will do without them. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell kind of toothpaste they will bring can them you will come get them if they want. make them feel like camp is something â&#x20AC;&#x153;That cuts the camp staff off at the being done with them and for them, and knees,â&#x20AC;? says Thurber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It leaves them not something being done to them, says nothing to work with.â&#x20AC;? Thurber. When Readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger son wanted to And even for those who struggle a bit come home during a mid-week visit with more, homesickness teaches campers one his parents, his parents told him he had of the most vital life skills â&#x20AC;&#x201C; coping in the to stay, despite the fact that their own face of adversity. hearts were breaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will all in our lives have to deal with â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worried if we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make him stay, it separation from home,â&#x20AC;? says Thurber. might have ruined camp for him forever,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But kids can connect with people who says Read. will help them and teach them how to Thurber says about 8 in 10 kids will say cope. If they can endure that separation, they feel homesick, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really they can cope better in the future.â&#x20AC;? impact their day-to-day camp life. Some For more information about The Secret of the remainder say the feeling bothers Ingredients of Summer Camp Success, them enough that they have to focus on visit else to feel better. And out of ents-dvd-cd-set/. everyone, a small percentage (only 5 to 8 percent) say homesickness gets in the way Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is a freelance journalist of them having a good, productive camp who lives in Bolton with her family. experience.





JCC Summer Camps Preschool through 10th Grade SUMMER DAY CAMPS: Sabra Summer Program Ages 2-5 yrs. Camp Habonim Gr. 1-10 Camp Keshet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Specialty Camp Gr.3-6 Camp a-la- cart Gr. 1-6 June 10 -21 and Aug 19-Aug 23 Teen Travel Camp Gr.7-10 Sports Specialty Camps Gr.1-10 Camp brochure and registration forms available at

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For more information and free brochure call 508 756-7109 â&#x20AC;˘ The JCC is open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or economic condition. The Center is handicapped accessible. Scholarships available.



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Camp and Summer Programs Adventure Academy at MWCC Day Camp Mount Wachusett Community College 444 Green St., Gardner 978-630-9525 Applewild Day Camp 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg 978-342-6053 Bancroft School Summer Programs Day Camps, Sports Camps, Technology Camps 110 Shore Dr., Worcester 508-854-9241 Boroughs JCC Summer Program Day Camp: ages 15 mos-8 years 45 Oak St. Westborough 508-366-6121 boroughs

Boston Ballet School Specialty Camp BOSTON: 19 Clarendon St., Boston NEWTON: 863 Washington St., Newtonville NORTH SHORE: 40 Leggs Hill Rd., Marblehead 617-456-6333 Brimmer and May Summer Day and Specialty Programs 69 Middlesex Rd., Chestnut Hill 617-278-2350 Camp Birch Hill Overnight Co-Ed Camp 333C Birch Hill Rd., New Burnham, NH 603-969-0159 Central Rock Climbing Centers Day Camp 299 Barber Ave., Worcester 508-852-7625

Century Mill Stables Riding Camp Day/Specialty Camps 185 Century Mill Rd., Bolton 978-779-2934

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary 113 Goodnow Rd. Princeton, MA 01541 Camp Director 978-464-2712 x 8703 Serves Children Ages 3.5-17

• A unique opportunity to learn about the natural world. • Meet new friends and have lots of fun! • Specialty sessions such as digital photography, teen adventure trip and woodworking. • Experienced staff who provide a safe, educational, and noncompetitive camp environment. • Small group nature study. • An experience that will last a lifetime!

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To find out more and to download a camp brochure please check us out at

536 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne 508-563-3400

6 Bellows Rd. Westborough Right Off Route 9 508-366-2148

434 Route 134 South Dennis In the Cranberry Square Plaza 508-760-2772

475 Winter St., Waltham In the Bertucci's Plaza 781-466-8640

Concord Academy Day Camp 166 Main St., Concord 978-402-2284

884 M Washington St., Norwood 781-769-2363


Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary 414 Massasoit Rd. Worcester, MA 01604 Camp Director 508-753-6087 x 13 Serves Children Ages 4.5-16

1334 Fall River Ave., Seekonk 508-336-2677

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Mass Audubon Nature Day Camps In Central MA

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Turn Back Time is a farm and nature focused program (camp) for children of ALL ages and capabilities. The natural setting of a farm is a great equalizer because children in nature are not constrained by any diagnosis, disorder shape size or age.



