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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!

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CP#1 using the cider press at Apple Day 2010.

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While visiting Rockport earlier this month, we discovered the stunning Beech Hill Preserve. The 295-acre preserve offers family-friendly trails alongside protected fields of organic blueberries and wildflowers. Beech Hill is one of those magical, Maine places where visiting feels like a privilege. We arrived at the Beech Hill Road trailhead and decided to take the short 3/4-mile hike to a stunning hilltop that overlooks Penobscot Bay.

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Memorial Day weekend. Huzzah! It’s finally here. As always, we have lots of fun plans in mind. Here are a few on our weekend wish list:

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We’re hoping the weather will be kind to us tonight, so we can check out Cassidy Holden and the Orleans Kids at Congress Square Park in Portland. The event is part of the Portland Swing Project, which showcases music and dance from the 1920s-40s through live music, dances and performances. CP#1 and #2 love all kinds of music, and we can’t wait for them to experience live jazz.

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During these long winter days, keeping our kids active and engaged can be a challenge. That’s why we were thrilled when we heard that Get Air, an indoor trampoline park for kids and adults, was opening in Portland. The park is situated inside a 25,000 square foot warehouse on industrial Riverside Street. Based on advice from friends who told us there were lines out the door on weekends, we chose to visit on a Wednesday afternoon. To save time, MP also filled out an online waiver for the family (the signed waiver is good for one year, so you only need to fill it out on the first visit).

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Summer is fleeting. MP wishes the family could have more time to enjoy the season before school, schedules, and big projects, like moving into a new house, became the focus of our days. But a girl can pretend, right? With that idea in mind, we visited Dot’s Ice Cream Shop in Bath.

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One of the things MP loves about living in Maine is that a hot evening can be made bearable by picnicking seaside. With this thought in mind, the family visited Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth—one of our favorite places to dine outdoors.

DP fired up the charcoal grill, while the kids explored the rocks with their grandmother. Each picnic spot is private and tucked away between hedges and beach roses. There are walking trails and open green spaces throughout the park (perfect for an impromptu game of kickball). And the view? Spectacular.

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Every once in awhile, the Cute Potato team has the opportunity to check out a family venue that’s new and fun. Enterprising mom Kara Dowling, who we highlighted in the past for her handmade stationery, invited us to visit The Rumpus Room—a wonderful, indoor play space in Brunswick for infants through age 6.

Inside The Rumpus Room.

MP and the kids were instantly smitten upon arrival. CP#1 and #2 didn’t know where to play first. The main room alone has a dome climbing structure, a ball pit (which a professional crew cleans every day), a Cedar Works wooden gym, and an impressive pirate ship. This room alone could keep the kids occupied for hours.

A super cute ride-on toy for little ones.

But of course, we were tempted to visit the next room, which is filled with all sorts of fun play things. CP#1 and #2 especially loved the Farmer’s Market, which displayed all sorts of wooden fruits and vegetables for MP to buy.

CP#1 calls in an order at the Farmers Market.

CP#2 meandered over to the dress up box, while his sister ran off to give the castle bounce house a try. And if that weren’t enough to keep them busy, The Rumpus Room also has a playhouse, reading and puzzle room, train table, and coloring station.

CP#2 creates his own kind of super hero.

CP#2 also took time to play some musical instruments.

As you can imagine, it was hard to get CP#1 and #2 to leave this fun play space.  MP gave them the 5-minute warning, and took in the kinds of things adults notice. The Rumpus Room is remarkably clean, there are bathrooms easily accessible from the second room, and there’s a tidy snack area with kid-sized picnic tables. Parents will find a Keurig coffee maker, so caffeine is always available (thank you, Kara)! Healthy snacks, like GoGo squeeZ and Clif Bars, are also for sale in case you’ve forgotten to bring your own.

With all these enticing options available, the team is certain to return soon. And, oh, did we mention? Look to the right. The Rumpus Room is our sponsor all this month. We’re so happy to have them join us!

To learn more about this mid-coast play space, visit the Rumpus Room site or find them on Facebook.

The Rumpus Room
9 Cumberland Street
Brunswick
207.729.0123

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