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Spring is finally here and with this welcome new season comes a statewide celebration of all things maple. To help you decide where to go with your family, we scoured 81 listings to find some of the most unique places to visit.

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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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MP is regularly in search of manageable walks she can take with the kids—hikes that give CP#1 and #2 a sense of accomplishment, and that don’t cause reactions like “I’m tired! I want to go back to the car!” That’s why MP likes the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells.

The refuge is the perfect spot to enjoy an easy nature walk with family. Parking is close to the trail’s entrance (as are the bathrooms) and there are a few picnic tables to enjoy lunch. Just be sure to bring bug spray!

Just one of many lovely views along the trail.

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There’s no denying it: the team at Cute Potato clearly has a thing for homemade donuts. Over the past year, we’ve highlighted our favorites, including made to order donuts at the French Press in Westbrook, as well as the unique flavors available at the Kennebec Café in Fairfield.

Rounding out our donut stop du jour is the fabulously old school Congdon’s Doughnuts. The team stopped by the Wells-based, family restaurant for brunch and it’s clear the staff are experts when it comes to kid-friendly dining.

When we entered, Congdon’s display cases were overflowing with donuts, pastries, muffins, bagels and homemade breads. We knew right away making a choice was going to take some time.

While waiting to be seated, CP #1 and #2 were thrilled to discover a bench made for the younger set. After no more than 5 minutes, our hostess guided us through the dining area, which is spacious and casual. At noon on Saturday, many of the booths and tables were occupied, so we were pleasantly surprised by the short wait.

CP #2 checks out a magazine while waiting…

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WestFest
While visiting the Portland Public Market House, we spotted a sign for Saturday’s WestFest—a neighborhood festival at the Reiche School and Community Center. The West End event certainly sounds promising. The kids love wagon rides, face painting, live world music and dancing. And they’ll be thrilled to visit the wildlife exhibits, play in the bounce house and see the winners of the Bike/Tricycle Decorating contest.

CP#1 is the biggest face painting fan we know

As for Mom Potato, she’s looking forward to checking out the giant yard sale and crafts. Oh, and sampling some yummy treats at the bake sale.

Where:
Reiche Community School
166 Brackett Street
Portland

When:
Saturday, May 22
Rain or Shine
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Music starts at 10:00 a.m.)

Admission:
Free

See the West End Neighborhood Association’s website for a full schedule of events.

Wheels Around Us
CP #2 is a big fan of trucks, so we’re certain he is going to have a blast at Wheels Around Us on Sunday. The event, sponsored by the Wells Parent-Teacher-Student Association, makes it possible for kids to get behind the wheel of a fire truck, police car and garbage truck…. just to name a few.

CP#2 dreams of driving his own truck someday

Wheels Around Us kicks off at 11 a.m. with a bicycle parade. And the first 200 kids get a free hard hat to wear. Fun! There will be a BBQ and bake sale, which means there is no need to pack a lunch (we love that).

Where:
Harbor Community Park
Harbor Road
Wells

When:
Sunday, May 23
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission:
$12 per family/$5 pp

FMI:
646-0928

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