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JUNE 2018

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table of contents JUNE 2018 VOLUME 23


Kellen, age 3


To Market, To Market Farmers’ Markets Are Officially in Season


Summer Water Play Games and Sensory Benefits, No Pool Needed

in every issue

Photography by Shawna Shenette Photographed at Stowe Farm, Millbury

summer of fun

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Editor’s Note: Life Lessons in Lemonade

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Very Special People: Swim Safety for Children with Autism



Sturbridge Area Offers Plenty of Family Fun This Summer

Oh, The Places You’ll Go: June Calendar of Family Events Make a Day Of It: Discover Sturbridge Add to Cart: Items for Your Summer of Fun

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Free Fun Fridays are Back


New Children’s Book Brings Boston History Alive

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Splash! Summer Water Play, No Pool Needed

DIY: Create Your Own Lemonade Stand

features 6 40

How Props Can Enhance the Reading Experience With Your Child


Talking Back: Parents Sound Off

Summer Family Health Tips


Finally Forever: June’s Child & Circle of Friends Take Eight with Dave McGillivray meet team president PAUL M. PROVOST

associate publisher KATHY REAL 508-749-3166 ext. 331

The Fatherhood Project Focuses on the Central Role of Dads

editorial & creative

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Ripe Bites To Market, To Market: Farmers’ Market Season is Here


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Life Lessons in Lemonade Watching our adorable cover model Kellen pose behind his lemonade stand, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic about my own days as a kid, peddling treats to my neighbors. I never had the classic lemonade stand – for me, it was a table full of cherries. I grew up in Central California with two magnificent cherry trees in my backyard (at least that’s how I remember them… maybe adult me would find they were actually quite puny). Each spring the trees would bloom with bright pink flowers, and within a few weeks, juicy, darkfleshed fruits would speckle the tree branches. As a family, we enjoyed our share of the harvest, but there was always more than enough to go around – hence, my idea for a cherry stand. My dad, who worked at a grocery store, scored stacks of green produce containers which I filled with fresh-picked cherries. Add a folding table and a homemade sign, and I was in business. I spent two summer days sitting at the end of my driveway, hawking those cherries for some ridiculously low price. When I sold out and closed up shop, I had made just under $30. I used those profits to buy my first pair of roller blades. That first entrepreneurial pursuit certainly offered plenty of economic lessons for 7-yearold me, but looking back, I see that I learned a lot more than the value of a dollar. There’s life lessons there, too – some simple values that now, as a grown up, I sometimes need to remind myself of.

got the better deal, but the lesson is still the same. I didn’t take life’s lemons and make lemonade – I took an abundance of cherries and made a plan. I think sometimes as adults we miss opportunities that are right in front of our face. 2. Set Concrete Goals Whether it’s a coveted pair of roller blades, a family vacation, a house – have something specific that you’re working toward. 3. Know What Success Means to You So making $27 for two days’ work wasn’t a killing, but to me, it was a smashing success: it was enough for those skates. Success is relative. Success is your own happiness. Want to have a lemonade (or cherry, zucchini – whatever!) stand with your children this summer? We have DIY instructions for creating the cute one on the cover on page 27. Cheers to a fantastic summer!

1. Work With What You Got Fresh cherries or powdered lemonade? I think my neighbors

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The Fatherhood Project Focuses on the Central Role Of


With a mission to encourage emotional engagement in kids’ lives, an MGH program offers underserved dads the skills they need for parenting success BY JOAN GOODCHILD


ccording to the US Census Bureau, 23.6 percent of children in the United States lived in father-absent homes in 2014. Some research indicates the absence of a father in a child’s life leads to poor outcomes, including one study that found individuals from father-absent homes are 279 percent more likely to carry guns and deal drugs than peers living with their fathers. While the outcome from child to child is certainly individual and never based on one factor, it is statistics like these that prompted the creation of The Fatherhood Project, a non-profit program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The mission is to improve the health and well-being of children and families by empowering fathers to be knowledge-

able, active, and emotionally engaged with their children. Executive Director Dr. Raymond Levy, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, founded The Fatherhood Project to continue his clinical work, to develop programs that teach fathers key relationship skills to raise healthy children, and to educate parents and professionals about the critical role fathers play in children’s lives. “Fatherhood has always been central to my life,” explained Levy. “I’ve always been interested in the topic of good fathering and wanted to pass down what I understood to be important lessons in being a good father.” The Fatherhood Project mainly works with underserved fathers, often in urban settings, with the philosophy that cities will grow and thrive more positively if fathers are engaged with their children, explained Levy. The program works to encourage fathers to be more emotionally engaged, with an active knowledge of their children’s lives. “With the success of the feminist movement, and with women now able to go to work and be effective managers and leaders, it was clear that fathers, some by choice, some by necessity, were becoming more involved in the front lines of caretaking,” explained Levy. “And it was also clear some fathers didn’t really have the skills they needed to do that. All of our programs are geared toward building fathering skills.” The Fatherhood Project provides both research around fathering, and training for fathers and medical staffs who may be seeking skills

and support. Programs include The Dads Matter Initiative in Pediatrics, an ongoing collaboration between the MGH Revere Department of Pediatrics and The Fatherhood Project. The Dads Matter Initiative was designed to help health care professionals serving a diverse patient population to develop simple, integrated approaches to engaging with men and promoting active fatherhood. Components of Dads Matter include a Dads & Kids Connect Group, an ongoing drop-in format group with the aim of increasing men’s sense of confidence, competence and connection with their young children. While at the group, dads take part in unstructured play with their kids, structured activities and even a 30-minute educational session with a curriculum built around important topics for fathers. Another program is Divorcing Dads, which aims to develop fathering skills for all dads, including estranged spouses, said Levy. The program is designed to address the emotional and practical aspects of fathering through all stages of divorce. “It focuses on unification and the importance of kids feeling close to

their fathers,” said Levy. “A critical variable in divorce is that feeling of closeness the father has with child. In a situation where there is 50-50 parenting time, even if the father is nonresident, you can mitigate damage to the father-child relationship by being engaged and involved.” Other programs offer services for dads with partners still in prenatal care aimed at helping fathers to engage with their infants at the start of life, and also support for teen dads, as well as fathers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Most programs, other than the Divorcing Dads meetings, are held at sites in the community, including the Revere Community Health Center, Boston English High School and Catholic Charities in Haverhill. More information about the Fatherhood Project can be found at Joan Goodchild is a veteran writer and editor and mom of two living in Central Massachusetts.


Bites Iced Tea 3 Ways June is National Iced Tea Month, and rightly so: it’s the perfect thing to sip on a hot summer day. Try these recipes for a refreshing twist on the warm weather staple. Coconut Lime Iced Tea Place 2 black tea bags and ½ lime, thinly sliced, in a 1 quart pitcher. Pour in 3 cups heated coconut water. Steep for 15 minutes, then remove tea bags and allow to chill completely in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Add honey to taste, if desired. (recipe adapted from asweetpeachef. com) Iced Tea Lemonade Bring 3 cups of water to boil; remove from heat and add 9 tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes, then remove tea bags. Stir in ¾-1 ¼ cups sugar (depending on desired sweetness), and one can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices. (recipe adapted from Fresh Raspberry Tea Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then stir in 2/3 cup sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add 5 tea bags. Steep 5-8 minutes, then discard tea bags, and add 4 cups of water. In another saucepan, bring 3-4 cups of raspberries and ¼ cup water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3 minutes. Strain and discard pulp. Add raspberry juice to the tea mixture. Serve chilled, over ice. (recipe adapted from

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FDA Cracks Down on E-Liquid Packaging Resembling Candy, Juice Boxes Federal regulators have recently warned more than a dozen manufacturers, distributors and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling or advertising that resembles kid-friendly food products such as juice boxes, candy or cookies. Several of the companies receiving warning letters were also cited for illegally selling the products to minors. The FDA said the packaging of the products — some of which feature cartoon-like images — could mislead children into thinking the liquids, which can be highly toxic if swallowed, are actually things they commonly eat and drink. The FDA provided images of the e-liquids next to photos of real food products to illustrate the striking similarities. “Looking at these side-to-side comparisons is alarming. It is easy to see how a child could confuse these e-liquid products for something they believe they’ve consumed before,” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. The growing popularity of electronic nicotine devices in the last 10 years coincided with an increase in calls to poison control centers and ER visits related to e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposures, according to reports from the National Poison Data System. Between January 2012 and April 2017 there were 8,269 exposures among children younger than 6. E-liquids, nicotine-containing liquids used in electronic nicotine devices such as e-cigraettes, are poisonous if swallowed, and can cause severe harm, even death, if ingested by children.

Disney Launches Online Food Channel for Kids Called ‘Disney Eats’ Disney last month introduced a new digital brand, Disney Eats, an online food network focused on culinary experiences for kids and young families. Disney Eats will feature shows called “Kitchen Little,” where kids will learn how to cook with celebrity chefs, and another called “Tiny Kitchen,” where chefs create mini versions of popular Disney-themed foods. They will also get into the science of food with a program called “Must Be Science.”

Much of the content will focus on a concept called “co-cooking,” meaning that kids will learn how to cook with their parents. The aim is to get them into the kitchen and excited about healthy food. Check it out at

Summer Meals Program Many families stretch their food budget during the school year by applying for free or reduced-price school meals for their children. In the summer, some families find it difficult to absorb the additional meal costs when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded nutrition program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. In Massachusetts, the program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with support from the Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread. Providing more than just food, summer meal programs are also paired with enriching activities that keep kids active and safe: physical activity, arts, and education lessons, for example. To see if your family is eligible for Summer Food Service Program and to find a Summer Meal Site near you, go to to text Food or COMIDA to 877-877.


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To Market, To Market

Farmers’ Markets Are Officially in Season 10 JUNE2018

With Farmers’ Markets cropping up in every corner of the state this season, summer is the perfect time of year to skip the grocery store lines when stocking the kitchen. Locally grown sun-ripened fruits and the freshest of vegetables are just some of the bounty these markets offer. Meats, milk, cream and cheeses, home baked breads and handmade pastries, rich maple syrup, local honey, herbs, nuts and farm fresh eggs are often among Farmers’ Markets offerings. What better place to bring your children to learn about healthy foods and increase their awareness – and appreciation – of where it all comes from? But summer Farmers’ Markets are about so much more than food. At many, you can also shop for crafts, jewelry, art, soaps, body products, and more. Another bonus? A lot of markets offer entertainment or interactive community experiences. Live music, children’s events and even cooking classes round out the offerings. Check out one of these markets this season…

Acton-Boxborough Farmers’ Market Pearl St., West Acton Village, Acton Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 10-Oct. 21) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Amherst Farmers’ Market Spring St. & Pearl St., Amherst Saturdays 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (April 21-Nov. 17) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Andover Farmers’ Market 97 Main St., Andover Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., (June 23-Oct. 20) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Arlington Farmers’ Market Massachusetts Ave. & Pleasant St., Arlington Wednesdays 2-6:30 p.m. (June 13-Oct. 26) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only

