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Contents February 2019 Volume 34 • Number 6 Puppet Showplace Theatre

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• Win 4 tickets to Paw Patrol Live • Black History Month • Chinese New Years

Robotics Smart Machines: Rovers & Vehicles

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Camps and Summer Programs Schools and Childcare Centers Classes and Enrichment Entertainment & Party Needs

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declared February as Black History Month. Initially, in 1926, it simply began as a weeklong recognition of the role blacks have played in the evolution of the United States, thanks to NAACP leader Carter G. Woodson. The second week of February was chosen because it concurred with the birthdays of both abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

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f you find yourself at a Super Bowl party but lack a lot of football knowledge, impress your friends with a few related tidbits, like that the sterling silver trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. and weighs approximately seven pounds. And those funny commercials? A 30-second spot during the big game costs in excess of five million dollars. In 1967 the same spot sold for around $37,500.

Celebrate Black History Month with these Historical and Cultural Art Galleries and Museums AFRICAN AMERICANS LIVED FREELY IN BOSTON during a time when those

in the South were still living in slavery. By the year 1800, Boston’s free African-American community was one of the largest in North America. If you’re looking for ways to observe Black History Month in February with your family, try these Boston attractions: The Boston African American National Historic Site – The National Park Service has designated 15 pre-Civil War structures located on the north slope of Boston’s Beacon Hill as a historic site. The area is comprised of the Black Heritage Trail and the Museum of African American History, among other structures. These all honor the 19thcentury African Americans who lived freely in Boston and were leaders in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and early struggles for civil rights and education. Learn more about this site at nps.gov/boa. The Black Heritage Trail – This 1.6-mile walk takes you past 14 Beacon Hill-area sites related to Boston’s 19th-century black community, beginning with a memorial honoring Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts’ 54th Regiment, the first African Americans to fight in the Civil War. The African Meeting House, established in 1806 and the last stop on the trail, is the oldest existing black congregation church in the country. The National Park Service offers guided walking tours of the trail daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and at other times by special request. Self-guided tour information is also available. For more information, contact the park service at 617-742-5414 or visit afroammuseum.org/trail. The Museum of African American History – Located at 46 Joy St., in Boston, the historic African Meeting House and Abiel Smith School make up this museum that chronicles black history in Boston. The school building, the nation’s first public school for African American children, houses the museum’s exhibit galleries. National Black Doll Museum, Mansfield, MA – The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture opened its doors in historic downtown Mansfield, Mass July of 2012. The museum celebrates black history through the eyes of a doll collector. Location: 288 N Main St, Mansfield, www.nbdmhc.org The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) – NCAAA fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. Visitors info: 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, ncaaa.org See our calendar for more ways to celebrate Black History Month

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ARE WE 4 Tips for Safe Skating THERE YET? hen temperatures drop into the “brrr” zone, New England offers great ... NOW?

IF YOUR FAMILY IS TRAVELING FOR SCHOOL VACATION WEEK, keep kids comfortable and wellfed. Have them wear lightweight layers in the car and make sure to provide plenty of water and some nutritious, nonsugary snacks, which are different from the snacks they eat every day. Mad Libs books are a perfect way to keep them laughing, and they’ll learn grammar in the process.

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opportunities for outdoor ice skating, but make sure to skate safely!

• Contact your local police or fire department and find out which skating ponds are checked for safety and what the conditions are. • Check the ice for holes, cracks or debris. It should be smooth, thick, blue or clear-colored, with ice that is at least 6 inches thick. Light grey, dark black or slushy ice is not safe. The ground around the edge of the ice should be frozen, with no flowing water near the edges of the ice. • If while skating, the ice starts to crack beneath you, get down on all fours (distributing your body weight evenly), stay low and crawl to safety. • Never skate alone.

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PROMOTIONAL

Is it Normal Infant Reflux or an Underlying Health Issue?

By Lexington Smile Studio

How Infant Reflux Could Be a Sign of Lip and Tongue-Tie Conditions

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omforting a newborn with reflux can feel overwhelming, especially for new parents. Your baby cries or appears irritable after feedings. And despite all efforts, you become worrisome that the reflux may be serious. “It is common for infants to have reflux. However, when the reflux is noticeably painful or causes discomfort, parents should be concerned,” says Dr. Fawn Rosenberg, Lip and Tongue-Tie Specialist of Lexington Smile Studio. “Reflux is a related symptom of lip and tongue-tie conditions. Sadly, many parents and pediatricians are not aware. As a result, babies suffer from reflux and other related complications,” she states. Lip and tongue-tie conditions could be the cause of your infant’s reflux. If your child is diagnosed, treatment is quick and painless with a CO2 laser procedure.