Turn Back Time Inc. 250 Marshall St, Paxton, MA 01612


Capen Hill Nature Camp 56 Charlton, MA OffCapen Rte. Road, 20, Charlton, MA

44 1-Week 1-Week Sessions Beginning Beginning July July1WK 8th Ages Ages 4-12 Call or or visit visit website website to to register. register. Call

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The Performing Arts Connection Summer Theater Workshops June 3-August 16 For boys & girls ages 3-18 1 and 2 week sessions! 2-5 day options for pre-K!

Singing! Dancing! Acting! *Master classes in dance, auditioning, voice, monologues, scene work & more! *Sharpen performance skills! *Individual coaching in rehearsals & classes! *Study with a variety of instructors to broaden your range as a performer!

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Fun! *Improv games keep everyone laughing! Dance games keep you on your feet! *Teamwork emphasized in all areas of the program! *Make new friends with shared interests! *Happy and energetic instructors and counselors make our program a total blast! *Free Summer 2013 T-Shirt! *Themed “Spirit” Days! 31 Union Avenue - Sudbury, MA - 978-443-2400 -

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Macy Hamburger, 4, of Lancaster, is so happy to play outside in the blizzard.

Blizzard 2013 Isaac Halko, 7, of Pelham, NH, loves getting buried in the snow.

Jackson Chase, 2, of Merrimac, enjoys his first blizzard.

Jonathan Bell, 8, of Berlin, writes his cry for help in the snow with a spray bottle of food coloring and water.

Sammy Silverwatch, 6, of Windham, NH, plays in a snow cave in the blizzard.

Yuval, 8, and Naama Ailon, 5, of Newton Center, rest on a park bench after the blizzard.

Savannah, 6, Maya, 6 months, and Mason, 4, Smith, of Framingham, play indoors as the snow piles up outside during the blizzard.

The snow almost reaches the shoulders of Courtney Sweeney, 8, and Ryan Sweeney, 7, of Marlborough, after the blizzard.

Carmine Botelho, 2, of Sutton, enjoys playing in the snow after February’s blizzard.

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Camp and Summer Programs Dance It Up! Dance Camps 36 N Main St., North Grafton 508-839-1648

The Performing Arts Connection Summer Workshops Day Camp 31 Union Ave., Sudbury 978-443-2400

Dexter Summer Camps Day and Specialty Camps 20 Newton St., Brookline 617-454-2725

Ramp Camp @ Rye Airfield Day & Overnight options 6 Airfield Dr., Rye, NH 603.964.2800

EcoTarium Summer Discovery Camp Day Camp 222 Harington Way, Worcester 508-929-2701

Regatta Point Community Sailing Sailing & Boating Day Camp 50 Lake Ave., North Worcester 508-757-2140

Everwood Day Camp Day Camp 125 Lakeview St., Sharon 781-694-5829

Riverbend School Summer Programs Day and Specialty Camps 6 Auburn St., S. Natick 508.655.7333

FAY Discovery Day Camp 48 Main St.,  Southborough 508-490-8247

Sports Broadcasting Camp Day and Overnight Camps Emmanuel College 800-319-0884

Fenn Day Camp 516 Monument St., Concord 978-318-361 Giguere Gymnastics Gymnastics, Dance, Kungfu, Trampoline Camps 148 Main St., Cherry Valley 508-892-3797 Gymnastics Learning Center Field of Dreams Camp 1/2 & Full Day Gym and Swim Themed Camps 574 Lake St., Shrewsbury 508-792-1551 Hot Set! Video Production Day Camp 6 Harlow St., Worcester 508-757-8265

Sterling Academy of Gymnastics Day Camp 15 Industrial Dr., Sterling 978-422-7655 Summer Youth Intensive Day Camp Charlestown Working Theater 442 Bunker Hill Ave., Charlestown 617-776-2200 x225 Turn Back Time Day Camp 250 Marshall St., Paxton  978-760-3707 Wachusett Theatre Company Day Camp 486 Chandler St., Worcester 978-602-6288

