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baystateparent selected this year’s back-to-school fashions inspired by children’s classic stories. Our local models spent a summer day jumping into a fairy tale with us. We think the results are magical...




You probably thought this summer has been hot, but Massachusetts is just getting warmed up when it comes to fairs and festivals. Pick a fair, any fair, and you can’t go wrong!


What’s it like to be a human washing machine? Roll down a hill inside a huge bouncy ball filled with water, or tube on a large plastic slide. This month’s Let’s Roll is to Essex County, the Amesbury Sports Park.


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ON MY PLATE: My Highly Sensitive Family








MOMS ROCK: Karin Perry of Hopkinton


UNDER MY ROOF: The School Bus


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TAKE GOOD CARE: Nixing the Narcissism


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e m o c l e W Yes, it’s overdone, but you know the saying, “All I really need to know, I learned in kindergarten?” It’s especially true for a mom of a kindergartner. Your child’s first year of school is training ground for years of dealing with teachers, school administration, coaches and other parents. Needless to say, it can be a little intense.

When my oldest child first started elementary school, I read the book The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz (recommended by baystateparent’s inaugural “Mom Who Rocks,” Dawn Weber). Ruiz’s advice seemed tailored just for moms who find themselves worrying too much about everything. The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. By the time I sent my next two children - my twins - off to kindergarten, I had my “agreements,” which worked to not only calm me, but my children as well. If you have a child starting school this September, by all means, start reading! Before any one of us starts to trade in our children’s flip flops for school shoes, however, there’s still time in August for summer fun. I’m sure you already feel like a human washing machine at times, but there really is a way to do this for sport. It’s called Zorbing, and you can try it in Essex County (page 68). And while this summer has been hot, Massachusetts is just getting warmed up when it comes to fairs and festivals. Pick a fair, any fair, and you won’t go wrong (page 58). August is also typically the time to squeeze in all of your appointments

(haircut, dentist, doctor). Consider visiting a Hair Cuttery salon now through August 15th for your child’s back-to-school cut. For every haircut you purchase, a free haircut will be provided to a disadvantaged child in the care of the Department of Children and Families. For more information, visit While we have you in appointmentmode (and your kids with their fresh cuts), why not add photographer to the to-do list. baystateparent is pleased to announce that we will be working with Portrait Simple studios through August 29th , offering your child an exclusive chance to be one of our future cover models! Search our blog at for all the details. We’re also hoping you’ll take a few minutes to catch the debut of baystateparent on video, a behindthe-scenes look at our most ambitious fashion shoot yet, Fashion Fables. Our very own, Jennifer Antkowiak, sings the vocals (we admit it, we had tears). Share a part of our fairy tale by viewing it on our homepage at Here’s to Fairs and Fairy Tales!

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Tell us about being made over into The Big Bad Wolf: Before the shoot, I braided my hair into 50 little braids that I had to wear to school. Then the stylist added different colored hair extensions, leaves, twigs, ribbons, pieces of bark and wolf ears. It probably weighed 5 pounds itself. It felt like I was 5 pounds lighter when they took it off. allison cottrill

Was this the most unique style you’ve ever had? I once had my hair turned into a nest and a bird was placed on it. What is something people would never know about this particular fashion shoot? My outfit was four sizes too small for me. Age:12 Entering Grade: 7 Hometown: Hingham Modeling fashions in the character of The Big Bad Wolf from The Three Little Pigs

What is your favorite childhood story? Alice in Wonderland because I love the adventure and how creative it is. My favorite character is the Mad Hatter.


Dear baystateparent, I love the calendar with lists of activities to do each day of the month. I have found some activities and places to visit I had not known about by reading baystateparent. Thanks for the great info! Patti Ortiz, Milford Dear baystateparent, I’ve been a loyal reader and follower of baystateparent on Facebook since I moved back to the area two years ago. When I moved here, however, I realized that it was more difficult to find local sources for quality food (local meats,

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What are some of your favorite books now? I like the Nancy Drew series. I have read all of them two times each. I like that the main character is a girl and it’s a mystery. Often I stay up late reading them wanting to solve the mystery. What is on your back-to-school Shopping list this year? I am saving up for a laptop computer. For my backto-school fashion, I would like a pair of leather boots because they are my favorite type of shoes to wear in the winter. What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming school year? I am looking forward to trying swim team and track and not being the youngest grade in middle school.

butchers, farm-fresh produce, local organics, even sources for things like spices, international cooking ingredients and Kosher and gluten-free foods). I found many sources and “guides” to food in the Boston area, as well as Western MA (where I once lived), but very little for the Central MA region. I finally started to share local food resources, tips, events, volunteer opportunities and more and hope that you will share with baystateparent readers. Maleah Gustafson Jefferson

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Dear baystateparent, I just wanted to thank you and your staff for giving the students at Toni&Guy a fabulous experience. Rahsaan M. Gomes, Director of Education Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy,Worcester Editor’s Note: The talented (and super nice) students at Toni&Guy styled the makeup and hair for 11 models in our back-to-school fashion shoot on page 35. Dear baystateparent, I greatly enjoyed reading the July issue of baystateparent. I always enjoy the “Moms Rock!� feature in particular, and this month was no exception. I found Ms. Ives to be very inspirational, especially because I am also striving to be more “green� in my living. I noticed, however, a funny typo in the article that a spellchecker could not have caught: I feel quite sure that the summertime food that she looks forward to eating is mussels, not muscles! Catherine Crow Ashland CORRECTION: baystateparent incorrectly spelled Britney Gengel’s name in our July story, “Be Like Brit.� We deeply regret the error. If you didn’t get a chance to read the story about Britney and the work her parents are doing to build a Haitian orphanage in her name, visit and search the archives.

bouncers, car seats, etc.). Unfortunately, in my experience, this wasn’t so simple. My boy had a funky noggin. We tried moving his head; he moved it back. We tried tummy time. He freaked out. My son was diagnosed with positional plagiocephaly, “flattened head syndrome.� The flattening can be caused, as in my son’s case, when the child prefers to keep his/her head in the same position while resting. The flattening, however, can also result from a condition called torticollis, a shortening of the neck muscles on one side of the neck, which in turn makes it difficult (or impossible) for infants to turn their heads. While my son did not struggle with torticollis, Dr. Gibson’s article does not mention it, and as parents, the more information we have, the better choices we can make for our kids. Treatment options differ for infants with plagiocephaly caused by torticollis, so it’s best to consult with your physician. After trying“repositioning therapy� for six weeks with little results, we looked into having him wear a cranial remolding band. It was a like a football helmet only way less cool. The full-time helmet wearing began when he was four months old. And just in case you think full-time means eight hours a day, try twenty-three. 23. Twenty plus three. HOURS. It was a tough three months. We saw progress within the first two weeks of fulltime wearing, and at the end of three months, our little guy had only four millimeters discrepancy from one side to the other (as compared to 18 when he started). The doc even used the word symmetrical to describe the noggin. To the strangers who smiled, asked questions and expressed their curiosity, some telling me how beautiful our son was, talking to him and making him smile, I am grateful. I am also grateful to those parents, aunts and uncles who, upon seeing my son, told me stories of their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who had just finished with their helmets and had great results. I now do the same; it’s like we’re part of the same club. My son is now fifteen months old. His noggin is perfect and so is he. Michelle Kaelin West Boylston


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Two years ago, when my son and daughter were 3 years old, I enrolled them in a weekly playgroup. I thought we’d have a great time, but things did not go as I expected. We met in a large auditorium, which loudly echoed the noises of the group. On arrival, my twins, Jack and Melinda, froze, backs to the wall, staring around the room. My kids, who spent most of their time at home painting, cutting and coloring, sat motionless at the arts and crafts table. They kept staring at the teacher, but ran away when she got close to them to show them what to do. They would not sit with the other kids for circle time and insisted on sitting on my lap. After the third week of not joining in games and activities, I wondered what was up. I did not think there was anything “wrong” with my children but something just seemed different about them. As I drove home, I remembered a puzzling comment my sister had made about my nephew refusing to wear socks with seams at the toes and pants that were not sweatpants. She said, “He’s that ‘slow to warm up’ thing.” At home, I Googled and found that the new term for “slow to warm up” was “highly sensitive child” on the Highly Sensitive Persons’ Web site ( There I also found a “quiz.” I checked off the items that were accurate descriptions of my children. “Startles easily?” Yes. “Is bothered by noisy places?” Yes. “Performs best when strangers aren’t present?” Yes. Each “scored” as a Highly Sensitive Child. I felt a twitch of panic but found reassurance on the Web site “[High

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Sensitivity] is an inborn temperament or style that is found in about twenty percent of children and of nearly all animals.” I agreed that my son and daughter are “quick to grasp subtle changes,” and were “easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes and the emotional distress of others.” I learned that “shyness, inhibitedness, fearfulness, fussiness” were common but inaccurate labels for children like mine, who I knew were actually very interested in people; they were bold, brave and goodnatured in their own ways.

I Had Better Read the Book I ordered “The Highly Sensitive Child” book right away, but it wasn’t until I started having a real problem picking up the kids from daycare several months later that I truly needed it. They were quite eager to go home, but when we tried to get ready to leave, they would both completely fall apart, often to the point of screaming and rolling on the floor, refusing to get on their coats or get in the car. When we got home, they could not focus on eating dinner, and they screamed and hit us and each other. They could not calm down and fall asleep until 11:30. I would like to say that I handled all this gracefully, but I was very upset that they “freaked out” in front of the other families. So after a long hectic day of my own, I would end up having my own temper tantrums. After a few nights of this, I thought “I had better

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has always had strong negative reactions to being touched by strangers. In this case, he screamed so loudly and with intensity that the poor kid who tagged him started screaming in terror – which brought the whole party to an uneasy halt. I can’t help but laugh about it now but no one was happy as we huddled in the corner for the rest of the party, waiting for the goody bags to be distributed so we could go home.

read that book.” Through reading, I figured out that because the weather had turned cold, the children weren’t waiting for us outside on the playground. Instead, daycare ended with 30 children running, screaming and jumping in a small “gym” that was so noisy that even I found it to be intensely

The rest of that day, my kids were quiet, sad and subdued about what had happened at the party. I thought I should try to help them understand what was going on. I knew that they would not be able to grasp the theory that Highly Sensitive people were important to the evolution of humans and to our ongoing survival and prosperity, that as Dr Aron states “[High sensitivity] serves an important purpose for the individual sensitive person and for the larger society—for example, sensitive persons sense danger and see the consequences of an action before others do.” But my kids could count so I explained to them that out of every group of ten kids, two kids would be more cautious about people and events and more bothered by

I did not think there was anything “wrong” with my children but something just seemed different about them. unpleasant (this book made me also realize for the first time, that at 35 years old, I am also a highly sensitive person). So I changed my pick-up plan. I made sure to pack up the kids’ papers and things first so I could focus on the kids when I got to them. I made sure to get out of that gym and into the quiet hallway as soon as possible and always before we tried to get their coats on. When we arrived home, instead of starting dinner, we sat down and read books, as many as it took so that they could unwind.

The Challenge of Birthday Parties Understanding that my children are Highly Sensitive has helped me manage many typical family events which are challenging for us. Birthday parties are a good example since they are usually loud events in unfamiliar large places with lots of new faces, all things that make us uncomfortable. One recent sports-themed party at a gym stands out as a particularly tough experience. It started with a foam obstacle course. My kids were happy to climb it, but insisted I had to walk right next to them. When the activities changed to competitive games with a large number of children running and throwing balls in all directions, my kids refused to participate until I coerced my son into joining a game of freeze tag. Jack stepped onto the gym floor, and one of the kids tagged him. Jack

loud noises and hot or cold temperatures than the other eight. I asked them which group they thought they were in, and they both stated “the two.” I asked them to name other kids that they thought would be in that “two” group. Not surprisingly, the kids they picked were also some of our favorite companions. We still have lots of things to figure out. I am haunted by our visit to the really loud cafeteria that they will have lunch in every day this fall when they go to kindergarten. I know that we must be an odd sight when we go new places, because we all just freeze and stare while we try to get acclimated. But I am getting comfortable being noticed for this. We have met some very cool parents and kids who stand next to us doing the same thing. So if you do see us in the back of the party, or hesitating in the entrance, come on over and say hello. Don’t be offended if my kids look at the floor and don’t say hi back. And don’t be afraid to stay there with us if your little HSC needs to be there too. Carol Haagensen and her family live in Westborough. What’s on your plate, moms and dads? Do you have a story, viewpoint, experience or something else you’d like to share with local parents? Here’s your chance, and you don’t have to be a published writer. Send all essays for consideration to

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the sleeping baby in the crib. Weeks later, the second call came. “Hello?” “Mrs. Miller?” Not a match, but a request. Could the agency send our profile to a young couple on the West Coast? This baby was due a month after my graduation. They did not know the gender yet, but I knew it was a girl. This baby was The One. The next couple of weeks were probably the longest of our lives. Thank goodness, I had final papers to write and more deadlines to meet. I called my husband at work almost daily just to talk. “Can you believe it? We are going to be parents!” “What should we do about a name?” “Who should we call first to announce our wonderful news?” My heart jumped when the phone rang late one night. Our agency was on West Coast time. We ran to different phones to pick up a receiver. “Hi, Donna. Hi, Frank. Sharon again. I have great news. Are you ready? The couple chose you!” I don’t know how many heartbeats that muscle is allowed to safely make in your body during a minute’s time, but I think mine came close to setting some kind of record. We were nervous about the call to

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Gina and Tom, the birth parents. It would be a three-party call to include the agency, and Sharon would ask most of the questions. This would be the most important blind date of our lives. It seems cliché to boast when you know right away that something is right, but that’s just what happened the night of that phone call. Gina and Tom were soulmates, a brother and sister in another lifetime. Sharon continued to talk with us after Gina and Tom hung up, coaching us about the process afterward. She agreed that the conversation went really well


and was certain it would result in a match. Then Sharon gave us more information. Prior to being offered our profile, the birth parents had chosen another couple for their child, but it turned out that couple had wanted a girl. This baby was a boy. She also told us that she probably wasn’t supposed to have called us about this baby. Because our previous match had not worked out, a note had been placed in our file to give us some time before setting up another match. Sharon was new to the agency and had not seen

that note. Before hanging up, Sharon let us know that Gina’s birthday was coming up. “Oh, really?” I said. “What is the date?” “June 26.” I nearly dropped the phone. June 26 is my birthday. Our little guy recognized us the moment we saw him. Born only hours before, his eyes grew wide and his gaze rarely left ours. The month after that was a blur of hotel rooms, plane trips, baby bottles, burping, diapers and little sleep. But one quiet night is forever engraved on my heart. While watching over our

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beautiful baby boy asleep in his crib, I studied that antique print again. The sleeping baby, as angelic and peaceful as our own at that moment, was snuggled in a blanket. I smiled while I stared at the color of that blanket. It was blue. Donna Morin Miller is a freelance writer and adoptive mom living in Wrentham. Excerpted from Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, Copyright © 2009 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Media, Inc. Co.

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CHRISTOPHER, AGE 10 Christopher, who is of Latino descent and will soon be turning 11, is described as very artistic with a lot of interests. He loves to play “sarkel” and challenge his math skills, as well as “toss-up.” He especially enjoys working with his hands and molding figures from clay, finding it very therapeutic. Chris also enjoys dancing and tumbling and will be participating in a 10-week gymnastics/trampoline class this summer as well as having fun swimming, riding his bike and scooter and going on nature walks with a walking stick he made. Chris also likes playing basketball and football as well as video games. Chris is a picky eater, so he usually doesn’t have a big appetite. However, he does like rice and beans, and most Spanish food. He also likes chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. Chris is in excellent health, but does wear glasses for near-sightedness. Chris is in the 5th grade and does well academically. He likes math and reading, and hasn’t yet decided what he wants to be when he grows up because he has a sad world view and hasn’t yet learned how to look that far into the future. Chris is very likeable, and responds to, and thrives on, one-on-one attention from adults. He has experienced a great deal of trauma in his young life and tends to be very “guarded,” and does not believe that anyone will do what he or she says. On the other hand, he is also very nurturing and protective of others. Christopher has been in the care and custody of the Department for almost three years and is now legally free to be adopted. He does have a maternal grandmother and sister whom he enjoys visiting on a regular basis, and this contact would need to continue after placement. Chris would probably do best in a single or two-parent family with one or two much older siblings, who are willing to “hang tough” at building a trusting relationship with Chris. If you would like to make a difference in Chris’ life, and want to hear more about him, or ifnyou would like general information about adoption and/or foster care, please call Barbara Ford at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at 508-929-2143.

