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Welcome Throughout my entire life, my dad has been there for me. I often think about how thoroughly my dad enriches my life. Since Father’s Day is approaching, I’d like to spend this moment expressing my deep appreciation for what my dad has done for me. I don’t know who I would have ended up being or what my life would be like if my father wasn’t so consistently caring and encouraging. From as far back as I remember, his time and unwavering support made me feel like a valued person worthy of love. These are not gifts I take for granted. I value the memories of all our experiences together. When I was a little girl, he was always playing with me. He pretended to eat the many mucky pies I made with mud and wild berries, never hesitating no matter how messy they were. He tossed, dribbled and dunked balls with my brother and I for countless hours, and he always supported our new ventures. As a woman learning and navigating the roles of mother, wife, editor, journalist and community member, I have sought my dad’s support and guidance through the known and

unknown. His experience and calm strength helps me mark the trails and sidestep the bogs of uncertainty. He is able to distinguish between his dreams and mine, never discouraging me from aspiring to reach my goals, regardless of whether he agrees with them. My dad has led me through some cloudy, confusing patches. When I could not see the way, I always knew I could trust him to guide me. As I wrote earlier, I never take him for granted. I know women who floundered while navigating without a father, and girls who are doing so now. Thanks to my father’s great example, I also knew what to look for in a husband – a caring, supportive man who makes a super dad. Speaking of fathers, we are welcoming a new columnist, Matt Bruun, a journalist who is also a true dad. I’ve known Matt since we worked together at the Sentinel & Enterprise and the Telegram & Gazette before he left to pursue a career in public relations. This month he writes about Father’s Day and his relationship with his dad and his kids. We also highlight what local dads are really looking for on Father’s Day. You may be surprised. It’s not just another tie or a round of golf (though one dad asked for that). Certainly, they want to hear how much they mean to us. June also signals the start of summer. When I was a kid, summer meant long, leisurely days playing in my backyard or splashing with friends at a local pool. Now that I’m a mom, we love to take long weekends to go away on road trips. In this month’s special section, we highlight some long weekend trips for families in Maine, Cape Cod and the islands. You’ll be surprised what we found – there are some great choices off the beaten path that your family will love discovering new or visiting again and again.

Our copyeditor Bryan Ethier takes us back to his childhood memories of spending summers at a campground in Maine that he still frequents with his family. Boston is one of my husband’s summer road trip favorites. He loves to head out on a whim to stroll Boston Common with the kids and me and ride on the Swan Boats and then walk around the gardens. Not a week goes by when he doesn’t suggest a road trip to local attractions like Boston. We also continue our special section sponsored by Boston Children’s Museum, which is celebrating 100 years of play. Its programming focuses on the benefits of play for young children. I think you’ll find it both enlightening and nostalgic. The museum has been entertaining children for a century and has some big plans to celebrate their centennial in the fall. And one local mom shares what she wished she got for Mother’s Day this year – some refreshing time without her kids. Who wouldn’t love a day just to yourself? Kerri Louise shares her wishes for next year in our Dirty Laundry column. Hopefully her family will take the hint for next year. Importantly, Laura Richards, one of our writers, highlights amazing foster families who dedicate their lives to bringing children into their home. It isn’t easy, but these families are committed to raising other people’s children and supporting them through difficult times. I am so happy to share the variety of stories with you this month and hope it inspires you to try something new or travel someplace you’ve never gone before. Happy Summer!

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Before You Buy That Tie Tie… The Inside Scoop on What Dads Really Want for Father’s Day by tracey prohaska carroll

As a daughter and a wife who has a 5-year-old son, I’ve been on the giving end of Father’s Day for quite some time. Ever since our precious son came along I’ve been doubling my efforts in this area. Not unlike the experience I know all of you moms go through as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love pampering my dad to show appreciation for all of the love and devotions he’s shown me throughout my life. One day of spoiling each year doesn’t seem to really do justice the gratitude I hold in my heart for him. My husband, by the same token, I look forward to celebrating as well. Being able to give him a day where he can escape from responsibilities and just enjoy being the wonderful father he is. It’s such a blessing to take that step back and really focus on and show thankfulness for all that he does in providing for the good life our son has. Here’s where it gets tricky though. No one is foreign to the concept of how different men and women can be. So, how do we know what it is exactly that will make their day special? How can we ensure a celebration that will truly deliver what we want to express? After all there are only so many neck ties to be bought, so many wallets to be given, so many golf clubs to be presented. Well, hold on about the golf club one, we’ll get back to that. This year, I decided before making plans for the dads in my life I wanted to talk to a few of them first about this holiday made just for them. Trying to determine what goes through the minds of men on this subject. I talked to a handful of guys across the state and even chatted up my own father and hubby – from the best Father’s Day they’ve experienced to the best gift they’ve received (or maybe the worst). The question at hand, what makes the ultimate Father’s Day?

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My first one was the best even though I got the worst present ever. My wife, Amy was still recovering after giving birth to our son Connor who is now 5. Life was definitely crazy but the important thing was that we were a family. What would the ultimate Father's Day be like for you? It would have to be fishing in the Amazon with Connor. What do you wish for this year? I would love to go on a fishing trip for striped bass. When you think of Father's Day what comes to mind? Father’s Day makes me think of having a little R&R and a nice dinner. What was the best gift you’ve received? The best gift I’ve received was a golf club. What was the worst gift you’ve received? The one I mentioned getting on my first Father’s Day. It was supposed to be a t-shirt that said Red Sox on the front and #1 Dad on the back. Great idea, but my wife didn’t get a chance to finish it. So, I ended up with a blank T-shirt and some iron on letters.

Gary, of Norwood Describe the best Father's Day you've had: In 2012, my son Kevin who was 7 at the time, made me a gift from school that touched my heart. It was a Father’s Day letter that he handwrote himself. What would the ultimate Father’s day be like for you? As long as I’m spending it with my son I don’t need anything else. He makes me happy. What do you wish for this year? I’d love to maybe go to see the Red Sox play on the road at a different stadium. That would be cool. When you think of Father's Day what comes to mind? That it’s a day for dads to get a little attention. I don't like to make it a big deal, as long as I’m with family and friends. What was the best gift you’ve received? The gift my son made me at school in 2012. It says ‘Dear

Daddy, I love you. You are the best and I like your laughs. Love, Kevin.’

Chad, of Duxbury Describe the best Father’s Day you’ve had: This will be my first Father’s Day. My daughter Victoria is 10 months old, so it will be really special for me. In the past it was a time for my wife Sue to splurge on me and provide gifts from our furry babies. We have cats, dogs and cows. What would the ultimate Father’s day be like for you? The ultimate Father’s Day would best be described as a day when I get to sleep in, and I wouldn’t have to do any chores. Then spend the day with Victoria geocaching or going to a park or zoo. What do you wish for this year? I am being deployed to help our troops as engineering support for a new communications package. I’m a senior software engineer. That being the case, my hope for Father’s Day this year is to be able to be home to see Victoria. When you think of Father's Day what comes to mind? When I think of Father’s Day I think of my dad and all that he taught me and hope that I can be as good of a father as he was. What was the best gift you’ve received? A Dewalt 12-inch sliding compound miter saw.

Jamie, of Stoneham Describe the best Father's Day you've had: The best Father’s Day I had was golfing with my 9-year-old son Jack last year. Then we went home to grill with my wife and 4-year-old daughter Allison and had a fire in our pit outside. What would the ultimate Father's Day be like for you? The ultimate would be if I were away with the family on vacation with just the four of us. When you think of Father's Day what comes to mind? When I think of Father's Day the


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Ken, of Winchendon Describe the best Father's Day you've had: My first Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day was of course amazing. I really looked forward to starting our family. We were in our first house and it had four bedrooms. I told my wife Michele, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fill them up!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and we did. We have 17-year-old Jacob, 13-year-old Eli, 11-year-old Noah and 7-year-old Sadie. I have to say all of my Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Days have been the best! Having young children to get excited for a day all about me, is simply wonderful. Having a day in which my older sons cherish me, feels really good. What would the ultimate Father's Day be like for you? It would be my wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home cooked meal, everyone enjoying the day, a walk/hike in the area with a kayak trip or dip in Lake Dennison as a family. Then roasting marshmallows around our new fire pit (hint, hint) would be complete perfection. When you think of Father's Day what comes to mind? I have nice memories of doing Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day road races with my Dad as a child. I have done some of the

same with my sons over the years. My Dad moved to Arizona in 2001, and we moved here in 2004. So, taking advantage of the local Rail Trails, mountains, DCR parks and farms has become tradition for us ever since. As it turns out, fathers and mothers really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that different as far as whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to them in having a great parent holiday. All of the dads I spoke to had one central theme to making their day fantastic and that was spending it with their families. As for pampering and presents, well of course those are good too. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d still say ditch the neck ties, stay away from flowers and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the day altogether, I guess some guys really canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough golf equipment or fishing stuff. So, we may have learned a few things, but for the most part as long as the day includes family and a home cooked meal, we should all do just fine. 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 theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fixing up. When sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not writing or filling the roles of wife and mother, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find her listening to music, reading or boxing for fitness. You can reach her by email traceywrites@mass.rr.com.

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Father’s Day Comes Full Circle by matt bruun

Several scenes flash across my mind as I stop to ponder Father’s Day’s latest arrival.