MetroWest YMCA Day Camp 45 East St., Hopkinton 508-435-9345

Whale Camp 610-399-1463

Old Sturbridge Village 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge 800-733-1830

Worcester JCC Day Camps, Sports Camps 633 Salisbury St., Worcester 508-756-7109

Paula Meola Day Camps PMD Mini Dance Camp Day Camp Camp I: July 8th – July 12th Camp II: August 5th – August 9th Summer Spotlight Theatre Camp Monday - Friday 8:30-3:30 pm Camp I: July 8th-19th, Camp II: August 5th-16th PMD Summer Dance Intensive Week I: July 22nd – July 26th Week II: July 29th – August 2nd Paula Meola Dance & Performing Arts, Inc. 50 Leominster Rd., Sterling 978 422-6989

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Worcester Music Academy – Summer Music Programs Specialty - Music Camps 11 Irving St., Worcester 508-635-6900 The Young Dancers' Summer Day Camp Classical Ballet and Specialty Dance classes 36 Harlow St., Worcester 508-791-3233 YWCA Camp Wind-in-the-Pines Day Camp 89 Parker St., Leicester Before June 17th: 508-767-2505 x3019 After June 17th: 508-892-9814

from this vacation vacation I NEED A VACATION

When a woman comes back from a vacation looking tired, disheveled, bloated, disoriented, and unorganized, she just got back from Disney World with her kids. When a woman comes back from a vacation looking exhausted, with blood shot eyes, a little puffy and a smirk on her face, she just got back from Vegas without her kids. When a women comes back from vacation looking well rested, thinner, with no wrinkles, with a glow about her and a smile that just can’t seem to go away, she just got back from plastic surgery. One thing remains the same is that all these vacations leave you absolutely moneyless. I wish I could say I’ve experienced the trip that leaves you well-rested and thinner, with no wrinkles. That’s still on my bucket list. However, I can talk about the others. Well, on second thought, I can’t talk about the Vegas trip because, “What happens in Vegas... stays in Vegas.” So that leaves me to talk about Disney World with my kids. Before this vacation even started I was drained. I would rather have run a marathon than go through airport security. Everyone has to take their shoes off. That’s helping three kids plus myself. Do the math, that’s eight shoes to take off and then put on again. All while trying to get the other unnecessary paraphernalia off the belt. What kind of a bomb can fit in a size 5 shoe? Then the security guard takes me aside to inspect my bag. That’s a good idea – inspect the bag of a woman with three kids and a stroller. Yeah, she’s going to be a threat. The kids are terrors, not terrorists. I have toys in my bag, not box cutters. Oh, I forgot about the liquids. Please don’t take the juice boxes. You can’t get those in the airport. What if I was breast feeding? Would you take my boobies too? Oh, my favorite lip-gloss. Are you kidding me? That’s a liquid? Really? Please don’t take that. They discontinued that color. No, not my wrinkle cream that’s $38 an ounce! I swear these TSA workers are part of a conspiracy taking all of our good makeup. Haven’t you noticed those ladies looking much better lately?

My kids whined more in Disney World than they have their whole lives. They whined when we woke them up early and they whined when we told them we were only buying one over-priced item in the store (by the way, you can’t leave a ride without walking through one of Disney’s stores). So, after every fun ride, I heard more whining. They whined when we told them we weren’t going to wait 2 1/2 hours for a ride that we knew was not worth waiting for. We did, however, wait three hours for Space Mountain, only to find out that my little one was a 1/2 inch too short to ride it. The “Mickey Mouse Wench” turned him away, tears and all. This left me dealing with his outrageous tantrum, while my husband had a blast with the two “tall kids.” Dear Disney, I WANT MY THREE HOURS BACK! (now I’m whining). The kids whined, “WHY NOT,” when we told them they couldn’t have a drink in one of those huge, fancy, plastic mugs shaped like a Disney Character. They’re not going to finish it. We’re going to be the ones carting that piece of crap all over the park, merely to be guilted into putting it in our carry-on luggage. It will eventually fall out and hit someone in the head, while we try to stuff the bag in the overhead compartment on the plane ride home. They whined. “I’M HUNGRY” because they didn’t eat the $75 lunch we bought them, because the mac-n-cheese didn’t taste like the one we make. They whined that their legs hurt from walking; they whined when we took too many pictures, and finally they whined when we had to go home. They say Disney is where the “Magic Begins & Dreams Come True,” I say “Never Again!” Who am I kidding? When I look back at those pictures, I will forget how aggravating the whole trip was and I’ll say, “Let’s do this again!” Oh by the way, a woman is suing us after getting hit in the eye with one of our Goofy mugs. Thanks a lot lady, now I’ll never afford that plastic surgery vacation. BAYSTATEPARENT 51

