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For our family, one of the highlights of the season is shopping local fairs and festivals. We get to chat with vendors, learn about the beautiful things they make and find wonderful presents to give to loved ones. Following are some of the sweetest small gifts we discovered while shopping this month. Best of all, they’re just the right size for a stocking:

Maine Made Stocking Stuffers 2

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CP#1 broke her right foot over Easter, so our school vacation plans are limited to places we can easily get around. We’re considering a trip into Boston to visit the Franklin Park Zoo. MP, who is in need of warmth and flowers, is especially intrigued by the indoor tropical rainforest. And the zoo also provides wheelchairs to guests on a first come, first served basis, which will be a great help to our injured girl.

If Boston doesn’t make it into our plans, we may try going local to the Maine Wildlife Park. MP and DP haven’t been there with the kids since they were toddlers, so it will be fun to see the park again.

The Bowdoin College campus is always a great place to visit.

The Bowdoin College campus is always a great place to visit.

We recently visited the Bowdoin Art Museum and all of us enjoyed the Past Futures exhibit, which highlights science fiction and space travel. The museum is the perfect size for kids ages 7-up, and the bold paintings and space age graphics definitely appealed to our duo. While we were there, MP learned the museum hosts Family Saturdays with interactive activities for kids. This Saturday, April 18, it’s Family Saturday and there’s a free dance concert in the evening, too. If your kids are too small to brave the museum, the campus is a perfect place to explore or ride bikes.

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Last year, MP was flipping through the pages of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and a sweet Easter tree caught her eye. Inspired, MP decided to try creating a similar tree with the kids.

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We have been fans of Sheabella Tutus in Brunswick for what seems like for-evah. CP#1 was just 4-years old when she received a Paris Pink tutu for Christmas. She’s outgrown the tutu since, but its tulle beauty lives on at her former nursery school, where little ones transform into ballerinas during morning playtime.

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Note: While these events have come and gone, all of the libraries listed here have active kids’ programs. Don’t see your local library on the list? Visit here for a full listing of libraries throughout Maine.

MP has been busy thinking of things to do next week while the kids are on vacation. Many local libraries have great activities planned for children of all ages. And the best part? Most of the events are free! A road trip to a library you’ve never visited before is so much fun. You never know what you’ll discover.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite library events throughout the state:

Saturday, Feb. 18
Drop-in craft
Dyer Library
Saco
All ages
9:30-12:30 p.m.

Annual Teddy Bear Picnic:
BYO picnic & favorite stuffed animal
Dessert & drinks provided
Ellsworth Public Library
11 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Pajamarama:
Story time & crafts in your PJ’s
Scarborough Public Library
6:30- 7:30 p.m.
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MP loves the art fairs and craft shows that pop up during this time of year. There are so many talented people to discover. Case in point: while shopping Brunswick’s Artsy Affair, she came across these collectible dolls from talented mom and crafter, Erin Vazdauskas.

Each doll is made out of washable linen, felt and cotton.

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Note: Beattie Chicks is closing at the end of November 2012. Look for Leslie and Hannah’s great work at craft fairs and shops throughout New England. 

PS: The Beattie Chicks currently have a cute shop in Brunswick called, Hatch On Maine.

MP and CP#1 enjoyed a girls’ day out on Saturday and visited the Grand Opening of the Beattie Chicks Makery in Brunswick. Owners Leslie and Hannah Beattie are creative sisters-in-law who teach art classes to both kids and adults. The two women originally held classes at their home studios in Topsham and Harpswell, but after outgrowing these spaces, they decided to open a new studio at the Fort Andross Mill. Their goal? To build community through art.

The Makery reminded MP of her high school art classroom—only so much cooler. The generously sized space features student work as well as original art for sale. There are also shelves of rubber stamps, bins of brightly colored craft paper, paints, markers, brushes, fabrics and a sewing station.

Sweet little snowmen made by Hannah Beattie

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