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classroom of giggly kindergarteners at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham share a secret with their teacher, Karin Perry: “You can’t tell your mom and dad that you’re having so much fun all day long at school!” Motivating students in a fun way is something Karin embraces right down to her toes. Since kindergarteners are often seated at her feet, she once taught a visually impaired student struggling to learn his colors by painting her toes a different hue each week. It did the trick, and he learned through her red, green, pink and blue nail polish. Karin says, “as a mother of a kid with special needs I often have to go outside the box and this naturally extends into my teaching.” Karin also teaches a hugely popular winter enrichment after school class called, “Rockin’ With Miss Perry” where the kids form a band, make homemade instruments and ultimately perform for friends and family on stage. For Karin, fun and learning go hand in hand. “I feel very lucky to share my days with the children in my class. I take my job teaching them very seriously, but I also care very much about their happiness and well being.” Karin’s exuberant spirit extends beyond her students as she champions several causes including breast cancer and helping those with craniofacial differences. Karin’s son, Andrew, was born with a craniofacial condition, a challenge that has brought the single mother and teenager close together.

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3. Your true passion is: The people in my life…my family and friends. I also love being involved in causes that touch my life. I am a volunteer for two national organizations for people with facial differences, and I enjoy talking to other families with children with facial differences. I remember how hard it was for me to find information when Andrew was born. The internet has changed the way we network…. It’s awesome. The other cause I feel passionate about is breast cancer. I have walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the past two years, and our team has raised nearly $50,000 for the cause. I have always been interested in walking because some of my very dear friends and colleagues are battling the disease. Recently, I have had several abnormal mammograms, as has one of my sisters, so it just made sense to do it. I walked this year for my dear friend Helen who got her diagnosis one month after I completed last year’s walk. I hope our efforts to find a cure will keep one of us from being the next statistic. 4. I never thought as a parent that: I would become my mother! I hear her words come out of my mouth and I’m so shocked. 5. Why raising a child in Massachusetts is great: We are very lucky to have excellent schools, tremendous resources, amazing hospitals and so many wonderful places to share with our children…beaches, museums, so much history….it’s amazing!

mom genes tell you everything you need to know….trust them! 11. There’s no such thing as: Putting limits on your child. When Andrew was born, they told me that he would never talk or eat and that he would be limited in so many ways. I remember telling the doctors that neither they nor I would tell my son what he could or could not do. I remember saying that with all due respect; they were not God…and my son and God would decide what greatness he was capable of. 12. What is the #1 challenge you face in the classroom? Having enough time!

There is so much to be done and not enough time. It’s also really difficult to meet the needs of all the children in my charge. I totally rely on parent volunteers to assist me so that I can work with small groups of children who are not able to work independently. 13. What do you have to tell parents over and over? That their children are doing well and that everything is going well. Sometimes I wonder why parents are looking for something to be wrong. 14. What do you have to tell kids over and over? Please sit on your bottoms and put on your listening ears! Gosh, they

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6. My son taught me: That beauty comes in many forms and that perfect isn’t necessarily beautiful. Andrew also taught me what it is to be brave and courageous. He is truly my hero. 7. My mom outfit is: Non-mom jeans, cute sweater and cute shoes, of course! 8. What makes me a better mom: I think that having difficulty getting pregnant made me appreciate my pregnancy so much more. I felt it was truly a blessing. I have thought of my son as a gift from the moment that I met him. 9. I always tell my son: Believe in yourself. There is nothing you can’t do. 10. A message for other moms: Trust your instincts; you know your child better than anyone. I have had arguments with doctors about my son where I have been right. Your

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Someone once told me about raising kids, “The days are endless, but the years fly by.” When my twins started kindergarten, I thought to myself, “The years have flown by! They are finally in real school.” Now what? For me, it was kindergarten that pushed me into a major reassessment of my life. Sure, I still had a 2-year-old at home, and the twins would roll back into the mix at 3 p.m. each day, but I surprisingly questioned decisions I had made years before. Questions like, why did I major in psychology when journalism really excited me? Was this a midlife crisis? Until then, one hundred percent of my energy was focused on the boys. Now that they were big elementary school kids hurtling towards independence, I was left to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. Turns out the experience ultimately thrust me into a writing career that I love, but it was a tough process. Sarah Feather, 38, a mother of two from Framingham, was shocked when the start of kindergarten rallied her stay-at-home mom friends to go out and start looking for jobs. She thought, “Did I now have to go out and get a job? That wasn’t part of my plan! How dare they know what they wanted to be when they grew up as I didn’t have the slightest idea!”

Mixed Emotions Needless to say, kindergarten surprised Sarah. “I didn’t feel old enough to have a

child old enough for school.” But it was watching her small son get on a huge school bus that turned out to be the real shock for her. She says, “He nearly had to climb up onto the bottom step with his knee to get in.” Mother of three, Sherri Couillard, 42, of Westford, remembers making a conscious decision to focus on her daughter’s state of mind versus hers. “She was a shy, tiny girl so if she could still be happy and ready, why couldn’t I? “ Jen Alizio, 37, a Bellingham mother of three, also felt nervous. She says, “Compared to my son’s preschool, the building seemed huge. I was also sad he was ‘grown-up.’ I even followed the bus to school!” Framingham mom of three, Lara Beatty, 37, says, “I was surprisingly not upset when my oldest entered kindergarten but excited for him as well as scared. It was a new step in my parenting to let him start his life and see what was out there.”

Newfound Time And while new faces and challenges are out there for your “baby,” so is a little extra time for you, too. When my twins were in kindergarten, I would put my youngest son down for a nap and write without interruption. This helped me to feel whole and productive. Lara can relate as she enjoyed the feeling of freedom and the ability to work more hours at her job. Jen relished newfound quality time with her other child, but once the newness wore off a bit, she says,

“I did start going to the gym and allowed myself some ‘me time’ too. “ Sherri, who left a corporate career after her second son was born, started a business with a friend when her son went to kindergarten. She says, “It was amazing to be working again while raising three children. I felt more alive and tired than ever!”

Transitions My youngest is entering kindergarten this fall, so I will now have three children in full-time school. I don’t expect to be blindsided like I was with the twins, but I am prepared just in case it pushes me into yet another direction emotionally. I’m looking forward to having more time to write and take on more work. Carving out time for exercise is a priority too as I’m sick and tired of my darned “mummy tummy!” Sarah’s youngest son will also start kindergarten this fall. She says, “While I’m so excited to have some time to

myself, it’s similar to when my youngest went on his first mommy-free play date when all of a sudden I realized that he was an independent human being. I had been with him nearly every minute of his life and there I was, letting him go off without me! It was the start of his life being separate from my life.” Parenting is a journey with twists and turns and the experience you have with one child may not hold true with your other kids. When Jen’s middle child entered kindergarten, her feelings were totally different from the first time around. “I was excited for him. I knew he would love it and that I would love the much needed me time to make me a better parent.” “Each child’s entry into kindergarten affected me differently,” says Sherri, “but definitely affected me.” She found it was most emotional with her youngest child. “I felt a big sense that it was the end of an era and that made me sad and nostalgic.” Sherri overcame this by keeping busy and

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hard to realize that your children have a whole life outside of you now. You have to trust them to behave the way you’ve taught them, to stand up for themselves and ask for help when they need it and remember their jackets.” Sarah says she works really hard to keep the lines of communication flowing so that she can help her children figure out problems and cheer their successes while she is not with them. “We talk every day after school over a snack.” Despite the challenges that kindergarten brings, the start of school is a great chance

for kids and moms to branch out, try new things and come back to each other at the end of the day with something to share. Thanks to her “watershed kindergarten moment,” Laura is now a freelance writer residing in Framingham with her husband, three boys and two cats. She still fantasizes about working for Anderson Cooper at CNN but for now spends her days writing, tackling mountains of laundry and telling her boys to eat with their mouths closed.

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Many years ago, the newspaper I used to edit was preparing to run its first-ever color photograph. At the time, color photos was just being incorporated into newspapers after more than a century of black-and-white pictures, and we were excited by the possibilities of offering something more vibrant. The first beautiful photo was slated to appear on the front page of our annual back-to-school issue the last week of August 5 but what would that defining image be? It had to be something to capture the school theme and also be colorful enough to justify our printing investment. And then it hit us: a yellow school bus. Is there anything that shouts “School has started!” more clearly than the appearance of a school bus trundling up the road to haul away the neighborhood kids? Those 20 AUGUST2010

vehicles are the representation of school for many people who are removed from the system — buildings get updated, teachers come and go, but a school bus is a school bus is a school bus. As familiar and comforting as the sight of a school bus can be, one of the small pleasures of summer is not getting stuck behind one as it makes its rounds. Without the yellow buses cluttering the roads and stopping every few feet to load their precious cargo, Worcester seems virtually deserted in the early morning, post-apocalyptic even. That may sound creepy, but not when you’re coasting to work. School buses always seem to be fighting an image problem. Every so often the nightly news will air grainy footage shot on a bus showing a kid getting beaten up or a driver being threatened.

Sometimes a young child is dropped off at the wrong stop or has fallen asleep on the bus unbeknownst to the driver, who has left for the day. The parents express their outrage to the TV cameras, the school district promises an investigation, and life goes on. Those are unfortunate things, but I think they give the wrong idea about school buses. Consider that hundreds of thousands of buses hit the roads nationwide every day, transporting millions of children safely to school, on schedule. Operations of this magnitude will be flawed; there will be abuses, there will be bad drivers. But overall, given the responsibility the school bus operators are handed every day, they do a fine job — a job I don’t want, and, I suspect, you don’t either. That’s not to say the world of the school bus is always a smooth ride. Some days stuff gets thrown around, insults are hurled, feelings hurt. Tough guys sit in the back, and everybody else tries to sit as far away from them as possible. I remember a representative from the bus company boarding our bus one morning and reading us the riot act after somebody tossed a peeled banana out the window and onto a car windshield. Unfortunately the windshield belonged to a police cruiser. Our newspaper eventually did run a great photograph of kids waiting for an approaching school bus in all its yellow glory, heralding our entrée into the Age of Color. We captured a moment of posterity, but perhaps one of history as well. One day, students will be teleported to school, like William Shatner getting beamed aboard The Enterprise in “Star Trek.” Or they’ll do all their learning remotely via computer without having to step into a classroom (a sad day). Until then, all hail the school bus, whose wheels continue to go round and round. Jim Keogh is an award-winning editor and writer. He lives in Worcester with his family.

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After a long, sordid and not entirely amicable relationship with the school bus, we squared off about five years ago and it changed me forever. My oldest daughter was attached to me so tightly from the minute she was born that I never returned to work full time, so great would have been the trauma (for both of us). Additionally, I never showered alone, hired a babysitter or had my lap to myself. As a baby, she bawled when being held by anyone other than me. At first flattering, and later suffocating, it was our reality. As a toddler, she took to sobbing “Mama….mama…” like a lost sheep when I went to work.

When my husband required an emergency middle-of-the-night surgery and a friend had to come take my place in my daughter’s twin sized bed while I held stoic court in a sterile hospital waiting room, she cried for seven straight hours until I returned. I put her down for a nap and cried for the next seven just so we’d be even. Such was life for the two of us, pushing and pulling, against each other and toward each other, searching for freedom and connection all at once. There was a day that I dreaded almost from the beginning: sending her off to school. Predictably, kindergarten began to loom large and the thought of that big yellow bus coming to take her away from me – even for half a day – blared its horn, hit the accelerator and rolled over me with its giant black wheels. Also quite predictably, when I dropped my daughter off at school on that first day – prying her screaming body from me and depositing her quickly into Mrs. C’s soft embrace – something broke inside of me. I shuffled quickly home and handed off my toddler and newborn to my dumbfounded husband, flung myself across the bed, sobbing, until it was time to go to the bus stop. I hated the bus and I hated the bus stop even more. I had unpleasant memories of older boys teasing me, fights with my sister and jockeying for top dog with the kids at the end of the street. Just the sound of its heavy engine roaring up the road gave me mild anxiety throughout the years, a fact I have concealed from all of my children with relative success. After a lifetime of despising the bus and avoiding the very sight of it, I now wrung my hands, eagerly awaiting its arrival. What on earth was taking so long? I continually peered around the corner, anticipating the moment when I would be reunited with my child. When the big yellow school bus finally rounded the bend, I took the first deep breath I’d taken since I had dropped her off. She barreled down the steps and flew directly into my arms. And what nobody could see was that when she threw her body against mine and nuzzled her face into my neck, she started to tremble and I felt her warm tears running down my shoulder. Or were those my tears? I suppose that once again, we were even. My daughter and I had made it through a day of firsts – first afternoon at kindergarten, first postpartum emotional breakdown and first ride on the bus. At that moment, I forgave the school bus for all of its past transgressions. After all, it had delivered my baby safely home to me that day. Ever since then, we’ve been on much better terms. Amanda Roberge is a freelance writer living in Leominster with her family. Each month in “Under my Roof,” two parents, writers Jim Keogh and Amanda Roberge, explore one family topic from their different perspectives (and families).


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had barely made it through the first two weeks of summer break before lamenting to my boys, “I am NOT a short order cook� and “This isn’t a restaurant!� Overwhelmed with feeding and cleaning up after my own family of five, the idea of doing the same for hundreds of children makes me start to sweat. But after interviewing custodial and cafeteria staff from the Framingham Public Schools, I learned that most custodians and cafeteria workers are quite happy in their professions, with several clocking 10-15+ years in the job. And who knew that most of the food served on a daily basis is made from scratch? Surely parents are aware of the principal and teachers in their child’s school but have we really paused to think of the other people who keep the school running? baystateparent asked school custodians and cafeteria workers about their jobs and our messy, yet sometimes helpful, kids.


CUSTODIANS John Woodrum, Head Custodian, Hemenway Elementary School, Framingham, MA I am responsible for the 65,000 square foot facility and the 14+ acres of land. It’s my job to keep the school and grounds clean and safe for the students. We custodians move furniture, clean vents, mow lawns, remove snow, disinfect rugs, set up for and dismantle programs, clean up after accidents, set up for and clean up during and after school lunches and so much more. We have been told by teachers, the principal and parents over and over again that they could not do what they do without us. How long have you been in this position? I’ve been at Hemenway seven years. Before that I was at Juniper Hill School in Framingham for 17 years until it closed.


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and knowledgeable about construction, plumbing, HVAC units, chemicals and codes. Sometimes I think that the children see the job as much less complex than it is. What do you wish parents knew about your job? I think the parents here realize that every program and every event requires the hard work and preparation by a custodian. Many times we’re setting up or preparing for an event while also being responsible for our regular daily work at the same time.

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BACKTOSCHOOL What do you wish fellow school staffers knew about your job? A lot of people just don’t realize how many hours we’re here like on holidays, nights and school events. We sometimes get called at 2 a.m. about a broken window or an alarm going off. I’ve spent every Cabbage Night and Halloween here since I started. We’re here to guard against vandalism. I’ve spent so many Sundays, Friday nights and Saturdays here for events over the years that I’ve lost count. It’s all part of the job, and I love it, but I wish more people realized that that’s what we do. What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? Well I’d say that many would be surprised to know that their little one is throwing wet tissue up on the bathroom ceiling or maybe stuffing wet paper towels in the sink. I also think some would be surprised to know that their child loves to smash mustard and ketchup packets in the cafeteria or to pour their milk into the trash barrel. Another thing that might surprise parents is how often children offer to help me here with my job. I bet that the same children rarely if ever offer to help mom clean at home. Do you feel appreciated? Oh definitely, that’s one thing I’ll say is that people are quick to say “thank you.” In fact, here at Hemenway there’s actually a ritual where at the end of an event, parents and children stay and help put up the chairs! Everyone pitches in. I really appreciate it; it makes the job a lot easier. So, on those not-so-good days, I remember the good and it balances out. What is the biggest misconception about your job? I think that people think there are more of us on the job than there really are. I’ll hear, “custodian to room 9 please” and two minutes later, “custodian to the café please” while at the same time, the office is beeping me because an inspector needs to be escorted around the building. I don’t think people realize that there are fewer of us now. What is your biggest challenge?