Summer, 1981. I’m at the ticket booth at the Sack Cinema in Leominster with my brother and my dad. We’re going to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and I’m about to lose my mind (in a good way). I’m a few months shy of my 11th birthday, and I’ve been excited to see this movie for what feels like an eternity. I am appalled when my brother says he wants to see “Arthur” instead, but my dad lets him go to the adjacent theater while the two of us take in Indiana Jones’ adventure. 14 JUNE2013

I recall that day so clearly, the joy and adrenalin as Indy outran the giant boulder in the booby-trapped cave and chased the Nazis and averted his eyes from the wrath of God. It was dizzying and joyful. I remember talking to my dad in the car on the way home from the theater, replaying the wonders we’d just experienced on the giant screen. My dad loved “Raiders,” too; we’ve watched it many more times together in the three decades since. And my dad was the same age that magical summer afternoon as I am right now. It is but the latest in a ceaseless string of reminders of how fast time flies, and how quickly the milestones pile up. I’m the proud father of two amazing kids – a daughter who will be 10 this summer and a son who turned 8 this spring. Parenthood was a profound jolt to my being, instilling a joy that words cannot convey and a simultaneously shocking sense of responsibility. Here was a tiny being whose welfare was in my hands, whose worldly outlook would be shaped in large part by the things I said and the

examples I set. This was all in the first few minutes of holding my daughter, I should note. Those feelings would linger, but would be filtered through a sleep-deprived haze in the early months of parenthood, when I would develop heretofore unimagined skills like changing diapers and feeding a child while half asleep myself. As I’ve told expectant parents in a bid to reassure them of what's to come, being awakened by your own child’s cries is different from being roused by a neighbor’s barking dog or a car alarm. These first months of parenthood were exhausting, but their prospect was less daunting when my son was born about a year and a half later. I suppose it was the knowledge that this phase would end, that the day would soon come when the baby would sleep through the night, or that a dry diaper was the harbinger of bladder control’s imminent arrival. Father’s Day brings all these memories flooding back, and reminds me that my own parents have trod this same turf. My father is enjoying a well-deserved retirement after four decades as a

physician in Fitchburg. His patients loved him, and it seems we could never go out to eat or even to the grocery store without being stopped by a grateful patient (or one of their loved ones) who wanted to thank him for his care. I still run into folks who notice my distinctive last name and ask if I'm related to Dr. Bruun, and I'm always proud to say yes, indeed. There are many manuals on how to be a parent, and I suppose each has a few worthwhile insights to share. But for most of us, the manual by which we will raise our own children is more like a three-ring binder than a defined volume. That is, new chapters are always being added, new insights recorded. And much of the content we inherit from our own youth. In that spirit, then, I'll use this space on Father's Day to note some of the best lessons my dad (and mom) taught me about child-rearing: Just do your best. On those days when you feel at the end of your rope, remember that all parents have been there, and it doesn't mean you're "doing it wrong." Rely on your partner. I'm blessed


that my wife has the patience of a saint and a master's degree in special education, so she has valuable insights into children's developing minds (and their father's). I'm a better dad because of her counsel (and I think I already mentioned her patience). Take the time to be a family. My dad's hectic schedule meant he'd get home late many nights, but we always had dinner together. That was sometimes inconvenient when my siblings and I were younger, but in hindsight I'm immensely grateful that this was an imposed priority. It's a tradition that lives on in my own family, and exceptions are mercifully rare. And perhaps because my kids have been doing it since they were infants, they know that piling into the car for long drives is part of the cost of admission to being in our family. While I have vivid memories of asking "Are we there yet" from the rear-facing back seat of our old station wagon, time has endowed those memories with a rosier hue. They were good times together, even the bits we spent waiting. And, above all, laugh. Laugh with each other, at each other, at ourselves. We try hard never to let the sun set on an argument within our household, and we definitely share laughs each and every day. Holiday meals with my siblings and their families are full of laughter and in-jokes, recollections of (embellished) familial lore. A sense of humor is the greatest coping mechanism ever developed, and it must be well-oiled. I thank my dad for that, even as I've rolled my eyes at countless puns and bad jokes over my time on this earth - and it's been worse for my mom, who's been living with it for close to 50 years. Patience, again. To my dad, and all the other fathers out there, I wish you a happy Father's Day. Matt Bruun is a recovering journalist who lives in Fitchburg with his wife and their two children.

To my dad, and all the other fathers out there, I wish you a happy Father’s Day.

for Moth for Mother’s Day WHAT I WISH I GOT by kerri louise

Dear loving, messy children and wonderful, trying husband, All I wanted for Mother’s Day this year was for you ALL to get the hell out of the house and leave me alone. Yes, all of you. Including the dog. OK I know we don’t have a dog, but if we did he would be out too. I love you all very much. Words can’t describe my undying, unconditional and total love for all of you, but for Mother’s Day, I wanted to be left alone for at least nine hours. Yes, I said nine hours. Maybe even 10. To my dearest husband on this special day I didn’t want to hear Honey, Sweetie, or my name. I didn’t want to hear, “Where’s the batteries?” “Do WE have sugar in the house?” “Did WE do laundry?” “Do WE have our trip planned out yet?” I’ll have you know that I know when you’re saying “WE” you’re actually saying “YOU”. What you’re really trying to say is: “Why are YOU hiding the batteries on me?” What were YOU doing all day, that YOU couldn’t get sugar at the grocery store?” “Did YOU do the laundry?” “Did YOU do all of the planning and packing for our vacation yet?” To my adoring children, I especially didn’t want to hear any of these words on Mother’s Day: “Mommy,” “Mom,” “Mother,” “Maaaha,” “Can I have,” “Can you get me,” “I want,” “You’re mean,” “That’s not fair,” “Please mom,” “Pretty please,” “He did it,” “How come,” “How long,” “Why not,” “It wasn’t me,” “He pushed me,” or “I hate you!” I don’t want to hear any whining, crying or begging. That’s why we don’t have a dog. I hate begging. So for next year, start planning now how you’re going to spend

your day out of the house, without me, for that many hours. I don’t care what you do as long as you don’t wake me up. All you need to do is quietly get out of the house by 8 a.m. You won’t be allowed to contact me unless it’s a complete and real emergency. That means you shouldn’t call the house, my cell phone, text me, email me, fax me and please do not “check in” on Facebook. I know you may think calling to ask me what time the movie is supposed to start is an emergency, but it’s not. I know that Mother’s Day is a celebration of the very fact that I am the mother of you three beautiful children so I should want to be with you to celebrate. However, here’s how I see it. I’m with you every second of every day, so, every day is like Mother’s Day to me. Every day is special. Why not change it up a bit and leave Mommy alone for just one day so she can reflect on how much she loves you. Mommy will need a long time alone to really reflect on how she loves to be your taxi driver, your chef, your homework helper, your housekeeper and your punching bag. Most of all, your mommy will need lots of time to really absorb everything she does for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without proper compensation or appreciation. Don’t get me wrong. I will miss the breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. I will be thinking about the cardboard toast, rubber eggs and pancakes drenched in syrup. I will miss the hours it takes me to put my kitchen back together again after you three awesome cooks took it over for one morning. I will miss doing laundry on Mother’s Day because no matter how careful you are someone always gets syrup

all over the sheets. I will miss the cleaning I do when the oversize cup you found to put the orange juice in spills all over my bedside table. I will miss the excitement you have at 4 in the morning when you wake me up with your bad breath to say “Happy Mother’s Day.” Leaving me to spend the rest of the night worrying and praying that you will be able to go back to sleep so you’re not cranky on my special day. So, next Mother’s Day you don’t have to do any of that stuff. You don’t have to do anything, but get out of the house. Have fun and I will be thinking of you and loving you at home, by myself, alone, with peace and quiet.

Love, Mom

P.S. For next year, while you’re out, get me something nice. Think diamonds or spa treatments. Stay away from any chocolates, flowers and please, for the love of God, don’t come home with a dog.

Dirty Laundry columnist Kerri Louise is a comedienne and mother of three boys. Her recent credit includes: Nick Mom on Nickelodeon, Stand Up in Stilettos for the TV Guide channel. Kerri was a semi finalist on Last Comic Standing on NBC and she has a monthly webisode called Mommy Minute at www.mymommyminute. com. This monthly humor column is about day-to-day life raising kids. Basically it’s about not being afraid to air out the “dirty laundry” and say it like it is, making the rest of us not feel so alone. To book comedienne Kerri Louise, contact Dawn Christensen at Loretta LaRoche Productions: Dawn@lorettalarocheproductions. com or 508-746-3998, x 15. BAYSTATEPARENT 15


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There’s Always Room for One More at the Table:

Celebrating Foster Families by laura richards

They say it takes a village to raise a child and in some circumstances that is literally true. For the many special people raising children who came to them in an unconventional way through foster care or family members, there is always an open door ready to receive a child in need. Many of these families quietly go about the business of raising kids with little fanfare or recognition but they deserve to be celebrated as the far-reaching effects of their love and care will impact generations to come.

old boy. Thus began their amazing journey. Both Mike and Nancy have a very strong Christian faith and believe that the children who come to them have been placed there for a reason by God.

table where the boy looked around, covered his eyes and shook his head. “I was about to ask him what was wrong when [the boy], sitting next to my husband, said to him, ‘That's my brother!” Nancy says. “I haven't seen

always been an easy path, from kids who refused or couldn’t accept what the family had to offer as well as the impact fostering had on their own children. “Being foster parents certainly did impact our two children while they were growing up,” Nancy says. “We learned early on that it was better if our two were older than the foster kids so that no bullying of our kids could happen. Also, we learned not to treat the foster kids as guests.” At one point they took a break from foster care only to find their kids wanted to keep doing it. “After about three months, Liz and Mike ushered us into the dining room for a family meeting,” she says. “They told us we needed to start doing foster care again because our house was just too boring!” It’s been quite a journey but the Borghese’s say the best thing about being a foster parent is seeing kids who had little to no chance of success in life go on to be productive adults. “We have always considered our foster kids family and have homecomings at Christmas,” she says. Many have gone on have families of their own.

Nancy shares a story that many might consider a coincidence. They took in a young man through an interesting set of circumstances. On the night the young man arrived, Nancy ushered him to the dinner

him in two years!’ Some would say a coincidence, but we would say that it is a God-incidence and just one of many that we have been blessed to be a part of.” Large blessings indeed, but it hasn’t

The VanderZeyde Family

The Borghese Family Mike and Nancy Borghese, of Framingham, have two of their own biological children, Elizabeth, 35, and Mike Jr., 32, and have been foster parents to approximately 70 kids over the past 27 years. Early on they had thought of adopting, but before they had a chance to pursue it, Nancy’s young cousin needed a place to stay. Then two children from their church needed a home for a while. After seeking advice from a social worker, they were put in touch with the then Department of Social Services (DSS) which is now known as the Department of Children and Families (DCM). It just so happened that a new class for would-be foster parents was starting, so they took it. Shortly after the class, DSS called them for their first official placement, a 6-year-

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saw a flyer for the Home for Little Wanderers’ MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) Training in their local grocery store. “We decided that we had a lot to offer at the time, and it would be better to foster and help kids than not have any kids around at all,” Mary says. “We were both on board with fostering a child 100%.” They applied to the program, completed the training, had a home inspection, interviews and reference checks and were approved very quickly. A few months later their first child was placed with them. They eventually became foster parents to six children, ultimately adopting their two daughters Alexis, 10, and Mikaila, 12, through the process. They are now a happy family of six as Kurt and Mary have their moms living with them as they suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and the couple didn’t want them to be in a nursing home. “Some might say that we’re really a family of seven because Mikaila’s biological sister Andreanna, who we fostered until she turned 18, is still a very important part of our lives,” Mary says. “I am now a foster Grammy as she has a beautiful baby boy.” Foster parenting filled a huge gap in in the couple’s lives and their reward has been to see children blossom. “A moment that I’ll never forget was when we heard Alexis laugh for the first time, and it was a hearty belly laugh,” Mary says. “When she came to us she was a very solemn, quiet child, who never smiled or talked much. Today, she’s practical joker, quickwitted, jovial, gregarious and a very happy pre-teen.” One of their daughters is bi-racial and one is Puerto Rican. “We keep in touch with the girls’ families, so we have been able to introduce them to some of their culture,” she says. “We

are a very extended, multi-cultural family. It’s what our family has turned out to be. A family is what you make of it. It’s not about the color of your skin. People can be judgmental. I don’t care what others think or say. They are entitled to their own opinions. I just don’t want them to hurt my children.” Fostering children has tangible rewards, but can be a challenge too as the Borghese family has realized. The VanderZeydes found the most challenging part of foster parenting was letting go of the children who came into their lives temporarily. “You never forget them,” the VanderZeydes say, but are quick to encourage people to consider foster care. “Do it! Don’t hesitate! Reach out to organizations like The Home for Little Wanderers to get more information or be connected with other foster parents who can tell you more. There’s always room for one more at the table!” And thanks to these special families, the impact of their love and care is forever. Laura Richards is the mother of two cats and four boys, 11 year-old identical twins, a 7 year-old and an 8-month old. She resides in Framingham with her husband and blogs from her website www. modernmothering.com. For more information, please contact the following resources: The Home for Little Wanderers www.thehome.org Department of Children and Families www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/ departments/dcf/ Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children www.mspcc.org