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Worcester’s History

Comes Alive Through Play BY

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Nestled about a block away from Downtown Worcester is the Worcester Historical Museum, a museum dedicated to the history of the city. In February, the museum opened the Alden Family Gallery, which is an interactive play area for children. What sets the gallery apart from other museums is that it incorporates Worcester’s rich history into four distinct play areas for kids – it brings Worcester’s history to life. After three years of planning, focus groups, consultants and designs, Worcester Historical Museum unveiled the next chapter in its ongoing transformation. This new space is the catalyst for a host of programs and exciting endeavors that will connect younger audiences with Worcester’s past. Made up of four different spaces that represent significant timeframes in Worcester history, the Alden Family Gallery is designed for children, families, teachers, school groups and members to interact, explore and discover Worcester in a whole new way. With an investment of over half-a-million dollars into the gallery, Worcester Historical

Museum turned to one of the best in the field of creative museum learning by collaborating with Boston Children’s Museum. The Worcester Historical Museum utilized the expertise of Boston Children’s Museum in developing design and content concepts for the dynamic space for children and families. To further assist in content development, the museum also consulted with the Alden Family Gallery Advisory Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers made up of educators from the Worcester Public Schools and faculty of Worcester State University. The Alden Family Gallery was designed to incorporate places in Worcester: CitySquare, which represents Worcester’s continued development; Salisbury Store, which connects children to late 18th century Worcester; The Factory, which focuses on the ingenuity of six Worcester residents; and Mrs. B’s Diner, where the past meets the present through oral histories, music and imaginative-play. As you walk through the door, you can strap on an apron and flip burgers, sit in a booth and listen to music on an old-

fashioned jukebox at Mrs. B’s Diner. Period telephones encourage conversations with the past by listening to gossip and news from different decades in Worcester history. Families can also take a seat and discuss the contemporary food trends versus the old and the comparison between current life and the past. CitySquare highlights the buildings and sites of Worcester then and now. Iconic buildings found in this section include City Hall, Union Station and the DCU Center. Interactives include videos about Worcester history featuring young historians from area schools. Families and young visitors will be able to establish their place in Worcester history and track Worcester’s ever-changing community with an interactive map. The Salisbury Store brings young visitors to the late 18th century to learn how commerce was conducted before the days of credit cards. Children and families will be able to shop, track purchases or take on the role of “gentleman-merchant” Stephen Salisbury. Young visitors will also be able to learn about the trade routes that connected Worcester with the rest of the world. This space also encourages further exploration of Salisbury Mansion, Worcester’s only historic house museum located at 4O Highland St. The Factory addresses the days of Worcester’s industrial power and the city’s continued role as an incubator of innovation. Families will learn about fascinating Worcester inventions and inventors while testing their speed and assembly skills at the workstation or by designing their own patent for a new invention. Patents can be taken home or left to inspire other creative tinkerers. The Alden Family Gallery was designed with the principle of looking at history in a creative and community-inclusive format that will extend beyond the 3O Elm Street