Treatment is essential Lip and tongue-ties are known to cause related health issues that continue into adulthood. These complications include the following:

• Bruxism • Snoring • Sleep apnea • Mouth breathing • Difficulty chewing food • Delayed speech • Lisp • Speech issues • Rhinitis

• Oral health issues such as decay and gum disease • Neck, back, or jaw pain or tension • Migraines • Narrow airways • Difficulty sleeping • Narrow palate or upper jaw • Underbite or overbite • Chronic asthma

Infant Reflux Reflux is common in babies 18 months and younger. It occurs when breast milk or formula backs up from the stomach which causes the baby to spit up. Normal reflux should not interfere with your infant’s comfort or development. However, pain and poor weight gain are signs that the reflux should be addressed by a health professional. Serious reflux could be related to a digestive issue. On the other hand, it could also be a sign of lip and tongue-tie conditions. Reflux caused by lip and tongue-tie conditions can be easily overlooked by pediatricians. “Unfortunately, many of the parents, whose children I’ve treated, have visited multiple pediatricians that never suggested the possibility of lip and tongue-ties,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “Children shouldn’t suffer from reflux if lip or tongue-ties are the underlying issues. Instead, seeking consultation from a specialist is highly recommended, especially when these conditions can cause more issues like malnourishment.”

Lip and Tongue-Tie Conditions Lip ties and tongue ties occur when the frenula, or tissues, are too tight. Normally, the lip and tongue frenula become thin and detach from the upper lip and tongue before birth. However, some infants are born with them. Left untreated, babies develop unnecessary health complications that can worsen into adulthood. Parents should seek consultation from a lip and tongue-tie specialist if any of these symptoms apply:

• Reflux • Baby leaks milk while breastfeeding or bottle feeding • Difficult tongue movement such as side to side and outward • Gasping for air while feeding • Infant falls asleep while feeding before consuming enough milk or formula • Gassy or hiccups after feedings

• Poor latching or latches with gums • Smacking sounds or gulps milk when feeding • Oral blisters • Poor weight gain or malnourishment • Inability to use pacifier • Refuses to breastfeed

About Dr. Fawn Rosenberg, DMD, FAGD

CO2 Laser Treatment for Lip and Tongue-Ties Lip and tongue-tie is best treated right away as it prevents these issues including infant malnourishment. Fortunately, modern medicine offers a quick and easy laser alternative for lip and tongue-tie release. This revolutionary treatment offers a quick and painless result. Babies can breastfeed immediately afterwards with improved latching. “Infants as young as two days old can have the procedure. It takes a few seconds with minimal blood loss and the laser instantly sterilizes the area,” says Dr. Rosenberg. “I’ve performed thousands of these procedures and parents are always astonished. Their infant gains weight and breastfeeding becomes more comfortable for mothers and their babies.”

Seek Consultation for Lip and Tongue-Tie Conditions Reflux can be more than just normal baby spit up. It can be painful and result in poor weight gain. Seek consultation from a lip and tongue-tie specialist as the reflux could be a result of these underlying conditions. Parents may contact Dr. Fawn Rosenberg of Lexington Smile Studio at (781) 861-SMILE. They may also visit the office at 922 Waltham St Suite 202 Lexington, MA 02421.

Dr. Fawn Rosenberg graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1985 and received her Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1990. Since then, Dr. Rosenberg has been using a variety of lasers in dentistry for more than 20 years. Her credentials have been recognized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital along with Tufts, Boston, and Harvard universities where she previously held staff appointments. Dr. Rosenberg is devoted to continuing her education while participating in dental organizations. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals and International Consortium of Oral Ankylofrenula Professionals. February 2019 | BostonParentsPaper.com

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✼ Family Health

Dental Dilemmas

Get Answers to Confusing Questions About Your Child’s Teeth

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By Kelly Bryant

SEEING THAT FIRST TOOTH pop through

what’s the norm and when should you be concerned? “The average age for a baby’s first tooth to appear (or ‘erupt’) is 6 months, but there is certainly much variation on either side of this,” says Dr. Kristine A. Grazioso, D.M.D., of South Shore Children’s Dentistry in Cohasset. “If your baby is a little early or a little late getting that first tooth, please don’t worry! It is recommended that your baby be seen by a pediatric dentist sometime around his first birthday. If his primary teeth have not erupted by this first visit, it is something for you to address with the dentist. Through an exam, she can give you a better idea as to what appears to be developing and if there are any concerns.”

My 1-year-old child still doesn’t have any teeth, should I worry? For some babies, those little chompers start descending around 4 months, but that’s not the case for everyone. Take our own Senior Editor Cheryl Crosby: Each of her daughters had already passed their first birthdays before a tooth pushed through. So

My son (6) has friends who’ve all had visits from the tooth fairy, but no lost teeth here yet. Is that normal? Your child has all of his baby teeth – congrats! But now you have a kiddo on your hands who’s about to start kindergarten and herein lies the concern as to why

of your baby’s little smile is one of those exciting milestones parents anticipate. But what happens when all of the other babies at playgroup are getting their pearly whites while yours is still all gums? And on the other side of the coin, what if your kiddo is 6 and you’re still waiting for the opposite milestone – the loss of a tooth? As parents we can encourage brushing and good dental hygiene until the cows come home, but there are some aspects of tooth care and progression that remain a mystery. Much like everything else pertaining to kids, no two are exactly alike, and that’s certainly something to keep in mind before you start fretting. So relax, take a deep breath and let the experts address some common dental concerns all parents face.

