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Last Christmas, CP#1 and MP signed up for a kids’ wreath making workshop at O’Donals Nursery in Gorham. The nursery provides decorative greens and wreath making supplies for a small fee. When we arrived, there were long tables filled with boughs of White Pine, Cedar, and Balsam. Jeff O’Donal, our patient instructor, showed us how to arrange the greens in a fan shape before placing them on a wreath ring.

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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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Our family adores Maine winters. Really. After a busy holiday season, the team welcomes these slower, quieter months. There’s nothing quite like hanging out in our pjs and making pancakes when the snow flies. Similarly, spending time together outdoors is most definitely cold, but always memorable—even when CP#1 and #2 take a near eternity to get their gear on.

So you can imagine when MP spotted Baby Greene’s Maine Love tees on Etsy, she was positively smitten. If there were ever a logo that summed up the Cute Potato family, this one would be it.

What's not to love about this T-shirt?

Gorham-based artist Sabrina Thiemke-Greene says the design came to her while developing the Baby Greene line of alphabet tees. Originally, Sabrina hoped to say M is for Maine, but once she inserted the heart, the design just felt right. And isn’t that the way true love is supposed to feel? We certainly think so.

To browse Sabrina’s Etsy shop, visit  www.etsy.com/shop/babygreene

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CP#1 and #2 search the skies for planes whenever the team drives through Portland. When the kids spot one, they point upwards and watch in amazement as the plane flies over the highway. Then the questions come in rapid fire: Where did the plane come from? How does it fly? What does the pilot eat for lunch? You get the picture.

This weekend, the Portland Jetport is hosting the 2010 Aviation Exposition, which is just the thing for kids who are curious about flight. The free event features a Saturday morning (9:30 a.m.) Plane Pull to raise money for the MS Society. Twenty-five competing teams will attempt to pull a Boeing 757 that weighs over 200,000 pounds. Whoa. We’re betting that this is a sight to behold.

As if the Plane Pull weren’t enough, kids can watch The Chuting Eagles, a professional parachuting team from Gorham­, in action or a B-52 Stealth Bomber fly overhead. There will also be historical aircrafts, military planes and helicopters to check out up close. And if Mom, Dad or older siblings are feeling adventurous, the helicopter ($25/pp) and bi-plane rides ($65/pp) over Portland are a rare treat.

2010 Aviation Exposition
Portland Jetport

Saturday, 6/12
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Sunday, 6/13
9 a.m – 3 p.m.

Free parking & admission

Call 874-8877 for more information or visit http://www.portlandjetport.org/

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This year, we decided to join our Community Garden. Mom and Dad Potato have plenty of gardening supplies handy, but CP #1 and #2 needed some of their own. While shopping, the team discovered these sturdy Schylling-brand garden tools at Play & Learn in Freeport, but you can find them at toy stores throughout Maine.

Garden tools from Schylling toys

We also found Boss-brand, cotton gardening gloves (just $2.99 ) at Goff’s Hardware in Yarmouth. The gloves fit CP #1 perfectly, but they’re still a bit large for her younger brother. Gardening mittens, anyone?

Kids' gardening gloves like these can be found at local hardware stores and nurseries

O’Donal’s Nursery in Gorham carries kids’ gardening supplies, too. We found a an assortment of colorful gloves from Boss, in smaller sizes, and also a few wide-brimmed hats from Wallaroo.

We love this Wallaroo sun hat from O'Donal's Nursery in Gorham

At the Paris Farmer’s Union, we discovered a recyclable, Pink Pig Watering Can plus a great deal ($6.99) on a children’s gardening set, which includes a steel watering can and three hand tools (trowel, rake and shovel).

Traditional watering cans seem lackluster compared to this pig

Team Cute Potato tries to buy local whenever we can, but the Target dollar bin offers metal hand tools for $1.00 plus super cute garden kneeler pads for kids, which have already come in handy while digging in the dirt.

Garden kneelers from the all-too-tempting $1 bin at the South Portland Target

Hope these ideas help your family get started this season, and if you have any other recommendations, do tell!

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At the Cute Potato house, the team likes to open boxes from the attic and rediscover the small Easter gifts we packed away the spring before.

We found these tiny, paper cut-out gift bags at Wilbur’s in Freeport last year. Each came filled with chocolates, but now you can purchase them separately.

Tinsel Bright in Gorham is our new favorite gift shop. We love the store’s vintage appeal (think Maine’s own Anthropologie, but with better prices). Mom Potato picked up two of these German papier-mâché eggs to fill with jelly beans.

We also found The Easter Rabbit’s Parade by Lois Lenski at Tinsel Bright. Mom and Dad Potato love any excuse to buy a new book for the kids, and what better time than a holiday?

The marshmallow version is yummy, but for little ones, we really like these fluffy chicks. We found ours at Folly 101 in Portland.

If you want to splurge on the real thing (and we mean splurge with a capitol “S”), scour your local antique shops. We found this Victorian-style egg and sweet little chick family at Gurley Antiques in Scarborough.

Note: Tinsel Bright changed its name to Moulinette Mercantile and is now located in Wiscasset.

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