Hemenway is fifty years old. It requires constant care and attention. My biggest challenge is to make sure that it is always clean and sparkling and welcoming for all of our visitors and students even though we have the original floors, walls, classrooms etc. What is your biggest reward? The camaraderie with the kids and the staff. Everybody here is so nice and all of us feel like a team. I had an opportunity to change assignments, but I chose to stay here because I’m one of the team. Tom Mesite, Senior Custodian, Walsh Middle School, Framingham, MA I work with and supervise five men, cleaning the school and maintaining the grounds. I do routine maintenance on the boilers, roof exhausts and classroom univents, grease/oil, change filters and belts etc. and keep maintenance records, and report any mechanical problems to Buildings and Grounds. I do a building and fire inspection once a month, fill out work orders for repairs and do weekly payroll records for my crew. How long have you been in this position? 3 years What kind of contact do you have with the students? Unless I am unjamming a locker, or searching through the lunch trash for a dental retainer, I don’t have a lot of contact with the students. Sometimes they help stack chairs when we have to clear the cafeteria for a dance. What do you wish students knew about your job? That although custodians clean the building, keeping it clean is everyone’s responsibility. The cleaner the school is at the end of the day, the cleaner it will be for you the next day. We don’t sit at that desk in the classroom or use the student bathrooms. You keeping it clean is for your benefit. What do you wish parents knew about your job? All the preventive maintenance that we do. When things break, it costs money to fix or replace it so we try to keep all the HVAC motors running efficiently and take care of

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the cleaning equipment so everything runs well and lasts as long as possible What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? Speaking as a parent, I think you might be surprised that the kid we see in school is different from the kid you see at home. Nothing bad for the most part, just another side of his or her personality, and if you talk to your kid often enough about school, every now and then, you’ll get a glimpse of it. Do you feel appreciated? Yes, for the most part. What is the biggest misconception about your job? That all we do is take out the trash and sweep up the dirt. What is your biggest challenge? Summer cleaning. How well we are able to clean the school during the summer determines how well we can maintain it during the school year. What is your biggest reward? Cleaning something and having it stay clean but it rarely happens. John Halliday, Custodian, Framingham High School, Framingham, MA How long have you been in this position? 11 years What do you wish students knew about your job? It would be nice if they knew that what they do every day affects what has to be

done every day. What do you wish fellow school staffers knew about your job? Sometimes teachers think that they are the only ones we have to take care of. They don’t realize that there are additional teachers in the building. What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? How messy they can be and also sometimes very helpful. Do you feel appreciated? Mostly the administrators and teachers do appreciate us. What is the biggest misconception about your job? Most people think we have the summer off but that is when all the heavy cleaning and re-waxing floors happens. What is your biggest challenge? Manpower and having the occupants of the building realize that. What is your biggest reward? I feel very rewarded every year when we graduate the senior class.

CAFETERIA SERVICES Linda Kinney, Cafeteria Manager, Hemenway Elementary School, Framingham, MA I order, prepare and serve breakfast and lunch to students.

BACKTOSCHOOL How long have you been in this position? 2 years What kind of contact do you have with the students? Daily contact serving breakfast and lunch What do you wish students knew about your job? As much as they love nacho day, it’s not one of my favorite days. What do you wish parents knew about your job? The Director of Food Services has made great strides in changing the lunch options to offer a healthy menu and a variety of fresh fruits. What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? They actually really like the broiled haddock with crumb topping! Do you feel appreciated? Most definitely. What is your biggest challenge? Serving hundreds of children in such a short time period. What is your biggest reward? Hearing the kids say “thank you.� Carolann Nordfeldt, Cafeteria Manager, Walsh Middle School, Framingham, MA I am responsible for my school, two other middle schools and three elementary schools. My school is a “cooking school� which means we prepare the meals and send them out to the schools. How long have you been in this position? I have been in this position for 17 wonderful years. What do you wish students knew about your job? How much effort is being put into preparing their lunches per day to please the majority of the students. What do you wish parents knew about your job? That the food does not come in prepared. We cook the foods in-house; a lot of the food is made from scratch like macaroni and cheese, American chop suey, spaghetti and more. We also make our own meatballs and prepare the meat for the nachos. What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? The children really like it when we have the super nachos and the homemade pizza,but a lot of the students like the cut-up fresh fruit like fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, etc. Do you feel appreciated? Yes, I do.

What is the biggest misconception about your job? When you hear the term “lunch lady� people assume all you do is make sandwiches and serve. People don’t realize that the hot foods and cold foods have to be maintained to the proper temperature before they can be served. We also have guidelines and procedures that we have to follow for the handling of food to ensure the safety of the students. What is your biggest challenge? Trying to change the students’ eating habits to a healthier choice. That is why we offer the fresh fruit, and have switched over to wheat bread, pasta and whole grain chicken nuggets. What is your biggest reward? Smiles on the students’ faces when the lunch they are purchasing is what they like.





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How long have you been in this position? 11 years What do you wish fellow school staffers knew about your job? That we strive to please them and give them food they want and address any problems they have.



What do you think parents would be surprised to know about their kids in general? A lot of kids actually choose the healthier choice for lunch, and they take a lot of fresh fruit. Do you feel appreciated? Yes, at times. What is the biggest misconception about your job? That the job is easy. A lot of work goes into preparation and getting the meal ready on time. What is your biggest challenge? Coordinating the workers to get the food ready for lunch. Also, getting the kids through the line as quickly as possible so they have time to enjoy lunch. What is your biggest reward? Having a parent or student tell us they like the food. Laura Richards is a freelance writer residing in Framingham, MA with her husband, three boys and two cats. Laura still remembers Mr. Teso, the custodian at her childhood elementary school in Wellesley, MA. “He acted like a grump and all of the kids thought he lived in the boiler room,� says Laura, “but looking back he was a softie and could be seen peeking behind the stage curtain during events. Deep down he really cared about the kids.� Today every time Laura sees a custodian say hello to her child by name, she is struck by their care and dedication.

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“I found my calling both personally and professionally,” says Special Education Surrogate Parent Janet Duncan of Falmouth. As the mother of a child with special needs, she learned to navigate the ins and outs of the public education system and, like many other parents, dove in feet first to become familiar with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Suddenly evaluations, diagnoses, therapies, 504 plans, education laws, annual review meetings, impromptu team meetings and seemingly endless paperwork became the agenda of every day. So when the opportunity arose to volunteer her expertise for the Special Education Surrogate Parenting Program (SESPP), Duncan dove in once again. Over the past eight years, she has been instrumental in determining and securing education services for 29 Massachusetts children. The background stories are often unhappy ones; in fact, many are distinctly sad and disturbing. From the abused and neglected teenager to the malnourished

or abandoned child, youth in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) face hardships most of us will thankfully never know. A number of children also have diagnoses that directly affect their learning, thus requiring special education services. When a child is removed from parental custody, the parent(s) forfeits the right to make special education decisions. But, by law, children are entitled to educational representation. The question begs, who will be the voice of the child? “SESPP is a federally mandated program serving approximately 2500 children across the state,” says Program Director Michelle Poulin. “Most of the children… are in group homes, residential homes or STARR Programs,” some for crisis intervention, assessment, stabilization and treatment. Based in Westborough and financed by Federal Discretionary Funds, SESPP is responsible for training and assigning volunteers to act as educational decisionmakers, representing children in the care of DCF. These “Surrogate Parents” take on the parental role regarding a child’s education by doing what is necessary to ensure that particular child receives an appropriate education: understanding legalities, reviewing case files, assessing programs and therapies, initiating and attending meetings, etc. By law, all children who have been evaluated and deemed eligible for special education are assigned an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team consisting of teachers, therapists and specialists. This team works in partnership with parents or guardians to determine a ‘plan of action,’ documented as an IEP. IEP meetings occur annually and in certain circumstances, several times a year. Parents are integral to the Team, bringing

with them in-depth knowledge of their child, often unknown to educators. For children in DCF custody, however, Special Education Surrogate Parents step into this role and through documentation, visits, meetings and inquiries, familiarize themselves with children’s backgrounds, strengths, weaknesses and interests. Prior to implementation, an IEP plan requires the signature of a parent, guardian or Special Education Surrogate Parent. Unsung heroes of the special education system, surrogate parents ensure that children receive the education to which they are entitled. “There is no typical case,” says Elizabeth Farwell, SESPP Volunteer Training and Support Coordinator. Students’ needs are as varied as are students themselves. “Some cases do not take a lot of time, and some can be hugely consuming,” adds Duncan. Although always thrilled if a student makes it to graduation, Duncan emphasizes that success for a surrogate parent “…is not based on how the student performs in school. Success is really measured in small increments.” For example: - Transitioning a child through one of many moves with minimal educational disruptions - Identifying an overlooked problem or need - Maintaining a beneficial educational program or situation “Provide an education, change a life,” is a motto expressed by Farwell during a recent training session at the RFK School in Lancaster. A SESPP volunteer is someone over the age of 18 who wishes to play a crucial role for a child in need. He or she should have prior knowledge of special education or a willingness to train on the subject. First steps to enter the program

include completing an application, providing references and submitting a CORI check. For those interested in training, the program offers initial four-hour courses at various venues throughout the year. Numerous support opportunities in the form of monthly trainings, conferences, mentors and experts-on-call are available. Volunteers determine their own time commitments. The majority of surrogates known to Duncan are also parents of children with special needs. In addition, “a tremendous number of volunteers are retired teachers or school administrators.” Regarding her full plate, Duncan says, “There’s satisfaction in making a difference…It’s a good busy.” Sue Lovejoy is a Holden-based freelance writer.

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leven local models, ages 15 months to 12, including two sets of siblings, were transformed into fairy-tale characters for baystateparent’s fable-inspired fashion spread by the creative and talented students of Tony&Guy’s Hairdressing Academy of Worcester. The stylists turned a one-room schoolhouse in Westford, MA into a happening salon as baystateparent’s creative team, along with children’s fashion photographer, Allison Cottrill, used props, clothing and photography to create the literary world you see here. We thank the children for spending a hot summer day jumping into a fairy tale with us (even while modeling wool coats and turtlenecks). We are especially looking forward to the August 1st debut of our behind-the-scenes video, shot and directed by Brittany Durgin, online editor of our sister publication, Worcester Mag. The video includes beautiful vocals by baystateparent’s very own promotions coordinator, Jennifer Antkowiak. Please take a peek at

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A Way with Hair and Words: Not only can Elizabeth Spencer do hair and makeup, she also came up with many of the creative headlines featured in our fashion pages.

Outstanding Insight: Once again, Allison Cottrill brought outstanding creative insight and children’s fashion photography to baystateparent. Thank you Allie for your countless hours re-reading fairy tales, sketching, finding new props, ripping looks out of magazines and so much more.

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ver feel like shopping at the grocery store requires a PhD in nutritional science? Moreover, food manufacturers seem to enjoy bamboozling us into thinking their products are chock full of good nutrition. The nutrition facts label is a good starting point for checking the overall nutrient content of the food you are about to purchase for your family, but take a peek at the ingredient list as well to see what additives, artificial colors, hidden trans fats and salt may be lurking in the product.

How to become a food label detective • Always observe the serving size and be sure you calculate the nutrition facts based on the amount you intend to eat. For instance, a 16-ounce Very Fine apple juice contains two servings- not one! If you drink the entire bottle, double the calories, sugar etc. noted on the label. • Minimize intake of fat as it is a big source of calories. The American Heart Association recommends that 30% or less of your calories come from fat to keep the heart healthy. Based on an 1,800 calorie diet, that would be 60 grams of fat per day. • Be sure your food choices contain zero grams of trans fats. Even if the nutrition facts label states a food contains “0 g” of trans fat, be careful if the ingredient list includes “partially hydrogenated oils.” This means that the product does indeed 44 AUGUST2010

contain trans fats. Food manufacturers are allowed to claim a food item has “0 g” of trans fats if it contains 0.5 grams of trans fat or less per serving. The American Heart Association recommends intake of trans fats to be less than 1% of total calories or 2 grams per day ( 0-1 grams for little children). So take that extra step and look at the ingredients! Of all fats, trans fats are the worst fats as they clog arteries the most! • Cholesterol intake should be less than 300 milligrams per day. Choose foods with minimal cholesterol to keep your heart healthy. Animal products contain cholesterol; plant foods do not. • Sodium is added for flavor and preserving of our foods. A low sodium food choice contains 120 milligrams or less of sodium and a high sodium food item contains greater than 480 milligrams. Why do we care? A high sodium diet is linked with high blood pressure. • Total carbohydrates on the food label denote complex carbohydrates such as whole grains as well as added sugars. Carbs provide our body with energy so the more active you are, the more you need. According to the Institute of Medicine, adults should get 45 percent to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates. Per 1,800 calories that translates to 202 - 293 grams of carbohydrate per day. • Fiber falls under the total carbohydrate heading. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that helps keep us satiated, maintains the health and movement of our digestive tract, lowers cholesterol and

regulates the sugar in our bloodstream. The recommended intake for total fiber for adults ranges between 25-35 grams per day. Experts recommend children older than 2 years old consume 5 grams of fiber plus their age, so a 3-year-old should consume about 8 grams of fiber per day. A good goal is to choose bread and cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. • Sugar is difficult to assess on a food label as the label does not distinguish between added sugars compared with natural sugar in the product. For instance a plain yogurt without added sugar has 10 grams of sugar represented on the food label. This sugar is the naturally occurring milk sugar, lactose, not added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends most women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, the recommendation is 150 calories, or nine teaspoons per day. If you are concerned about your intake of sugars, make sure that added sugars are not listed as one of the first few ingredients. Ingredients are listed in order of prevalence in a product. Beware of sugar disguises including: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey and maple syrup. • Protein intake should be about 10-35% of calories. Most Americans consume plenty of protein. Good sources include: meat, fish, chicken, eggs, beans, tofu, yogurt, peanut butter, nut butters, cheese and milk. • % DV (daily value) stands for the percentage of a certain nutrient in the product compared to the amount recommended based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Any nutrient that has 5% DV or less is low in that nutrient where as 20% DV indicates that the product is a good source of that nutrient.

Take a closer look at the labels of family-favorite food items Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup For starters, take a peek at the serving size. A measly ½ cup is the serving, with 2 ½ servings in the can. Hmmm….I don’t think so! Although this soup’s directions tell you to add a can of water, I find most people don’t add any and consume the whole can. Note the sodium on this label, 890 milligrams per serving, yet indulging in the entire can, the sodium intake would be 2,225 milligrams! Most experts are now recommending daily intake for most adults should not exceed 1,500 milligrams, the equivalent of about two-thirds of a teaspoon of table salt per day. Food items containing greater than

20% DV for sodium are considered high in sodium; this label notes sodium intake is 37% DV, just in ½ a cup!

Newman’s Own Marinara Pasta Sauce For a “package sauce” this tomato sauce is a bit high in salt, note the DV% is 21. But, what I like about this sauce is that the ingredient list contains recognizable ingredients. The only slightly unusual ingredient is citric acid, which according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an advocacy group that utilizes scientific evidence to educate the public and promotes government policies to improve public health, is a safe and widely-used ingredient. For a lower sodium sauce make a fresh sauce with fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic, fresh, chopped basil and just a dash of salt—yum!

Kraft Light Catalina Reduced Fat Dressing This sweet dressing is low in fat, but has the equivalent of about 2 ½ teaspoons of sugar in the 2 Tablespoon serving size. Artificial color, red 40, sneaks in too, along with a few preservatives. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, red 40 can cause allergic-like reactions. For a healthier dye-free alternative with less sugar, try Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit Let’s start with the taco shells, which have TBHQ, added as a preservative. What the heck is that? TBHQ stands for tertiary butyl hydroquinone, a preservative added to foods to extend shelf life. BHA, BHT and TBHQ are all added preservatives and some experts feel all of them may be linked with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The taco seasoning mix in this dinner “kit” boasts even more preservatives, monosodium glutamate, partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats) and includes salt as the second ingredient. An easy and healthier option is to make your own seasoning mix, add 1 ½ Tablespoons chili powder, 1 ½ teaspoon cumin, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. paprika, and a dash of salt and pepper to a pound of your favorite lean ground beef, chicken or turkey breast. And your kids (and their growing bodies) will say, “muchas gracias!”