JUNE’SCHILD Sweet, little Maleki just turned 8 years old. Of African American descent, Maleki is loving, affectionate and full of smiles. He is thriving in his current foster home where he has bonded well and where he is showered with love, patience, understanding and positive attention. Maleki has been diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities. He will need a family that is committed to advocating for him throughout his life. Maleki enjoys playing with toys and listening to music. He does speak a few words and is mimicking more and more. He attends a public school where he receives the services he needs to continue to make progress. Legally free for adoption, Maleki would do well in any type of family. He would benefit from keeping in touch with his foster mother after being placed in a new home. Maleki will bring great joy and love to a family who is able to meet his needs and who

Maleki has a lot of love to give. For more information about Maleki, please call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adoption Office in Worcester holds monthly meetings for people wishing to learn more about the adoption process in general. Please call 508-929-2143 for more information about the meeting.

JUNECIRCLEOFFRIENDS LGBT Adoption Information Night. Tuesday, June 11, 6 to 8 p.m. More than Words Bookstore, 276 Moody St., Waltham. Join in for an informative panel of adoption professionals and LGBT adoptive parents who will share their experiences and knowledge about adoption from foster care in Massachusetts. Go to mareinc.org/ events to register. Walk-ins are welcome. Jordan’s Furniture Adoption Information Weekend. Jordan’s Furniture, all locations. Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, noon to 8 p.m. Know someone interested in adopting? Send your friends to any of Jordan’s Furniture’s five locations on June 21, 22 and 23 and they will have the opportunity to talk to social workers about the adoption process, and get any of their questions answered in person. Visit www.jordans.com for more information.

Walk in Adoption Information Meeting. Tuesday, June 4, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Massachusetts Department of Children and Families – Spring-field, 140 High St., fifth floor, Springfield. For more information about the meeting, please call 413452-3369. Boston Adoption Informational Meetings – DCF. Wednesday, June 19, 4 to 6 p.m. DCF Boston, 451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. 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, visit Marsha Donovan, LCSW, at 617-989-9209. No registration is required. Please submit July’s adoption-related events by Wednesday, June 5 at www.baystateparent.com (click calendar/submit an event).

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100 Ways for Children to Play Here are the next 10 in our list:

1. Find random objects around the house that have at least one thing in common; see if someone can guess what connects them. Then, have the person that guessed find their own objects to challenge you.

5. Create a collage out of old newspapers, magazines, mail, art work, maps…. 6. Find a place that no one knows about. 7. Make paper dolls and accessories.

2. Plant some seeds from a fruit you ate and watch them grow. Try tomatoes or avocados especially. 3. Make shadow puppets out of recycled materials and then put on a play that you make up with the puppets.You can pull the shade off of a lamp and use the bright light to help with your puppets. Check out activities of ideas from: beyondthechalkboard.com/activities/ shadow-puppet-play/.

8. Play sardines: it’s like hide and seek, but only one person hides and everyone else looks. If a seeker finds the hider, the seeker squeezes into the hiding space with him. No giggling! 9. Learn how to juggle! Check out this website (beyondthechalkboard.com/ activities/juggling/) for instructions for making your own juggling balls! 10. Roll down a grassy hill.

4. Play your favorite music and have a dance party with family and friends! Make up a new, silly dance move to teach to everyone. Take turns making up new moves.

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NEW Boston Children’s Museum Program Provides Museum Time for Children with Special Needs Boston Children’s Museum recently launched a new program called MorningStar Access that offers children with special needs the opportunity to explore the museum without crowds. Children with special needs, particularly those who experience difficulties in large crowds, often have very limited opportunities to go out and have fun in public places like museums. By providing a specific time when we allow only a few visitors in the museum, these children will be able to play and learn through the interactive exhibits and programs without being overwhelmed. Opportunities for play are valuable and important for any children regardless of their abilities and/or health conditions. Boston Children’s Museum is pleased to open our door for all children and empower them through play. MorningStar Access opportunities will take place Tuesday June 11, and Monday July 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. In order to maintain a quiet environment, pre-registration is required to participate in this program. For each day, we allow the maximum of 100 guests, counting both children and adults. A child must have some types of special needs that prohibit him/her from coming to the museum during our regular business hours. The child’s family members, including siblings, are welcome to join. For more information, please contact Saki Iwamoto, health and wellness educator, at 617-986-3697 or Iwamoto@BostonChildrensMuseum.org. To pre-register visit: bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar.


Growing Up In a Cognitive World A child’s brain triples in volume in the first two years of life, accordingto the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital - Carole Charnow, President and CEO, Boston Children’s Museum For children and parents, the world is becoming increasingly complex. A smaller, networked and technological planet has obliterated past obstacles to unlimited communication, commerce and competition. The life skills necessary in a world where information, knowledge and creativity are the raw materials of success are now primarily cognitive. Tapping into one’s inherent creativity and imagination has never been more important. We know that the most important time for a mind is when it is young and growing.

Humans are born with 100 billion brain neurons, which make connections through synapses that “wire” the brain for thinking. Early childhood experiences affect the types and amounts of these synaptic connections. To develop the area of the brain responsible for higher-order thinking, children need to gain rich experiences that stimulate all of their senses. Boston Children’s Museum is both an idea and a destination built on this premise. At the nexus of play, learning and cognitive development, the museum seeks to exercise the natural curiosity, creativity and imagination in children and propel them toward their full potential. The museum provides the perfect physical environment for this goal by exposing children to experiences that can’t be found in front of a computer, while watching television or in a school classroom. The museum uses play and active learning to open young minds and develop 21st-century life skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Early Childhood-A Time for Wonder and Discovery by boston children’s museum staff

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES ACTIVITY Explore sunlight and shadows and describe the effects of the sun or sunlight. Try It: Observe shadows of trees and other stationary objects in the morning (or even outline them with sidewalk chalk) and return in the afternoon to see if the shadows have moved or are different in some way.

STEM

is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Today, educators are linking these areas together in what is called STEM curriculum. When we break down the acronym into its parts, we see that early childhood programs practice STEM activities every day. Science activities include exploring water and sand, comparing and contrasting natural materials like rocks and soil, rolling balls across the room and looking through a magnifying glass to count how many legs are on the bug that was caught during outdoor play. Technology activities include computers, but also identifying simple machines like gears and wheels and pulleys. Engineering in preschool happens in the block area. There, children are planning and designing structures every day with little teacher direction. Math activities include counting

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Few sights are as exciting to me as seeing either the Bourne Bridge or the Sagamore Bridge rising high above the treetops and signaling that I am about to set foot on Cape Cod. My family now shares the same thrill – we watch for those rounded bridges because they are the visual invitations to adventure and relaxation all wrapped together. We like nothing better than to mosey down the Cape, finding all the little nooks and crannies that make it such a special place for so many families. The bridges, whichever one we happen to be passing over, also signal a time to end the long ride from Central Massachusetts, and we have found a nirvana just past the bridge in Sandwich.

Heritage Museums and Gardens The Heritage Museums and Gardens is well known for its expansive stretches of green lawns, which are great for working out the kinks and for getting your first whiff of salt air. But what makes Heritage so special is that while it is familiar to return to, it is also never the same place twice. The landscaped grounds are like an exhibit all on its own, but Heritage has several exhibition areas and they change frequently. My husband, Paul, loved the Automobile Gallery, filled with gorgeous cars. And the Special 26 JUNE2013

Exhibitions has something new each summer. There is outdoor art, and Hidden Hollow is a fun outdoor exploration area for families.

Green Briar Nature Center A little farther along on the beloved and scenic Route 6A is another nature-based attraction. The Green Briar Nature Center is owned by the Thornton W. Burgess Society (of Peter Rabbit fame) and has been around since 1903. We like to stop to see the flower garden with secret pathways where kids can sneak through to peek at swans in the pond. On a hot summer day, these pathways offer oh-so-cool relief from the sun and are not so long that parents have to worry about losing the kids! But you can also visit bunnies and the animals in the onsite Putnam Education Center. You can poke around the inside of this living museum. Don’t leave without seeing the Green Briar Jam Kitchen’s bright blue kitchen where the old-fashioned jams (like cranberry pear or strawberry raspberry) and jellies (including beach plum and apple cinnamon) are made on the rows of stove tops. You can buy the products in the gift shop, which has plenty of things kids can buy with their own money.

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory If your family likes food, the Cape is a great place to go. Not only are you close to the fishing industry, but who doesn’t like a few potato chips to munch on the beach? At the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, you can take a relaxed, self-guided tour of the factory and see where those crunchy staples are made. My kids always love this tour, and it is a short one. You won’t be there long, but it really is a fun lesson in how food is made, packaged and shipped to stores all over the world. Seeing all those chips on conveyor belts and hearing about how many potatoes are needed each year to make the chips is astounding! And the entire factory smells delicious, so when you finish the tour and have a chance to get a free sample, it tastes extra-special. At the store you can pick up a few bags of any new flavors to bring to the beach! After we take this tour (we have done it several times over the years) we love seeing if the new flavors have hit the stores yet and noticing when they do.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Because the Atlantic is such a big Cape Cod attraction, it really makes

sense to learn as much as you can about the natural surroundings of the Cape. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is a great hands-on museum in Brewster where the whole family can learn about the ocean, the tides, and the rich activity and life that happens in the tiny tide pools and the big marshes on the Cape. The museum is surrounded by trails where you can learn about the native animals and plants while taking in the unique Cape Cod scenery. And having the kids learn about all the wildlife they might see at the beach – the tiny jellyfish, the hermit crabs, clams, razor clams and even fish – makes a beach day that much more interesting for the family.

