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Wells Reserve at Laudholm is home to a beautiful historic farmhouse and 7-miles of trails where families can explore forest, a salt marsh and estuary, and Laudholm Beach. The wide open spaces in between are perfect for sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If that weren’t enough to entice you, the staff at the Reserve has a few great days of activities planned for February vacation  — from nature-inspired camps and crafts to a day dedicated to spending time outdoors.

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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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We’ve reached a year living in our new hometown, and one of our favorite places in the ‘hood is Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchard. The Sweetser family has operated their orchard since 1812, so they know a thing or two about apples!

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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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On one of our first days of summer vacation, the team visited Pineland Farms in New Gloucester to make ice cream. Paula Letiecq, who teaches the class, is a friend, so we were thrilled to visit for the morning. She tells us we’ll be making three kinds of ice cream: strawberry, vanilla, and M&M cookie.

CP#2 can’t wait to get started making his own ice cream.

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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
207.743.8820
http://www.mclaughlingarden.org

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