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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

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The team traveled to Boothbay Harbor recently to visit the Maine State Aquarium. The aquarium is small, but the interactive exhibits and the beautiful location make it well worth a visit.

CP#2, who is enthralled with sharks lately, couldn’t wait to see one close up. Not only did he get to see a shark, he was able to pet one in the touch tank (with supervision of course). We learned that chain cat sharks are nocturnal, so CP#2’s new friend didn’t mind being patted at all.

CP#2 visits the 850-gallon tank where skates and cat sharks make their home.


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What a treat it was to visit the McLaughlin Garden in South Paris. The kids loved exploring the small pathways between the gardens, while MP took in all of the lush, spring color.

We stopped at a bench near the barn for a picnic lunch, and then explored the Garden Gift Shop. The lovely shop is stocked with brightly glazed stoneware from Portland’s Dirt Girl Pottery, candles, colorful jewelry from Old Pool Glassworks in Biddeford and some fun gardening supplies.

The team takes a break at the Core Garden, the oldest section of McLaughlin Garden

Walk through the barn doors to find the Garden Gift Shop

MP had her eye on these bold candle holders…

Director Ruth Copeman, who is also the buyer for the shop, was so sweet to CP#1 and #2.  She graciously offered them cards to go along with the gift they selected for their grandmother, and let them choose a candle for an outdoor lantern MP purchased.

CP#1 and #2 searching for fish in a garden pond

But back to the gardens… the kids had a blast exploring all of the little hidden places. Their favorite was a short, woodland path that took them through a section of the garden called Wildflower Lane.

The kids and DP climbing the path near Wildflower Lane

We can’t wait to come back next month when the lilacs are in bloom. And Ruth says the garden plans to host children’s activities this summer, focusing on two our favorite things: food and flowers. We’ll keep you posted!

McLaughlin Garden
97 Main Street
South Paris

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