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he hasn’t lost any teeth yet. It may feel like the tooth fairy has visited every single one of his friends but continues to skip over your house, what’s the deal? “Most kids lose their teeth between 6 to 7 years of age,” says Dr. Htet Htet, D.M.D., of Kid Care Dental in Stoughton. “If teeth come in late, kids will lose teeth later. Being late does not mean anytime is wrong. There is a genetic part involved as well. If parents lost their teeth late, their kids could lose teeth later. If the child has not lost any teeth by age 8, an orthodontic consult is recommended. There might be some permanent teeth that are missing or erupting in the wrong way.”

I’ve heard if a child needs braces, 9 years is the magic age. Is that true? There are a lot of “rules” out there pertaining to a child’s health (dental or otherwise) that have been around for so long it feels like they must be true. But just as getting and losing teeth depends on the kid, so does the need for braces. “Your child is most likely being seen every 6 months by their pediatric dentist – she will let you know how their dentition is developing and when/if an orthodontic consultation is necessary,” says Dr. Grazioso. “Some children really can benefit by early orthodontic intervention, while others have no need.” Dr. Htet also mentions that in the past, when tooth removal was common in an effort to correct bite and allow for tooth movement, children didn’t begin orthodontic treatment until age 12 or 14. Now interceptive orthodontics is often encouraged and is helpful in that it takes advantage of continuing growth to allow for fewer teeth to be extracted. Still, don’t feel the need to rush. “There is no harm in waiting; one can still get a good end result,” she says. “But you have to be open-minded about teeth removal and longer treatment time.” How do I know if my child needs sealants? Sealants can reduce cavities by up to nearly 80 percent, and up to 60 percent for four years or more, which is a pretty big deal. “Sealants are perhaps one of the best weapons to prevent tooth decay on permanent molars,” says Dr. Grazioso. “‘Fissure sealants’ were originally introduced back in the 1960s. They are a protective coating that is placed on the occlusal, or biting, surface of the molars. When placed on clean, cavity-free teeth, sealants form an excellent barrier that prevents these teeth from experiencing tooth decay. Your child’s pediatric dentist will assess if his teeth are candidates to be sealed and make a recommendation accordingly. Although sealants are very effective, a healthy diet low in sugar, tooth brushing at least twice a day and daily flossing are also key in preventing cavities.”

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Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? Just because it makes a cool noise doesn’t necessarily mean an electric toothbrush is better than your tried-and-true manual. Dr. Grazioso and Dr. Htet like both varieties. “The goal of a good toothbrush is to remove plaque,” says Dr. Htet. “Both manual and electric toothbrushes are equally effective as long as the brushing technique is correct. Regular toothbrushes are cost effective and easy to travel with. For reluctant brushers, an electric toothbrush can motivate to brush due to their fun perks such as a timer, character theme and sound effect. For kids who lack manual dexterity, an electric toothbrush can be helpful to remove more plaque.” Regardless of which type of brush you choose for your family, Dr. Grazioso suggests that a parent help a child brush her teeth until the age of 10. She also stresses the importance of flossing in addition to brushing. “In truth, the majority of the cavities that we see on children are between the teeth because of the difficulty in reaching these areas,” she says. “Floss is your best protection against this ‘interproximal’ decay. We encourage you to work with your child by using either the floss sticks or good, old-fashioned dental floss. The key, again, is consistency – you should help your child floss their teeth at least once a day. We generally recommend that this be done at bedtime. Once your child has brushed and flossed, we recommend that they then have nothing but water before bedtime or during the night.” My kid refuses to use toothpaste because of the texture, no matter which flavor we offer – help! Ah, the finicky kid who makes tooth brushing a fight – not exactly fun before school or bedtime. But, if this applies to your child, Dr. Grazioso encourages parents not to give up. “As you know, there are a variety of toothpaste brands and flavors on the market – there are even some ‘flavorless’ options out there,” she says. “If nothing seems to appeal to your little one, I would recommend that you build up their tolerance to the taste and consistency. Begin by putting a tiny amount of toothpaste on the brush. Once your child has put the brush in their mouth and brushed for one second, reward them with praise or even something motivating such as a sticker. Each time they brush, increase the amount and time for them to earn your praise or a reward. The trick is to not give up – and to try and build them up!” n Kelly Bryant is former associate editor of Boston Parents Paper.


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of Sending Teens to Camp

ummer camp is often a place to send elementary-age kids so they aren’t sitting around the house bored and so they’ll make friends and learn new things while having fun. As kids grow out of their “little kid years,” we sometimes forget that they still need those kinds of experiences they had when they were younger, just in a different form. Maybe you don’t think your teen needs summer camp. Your teen should be babysitting, mowing lawns, working at the pool, hanging around with friends, right? Well, sure! But why not send them off for a week or more of summer fun and learning this year for a break? Here are some great benefits for teens attending summer camp:

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Community service camps offer a great chance for teens to make a difference and help out in the community, while also learning skills that will carry them through their lives. Kids get to spend their days helping others, which just feels good to everyone involved. Maybe your teen will learn how to pack food for the homeless, teach kids how to read or work on a project that will

benefit the community, like cleaning up a playground or fixing equipment. They could even learn how to paint a house, care for a yard for an elderly person who is unable to do so anymore … or they may even learn how to plan and build a house for someone who is in need.