Barre Farmers’ Market Town Common (Grove St. North), Barre Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon (May 5-Oct. 26) WIC Accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Belchertown Farmers’ Market Town Common, Main St., Belchertown Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 10-Oct. 7) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Belmont Farmers’ Market Cross St. & Canning Rd., Belmont Thursdays 2-6:30 p.m. (June 7-Oct. 25. Market closes at 6 p.m. in September and October) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Beverly Farmers’ Market Veteran’s Park, Railroad Ave., Beverly Mondays 3-7 p.m. (June 11-Oct. 1) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Blackstone Farmers’ Market The Daniels Farmstand, 286 Mendon St., Blackstone Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 8-Oct. 7) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Brimfield/Hitchcock Academy Farmers’ Market 2 Brookfield Rd., Brimfield Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (April 14-Oct. 27) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Braintree Farmers’ Market Town Hall, John F. Kennedy Memorial Dr., Braintree Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 17-Nov. 18) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Brookline Farmers’ Market Coolidge Corner, Beacon St., Brookline Thursdays 1:30-6:30 p.m. (June 7-Nov. 15) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Carver Farmers’ Market Shurtleff Park, Main St., Carver Sundays noon-4 p.m. (June 10-Oct. 28) WIC Accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Charlton Turnpike East Farmers’ Market Service Area, Charlton Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May-October) Charlton Turnpike West Farmers’ Market Service Area, Charlton Friday through Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 18-Oct. 26)

Copley Square Farmers’ Market Copley Square, Clarendon St., Boston Tuesdays & Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 11-Nov. 20) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Douglas Farmers’ Market E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main St., Douglas Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon (June 30-Aug. 25) Easton Farmers’ Market 591 Depot St., South Easton Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (May 27-Oct. 28) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Fitchburg/Upper Common Farmers’ Market Boudler Dr./Upper Main St., Fitchburg Thursdays 4-7 p.m. (June 14-Oct. 25) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Fitchburg/Wallace Civic Center Farmers’ Market Wallace Civic Center Parking Lot, John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg Fridays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (July-October) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Gardner Farmers’ Market Monument Park, Park St. & Osgood St., Gardner Thursdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (May-October 26) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Gardner/Heywood Hospital Farmers’ Market Heywood Hospital, Green St., Gardner Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (June 7-Oct. 25) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted

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Maynard Farmers’ Market Mill Pond Parking Lot, Main St., Maynard Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 30-Sept. 29) WIC accepted Medford Farmers’ market Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford Thursdays 3-7 p.m. (June 7-Oct. 25. No market July 5) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Melrose Farmers’ Market Bowden Park, West Emerson St., Melrose Thursdays 2-7 p.m. (June 7-Oct. 25) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted

Holden Farmers’ Market Damon House Lot, Route 31 & 122A Tuesdays 3-6:30 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 30) WIC accepted Hopkinton Farmers’ Market Town Common, Main St., Hopkinton Sundays 1-5 p.m. (June 10-Oct. 14) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Hudson Farmers’ Market 12 Church St., Hudson Tuesdays 4-7 p.m. (June 26-Oct. 2) WIC accepted Ipswitch Farmers’ Market Hall Haskell House, Ipswitch Center Green Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 17-Sept. 30) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Lawrence Farmers’ Market Campagnone Park, Jackston & Haverhill St., Lawrence Wednesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 11-Oct. 24) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Leominster Farmers’ Market Monument Park, West St., Leominster Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (May 6-Oct. 28) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Lexington Farmers’ Market Massachusetts & Fletcher Ave., Lexington Tuesdays 2-6:30 p.m. (May 29-Oct. 30) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Marlborough Farmers’ Market Union Common, Main St., Marlborough Tuesdays 3-6:30 p.m. (June 5-Sept. 25) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only

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Monson Farmers’ Market First Church of Monson, 5 High St., Monson Second & Fourth Thursdays 3-6 p.m. (May 25-Sept. 7) WIC accepted Natick Farmers’ Market Town Common, Main St. & Common St., Natick Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (May 12-Oct. 27) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Needham Farmers’ Market Town Hall, Garrity Way, Needham Sundays noon-4 p.m. (May 27-Nov. 18) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Newton Highlands Farmers’ Market Cold Spring Park, Beacon St., Newton Tuesdays 1:30-6:30 p.m. (July 10-Oct. 23) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Orange Farmers’ Market Orange Armory Parking Lot, East Main St., Orange Thursdays 3-6 p.m. (May 17-Oct. 18) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Petersham Farmers’ Market Town Common, Petersham Fridays 3-6:30 p.m. (June 8-Oct. 19) Sharon Farmers’ Market Crescent Ridge Dairy, 355 Bay Rd., Sharon Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 16-Oct. 13) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Shirely Farmers’ Market Center Common, 3 Parker Rd., Shirley Thursdays 4-7 p.m. (June-September) WIC accepted Shrewsbury Farmers’ Market Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 p.m. (June 13-Sept. 26)

WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Somerville/Davis Square Farmers’ Market Davis Square, Day & Hebert St., Somerville Wednesdays noon-6 p.m. (May 16-Nov 21) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted South Hadley Farmers’ Market Village Green, Route 116 & 47, South Hadley Thursdays 2-6 p.m. (June 14-Oct. 4) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Southborough Farmers’ Market Fay School, 25 Middle Rd., Southborough Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon (May 13-Oct. 28) Southbridge Farmers Market Big Bunny Market, 942 Main St., Southbridge Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (May 26-Oct. 6) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Spencer Farmers’ Market Klems Tractor Store, 117 West St., Spencer Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 9-Sept. 20) WIC accepted Sterling Farmers’ Market Butterick Municipal Building, 1 Park St., Sterling Fridays 3:30-6:30 p.m. (May-October) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Sturbridge Farmers’ Market Town Common, Main St., Sturbridge Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 24-Sept. 20) Waltham Farmers’ Market Clark Government Center, 119 School St., Waltham Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 9-Nov. 3) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Ware Farmers’ Market 104 West St., Ware Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 10-Oct. 7) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Wellesley Farmers’ Market 309 Washington St., Wellesley Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June-October) West Brookfield Farmers’ Market Town Common, Route 9 & 67, West Brookfield Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. (June-October) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only West Brookfield/Red River Farm Farmers’ Market Red River Farm, 175 East Main St.,

West Brookfield Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (July-October) West Newton Farmers’ Market Elm St. & Washington St., West Newton Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 23-Oct. 6) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Westborough Farmers’ Market Evangelical Congregational Church, 57 West Main St., Westborough Thursdays noon-6 p.m. (June 1-Sept. 28) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Westminister Farmers’ Market Town Common, Academy Hill Rd., Westminster Fridays 3-6 p.m. (May 4-Oct. 26) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Wibraham Grown Farmers’ Market 2391 Boston Rd., Wilbraham Mondays 2-6 p.m. (May 14-Oct. 15) WIC accepted Winchendon Farmers’ Market 128 Central St., Winchendon Thursdays 4-7 p.m. & Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (May-October) WIC accepted Worcester/Beaver Brook Park Farmers’ Market Beaver Brook Park Lot, 306 Chandler St., Worcester Mondays & Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 12-Nov. 2) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted Worcester/Canal District Farmers’ Market Kelly Square, 200 Harding St., Worc. Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, yearound WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Worcester/Out To Lunch Farmers’ Market Worcester Common, Main St., Worcester Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 21-Aug. 23) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Worcester/Umass Medical Farmers’ Market Umass Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave., Worcester Tuesdays noon-5 p.m. (June-October) WIC accepted, EBT-SNAP select vendors only Worcester/University Park Farmers’ Market University Park, 965 Main St., Worcester Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 23-Oct. 27) WIC & EBT-SNAP accepted

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Why Your Child May be Sneaking or Refusing Food and What You Can Do


My 9-year-old son refuses to eat healthy meals served to him, then sneaks carbs or sugar later. He is not very active. Is this a sign he needs to be served more carbs anyway? How much does he need? The more he has, the more he seems to want which means he will skip more veggies and meat to make room.


One of the most common reasons why children sneak or refuse foods is due to how food is being controlled at home. This could either be through food restriction or pressure to eat certain foods. Food restriction is when the type of food, portion size of food or calorie content of food is restricted. Food pressure is when children are encouraged or bribed to eat a certain food or eat foods in a certain order (for example, fruits and vegetables before other foods). Research shows that restriction leads to overconsumption of foods, especially when the child is out of their parents’ “control,” while pressure often leads to under consumption of those foods. Parents often restrict or pressure children to eat certain foods out of fear. Fear that their child is eating “too much,” not eating the right type or amount of food, may not be gaining weight, or might be overweight. Often parents don’t even realize they are doing it or may think they are doing what is right and don’t know another way. If this sounds like something that may be going on at home, it’s okay! You are not alone. The goal is to share the responsibility of feeding with our children. It’s our job as parents to provide reliable, consistent meals and snacks and a variety of foods. It’s our children’s job to choose whether to eat what’s served and how much. When children are able to control the “whether” and “how much” to eat,

they are able to listen to their body cues and are better able to regulate their calories and nutrient needs. So how can you divide the responsibility of feeding to ensure your child eats a variety of foods and stops sneaking foods? Set a meal and snack schedule that includes at least three meals and two snacks. If children know they are going to be fed in a few hours they will eat as much as is satisfying. Offer a variety of foods at meals and snacks. At meals plan to offer four to five foods from different food groups: a source of carbohydrate, protein, fat and fiber. And at snacks time offer two to three foods from different food groups. Offer foods they are sneaking or eating in large portions more consistently at a set meal or snack time. They may eat a larger portion at first but over time these portions will normalize. Let your child be in control of whether they eat what’s offered and how much. Avoid pressuring or bribing them to eat certain foods or putting limits on how much they eat. If they finish a portion of a certain food and want more, it’s okay to give more (given there is more). If they don’t touch something on their plate, remind yourself that it’s okay. Continue to offer that food at future meals or snacks, switching up how it’s prepared and offered. Lauren Sharifi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and food blogger at Lauren works in private practice in Brighton at ASF-Peak Health (asfpeakhealth. com) and is passionate about helping individuals and families become competent eaters that find joy out of eating. Have a question for Lauren? Email BAYSTATEPARENT 13

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ICA Harbor Market. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston. June 2. 14 JUNE2018

Ready, Set, Balance. The Discovery Museum, Acton. June 7.

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Photo by Cassandra Rodriguez, Courtesy of the ICA

Park Fest. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. June 23.

7th Annual New Bedford Jazz Festival. June 9.

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Adults $8, children $5, under 1 free.

Music and Movement with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 9:30-10 a.m. Explore sound through singing and playing, move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Time Traveling Stories. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. Join Multi-Arts on a time traveling theatrical adventure, meet Angela Palmer, a brave African-American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of others. Free.

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Flower Power Week: Backyard and Beyond. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Look at the flora at this adapted Forest Friday program. Nature-based activity based on the weather, the season, and floral fun. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Spin Art. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10-11 a.m. See what colors you will use to make a special spiral piece of art. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9, children under 1 free. First Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Free admission to explore the museum at night. Non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry, and Open Table of Concord and Maynard accepted. Free.

2 Saturday WGBY’s Asparagus Festival. Hadley Town Common, Russell St., Hadley. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Come get crafty, enjoy Curious George, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, PBS Kids games and storytimes, plenty of food, live music, and more as a celebration of the season. Families @ WAM Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:3011 a.m. Explore the Museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided discovery tour, as you hear fun facts, stories, and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Free. Accessible Recreation Fair. Herter Park/ Artesani Playground, Brighton. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A free, fun-filled day celebrating accessible outdoor recreation in Massachusetts State Parks. Family-friendly, accessible, and inclusive activities include: cycling with an assortment of adaptive cycles, hiking and letterboxing with allterrain wheelchairs and walkers, face painting and kite decorating, golf and other equipment demonstrations, bubble blowing and games, music and dancing, and much more. Free. Wildflower Seed Balls. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and keep celebrating flowers by making some wildflower seed balls for a gift or to plant at home and watch wildflowers bloom in your own yard.

