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We’re traveling this week, but MP has been thinking about some special things to do when we return. Not long ago, we discovered this beautiful new pirate ship at Winslow Park in Freeport. The tremendous, wooden play structure is designed for hours of imaginative play. From the bow of the ship, kids have a wonderful view of Casco Bay.

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Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, MP and CP#2 decided to check out Pitter Patter, Inc. — a children’s specialty shop in Bath.

The inviting store window on Front Street.

Shop owner Colleen Whitaker made us feel right at home. CP#2 was hot on the toy trail, so Colleen invited him to play with a building set while MP browsed.

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If you live in Maine, a sunny, 60º November day is something to savor. And if you’re like MP, the beautiful weather makes for a perfect excuse to visit a favorite farm stand like Wealden Farm in Freeport.

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Before school started, MP found herself with no childcare and a deadline to meet. A friend recommended taking CP#1 and #2 to Smudge Art Studio in Freeport—a creative space for kids. To MP’s delight and surprise, owner Sarah Jacobs will entertain little ones with art projects for two hours. Parents are free to go!

CP#1 and #2 were wide-eyed when they entered the studio. Smudge is the rare place where a kid can paint on the walls and get their hands sticky without Mom or Dad having a panic attack. The CP kids spent the first few minutes spraying the wall with food coloring and water. MP is certain they didn’t even notice her leave.

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Note: The Fresh Batch cafe is closed. The Freeport Public Market is now in it’s place. If you go Kamasouptra and Peachy’s Smoothie Cafe are definitely worth trying, and perfect for families looking for something simple, quick and satisfying. While the Cedar Works play set is no longer on site, the interior is much the same. 

The team visited The Fresh Batch, a new café in Freeport, to catch up with friends after a busy summer. The inviting space is colorful and fun. The walls are painted in bright shades of green. There are funky lighting fixtures from Portland’s Ember Grove Gallery throughout. And the most welcome highlight: a Cedar Works play set with a slide and bridge, so kids can play while they wait for their food to arrive.

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Teesdale

MP was recently introduced to the work of Portland-based artist Jessica Teesdale. Known as Clay Tile Mom, Jessica creates keepsake hand and foot print tiles.

The busy mother of three started her business in 2008. Since then, Jessica schedules print sessions at her home studio, playgroups or spaces like Smudge Art Studio in Freeport. The tiles are popular with families who want to capture a moment in time.

Sessions with Jessica take about 5 minutes for each child. She brings the printed clay back to her studio, shapes the tile, then glazes and fires the clay in the kiln.

Like her clients, Jessica says she cherishes a tile of her twin daughters’ hands and feet that a friend gave her years ago:

The tile is on my bedroom wall.  I love being able to feel the imprint of their hands and feet.  It is an amazing reminder of how small the babies were. After that, I have done clay prints of my kids each year. They grow so fast. 

FMI: visit Clay Tile Mom.

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When your neighborhood ice cream stand opens for the season, it’s worth visiting, no matter what the weather. Even though it was a little breezy outside, the team was determined to visit Freeport’s Mainely Custard on opening day.

Black Raspberry was today’s flavor, but the kids are traditionalists. CP#1 chose a scoop of chocolate custard on a sugar cone, and CP#2, who was wishing for strawberry, made the switch to vanilla without complaint. MP thinks they both look pleased:

Any day is a great day for custard!

Mainely Custard
(Road sign reads Classic Custard)
150 U.S. Route One
Freeport
865-4417

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