2 Making new friends.

It’s important to continue to grow and change, and adding new friends to one’s life enriches it at any age.

Some teens attend the same camp or camps every summer and might find the same friends there year after year. Many are attending for the very first time and need to hone their social skills to make new friends and get to know other kids in their age range outside of a school setting. Being in close proximity for days or weeks helps kids get closer, faster.

3 Learning new things.

Whether your teen attends a camp to learn more about horses, adventure, a specific sport or anything else, they have an entire day, week or longer to focus on that one activity and really immerse themselves in it. Who knows? Your teen might find a new passion that he never thought of before that could be helpful in his educational or work life later on down the road. Continued on page 16

Your child will be meeting kids of different ages and from different backgrounds. Learning how to get along and work as a team is a huge life skill that will be reinforced at camp.

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4Deepening their faith.

If your teen enjoys church youth groups and activities, a church or other organized religious camp might just be the ticket. The day might begin with a church service, followed by breakfast, then a hike and some time spent in the cabin with friends memorizing Bible verses for a competition at the end of the week. Later there could be singing songs around a bonfire while roasting s’mores.

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6Working as a team.

Your child will be meeting kids of different ages and from different backgrounds. Learning how to get along and work as a team is a huge life skill that will be reinforced at camp. Some camps even have kids do team-building and trust activities to help kids get to know each other.

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Away from screens (yes, I keep focusing on this one), it’s easier to focus on nature, learning, forming relationships and more. Being away from parents, kids will come home with a new appreciation for what it takes to be in a family and help out in the running of the household. Your teen will probably also appreciate funny things like a full pantry that’s open all day, their comfy bed and privacy! Teen summer camp has so many benefits that cover all the bases, including physical, social, mental and spiritual. As for the rest of the summer? Well, your teen can spend plenty of time doing those odd jobs to help pay for camp next year! Kerrie McLoughlin is the seasoned homeschooling mom of five. Three of the kids have done overnight camp and loved it! Find them at TheKerrieShow.com.

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fers classes, workshops, and school vacation programs for young actors. 200 The Riverway, Boston, wheelockfamilytheatre.org

Cape Cod Theatre Company No trip to the Cape will ever be complete again without ticket reservations after visiting this charming, delightful theatre featuring the members of the Harwich

Wheelock Family Theatre This premier Boston area’s children theatre located on the Fenway Campus of Boston University celebrates the power of storytelling for all ages. Winner of many prestigious awards and more than 100 staged productions to claim from family treasures like Peter Pan to provocative adaptations from award-winning books such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Wheelock’s affordable tickets are a must for a family matinee or evening out. The new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, part of the 2018-2019 season, will have everyone singing the whole way home. Their robust drama curriculum of-

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ooking for ways to show your family some love this month? Check out the mainstage at these local venues and experience the magic and inspiration of live stage performance as a family. From adored childhood tales to beloved Broadway musicals, and adaptations of classic favorites in between, these box offices are sure to deliver something unique and special that will linger between your family long after the curtain closes. What is it about live theatre that truly mesmerizes? Is it the pure excitement of being a part of an adventure? Connecting with people all around you and in front of you as part of a local community? Is it everyone simply dreaming together? For children especially, the gift of live theatre is often the spark that ignites the flame of self-expression, empathy for others, and plain, old-fashioned joy of imagination. Bucket lists are great, but while you’re in the planning stages of that epic family adventure, reserve some theatre tickets!


Junior Theatre. With ten productions and musicals on stage each year, there is no adventure too big or small for this bold company. From the smash Disney hit, Freaky Friday to the Tony-award winning musical Pippin, the imaginations of the young at heart will soar. Poetry comes to life for the older kids, and holiday shows are worth a trip back sans beach pails. 105 Division St., W. Harwich, capecodtheatrecompany.org

Puppet Showplace Theatre With puppets from around the world, a mainstage of pure silliness, puppetry classes, a puppetry library, and over 300 performances a year dedicated to this living art form, this village theater is as much cultural institution as it is entertainment venue. Known for it’s downright hilarity and adept presentation of diverse cultural heritages and creative self-expression, there is something to be found here for all ages. Vacation camps and birthday packages offer enriching alternatives to the norm. 32 Station St., Brookline, puppetshowplace.org

Adult Mainstage with Kids Summer Performances Gloucester Stage

North of the city on Gloucester’s waterfront is Cape Ann’s accomplished professional non-profit theatre entering their 40th season. The Gloucester Stage Company promises an intimate theatre-going experience, with audience members never being more than five rows from the stage. Don’t miss Neil Simon’s award-winning Barefoot in the Park coming this summer. Year-round youth acting workshops and summer schedule for young children. 267 East Main St., Gloucester, gloucesterstage.com