Unlike many commercial brands of peanut butter, this one does not contain any partially hydrogenated oils, A.K.A., trans fats, the most deleterious to your arteries. There is a bit of added sugar and salt but the quantities are not over the top, making this a kid-friendly favorite. The all natural peanut butters without added sugar, salt or fats such as Smucker’s Natural No Added Salt Peanut Butter is a notch healthier, with only one ingredient: peanuts. Well, that makes label reading easier, doesn’t it? In general, don’t be fooled by the term natural, which is barely regulated in this country. Bruce Silverglade Director of

Quaker Instant Oatmeal The label boasts natural and artificial flavors! Why should your morning cereal be artificial anything? The second ingredient in this food item is sugar, as ingredients are listed in order of prevalence in a product. This item boast a bit too much sweetness. On the upside, the product contains 3 grams

of fiber. Most Americans fall short in their fiber quota, so any cereal with 3 grams or more is a great start to the day. How about trying a bowl of quick oats topped with a tsp. of brown sugar and fresh berries or ½ sliced banana. That would make a healthier breakfast bowl without artificial flavors, caramel color or artificial flavor! Try your best to choose foods with recognizable ingredients. If you fill your cart with more foods found in nature versus those in a bag or box, you will be well on your way to having a smart cart. Kate Scarlata, RD, LDN is a Boston-based private practice dietitian and mom of three children. Her latest book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS,” Alpha 2010, details the most up-to-date science on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and dietary symptom management with over 160 delicious IBS friendly recipes. Follow Kate on twitter @beegood or


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Why coaching? I actually coached back in college for several years because I have a great love for working with kids. When I had a family, it was a great way to do what I love plus spend valuable time with my kids as they learn the lessons that sports bring to a young athlete. Plus it bothers the heck out of me when I see an adult coach who “just doesn’t get it” (coaching kids). Is youth football really as intense as it seems? I think intense is the wrong word; commitment is a better choice. Football is not even close to the time that hockey, soccer and now baseball with

Ever have a girl sign up for football? I have never experienced it during my involvement with Pop Warner, but we have played against two or three teams in the past couple of seasons that have had a female player. It was awesome to watch the boys react when the female player made some good plays against us. Something your players wouldn’t know about you: I hate to talk loud (lol). The punch line here is that I am a very vocal coach (but totally into positive reinforcement). Biggest pet peeve as a coach: I think it is extremely important to make sure you keep the drills safe and match the players up so that they can get the most positive experience to perform the drill the right way. Negative pet peeve would be the small minority of parents that create issues and produce zero positive energy to the success of the child and the team’s season.

What you’ve noticed about football parents: Football parents are great. They come and watch their child at practice all the time and then show up on game day with energy and enthusiasm. We played in the Div 11 Central Mass Super Bowl last year and the parents and family members were unbelievable. We had several hundred fans cheering us on. Highlight of coaching career: One is a personal moment I experienced this year watching my own son grow up in the middle of a game. My son had made a terrible mistake in a game but was able to put everything we coaches talk about and try to teach the kids to use in a very short time. He was able to regroup and become instrumental in winning a game, but it was the experience of watching him grow up in adverse conditions that I will always remember. Final Thoughts: I would just like to take the time to thank all the parents who have trusted me (and will) to be involved with their child’s life and the ability to work with them at such a delicate learning time. It is a privilege and one that I do not take lightly at all. To be able to spend time doing two things I love, sports and working with kids, is a great opportunity and one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. If you know a coach baystateparent could profile, please email



THE NARCISSISM Why Self-Centeredness Isn’t Caused by What You Think— and What You Can Do to Counteract It in Your Children

Does it ever seem like your kids are their own biggest fans? The reason for this problem may surprise you. Read on for the common mistake most parents make when it comes to nipping narcissism in the bud—and some of the simple steps you can take to fix it. BY


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hink about the narcissistic people you know: the “friend” who calls you every day (while preening in the mirror, no doubt) to talk only about her life; the coworker who sucks up all the credit for the big project; the relative who steamrolls over the rest of the family to get her way. Now, imagine your own child growing up to be one of those self-centered creatures. It’s a cringe-worthy thought for sure. And if you assume that narcissistic kids are the products of an overindulgent culture, think again. That’s right. “Spoiling” kids doesn’t cause narcissism. The problem is actually a lack of attention and emotional nurturance. Constantly giving a child everything he might want can certainly spoil and thus contribute to the development of true narcissism. However, after seeing similar cases time and again, I am confident that spoiling a child in the common sense of the word is the least common cause of the problem. To the contrary, in my experience narcissism most likely develops when one or more of a child’s needs are not being met. As any parent knows, from the time a child is born, there are many needs that must be met—emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual—and that’s just to mention a few! If any one of those needs is not met, the child begins

focusing all of her energies on herself and on getting her needs met, which can lead to narcissism. If a child has to focus his energies more than occasionally on getting his needs met as he grows up, that process becomes reflexive. As a result, when pain is encountered or when needs arise throughout his life, his automatic response is to focus only on himself. As you can imagine, this can quickly lead to the assumption that a child is spoiled or self-centered rather quickly. If you suspect your own children may be showing the early signs of narcissism, there are a number of simple rules that you can follow to stop the self-centeredness and raise kind, empathetic adults. Some of these are as follows: • Make sure their needs are being met. The first step in solving the problem of self-centeredness (and arguably the easiest!) is to try and identify where it may be originating from. If you can figure out what it is your child is overcompensating for, then you can work to fulfill it yourself, allowing him to focus his energies on other, more positive ventures. Think about the common complaints or repetitive squabbles that occur in your household, and what underlying issues may be the true cause (keeping in mind that some squabbles and complaints are normal within any family). Is it a lack of attention? Are you failing to recognize your kids’ accomplishments or reward good behavior? Do your children clearly recognize and emotionally experience the fact that you value them above all else? If you recognize the problem before it becomes a habit, then a simple fix may give you the lasting solution your children need. • Quality time with your kids may not be enough. With all of the obligations that are crammed into your life, it’s all too easy to let quality time with your children fall to the back burner—even though children need as much of your time as you can possibly devote to them.

Quality time can actually be one of two things: time spent with children during which everyone has fun and enjoys being together, and time that facilitates significant discussions. The latter can promote learning about many important life issues, which encourages emotional, psychological and spiritual growth. Of course, both of these types of quality time are valuable and desirable. It’s the combination of both quality and quantity of time that is most important, because without enough quantity of time, quality time may not occur as often as necessary. No matter what else is on your schedule, make as much time as possible to spend with your child as often as possible. It will be a chance for her to satisfy her need for an emotional connection with her parent. Use this time to talk with your child—it will give you great insight into the things that are important to her, what she worries about and the emotional cues that will help you to meet her needs more effectively. And if you are the parent of multiple children, make a point to spend this time with each of them individually as often as possible. • Is it okay to say no? Believe it or not, children and adolescents whose needs are adequately met on all of the important levels (i.e., physical, emotional/ psychological, and spiritual) by genuinely loving and nurturing parents accept “no” fairly easily from about 5 or 6 years of age and older. And that’s good, because our reasons for saying “no” to the nonnarcissistic child typically have to do with A) finances or cost of the request, and/or B) the appropriateness of the request given the child’s maturity level and sophistication. Make sure to take as much time as necessary to explain your reasons and views to your children, listen to theirs carefully, discuss and explain further if necessary and then make a final decision. Sure, your explanations won’t always be met with agreement and appreciation, but such is life! Our family (my wife of 37 years and our three healthy adult children) did not start

as a democracy. It began and continued for many years as a “benevolent dictatorship” in which the truly good king and queen always put their “subjects’” well-being above their own. There was a gradual shifting of power, autonomy and authority over time, and we’ve had a democracy for quite a number of years now. Here’s the bottom line: children and adolescents know on some level whether or not their parents genuinely and selflessly love them. When their conclusion is negative, they begin to defy and rebel overtly or covertly, and they refuse to accept “no” for an answer. • Lead by example. Over time, children will naturally model their behaviors after those who are caring for them. And they begin to direct their energies the way those who care for them direct theirs. The up-side to this phenomenon is that you can create a positive result in your children. They will naturally direct their energies toward the welfare of others and toward being aware of and ministering to the feelings and needs of others to the degree their needs are completely met by their parents. Most of the narcissistic children I have worked with over the years have parents who are baffled as to how their children have become so self-centered, selfish or underachieving. As they see it, they’ve worked hard to provide a good life for their children. For the most part, these parents have simply lost sight of the fact that the most important investments they can make for their children don’t cost a dime. Warren B. Seiler Jr., M.D., author of Battling the Enemy Within, has over 30 years experience as a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist to open a private practice in his field in Arkansas, a practice that has now spanned more than 30 years. He has devoted his career to understanding the concepts and developing the tools to facilitate healing in oneself and others. For more information, visit BAYSTATEPARENT 47

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Taking kids grocery shopping is an adventure, a weekly errand promising samples of cheese, lobster encounters, colorful fruits and vegetables and... temptations. “Can we buy soda? Pleeeaaasseee!!” Some of our readers shared how much they enjoyed the time spent at the supermarket with their children; others preferred not to chance a meltdown and viewed food shopping as quiet time alone.

a food product survey. Another great place to look for coupons is on the actual Web site for the items you use the most. Lastly, use your supermarket shopping card to get additional store coupons when you first enter the store, and quickly check the service desk for any additional coupons the store may offer. Shop by recipe: Lisa Moura of Franklin reads cookbooks before shopping and makes her grocery list by the meals that

are low on Monday mornings before 10 a.m. or on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and early afternoons.

It’s magnetic: Buy a magnetic notepad and stick it on the fridge so that the whole family can track items you need.

Recycle. Make sure to bring your recyclable bags to receive a small discount off of your bill. Grab your cans every time you shop so that you can also use the deposit money.

Multitask: Keep your plastic bags in a convenient area at home so that you can recycle them when you grocery shop. If you do have to bring your children shopping, make it work for you. Kelly Woodland of Leominster will sometimes do her grocery shopping when her baby needs a nap. “He sleeps in his infant seat inside my shopping cart while I get my shopping done. The car puts him right to sleep, and I get to get two things done at once!”

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the early morning and late-evening hours, Leominster mom of two, Christina Brodeur, can be found multitasking. OK, technically, she is food shopping for her family, but she’s also getting in her metime (so let’s not bother her!). She encourages other moms to do the same if they can. “Do not take the kids. Heck do not even take your spouse! You’ll get out quicker and cheaper that way.” She’s right, says Tara R. Johnson of Spencer, who finds herself getting in “a zone” when she is able to food shop alone. “ It’s a time to be by myself and focus on nothing other than what the meals of the week should be.” This meditative effect is something Heather Williams of Holden can relate to. “It’s my time to be away without the kids and walk up and down every aisle.” Mother of two, Patti Ortiz of Milford, says, “Grocery shopping gets me out of the house for some much needed time to myself. However, it is time consuming and sometimes I’d rather just be hanging out by the pool or reading a book or the newspaper.” But everyone needs to eat, and we’ve heard from plenty of you that if you can shop with kids in tow, you’ll be able to save any alone time for other, less obligatory pursuits. Like the pool, book and paper. So whether your “fun on aisle 5” means sipping your coffee while contemplating the newest salad dressings in peace (my, how motherhood has changed our definition of fun) or teaching your kids about math as they learn to weigh produce, here are some tips and tricks to help you shop easier (and smarter), so that only your groceries, and not you, check out at the supermarket. Use coupons in new ways: It’s nothing new that we should be using coupons to save money on our grocery bill, but did you know that most grocery stores accept competitor’s coupons? All of those coupons you find on receipts, flyers, in Entertainment books, at stores like Target, Babies R Us and Toys R Us, are accepted by many supermarkets. You can also use coupons after the fact. Bring in your receipt with the coupon, and the store should honor it by paying you the difference. Have you also tried getting coupons online? Web sites such as coolsavings. com, and will offer you savings after you complete

Track your spending: Scanning groceries with self the scanners available in some stores may slow you down, but it’s a great way to track expenses. Don’t buy two. If an item is 2 for $5, you don’t have to buy both items to get the sale price. Did you know that? Shop fruits and veggies first. baystateparent reader, Jennifer Alizio, prides herself on all the hard work she puts into grocery shopping. “I always shop the fruits and veggies first. That way the sugary treats and junk food are last and usually doesn’t ‘fit’ into the carriage.” Shop monthly. It could save you time as you will only have to make quick trips during the week for milk, eggs, etc.

Taking kids grocery shopping is an adventure, a weekly errand promising samples of cheese, lobster encounters, colorful fruits and vegetables and...temptations. “Can we buy soda? Pleeeaaasseee!!” she plans to make. A great place to find recipes is You can even create a shopping list from the recipes you’ve selected. Create a shopping pool. Agree with family and friends to shop sales for each other. With cell phones and texting, it’s never been easier to coordinate and maximize your shopping. Shop when it’s slow. Pauline O’Brien of Templeton, a single mom who works full time, hates grocery shopping. Pauline has even challenged herself by stopwatch to see how fast she can get her shopping done. “My best time yet is 20 minutes for a week’s worth of shopping,” she says. Her tip is to always ask the check-out person about the store’s slowest times and shop accordingly. Typically, crowds

thing in the morning, head there early for your best deals. Check your receipt. Look for mistakes after you have paid, but before you leave the store. If you find a mistake on your receipt, stop at the customer service desk, and in most cases, you will receive a full refund of the product. If you see an incorrect price while the teller is scanning your order, the price will be adjusted and you will not receive a refund. Go for the gas. Shop at stores that offer discounts for your car’s gas tank. Count on rain. Take advantage of rain checks, and get out-of-stock items for the sale price the following week.

Take a load off. Valerie Mavrikis spoke for many mothers when she said, “I don’t mind shopping for the groceries but putting them away is such a chore!” One way to make this a bit easier for you is to take along a refrigerator bag. Have the teller pack all your cold foods in it so that you can easily transfer them when you get home. Also, try to wipe out the fridge and do a quick clean-up of counters and the table before you shop. Make him a little shopper: Give your child his own list, basket and money to shop alongside you. If grocery stores could talk, we’d hear some great stories. Esther Rest of Wayland thinks fondly about shopping with her two boys dressed as knights, including capes and masks, as they pretended to tour a medieval market. And still for many, grocery shopping is all about enjoying that rewarding cup of coffee. “It’s something to look forward to,” says Cristina Couture of Sutton. “it’s the little things in life I enjoy so much.” While grocery shopping is no little thing these days, it’s the adventures that make it so interesting. Carrie Wattu is the editor of baystateparent. After the birth of her twins, freelancer writer, Trish Reske, a mother of four, called to check in. “Are you getting any time to yourself?” she asked. Before Carrie could answer, Trish added, “And I hope you’re not going to say your alone time is being spent in a grocery store!” She knew! BAYSTATEPARENT 49


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GO SPINNERS! baystateparent Day at the Lowell Spinners is Sunday, August 15th at 1:35 p.m. In between innings, a child gets to “Race the Gator!” 50 AUGUST2010

GO GREAT! Alexanderia the Great will escape from a recycling bin in which she will be shackled and submerged underwater. Why a recycling bin? It’s Boston’s GreenFest held at City Hall Plaza, August 19th through the 21st.

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GO FAIRLY (AND FESTIVELY)! Get a jump on fair and festival season by visiting the oldest fair in the United States: the Hardwick Community Fair, August 20 and 21st.

GO COOL! Sooo cool on a hot night: With the kids, or without, don’t miss Jason James and his popular rockabilly band, the Baystate Rockers, as they perform a special outdoor concert at Goodale Field in West Boylston, 7 p.m. Adults are $10, Children Under 12 are FREE.