Arms + Armor Demonstration. Worcester Art Museum. June 2. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. ICA Harbor Market. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by the ICA Harbor Market, an artisan takeover of the museum’s first floor, catch live music harborside, and enjoy the warm weather. Free. Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers from Ancient Rome to the Medieval era in this fun interactive program. Free. MakeSpace Fun: Balls & Ramps. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 1-3 p.m. Explore the pull of gravity and engineering skills with balls and ramps. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9, children under 1 free.

11th Annual Blues After Hours. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an all-star musical tribute and charity concert celebrating the vibrancy of blues music. $28 advance, $32 at door.

3 Sunday Springfest. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A daylong celebration of the farm and spring, including kids’ crafts, farm tours, local food and beverages, live music, a pie-eating contest, animals, and more. Register ahead. Members $9, families $15; nonmembers $15, families $25. Artbarn: The Adventures of Captain Starblaster. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Join the Traveling Geese Touring Company of Artbarn Community Theatre as they blast off to outer space and present this action-packed sci-fi spoof that packs a hilarious punch. Adults $13, children $10.

Black Panther. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-4 p.m. Follow the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda as it is challenged by two enemies and championed by the hero known as Black Panther. Free.

Nature and Nurture with Miss Bernadette. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Explore the great outdoors, sing songs, take a nature walk, read a story, or make a craft. Designed for ages 2 to 4. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Mount Mineral Music Festival. Mount Mineral Rd., Shutesbury. 2-11 p.m. A sweet one day festival in the hills, where families and friends can come together in a harmonious environment to enjoy music, arts, and culture for world music and roots reggae. Adults $20, youths 11 and up $10, ages under 11 free.

Touch a Truck. Hopkinton High School Parking Lot, 90 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A fun-filled day with over 50 construction, service and emergency trucks for kids to see and touch, as well as tasty treats from over 10 food trucks. Activities including Princess Belle, face painting, a water activity, bubble popping, trackless train rides with Roaming Railroad, and more.

Teddy Bear Picnic. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 1-3 p.m. A story time, picnic, crafts, bubbles, and scavenger hunt all with your favorite stuffed friend. Register ahead. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free. MakerSpace Fun: Spin Tops. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 1-3 p.m. Have a spiraling time with spin tops. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9, children under 1 free. Hands-On History. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-4 p.m. Participate in an afternoon for kids and families to learn together through hands-on demonstrations, activities, and crafts. Free with admission. Members free, nonmember adults $10, youths $5, children under 6 free. Over the Fields & Through the Dell Scavenger Hunt. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 2-4 p.m. Pick up a checklist and hunt through riddles, a drawing or two, and looking over and around the bend for a few hidden treasures. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free. Family Hike to the Great Blue Heron Rookery. Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardinal Ln., Groton. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hike to a rocky outcropping that provides an eye-level view of an active great heron rookery, as an expert guide teaches you how to spot herons, beavers, muskrats, and other wetland creatures. Register ahead. Member adults $7, children $4; nonmember adults $9, children $5.

4 Monday Chessmates. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 6:30-8 p.m. Have fun playing chess with general instruction and open play, where all levels are welcome. For ages 6 to 9. Free. Duck Soup. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 7 p.m. Enjoy this classic satire at the height of comedy, featuring Groucho Marks in a film which has encouraged laughs since 1933. Adult $12.75, children $10.75. BAYSTATEPARENT 15


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Boston Hosts Nation’s Largest All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival June 5-7

16th Annual Arts Fest Beverly. Beverly Main Streets. June 16.

5 Tuesday All-you-can-eat ice cream… for a good cause? Yes, please! The 36th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will take place at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on June 5, 6, and 7 from noon to 8 p.m. Dozens of flavors will be served by top ice cream and frozen yogurt companies, including Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Edy’s, Friendly’s, Hood, and Lactaid, along with local Boston area fan favorites Rosev Dairy Foods, Vice Cream, and Yasso, among others. The Scooper Bowl – the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival – will be held rain or shine. All proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. General admission pre-event tickets are $5 for children ages 3-9 and $10 for adults. Event day ticket prices are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free admission. A three-day Scooper Pass is $20. New this year is the first-ever Scoop@Night on June 7 from 5-8 p.m. The festive string-lit exclusive area is open to adults ages 21 and up with a separate $30 admission ticket. Tickets include unlimited ice cream provided by Baskin-Robbins, Blake’s Ice Cream, and Yasso, and others, along with two adult beverages. Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl has raised more than $5 million for DanaFarber’s lifesaving mission. General admission and Scoop@Night tickets are available online at

Dance Party. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:30 a.m. Move and groove to the music during this time for kids and caregivers to dance together. Free.

Enjoy a docent-led tour through the museum’s galleries followed by an age appropriate story and light refreshments. Designed for ages up to 3 and siblings. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, ages 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free.

Take Aparts, Jr. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Grab some tools and discover resistors, capacitors, gears, and more as you uncover the inner workings of household gadgets and gizmos. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Backyard and Beyond: What’s the Weather Wednesday. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate whatever Mother Nature decides to give us today. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Especially for Me: Sensory-Friendly Afternoons. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Come explore the entire Museum campus at your own pace. Groups and parties are limited and provided quiet spaces to avoid crowding and allow you to orient yourselves. Register ahead. Free. Scanzonati. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston. 7:30 p.m. Hear classic Italian pop songs of the past 30 years performed with excitement and originally in an acoustic setting with sophisticated harmonies and arrangements. Free.

6 Wednesday ARTfull Play. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fill your morning with art and play through experiences as we provide art, stories, materials, nature, and new friends. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, youth 12 and under free. WAM Stroller Tours. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 16 JUNE2018

7 Thursday Ready, Set, Balance. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and play around with the science concept of balance, as we explore several different stations where you can test what makes objects stay put or topple over, before balancing ourselves. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Tyson Jackson. Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St., Boston. 12 p.m. Come embrace the good fortune of summer weather as Tyson Jackson brings his path to success in the music industry and lifelong musical education during this afternoon performance. Free. Storytime Surprise: Jellyfish. Newton Free Library, 33 Homer St., Newton. 4-4:30 p.m. Join us as we enjoy a special jellyfish-themed story time. For ages 3 to 5. Free. Red Elk. Kendall Plaza, 2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge. 5 p.m. Combining funk, soul, folk, and rock with elements of Native American music, Josiah Contreras or Red Elk, performs a series of bass and vocal driven ‘Native soul’. Free.


8 Friday Make a Mess: Foamy Fun. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Experiment and create unique, foam-tastic works of art using shaving cream and bubbles. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

9 Saturday Transportation Festival. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nearly 100 automobiles from 1946 and earlier are displayed on the common, with wagon rides and more taking guests around the village. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. Caribbean Coast at Stone Zoo. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come be immersed in the sights and sounds of the Caribbean to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit, the Caribbean Coast, featuring imaginative and interactive experiences, crafts, and steel drums. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $17.95, children ages 2 to 12 $11.95, children under 2 free. Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Fruitlands

Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults and kids work together to follow clues around the grounds and museum buildings, while earning fun facts before claiming prizes. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $15, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under 5 free. Family Yoga Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn and connect with your loved ones during games, age-appropriate poses, breathing exercises, and simple mindfulness activities. For ages 3 to 12 with caregivers. Free. Family Concert Series: Mr. Liam. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 11 a.m. Join the Northampton Community Music Center in this celebration of family, as Mr. Liam of the duo The Big Littles joins us for an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy. $5. Sundae Fun-Day. Minton Stable Community Garden, 110 Williams St., Jamaica Plain. 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the coming of summer with ice cream and more, make JP Licks sundaes, get face your painted, play lawn games, and mingle with neighbors and friends in a beautiful garden and park. Rain date Sunday. Register ahead. Members $3, nonmembers $6. Spy Kids. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer

St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch as two kids must rescue their parents as they discover the secret spy-craft that had been hidden from them until now. Free. Monster Jam. Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. 2-3 p.m. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenalinecharged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. This marks the 5th consecutive year Monster Jam has brought the action-packed race to the home of the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. Tickets start at $15. Everyday Engineering: Build a Bubble Wand. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in and try your hand at building a bubble wand that’s a cube or a pyramid and discover some fascinating bubbles. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. 7th Annual New Bedford Jazz Festival. Pier 3, Fisherman’s Warf, New Bedford. 2-7 p.m. Enjoy music, art, food, and the perfect summer day during this tented event highlighting the best the region has to offer in the many genres of live Jazz. $25, youth 15 and under free.

10 Sunday Beat the Heat with Art. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10-11:30 a.m. Escape the heat and make art during this morning workshop filled with making collaborative art, art that moves, and art that cools. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Member children $10.20, nonmember children $12, adults free. Dairy Day. KITCHEN at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come celebrate Massachusetts dairy farmers and dairy producers, taste locally made cheeses, milk, ice cream, and more. Register ahead. Members $72, nonmembers $90. Itty Bitty Adventures: Fields and Meadows. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-2:30 p.m. Explore the very special ecosystems that can be found at the Science Center. Members $10, nonmembers $13, caregivers free. Paint the Gardens. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 1-3 p.m. Paint in the gardens with step-by-step instruction for painting en plein air. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Register ahead. Members $36, nonmember $45.


OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Classical Guitarist Francisco Roldan. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Join guitarist Francisco Roldan for an afternoon of Latin American music. Free. Over the Fields & Through the Dell Scavenger Hunt. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 2-4 p.m. Pick up a checklist and hunt through riddles, a drawing or two, and looking over and around the bend for a few hidden treasures. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Member children $5, nonmember children $10, adults free.

Wednesday Wonderings Nature Playgroup. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dive into a new nature theme and explore the Fruitlands hillside and trails to engage with the world around us. Recommended for preschool age children. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $15, children ages 5 to 13 $6, children under 5 free.

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The Man Who Laughs. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 7 p.m. Join the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra for the New England premier of their new, original score to The Man Who Laughs following the classic Victor Hugo story of the redemptive power of love. $23.

Make a Mess: Stamp with What? Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in and create amazing stamp art using recycled containers and materials of all sorts. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

12 Tuesday

Mirella Costa. Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St., Boston. 12 p.m. Enjoy a concert featuring classic Brazilian songs and contemporary arrangements. Free.

Nature Playgroup. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 9:3011 a.m. Come peek under rocks, inspect tree bark for hiding bugs, jump in puddles, and have fun together in the flower-filled fields and shady apple orchard. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. Member children $0, nonmember children $5, adults free.

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Take Aparts. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Drop-in and check inside telephones, computers, radios, and more through this everyday electronic exploration. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Dance and Movement Class. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join the Joanne Langione Dance Center as it presents a music and movement class. For toddlers and preschoolers.

Bilingual Storytime: Chinese. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-4:30 p.m. Enjoy a special story time with stories, songs, and movement in English and Chinese. For ages 3 to 5. Free.

Tinker Tuesday: Inventions in Motion. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Explore the possibilities of reusing what we usually throw away to make your very own kinetic art inventions, during this drop-in activity. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Almost Like Being in Love: Emma Sundvik. Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St., Boston. 7 p.m. Enjoy original compositions and arrangements of classic jazz tunes during this evening performance. Free.

Local Musicians Night. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening concert showcasing the musicians from the area for all to enjoy. Free.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the conservation land adjacent to the Museum. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Folk Open Mic: Julia Mark. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 8 p.m. Enjoy the best folk and acoustic performers by amateur and experienced musicians and singers on-stage, with special performance by artist Julia Mark. Members free, nonmembers $5.

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Bay Rd., Amherst. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore the excitement of weaving pattern and color together with paint. Through Saturday. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6.