North Shore Music Theatre One of New England’s most attended theaters as well as one of the few playhouses in the U.S. still offering theatre-in-the-round viewing guarantees an intimate show between actors and audience at this north shore treasure in Beverly. Every year, an annual subscription series features smash hit musical productions like Jersey Boys and Sunset Boulevard as well as concerts and events. Kaleidoscope Theatre presents favorite children’s productions all summer long and the annual staging of A Christmas Carol caps every season. Summer intensives and the conservatory-style education program provides students the opportunity to become well-rounded actors and actresses. 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, nsmt.org

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Academy of the Company Theatre provides unparalleled performing arts education on the south shore and proudly stages four grand youth and teen musicals every year. With unique studio class offerings such as Shakespeare Speech and Dialect, Teen Broadway Dance and Broadway Musical Workshop, students are sure to be inspired and receive training in all styles of dance and performance. There’s even a technical apprentice program for tech students wanting to learn how to bring the magic of the stage to life. Check the website for mainstage productions and upcoming auditions! 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, companytheatre.com

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By Calvin Hennick

Robots

hen my son began expressing an interest in robotics last year, I didn’t know where to start. The toy store shelves were filled with futuristic products that bleeped and blooped, but I couldn’t tell the difference between the truly educational kits and the plastic junk. Well, we spent months testing them out so you don’t have to! Here are six kits that have more to offer than just a pretty box.

ming seemed fairly elementary, but the build and the robot itself were both a ton of fun. When my son showed off his various robots to grown-up visitors, this was the one that always delighted everybody. (I’ve personally witnessed more than one middle-aged man impatiently waiting for his with my iPhone to make Astron dance.)

Botley | $79.99

Here’s a perfect example of how a robot’s looks can be AGES 6+ deceiving. At first, I thought this was just a cutesy toy (and the cycloptic Dash, from Wonder Workshop, is definitely adorable). But it ended up being the best robot for teaching graphical programming, by a very wide margin. In terms of building, Dash offers only some attachments that kids can use to make helmets or other decorations. But the robot more than makes up for that in its mobile apps, which are filled with fun games that teach kids about robotics concepts like conditionals, variables, and functions. My son has spent, conservatively, at least 100 hours playing with and programming Dash, and he still has more to learn. Wonder Workshop also sells addons like a launcher and a xylophone, as well as the immobile (and less expensive) companion robot Dot. Highly recommended.

This bright-eyed, pint-sized blue robot on wheels allows AGES 5+ for screen-free programming. Kids use a remote programmer to punch in basic sequences, and then Botley moves around the room or delivers blocks to a circular orange goal. There’s also a line-following mode, which kids seem to find mesmerizing. Botley felt a little too young for my seven-year-old son, and my fouryear-old daughter could only use it with assistance. Still, it provides a fun introduction to robotics at a reasonable price point.

KIBO 21 | $499 This is the only other kit we tested that allows programAGES 4-7 ming without screens. The robot base has a scanner that kids use to scan the barcodes on wooden programming blocks, and kids can sequence them to make the robot turn on a light bulb, move and spin around, and respond to stimuli such as clapping. There are also fun physical features like changeable wobble wheels, a LEGO-buildable platform, and a miniature whiteboard that attaches to the base. The light, sound, and distance sensors make this a fun and flexible kit, although at this price point, it feels more appropriate for the educational market. (KIBO does offer more basic kits at lower price points, although these have fewer sensors and programming blocks.)

Robotics Smart Machines: Rovers & Vehicles | $134.95 From Thames & Kosmos, the Rovers & Vehicles kit provides AGES instructions for eight cool-looking builds, including a danc8+ ing bot, a scout rover, and a scorpion robot. My son and I started with the turtle robot, which uses a distance sensor to explore its surroundings and avoid obstacles. We didn’t explore the custom programming interface (available as a mobile app) too deeply, but it comes preloaded with default programs that show you what the robots can do. The fact that the kit only comes with one sensor does create some limitations, but the builds are fun (my son completed the turtle robot with almost no help), and the price point makes it a decent value.

JIMU Robot AstroBot Kit | $199.99 First of all, this kit gets huge bonus points for its instrucAGES 8+ tions, which are all on the accompanying mobile app and offer 360-degree views of every build step. This is superhelpful when dealing with a robotics build, which can otherwise rival IKEA furniture in the frustration department. We started with Astron, a little robot that can balance on one leg and perform complex dance moves. The infrared sensor felt a bit superfluous, and the program-

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Dash | $149.99

VEX IQ Robotics Construction Kit by HEXBUG | $299.99 This kit has the steepest learning curve of all the sets we AGES tested, along with one of the highest price points. But it 8+ also has the highest potential learning ceiling. With 750 parts — including a fully programmable robot brain, a remote control, a touch LED sensor, a bumper switch, a color sensor, and four motors — VEX IQ gives kids the tools they need to build and program some truly impressive creations. (Middle schoolers use beefed up versions of this set, with additional sensors and other parts, in national competitions.) The first day we had the set, my son and I built the Clawbot IQ and used the remote control to pick up tennis balls and drive them to different spots around the house. Then we built the humanoid Ike, the crane-like Armbot IQ, and some other instructions-based builds. We even bought some extra sensors and built and programmed a custom robot that could autonomously solve a maze we set up in the playroom – our highest robotics achievement to date! A word of warning: The online programming tutorials are very limited, leading to some moments of frustration. But this kit is going to keep us busy for years to come. Botley