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket If you ever feel the need to hit the wild blue yonder, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are a quick ferry ride away (some of the ferries run faster than others) and each island offers a unique experience. I have to say, the ferry ride is just as much fun as a day trip to the islands and should not be overlooked. My girls still remember when we visited Martha’s Vineyard and our ferry was treated to a daredevil water skier who rode the boat’s waves and waved to the kids on the ferry. We kept wondering


LET’SROLL how far he would go and how deep that water was. Would we be brave enough to do the same? We took the ferry from Woods Hole right into Vineyard Haven and poked around in the fun shops. An easy bus ride to Oak Bluffs landed us right smack in the middle of the island’s famed gingerbread houses. Oak Bluffs harbor has a beautiful park surrounded by houses you just know have harbored generations of sandy feet. If you take a short walk inland, you can visit the Oak Bluffs Campground. Far from the tents and cabins you might envision, this tiny island community is filled with fairy-tale-like houses, complete with whimsical colors, brightly decorated front porches, and the intangible feel of summertime. We loved coming here, noting the names of the houses, and relaxing on the benches throughout the center park. Rather than returning to Vineyard Haven, we instead caught the ferry back from Oak Bluffs. A visit to smaller Nantucket takes a little longer, but the island has a more centrally located area to visit. One look at downtown Nantucket, with its cobblestones and Cape Cod feel, makes you realize why legions of people worldwide are drawn here. And

it is fun to hear about Nantucket’s long history with the ocean.

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum gives visitors a glimpse of the perils that faced sailors in the days before computers and high-tech navigation systems, but also showcases the bravery of the locals who tried to save those involved in the approximately 700 shipwrecks around the island. This museum is easily accessible by local bus and is worth seeing. It will give you a new appreciation for the rich history of this tiny island.

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Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory 100 Breed’s Hill Road Hyannis, MA (800) 881-2447 capecodchips.com

Green Briar Jam Kitchen 6 Discover Hill Road East Sandwich, MA (508) 888-6870 thorntonburgess.org/ GreenBriarJamKitchen.htm

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum 158 Polpis Road, Nantucket, MA (508) 228-2505 nantucketshipwreck.org/welcome-tothe-nantucket-shipwreck-lifesavingmuseum

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is a freelance journalist who lives in Bolton with her family. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 869 Main Street, Route 6A Brewster, MA (508) 896-3867 ccmnh.org

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SUMMERS IN MAINE The Way Life Should Be! by bryan ethier, lauren schwind illustrator

I'll never forget those spellbinding summers spent in Maine. They seemed as though they could go on for eternity. There were countless hours playing wiffleball in the volleyball court aside the swimming pool, hitting home runs into the street, or, if you hit the ball just right, against the Breckenridge across the street (much to the owners’ chagrin, I now suppose). There was so much time spent with friends, traipsing around the pond, being eaten by mosquitoes, catching frogs just to let them go. Other times we rode our bicycles through the trails in the woods or around the perimeter of the campground over and over again in that perfect loop, and if we felt daring we did it with no hands, trying to break our personal records for most times around without touching the handlebars. Over the years we got pretty good.

What really sticks the deepest in my memory are those nights spent around the campfire, roasting marshmallows for s’mores on sticks that we collected earlier in the evening, in the woods. We tried to scare one another with ghost stories. There were the classics: “Bloody Mary,” “The Headless Horseman,” and “The Man With The Hook.” I remember the goose bumps produced by the combination of the cool Maine nights, the roaring fire, and the new embellishments added each time these stories were told. Even scarier (and more fun) were the stories we made up ourselves. There was no better feeling than that of scaring the wits out of each other, and maybe myself, with a story crafted earlier in the day, or better yet, spun on the spot. There was “The Frog King,” “The Mummy’s Tomb,” and “Aliens In My Bedroom,”

among others. We even scared the adults. Or at least they pretended to be scared. Now here I am, 24 years old, back in college to study English. Things have changed. The volleyball court is now a bocce pit. The trails through the woods were destroyed when the school was built. Today, you couldn’t pay me to go near that mosquito-ridden frog pond. Some things, however, will never

change, like my love of storytelling and these beautiful memories I’ll always have of my youth spent at the campground in Maine. Yeah, those summers seemed as though they could go on for eternity. In a way they have. Bryan Ethier is an full-time student at Framingham State University majoring in English. He is also bsp’s copyeditor.

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The Maine Event:

Vacations and Vistas by maryjo kurtz

The stretch of Route 95 in Maine that runs from Kennebunkport to Freeport is just under 50 miles and takes about an hour to drive, but venture off the highway for a peek at the local landscape, and you can fill a summer full of fun for the family. The area includes a stunning waterfront and beaches, outlet shopping, museums, hiking and biking trails, rocky coastlines, towering lighthouses and summer festivals. To the north, area shopping includes LL Bean in Freeport. Its surrounding mecca offers outlet shopping and restaurants. Centrally located in Portland, Old Port is the shoppers’ draw with its cobblestone streets and boutiques. There, you will find a nearby farmers’ market and an array of restaurants. Further south, quaint Dock Square in downtown Kennebunkport lures you in with its art galleries and gift shops. Be sure to stop by local eateries to get a taste of seasonal food that makes The Vacation State famous, like lobster rolls, wild blueberries, ice cream and whoopie pies. Yes, whoopie pies! All sizes and shapes and flavors of whoopie pies. Of course, while shopping and restaurants will likely please most parents, the kids might be more interested in many of the other family features found in the area. We’ve chosen some of our favorites. Let’s Roll! 30 JUNE2013

Lighthouses Portland Head Light Maine’s oldest lighthouse is Portland Head Light, located at 1000 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth. The popular attraction sits on Fort Williams Park, a scenic 90-acre spread that includes picnic tables, hiking trails, recreational fields and a beach. There is no charge for the park, from which visitors have a stunning view of the majestic lighthouse that inspired local native Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to pen his famous poem, “The Lighthouse.” Portland Head Light is not open to the public, but there is a museum on the tower grounds. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 18. For more information, visit portlandheadlight.com.

Spring Point Ledge Light At the end of a 900-foot granite breakwater on Casco Bay in South Portland is Spring Point Ledge Light. Visitors can walk out to the lighthouse at no charge. Sometimes referred to as “a sparkplug” because of its stout silhouette, the lighthouse is the only caisson-style structure accessible to the public, according to the Spring Point Ledge Light website. Originally lit in 1897, the lighthouse was commissioned after several notable

shipwrecks on a dangerous ledge that juts into the harbor. Today, the Portland Harbor Museum is located at the jetty and houses artifacts and information about the history of the shipping port. Restaurants and shops dot the area. For more information, visit springpointlight.org.

Outdoor Activities Eastern Promenade Trail For striking views along Casco Bay in Portland, the Eastern Promenade Trail is idyllic. The trailhead is located at the junction of India and Commercial streets, in the shopping district of Old Port, and it winds along the waterfront. Locals refer to the rail trail as “East Prom.” It leads from Old Port to East End Beach, where walkers enjoy the vista. Picnic tables and benches are scattered along this part of the trail. The beach is available for public swimming and offers public bathrooms. For more information about the Eastern Promenade Trail, including a map of the route, visit mainetrailfinder.com.

Goose Rocks Beach If you are looking for a place to bask in the sun or splash in the cool ocean water, Goose Rocks Beach is your

destination. Located on Dyke Road in Kennebunkport, the beach is 3 miles of sandy coastline. A barrier reef sits offshore and helps to keep the beach water levels low. This makes the area a popular stop for families with young children. Note that there are no public bathrooms located on the grounds. Nearby Kennebunk and Kennebunkport provide restaurants and shopping. Parking is along Kings Highway. The cost is $15 a day. Weekly and seasonal passes are available at a discount.

Old Orchard Beach Seven miles of sandy beaches, fried foods and a pier make this a family vacation magnet. With an amusement park, an authentic wooden rollercoaster, a concert grandstand, Thursday night fireworks (between Memorial Day and Labor Day), a waterpark, bike rentals, mini golf and more, Old Orchard Beach has something for all ages. That said, it can also get crowded at the height of summer vacation season. The town is filled with hotels for every price range. There are also nearby campgrounds. Amtrak even has a stop here. Expect to pay for parking. For a printable map of the area and more information on this Maine attraction, visit oldorchardbeachmaine.com.


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Portland Freedom Trail In 2006, the city of Portland officially established the Portland Freedom Trail, a free and self-guided walking tour that documents the role of Maine in the abolitionist movement. There are 16 historic sites included on the path. Maine Freedom Trails, a nonprofit organization, established the trail as part of a larger network of historic sites across Maine designed to document the history of the Underground Railroad. Among the stops are: the barber shop of Jacob C. Dickson, the Abyssinian Meeting House on Newbury Street, and the home of General Samuel C. Fessenden. A complete list of sites and a downloadable map are available at portlandfreedomtrail.org.

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park Located in Freeport, this 233-acre park includes 5 miles of hiking trails that weave through the woods and past Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River. The grounds include picnic tables, grills and public bathrooms. A group picnic shelter may also be reserved. Observant visitors may see the ospreys that summer in the park. Guided nature programs are available, weather permitting. According to the park website, the acreage ecosystems include white pine and hemlock forests and a salt marsh estuary. The park is located at 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, about 5 miles from the downtown shopping district. For more information, call 207-865-4465.

Family Attractions Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine Named by Forbes in 2012 as one of the 12 Best Children’s Museums in the US, the Children’s Museum & Theatre is located at 142 Free Street in

the Arts District of Portland. The area is noted for its antique shops, galleries and the Portland Museum of Art. Take the kids to explore an array of hands-on exhibits, including the popular ball track where children construct ramps that make balls speed up and slow down; a kid-sized, fullyfunctioning town; and a soft play area called Toddler Park. Admission is $9 per person, free for children up to 18 months old. For more information, visit kitetails.org.

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum Hop aboard an antique rail car pulled by steam or diesel locomotives and take a 35-minute scenic ride through Portland. While the 3-mile trip weaves along the shore of Casco Bay, docents tell the history of Maine’s two-footgauge railroads. According to the museum website, 200 miles of narrow gauge rail was used between the 1870s and 1940s. The museum includes artifacts and displays that tell the story of historic railroading, including conductors’ uniforms, photographs and old railroad cars. Train tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children ages 3 to 12, free for children 2 and under. Tickets include museum admission and are good all day.

Portland Observatory In the 19th century, Captain Lemuel Moody ordered construction of a tower to monitor and communicate with ships entering Portland harbor. With a telescope, Moody was able to identify ships as far away as 30 miles. The 86-foot tall tower opened in 1807 and remained in operation as an observation station until 1923, always attracting tourists. The Portland Observatory is the only remaining historic maritime signal tower in the United States.

It is located at 138 Congress Street in Portland. Guided tours are available. Admission is $9 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; $5 for children 6 to 16; free for children under 6. For more information, call 207-774-5561.