13 Wednesday Every Day Art Program: Paint Patterns. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West

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Riverfest. The Old Manse, 269 Monument St., Concord. 12-5 p.m. A celebration of the wild and scenic rivers, with a special concert and activities and programming for the entire family to enjoy. Through Sunday. Free. Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games and activities, where the library provides

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! building materials, activities, and, of course, games for you to enjoy. Free.

16 Saturday Against The Tide. DCR’s Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton. Events 7:30-10:45 a.m. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s annual multi-sport event: half-mile paddleboard, competitive and recreational 1-mile swims, and 2-mile kayak components. The tree-lined rolling, paved courses prove to be scenic routes for both the USATF certified 5K and 10K runs and the 3-mile fitness walk. All ages and abilities are welcome to choose from 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately “dash” in either the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant). All swim, run, and Aquathon components are timed using chip timing systems. Registration is $40 per event component or $25 per event component for students. In the Yard: 1812 Marines. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the all-volunteer 1812 Marine Guard for a day of history, learning, and immersive education. Free. 16th Annual Arts Fest Beverly. 248 Cabot St., Beverly. 10 a.m. Join the town of Beverly during this outdoor art festival, with over 150 artists, crafters, vendors, entertainment, food trucks, free kid’s activities and more. Free. Preschool Story Hour: The Dandelion Seed. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. For ages 3 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. Family Lego Build. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet Cody ‘The Lego Man’ Wells and take part in the C3Brix Custom Open Build, as you create your own work of art or a structure inspired by Concord. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20. 14th Annual Art On The Green. The Village Green at The Pinehills, 33 Summerhouse Dr., Plymouth. Featuring the work of local and regional artists, this showcases handmade arts and crafts on display and for sale. Enjoy live steel drum music, face painting, balloon artists along with many food options. For all ages. Children are invited to “Make a Tie for Dad.” Free. MFA Playdates: Fun on the Farm. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15-11 a.m. Bring your toddler to

enjoy story time and looking activities in the gallery, followed by artmaking featuring a celebration and exploration of farm life and land in our spaces. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youths 7 and up $10, children under 7 free. Early Man. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch as a plucky caveman, his sidekick, and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Free. Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy an hour-long, all new, and on-the-spot created show for adults and children to enjoy alike. Member adults $9, youth $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youth $5. Massachusetts Pirates vs. Columbus Lions. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Watch Massachusetts’ premier National Arena League football team take on the Columbus Lions during the Pirates inaugural season. $10 and up. Fireflies at Pierpont Meadow. Pierpont Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 38 Marsh Rd., Dudley. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful night hike, as we spend an evening in appreciation of the remarkable insect: the firefly. Register ahead. Member adults $7, nonmember adults $9.


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Special Farmland Events The water spray park opens this month!

17 Sunday Father’s Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See a tinner, blacksmith, and shoemaker at work, watch gristmill and sawmill demonstrations, enjoy the outdoors, and more during this celebration of dads. Dads free, adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. Father’s Day Family Hike. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Get outside and celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a guided hike on the Fruitlands grounds. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Register ahead. Member children $5; nonmember children $10, adults free.

June 9th & 10th Sheep Shearing Weekend June 17th – Father’s Day

Kids bring your dad for FREE and pamper him with a complimentary massage! (978)422-MOOO (6666). *Adults must be accompanied by a child 12 years or younger.

Father’s Day Bluegrass BBQ. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket, and enjoy Blue Ribbon BBQ, live bluegrass music, lawn games, and a visit with the farm animals. Register ahead. Member adults $44, children $16; nonmember adults $55, children $20. Father’s Day Rhodie Dance Delight. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 1-3 p.m. Come get swept off your feet and move along with your family. Enjoy laughter, music, and fun. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15.

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Time for Textures. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. A special Sunday in the studio exploring textures through artmaking and rub drawings. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6.

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Woodland Fairy Workshop. Rocky Woods, 64 Rocky Woods Reservation Entrance, Medfield. 1:30-4 p.m. Join us to build a tiny fairy house for some woodland critters and listen to the magic of the forest all around you. Member children $24, nonmember children $30. ‘College’ with Live Music. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 4 p.m. Join Buster Keaton and a live band to watch the classic comedian head off to college campus featuring gag-filled visual humor and athletic prowess. Members $10, nonmembers $10. Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash. StevensCoolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 4-7 p.m. Enjoy bluegrass, baked goods, and food featuring classic barbeque, bocce, badminton, and cornhole for dads and father figures alike with family. Register ahead. Member adults $9, children $6; nonmember adults $15, children $10; dads free.

Dirtopia. The Discovery Museum, Acton. June 27. your favorite stuffed animal and picnic lunch and join the children’s librarians for a fun sing-along. Free.

drop-in and craft some simple contraptions that harness the power of air to float and glide. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Appleton’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash. Appleton Farms, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 4-7 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life, featuring food trucks, lawn games, farm animals, and music. Register ahead. Member families $24, nonmember families $30.

Tinker Tuesday: Threading Things. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Dust off your thinking cap and tinker about with straws, beads, colored pasta, and other items that can be thread, strung, looped, and laced. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

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Backyard and Beyond: Great Hill Explorations. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2 p.m. Come explore the 184-wooded acres comprising the Great Hill Conservation and Recreation Land abutting the Discovery Museum. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

Summer Discovery Kick-Off: Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 5:30-7 p.m. Join us to celebrate the start of a summer of discovery, as we eat snacks, make a craft, and a program of songs and stories with Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell. Free.

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Brooks Robertson. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Utilizing superb technical ability, Brooks Robertson carries listeners away as he merges compositions, country rhythms, and jazz harmonies with funky licks of his own artistic form. Free.

Summer Discovery 2018 Kick-Off. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 7-8:30 p.m. Start rocking your summer, as you enjoy JP Licks Ice Cream, a presentation by Jeff Belanger of Weird Massachusetts, and more. Free.

19 Tuesday Winnie the Pooh Picnic. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 10-10:30 a.m. Bring

Everyday Engineering: Air Time. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. From parachutes to whirligigs to hoop gliders, come

JOIN US FOR A DAY-LONG WOMEN’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS EVENT Saturday, June 16 • 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester Free Health Screenings, Presentations and Lunch

To register, visit or call 508-856-4001.

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Juneteenth. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 5-10 p.m. Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom during the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Free.

Doggy Days: Abby Gets a Check-Up. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-11 a.m. Drop-in to visit certified Therapy Dog Abby, look for her heartbeat, inside her ears, and try the role of veterinarian. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Jamichael Frazier. Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St., Boston. 12 p.m. Taking influences from the sounds of Ohio, Florida, and New York, and inspiration through photography, Frazier presents an electronic production design and classical background to this performance. Free. Storytime Surprise: Summer. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 4-4:30 p.m. Join us for a special half-hour story time celebrating the sounds and sights of Summer. For ages 3 to 5. Free. Vlade Guigni Trio. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 5 p.m. Come enjoy the Vlade Guigni Trio as it performs an arrangement of classic jazz tunes along with contemporary original pieces, blending old and new sounds. Free. Regina Crisosto. Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St., Boston. 7 p.m. Enjoy original compositions presenting mixtures of pop, rock, and R&B with South American sounds from this Chilean artist. Free. Summer Solstice Celebration. Leland Cooperative Garden, 4 Leland St., Jamaica Plain. 7-9 p.m. Connect with the earth on the longest day of the year in a verdant garden. Enjoy an herb walk, yoga, and guided meditation amongst the plants. Free. Summer Concert Series. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7:15-9 p.m. Gather on the lawn for the annual Summer Concert Series and listen to beautiful music performance on Fruitland’s outdoor stage, featuring The Concord Band of 65 musicians from 40 area towns. Member cars $15, walk-ins $5; nonmember cars $20, walk-ins $10.


22 Friday Exploring Nano: Rays Awareness. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and learn about ultraviolet light and do some simple experiments to see how sunscreen protects you by blocking harmful rays, and make your own UV detector bracelet. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30-8 p.m. Free admission to explore the museum and Discovery Woods. Food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard and the Acton Food Pantry accepted. Fridays. Free.

music, games by Kids in Sports, a dunk tank, face painting, pizza, and, of course, delicious ice cream with toppings. Register. Free.

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Massachusetts Pirates vs. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Watch Massachusetts’ premier National Arena League football team take on Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Steelhawks during the Pirates inaugural season. $10 and up.

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The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Join Roger Kabler who skillfully

Outrageous Fortune Concert. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Enjoy this afternoon performance of the Outrageous Fortune Jug Band. Free. Milton Music Fest: Celtic Sunday. Governor Hutchinson’s Field, 196-212 Adams St., Milton. 3-10 p.m. The annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Irish music. Enjoy the view of

the Boston skyline and dance the day and night away. Free.

25 Monday Art Baden Quartet. Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St., Boston. 4 p.m. Listen to original music and arrangements of popular jazz tunes, during this performance featuring unique and unusual sequences. Free. berklee. edu/events.

26 Tuesday Nature Playgroup. Stevens-Coolidge Place,

Carla Restivo: Paula Project. Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St., Boston. 7 p.m. Enjoy this Sicilian-inspired performance, playing original compositions in a mix of musical genres, including contemporary jazz, hip-hop, and Latin. Free.

23 Saturday Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10 a.m.2:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the opening of Bobbie’s Meadow, named in memory of Eric Carle’s wife, through animals, dance, and other activities throughout the day. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6. Park Fest. deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 11 a.m.5 p.m. This annual event features a 5K trail run, artmaking activities, artisans and vendors, live music and dance performances, a discovery quest, and more. Member adults $10, youths $5; nonmember adults $20, youths $10, ages under 6 free. Peter Rabbit. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Join us as Peter Rabbit and his three sisters – Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton Tail – go on an adventure through Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden in this new animated film. Free.

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Milton Music Festival. Governor Hutchinson’s Field, 196-212 Adams St., Milton. 3-10 p.m. Join We Are Milton and the Trustees for the annual celebration with music, activities, vendors, and more. Free. Summer Picnic Concert. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 4-7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and settle in for a wonderful evening with family and friends, from food trucks, lawn games, music, and more. Register ahead. Member adults $12, nonmember adults $20, children free. A Division of Reliant Medical Group

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27 Wednesday Dirtopia! Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dig, climb, burrow, explore mud pies, mud paintings, and mudeverything as we discover the infinite potential of dirt. Through Sunday. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

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Safiya Leslie. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Bringing a passion for jazz and entrepreneurial spirit that has led her to the best sages, Safiya Leslie presents a performance for all to enjoy. Free. berklee. edu/events. Sunset Drum Circle. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7-8:15 p.m. Join on the hillside at sunset for a facilitated drum circle, connect with the landscape, mother earth, and the ancient wisdom of rhythm celebrating the community. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15.

28 Thursday Yoga in the Gardens. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 9-10 a.m. Learn breathing techniques to calm your mind, postures to balance and stretch your body, and relaxation to soothe your soul, during this morning in the gardens. Register ahead. Members $5, nonmembers $10. Summer Concert Series. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7:15-9 p.m. Gather on the lawn for the annual Summer Concert Series and listen to beautiful music performance on Fruitland’s outdoor stage, featuring The Concord Band of 65 musicians from 40 area towns. Member cars $15, walk-ins $5; nonmember cars $20, walk-ins $10.

29 Friday Free Fun Friday. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Discover treasures of Concord’s revolutionary and literary history, and enjoy activities running all day long from fan designs to paper doll making. Free. Free Fun Friday at WAM. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Explore the Worcester Art Museum’s exhibit and take part in hands-on art activities throughout the day. Free.