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1SUNDAY FREE A Broadway Salute: Summer Concert Series. Quabbin Community Band, Harding Allen Bandstand, Barre Common, Barre. 6 p.m. Free concerts featuring many well known and loved Broadway hits. Right across from the common. 978-355-9879, FREE Annual Art Encampment. Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Bumpkin Island. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Experience art in nature as nearly 40 artists colonize Bumpkin to create amazing art installations with only the materials they carry on their backs. 617-558-5371, FREE Toe Jam Puppet Band: The Green Show. Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Georges Island . Noon – 2 p.m. Through music, song, and puppetry children will learn about the importance of recycling and how everyone must keep the earth clean. Inquire about ferry schedule and rates: 617-558-5371, Music in the Park on Spectacle Island featuring ensembles from Berklee College of Music . Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Spectacle Island, Boston. Noon – 4 p.m. Relax on the Spectacle Island porch to the sounds of big bands, folk music, swing and jazz ensembles. Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400, FREE Sunday Parkland Games. The Charles River Conservancy & the Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge at the base of DeWolfe St. 2 - 5 p.m. Free, fun outdoor activities. Each Sunday afternoon through Sept. 19. Games such as badminton, bocce, volleyball and more. Also free yoga sessions at 5 p.m. along the river following the games. 617-300-8172, Date with Dad. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. An extra-special meal, plus a commemorative photo and keepsakes to take home as a reminder of the memories made during your special day. Also includes a memory book creation activity. $30 PP. (gratuity not included). For girls 6 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223, Paper Caper. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 – 3 p.m. Families create paper flyers and send them soaring. Ages 5 – 11. Program free with $8.50 Museum admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Animal Adventures Exhibit at Kimball Farm. 400 Littleton Rd., Westford. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Throughout August 31). Live animal shows daily: meet alligators, giant snakes, ring-tailed lemurs, coatis, kinkajous and many more! $6 PP. 978-779-8988, Heritage Market Opens. Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville. Noon – 3 p.m. Runs every Sun., except Labor Day weekend, through Sept. 19th. Hosted by ValleyCAST!, Blackstone Valley culture, arts, science…Together, this market will be a unique blend of history and open air offering local fresh produce, food, flowers, arts and crafts, demonstra-

Have a ball Sundays through September 19, 2 - 5 p.m. at FREE Sunday Parkland Games, The Weeks Footbridge in Cambridge. tions, music and more. The Plaza is surrounded by historic buildings including the original 1826 Paul Whitin Mill and the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery, which features on-going art exhibitions. Rain location: Singh Performance Center.508-266-6502, Kids Day at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Redfield Auditorium, 53 Water St. 2 – 4 p.m. “Singing Trooper” Dan Clark hosts two hours of world-class and award-winning animated shorts followed by free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Films include For a Fistful of Snow, The Happy Duckling, The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger by Bill Plympton, Bob, The Hen House, The Legend of Ol’ Goldieand Ride of the Mergansers. A $10, C $5. 508-495-3456,

2MONDAY Junior Zookeeper Camp. Animal Adventures, 336 Sugar Rd. Bolton. Offered Aug. 2 – 6, 9 a.m. - Noon. What’s it like to work in a ZOO? Find out at this hands-on, behindthe-scenes Zoo-Camp! Mammals, reptiles, birds & inscects! Ages 5-13. $40 per day. 978-779-8988, AnimalAdventures. net. Also Aug. 9 – 13. Fishing 101. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 10 a.m. – Noon. Cast a line and see what you can catch off the boardwalk! Weather Permitting. A $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Rope and String Games. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Every Mon. through September 5. Games for one, games for all, inside, outside, tiny games and huge games, games for groups and games for families every day of the summer! Game Factory: Make your own game using recycled materials from The Recycle Shop. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500,

3TUESDAY FETCH! Lab Hands-On Science Challenges. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Various drop-in times every Tues. and Thurs. Experiment in the new FETCH! Lab, inspired by the PBS KIDS GO! series! $10.50 PP admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200,

Relaxation Day. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn new ways to relax around the Museum. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Children ages 1 to 6 and their caregivers are welcome for stories and snacks. 617- 499 -2000, FREE Open House Exploration. Dean College Children’s Center, 144 School St., Franklin. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore the various activities, arts, sensory, building blocks, dramatics throughout the open house day. 508-541-1598, FREE An American Girl Debut. American Girl. Natick Collection. Noon – 2 p.m. Personalized crafts for girls and dolls, and fun activities designed to let your girl’s inner star shine. Plus, she can learn about American Girl’s all-new virtual world—created just for girls and their dolls! For girls 8 and up. Dazzling Doll ’Dos for Fancy Occasions. American Girl. Natick Collection. 2:30 p.m. Give her doll a special hairstyle for a fancy occasion. Stylists will share tips and tricks for creating a crown veil or ponytail veil hairdo. Each girl will also receive a special goody bag with doll hair accessories and styling instructions. $24 PP. For girls 8 and up. Reservations required: 877-247-5223, Dance ‘n Play for a Day and Intro to Dance for a Day. Dance it up! Dance Center, 36 North Main St., North Grafton. Dance ‘n Play, 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Intro to Dance, 10 – 11 a.m. (Also Aug. 10, 17, 24). Dance ‘n Play for ages 2.5 - 4 is designed to gently encourage exploration of moving through imagination and to instill a love of music and movement. Uses a variety of gross motor tools and props. Includes a rest-time area for a story and snack. Intro to dance for ages 4-5: through imagination & self expression, develop coordination, rhythm, flexibility and a love of music & dance. Ballet-based with a 15-minute section of tap to develop musicality. Dance n’ Play $25/day and Intro to Dance $15/day. 508-839-1648, Ice Cream and Bats. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 7:30 – 9 p.m. What’s better than ice cream on a summer night? Join the adventure and look for flashing fireflies, listen for the songs of frogs and katydids and use a “bat detector” to

find our local bats. Pre-registration recommended. A $14, C $9. 508-655-2296, Awesome Robb the Magician. NextDoor Theater, 40 Cross St., Winchester. 10 a.m. Awesome Robb returns to the NextDoor Theater after last summer’s incredible performance! The NextDoor Theater in Winchester has a different children’s entertainer every Tuesday at 10 a.m. all summer long! $10 PP. 781 729 NEXT,

4WEDNESDAY FREE Inside/Out Performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 358 George Carter Rd., Becket. Wed. - Sat. through Aug. 28. 6:15 p.m. Free performances by emerging and established dance companies, sneak previews and presentations by dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Includes classical ballet, tap, jazz/musical theatre dance, hip-hop, flamenco, traditional Korean dance and India’s bharata natyam. Performances are family-friendly and are followed by a brief question and answer session with the audience.413-243-0745, Musical Games and Fishing 101. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. See Aug. 2 listing for details. FREE Family Games Night. The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, North End Parks and Chinatown Park, Boston. On Wednesday nights, 5 - 7 p.m. A night of free games in association with Knuckle Bones: bocce, Chinese yoyo, lawn tennis, jump rope, koob and more. FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. Featuring “Ladybug At The Beach.” 617-247-6959, FOR PARENTS Understanding and Dealing with Separation Anxiety. COMPASS for Kids, The Cottage Children’s Center, 197 Union St., Marlborough. 7 – 9 p.m. Separation anxiety is a normal occurrence in a young child’s development. In this workshop, explore the developmental foundations of separation anxiety and discover strategies that will help the child, parents and teachers all successfully navigate through this difficult period. A $25. 781-8624446, BAYSTATEPARENT 51

OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO FREE Wee Care Infant Oral Health Program. Melvin “Dr. Mel” Ehrlich, D.D.S., 223 Walnut St. Suite 22, Framingham. 10 a.m. Children under 3 are invited to register for this free seminar with examination designed to help parents assure a cavity-free child. The informal format assures that all parents’ questions will be answered by this pediatric dental specialist. Space is limited. Register 508-875-KIDS(5437), FREE MoCo Reads. Mothers and Company, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston. 10:30 – 11:30. (Also August 11). Keep cool this summer and promote early literacy with this free weekly drop-in series for children, birth to age 3 (siblings are welcome).

Grafton Farmers Market. 1 Grafton Common. 2- 6:30 p.m.. Vegetables, fruit, plants and baked goods. A family-friendly event and perfect spot to let the kids run wild while you get your veggies (and cookies too)! Friends of Leominster Library Book Sale. 40 West St., Leominster. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Also Aug. 12, 19, and 26). Paperback and hardcover books including fiction and non-fiction for all age groups. Also CDs and DVDs are available. Free admission. 978-534-7522 x 112 or

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Young adults 13-17 yrs old of all acting levels who want to work as actors in movies will perform scenes from film and TV shows under the direction of legendary casting director Carolyn Pickman of CP Casting. A dramatic or a comedy piece will be recorded and played back at the end of the workshop at which time helpful hints and advice will be given. These will relate to what actually happens on a production set as you and others perform and interact with directors and crew. Parents are invited near the end of the session to view the final taping and participate in a question and answer forum focusing on getting started in the business of acting in film. Headshots and resumes are welcome, but not required. Advance registration req. C $50. 508-495-3456,

Make Origami Cranes for Peace Day. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 6 – 8 p.m. Make your own peace crane and think about world peace! $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Local Harvest. Boston Children’s Museum. 6 – 8 p.m. Local food taste-testing all year-round. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400. To view a complete schedule, visit The Villain’s Moustache. The Cape Cod Center for the Arts Cape Playhouse, Dennis. Performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Tickets: $11.75 - $9.95. 877-385-3911,


Tie Dye II. The Children’s Museum in Easton. 9 Sullivan Ave. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring a 100% white cotton t-shirt or a pillowcase or pair of socks for this perennial favorite. Plus, the Mix 104.1 Ice Cream Truck will be stopping by from Noon – 2 p.m. with free samples. White tshirts will also be available for purchase at the museum for $5, otherwise all activities are free with admission. $6 PP, 1 and under, free. 508-230-3789, childrensmuseumineaston. org/SummerDropInDays.asp isabella stewart gardner museum

Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Do you love to learn about dinosaurs and other animals that lived a long time ago? Come explore how Mary Anning’s childhood passion for collecting fossils resulted in great discoveries in the field of paleontology. Listen to a reading of the book Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter by Sally M. Walker, touch some real fossils and make your very own fossil rubbings book. Free with admission. $10.50 PP admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200, FREE Summer Night Concert Series. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks, near the Rings Fountain, Boston. 5 – 7 p.m. Every Thurs. through Aug. 26, The Worminator. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – Noon. (Also Aug. 19 and 26). Explore the big bad world of worms. Plus sidewalk chalk and playground games, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500,

High Peaks Comedy Juggling. The Cape Cod Center for the Arts Cape Playhouse, Dennis. Performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in August. Tickets: $11.75 - $9.95. 877-385-3911,

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 10:30 a.m. Do you love to watch the birds? If you do ,you’ll love this morning’s stories about birds and feathers and nests. 781-231-4711, Film Acting and the Business for Ages 13 – 17. Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water St., Woods Hole. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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7SATURDAY Wardrobe Remix. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Build and create with recycled clothes. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Family Field Trips: Boston Harbor Island Excursion. New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. Time will depend on Ferry schedule. Start the day at the New England Aquarium and then head out to explore the shoreline of one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Check neaq. org/family for an updated schedule closer to the date. Aquarium educators will provide the expertise, field guides and equipment to explore some of the different aquatic




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Half-Price Friday Nights at The Discovery Museums. 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 – 9 p.m. Theme – Summer’s Night Sky. Every Friday night during the summer. Pack a picnic and your PJs, and enjoy the museums at night! The VeeBop ice cream truck will serve frosty treats. $5.25 PP, under 1, free. 978-264-4200,



FREE Music Concert Series. Sweetwilliam Farm, 153 North St., Upton. Fridays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. through October. A FREE weekly outdoor concert series featuring a variety of fine local, regional and national performing artists. A relaxing evening; listen to wonderful music and view spectacular sunsets. Adults hang out at tables while children play in a protected lawn area. 508-529-2000,


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Snow White. The Southshore Music Circus,130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 10:30 a.m. Also Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Aug. 13 and Jack and the Beanstalk on Aug. 19. Most seats $8.25 each. 800-745-3000,

Shakespearean Sword Fights. An Interactive Stage Combat Workshop. Plimoth Plantation. 2 p.m. Plimoth Planatation Players demonstrate the art of stage combat with a focus on choregraphed sword fighting. Discover techniques used to create a believable duel for the stage. Highly entertaining, some audience participation. Every Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 2 p.m. during the summer. Weather permitting and free with museum admission.


FREE Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 5 – 8 p.m. Go on a friendly adventure as you hunt for and learn about the museum’s animal guardians and other formidable creatures. Be enchanted by amazing animal stories, magnificent works of art and delightful live music. Tickets are free but limited and may be picked up in advance at the museum’s front entrance the week of each event. 617-566-1401,

An animal-themed adventure and live music beckons families to a FREE Neighborhood Night at the magical Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Thursday, August 5, 5 - 8 p.m. Info about free ticket pick-up:

FREE Sandal Bookmark Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn how to make a funky flipflop bookmark! For girls ages 8 and up.

habitats in New England. Most programs begin and end at the field site. Trips are for families with children ages 5 and up. $40 PP (includes Ferry rides to and from Boston, does not include Aquarium admission). 617-973-5206, FREE Island Yoga and A Bug’s Life Program. Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Spectacle Island, Boston. Yoga: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. A gentle hatha yoga class appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring a mat or towel. Meet at Spectacle Island Visitor Center. First come, first serve. Bug Program: 12:15 – 2 p.m. Join scientist Jessica Rykken in collecting and examining bugs native to the Boston Harbor islands. Recommended for ages 10+ (and the non-squeamish). FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. 617-247-6959, Fife and Drum Concert by the Boston Alarm Company. The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. Alarm company members play marches and beat out cadences used to warn citizens of impending attack. A $3.50, C $1. 617 523-2338, FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Celebrate sea serpent day with a story and craft. 617- 499 -2000, FREE. Magic by Scott Jameson. Arts Alliance & Hudson Division of Recreation, Cellucci Park, 37 South Street, Hudson. 2 p.m. Outdoor entertainment for the whole family! (Rain location: Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St., Hudson) Bring blankets, lawn chairs, cold drinks, skateboard, strollers, bikes, picnic, friends. Located by Assabet River Rail Trail, splash pad, playground equipment. An hour of innovative magic and juggling. 978-562-1646, FREE Yoga in the Park for All Ages. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 10 a.m.: ages 2-6; 11 a.m.: ages 7-11; 12 p.m. adult class with musical performance by the Grass Gyspies. Register with Stil Studio by Thurs., Aug. 6 in Dedham. 781-407-YOGA (9642) or The Wonders of Butterflies & Dragonflies. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., (Rt.16), Natick. 1- 2:30 p.m. Walk and explore the fields and other habitats looking for Broadmoor’s many dragonflies and butterflies and learn more about these beautiful creatures. Pre-registration required. A $12, C $8. 508-655-2296, FREE Model Boat Building Workshop. The Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 1 – 3 p.m. Join PEM’s maritime volunteers for the third annual model boat workshop and build a 19th century New England coastal schooner. For Children ages 10 and up. Reservations by Aug. 5. Note: Unclaimed reservations will be released five minutes after the program start time. A $15, Students $11, C, Free. 978-745-9500, Magician Weekend at Davis’ Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. 3 p.m. You never know what will happen next. Fun for parents and kids alike! Show times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 978-422-MOOO for admission costs and details.

Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village. Also Aug. 8. The largest military re-enactment in New England -- more than 800 soldiers portraying British, Hessian, Irish, Welsh, Scots, French and Colonial troops. Mock battles, cannon demos, fife and drums and more. The Village is transformed into a military camp focusing this year on the period of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America’s freedoms. Great fun for the entire family. Times and prices:

8SUNDAY FREE This and Some of That Summer Concert. Quabbin Community Band, Harding Allen Bandstand, Barre Common, Barre. 6 p.m. 978-355-9879, Explore Collections. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Put on white gloves to explore the Museum’s treasures. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Vintage Base Ball. Boston Harbor Alliance. Georges Island, Boston. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Step into the 1860s and watch Civil War-era baseball games played at historic Fort Warren with original rules and uniforms. Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400, FREE Sunday Parkland Games. The Charles River Conservancy & the Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge at the base of DeWolfe St. 2 - 5 p.m. See Aug. 1 listing for details. Magician Weekend at Davis’ Farmland, Sterling. See Aug. 7 listing for details. Redcoats and Rebels. Old Sturbridge Village. See Aug. 7 listing for details. Heritage Market Opens. Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville. See Aug. 1 listing for details.

