With April Vacation just around the corner and cabin fever reaching epidemic levels, we thought we'd plant a few fun ideas for parents and grandparents who will be vacationing with children. All of these activities are free or remarkably inexpensive and adult friendly for those of us who will always be kids at heart.
*L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery program will be operating in full-force this Spring with a multitude of activities available. Mostly relative to fishing, they include Fish Tank Talks, Fly-Casting Lessons, Catch-and-Release Fishing Demos, and 1-2 Day Fly-Fishing Courses. Some of the above activities are at a cost, and are limited availability, so act fast to secure a spot! A full listing of events can be found athttp://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?nav=bc.
*Wolfe's Neck Farm is always welcoming youngsters to assist them in their daily farmhand duties with their "Farmer for the Morning" program. Help feed animals, put out hay, collect eggs, sweep the barn and ensure that all of the animals are happy and healthy! $5/person.
Additionally, from April 20-24th, Wolfe's Neck offers camp programs and activities which may consist of bird watching, planting in the soil, learning how to raise shiitake mushrooms, learning to dye, spin and felt wool and exploring the areas creeks and vernal pools for reptiles and amphibians which has always been one of my favorite spring activities.
*Bradbury Mountain State Park is open all year-round, but at last their trails and campgrounds are starting to become more manageable for hikers looking to traverse it's paths. Plus it's bird watching time and the hawk counters will be up there keeping track of raptor fly-overs!
*If your kids or grandkids are interested in getting their hands dirty in a different fashion, corral them up and make a trip to Freeport's own "Smudge: Art Studio for Kids." There they can work at the studio's various art stations, making as big a mess as they like, creating their very own art and expressing their imagination with paints! Visit their site for more information.
Outside of Freeport, just down the road apiece, you can find many other fun and fascinating activities for your kids and grand kids. Portland is full of fun activities, many of which are featured at their Children's Museum and Theatre! A few things already scheduled during April break include Live Animal Shows and Earth Day Celebrations featuring interactive science programs, art projects, puppet shows and more! Keep an eye on theircalendar of events as April draws nearer for more events and activities!
Another popular event just a bit outside Freeport, in the opposite direction, held annually in Boothbay, is the Fisherman's Festival. In 2015, it will be held the last weekend in April, the 24th, 25th and 26th. An abundance of fun activities are featured all weekend long in Boothbay, from trap hauling to codfish relay races and lobster crate racing! Spectator events such as a Children's Pageant and oyster shucking will also take place.
And of course last but not least, kids always love swimming in our indoor pool. Nothing is as entertaining as a pool full of kids having a great time, and best of all you can just sit and watch. Give us a call if we can help plan your getaway. We'd be happy to help craft a unique and memorable vacation experience for your family!