30 Saturday Justice League. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Follow Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and more as they team together to stand against a newly awakened enemy. Free. Backyard and Beyond: Awareness and Observation Games with PrimiTim. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Drop-in outside to practice your awareness and observation skills with fun interactive games led by Tim ‘PrimiTim’ Swanson. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free.

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TGIF! Did you know that every Friday over the summer you can enjoy some of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts -without spending a thing? Dozens of museums and other cultural institutions in every corner of the state open their doors for free to the community as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout the Bay State during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of

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June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. Since 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 900,000 visitors to venues from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. Free Fun Fridays is not just for Massachusetts residents; everyone from everywhere is encouraged to attend. Kids, parents, teenagers, grandparents -- everyone gets in for free! Aside from venues offering plays or live performances, no advance notice is required (exceptions include Berkshire Theatre, Boston Harbor Islands, Freedom Trail and Lyric Stage).

2018 Free Fun Friday Schedule June 29 Lyric Stage Company of Boston Boston MIT Museum - Cambridge Berkshire Theatre Group Stockbridge Nantucket Whaling Museum Nantucket The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home - Lenox Concord Museum - Concord Worcester Art Museum - Worcester Clark Art Museum - Williamstown Children’s Museum in Easton Easton

Edward Gorey House Yarmouth Port July 6 Boston Children’s Museum - Boston Peabody Essex Museum - Salem Cape Cod Maritime Museum Hyannis Battleship Cove - Fall River Amelia Park Children’s Museum Westfield Gore Place - Waltham Falmouth Museums on the Green Falmouth Hancock Shaker Village - Pittsfield

Pilgrim Hall Museum - Plymouth New England Quilt Museum - Lowell July 13 Edward M. Kennedy Institute Boston Charles River Watershed Association - Weston Larz Anderson Auto Museum Brookline Chesterwood - Stockbridge The Telephone Museum - Waltham Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum - Lenox The Sports Museum - Boston Children’s Museum at Holyoke Holyoke International Volleyball Hall of Fame - Holyoke Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington July 20 Museum of Fine Arts - Boston Gloucester Stage Company Gloucester

The Garden at Elm Bank (Mass Hort) - Wellesley Chatham Shark Center - Chatham New Bedford Whaling Museum New Bedford Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association - Nantucket Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History - Weston Springfield Museums - Springfield The Discovery Museum - Acton The Hall at Patriot Place Foxborough July 27 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood - Lenox Commonwealth Shakespeare - Boston JFK Hyannis Museum - Hyannis Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg Old Colony History Museum Taunton Boston Athensaeum - Boston Sandwich Glass Museum - Sandwich Arnold Arboretum - Boston Museum of Russian Icons - Clinton August 3 Franklin Park Zoo - Boston Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River - Fall River Davis Museum at Wellesley College Wellesley Naumkeag, The Trustees Stockbridge

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or many children, setting up shop on hot day and selling ice cold lemonade is a summertime rite of passage. A lemonade stand is a taste of classic summer fun, but it also provides plenty of learning opportunities for little ones – from making and measuring the tart and tasty drink to earning, handling and saving money. Building a lemonade stand can be a fun DIY project for the family. baystateparent Creative Director Paula Ethier created ours with a few simple crates and less than $50. Easy to assemble, the most time consuming part of this project was waiting for the paint to dry! This sturdy little stand can also double as a vegetable booth, outdoor counter, or plant rack. Bonus: When you’re done using it, you can take the stand apart and reuse the crates! Here’s What You’ll Need: • 3 wooden crates (our were 18x12x10 inches) • 2 square wooden dowels (ours were ½ inch square balsa wood) • Spray paint/primer combo; color of your choice • White string • Paper banners and clothespins • 2 tacks • Hammer and 8 nails or drill and 8 screws

Here’s How To Make It: 1. Spray paint the crates and dowels (it may take two coats) and allow to dry completely. 2. Lay two of the crates their sides next to each other, with the openings facing opposite directions. Attach with nails or screws, in two places. (Make sure nails or screws are short enough that they don’t poke through, which could be sharp and dangerous.) 3. Place the third crate on top of the base, lining it up with one of the crates but with its opening facing the opposite direction. Attach with nails or screws, in two places.

sider adding other tasty treats to the menu like cookies, rice krispie treats, or brownies. • Ditch the pitcher to save on spills. A dispenser with a spout is much easier for kids to handle, or to allow customers to serve themselves. • Children can make their stand their own by drawing a menu or even painting designs on paper cups. • Add garnish options! Put out bowls with sliced lemons, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for customers to add to their cups.

4. Attach the dowels, with nails or screws, to back of the crates; one on each side. We used two screws to hold each dowel in place. 5. Attach string to the top of the rods with the tacks. 6. Decorate with paper banners to your liking, using mini clothespins to hang from the string. Cute Ideas For You Lemonade Stand • Use the crate openings to hold things like a bowl of lemons, a jar of fun paper straws, a chalkboard or sign, etc. • Don’t just limit yourself to lemonade. Con-

Lemonade Recipes Keep it classic or try something new.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Ingredients: • 1 ½ cups sugar •½ cup boiling water • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice • 5 cups cold water • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions: Combine sugar and boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water; mix well. Chill. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices. (Adapted from Old Farmer’s Almanac)

Strawberry Lemonade Prepare Old-Fashioned Lemonade recipe. Puree 2 cups strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender, then strain to remove seeds. Stir puree into lemonade until well combined. Serve over ice.

Honey Limeade Ingredients: • 2/3 cup sugar • ½ cup boiling water • 2 tablespoons honey • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice • 4 ½ cups cold water • Lime slices for garnish

Instructions: Combine sugar, boiling water and honey; stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add lime juice and cold water; mix well. Chill. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.



From Red Coats to Red Sox, New Children’s Book Brings Boston History Alive Stories About Famous Bostonians and Engaging Activities Featured in Beantown-themed Book BY JOAN GOODCHILD


ith summer upon us, many Bay State families are looking for fun activities for vacation. A new book that recounts Boston’s history offers not only a kid-friendly chronicle of the major events that shaped Beantown into the city it is today, but also suggests several activities families can do together to help children gain a true appreciation for both the past – and the present. Boston History for Kids, by Richard Panchyk, spans 400 years of history in the capital city, covering many of the major occurrences, including the events of the Revolution, like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, as well as the Great Fire of 1872 (still ranked as one of the costliest fire-related property losses in American history). There are also more modern events, like the Red Sox historic World Series win in 2004, and the tragic Boston Marathon bombing attack in 2013. The book also includes a foreword from former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Panchyk has worked on several books for young readers that dig into the history of major cities in the U.S. “I’ve always been fascinated by Boston history. It’s an important 28 JUNE2018

history for kids to learn about – not just in Massachusetts, but around the country. It’s a snapshot of our country’s growth,” he said. Panchyk said his books are designed to keep a child’s attention by offering them lots of images, activities, sidebars, facts and stories that are fun to read. “It doesn’t feel like history when you read it, but an exciting story, and you want to turn the page and find out what happens next,” said Panchyk. “It is a story not just of a place, but of the people, too.” Boston History for Kids also includes a timeline, a list of online resources, and 21 engaging, handson activities for readers. Suggested activities include taking a tour along the Freedom Trail, writing a poem in the style of Ralph Waldo Emerson and baking a Boston cream pie (see facing page). Another activity suggests kids create a walking tour of their own town or neighborhood. “So many cities like Boston have guides to walk through historical neighborhoods,” explained Panchyk. “But the idea is every neighborhood has its historic places and features. Whether they live in Western Massachusetts, Brookline, or anywhere in the rest of the coun-

try. Look around, do some research, make a guide. What are the local landmarks you would include?” Even though Panchyk was familiar with Boston history prior to writing the book, he said he still stumbled upon some surprising facts he didn’t know about before researching the book. Some of the interesting things he didn’t know included facts about the first duel in Boston history. There is also an interesting story about how Ben Franklin bequeathed a gift of $2,000 sterling to both Boston and Philadelphia in 1790. The gift came with one condition: much of the money could not be drawn on for 100 years, and the rest could not be distributed for 200 years. By 1990 it was worth about $7 million. Panchyk said the book delves into not only the proud moments in Boston history, but also some of the darker ones. “For me it’s about learning from the past – both the good and the bad,” he explained. “It was interesting seeing how much the Bostonians really took risks and were brave and that was inspiring. But I also looked at the more difficult aspects, such as the prejudice against the Irish when they arrived. It’s really about looking at it holistically and saying ‘There are lessons we can learn about being

tolerant as well.’” For his research, Panchyk used first-hand accounts, initially written by those who had lived the experiences themselves, often hundreds of years ago. “I try and go back to contemporaneous sources, so I can get quotes and stories from people writing it at the time it happened.” With a history as long as Boston’s, writing a concise guide and deciding what to put in was, at times, a struggle – simply because there are so many great elements to include. “It’s always a challenge to take 144 pages and decide which ones make it and which ones don’t,” said Panchyk. “But the books are never meant to be the Bible-guide to any city. Ultimately, the goal is for this book to serve as a springboard to look further into history and explore it. And if it speaks to the kids who read it, I think I’ve accomplished my goal.” Joan Goodchild is a veteran writer and editor and mom of two living in Central Massachusetts.

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Make a Boston Cream Pie From walking the famous Freedom Trail to creating your own nautical chart, Boston History For Kids features several activity suggestions and instructions correlating with different points of history in the Beantown. One of the yummier activities is how to make a Boston Cream Pie. Did you know this sweet treat is actually the “official” dessert of Massachusetts? According to the book, popular legend says a chef at the Parker House Hotel invented Boston’s signature dessert in 1855, but its origins actually go back to a recipe for Boston cream cake, written at least ten years earlier. The book’s recipe is adapted from a 19th century cookbook, and doesn’t include the more modern topping of chocolate frosting. (You can add it, of course!)

INGREDIENTS For the cream:

7. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice.

1 cup sugar ½ cup flour 2 eggs 1 pint milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice

8. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

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2. Separate the whites from the yolks of three eggs, putting the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.

1 cup sugar 1 ½ cups flour, sifted 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder 3 eggs 2 tablespoons milk or water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice Butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray

DIRECTIONS For the cream:

1. In a mixing bowl, using a fork or whisk, combine 1 cup of sugar with ½ cup flour. 2. In a separate mixing bowl, lightly beat two eggs with a fork or whisk. 3. Then add the sugar and flour mixture to the eggs and mix well with a rubber spatula. 4. In a small saucepan, bring 1 pint of milk to a boil on the stove over medium heat. 5. Using a whisk, stir the egg mixture into the milk. 6. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in one continuous direction until the mixture thickens.

For the cake:

1. Mix together 1 cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of sifted flour, and 1 heaping teaspoon baking soda.

3. Beat the yolks with 2 tablespoons of milk or water and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice (whichever you used to flavor the cream). 4. Add the sugar and flour mixture to the yolks and mix until smooth. Beat the eggs whites with an electric mixer until they are stiff and form peaks. 5. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture with a spatula, a little at a time, and gently mix together until all is incorporated. 6. Grease two pie plates with butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray and pour half the batter into each pie plate. 7. Bake 375 degrees until golden (about 20 minutes). Test for doneness by piercing the center of the cake with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, test it again five minutes later. Allow to cool completely. 8. With a sharp, broad-bladed knife, carefully slice each cake along the center, making two layers of each. Using a spatula, spread half the cream between layers of one cake. 9. Repeat with the second cake. 10. Serve cold.