Seashore Trolley Museum All aboard! Explore the largest electric railway museum in the world. The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport houses a collection of over 250 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys. The self-guided tour will take you past streetcars dating from 1872 to 1972. Among the attractions is a restoration shop where visitors can watch as streetcars are transformed to their original beauty. A sure hit for the kids will be the nearly 4-mile ride on an authentic streetcar. Located at 195 Log Cabin Road, admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7.50 for children ages 6 to 16, free for children 5 and under. For more information, visit trolleymuseum.org. MaryJo Kurtz is a freelance writer with published work in nearly 100 media outlets. She can be contacted on Twitter at @MaryJoKurtz and on the web at maryjokurtz.com.

Maine Listings:

Eastern Promenade Trail 305 Commercial St. Portland, Maine easternpromenade.org (207) 775-2411 Goose Rocks Beach P.O. Box 140 York, Maine (207) 967-4115 gooserocksbeachassociation.org Old Orchard Beach Central Park Avenue Old Orchard Beach, Maine oldorchardbeachmaine.com Portland Freedom Trail P.O. Box 342 Portland, Maine (207) 591-9980 portlandfreedomtrail.org Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park 426 Wolfe Neck Rd. Freeport, Maine (207) 865-4465 maine.gov Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine 142 Free St. Portland, Maine (207) 828-1234 childrensmuseumofme.org

LL Bean 15 Casco St. Freeport, Maine (207) 865-4761 llbean.com

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum 58 Fore St. Portland, Maine (207) 828-0814 mainenarrowgauge.com

Portland Head Light 1000 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, Maine (207) 799-2661 portlandheadlight.com

Portland Observatory 138 Congress St. Portland, Maine (207) 774-5561 portlandlandmarks.org/observatory/

Spring Point Ledge Light Fort Road South Portland, Maine (207) 699-2676 springpointledgelight.com

Seashore Trolley Museum 195 Log Cabin Rd. Kennebunkport, Maine (207) 967-2800 trolleymuseum.org BAYSTATEPARENT 31


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1 saturday Family Movie Night – The Wizard of Oz. The Silverbrook Farm, 934 Main St., Acushnet. Come see a great farm family movie outside under the stars of Silverbrook Farm with the summer movie series. This year our line up includes: July 6: Babe 2: The Pig in the City; Aug. 3: Charlotte’s Web; Sept. 7: Home on the Range. 8:15 p.m. For more information, visit silverbrookfarm.com.

Ice Cream Social. Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Enjoy a make-your-own-sundae bar from Treadwell’s Ice Cream, listen to music from the Ukulele Union of Boston, tour the Carriage House, and play lawn games in a historic setting. Cost is $2m/$5nm. Registration is recommended. 1 to 3 p.m. Call 978-744-0440 for more information or visit historicnewengland.org.

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ONGOING Arlington Greek Festival. Saint Athanasius Great Greek Orthodox Church, 4 Appleton St., Arlington. You will experience delicious food and pastry and a wonderful atmosphere and ambiance of the Greek culture. Rain or shine located under the big tent. Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. saintathanasius.org.

New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, & Boyz II Men. TD Garden, Causeway St., Boston. Even though the New Year has just begun, New Kids on the Block fans already know they have a lot to look forward to in the coming months! NKOTB revealed plans of a 2013 summer headlining tour. The tour includes a two night stand at the TD Garden on June 2 and 3rd. Tickets start at $29.50. tdgarden.com.

Earth, Wind & Fire. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most musically accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially popular funk bands of the ‘70s. Tickets start at $40. ticketmaster.com.

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FREE 34th Annual Cambridge River Festival. Banks of the Charles River, 344 Broadway, Cambridge. Come to this one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. This FREE event along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople. Noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call 617-3494380. www2.cambridgema.gov.

WEEI Supports 7th Annual PMC Kids Rides in Wellesley/Weston. Babson College, 231 Forest St., Wellesley. Children ages 3-13 are welcomed to ride for a cure in the PMC Kids Rides on Sunday, June 2nd at Babson College in Wellesley,

FREE & ONGOING Sailbot: International Robotic Sailing Regatta. Harbor, Gloucester. The SailBot 2013 International Robotic Sailing Regatta is a robotic sailing competition historically held in North America in which teams of university and college students compete. Ongoing through June 9. The event is free to watch. For more information, visit sailbot.org. The Milc Room. 480 Main St., Holden. The Milc Room is a centrally located community breast feeding resource for all pregnant and breast feeding women regardless of her economic status, or where she has given birth. These are informal 2-hour gatherings on Mondays from 9 to 11 a.m. An experienced breastfeeding mom is always in attendance. Significant problems are a phone call away. The group fee is a $5 suggested donation. This covers refreshments and opportunity for supporting our dedicated facilitator for the day. themilcroom.com. ONGOING The Birds are Back! Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey show. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey features bird species from around the world, including a bald eagle, a red-legged seriema, a king vulture, a Eurasian eagle owl and a black vulture, in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages. These birds will fly in from overhead and demonstrate natural behaviors including unique survival techniques and food foraging, as well as specialized physical adaptations. Tickets are A$14, C$10, Seniors $12, children under 2 and members are free. stonezoo.com.

4 tuesday ONGOING New England Forests, New Exhibition. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. New England Forests, a permanent multi-media exhibition explores the natural history our regional forests. Explore the world of woodland caribou, beaver, otter and dozens of other wildlife of New England; learn about lichen cities that cling to rocks; and the circle of life within and around a forest pond from tiny tadpoles to giant moose. A must-see before you head to the outdoors for summer camping or fall foliage. Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are A$9, C$6, and $7 for seniors and students. hmnh.harvard.edu.

5 wednesday MotherWoman Group: Getting Real About Motherhood. Amherst Family Center, Unitarian Church, Amherst. Community, diversity, self-


ONGOING Mapparium. The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Step inside this three-dimensional globe for a 20-minute tour. Learn about its construction, history, and the significance of this magnificent architectural and artistic achievement. From the bridge of the giant sphere, visitors explore the Earth at its center, surrounded by continents and oceans. Tickets are $6A and $4C. Children under 6 are free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. marybakereddylibrary.org. ONGOING MotherWoman Postpartum Support Group. Midwifery Care of Holyoke, 230 Maple St., Holyoke. Join mothers for a free, safe, confidential drop-in support group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old. Expectant mothers welcome. Runs year-round. 1 to 2:30 p.m. motherwoman.org. ONGOING Children Across America Read and Sing. 39 Exchange St., Milford. Come join in for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts at Children Across America. They will be meeting on Mondays at 10:30am. This is a free program for children between the ages of 2-5 yrs old and their parents. childrenacrossamerica.org. ONGOING Historic House Tours. Hedge House Museum, 126 Water St., Plymouth. This gracious Federal mansion with unusual octagonal rooms was lived in by local merchants and entrepreneurs in the early years of the new nation. Open Wednesday through Sunday 2 to 6 p.m. Ongoing through August. Tickets are A$5, C$2 and free to members. plymouthantiquariansociety.org. CastleKids Storyhour. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. From damsels in distress to mighty dragons, join us on the first Wednesday of every month as we share

tales of adventure, from well-known fairy tales to modern picture books in the setting of our medieval Great Hall. Great for ages 3 to 5. $12 for adult w/ one child ($8m). Includes admission, program with craft related to the story, and a snack. higgins.org.

6 thursday ONGOING Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT. MIT Museum Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. A multimedia excursion into the world of artificial intelligence, Robots and Beyond throws open the doors of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where scientists have been probing the mysteries of A.I. for five decades. A$7.50, $3C and children under 5 free. Free on Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. web.mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/robots.html. Budding Scientists: Bubbles! EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Curious little explorers conduct simple, safe, science Come to the Father’s Day Weekend Canoe & Breakfast at Broadmoor Wildlife and nature experiments in the EcoTarium’s Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Route 16), Natick on Saturday, June 15 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Budding Scientists program. Held on the first Thursday of every month, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun renowned musicians Brian Rolland and the Paul ONGOING The Addams Family. The Hanover with hands-on activities. There are two identical Madore Chorale. Saturday and Sunday starting Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. The sessions each month. 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 to at 11 a.m., there will be live music and dance weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly 11:30 a.m. Free with EcoTarium admission. A$14, at the East India Fountain on Essex Street and delightful life in The Addams Family. The Addams C$8, seniors and students are $10. ecotarium.org. a Juried Art Show for viewing in Old Town Hall. Family features an original story and it’s every 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the salemartsfestival.com. ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man ONGOING Fee Fi Fo Fum performed by from a respectable family. A man her parents CYT’s Jr. Performance Co. 358 Baker Ave., have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting Boston Irish Festival. Irish Cultural Centre West Concord. This musical adaptation of Jack enough, she confides in her father and begs of New England, 200 New Boston Dr., Canton. and the Beanstalk will delight audiences. See Jack him not to tell her mother. Tickets start at $32. Enjoy authentic Irish music and dancing, as he goes up the beanstalk and into the castle Ongoing through June 9. thehanovertheatre.org. Gaelic games, cultural and literary tents, where he not only encounters the giant, but a children’s activities, food and gift vendors and troll as well. By the end, the cow is returned, the a 5K road race. For more information, visit chicken learns to lay golden eggs and the good bostonirishfestival.info. life returns to the kingdom. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Tickets $13 each and may be FREE Salem Arts Festival. Old Town Hall, FREE Cultural Survival Bazaar. Copley purchased on-line with a credit card (choose your Square, 206 Clarendon St., Boston. A festival of 32 Derby Square, Salem. Visitors can enjoy own seats) at concordyouththeatre.org. beautiful art work while being entertained by arts & cultures from around the world featuring

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VISIT THE AMERICAN GIRL STORE FOR THESE FUN EVENTS! Summer Reading Bookmark Craft Every Tues.

Celebrate summer! She can make and decorate a pretty bookmark craft inspired by American Girl’s activity books.

girl will go on a fun-filled scavenger hunt, collecting fun facts about Saige along the way. Plus, she’ll get a free American Girl poster at the end! (ages 8 and up)

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Saige's Art Event with Crayola® Model Magic

Learn about Saige, our newest Girl of the Year! Your

FREE. Let creativity take flight! Saige loves to ride in her father's hot-air balloon.

Every Tues. & Thurs. Sun., June 2 & Fri., June 28

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FREE. Show Dad he’s number one! Your girl can make Father’s Day extra-special by decorating a handmade card and matching envelope, then writing a special message to Dad on the inside.

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Father’s Day Card Craft Sun., June 16

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Spend a special day with your daughter! You’ll enjoy a delightful meal, make a paper craft, and even sign a “father-daughter promise” to keep having fun together. Includes a keepsake photo and frame, plus an American Girl book to take home (ages 8 and up) $38.