Saturday, February 16

Lego Maritime Festival USS Constitution Museum Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22 (617) 426-1812 ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Inspired by the different ship designs on display in Masters of Miniature, head to the USS Constitution Museums to build your own ship with LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks

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First Friday Nights Free – Acton

Ragtime – Boston 7:30pm, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston University, Fenway Campus, 200 The Riverway. From the creators of Seussical and Once on this Island, comes a kaleidoscopic journey of three distinct families at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. This is a story of immigration, innovation, and “a dream of what this country could be.” Recommended for ages 10+. Through 2/17. 617-879-2300; www. wheelockfamilytheatre.org

The Young Company Winter Festival – Stoneham This winter, The Young Company introduces students and audiences to people who have felt like outsiders, and what amazing adventures we all go through to feel accepted. Through 2/03. See website for details. $15. 781-279-2200;www.stonehamtheatre.org

4:30 - 8:00 pm. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Enjoy free admission and explore the museums at night during this special monthly event, during which the museums gratefully accept food donations for area food pantries. FREE. 978-264-4200; discoverymuseums.org

2 Saturday, Groundhog Day Lunar New Year Celebration, Boston Children’s Museum– Boston 11am – 4pm, Boston Children’s Museum 308 Congress St. Welcome the Year of the Pig! Throughout the weekend, explore how communities in Boston celebrate the Lunar New Year through dance, games, and art with a focus on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Join a variety of performances and activities with local artists. Free with admission. 617- 426-6500; bostonkids.org

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Chinese New Year Celebration- Boston 10:30am-2pm. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. In celebration of the Chinese New Year, enjoy special performances, crafts and zookeeper chats! 617-989-3742; zoonewengland.org

Groundhog Day, Children’s Museum-Easton 9 am – 5 pm, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. Make a Punxsutawney Phil puppet and see if he can make a forecast. Free with admission. 508-2307130; childrensmuseumineaston.org

Groundhog Day, Climate Action Day – Lincoln 10am to 3pm, Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Help the famous groundhog, Ms. G, decipher the weather clues and deliver her annual forecast. Free with admission. 781-259-2200; massaudubon.org

Groundhog Day Shadows – Acton 11 am – 2pm, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow today or not, we will have plenty of shadows to experiment with at the Museum. Free with admission. 978264-4200; discoverymuseums.org

African-American Patriots Tour – Boston 12:45 pm Visitor Information Center, 139 Tremont St., Boston. In celebration of Black History month join a 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail focusing on African-American Bostonians. Weekends through Feb. 27. Adults, $12, children, $6.50. 617-357-8300, http://www. thefreedomtrail.org

Singin’ in the Rain – Brookline 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Dr. Daniel Davis, a member of Harvard University’s Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations team, introduces this iconic film about the birth of “talking pictures” with some ear- and eye-popping demonstrations illustrating the physics of sound. 6 and older. All seats, $6. 617-734-2501, coolidge.org

3 Sunday Go Home, Tiny Monster, Puppet Theatre– Brookline 1 & 3 pm, Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. “Go Home Tiny Monster” features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, physical theater, live music, joyously absurd silliness, and surprising poignancy. Ages 4 and up. $12. 617-731-6400, puppetshowplace.org

Frozen Fruitlands Weekends – Harvard Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 31st. Free with Winter Admission. 978-456-3924, fruitlands.org

4 Monday MFA Playdates – Boston 10:15 am. Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 am. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

5 Tuesday Babywearing Tour at the Gore Museum– Waltham 10-11am. 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Are you a new parent? Looking to get out of the house and be with other adults in a museum? Come to our special babywearing tour led by a veteran babywearer. Come see the gorgeous 1806 mansion, and we won’t mind if your baby sleeps – or cries – through our tour! $12. 781-894-2798; goreplace.org

6 Wednesday Exploring Music – Easton 10-11am, Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. This popular program offers a variety of creative musical activities: singing, rhythm making, dramatic interpretation, listening and learning

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about different forms and styles of music and lots of movement. Free with admission. 508-230-7130; childrensmuseumineaston.org

8 Friday Owl Festival: Live Owl Show – Natick Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Come explore the wonders of owls with friends and family! Go on a full moon owl prowl, or join us for an up-close and personal view of some of our local owl species. Through Sun. 508-655-2296; massaudubon.org

Salem’s So Sweet – Salem A chocolate and ice festival featuring samples and chocolate inspired menu items as well as a series of ice sculpture installations throughout downtown. Through Feb. 10. FREE. 978-744-0004 x15; salemmainstreets. org