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laying with water and setting up stimulating and engaging activities, especially on hot summer days, couldn’t be more simple. Water is an easy to set up play option that offers wonderful sensory experiences. Through hands-on exploration and discovery, children learn math and science skills, develop fine motor skills,

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Base Material • Water • Snow • Play-Doh • Sand (play sand, beach sand, moon sand) • Ice • Corn

• Different types of seeds (bird seeds) • Flour and water • Shaving cream • Oobleck (cornstarch and water) • Weeds and grass with roots • Shredded paper, confetti • Slime

and more. By pouring and feeling water, children learn how it moves and can be manipulated, along with aspects of things like gravity, capacity, and volume. Children also learn through touch how to manipulate the elements of their environments. Children love to experiment, discover, measure and pour with their little fingers!

• Shells, pebbles, stones • Collection of things that shine, mirrors, CDs, flashlights • Broken toys or items to take apart • Potting soil (without chemicals) • Magnets and metals (cans, tools)

• Foam packaging Rotate In • Measuring cups • Measuring spoons and utensils • Different types of bottles (plastics and recyclables work great!)

Hose & Buckets Some of the most fun children can have in the summer is the freedom to use a hose! Put a sprayer on the end to control the waste of water, and watch the fun begin. Most children will begin by spraying everyone and everything around them. They will then transition to watching the water and moving it, controlling the power of the flow and then manipulating where it goes. Once that fun wears off an entirely new element of play can begin by simply providing various sizes of buckets or containers. These do not have to be large; under bed clothing storage buckets or small food storage containers work great. Add in a few plastic or metal kitchen measuring cups, spoons, drugstore syringes, or other recyclables. (Just make sure to clean the plastics before children use them. Many children will drink the water while they play!) Introduce creative water games, car washes, pouring jobs, splashing, water fights, “bathing,” and more. Combined with a hose or a sprinkler, a few buckets or plastic tools can transform a driveway into a water park! Sensory tables or water tables are also a great addition to any home. A sensory table is a simple resource that, when used properly, is one of the best investments and tools an early educator or a parent has. Creating a home of learning is easier than many realize. Often my children will put buckets or the water table on the ground, fill it, sit in it, dump it to make a stream to lay in, pretend it’s a pool or boat, and more. Most of these scenarios the children come up with on their own. All we have to do is provide the tools, then let their imaginations soar. Mix up the activities with bubbles, food coloring, sponges, q-tips, old rags, sprayers, even paint brushes. Painting with water is super fun! Cutting up a sponge or rags into small pieces adds an element of play whether playing car wash with matchbox cars, cleaning their own bicycles, or helping you wash your car.

Indoor Water Play A water table, large storage containers, or even just the tub allows you to move water play inside.

• Sifters and colanders • Tweezers and egg cartons for sorting • Straws • Balls, marbles • Small plastic toys for hiding • Colanders, sieves, pitches, colanders • PVC piping

Children can practice giving their dolls or toys a bath (try with “pretend” water if the doll shouldn’t get wet). This is great for practicing sequencing skills (first fill up the tub, put the toy in, then wash and rinse). Cut up a sponge or rag into small pieces (children love things their size, like little bars of soap). Try all different materials such as sand, water or pasta. Keep it interesting, new, and fun by weaving in various tools: measuring cups, bottles, bowls, and any other type of plastics from the kitchen you can find. Children love anything that can, measure, fill, dump, splash, or squirt. Let them try out different items to sift, poke, pour, squeeze, or simply hold whatever substance there is. I also incorporate other props while using a sensory table like a small baby pool, different sized buckets or bins. I always have one or two plastic kitchens I keep outside that I found on the side of the road. Often when the sensory table was full of sand, with a few buckets and a hose the kitchen would change from pretend play to experimental play of cooking with dirt, rocks, and sticks! Expect a mess of Mud pies, nature soups, or dirt sandwiches, all mixed with grass, rocks and twigs. Children will create an absolute mess but little scientific minds will be growing and creativity flourishing. Children love to drink the water, or eat the pasta (even raw) and sometimes even the sand. Make sure the items are clean and edible (if eaten), and if not, that the child is old enough not to mouth the items. Water is the easiest to set up, and can be easily changed with food coloring or by adding bubbles. Get creative! Throw things in and watch the children explore! Jodi Dee has more than 30 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and business, and over 11 years as a full-time mother of three. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Education from Clark University. A columnist, blogger and children’s book author, she recently launched to promote education and early learning.

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Sturbridge Area Offers Plenty of Family Fun This Summer ith quaint shops, dozens of hotels, wooded hiking trails, a slice of living history, and more than 40 restaurants -- ranging from roadside BBQ to upscale Italian -- Sturbridge has plenty to offer to visiting families. Nestled at the crossroads of the Mass Pike, Route 20 and Route 84, it’s easy to access from anywhere in the state.

The Great Outdoors The picturesque Sturbridge Town Common, bordered by 18th century houses and the iconic Publick House Historic Inn, evokes the feeling and charm of quintessential New England. Bring a blanket and sprawl out for picnic. If you happen to be in town on a Thursday night, you can take in a free concert on the common. Wells State Park and Westville Recreation Area offer a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. Both are open to the public, dog friendly and feature hiking trails and picnic areas. Wells has 60 campsites and is situated at Walker Pond, a peaceful setting for fishing, canoeing and swimming. Cedar Lake and Cedar Pond also offer water fun. The Sturbridge Host Hotel sits at the shores of the lake and has a small private beach for hotel or restaurant guests. Cedar Pond has some great fishing spots, and is also home to the town’s recreational beach. In the village of Fiskdale, Hyland Orchard & Pavilion hosts private events throughout the summer then opens to the public for apple picking, hayrides and live music in the fall. Hyland is home to a Rapscallion Brewery where mom and dad can grab a brew. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course that is open dawn to dusk seven days a week. The Tantiusques, on Leadmine 32 JUNE2018

Road, a 57-acre open space reservation that’s on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Sturbridge’s hidden gems. Tantiusques (“tan-te-us-quays”) – a Nipmuc word meaning “to a black deposit between two hills” – was the center of one of New England’s first mining operations. Follow a loop trail through the woods to visit this site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans, and later, European settlers. A spur trail passes through the Leadmine Wildlife Management Area and ends at the Robert Crowd Site. Visitors can view the foundations of the house and barn of the African American and Native American man who worked at the mine in 1850s. According to The Trustees of Reservations, which manages the site, “careful observers can see the mine cuts, ditches, and tailings piles made by the various mining operations. The mineshaft that tunnels into the face of the low ridge is the most recent of all the excavations, dating to 1902.”

OSV: Where History – And Charlotte’s Web – Comes to Life Of course, the focal point for family fun in town is Old Sturbridge Village, one of the largest outdoor living history museums in the

Northeast. Families can mosey through its 200 acres to get a glimpse of life in an 1830s rural New England town. With more than 40 historically accurate buildings to check out and costumed interpreters recreating the events of daily life – from work on the farm, to in trade shops or at home – visitors get to experience authentic New England traditions. In recent years, Old Sturbridge Village has given new meaning to “living” history by introducing live theatrical events. “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” with writer/ producer Brian Clowdus sold out at the Village with the reimaging of Washington Irving’s 19th century story brought to life in an innovative outdoors stage production that made use of the grounds and building at OSV. Last year, they added “Big River,” a summer outdoor musical, and “Midwinter Mischief” into the mix. This summer, Brian Clowdus Experiences is bringing a new production to the Village that will

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delight both children and adults: “The Charlotte’s Web Experience,” July 5-August 26, an epic outdoor adaptation of E.B. White’s beautiful tale of friendship and self-sacrifice. This reinvented version of the clas-

sic story is set in a timeless New England era and features a cast of six storyteller-musicians who bring the tale to life while while cows, pigs, working farmers and oxen stroll past. Viewers will find all the familiar characters: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the nowsafe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. The 50-minute play is held outdoors adjacent to the Freeman Farm, a working farm that raises sheep, cattle, pigs, and chickens. This production is different from other projects Clowdus has presented at the Village as it takes place during the day while the museum is open, and thus the play is part of an integrated


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19th century. Alongside the production of the play, the Village will offer fair-themed food items such as cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn, and jumbo piglet-faced and spider web cupcakes. Two shows will be performed daily, Wednesday through Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the 11 a.m. show and $14 for the 1:30 p.m. show, with a $2 discount per ticket when purchased prior to June 14. General admission to OSV is required to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or added to a general admission purchase at the museum entrance, pending availability Seating is limited. Admission to OSV is $28 for adults, $26 for seniors (age 55+), $14 for college students and youth ages 4-17. Children under 3 are free.

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Charlotte’s Web summer when families visit the museum. Part of the inspiration for hosting the play was the recent acquisition of a 19th century piggery that Village craftsmen are actively reconstructing on site. The Allen Piggery is named for John Partridge Allen, a Sturbridge resident (and neighbor of Pliny Freeman) who added a two-bay, 15’ x 20’ timber-framed farm building for feeding and sheltering swine to his farm in about 1838. The original structure was meticulously dismantled and documented by Village carpenters, and is now being carefully pieced back together. Visitors to the museum during “A Charlotte’s Web Summer” will be able to see costumed historians re-constructing the Piggery, view live piglets, and learn about the practice of raising pigs in the 1830s. During the production, the Village will display objects and historic documents, graphics and original illustrations, inspired by Charlotte’s Web. Historic objects from the Museum Collection, such as toys and paintings, will illustrate the importance of children’s roles to the New England farm family and farming traditions in the early


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oldest outdoor antiques oldest outdoor antiques market, dealers and collectors travel from all over the United States and abroad to spend several days selling – or haggling – at the shows. It is estimated that some 250,000 people attend the market (which is actually 20 individual markets on show fields that line Route 20), and the exhibitors who set up booths top 6,000. Even if you’re not a collector, it’s

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worth stopping by to see sea of vendors and their eclectic vintage goods. There are acres of tents to navigate, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, and remember to bring cash. You will likely need to pay to park (the typical range is $5-$10) and though some vendors accept debit or credit cards, many are cash only. (There are some ATMs on site.) If you’re attending the Flea Markets with a child, consider bringing a stroller or wagon. The show space runs about a mile in length and is set up to accommodate stroller and wheelchairs (and if you kid doesn’t sit in it, you can fill it up with your finds!). Children will enjoy checking out the many colorful, curious offerings (and people!) and can shop for small trinkets like marbles, costume jewelry, pins or postcards, with just a few dollars. Kids – and parents – will also get a kick out of the “old fashioned” items that they’ve likely never before seen in their life. (Rotary phone, anyone?) Each field has its own sanitation facilities. The portable bathrooms, and sinks, can be found throughout the fields. With all the walking and shopping, you are bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, there is plethora of food options. Booths with typical fair foods are weaved in among the

vendors, and in the middle of the show you will find a food court with everything from gourmet macaroni and cheese to lobster rolls. Summer 2018 Brimfield Flea Market dates: July 10-15 and September 4-9. Open dawn to dusk.

Other Area Attractions Bordering Sturbridge and Brimfield, charming Holland offers some small town scenery. Lake Siog

or “Holland Pond” and Hamilton Reservoir are tucked away spots for swimming or fishing. Visit Quinebaugg Woods, also in Holland, to look for frogs and spotted salamanders on the banks of the Quinebaug River. Kingfishers and great blue herons hunt along the river’s banks and shallows, sunfish and bass can be seen from the shore, and cardinal flowers bloom in late summer along the river’s edge.