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discovery. Share laughter and tears. Be inspired. It’s all here. Expectant mothers welcome. A free group with snacks and childcare provided up to age 4. This group follows the Amherst public school schedule and does not meet when the schools are closed. Weekly on Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. motherwoman.org.


oh, the places youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ll go guest artisans, handmade products benefiting the livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade. Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, crafts, decor, tribal rugs, & much more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. bazaar.cs.org. ONGOING Dragon Boat Festival. Memorial Drive And Dewolfe Street, Cambridge. Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event to celebrate Asian American traditions on the Charles River. It is the largest Asian cultural event in New England and was also the first such event in the country. It includes boat races, performances, food vendors, and information booths. Noon to 5 p.m. Ongoing through June 9. bostondragonboat.org. Annual Strawberry Day. Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Route 6A), East Sandwich. Enjoy fresh strawberries in a homemade dessert served in the historic 1903 Jam Kitchen from 11am to 2pm for a fee of $4. Sample jam tastings in the gift shop. Browse among the used book sale; visit the nature centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident animals; walk the trails. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. thortonburgess.org. Cape Cod Food & Wine Festival. 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy., Falmouth. The inaugural Cape Cod Food & Wine Festival is designed to allow festival-goers a chance to taste-test a

myriad of local food as well as industry leading wine pours from local, regional and international selections. Grand Tasting admission allows guests to experience unlimited wine tasting and food sampling available. Guests will also receive a complimentary wine glass upon entrance. Grand Tasting I: noon-4 p.m.; Grand Tasting II: 5-9 p.m. For guests age 21 and older. Tickets start at $75. capecodfoodwine.com. FREE Kite Festival: Lawrence. Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. The Kite Festival is a family-friendly event that includes free kitemaking and kite-flying at Pemberton Park, located on the banks of the Merrimack River. The event features lunch courtesy of the Summer Meals Program, face-painting, music and free trolley rides. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. lawrenceheritage.org/events. World Oceanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. Salute our ocean planet and learn simple ways to help protect the ocean environment during our annual World Oceans Day party. Bring your whole family and share fun, informative, hands-on activities with aquarium staff, and learn about the vital role the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceans have in sustaining our planet. Activities are included with aquarium admission. Registration is not required. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. mysticaquarium.org. Block Party at Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum. 100 South St., Providence. Kids mix

and match the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massive collection of colorful building materials! Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. childrenmuseum.org. ONGOING Sheep Sheering Weekend. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to shear those woolly coats farmers Fred and Barbara are back to shear our sheep, llamas, and alpacas and are looking for some junior farmers to lend a hand. See spinning demos, make your own sheep craft using real wool and learn how wool goes from the sheepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back to your favorite sweater! Spin into this summer event Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. davisfarmland.com. FREE Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival. 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham. Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham is designed to introduce curious or beginning anglers of all ages who have an interest in learning about fishing. On the shores of Spot Pond, cast a line, learn about fish, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No equipment is needed, but if you have your own, bring it along! MassWildlife Angler Education volunteers will be on hand to assist. Contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309. Muster Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Witness the sights and sounds of a re-created early 19th-

century muster day, as village militia members fire their muskets and drill and practice battle techniques on the common. Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 with special events. Youngsters of all ages are invited to learn to march, make a militia hat, and try on a knapsack and cartridge box. 9:30 to 5 p.m. osv.org. FREE 45th Annual Topsfield Strawberry Festival. 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Over 65 juried artisans exhibit hand crafted, one-ofa-kind items including jewelry, pottery, crafts, photography, floral pieces, fine art, glass works, and much more. Kickoff the summer season with our iconic strawberry shortcake! Bowls and bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream and piles of shortcakes are prepared and served by our volunteer members. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. topsfieldhistory.org/strawberry.

9 sunday NSTARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Boston. 10 Storrow Dr., Boston. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NSTARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walk for Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Boston has fun for the whole family, a great chance to meet other Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends and a place to stand up and step out for a hospital that changes lives every day. In addition to the walk, there will be lots of live entertainment. Just last June, 4,000 men, women, and children raised $1.3 million to support our work. childrenshospital.org/walk.

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The New School of Music Presents: The Family Music Festival. 25 Lowell St., Cambridge. Free music and family fun in the park with the New School of Music! Join us as we fill the Lowell School Park with musical fun and activities for all ages. Ongoing throughout the afternoon, enjoy family picnic games, face painting, crafts, bake sale, concerts, and a musical instrument ‘Petting Zoo.’ Noon to 3 p.m. newschoolofmusic.org. FREE Happy 5 Birthday PJ Library®. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre. Celebrate five years of PJ Library in Greater Boston with a DJ with games and dancing, bouncy houses, face painting, crafts and a special birthday concert by Josh and the Jamtones on Sunday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register to be entered into a drawing to win exciting prizes. Walk-ins welcome. In case of inclement weather, this event will be indoors with limited availability. Everyone is welcome. bostonjcc.org/newtonpjbirthday. th

Touch-A-Truck Sutton. First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Rd., Sutton. Get up close, climb aboard, and explore all kids of trucks, cars, and things that GO in this unique, interactive event as kids of all ages get the chance to get behind the wheel and meet their hometown heroes. A special horn-free hour from 1 to 2 p.m. for children with special needs and sensitive ears. 100 percent of proceeds will help First

Church to continue its mission or providing service directly to Sutton and the surrounding communities. $5 pp/$20 family max. 1 to 4 p.m. suttonfirstchurch.org.

10 monday ONGOING Ship Models: The Evolution of Ship Design. MIT Museum Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Forty of the Museum’s finest full-hull ship models depict one thousand years of ship building, from a 15th century iron-clad warship to the swiftest clipper ships. Also included is an extraordinary model of N.G. Herreshoff’s Reliance – winner of the 1903 America’s Cup. web.mit.edu/museum/ exhibitions/hart.html. Art & Seek: a drop in toddler program. Museum of American Bird Art, 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 art project, and an activity that will take place outdoors when the weather allows. Registration not required. 10 to 11 a.m. A free, C$5m/$7nm. massaudubon.org. ONGOING Day of Portugal Festival. Along Acushnet Avenue from Sawyer to Bullard Streets, New Bedford. The event is a traditional Portuguese “festa,” which commemorates New Bedford’s deep ties with Portugal. It will feature

delectable traditional foods, refreshments, three stages of Portuguese music, folkloric groups, 5K road race, and a multitude of Azorean, Madeiran and Ilhavo artisans exhibiting and demonstrating their art. It is located in New Bedford’s North End along nine city blocks including music food, exhibits and the historic St. Anthony of Padua Church with its traditional procession honoring the Patron Saint of Portual and more. Ongoing through June 12. Nb-dayofportugal.com.

11 tuesday The Sound of Music. The North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a novice nun proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain. Tickets start at $45. Ongoing through June 23. nsmt.org.

12 wednesday Fairies and Fireflies. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. As the longest day approaches, tradition has the fairies dancing and making mischief under their

oh, the places you’ ll go fairy hills. Listen for stories of fairy antics. Make a special herbal charm for protection, then go exploring for signs of fairies. Search for fireflies as well, dancing in the grass. 7:30 to 9 p.m. A$11m/$13nm, C$11/$13nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. ONGOING Alice’s Wonderland, a most curious adventure. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Journey down the rabbit hole to explore Alice’s Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibition, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun! Ongoing through September 2013. ecotarium.org. Homeschool Day. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave., Worcester. Homeschool Wednesdays are the perfect way to make learning medieval history engaging and fun! Explore the Higgins Armory extensive collection of arms and armor from around the world through programs designed to compliment home based learning for ages 5 and up. Participants enjoy discounted admission to the museum, an auditorium show, and a workshop. There is no need to pre-register for these programs. Admission: $7 per person (includes admission,

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celebrates its 58th year and showcases craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. In addition to almost one hundred juried exhibitor booths, the Arts Festival features a juried art exhibition and membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show, live music performances, artist demonstrations, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art activities and a young artist exhibition. Ongoing through Sunday, June 16. ssac.org.

Come to the Fairytale Princess Ball at Springhill Suites Marriott, Devens Common Center on Saturday June 22 from noon to 2 p.m.

show, and story time). Ages 3 and under are FREE. Workshop: $5 per project. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. higgins.org.

13 thursday artKitchen CafĂŠ Performance Series - Gift to Our Fathers. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. Just in time for Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day! The event will include an evening exploring classical and contemporary themes of fatherhood. The evening begins with a series of readings in celebration of fatherhood beneath the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarkable, mobile installation by Mark Davis, Icarus, a work inspired by the classic Greek tale of father and son. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. fullercraft.org. Winged Wonders - Dragonflies and Damselflies. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix

Neck Dr., Edgartown. Visit one or more of the Felix Neck ponds and discover these amazing insects not only above the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface, but also about their secret lives at the bottom of the pond. 11 a.m. to noon. A$6m/$9nm, C$6m/$9nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

14 friday ONGOING Grecian Festival. Saint Constatine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, 14 Magazine St., Cambridge. Outdoor festival includes music, dancing, food, and crafts. Ongoing through June 16. stconstantinehelenwi.org/festival.html. ONGOING 58th Annual Arts Festival. South Shore Arts Center, 119 Ripley Rd., Cohasset. South Shore Art Center Arts Festival

Cutiques Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening. 37A Mechanic St., Leominster. Join us for our grand re-opening celebration at the new location. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a public open house where people can stop by to preview and shop staged living spaces, such as bedrooms, dining and living rooms. 1 p.m. cutiquesetc.com Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire. Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. Join in as spring moves into summer, as the days lengthen and then start to get shorter. Watch for birds flying at dusk and evening fireflies as you ride our hay wagon through the meadows. Stop at our campfire for stories, sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores, and a special night-time visitor. Watch for the glorious colors of the sky as the sun begins to set. 6:30 p.m. A$15m/$19nm, C$15m/C$19nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. FREE June 14 Second Friday. Smith College of Museum Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton. Put on your favorite tie-dyed attire for Peace, Love, and Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Roll, a community art happening in celebration of SUMMER OF LOVE: Psychedelic Posters from SCMA. Hands-on! an art activity based on Summer of Love (for ages 4+ w/adult); 6 p.m. Open Eyes, an informal guided gallery conversation about an art object in Summer of Love (all ages). 4 to 6 p.m. smith.edu/ artmuseum. M is for Museum: Generations of Games. Wenham Museum 132 Main St., Wenham. M is for Museum: Generations of Games is an event that includes a drop-in program, play outdoor games that children have enjoyed for centuries. 10 a.m. A$8, C$6. wenhammuseum.org.