Museum. To this end, all labels in the Alden Family Gallery are bilingual, with content presented in English and Spanish. Worcester Historical Museum is proud to be one of the first museums in Worcester to present its gallery space in a manner that celebrates and recognizes its LatinAmerican community. Artifacts are hidden and displayed throughout the four spaces to invite exploration in the Alden Family Gallery and then throughout the rest of the museum. The artifacts illustrate the connection of everyday objects to the larger story of Worcester. The spaces in the gallery have also been designed to represent the community in which we live and play. From City Hall s Clock Tower, which greets visitors as they enter the space, to the federalist exterior of Salisbury Mansion, to the brick façade of factories that dot Worcester s landscape, these textures and buildings invite visitors to engage in a new way with the built environment that surrounds them. The suggestion of real buildings encourages visitors to expand their ideas of history and the museum experience beyond the galleries of Worcester Historical Museum. Each space offers options for imaginative play as well as opportunities to use math building skills, problem-solving and design skills with creative thinking. The Alden Family Gallery was made possible with generous support provided by the George I. Alden Family Trust, the Rockwell Foundation, Brenda Booth Clapp and George F. Booth II and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Worcester Historical Museum was founded in 1875 and is located at 30 Elm St., Worcester. For more information on the Alden Family Gallery, please call the Worcester Historical Museum at 508-7538278 or visit BAYSTATEPARENT 53

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An unknown author once said, “You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.” It makes me wonder if that author was a parent. Did he or she ever deal with getting a 3-year-old, rigid with rejection and senselessly strong, strapped into a car seat? Or a 5-year-old refusing to wear the shirt you picked out for school pictures because of how the material feels on his back? How about a 7-year-old ahead of her years who won’t eat meat because she doesn’t like how animals are treated? The truth is, just like we can be strong in our convictions, our children can be as well. While the concept of not attending every argument is wonderful, at times it’s difficult not to engage with our kids. Ideally, we strive to find ways to work things out with them in a constructive manner. Sometimes that means taking a step back and realizing there has to be another way. After all, having a strong will and confidence in who they are and what they believe in is a good thing, right? In this day and age it absolutely is. Fear no more if “because mommy said so” doesn’t work in your home. Instead, dive in with an open mind and find out what some experts and moms just like you have to say about parenting strong-willed kids. “My husband and I were at a family dinner in a nice restaurant with our oldest daughter Sofia when she was 3,” says Olga Doucette. Olga is a mom of two 54 MARCH2013

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from Leominster and owner of The Great Escape Play Café. “Sofia was acting up and I was becoming embarrassed in front of my parents and family. Finally, I’d had enough. I grabbed her by the arm and pulled her outside of the restaurant and screamed at her. Of course Sofia began to sob, and I felt terrible because I had lost control. Still, I sternly asked if she was ready to behave. I’ll never forget how she looked at me. Pointing her little finger right in my face, she said ‘Don’t you ever do that again.’ I had no words. In that moment I knew that this was not the way to deal with her. She was not without reason to respond to me that way. Since then I’ve learned that I need to talk to her and explain things to her. When I’m able to take the time to communicate she is very responsive.” What is it that contributes to children having strong-willed personalities? According to Dr. Yuliya Ostrerov, of Wachusett Pediatrics in Westminster, there can be an argument made for strong-willed personality types being genetic versus acquired. While she believes children are born strong-willed, it is also possible that their behavior is simply a mirrored result of observing a parent of that personality. “Certain factors can attribute to your child’s personality. If both parents are of a strong will, then you may be set up constantly opposing your child. If that’s the case, you’re creating continuous friction in the relationship that isn’t good for anyone,” Dr. Ostrerov says. She suggests assessing your parenting styles and allowing the less strong-willed parent to handle those situations. “It’s imperative for parents to be on the same page,” she adds. “It’s key to recognize a strong personality in your child and figure out ways to work with him or her instead of meeting them with resistance head on,” says Heather Mahoney, an occupational therapist in western Massachusetts and mother of two boys. She says that like many things in parenting it comes down to choosing your battles. “My son Brennan is 5, and he is going through a sensory phase. Certain clothes just don’t work for him right now. He doesn’t like the feel of jeans, preferring sweatpants, and he won’t wear a shirt unless it’s tagless. Instead of fighting with him every morning when it’s time to get dressed, we came up with a compromise. I choose