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The inflatable kid-sized Roller Wheel is perfect for little ones to climb through or roll around in. Complete with a collection of colorful balls inside that jiggle and bounce around as the wheel rotates, this interactive toy really captures kids’ imaginations. The Roller Wheel, by ThumbsUp, also helps children sharpen skills like coordination, cooperative play and physical strength. Because it’s made from durable inflatable plastic, it’s suitable for use both indoors and out - just be sure to use it on the grass if you’re outside to avoid any potential punctures! Pump is included. $72.

Kids can explore their animal alteregos and discover the underwater world in a whole new way with the Aqua Creatures Swim Mask from Amloid. Each version features unique creature characteristics -- the shark mask comes complete with a fin on top, realistic eyes and jagged teeth over the lens, while the crocodile mask is decked out in reptile scales, spooky yellow eyes and spikey teeth. The one-size-fits-all mask features an adjustable strap to fit kids ages 5 and up along with a durable, highquality kid-safe lens. Available in 3 styles. $9.97. Available at walmart. Hot summer days mean cold treats like freeze pops and popsicles, but these treats are packed with sugar, harmful dyes and other junk. Solution? Zipzicle Ice Pop Pouches -- zip-top bags for DIY popsicles! Just fill with your favorite ingredients, zip and freeze. A perfect on the go snack or for every day fun at home. $3.99-$14.99. Worrying about your valuables while splashing in the waves is no day at the beach. SAFEGO, a portable safe, allows you to store your jewelry, cash, credit cards, phone, camera, passport or other valuables within its patented lock. Made from heavy duty plastic, it stands up to water, sand and salt, but at just 1 ½ pounds is super lightweight to carry and transport. The safe has earphone and charger accessibility so you can listen to your music or charge your phone while it’s securely locked inside. SAFEGO comes with two keys or can be opened with your own 3-digit combination. $39.95. BAYSTATEPARENT 35


The Importance of Swim Safety for Children with Autism

way that can easily be understood and reviewed often. This can be done through the development of Social Stories outlining the expectations of what it means to be safe near water. Provide replacement behaviors such as how to enter water and/or when it is safe to be in the water. Teach children to identify and respond to common safety signs related to water. Model appropriate behavior when swimming or near water. Discussion: Communicate with neighbors that own pools about your child, the local police department and your community. As a parent, you are the best advocate for your child, especially your child’s safety. Some police departments provide a safety plan or alert form which would allow for your child’s likes, fears and behaviors to be documented.



the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches become crowded, and time spent near the water becomes part of our routines. What seems like a standard summer activity for most can be challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Sadly, drowning after elopement is the leading cause in death in children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. In fact, according to the National Autism Association, the risk of death by drowning is twice as high for children with ASD than in the general population. Given the impairment in cognitive functioning and language that is associated with ASD, several experts have hypothesized that children

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with autism tend not to see water as a danger. Rather, their impulsivity and therapeutic love for the sensations of the water can take over. However, a study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders provides an initial indication that children with ASD can develop skills to avoid drowning. What does that mean for us as parents and providers? It means exposure, precautionary measures, strategies and discussion.

Here are a few tips and suggestions to consider: Exposure: The earlier the better. Sign up for local swim lessons which are offered at most recreational cen-

ters in surrounding areas. Some specialize in adaptive programs geared towards children with special needs which can provide an individualized approach to learning to swim while building confidence and safety near the water. Precautionary measures: If you own a pool or live near water, ensure the use of locks, gates and other barriers around these areas. After using any small kiddie pools, large tubs, or water play areas, take a few minutes to empty these when done. Strategies: Provide rules to your loved one with ASD. Practice and review these rules prior to going near water and throughout a visit or trip to a pool or ocean. Present these rules and other strategies in a

With a few extra proactive steps and clear directives, a successful trip involving swimming isn’t out of question. Go enjoy the beach, plan to visit the local pool, but don’t forget the power of being prepared and communicating with your local support systems. Jessica Stott is Program Director at Behavioral Concepts (BCI). BCI provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism and their families in central Massachusetts. BCI identifies and facilitates effective personalized instruction that allows children to increase their independence and enhance their quality of life. For more information, visit

We’re Here to Help Whether your loved one with special needs is an adult or a child, we can help with: • Special Needs Planning • Transition Planning & Adult Services • Advocacy • Guardianship & Alternatives Contact Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Esq. 508.459.8059 or

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ere in New England, winter seems to last forever. We get so caught up in staying healthy during the long winter months, trying to avoid colds and flu that we often forget about what we need to do on a daily basis once the weather begins to warm up. Warm weather can pose as many hazards as the cold – most specifically, dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion. For parents and their children, summertime is about being outdoors – it’s as simple as that. From swimming at the beach or in a pool, to playing some pick-up basketball or baseball, to cooking out with family and friends, being outside under the sun for any amount of time can pose a serious health concern. As parents, we must be cautious on behalf of our children by being aware of summer hazards. Here are a few tips.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate Watch out for the common signs of dehydration in children throughout the day, as the sun is very powerful and can be quite dangerous if you’re not paying attention and not drinking enough fluids. The most typical signs of dehydration include nausea, headaches, dizziness, rapid breathing, sunken eyes, lack of energy, and in the most extreme cases, fainting or passing out. Drinking water consistently throughout the day will certainly help. For parents and their children, it is rec-

ommended that you keep a water bottle with you at all times (consider a reusable one so it is gentler on the environment). When your children leave the house in the morning for day camp or a sports practice, make sure they leave with their full water bottle (and remind them to refill it when empty). Staying hydrated can improve your child’s mood, give the body and mind more energy, and will help prevent headaches and heat exhaustion while it’s hot and sunny. Drinking water is beneficial to both the body and the mind.

Sunscreen everyday Just as breakfast is often noted as the most important meal because it provides the nutrients you need to start the day, using sunscreen every morning during the summer creates the foundation that can keep your skin safe for the day. For children, an easy way to stay “sunscreenconsistent” is to have them apply it before they get dressed. Dermatologists and skin cancer doctors recommend using sunscreen that has a sun protection factor or “SPF” of 30 or higher and is waterresistant. For children, this is especially important, as many days are spent both in the water and outside playing a sport or simply just hanging out under the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen should be re-applied throughout the

day, even if the brand you’re using says it’s water resistant. Water resistant sunscreens still must be regularly reapplied because perspiration and towel drying can remove the sunscreen’s protective layer.

Staying cool Being in the sun is exhausting, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when its strength is at its peak. No matter how healthy you and your children are or how much sunscreen you put on, fatigue is a very common side effect from being outdoors in the sun. Remind your children that shade is their friend and that being in the shade, particularly during peak hours, will help their bodies and minds stay fresh throughout the day. Until children are at the age where they are shopping for themselves, parents have the sole responsibility to make sure their children can dress appropriately for the weather at hand. When it comes to surviving the heat, wearing lightweight breathable fabrics and avoiding darker colors can really go a long way. Shirts that can provide protection at the beach or pool are those that cover areas that often get burnt, including the shoulders, back and torso.

Avoid repeats Getting any sort of sunburn anywhere on the body can be bad. As

parents you really want to avoid repeat sunburns for your children, as this can lead to skin cancer in the most severe cases. Some sunburns are worse than others and there are specific symptoms that mean you will likely want to seek medical advice. Minor sunburns can be treated at home with an aloe lotion or a cold wet cloth on the burn itself and surrounding area, as this will soothe and cool the skin. A cold bath or shower can also do the trick. After any soothing measures, it is highly recommended to rehydrate, as this will help bring the body back to a more normal and functional temperature. In more extreme situations, if you or your child is experiencing a fever, the chills, severe pain in the burn location, blisters, dry mouth, excessive thirst, dizziness, and fatigue, it is a good idea to contact a physician. Most important, though, don’t let health concerns derail your summer fun. By taking some simple precautions, children and adults alike can truly enjoy the long, lazy days of summer. Brothers Raied and Saad Dinno are registered pharmacists and co-owners of Acton Pharmacy, Keyes Drug in Newton, and West Concord Pharmacy.




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How Props Can Enhance The Reading Experience With Your Child BY KRISTIN GUAY

When it comes to story time with you children, try thinking beyond books. When a beloved stuffed animal is transformed into a character in the story, a long woolen scarf becomes a river, or a sofa cushion becomes a mountain to climb, the story comes to life for your child, creating a wonderfully interactive reading experience. Oral expression engages children in the story, gives them a better understanding of the characters, helps them hone comprehension skills, and develop creativity and language skills. Puppets, plush characters, and everyday household items can be used to enhance the reading experience with your child. An article in Reading Rockets, “Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds in Preschool 40 JUNE2018

and Kindergarten,” shows the importance of this enhanced reading with children: “Research has demonstrated that the most effective read-alouds are those in which children are actively involved asking and answering questions and making predictions rather than passively listening. These read-alouds are called interactive or dialogic and result in gains in vocabulary, comprehension strategies and story schema, and concept development.”

Start By Gathering Some Props Look at your child’s collection of stuffed animals, dolls, action characters, plush toys, cars, trucks,

and other small objects that can be used as props in a story. A stuffed teddy bear can be used while reading Winnie The Pooh, for instance (you do not need to have an actual Pooh plush toy). A plastic car or truck can be used as a fire truck, a boot can be a bird’s nest or a bear’s cave, a blanket rolled up is now a tall mountain, a stack of books can be a building, and Legos can be rocks, sand or snow. You do not need to look any further than what is already in the room – anything can become a part of the story when you use your imagination. Many popular children’s stories do have accompanying plush characters and this is a fun option if you find yourself reading these stories over and over with your child.

Props Allow a Child To Be Engaged In All Aspects of the Story Elements of a story such as characterization, setting, sequence of events, and foreshadowing can be introduced to children at a young age. Before beginning the story, take a minute with your child to create the setting by using a few props. This might require the parent to look through the story before reading to the child to have an idea of what props might be needed. If the story takes place in the woods, set up some objects to represent the trees, a pond, or even a bear’s cave. If the setting is a city street, stack some books or even wooden blocks as the city buildings and maybe even use a few toy cars for the busy city streets. This allows the child to become fully engaged in creating and understanding the setting of a story. For example, if the story took place deep in the forest, creating trees, ponds, and mountains would be appropriate but stacks of blocks as buildings would not. The conversation that occurs while creating the setting helps the child understand what is appropriate for the woods and what is appropriate for the city. The next step would be to gather any stuffed animals, dolls, or action figures to be used as the characters in the story. (Again, this is where it is important for the parents or caregiver to have read the story ahead of time so some of the characters can be readily accessible as the story progresses. Sometimes just a quick look at the cover or a reading of the synopsis is enough to determine the characters in the story.) As the story develops, these characters can come to life through their actions and voices. This is a great opportunity to talk with a child about how a particular character would talk or move if they were gloomy (such as Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh) or very excited (like Tigger). A parent and child can have conversation about how a character would move – a frog would hop, a bear would lumber, and a butterfly would flutter in the sky. This is also a good time to play around with different voices of the characters – a young child, a grumpy troll, and a silly fairy would all have very different voices to represent their characters. The child can better understand all the dimensions of a character by making them come alive with plush characters. Props can also be used to allow children to predict what might happen next in a story. Think about the story We’re Going On A Bear Hunt where a family spends an entire day traipsing through various terrains in hopes of finding a bear. While the story progresses, you can have a stuffed bear in a boot representing the bear sleeping in his cave. As the

family gets closer to the cave, you can stop and ask your child what they think might happen next. Here we have a bear peacefully sleeping in his den and a family creeping closer and closer. The child can visually see this happening with the props and can make a prediction as to what might happen as the family gets closer to the den. Comprehension skills can also be developed through the use of characters and props. Your child can use a plush character to retell the story and the sequence of events to a parent or caregiver. For example, in the story We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, a child can retrace the steps of the family by using the props as a guide – a brown towel is the squishy mud, a blue scarf is the river, scattered pencils are the branches in the forest, and a green shirt is the tall grass. This helps develops a child’s comprehension skills as they recall and retell the events in the story.