9 Saturday Ragtime 2 & 7:30pm, Wheelock Family Theatre 200 The Riverway. From the creators of Seussical and Once on this Island, comes a kaleidoscopic journey of three distinct families at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. This is a story of immigration, innovation, and “a dream of what this country could be.” Recommended for ages 10+. Through 2/17. 617-879-2300; www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

Lunar New Year Celebration at the MFA– Boston 10 am- 5 pm, Celebrate the Year of the Pig with free admission all day long. Explore Chinese, Korean, and art and traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. FREE. 617-267-9300 www.mfa.org

Wayne Potash– Brookline 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Wayne and his band will be performing a special interactive rock and roll show for families with young children. Ages 2 and older. Adults $13.50, child $10.50. 617-734-2501, coolidge.org

Go Home, Tiny Monster, Puppet Theatre– Brookline 1 & 3 pm, Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. “Go Home Tiny Monster” features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, physical theater, live music, joyously absurd silliness, and surprising poignancy. Ages 4 and up. Repeats Sun. $12. 617-731-6400, puppetshowplace.org

10 Sunday Frozen Fruitlands Weekends – Harvard Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 31st. Free with Winter Admission. 978-456-3924, fruitlands.org

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs– Natick 1-2:15 pm. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. This program is for ages 6 and up. Registration required. Adults, $14, children, $8. 508-655-2296, massaudubon.org

12 Tuesday Snowshoes at the Gore Museum – Waltham 10am-3pm. 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent when the grounds are snow-covered (January – March). See website for rental fees. Rental hours are Monday through Friday 10 to 3 and Saturday 12 to 3. Admission $12. 781-894-2798; goreplace.org

14 Thursday, Valentine’s Day Free Admission at the I.C.A. – Boston 5-9 pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. The ICA offers a robust variety of exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming throughout the


year. Expand your horizons with every visit and discover something new. FREE. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

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1 & 3 pm, Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. “Go Home Tiny Monster” features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, physical theater, live music, joyously absurd silliness, and surprising poignancy. Ages 4 and up. $12. 617-731-6400, puppetshowplace.org

Various locations, Providence, R.I. A two week festival of exciting films from around the world, presentations and hands-on filmmaking workshops. Through Feb. 28. See website for a full line up of events. 401-209-7585; pcffri.org

Masters of Miniature: Best of the Best! – Charlestown 10am – 5 pm, USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, View the Best of the Best! at our 40th annual Model Ship Show. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the prize winning models from the last 5 years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle. Through Mar. 23. 617-426-1812; ussconstitutionmuseum.org

16 Saturday Black History Month:Tar Beach Storytime, Boston Children’s Museum– Boston 1 & 2pm, Boston Children’s Museum 308 Congress St. Join in for a reading of Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and participate in a fiber arts activity based on the story. Free with admission. 617- 426-6500; bostonkids.org

Black History Month: Story Quilt, BostonhkcHarvardCoopSociety1701.eps Children’s Museum– Boston 1 -3pm, Boston Children’s Museum 308 Congress St. Story Quilts have been an important part of Black and African American culture in North America for many years, telling stories and sharing history. Share your family’s story and add it to a collaborative Story Quilt. Free with admission. 617- 426-6500; bostonkids.org

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at 11:00 AM The 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. STORIES AND CRAFT Airborne Comedians are two performers BIRD who’ve traveled the globe performing their high-energy, unorthodoxSATURDAY, comedy juggling show14 to the JANUARY at 11:00 AM delight of all ages. Ages 3 and older. Adults $13.50, child $10.50. 617CELEBRATE PETS WITH 734-2501, coolidge.org STORIES AND A CRAFT

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Ragtime - Boston 2 & 7:30pm, Wheelock Family Theatre 200 The Riverway. From the creators of Seussical and Once on this Island, comes a kaleidoscopic journey of three distinct families at the turn of the 20th century in New York City. This is a story of immigration, innovation, and “a dream of what this country could be.” Recommended for ages 10+. Through 2/17. 617-879-2300; www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org

Lego Maritime Festival– Charlestown 10am-4pm. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22. Inspired by the different ship designs on display in Masters of Miniature, head to the USS Constitution Museums to build your own ship with LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks! USS Constitution Museum. Thru Feb. 24. 617-426-1812; ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Discovery Museum – Acton 11am-2pm. Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Repeats Sunday. Free with admission. 978-264-4200, www.discoverymuseums.org

MFA Playdates – Boston 10:15 am. Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 am. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE CENTERS Frozen Fruitlands Weekends – Harvard

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18 Monday, Presidents’ Day Celebrate Little Joe’s 26th Birthday– Boston

Serving ages 2.9 through Grade 8.

10:15 am. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. Cake, cards and decorations mark this western lowland gorilla’s birthday. Zookeeper encounters and crafts round out the day. 617-989-3742; zoonewengland.org

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Swimming lessons! For more information contact: Jeanette Keller summer@lesleyellis.org 781.641.5987 Register today. Space is limited! Go to: www.lesleyellis.org/summer-program

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Our mission is to create an early childhood program that fulfills the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of what is known to be the most significant period of human development. Friends Childcare offers an exciting, creative curriculum, as well as fun and stimulating learning activities for all age groups. Tailor-made schedule 7AM-6PM, 5 days a week. Regular in-house enrichment programs such as nature exploration, music, gross motor program, and baby massage are included in the tuition.