9MONDAY Junior Zookeeper Camp. Animal Adventures, 336 Sugar Rd. Bolton. Offered Aug. 9 – 13, 9 a.m. - Noon. What’s it like to work in a ZOO? Find out at this hands-on, behind-thescenes Zoo-Camp! Mammals, reptiles, birds & inscects! Ages 5-13. $40 per day. 978-779-8988, Fishing 101 and Staff Favorite Games. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. See Aug. 2 listing for details.

Animal Ambassadors. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 10 – 11 a.m. For children accompanied by an adult. Meet an amazing array of animals, each with a story to tell. After the program, you are invited to walk through the Garden, free of charge. Rain or shine. $5 for ages 3 and up. Pay at the door or call for pre-registration. 508-877-7630, FREE Mothers & More Discussion: The “Sandwich” Generation. MetroWest Mothers & More, The Community Room at Whitney Place, 3 Vision Dr., Natick. 7:30 – 9 p.m. Are you trying to raise your own children while also caring for a parent? Join other mothers for a helpful discussion about what it means to be so much to so many. Non-mobile infants Musical History Tour. Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. 10 – 11 a.m. A multi-media music appreciation presentation with costumes by Charles Speicher. 978-4654428,


open discussion. Those have recently welcomed a new baby through adoption are also welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch - why eat alone? FREE La Leche League Meeting. Phelan Center, 551 Pleasant St., Worcester. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Get information and support to help you breastfeed. Babies and children are welcome. Gently used maternity clothes on sale for just one dollar per piece. 508-523-5720, llleus. org/web/WorcesterMA.html

11WEDNESDAY Having Fun with Fossils & Dinosaurs! Featuring Paulette Morin. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m. Also Aug. 27. Dressed for digging and protected by her pith helmet, intrepid fossil hunter Paulette Morin introduces children to the wonders of our prehistoric past and dinosaurs using her five-foot tall storybook and an assortment of real fossils the children can explore. For ages 4+. $10.50 admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200,

FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. See Aug. 3 listing for details.

Fishing 101. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. See Aug. 2 listing for details.

FOR PARENTS Fostering Young Children’s Friendship and Social Skills. COMPASS for Kids, Cole-Harrington Children’s Center and Family Childcare System, 605 Neponset St., Canton. 7 – 9 p.m. Identify specific social challenges faced by young children and explore strategies to help children learn how to make friends and interact appropriately with others. A $25. 781-862-4446,

FREE Family Games Night. The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, North End Parks and Chinatown Park, Boston. See Aug. 4 listing for details.

FREE An American Girl Debut. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4 – 6 p.m. Personalized crafts for girls and dolls and fun activities designed to let your girl’s inner star shine. Plus, she can learn about American Girl’s all-new virtual world—created just for girls and their dolls! For girls ages 8 and up. FREE Newburyport Chamber Music Festival Free Children’s Concert. Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.,Newburyport. 4 p.m. Well-loved stories from around the world narrated with musical accompaniment by members of a string quartet. Tickets available after Aug. 1 from the Children’s Library, 978-465-4428, American Girl Tea Party. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. Noon – 2 p.m. Back by popular demand, an afternoon of tea and crumpets for you and your American Girl doll. Stories, games, food and fun for kids of all ages. $20 per child (adults free). Reservations: 978-687-4029, Dance ‘n play for a Day and Intro to Dance for a Day. Dance it up! Dance Center, 36 North Main St., North Grafton. See Aug. 3 listing for details. FREE New Moms Group. Mothers and Company, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston. Just drop in: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. All moms of all babies welcome. Meet other new moms and talk about all that is changing in your universe. Each session introduces timely topics and allows time for

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. 617-247-6959, Teddy Bear Clinic. Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH. 10 a.m. – Noon. Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed friend to this annual fun event followed by a Teddy Tea Party from Noon – 12:30 p.m. This event can help children who may be anxious about visiting the doctor. Health professionals from Portsmouth Regional Hospital will be on hand to issue each animal an ID bracelet, perform health check-ups and conduct minor surgery on furry friends in need of repair. A $8, C $7. 603-742-2002, FREE Kaya’s Parfleche Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn how to make and decorate a parfleche, a small envelope like the one Kaya might have made for her doll in 1764. For girls ages 8 and up. FOR PARENTS Designing Meaningful Curriculum for ALL Infants. COMPASS for Kids, Whitney Place, 3 Vision Dr. (Route 9 West), Natick. 7 – 9 p.m. What is “developmentally appropriate” for infants? In this workshop, discover how to create a physical and emotional environment that transforms everyday routines and experiences into learning opportunities for all infants. A $25. 781-862-4446,

12THURSDAY FREE Summer Night Concert Series. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks, near the Rings Fountain, Boston. See Aug. 5 listing for details.

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OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO Can of Worms in PlaySpace. Boston Children’s Museum. 3 -3:30 p.m. Explore real squiggly worms - for babies and toddlers. A $12, C (1-15) $9, under 1, free. 617-426-6500,

Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Southshore Music Circus,130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 10:30 a.m. Also Jack and the Beanstalk on Aug. 19. Most seats $8.25 each. 800-745-3000, Stevesongs Family Concert. The Cape Cod Center for the Arts Cape Playhouse, Dennis. Performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in August. Tickets: $11.75 - $9.95. 877-385-3911, Dog Days of Summer II. The Children’s Museum in Easton. 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. A day devoted to man’s (and kid’s) best friend showcasing dogs who perform important service jobs and those who just “wanna” have fun. See some amazing Frisbee performances and a freestyle dance routine. Dog Behavioral Therapist and Trainer Dick Norton of Bark Busters will demonstrate dog training the Aussie way. All events are free with admission. $6 PP, under 1, free. 508-230-3789, Grafton Farmers Market. 1 Grafton Common. See Aug. 5 listing for details.

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baystateparent cordially invites parents and daughters, ages 4 - 8, to join us at the Boston Sports Club In Wellesley Friday, August 13 from 2 – 4 p.m. for a magical Princess Party with the Ellie Fund. Join Bianca de la Garza of WCVB-TV5 and Princess Jessica & Friends for a fun party complete with singing, dancing, facepainting, manicures, photos and gift bags with 100% of proceeds to benefit The Ellie Fund and help families fighting breast cancer.

Friends of Leominster Library Book Sale. 40 West St., Leominster. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. See Aug. 5 listing for details. Dazzle Your Doll. American Girl. Natick Collection. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Girls can dress their dolls for a spectacular summer vacation at this special four-hour event. Plus, every girl will enjoy a meal and take home a doll-sized travel booklet. For girls 8 and up. $50 pp. (gratuity not included). Reservations required. 877-247-5223, Summer Stars and Meteors. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. An evening with the Perseids meteor shower and summer star constellations. With a mostly dark sky, Broadmoor will be a fantastic place to view this summer astronomical event! For adults/children 12 and up. Pre-registration recommended. $15 PP. 508-655-2296, FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 10:30 a.m. 781-231-4711, Hairspray. Reagle’s Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Starring Broadway’s Marissa Perry as Tracy Turnblad August 12 – 22. This toe-tapping musical comedy makes its Reagle debut. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair? A show truly for all ages, Hairspray spans generational gaps in its appeal with something for the whole family.Times and tickets: 781-891-5600,

13FRIDAY Half-Price Friday Nights at The Discovery Museums. 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 – 9 p.m. Theme – Boston GEOBLOCK. See Aug. 6 listing for details. Brrrrrr! Cold As Ice! The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Make chilly discov-

eries when you put salt, coins, and food coloring on a 300pound block of ice. Learn about the chemistry and unique characteristics of this solid state of water as you experiment with ice cubes and play a creative ice cube board game. Outdoor program. $10.50 PP admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 10 a.m. Also Jack and the Beanstalk on Aug. 20. Tickets $8 - $12. Fishing 101. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. See Aug. 2 Listing for details. Sugar Free Friday Nights. Boston Children’s Museum. 6 – 8 p.m. Yummy and healthy alternatives to sugary foods. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, Original Play by Stage Two. Arts Alliance’s Summer Drama Workshop, Hudson High School Auditorium, 69 Brigham St. 1 p.m. Enjoy an original play created by area students in grades 1-6. Air-conditioned, wheelchair-accessible. Plenty of free, easy parking for school buses, vans. $6 PP. 978-562-1646, Bee a Poop Detective. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., get the Scoop on Poop from the folks at Animal World Experience. A member of the Bristol County Beekeepers Association will be buzzing around teaching all about bees. All activities are free with admission. $6 PP, under 1, free. 508-230-3789, childrensmuseumineaston. org/SummerDropInDays.asp FREE Fashion Fun Paper Doll Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn how to make your own paper doll clothing! Use stencils of clothing designs, patterned paper and decorations to create original outfits for your own paper doll. For girls ages 8 and up. Princess Party. The Ellie Fund of Needham is hosting this event at the Boston Sports Club, Wellesley. baystateparent is a proud sponsor! 2 – 4 p.m. Parents and daughters ages

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4-8 are most cordially invited to join Bianca de la Garza of WCVB-TV5 and Princess Jessica & Friends for a fun party. Singing, dancing, facepainting, manicures, photos and gift bags with 100% of proceeds to benefit The Ellie Fund and help families fighting breast cancer. $25 A/C, $10 each additional child. 781-449-0100,

FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Black Cow Day –cow stories, cow craft and ice cream treat. 617- 499- 2000, thecoop. com.

FREE Fun Friday at Sturbridge Village. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The “Free Fun Fridays� program invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit for free a designated museum or attraction over ten Fridays this summer. Please note that you do not need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy.

The PuppeTree presents “Caps For Sale.� Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 2 p.m. This simple folk tale of a hat seller whose inventory of hats is lost to mischievous monkeys while he is napping is told around the world in every culture that has monkeys. $8pp.

FREE New Moms Group. Mothers and Company, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston. Just drop in: 1 – 2:30 p.m. All moms of all babies welcome. Meet other new moms and talk about all that is changing in your universe. Each session introduces timely topics and allows time for open discussion. Those have recently welcomed a new baby through adoption are also welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch - why eat alone?

FREE Family Concert featuring David Polansky. Union Common, corner of Bolton Street (Rt. 85) and Main St., Marlborough. 11 a.m. This award-winning performer brings his sparkling trumpet, versatile keyboard and amazing voice to both young and old in a beautiful green space in downtown Marlborough. 978-562-1646,

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FREE Family Concert with Steve Songs. Barefoot Books Flagship Store and Community Center, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. Across the street from the Concord train depot. 11 a.m. Steve Songs, acclaimed family songwriter and musician will be performing a free concert for families, open to the public. 978-369-1770,

14SATURDAY Barefoot Books invites you to a FREE Family Concert with Steve Songs, Saturday, August 14, 11 a.m., at their brand-new flagship store and community center in historic Concord.

Ocean Detectives at the New England Aquarium. Central Wharf, Boston. 2 – 3:30 p.m. Children will work with parents and peers to unlock the secrets of the deep while developing their math, science and literacy skills. For children ages 5-7. August’s theme: Lobsters. C $30. Adults are included in the cost of each child. 617-973-5206,

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. 617-247-6959,

Kitchen Science: Foil Molds. Boston Children’s Museum. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Make a mold of something in the Museum! A $12, C (1-15) $9, under 1, free. 617426-6500,

Kamishibai - Japanese Storytelling. Boston Children’s Museum. 11a.m., Noon and 1p.m. Urashima Taro story about a man and an undersea palace. $12 PP, under 1, free. 617-426-6500,

Hammered Dulcimer Concert. The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. 1 – 4 p.m. Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed. A $3.50, C $1, Included with admission. 617 523-2338,

Balls and Tracks. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 – 3 p.m. Families construct roller coasters that send marbles rolling and spinning down tracks and chutes. Ages 5 – 11. Program free with $8.50 admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Family Field Walk: Deception and Illsion in Tide Pools. The Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St.,Salem. 9 – 10:30 a.m. Explore color, camouflage and adaptation and search for life in the rocky tide pool exposed by an extra low tide. Bring a midmorning snack to enjoy at this beautiful state park. For families with children ages 5 and up. Directions sent upon registration. $10 PP. 978-745-9500, Textile Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village. Also Aug.15. This event celebrates the intricate artwork of


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early 19th-century New England needlework. Join an OSV historian for a gallery tour of The Labour of My Youthful Hands, a new exhibit featuring OSV’s collection of young ladies’ needlework and ornamental arts. See demonstrations of popular 19th-century needlework techniques such as whitework embroidery, stitching a sampler and creating a yarn-sewn hearth rug. Help a costumed historian to begin a stuffed-work bureau cover or make your own thread winder. Make a penny rug ornament or a yarn-sewn mat. For prices and schedule of events:

FREE Art & Nature Story Time: Gnome Homes. The Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem. 2 – 3 p.m. What’s Up, What’s Down by Lola Schaefer. Explore the world from different perspectives - deep underground and way up in the sky. Then, follow the viewpoint of a gnome to the garden to build your own little home out of natural materials. For children ages 3 to

FREE Fantastagorey: A Children’s Day. Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Lane Yarmouth Port. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Games, story telling, writing and illustration contests, food, and more! 508-362-3909,

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The Big Yellow School Bus. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Have you ever been inside a big yellow school bus? Now is your chance to climb aboard and take a closer look. Free with admission.$10.50 PP, under 1, free. 978-264-4200, Night of the Living Beauty Pageant. Barre Players Summer Youth Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. August 19 – 22. 7.30p.m weekdays. 2p.m Sunday. Performed by 7-14 year olds. Hilarious comedy about a teenage beauty pageant staged by two hucksters. How can they succeed with no sponsors and a theater owner trying to evict them? A $14, C $7. 978-355-209,

FREE How Suite it Is Summer Concert. Quabbin Community Band, Harding Allen Bandstand, Barre Common, Barre. 6 p.m. 978-355-9879,

“Birthday Party” at Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 2 p.m. Katharine and Orville Wright were both born on August 19, though not the same year, and the Museum first opened to the public on August 19, 2000. Each year, the Museum celebrates these “birthdays” on the Sunday closest to the 19th. 978-342-2809. FREE Kaya’s Parfleche Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 3 – 5 p.m. Learn how to make and decorate a parfleche, a small envelope like the one Kaya might have made for her doll in 1764. For girls ages 8 and up. Kaya’s Celebration Day. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Learn about Kaya’s life with the Nez Perce tribe in 1764. Have fun with your favorite girl as you learn a few phrases in the Nez Perce language and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages. For girls 8 and up. $26 PP (gratuity not included). For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

Peace out this summer at The Saori Bridges of Elm Park Worcester as you view 66 banners hand-woven by Saori freestyle weavers from all over the world. FREE, August 25 - 29,

FREE Summer Night Concert Series. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks, near the Rings Fountain, Boston. See Aug. 5 listing for details. Jack and the Beanstalk. The Southshore Music Circus,130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 10:30 a.m. Most seats $8.25 each. 800-7453000, Grafton Farmers Market. See Aug. 5 listing for details.

6 with accompanying adult. FREE with museum admission. Reservations by August 13. A $15, Students $11, C Free. 978-745-9500, Textile Weekend. Old Sturbridge Village. See Aug. 14 listing for details. Heritage Market Opens. Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville. See Aug. 1 listing for details.

16MONDAY Take-Aparts Potluck. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. drop-in. What makes things work? Gears, levers, magnets, resistors and circuit boards are some of the components you’ll find inside household electronics. $10.50 admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200,

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FREE Sunday Parkland Games. The Charles River Conservancy & the Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge at the base of DeWolfe St. 2 - 5 p.m. See Aug. 1 listing for details.

FREE Family Games Night. The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, North End Parks and Chinatown Park, Boston. See Aug. 4 listing for details.

