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CP#1’s Girl Scout troop is working towards their commerce badge. To make it fun, the troop leaders organized a trip to Wilbur’s Chocolates in Freeport, where the girls would spend the afternoon learning about chocolate and how it’s made. MP, who is never one to turn down an opportunity for chocolate samples, decided to tag along.

Wilbur’s, which is located in an orange farmhouse on Route 1 called “The Pumpkin House,” has been in business since 1983. According to our tour guide, Tom and Catherine Wilbur started out with a retail store. Soon after, Tom began experimenting with chocolate making. The pair eventually made the decision to make and sell their own confections. The first chocolate Tom Wilbur developed is the iconic Wilbur’s moose, which is still sold at their shops today.

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Our patient tour guide for the afternoon.

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Note: While these events have come and gone, libraries are always a great resource for family films, crafts, yoga classes and so much more fun! To find a Maine library near you, visit here.

Like everyone else, we’ve been struggling through this long stretch of gray weather. MP doesn’t know what she would do without the free events our nearby libraries have available. Today, the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick will save us from cabin fever with a program from Chewonki, featuring cool reptiles including a green iguana, an alligator, and a box turtle. And in the near future, we hope to discover the story and craft hour at the library in Falmouth.

To help you plan what to do when it rains, MP has put together a list of possible activities throughout the state:

Wells:
If you have a Star Wars fan, check out the Young Jedi Party Monday, July 15.

CP#2 wants to be a Clone Trooper.

CP#2 wants to be a Clone Trooper.

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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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It’s raining… again. And tomorrow’s forecast calls for more. What’s a parent to do? MP went through some of Cute Potato’s favorite rainy day activities to help:

1. Visit an Indoor Play Space
Try Portland’s Greenlight Studio or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. Also, don’t forget to check out your nearby libraries for fun children’s programs and free play.

CP#2 takes a building break at a favorite play space.

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