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Development Of Oral Language Skills and Self Expression Using props during story time enriches the reading process by creating a ripe environment to delve deeper into the stories. This is a perfect time to introduce some skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and comparison and contrast. For example, while reading the book Dragons Love Tacos, there are many opportunities a parent or caregiver can develop these skills. In the beginning of the story the reader is told how much dragons love tacos but how much the equally dislike spicy, hot salsa. This is a good time to “ask” the plush character representing the dinosaur why they do not like salsa and if there any other spicy foods they do not like. The story explains how the dragons like mild seasonings so a parent can ask their child what else could go inside a taco that would not upset the dragons. The story further explains that dragons do love parties – parties of all kinds. Brainstorm with your child to come up with some party themes that dragons would probably enjoy. Use the plush characters to act out the dragons at the various parties talking with their friends, dancing, and enjoying the tacos. When the dragons do eat the spicy salsa and emit fire from their mouths, a red napkin or scarf would be a perfect prop to represent the fire. When the dragons help rebuild the house at the end of the story, this creates a perfect opportunity to talk about how to rebuild the house. While using the plush characters to mimic rebuilding the house, ask your child what the dragons could do to prevent another fire in the future – maybe build the house out of bricks or put water fire hydrants and hoses

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“Using props during story time enriches the reading process.”

Using tangible objects such as dolls, action figures and stuffed animals helps brings the characters off the printed page and creates more of a real presence for the story. In going back to the story Dragons Love Tacos, use a plush character to verbalize the thoughts of the young boy when the dragons have eaten the hot sauce and are destroying his home with their flames. Ask your child what he might be thinking or how he might be reacting to the situation. Maybe the plush character can run into another room to call the fire department, or get the garden hose, or simply seek some shelter. These are not actual situations in the story but they are all possibilities that can be created by you and your child during story time.

Connection Between Written Word and Spoken Word Puppets and plush characters can not only enrich any reading experience but also help develop early literacy skills. An article in Scholastic,

“BuildingLanguage and Literacy Through Play,” outlines the importance of learning through symbolic representation. “By using objects that represent other objects (such as colored play dough representing food), children learn symbolic representation. This ability to separate the function of an object from the object itself (using a pencil to stir, pretending you stir with a spoon) is the foundation for more advanced symbolic representations, such as the written word as a representation of a spoken word.” Not only is this an enjoyable experience for an adult and child, it is helping the child to learn and develop key literacy skills. Some of these skills include developing oral language, fostering a creative imagination, learning about the order of events in a story, helping the child with comprehension and recall of the events in the story, developing self expression while interacting with the story, and helping to extend the story beyond what is printed on the page. Kristin Guay lives on Cape Cod with her husband, two daughters, and beloved black lab. A former middle school language arts teacher, she is currently Youth Services Director at Centerville Library.

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What’s the best piece of parenting advice you ever got? “Choose your battles.” -Alicia P. “Kids never remember a messy house, they remember the time they have with you.” -Liz N. “Don’t listen to anyone else’s parenting advice.” -Lindsey E. “Get down on the floor and play with your child. You can never spend too much time with your child.” -Michele D. “A well rested baby rests well.” -Kim S. “Don’t have a quiet house, then your kid can sleep anywhere with any noise.” -Julie S. “You can have a clean house or your sanity… but not both.” -Dawn L.

“Every stage has its gifts and challenges. In other words: stop trying to get to the finish line in the false hope that it will get easier, or that you will feel ‘done.’ Parenting never ends, as long as you live. Enjoy the event because whatever comes next is both equally fun and difficult.” -Joan G. “Get on their level! Don’t talk down to your kids.” -Stacey M. “It takes three days to change a habit when they are babies. Sleep training, getting rid of the bottle, pacifier, whatever it is -- it’s three days. The three longest days of your life.” -Danielle M.

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Ready to learn more about adoption? Join an information meeting in your area to hear directly from social workers and experienced families, have your questions answered, and receive and application.

Sunday, June 3 — Fenway Park Adoption Grand Slam, Fenway Park, Boston. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The adoption grand slam is an adoption party for waiting children of all ages, their social workers, and prospective adoptive families who have begun MAPP training and beyond. This event is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture. Enjoy the thrills of Fenway Park at this free, ticketed event. No walk-ins permitted. Contact: Anna Collins at (617) 964-6273 ext. 110. Monday, June 4 — Lawrence Area Adoption Information Meeting, DCF Area Office, 280 East Merrimack St., 2nd Floor, Lawrence. 6-7 p.m. Contact: Sharon Deacon at (978) 557-2568.


and a father. Kalaysha is a loving girl who needs stability in her life and will thrive once the right family is identified for her. Her social worker also feels that she will do well in a home with a single mother or two mothers. An ideal home for Kalaysha will be one where she can be the only or youngest child. Can you provide the guidance, love and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt a waiting child. Adoptive parents can be single,

married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples. The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for. To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-964-6273 or visit

No registration required. Thursday, June 7 — Framingham Area Adoption Information Meeting, DCF Area Office, 300 Howard St., Framingham. 6-7 p.m. Contact: Sheila Fitzgerald at No registration required. Monday, June 18 — Canton Area Adoption Information Meeting, Canton Police Department Conference Room, 1492 Washington St., Canton. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 — Boston Area Adoption Information Meeting, Boston Regional Office,

451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. 4-5:30 p.m. Contact: Marsha Donovan at (617) 989-9209. No registration required. Sunday, June 24 — Kickball Adoption Party, Hockomock Area YMCA, 330 Elmwood St., North Attleboro. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet waiting children and sibling groups of all ages. There will be a host of activities including lawn games, arts and crafts, Plinko, and of course, kickball. This event is intended for families who have completed MAPP or are further along in the process. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Contact: Rebecca Raposa at (617) 964-6273 ext. 122.

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Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who serves as vice chair of the Wonderfund and led its relaunch, with the world’s largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator in the Museum’s Theater of Electricity.

Boston Museum of Science Partners With DCF to Give Free Access to Foster Children The Museum of Science, Boston and Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) have unveiled a new partnership that gives every child in foster care in Massachusetts, and their families, free access to the Museum, its programs and exhibits, as well as scholarships for summer classes and career readiness opportunities for teens. The Museum and the DCF came together through the Wonderfund, the recently re-established private charity providing support and enrichment to children engaged with the DCF. In all, the partnership has the potential to reach more than 20,000 Massachusetts residents every year, including DCF-engaged children and youths in foster care, their foster parents, and their siblings. “Children who have access to science and the fine and performing arts remain in school, achieve greater academic success, find better employment opportunities and are more active and involved in their communities. Our partnership with the Wonderfund and DCF is a natural extension of our efforts to reach and impact as many young people as possible,” said Museum of Science, Boston president Iaonnis Miaoulis. “This vital program will help us nurture the next generation of innovators, inventors, dreamers and global citizens.” The Museum of Science and Wonderfund partnership will provide free admission for foster families across the state and will include a professional development program for students aged 14 and up, which begins with volunteer opportunities and can lead to paid internships. In addition, the museum will offer 18 scholarships for its summer courses, which range from Animal Adventures and Dino Detectives to Urban Engineers and Introduction

to Computer Science. The museum will also offer an access program for children living in group homes and shelters and is developing plans for the future funding of memberships for highly engaged foster families. Relaunched in June 2017, the Wonderfund, a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt charity, was formerly known as the DCF Kids Fund. The Wonderfund works to provide resources and opportunities beyond what state funding can offer, to thousands of children engaged with DCF on any given day including: • Emergency and transitional items: Children placed in DCF care, some with no more than the clothes on their backs, are given a duffel bag that contains clean, seasonally appropriate clothing, new pajamas, toiletries, and an age-appropriate item of comfort such as a teddy bear. • All children involved with DCF are eligible for funding from the Wonderfund to access enrichment activities like summer camp, arts and music lessons, sports, SAT preparation, or vocational training that can change the trajectory of their lives for the better. Wonderfund CEO Erin Murphy Rafferty said, “Many of our children who enter foster care have endured profound loss, trauma, and abuse. These special kids deserve the chance to play, dream, and grow - to experience the magic and wonder of childhood. I can’t think of a place as fun and inspiring for them as the Museum of Science, Boston.” For more details about eligibility for the Museum of Science/DCF/ Wonderfund partnership and how it works visit







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with Dave McGillivray Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, of North Andover, has run the marathon 45 times, directed it for 30 years and run across the country for charity. A father of five, he is also a noted motivational speaker, philanthropist and endurance athlete. Most recently, McGillivray ran seven marathons in seven days ... on seven continents. It was one of the most difficult and enthralling adventures of his life -- along with this one: his recently published children’s book, Dream Big, A True Story on Courage and Determination. The nonfiction picture book for readers ages 7 to 10 is based on his 2006 autobiography, The Last Pick, in which McGillivray shares his unique, true story about reaching deep and showing extreme determination in the face of doubt, disappointment and loss.



What inspired you to tell your story in a children’s book? I was speaking at the Abbot School (grades 3-5) in Westford, and a reading teacher, Nancy Feehrer, was in the audience. A few days later she wrote to me and asked if I wanted to collaborate on a children’s book. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! And so, we did!

The story centers around your first failed attempt at running the Boston Marathon. Why is failure an important part of your life to tell? I try to explain that if you try, you can never fail. If you don’t achieve your goal, it simply becomes a learning experience. You only fail if you don’t try at all. Michael Jordan once said, “You miss every shot you don’t take.” I couldn’t agree more.




After running all over the world, which marathon course is your favorite, and why? Antarctica. Why? Because it was ANTARCTICA! Who ever thinks that one day they will travel to Antarctica, let alone run a marathon there? It was pretty fascinating and breathtaking in more than one way!

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You and co-author Nancy Feehrer are already working on another story. What will this next book be about? The working title is, The Home Run. It chronicles my run across America in 1978 for the Jimmy Fund and finishing in Fenway Park on August 29, 1978. I ran from Medford, Oregon to Medford, Massachusetts, and then finished at Fenway. In fact, this August will be the 40th anniversary of that run. I discovered so much as I ran from coast to coast—about our country, about people, and about myself. I can’t wait to share it! Think: rattlesnakes, ice cream, a state trooper and much more!

What do you hope children take away from the book? The take-away is actually the “call to action” on the last page – the Dream Big “Marathon” – where we encourage the readers to run 26 miles (health and fitness), read 26 books (educational) and do 26 acts of kindness (giving back) in 26 weeks. When completed, we will send them a Dream Big Marathon medal recognizing their accomplishment! ( for details.)

You recently completed the World Marathon Challenge: 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. How did you keep yourself going? Did you ever doubt that you’d make it? I’d be lying if I said it was a piece of cake and I always knew I’d make it. Simply put, I just took one day (or race) at a time. Actually, each race I ran, I was really running with the next day in mind. I always had to leave something left in the tank for the next one. This is a very different strategy than when you run a stand-alone marathon. Making the commitment and doing the training for over a year is what kept me going!


You encourage kids to Dream Big. What are three words of advice you’d give them to accomplish those big dreams? How about four words? “Set goals, not limits!”


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June 2018 issue of baystateparent Magazine


June 2018 issue of baystateparent Magazine