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. Featuring, “Diary of a Worm,””Diary of a Spider” and Diary of a Fly.”617-247-6959,

Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival. Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Masasoit Rd., Worcester. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A full day to celebrate the 78 species of butterflies at Broad Meadow Brook’s urban wildlife sanctuary. Music, games, butterfly crafts, tours of the butterfly garden, live caterpillars, butterfly walks and talks led by naturalists & members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, and much more! Rain Date: August 15. $5 PP, age 3 and older. $20 maximum per family. 508-753-6087,

Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400,


in the park. Title to be announced in the coming weeks. FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. FREE An American Girl Debut. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Personalized crafts for girls and dolls, and fun activities designed to let your girl’s inner star shine. Plus, she can learn about American Girl’s all-new virtual world—created just for girls and their dolls! For girls ages 8 and up. Braids & Bows. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of braiding! Doll Hair Salon stylists will share secrets for pulling off a variety of super styles for long or short hair, from fancy braids to ribbon twists. Each girl will also receive a special goody bag with doll hair accessories and styling instructions. $24 PP. Reservations required. 877-247-5223, Dance ‘n play for a Day and Intro to Dance for a Day. Dance it up! Dance Center, 36 North Main St., North Grafton. See Aug. 3 listing for details.




Friends of Leominster Library Book Sale. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. See Aug. 5 listing for details. FREE Magic by Scott Jameson at the Leominster Public Library, 25 West St. 3 p.m. This lively, interactive program involves magic, music, juggling and lots more! Suitable for all ages. No registration required. Music Making. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. At 11 a.m., come make music with Master Drummer Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming. Move to the beat, make noise and play along with a variety of different instruments. All events are free with admission. $6 PP, under 1, free. 508-230-3789, Bitty Bear’s Story Time. American Girl. Natick Collection. 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their parents can hear a reading of Bitty Bear’s Story Time, then enjoy an art activity and tasty treats. $10 PP. For girls 3 and up. 877-247-5223, FREE Bitty Twins Animal Safari. American Girl. Natick Collection. Noon – 2 p.m. At this fun event, preschoolers

can punch-out and color paper animals to take home. For girls ages 3 and up. First Ever Family Overnight Onboard Mayflower II. Plimoth Plantation. Be one of the few to actually sleep onboard Mayflower II. This premier maritime overnight program includes a short jaunt around Plymouth Harbor onboard the shallop or ship’s boat; samples of ships’ food and dinner and breakfast onboard! Learn 17th century maritime skills and spend some quality family time! 508-746-1622, x 8359 for more information. (weather permitting). FREE Berry Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 10:30 a.m. 781-231-4711, Cars and Trucks and Things-that-Go. Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. 4 – 7 p.m. See the Transportation Station Exhibit come to life with a variety of vintage vehicles in the museum’s parking lot for you to explore. Refreshments available. Free with Museum Admission. A $7, C $5. 978-468-2377,

20FRIDAY Half-Price Friday Nights at The Discovery Museums.177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 – 9 p.m. Theme – Earthbound Learning Center. See Aug. 6 listing for details. Gardening, Scarecrows and Chickens--Oh My! The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 5:30 – 9 p.m. Garden and nature explorations for families with children of all ages. Don’t miss this kick-off event featuring an evening of vegetable and flower gardening activities, an interview with a chicken, a family campfire, music, a live scarecrow, healthy living snacks and more! This special event is part of The Discovery Museums’ Half-Price Friday nights, running all summer. $5.25 PP admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200, Jack and the Beanstalk. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 10 a.m. Tickets $8 - $12. Under The Big Top. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Magician, Awesome Robb, will show how he transforms into a clown. See a demonstration and try your hand at juggling, hula hooping and other circus tricks. All activities are free with admission. $6 PP, under 1, free. 508-230-3789, FREE Open Playgroup. MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area. Held the 3rd Fri. of each month. Location TBD, 10 a.m. MOMS Club® of Hubbardston serves Barre, Hubbardston, Princeton and Templeton. RSVP: FREE Flower Power Frame Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. Noon – 2 p.m. Create flower-inspired picture frame keepsakes using special paper and plenty of stickers. For girls ages 8 and up. FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 6:30 p.m. Spot Visits. Bring your camera for a photo with Spot the Dog and read Spot’s favorite stories. 781-231-4711,

20SATURDAY Critter Day: Audubon Ark. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. -1p.m. Meet animals from right here in Massachusetts. A $12, C (1-15) $9, under 1, free. 617-426-6500,

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FREE Eating Theme Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. 617-247-6959, Colonial Basket Weaving. The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. 1 – 4 p.m Fred Lawson weaves and sells reproductions of period baskets used to store items like cheese, candles, and even chickens! A $3.50, C$1. 617 523-2338, FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Dog Days of Summer with a visit from Spot the dog (costume character). 617- 499 -2000, Family Fun Saturday. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Noon – 4 p.m. What do anthropologists and archaeologists study? Head into the galleries to explore the Maya. Learn about their glyphs and murals, their use of chocolate, jade, and more. In the Discovery Room, enjoy hands-on artifacts from around the world and make your own take-home project. A$9, St., $7, C (3 – 18) $6. 617-496-1027, peabody. Friends Annual Open House and Picnic at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. 2 p.m. 978-8403276, FREE. Outdoor Steel Drum Concert by Pan Loco. Arts Alliance & the City of Marlborough, Union Common, intersection of Main Street & Bolton (Rt. 85) St., Marlborough. 11 a.m. – Noon. Enjoy calypso, reggae and island music from the Caribbean performed by professional musicians from Berklee College and University of New Hampshire. Bring the neighborhood, along with blankets, dancing shoes, cold beverages, lawn chairs, picnics and scooters. It’s a party! 978-562-1646, Take Flight. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 – 3 p.m. Build a hoop glider and send it flying in the FETCH!™ Lab, an interactive science station. Ages 5 – 11. Free with $8.50 Museum admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Children’s Seasonal Consignment Sale Event. Déjà vu Couture ~ Children’s Consignment Sales. Oakhurst Retreat & Conference Ctr., 120 Hill St., Whitinsville. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Also, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sale items include: kids’ clothing items (newborn through teen), toys, games, books, furniture, shoes, baby equipment, sports equipment and maternity clothing. 508-234-5198,

21SUNDAY FREE Dixieland Summer Concert. Quabbin Community Band, Harding Allen Bandstand, Barre Common, Barre. 6 p.m. 978-355-9879, Continued on page 62

by carrie wattu Is it like Dirty Dancing? It’s a frequent question the Portas, who have owned their Maine family retreat since 1978, have heard over the years. The answer? Not exactly as there is no sweaty dance instructor embracing his inner Swayze, there is no end-of-the summer show, and there are no secret afterhour staff parties (that we know of at least) but you may, however, just have “the time of your life” (couldn’t resist that one) at this upscale, rustic resort about 2 and a half hours from Boston. While it’s not Dirty Dancing, staying at the Migis Lodge is kind of like being in a movie. The kind of black and white classic movie that conjures up a simpler era, one of romance, timeless friendship and magical summer memories. The staff is charming and sophisticated as well as very down-toearth; they seem to truly enjoy that you are there. The seasonal five-course meals do not disappoint, and the cottages with front porches and fieldstone fireplaces, are quintessential Maine. Who doesn’t want a vacation where they feel like they are in that kind of a movie? It’s lakeside luxury with wood wrapping its pine around you -- inside and

out of your cottage-- like an embrace. Ocean purists take note, the water is so serene, so still and quiet. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s the kind of place where everyone kicks back during the day, fishing, boating, reading, and then gathers on the front porch of the main lodge for drinks before dinner. It’s the kind of place where men are gentlemen who even wear jackets to dine; in fact, it’s required, but somehow, it’s not a big deal. It feels casual and relaxed, even special. Parents will especially like the daily supervised children’s activities which include a special “Zoo Meal” so that you can enjoy dinner out as a couple without kids. Other things your child will enjoy are waterskiing, belly boarding, jumping off the dock, boating, meeting new friends and more! All accommodations, meals and activities (which include boating, waterskiing, fitness, supervised children’s activities and more) are included in one per-person price. Prices start at $268 per person/per night. Reservations book quickly as Migis Lodge is a popular vacation spot for extended family vacations (guests typically rent the same cottage for generations). For more information, visit

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Listings compiled by Phoebe Glick. Illustration by Edwin Schwartz August 1: Annual Newburyport Yankee Homecoming. Downtown Newburyport. Shows, tours, golf tournament, juried craft show. Mostly free. For daily schedule visit, August 6 & 7: Experience Gardner Summer Festival. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Downtown Gardner turns into a pedestrian mall filled with vendors, entertainers, raffles, games for the kids and more. August 6 – 8: Adams Agricultural Fair. Bowe Field/Off Route 8A, Adams. Agricultural and horticultural competitions, Midway, country music and petting zoo. 3-Day pass: $10, A$5, C$1. August 6 – 8: Littleville Fair. 15 Kinnebrook Rd., Chester. Fri., 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. -7 p.m. Midway with kids water slides and bounce house, exhibit hall, horse & oxen draws, truck pull, dairy & beef cattle shows, adult


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from Front Beach in Rockport. Noon – 6 p.m. Blues, folk, jazz, world and bluegrass music played in the park across from a scenic beach. All are welcome to attend this free and family-friendly event.

August 7: Heritage Days Maritime Festival. Derby Wharf, Salem Waterfront. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 21st year of free family fun. Dance to the Sea Shanties, board a vessel, crafts and demonstrations. 978-7401650,

August 15: August Moon Festival. Held annually around the Boston Chinatown Gateway arch on Harrison Ave., Boston. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Food vendors, Chinese dough art, Chinese opera, children’s Chinese folk dance, martial arts performances, lion dances.

August 7: 13th Annual Massachusetts Marketplace Festival. Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington St., Wellesley. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring the finest products from the region’s fields, farms, gardens and kitchens. Over 60 vendors offering new and locally produced food products, crafts, garden ornaments and gifts, Plant sale and garden tours. A $6, C Under 12 $2. Tickets are available onsite the day of the event. 617-933-4982, August 7: 26thh Annual The Beast of the East Massachusetts State Chili Cookoff. Bentley Field, Grove St., Winchendon. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. A fun-filled, family event with competitors from across the nation, chili tastings, music, games and family fun. 978-2971815, August 8: Wachusett Valley Folk Festival. Wachusett Village Inn, 9 Westminster. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Artists include Ashbrook Haynes, Brooks Williams, Don White, Maeve, Mustard’s Retreat, Pesky J. Nixon, Susan Werner, and Vance Gilbert. Tickets $30 after August 1, $90 VIP. Call Denise Hurley at 978-365-2043, August 11 – 15: Bolton Fair at The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, Route 117. An old-fashioned agricultural fair with animal shows and contests, an exhibit hall, entertainment, fireworks and an expanded midway. “Midway preview night” on Wednesday, fair opens Thursday. Free parking. For up-to-date hours and events, visit August 12 – 15: The Sorrento Cheese Fisherman’s Feast. North End of North, Lewis & Fleet Streets, Boston. Boston’s oldest continuous Italian festival. Traditional processions, enticing food, cooking demos, entertainment and free children’s events. 617-248-0066, August 14 – 15: 30th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. Stage Fort Park, Jct. Rtes. 127 and 133, Gloucester. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gorgeous Seaside Setting! Lobster Bake & more! or August 15: The 31st Annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival. Millbrook Meadow, directly across

August 16 – 20: Annual Hampton Beach Children’s Festival. Starting at 10 a.m. Five days of activities for children and their families, including magic and talent shows, mini-golf, free ice cream and much more! On Fri., Aug. 20th, enjoy a children’s parade – a giant costume parade where every child wins a prize. August 20 - 21: Boston GreenFest 2010. Boston City Hall Plaza, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Interactive exhibits, workshops, presentations and special features: continuous live entertainment on three stages, Time Tunnel, Project Eco-Runway (green fashion shows), GreenFilmFest for children and adults, eco-games, One Gallon Challenge – a “race” starting at 11 a.m. August 19th from Greenfield to GreenFest for cars that can drive 100 miles on 1 gallon of gas, lots of great kids’ activities including puppet shows and yo-yo shows, great food, and much more. August 20 – 21: 248th Hardwick Community Fair. Town Common. The Oldest Fair in the U.S. Friday from 5:30 p.m. Fair supper, quilt exhibit, lumberjack contest, pony and hay rides and more. Saturday from 7:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast, mountain bike races, tennis tournament, cattle judging, children’s parade and more. Tickets $9 PP. Reservations: 413477-6518. August 20 – 22. The 93rd Annual Heath Fair. Hosmer Rd., Heath. Fri., 5 – 11 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m.11 p.m., Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Three days of family fun - music, fireworks, kids games, horse draw, tractor & truck pulls, crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, animal judging, chicken BBQ, square dancing. Most everything is free with admission. A$7; Sr. $4; C 10 and under free. 413-337-6626, August 20 – 22: Westfield Fair. Russellville Rd., Westfield. Fri., 5 – 10 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits, live entertainment on stage, craft barn. horse show, kids day Sat., free bike raffle, pedal tractor pull, kids games, truck pull Fri. night, oxen pull & demolition derby on Sat., tractor pull & oxen pull on Sun., Idol competition on Sun. A$7, Sr.$5, C 12 and under free with paid adult. Free parking. 413-562-3001.

August 20 – 29: Marshfield Fair 2010. Daily Entertainment (subject to change): Lon Cerel - Balloon Magic, fiesta shows, blacksmith shop, frontier show, Rick Madden - organic gardening demonstrations and workshops, Ed & Geraldine - fiddler and guitarist, stilt walker, raptors - exhibit and demonstrations and more. For tickets, hours and complete schedule of events: August 21: The 5th Annual West End Children’s Festival. Thoreau Park, Blossom St., Boston. Noon – 4 p.m. Offers a full schedule of entertainment all day. This year’s theme is International Flavor. Free, but sign-up is required. August 21: Verrill Farm Corn & Tomato Festival. 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This popular event features corn and tomatoes - two of summer’s most popular crops. A great day at the farm for all ages. Tastings of corn and tomatoes, live music, hayrides and pony rides (small fee) and more! A$8.50pp, C under 10 $4.50. 978-369-4494, August 21: 14th Annual Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival. Esplanade and Sampas Pavillion, Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell. Traditional dances, boat races, games and activities, international food, and arts and crafts from Southeast Asia. August 21: North Orange Village Fair at Goddard Park and Community Church of North Orange and Tully, Main St., North Orange. August 21: Latin American Festival. City Hall, 455 Main St., Worcester. Noon – 9 p.m. Live Latin music on stage, children’s tent and activities, food, dancing. August 21 – 22: 36th Annual Templeton Arts and Crafts Festival. Templeton Common, Rte. 2A, Templeton. Thousands of annual visitors view more than 100 vendors. Free admission and parking. August 28: Holden Days Celebrate America. Main St., Holden. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Includes free performances by Blind Tiger Swing Posse and Wildest Dream; a food court and marketplace business booths; a farmer’s market, chicken barbecue, storytelling and sing-a-longs in the Kids Court featuring the Roaming Railroad, along with archery, face painting, games and contests and much more. 508-829-9220, August 28: Tomato Festival. Red Fire Farm, 7 Carver St., Granby. 12 – 5 p.m. Taste over seventy varieties of organic tomatoes, run or walk in a 5K Tomato Trot, live music and dance, lessons from professional chefs and food preservers, hayrides, Pick Your

Own Tomatoes, food vendors, local artisans, kids activities and more! Call for ticket prices. 413-467-SOIL or August 28: Yankee Street Fair at First Congregational Church, 138 Main St., Ashburnham. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Held for the past 65 years, the Yankee Street Fair offers food, games, a silent auction, bargains, entertainment and the always-popular strawberry shortcake. Call 978-874-5790 mornings. August 28 & 29: Antique and Classic Boat Festival. Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem. Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A rare chance to see vintage motor yachts and sailboats of all kind. Craft fairs, artists, children’s activities, parade of boats, and more! $5 donation, C under 12, free. August 28 & 29: 9th Annual Opening Week. at Sholan Farms. 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment, apple picking, hayrides, hiking and good old-fashioned fun. Great food and numerous free interactive children’s events. 978-840-FARM, September 2 - 6: Spencer Fair. Smithville Road, Spencer. Animal, vegetable & horticultural competitions & exhibits, stage shows, hypnotist- Dan Candell, The High Flying Pages, demolition derbies, truck pull, and children’s entertainment area. A $7, S and C ages 7-12 $6, under 7 free. 508-885-5814, September 3- 6: Three County Fair. Bridge St., Northampton. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Major events this year are three Monster Truck shows on Sat., Sun. and Mon. at 1 p.m. Demolition Derbies to be held on Fri. and Sat. at 6:30 p.m. New this year is an entertaining and fascinating show featuring Adam Burck’s royal and white Bengal tigers. Where can you find a show that has illusions, juggling, mind-reading, fire-eating, bunnies, doves, a python, escapes, balancing, hypnotism and more? Right here at the Three County Fair, where the Kent Family Circus puts on an amazingly exciting show! Plus, Grannie’s Racing Pigs, midway, and more! For hours and admission: September 3 – 6: 26th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Races, parade of sail, deck, tours, public sails, lighted boat parade and other maritime activities. 978-283-1601,

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Continued from page 57 Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400, FREE Sunday Parkland Games. The Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge at the base of DeWolfe St. 2 - 5 p.m. See Aug. 1 listing for details. FREE Montessori School Open House. Sunrise Montessori School, 31 Hayward St., Franklin. 2 – 4 p.m. Families are welcome to attend this admissions open house, tour the classrooms and meet the teachers. Sunrise Montessori School provides preschool & kindergarten programs for children ages 2.9 to 6. 508-541-8010, Julie’s Seventies Party. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Join this special party event to learn about Julie’s life in the ‘70s. Have fun with your favorite girl while playing 1970’s trivia and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages. $26 PP (gratuity not included). For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,


Friends of Leominster Library Book Sale. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. See Aug. 5 listing for details.

