Spring is finally here and with this welcome new season comes a statewide celebration of all things maple. To help you decide where to go with your family, we scoured 81 listings to find some of the most unique places to visit.
Posted in Events, Farms, Food, tagged artisan maple syrup, bed and breakfasts for families, Belgian horses, blueberry fields bed and breakfast, chase farms, cutepotato.com, deb and cyd zeigler, dresden, dunham farm velvet hollow sugar works, gluten-free bakery maine, gluten-free on Maine Maple Sunday, goranson farm, holden, horse drawn carriage rides, horse drawn sleigh rides, jan goranson, Livermore, maine, Maine ice houses, maine maple sunday, maple candy, maple creemees, maple treats, rob johanson, Sarah's House, spring break maple and honey, spring in maine, tap your own trees, unique maine farms, unique maine sugarhouses, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, wells on March 20, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Activities, Adventure, Events, Parks, Road Trips, Trails, Uncategorized, tagged Circus Maine, Circus on Point, cross-country skiing, cumberland town forest, cutepotato.com, families, family activities for winter, family stays midcoast maine, hidden valley nature center, jefferson maine, kids, maine, maine cabins, maine forest yurts, maine land trusts, maine yurts, midcoast conservancy, outdoors, outside, saco heath preservce, seacoast adventures, snow tubing in maine, snowshoeing, windham maine, winslow park freeport, winter activities maine, winter walks on January 6, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Happy New Year! We missed you. With the holidays behind us, our thoughts are turning to winter and our wish list of things to do throughout the season. Skating, cross-country skiing, brunching with friends and local road trips have become favorite activities for our family, but we’re always looking to do more. Here’s our wish list for 2017: (more…)
Posted in Events, Parks, Restaurants, Road Trips, Trails, Travel, tagged acadia national park, Acadia National Park 100th birthday, asticou azalea garden, biddeford pool, cutepotato.com, evening lantern stroll, Family-friendly hikes, Kingfield Maine, lighthouse visit, maine summer adventures for families, maine trail finder, Maine Waterfalls, Moxie Falls, places to go with kids in maine, Rococo Artisan Ice Cream, seal harbor, The Forks, Wood Island Lighthouse on May 27, 2016| 1 Comment »
School is out in less than a month, and our summer is going to be busier than ever. MP has a special project she is working on, the kids are going to day camps, and we have family visiting from California for a few weeks. Still, there is always room for a few new adventures! Here’s what is on our list:
Maine Huts & Trails
We’ve heard so many good things about Maine Huts & Trails, a nonprofit organization in Kingfield that provides lodging and outdoor activities for all ages and levels of expertise. When a local Mom suggested CP #2’s third grade class take a year-end trip to Maine Huts & Trails, we were all in! Our plan is to take a short hike in with the kids to our hut, explore the grounds and enjoy a big, family-style meal together. We can’t think of a better way to kick off summer!
Posted in Activities, Events, Food, Road Trips, tagged 1839 replica one room school house, 1894 carousel, 19th century dairy equipment, 19th century instruments, 19th century willowbrook village, Adventure, antique farm tools, baked beans, bean supper, classes at Willowbrook in Newfield, cutepotato.com, durgin barn, Family, Farms, gneiss brewing company, gold pearl printing press, hand forged knife, Hilltop Boilers, history, kids, knife making, laura ingalls wilder, letterpress printing, little house in the big woods, maine, maine sugarhouse, maple syrup, maple syrup saturday, maple whoopie pies, newfield maine, restored carriages and sleighs, sap bucket races, Travel, village, willowbrook village, Willowbrook Village opening day, wooden butter churn on March 30, 2016| Leave a Comment »
Note: Sadly, Willowbrook Village closed in fall 2016 after 46 years of operation. See this Portland Press Herald feature for more.
With Maine Maple Sunday landing on Easter this year, we knew we wouldn’t have time to visit one of our favorite farms. So, we decided to switch things up a little and make the trip to 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield for Maple Syrup Saturday. The historic, country village has long been on our wish list of places to visit and this special event, which featured carriage rides, maple syrup making, a bean supper-style lunch, and a letterpress demonstration, gave us good reason to go.
Posted in Books, Events, Sponsors, tagged a little brown bat story, apple day, apples, cute potato sponsor, cutepotato.com, Events, fall, fall activities maine, fall family activities, Family, family activities maine, gilsland farm audubon center, islandport press, jada fitch illustration, kids, maine audubon, melissa kim, outdoors, preschool outreach, Sponsors, Wicked Good Food Truck, Wildlife on the Move on October 2, 2015| Leave a Comment »
There are family events we look forward to each fall, and despite how much our children have grown, the Apple Day celebration at Maine Audubon in Falmouth remains a favorite. CP#1 and #2 delight in making their own cider, listening to live music, and exploring the rolling trails along the marsh.
This year promises to be one of the best celebrations yet, as our Audubon friends have added a special event — the launch of a new board book called, “A Little Brown Bat Story” written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. The book, which teaches preschoolers about brown bat behavior and habitat, is the second in the Wildlife on the Move series from Islandport Press and Maine Audubon. What we love most: 10% of the proceeds from the book help fund Maine Audubon’s outreach programs for underserved preschools!
Posted in Events, Farms, tagged broadturn farm, Cute Potato Maine, cutepotato.com, Events, Family, farm visits maine, farm-based education maine, Farms, flowers maine, kids, maine, May, May Celebration, May in Maine, May Pole, paper flower craft, scarborough maine, spring, the cheese iron, things to do in Maine with kids, two lights state park on May 1, 2015| Leave a Comment »
It’s May! Finally. Our lawn is becoming greener, flowering trees are in bloom, and there are daffodils sprouting up everywhere. Last year, to celebrate this greening of our landscape, we traveled to Broadturn Farm in Scarborough for a May Day celebration. MP has long admired the farm for its beautiful flowers and farm-based educational programs. She couldn’t wait to visit with the kids and Grandma Cookie.
Posted in Activities, Events, tagged Boy & the World, cute potato, cutepotato.com, East End Community School, family friendly events maine, Horizon Beautiful, I Learn America, international films for children and teens, Lauri Boxer-Macomber, maine, Nickelodeon Cinema Portland Maine, On the Way to School, Portland, Portland Children's Film Festival Maine, Portland Maine Pubic Library, Providence, side x side Portland Maine, SPACE Gallery on March 23, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Our family was looking forward to visiting friends in Providence for our first children’s film festival over February break, but the weather didn’t cooperate. While Maine escaped a blizzard, Rhode Island was hit with a big snowstorm and we cancelled the trip. MP was so disappointed. She figured the kids would have to wait until next year for the experience.
Then MP received a note from Portland-based mom, Lauri Boxer-Macomber, detailing the city’s upcoming children’s film festival. The event, now in its 4th year, benefits the East End Community School, a K-5 public school in Portland. According to Lauri, one the festival’s main goals is to create lasting connections within the community through films.
The entirely volunteer-run festival, which begins Wednesday, March 25th and runs through Sunday, March 29th, features everything from animated short films for little ones to documentaries for teens. Each film focuses on a different part of the world in an effort to create a global awareness for young audiences. The films will be shown at several venues around Portland, including Space Gallery, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Portland Public Library, to name a few.