a week’s worth of appropriate outfits that Brennan agrees to ahead of time. Then he has the power to pick out which one he’d like to wear each day.” Mahoney recommends making it a point to prioritize what’s important. She says that with a strong-willed child it’s always good to have a conversation and if you can compromise, then don’t get caught up in the drama. When it comes to discipline things can get a little tricky, depending on the age of your child. Carrie Hawkins, teacher and mother of two, says talking to your child about his or her behavior and how it affects others helps the child make the right choice a lot of the time. “My daughter Elyse just turned 3. She has never been a child that I can use timeouts with,” Hawkins says. “She just would not stay in any spot I put her in. So when she acts out I tell her that I don’t want to be around her when she’s behaving this way. It may be that she’s screaming so I’ll say she’s too loud and hurting my ears. Then I leave the room. Of course she follows, but I calmly repeat myself and leave again. After a little while she gets the point and calms down. As she gets older, I will be able to talk to her more.” In addition to being a parent, Hawkins is an aide in a Montessori school. “I work with kids ranging from 3 to 6 years old. I can talk to a 5 year old and tell him that choosing not to clean up the job he’s working on affects the rest of the classroom,” she says. “He understands that if he doesn’t put it away the next person can’t work on the job. Ultimately, after having that discussion with him, the choice is his to make. More often than not the clean up happens, and I can’t stress enough the value in having it done his own way, by his choice.” Having taught high school for a number of years as well, Hawkins can attest to the fact that the same basic rules apply no matter the age. “If you can communicate with the child in a way that motivates them to make the right choice, they most likely will,” she says. “There are so many positives to this personality type,” says Dr. Ostrerov. “They are independent, self-determined and know how to stand up for themselves. These are all traits that will benefit them later in life.”

What are some other things you can keep in mind to encourage your child and not crush their unique spirit? “Kids deserve more credit than we give them,” Doucette says. “As adults we can’t wait to get home from a long day of work. Often we feel drained from being told what to do all day. Imagine how bossed around our kids feel?” Doucette suggests being in tune to outside triggers like too much sugar or being overtired. There can be reasons for behavior changes that shouldn’t be misconstrued as displays of a strong will. “I find with both of my daughters, Kaya and Sofia, helping them by setting realistic expectations of situations and preparing them for certain circumstances helps them tremendously,” she says. She adds that finding creative outlets for them to exercise their will and try new things is a plus. A karate, music or art class is perfect and readily available in most areas. Hawkins and Mahoney both have a routine of touching base with their kids on a daily basis to highlight positive accomplishments. “Keegan, Brennan and I talk about our favorite parts of the day. It’s nice because then we’re not always talking about things we need to work on, and it gives us a chance to focus on achievements,” Mahoney says. “It’s important to grab those moments,” Hawkins says. “I’ll catch up with Elyse and David on the ride home from school, and we go over our day. The car is perfect because I have a captive audience.” Another good parenting tip is to be honest with yourself. You’re the ones who know our children best. “There’s a difference between being stubborn and having a strong will,” Dr. Ostrerov says. “Stubborn children usually are unreasonable whereas children with a strong will can be reasoned with and want the situation explained to them.” She also says that strong-willed children do very well with reward systems, a structured environment and consistency. While behavior challenges can be common among kids, Dr. Ostrerov urges parents to speak to their pediatrician about any questions or concerns. There are also developmental specialists that can be referred to if necessary. A great resource for parents is also the American Academy of Pediatrics website’s It’s no secret that our children know how

to push our buttons, strong-willed or not. Walking away in a moment of conflict can be very difficult and sometimes can’t be avoided as in instances of non-negotiable safety. However, armed with expert advice and the experience of other moms who know what we’re going through, you can do it. By coming up with ways to motivate our kids through better communication instead of drawing a line in the sand can benefit to the parent and the child.

Knowing how to take a step back and tailor your parenting style to your child instead of beating your head against a wall trying to get them to conform to you means you are that much closer to being the role models parents aspire to be. Tracey Prohaska Carroll is a freelance writer, wife and mother of one from Athol. She enjoys spending time with her family at the lake home they’re fixing up. When she’s not writing, filling the roles of wife or mother, you’ll find her listening to music, reading or boxing for fitness. BAYSTATEPARENT 55

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