FREE Family Games Night. The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, North End Parks and Chinatown Park, Boston. See Aug. 4 listing for details.

FREE Sandal Bookmark Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Make a funky flip-flop bookmark! For girls ages 8 and up.

Summer Explorers. Boston Children’s Museum. 11 a.m. – Noon. See Aug. 4 listing for details.

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 10:30 a.m. Ready for School? Read “Kindergarten Rocks” and “Kindergarten Cat.” 781-231-4711,

FREE Back-to-School Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St.,Boston. 11 a.m. Featuring, “First Day Jitters”, “The Night Before Kindergarten” & “The Night Before First Grade.” 617-247-6959, FREE The Saori Bridges of Elm Park. Saori Worcester, Elm Park. Dawn to dusk daily. Through August 29. The Saori Bridges of Elm Park is a Community Peace

27FRIDAY Half-Price Friday Nights at The Discovery Museums. 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 – 9 p.m. Theme – Paint like Pollack. See Aug. 6 listing for details.

Take Flight. Providence Children’s Museum. See Aug. 21 listing for details.


FREE Flicks on the Field 2010. Parent Talk, Claxton Field, Central Ave., Needham. 6:30 p.m. Movie: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG). Bring your comfy lawn chairs, cozy blankets and picnics and enjoy a free movie under the stars. Rain date: Aug 29. 617-257-3012,

Glass Xylophones. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 – 3 p.m. Kids make cool melodies with glasses of water in the FETCH!™ Lab, a hands-on activity center. Ages. 5 – 11. Free with $8.50 Museum admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

Five-Minute Doll ’Dos. American Girl. Natick Collection. 2:30 p.m. She’ll learn to do super-fast styles, including a braided headband, twisty bun and game-time ponytail. This class is taught by Doll Hair Salon stylists. Each girl will also receive a special goody bag with doll hair accessories and styling instructions. $24 PP. For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223, Dance ‘n play for a Day and Intro to Dance for a Day. Dance it up! Dance Center, 36 North Main St., North Grafton. See Aug. 3 listing for details. Fancy Nancy Soiree. 132 Main Street, Wenham. 1 – 3 p.m.Wear your most glamorous frock and sparkly accessories to a spectacular party with Fancy Nancy’s swanky neighbor, Mrs. Devine. Discover the ins-and-outs of being fancy, the proper way to greet your guests and nibble on refreshments. Make a fabulous butterfly to take home. Kids ages 3+. Pre-registration req.: $14 pp. 978-468-2377, 62 AUGUST2010

Quill Pen Writing and Drawing. The Paul Revere House,19 North Square, Boston. 1 – 4 p.m. Dressed in colonial garb, R. P. Hale uses early American teaching techniques to instruct museum visitors in the art of writing and drawing with quills. A $3.50, C $1, Included with admission. 617-523-2338,

10th Annual Opening Week at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Also on August 29). Live entertainment, apple picking, hayrides, hiking, and good old-fashioned fun mark the start of harvest season. 978-840-3276, sholanfarms.

Sing Along with Dale Freeman. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Dale provides a great beat and different musical styles to go along with exploration. Rain date: Mon., Aug., 30 at 10 a.m. $10.50 PP admission to both museums, under 1, free. 978-264-4200

FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. See Aug. 3 listing for details.

FREE Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 11 a.m. Featuring, “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School,” “Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.” and “Froggy Goes To School.”1617-247-6959,

Day Out With Thomas. Edaville USA, 7 Eda Ave., Carver. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Also August 29). Take a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ through the beautiful scenery of the pine groves and cranberry bogs! Children will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live children’s entertainment, play and create with MEGA Bloks ® in the Imagination Station, and of course enjoy Edaville USA’s fantastic amusement rides! $18 PP. 508-866-8190,

Heritage Market Opens. Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, Whitinsville. See Aug. 1 listing for details.


FREE Play Date: Positively Captivating Portraits. The Institute of Contemporary Art., Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission on the last Saturday of each month for families of four. See Charles LeDray’s unusual and amazing works, crafted carefully by hand, then step into the Bank of America Art Lab to create individual or family portraits. Ready for more fun? Visit the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater for films and performances by guest artists.

FREE Back-to-School Storytime and Craft. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617- 499-2000,

Children’s Seasonal Consignment Sale Event. Whitinsville. See Aug. 21 listing for details.

FREE Breastfeeding Support Group. Mothers and Company, 140 Worcester St., 1st Floor, West Boylston. 1 – 2 p.m. Facilitated by a breastfeeding counselor who will elicit questions and solutions from the group as well as share her knowledge. Just drop in!


It’s another FREE family playdate at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, on Saturday,August 28, filled with exhibits, hands-on art, and films and performances by guest artists. Installation consisting of 66 banners, hand-woven by Saori freestyle weavers who live locally, across the 50 states, and around the world. The banners will be draped over these two iconic bridges of Worcester by Saori artist Mihoko Wakabayashi. The event marks the 25th anniversary of the bridges’ restoration. Park visitors can view and even touch the work from dawn to dusk daily, enjoying it from a distance or by walking on the bridges. 508-757-4646,

26THURSDAY FREE Summer Night Concert Series. The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks, near the Rings Fountain, Boston. See Aug. 5 listing for details. Miss Candy’s Petting Zoo. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Plenty of bunnies, ducks and chickens as well as some larger critters like a miniature horse, llama, or a goat. All activities are free with admission. $6 PP, under 1, free. 508-230-3789, Grafton Farmers Market. See Aug. 5 listing for details.

Having Fun with Fossils & Dinosaurs! Featuring Paulette Morin. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. See Aug. 11 listing for details. Movies on the Milk Bottle. Boston Children’s Museum. 8:15 p.m. Watch a program of short, kid-friendly films. A $12, C (1-15) $9, under 1, free. 617-426-6500, FREE Rebecca’s Movie Star Craft. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Your girl can bring Rebecca’s love of acting to life by decorating a dazzling starshaped nameplate to hang on the door of her own “dressing room” at home. For girls ages 8 and up.

Domino Madness. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St.1 – 3 p.m. Families use 1,000 dominos to make amazing chains that spiral, zigzag and snake. Ages 5 – 11. Free with $8.50 Museum admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Rainforest Weekend at Davis’ Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Rd., Sterling. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you love creepy crawly creatures, then slither your way to Davis’ Farmland. See gators, lizards, snakes, frogs and even a giant tortoise! Call 978-422-MOOO for admission and more information. Jason James and the Baystate Rockers Outdoor Concert. Goodale Field, Crescent St., West Boylston. 7 p.m. Bring a picnic and some glow-sticks and toys for the kids. Mellowmafia opens for this popular rock-abilly band. A$10, C (13 – 21) $5, Under 12, FREE.. All proceeds help to save arts and music for West Boylston students. Rain Location: Major Edwards Elementary school


Rebecca’s Movie Fun Day. American Girl. Natick Collection. 1 p.m. Learn about Rebecca’s love for acting and the movies. Enjoy a delicious meal together and a keepsake memory booklet to help commemorate this special day. For girls 8 and up. $26 PP (gratuity not included). Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

Puppet Shows. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. Sundays, 1 p.m. in August. Shows are between 45 minutes and one hour in length. $10pp. 617-731-6400,

FREE School Days Story Time. Barnes & Noble, 444 A Broadway, Saugus. 6:30 p.m. Hear school tales including, “The Sandwich Swap”. 781-231-4711,

FREE Sunday Parkland Games. The Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge at the base of DeWolfe St. 2 - 5 p.m. See Aug. 1 listing for details.

Day Out With Thomas. Edaville USA, 7 Eda Ave., Carver. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. See Aug. 28 listing for details. 10th Annual Opening Week at Sholan Farms, Leominster. See Aug. 28 listing for details. Delicious Desserts for Girls & Dolls. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Learn to bake special girl- and doll-sized treats with the chefs at American Girl. $35 PP (gratuity not included). For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223, Domino Madness. Providence Children’s Museum. See Aug. 28 listing for details. Rainforest Weekend at Davis’ Farmland, Sterling. See Aug. 28th listing for details. Heritage Market. Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, Whitinsville. See Aug. 1 listing for details.

30MONDAY Classic Autos at Sholan Farms, 1125 Pleasant St., Leominster. Sholan Farms and the Mid-State Antique Auto Club ( welcome owners of classic and antique vehicles to participate. 978-840-3276, Dazzle Your Doll. American Girl. Natick Collection. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. See Aug. 12 listing for details. Float My Boat . Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St. 1 – 3 p.m. Load tinfoil boats with penny passengers and see how long they’ll stay afloat in the FETCH!™ Lab, an interactive science station. Ages 5 – 11. Free with $8.50 Museum admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

31TUESDAY FREE Storytime. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. See Aug. 3 listing for details. “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Money” Workshop. American Girl. Natick Collection. 11 a.m. She’ll get smart about saving and spending in this workshop based on the American Girl book A Smart Girl’s Guide to Money. This fun, educational event features a career quiz, tips on saving and a money-smarts game with twenty-five pretend dollars to spend. $24 PP. For girls 8 and up. Reservations required. 877-247-5223,

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CALLING All OPTIMISTS There’s still time before school starts to earn VGP status this summer! Boston’s very own Life is good® company is reaching out to some very good families to earn VGP status this summer. The popular (and positive) apparel and accessories company is hosting a two-day music festival at Blue Hills in Canton, September 11 and 12. The musical line-up includes many top-notch musicians for parents and children alike such as Jason Miraz, The Laurie Berkner Band, Ziggy Marley, They Might Be Giants and more. And for the first time, Life is good has set a goal to raise $1 million through festival ticket sales and fundraising to heal and strengthen children facing life-threatening challenges. Attendees who raise money will receive VGP perks and privileges (Life is good’s version of a VIP is a VGP — a Very Good Person). VGPs will have the opportunity to access exclusive hospitality, preferred viewing, artist meet and greets and other prizes. Additionally, Life is good will donate 100% of its profits from ticket sales, sponsors and onsite apparel and merchandise sales to the Life is good Kids Foundation. For more information on the festival, visit

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“We are going zorbing! Check it out online at,” I replied. As Sam typed in the address, his 9-year-old brother Joey rushed in from the kitchen to look over his shoulder. “You mean, someone gets inside of that giant ball and rolls down a hill?” Joey quietly asked as his eyes stayed fixed on the computer screen. “Maybe you,” I teased. “We’re going tomorrow morning at ten. That giant ball is called an OGO, and there is one in Massachusetts at the Amesbury Sports Park. And we can go tubing there, too!” “How do you tube without snow?” they both asked. To find out, they went to the sports park Web site and looked through the pictures. They spent the next half hour reading about zorbing, thinking about rolling inside a huge bouncy ball and wondering how a snow tube can go downhill without snow or water. Curiosity had us all in the car early the next morning. We could see the Amesbury Sports Park to our right as we neared exit 54 on I-495 north. A few tubes were going down the slides, and we noticed several large plastic balls at the top of the hillside. I sensed Joey’s excitement turning to hesitation as he studied the enormous plastic balls perched on the hilltop. “Mom, what if I don’t want to go zorbing?” Joey asked cautiously, still staring out the window. I knew the size of the OGO surprised him. Each ball is eleven feet in diameter. Riders are strapped into a harness in the middle of the ball. The OGO is then launched from the top of the hill where it proceeds to roll and bounce down a hillside to a landing field at the bottom. There, several attendants help the ball

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AMESBURY SPORTS PARK 12 South Hunt Road Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913 978-388-5788 The OGO and summer tubing is available throughout the summer Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tubing rates are 2 rides for $5, 2 hours for $12, and 3 hours for $17. OGO rates are 1 ride for $20, 2 rides for $35, and 3 rides for $45. All participants are required to sign a waiver, which can be reviewed on the website.



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the hill in the OGO. Some were older like me and many were younger like Sam. “We get people of all ages,” the attendant explained. We watched groups of friends splash down the hill in the H2OGO, looking like a human washing machine rolling by. And we shared smiles with everyone who was zorbing and tubing that afternoon. “This is great!” Joey yelled again as he ran by me for a final run down the slide. I lost count of how many times he screamed those three words to me. One of the things that made the experience great for me is that it appealed to both of my children. There is a notable age difference between my boys often making it tricky for me to find activities that appeal to both of their generations. The Amesbury Sports Park had something for all ages, and that makes it a good summer destination for families. We left Amesbury Sports Park for home well rocked and rolled. We chattered and chuckled. We tubed and zorbed. We - literally - had a ball.

roll to a stop before unloading a well-tossed thrillseeker. A second type of OGO is also available for riders at the Amesbury Sports Park. It is called an H2OGO. Seven gallons of water fill the inside of the ball, and up to three riders can roll down the hill together. The water keeps the interior of the ball slippery enough that riders do not rotate. Instead, the ball revolves around them. This makes for a much less dizzying experience than with the harness ball. A wave of relief came over Joey as we were getting our tickets. General Manager Kevin Jacques explained that riders of the harness ball had to be five feet tall. Joey’s smile returned quickly as he made sure we all knew he was only 54 inches tall. “Well, you are tall enough to ride the water ball,” Jacques offered. Joey said he would think about it, and then he strategically changed the subject by asking where he could get a tube for tubing. We walked towards the two large plastic slides that ran up the hillside. A motorized belt made getting to the top of the hill relaxing. The three of us joined hands and tubes as we made our initial tubing run. Attendants sprayed lubricant to the bottom of our tubes before launching us down the long plastic slide. We all screamed and laughed as we soared under the sunshine together. Joey was the first one out of his tube. He grabbed it and ran to the conveyer belt. “This is great!” he squealed. Over the next two hours, we raced each other and followed each other down the tubing slides without taking a break. It was a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Finally, it was time for Sam to try out the harness ball. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” played in the background and we could hear the lyrics, “Major Tom to Ground Control” as Sam tightened his straps before his launch. I took a few pictures of him inside the ball before joining Joey at the top of the hill to watch Sam roll away. A large metal gate holding the ball in place opened, and off went the OGO. It rolled and bounced its way down the hill before coming to a stop. Joey and I raced down the tubing slides to meet up with Sam. “That was cool,” Sam smiled as he exited the orb. “I could definitely do that again.” And he did. Now, I would love to tell you that the second time was even better for Sam. But he looked a little pale as he pulled himself from the OGO after a repeat ride. “Are you okay?” I asked. “Let’s just say I should have stopped after one roll,” he laughed. We watched other riders bounce their way down


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Where: Boston Sports Club, Wellesley, MA

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Parents and daughters ages 4-8 are invited to wear their favorite party dresses and enjoy singing, dancing, and photos with the princesses, plus fun snacks, mini-manicures and gift bags…with all proceeds benefiting moms and families fighting breast cancer. To raise money for The Ellie Fund which provides transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping and meals free of charge to hundreds of women and families each year who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer in Massachusetts.

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