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Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 31st. Free with Winter Admission. 978-456-3924, fruitlands.org

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9:30am-3:30pm, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Every year, during Massachusetts February school vacation week, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week, with hands-on engineering-based activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. Thru Feb. 24. 617-253-5927; web.mit.edu/museum

Visit with President Lincoln – Concord 1-2pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. The Museum is pleased to host Steve Wood and his amazing performance as Abraham Lincoln. Wood’s first-person historical interpretation, “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln,” includes stories of Lincoln’s early life, campaign debates, the Civil War, and concludes with a stirring reading of the Gettysburg Address. $16 Adults, $8 Children. 978-369-9763; concordmuseum.org

19 Tuesday Wee Wear the Crowns! Celebrating Black Identity & Creativity at the I.C.A. – Boston 1-3 pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. Join Boston-based social justice project Wee the People for a two-part workshop celebrating black identity, creativity, and cultural expression. Children 17 and under are FREE. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

Snowshoes at the Gore Museum – Waltham 10am-3pm. 52 Gore Street, Waltham. Bundle up and enjoy the snow this winter! Snowshoes are available for children and adults to rent when the grounds are snow-covered (January – March). See website for rental fees. Rental hours are Monday through Friday 10 to 3 and Saturday 12 to 3. Admission $12. 781-894-2798; goreplace.org

Vacation Week Crafts – Concord 11am-3pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Get creative during vacation week with crafts available daily in Brooke Hall. Come take part in presidential crafts, make your own tricorn hat, and vote on your favorite object in the museum! Included with Museum admission; 978-369-9763; concordmuseum.org

Providence Children’s Film Festival– Providence Various locations, Providence, R.I. A two week festival of exciting films from around the world, presentations and hands-on filmmaking workshops. Through Feb. 28. See website for a full line up of events. 401-209-7585; pcffri.org

Drop-In Family Activities: Exploring Home at the Paul Revere House – Boston 1-3pm, Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. What makes a house a home? Come explore some materials, techniques, and designs used in three centuries of construction in Boston. Facilitated by a staff

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member, families will have a chance to see some historic building materials up close and learn about the architecture found in and around the Paul Revere House. Free with admission to the Revere House. 617-523-2338, paulreverehouse.org

20 Wednesday Masters of Miniature: Best of the Best! – Charlestown 10am – 5 pm, USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, View the Best of the Best! at our 40th annual Model Ship Show. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the prize winning models from the last 5 years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle. Through Mar. 23. 617-426-1812; ussconstitutionmuseum.org

Exploring Music – Easton 10-11am, Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. This popular program offers a variety of creative musical activities: singing, rhythm making, dramatic interpretation, listening and learning about different forms and styles of music and lots of movement. Free with admission. 508-230-7130; childrensmuseumineaston.org

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Free Admission at the I.C.A. – Boston 5-9 pm. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston. The ICA offers a robust variety of exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming throughout the year. Expand your horizons with every visit and discover something new. FREE. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org

22 Friday Sew Fun: Family Sewing Workshop at Fruitlands Museum – Harvard 1-2:30 pm. On Friday, kids and adults play and learn together about hand sewing and take home your own handmade winter accessory. Adult free, Child $15. 978-456-3924; fruitlands.org

23 Saturday Frozen Fruitlands Weekends – Harvard Noon to 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Bring your sleds, snowshoes and cross country skis to explore the snow covered hills and trails. Then warm up at the fire with cocoa and explore the museum. Weekends through March 31st. Free with Winter Admission. 978456-3924, fruitlands.org

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5:00 – 7:00 PM, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton, Owls are fascinating birds. Did you know that some species breed in winter? Or that they can be very vocal as they establish territory and communicate with mates? We’ll learn all about owls in a hands-on indoor introduction followed by a short hike to listen for owls WHOO might be nearby, or other nighttime wildlife. Open to families with children ages 5 and up. $9 Adult, $6 Child , 978-464-2712;www. massaudubon.org

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outdoors for hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, owl prowls and tales around the campfire. Adults, $10; youth, free. 781-740-7233; ttor.org. Family Owl Prowl, 7pm, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 24 Sunday 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. Practice owl calls and meet

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bring your snowshoes and sled to play. Then warm up with refreshments by the fire. $10 per car. 978-886-5297; ttor.org. about different forms and styles of music and lots of movement. Free with admission. 508-230-7130; childrensmuseumineaston.org

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Untold American Stories: Black History Month

Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled week of educational programming, as we explore inspiring true stories! In collaboration with Sweet Blackberry and local artists, the Library will offer morning and afternoon activities to complement short film screenings. Don’t forget to check out our all-day art activities from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. And be sure to explore the Mapparium®— it’s free all week for everyone 17 and younger! 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

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February Vacation Week Kids Get in Free! Monday–Friday, February 18–22 Make art, see performances, and join a story hour at Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures.

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