15 saturday FREE Arts Fest Beverly. Cabot Street, Beverly. Beverly Main Streets presents a downtown street festival on Cabot Street in Beverly, hosting more than 100 artists, 12 open studios, food vendors, and free live entertainment. All art media will be represented. Enjoy Beverlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest at at this giant block party for the arts. Live Bands and Performers are featured on the Cabot Street main Stage 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. including childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers, and dance and more. beverlymainstreets.org/artsfest-beverly-43.html. ONGOING Day Out with Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Spring Tour 2013. Edaville USA, 5 Pine St., Carver. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank, is chugging into Edaville USA! Take a magical 20-minute ride on a 15-ton replica of Thomas. Spend the day immersed in the storybook world of Thomas and meet his kindly but stern boss, Sir Topham Hat. Enjoy live music and storytelling, Imagination Station and temporary tattoos as well as unlimited use of all 12 amusement rides and play spaces â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all included in your admission. Ongoing through June 16, also June 21 to June 24, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, Sept. 6 to Sept. 8. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20 for ages 2 to 59, seniors $16, under 2 free. edaville.com. FREE Open House. RSM-MetroWest, 5 Auburn St., Framingham. Activities include ageappropriate math puzzles and games for kids, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pin the Mustache on Albert Einsteinâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bean Bag Addition,â&#x20AC;? as well as other unique math experiences, complete with prizes, and seasonal refreshments. Every child who attends also receives a copy of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number 13â&#x20AC;? fact and puzzle booklet, the fourth in a series created by the school to commemorate special numbers. The event is free and open to the public. 2 to 6 p.m. metrowestschool.com. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Weekend Canoe & Breakfast. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Route 16), Natick. Celebrate Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day early

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ONGOING SPLASH-tacular Weekend. Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. Davis Farmlands Splash-tacular weekend is overflowing with FUN! Adventure Play and Spray, New England’s largest, zero-depth water spray park opens for the 2013 season! Jump into the fun as Moo Moo leads the limbo, get wet at the water balloon toss, and take a ride down the slip and slide! Events run Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3. davisfarmland.com. Music & Art Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. The village comes alive with the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art with more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians and artists. Singers will present solo a cappella vocal performances of 19th-century songs and ballads, and a concert by the OSV Singers. Visitors can enjoy fife and drum music and a performance on the museum’s antique pipe organ. Artists will demonstrate early 1800s-style sketching, silhouette cutting, watercolor and painting. Visitors can learn 19th-century dances, paper marbling, and how to play the jaw harp and tin whistle. 9:30 to 5 p.m. Ongoing through June 16. osv.org. Family Campout: Tracks and Scat. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Celebrate Father’s Day by spending a night under the stars camping with the whole family. Many cultures and people from the past depended on reading the forests for their survival. Join us on this fun overnight and learn some new skills. We will explore nature through games and hands-on activities, set up our tents near the Barn before sundown, and tell stories after the sun sets. A$18m/$22nm,

C$15m,$18nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org.

16 sunday

Father’s Day Dinner Cruise. Spirit of Boston, 200 Seaport Blvd., Suite 75, Boston. Treat Dad to something different this Father’s Day aboard the Spirit of Boston and see the city from the most unique perspective. With a festive buffet, engaging DJ entertainment and great views, it’s easy to give Dad a present he’ll always remember. 5:30 to 8 p.m. spiritofboston.com.

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with a relaxing canoe trip! Watch the morning mist rising off the river. Keep an eye out for great blue herons. Enjoy the beautiful views as we paddle through Rocky Narrows Reservation and Broadmoor to the South Natick Dam. A hearty breakfast will be served midway on the banks of the river. Pre-registration is required. Canoes, paddles, lifejackets, a basic paddling overview & guides are all provided. 7 to 11:30 a.m. A$39m/$45nm. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. massaudubon.org.

Free Admission for Father’s Day. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover. In honor of Father’s Day, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is offering free admission for all fathers and grandfathers on Sunday, June 16 from 12-5 pm. There will also be a special creative activity for children who visit on Father’s Day. Noon to 5 p.m. childrens-museum.org. Father’s Day Paddle. Arcardia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. Treat the father, husband, grandfather, uncle, or brother in your life to a relaxing canoe paddle along the Mill River. Learn about the resident plants and animals that you can observe while paddling this quiet stretch of water. 1 to 4 p.m. A$15m/$20nm, C$15m/$20nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. 19th Annual Father’s Day Road Race & Fun Walk. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. The 5K run, 10K run and 5K fun walk benefit the educational programs and exhibits of the Children’s Museum in Easton. Enjoy this picturesque course that begins on Main Street and winds through the streets of historic North Easton Village. In addition to a post-race party, raffles, and awards, the Museum is giving T-shirts to all runners who register by June 1 and goody bags to all participants. The Cost is $20 before the event, either online or by mail/drop off or $25 the day of the race. The Fun Walk is $5. Registration begins at 8 a.m. fathersdayroadrace.com.

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Stop by the St. Peter’s Fiesta on Washington Street, Gloucester from Thursday, June 27 through Monday, July 1.

Dad and Me. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St., Sharon. Celebrate Father’s Day by spending time together as a family and by exploring Moose Hill. This self-directed walk begins at the Nature Center and will send you to various places and habitats. Start with your first clue and the “just-in-case” packet, decipher the clue, hike to that location to find the next clue, and continue until you come to your family’s prize package. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A$5m/$8nm, C$5m/$8nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

17 monday Seashore Discovery. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. Meet amazing creatures of the sea! Take a short walk through the forest to a protected beach,

where you will explore shallow waters with dip nets and use a large seine net to catch fish, crabs and other pond wildlife. 10 to 11:30 a.m. A$6m/$9nm, C$6m/$9nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org. Tank Time. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. It’s feeding time at Felix Neck! Learn about our resident turtles and salt water tank animals as you watch them eat their lunch. Tank time happens Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Free with sanctuary admission. 1:30 to 2 p.m. A$4nm/C$3m. Free to members. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

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oh, the places you’ ll go Boston. With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. The only up-tempo song, “Mr. Jones,” became their ticket to stardom, and Counting Crows enjoyed a significant amount of success throughout the ‘90s and beyond. Tickets start at $36. ticketmaster.com. Creature Feature: Butterflies. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. This program offers young naturalists a close-up look at native animals of Martha’s Vineyard. Programs combine a story, craft and a look at the “creature” of the day! 10 to 11 a.m. Adults free, C$6m/$9nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

sanctuary in the forest, field, marsh, pond, and seashore habitats. Our programs encourage campers to actively investigate and observe their surroundings, make their own discoveries, appreciate nature, and most of all have fun! Our camps incorporate outdoor games, nature activities, hikes, stories, crafts, and more! 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. C$60m/$75nm. Ages 5 to 10. massaudubon.org. Seashore Discovery. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. See Monday, June 17 listing.

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Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 786 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth. Join author Todd McLeish in a multimedia presentation as he recounts his adventures studying the elusive narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. He will take you high above the Arctic Circle with teams of narwhal researchers seeking to solve the mysteries of the animal’s migrations and debating the purpose of its tusk. A$10m/$12nm, C$6m,$8nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org.

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21 friday Summer Solstice Celebration. Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. Join in to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve at Oak Knoll. You’ll hike around Lake Talaquega and discuss the changes taking place in forest, pond, marsh and field. You’ll discuss the history of the summer solstice celebration and play some fun games. 6:30 to 8 p.m. A$7nm/C$5nm. Members free. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. Harry Connick Jr: Every Man Should Know

Tour. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. returns to Boston, on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40. broadway.boston.com. Sting - Live in Concert. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful. Tickets start at $50. 8 p.m. ticketmaster.com. FREE Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science. 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, solar telescope viewing from the roof of the Science Center, food trucks, handson activities on the new Harvard Plaza, and free admission to all four of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Semitic Museum). 5 to 9 p.m. ofa.fas.harvard.edu. ONGOING Arts Alive Festival ‘13. Falmouth Library Lawn, 300 Main St., Falmouth. The festival is ongoing through June 24. On

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Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Make Music. Harvard Square, Boston. Make Music Harvard Square kicks off at 1:00 pm, when musicians take over the streets of Harvard Square to celebrate the

beginning of summer. Professional and amateur musicians take to the streets to entertain loyal fans and t new audiences. Make Music Harvard Square attracts people in the music industry, music lovers, and those just out for a bite to eat and a stroll in Harvard Square. 1 to 10 p.m. harvardsquare.com. Fairytale Princess Ball. Springhill Suites Marriott, Devens Common Center. Please join in for this very special Tea party with singing princess characters! Musical Games and Dancing, picture opportunities, special singing performances, princess favors and more! Dress your little princesses in their favorite party or princess dress! Noon to 2 p.m. missemmastea.com/events. Family Canoeing. Ekblaw Landing, Grafton. Thinking about canoeing? Join us for a familyfriendly canoeing experience in the Blackstone River watershed. This is the perfect experience for beginner paddlers, since we will practice in flat, quiet water and then head out to test our steering skills. Learn about the creatures that rely on our rivers while enjoying a peaceful outing on the water. 1 to 3 p.m. A$20m/$25nm, C$8m/$8nm. massaudubon.org. ONGOING 3rd Annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration. Seagull and Bass River Beaches, South Yarmouth. Kick-Off with previews of 36 sand sculptures. 8-day event features family entertainment: kiting, fishing, nature walks,

regatta, beach BBQ, salsa by the sea, baseball games, Marine Battle Color Ceremony, sea captains and pirates, adventure and a fireworks finale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ongoing through June 29. yarmouthsummercelebration.com. Sudbury Family Fishing Day. Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury. Visit the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge with your family and try your hand at fishing! Angler Education Program volunteers will be on hand to help novices cast a line, learn about fish in our waters, safety, ethics, and fishing equipment. If you have fishing equipment, bring it along. A limited quantity of fishing equipment and bait will be available. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 978443-4661, x34 or email susan_j_russo@fws.gov.

23 sunday The B-52s, and The Go-Goâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. The first of many acts to cement the college town of Athens, GA, as a hotbed of alternative music, the B-52â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s took their name from the Southern slang for the mile-high bouffant wigs sported by singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, a look emblematic of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campy, thrift-store aesthetic. Tickets start at $30. ticketmaster.com. Fun with Butterflies & Dragonflies. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Discover the amazing number of

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24 monday Seashore Discovery. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. Meet amazing creatures of the sea! Take a short walk through the forest to a protected beach, where you will explore shallow waters with dip nets and use a large seine net to catch fish, crabs and other pond wildlife. 10 to 11:30 a.m. A$6m/$9nm, C$6m/$9nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

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25 tuesday 27 thursday Visit Nantucket The E gan M aritime I nstitute announces “Red, R ight, Returning”:    Present Da y USC G Lif esaving P rocedures and Boat Saf ety, at the Nantucket Ship wreck & Lifesaving Museum fr om M ay 23 – Oc tober 14, 2013.  This out door exhibition features present day Coast Guard lif esaving pr ocedures, an everyday guide to boat safety and a recreational four-person life raft for both children and adults to “try out” on the grounds of the museum.  Back by popular demand, last year’s exhibit “Guiding Lights: Nantuck et’s Lighthouses, Keepers, and their Families” is f eatured, as w ell. With displays from 2012, this much loved exhibition also includes brand-new surprises and additional, hands-on activities for all.  The Nantucket Ship wreck & Lif esaving Museum shares the fascinating stories of y esterday’s maritime heroes thr ough permanent and changing interpretive exhibits and special events. The Museum houses a collection of o ver 5,000 objec ts, including surfboats, beach carts, vintage photographs and more, a silver medal awarded to Marcus W. Dunham for his r ole in sev eral rescues during the Great Gale of 1879; a taping of Mr. Rogers and“Madaket Millie”; an int eractive shipwreck map; and a whimsical Newf oundland dog chair created by ‘Sconset’ artist, Clara Urbahn.  The Nantucket Ship wreck & Lif esaving Museum is locat ed at 158 Polpis Road , just 3.5 miles fr om Nantucket Town. The museum exhibition opens Thursday, M ay 23 and runs thr ough C olumbus Da y, Monday, October 14, 2013. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Admission: A$6, C$4, fr ee f or childr en under 5.  For mor e inf ormation, including a full calendar of special events, children’s programs and Family Days please call (508) 228-1885, or visit www.eganmaritime.org. 42 JUNE2013

Creature Feature: Osprey. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. This program offers young naturalists a close-up look at native animals of Martha’s Vineyard. Programs combine a story, craft and a look at the “creature” of the day! For children ages 3 5 with a parent/guardian. 10 to 11 a.m. Adults free, C$6m/$9nm. Registration is not required. massaudubon.org.

Early Birders. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. The early bird gets the worm or the fish! Join Felix Neck birders for a casual walk of the sanctuary grounds to look for summertime birds. An easy to moderate (often buggy) stroll. Free with sanctuary admission. 8 to 9 a.m. Free to members. A$4nm/C$3nm. Registration is not required. massaudubon.org.

Marine Discovery Tour. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. Cruise from Oak Bluffs Harbor to explore the waters of Vineyard Sound aboard The Skipper. The group may tow a plankton net, use a scallop drag, and check lobster and fish traps for the diversity of crabs, fish and shellfish that live in the waters around the island. Participants will have a chance to look at the catch up-close and to try their hand at scup fishing if time permits. It is recommended for ages 4 and up. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A$30m/$40nm, C$30m/$40nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org.

Creature Feature: Salamanders. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Felix Neck Dr., Edgartown. This program offers young naturalists a close-up look at native animals of Martha’s Vineyard. Programs combine a story, craft and a look at the “creature” of the day! 10 to 11 a.m. Adults free. C$6m/$9nm. Registration not required. massaudubon.org.

26 wednesday Fireflies are Fun. Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont. Fireflies are a natural joy of summer. We’ll first learn about them indoors then search for fireflies outside around the sanctuary. Take a nap in the afternoon – you’ll be out late! 8:15 to 9:45 p.m. A$6m/$8nm, C$6m/$8nm. massaudubon.org. ONGOING 18th Annual Free Summer Concert Series. Concerts on the Plymouth Waterfront, Plymouth. Featuring a blend of local, regional, national and international music. Add to that the bucolic setting of Pilgrim Memorial Park, these family friendly events are the best thing going. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ongoing on Wednesdays through Aug. 28. projectarts.com. Digging into Summer. Sibley Farm, Greenville Street, Spencer. Would you like to have fun with this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Digging into Reading”? Why not dig into the soil to learn about the different layers in a habitat? What makes soils sandy, muddy and wet, or light and fluffy? You will take turns sampling soil in field, wetland and forest habitats and compare the differences. 1 to 3 p.m. A$6m/$8nm, C$4m/$5nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. FREE Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park. Elm Park, Worcester. Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Registration is not required. 1 to 4 p.m. massaudubon.org.

ONGOING St. Peter’s Fiesta. Washington St., Gloucester. The St. Peter’s Fiesta is a five day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The event is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester. Ongoing through July 1. stpetersfiesta.org.

28 friday Snow White. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly. Amazing things happen when Snow White finds the little cottage in the woods. Come along as Snow White discovers that true love is the most potent magic of all! Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Snow White is an enchanting musical that adheres very closely to the original storyline of the fairytale. Beautiful costumes, lots of song and dance, plus the opportunity for several youngsters to directly participate in the show make this an event the whole family will not want to miss! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets start at $10. nsmt.org. Cape Ann Capers: The Edge of the Sea. Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Gloucester. Join in for one or more of these seaside explorations on Cape Ann. Be sure to wear old sneakers or water shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty and wet. 9:30 to 11 a.m. A$8m/$10nm, C$7m/$8nm. Registration is required. massaudubon.org. Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park. Elm Park, Worcester. See Wednesday, June 26 listing.

29 saturday The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins and Fur. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,125 W. Bay Rd., Amherst. Eric Carle’s love

of nature is legendary. To recognize this passion, the Carle is organizing a selective survey of works exploring his interest in animals. On view will be a host of animals who have populated his books. In addition to finished collages, there will be preliminary works including pencil studies that underscore Carle’s meticulous study of his subject. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. carlemuseum.org. FREE & ONGOING Summer Trolley to Hyannis Museums. Main Street, Hyannis. Ride on the FREE summer trolley from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with stops along Main Street, Hyannis Harbor and Hyannis museums. You don’t need to be at a designated stop, just flag it down and hop on board! Ongoing through Sept. 2. hyartsdistrict.com. FREE 10th Annual Asian Festival. Italian American Cultural Center, 28 Mulberry St., Worcester. Join the Southeast Asia Coalition for its 8th Annual Asian Festival on Sunday, June 26th 12 noon - 6 p.m. at the Italian-American Cultural Center, 28 Mulberry Street, Worcester. Enjoy food and traditional dances from Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Noon to 6 p.m. seacma.org. The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. Elm Park, Worcester. The Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival features all-you-can-eat ice cream at family friendly prices. A central Massachusetts tradition since 1989, several thousand people attend the festival. In addition to all-you-can-eat ice cream, there will be booths selling hot dogs and hamburgers, beverages, and raffle tickets. There will be Moon Walks and other games for the kids, face painting, team mascots, clowns, and musical entertainment throughout the event. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. childrensfriend.org.

30 sunday The 4th Annual Cape Cod K-9 5K Trail Run & 1 Mile Walk Family Fun Day. Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Dr., Falmouth. The 4th Annual K-9 5K will be held on June 30th, 2013 at 8:30am. The unique Cape Cod 5K Dog Race is a half day event for the whole family. Massachusetts’ most popular dog and owner trail run also features a one mile walk and a free kid’s fun run. There are T-Shirts for preregistered participants and prizes for our top 5K finishers. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. k95k.com. Wicked Etsy Shopping Event. Sons of Italy, 88 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Hingham. Wicked Etsy is an artisan shopping event in Massachusetts, featuring local Etsy Shop owners and their handmade goods. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 774-454-4999.

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to have the kids visit her kitchen for a field trip experience, an idea took shape in Saltonstallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind. Learning about preparing food and making healthy choices is a great fit for the camp environment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forming a partnership with Sue was a new way of meeting our goal of growing and learning in healthy ways,â&#x20AC;? says Saltonstall. Last year, the two merged to begin offering cooking classes as a camp elective for upper campers (grades 3 and 4) and senior campers (grades 5 through 8) who can choose cooking as part of their camp experience. Each of the eight camp weeks offers a new theme (even a Latin cooking theme), and the kids spend about an hour of each day in the kitchen. The response from parents and kids was overwhelmingly positive and so this year, the camp decided to build on it a little more by offering a wider range of choices. Starting on June 24th, campers will once again become chefs. And although both Saltonstall and Schochet are focused on offering healthy choices and teaching the campers about how to make healthy decisions, the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;healthyâ&#x20AC;? rarely, if 

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ever, comes up. But even if the word isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned, the foundations are being laid for learning that healthy food tastes good. During a Boogie Down Breakfast class (set to a fun playlist), French toast sticks are made with whole wheat bread, power muffins are chock full of nutritious ingredients, and yogurt pancakes give the kids a huge protein boost. The campers only know they were eating delicious pancakes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a unique formula for what makes a great camp activity,â&#x20AC;? says Saltonstall, who is also the president of the American Camp Association, New England. Campers like to do things that are fun, hands-on and teamwork oriented, he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the ingredient that makes kids love it is that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it all that often at home,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given too much responsibility in the kitchen.â&#x20AC;? And so, like archery or woodworking, cooking may soon become a beloved camp activity. This year, campers will get to mimic the Iron Chef competitions and will make their own chicken nuggets using a variety of breading ingredients and techniques to show them about how

that influences flavors and textures. They will also experiment with ailoi, a garlic, oil, and egg-based sauce. Amazingly, the wrinkled noses so many parents see at the dinner table when something new is introduced become less of an issue at camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is presented to them,â&#x20AC;? says Schochet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a lot of trying things for the first time and a lot of positive feedback.â&#x20AC;? Other classes show campers how to make refreshing chilled desserts like watermelon slushies or dishes from different fruits and vegetables they might find in a farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market. The campers encounter different veggies, like kohlrabi, and learn how delicious it is chopped up into a slaw, says Schochet. But campers are also learning skills like making jam or pickles â&#x20AC;&#x201C; skills that once were a standard, essential skill for many children but have slipped by the wayside with our quick access to ready-made products. And they are also shown how important it is to present carefully cooked food in as nice a way as possible. So the plating technique, complete with wiping away drops of food or sauce, lets the inner flourish come out and also


SUMMERCAMPDIRECTORY shows the campers how a little extra attention can make a meal exciting for people. But because food is such a communal part of many cultures, campers are taught the basics of Italian cooking, and they will make a ravioli dinner to bring home. The Italian cooking week is a favorite week of camp, says Schochet, because the campers can share their hard work with their families. And like any camp activity, sometimes recipes are put aside and the kids can just be creative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have an outline, but it is important to keep it loose,â&#x20AC;? says Schochet. While recipes make cooking accessible to the kids, especially those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much hands-on experience in the kitchen, the freedom to experiment is what makes cooking fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are teaching them what ingredients could be influencing flavor and the health of the product, but we give them the leeway to see how it works out,â&#x20AC;? says Schochet. And Saltonstall says the time is right for camps to offer cooking classes that go beyond the basics. Fifteen years ago, typical camp cooking classes might have included making cookies, even a few different kinds of cookies, but that would be the whole class.

Saltonstall says these new classes meet his vision for a great camp experience. As in any camp activity, the staff can accommodate all experience levels, so everyone walks away gaining new skills and building on what they already know. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer camp gives kids a chance to try things in a low-stakes environment,â&#x20AC;? says Saltonstall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is part of what a camp does well. Try everything, you might be good at it.â&#x20AC;? And while cooking might not be what people think of when they envision summer camp filled with days of swimming, boating and campfires, Saltonstall says the hours in the kitchen teach them how to make good food choices as they grow up by showing them that foods that are considered healthy taste good. Already, the results are evident. Saltonstall reports that some parents were coached by their kids about how to use less sugar in a smoothie, for instance, or that maybe a different fruit would eliminate the need for sugar altogether. And since last summer, Ella Macduff now eats tomato sauce all the time. Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is a freelance journalist who lives in Bolton with her family.

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