Monday, March 29, 2010

Are you a Vendor that Caters to the Busy Mom?

The Solomon Pond Mall is seeking vendors for “Mom’s Nite Out” on May 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Solomon Pond Mall is accepting vendors for the “National Mom’s Nite Out” event to be held on May 6, 2010 from 4-8 PM. The nationwide event, billed as the “Ultimate Celebration of Motherhood”, is an evening of free pampering, fun and giveaways for moms and moms-to-be.

The mall is currently seeking vendors who offer products or services that cater to the busy mom. The evening will include elements of fashion, beauty, spa, health and wellness, fitness, nutrition, home design, financial advice and more. Swag bags and raffle prizes will also be given away.

Interested vendors should contact Sheila Hennessy at Solomon Pond Mall at 508.303.6255 or For more information on the national program, visit

Friday, March 26, 2010

Family Fun Finder for March 26 - 28

Here are the new events baystateparent just received for the weekend (and more events follow so be sure to scroll down):

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is at the Seaport World Trade Center this weekend. They are having a new feature, The Garden of Cakes, by some of the region's top professional cake artists. See the latest designs from well-established Boston bakeries as well as the work of smaller, more boutique-oriented shops on the leading edge of cake design. Tickets are: $20.00 for Adults; $17.00 for Seniors (65 and over)
$10.00 for Children (6 to 17); Children under 6 are free
Tickets available onsite or online. All admission prices include an official Show Souvenir Program.

Kids'Theatre Natick
March 26-28, 2010: Mirror Image: A Real Enchanted Musical. Natick Drama Workshop, theater "by kids for kids" for 50 years. Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Road
Natick, MA. Time(s): Fri. 7:30 / Sat. 1:00 & 5:30 / Sun. 2 p.m. Fairytale characters pop off the page and into the day of a real life bunch of high schoolers in this hilarious and musical fantasy. What would you do if the Woodsman, the Wolf, the evil stepsisters and Little Red Riding Hood came to your school unexpectedly?
Adults $7, Children, $5. 508-647-6530,

Fair in Groton
Sat., March 27: Spring Artisan/Craft Fair. Shop for unique gifts and seasonal décor at the Union Congregational Church of Groton’s fifth annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair on Saturday, March 27, from 9 am to 2 pm. The fair will showcase the talents of local artisans and crafters. Offerings will include pottery, wooden rabbits, artwork in several mediums, home décor, painted glassware, embroidered clothing and gifts, baby items, pet products, jewelry, herbs, Groton Minutemen Lanterns, SQUGS and so much more. Refreshments and a delicious lunch will be available, as well as goodies to go. All vendor spaces are taken. Free admission. Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main Street (Route 119) on the corner of Willowdale Road.

Egg Hunt in Westborough

FREE Egg Hunt, Fun Day and "One Ton" Food Drive,Chapel of the Cross, 160 Flanders Rd
Westborough. Rain or shine! Over 2000 eggs, free hot dogs, moonwalk, games, crafts & more. Everyone is welcome and all events are free. We are asking everyone who can to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks. Tanya @ (508) 870-0001 ext 102,

Friday 26

Build It! Children’s Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. LEGO building for toddlers! Bring your imagination to build, stack, and sort using our enormous collection of DUPLOS. Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a museum-community sculpture. $9 admission to one museum or $13 dual admission.

Pajama Parties at Franklin Park Zoo. One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 7 - 8 p.m. Pajama Parties after the Zoo closes! Registrants for this family-friendly program will receive special late entry to Franklin Park Zoo, a night-time snack, special story time, a craft project, and an upclose encounter with one of our animals! Confirmation and instructions will be sent upon registration. The Cuddly Creatures-themed Pajama Party will be held in the Meeting Barn classroom. This program is for families with children ages 3-8. The cost is $8 per participant, $4 for each additional participant. To register or for more information call 617-989-3742. $8 PP, $4 for each additional participant.

Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival. Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival committee, 30 Providence Rd., Grafton. (through March 28). Friday 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Student work from Kindergarten through High school is displayed and judged and selected students are awarded savings bond certificates. Free family and childrens' activities will be available in addition to the Art Exhibit. There will be wonderful music and dance performances during the entire weekend on the stage at the Municipal Center gymnasium.Pre-registration is encouraged as there are limited slots available for workshops. Friday reception $5, Saturday and Sunday tickets $3. Under 4, free. 508-887-9969,

Bitty Bear’s Story Time. American Girl. Natick Collection. 10:30 a.m. It’s story time with the Bitty Bunch! Preschoolers and their parents can hear a reading of Bitty Bear’s Story Time, then enjoy an art activity and tasty treats. Reservations required. For girls 3 and up. $10 PP. 877-247-5223,

Homeschool Programs at Wachusett Meadow – Build a Nesting Wreath to Attract Birds. Mass Audubon at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1 – 3 p.m. Look at the collection of birds' nests and then gather some nesting materials outside so that you can build a wreath that will bring birds into your own yard. Some materials, such as feathers, moss, dog fur, and lint will be provided. This program is free for adults with child. C $12. 978-464-2712,

Preschool Story Hour – Salamanders Migrate. Mass Audubon At Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Come enjoy an hour of fun with your youngster, focusing on nature. Read a book, do a craft activity, and go for a walk with Teacher-Naturalist Chris Eaton $10 Fee includes adult/child pair. $ 2 per additional child. 978-464-2712,

Saturday 27

Nature Tails. Children’s Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 and 10:30 a.m. Come meet a female naturalist from The Blue Hills Trailside Museum! Learn a memorable nature lesson through a story and the presentation of a live animal. Appropriate for children ages 4-6. $9 admission to one museum and $13 dual admission.

FREE Storytime & Craft. The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Spring cleaning-help us clean out the craft closet and enjoy stories & crafts from last year.

Wear the World - From Junk to Jewelry. Hands on 4 Kidz, 44 Main St, Gardner. 1 – 3:30 p.m. Girls in grades 4 and 5 will discover themselves and their friends as they journey around the world in jewelry. Do you have what it takes to design your own ring? Did you know that opals are nature's own mood ring? $ 8 per girl. 800-462-9100 x3604,

Woolapalooza. Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate Drumlin Farm’s sheep with fiber, food, and fun! See traditional sheep shearing, watch border collies heard sheep, and purchase a lunch made with Drumlin Farm meat and veggies! Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 781-259-2206 or at the door. A $10, C $8, uder 2, free.

Full Moon Owl Prowl for All Ages. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Come with the whole family to learn how to locate and identify owls. Learn about their calls, behavior and habitat. Search for our frequent evening owl visitors, the screech owl and great horned owl. A $ 12, C $ 8. 508-655-2296.

Fit Kids Jamboree. Newton Community Service Ctr., 492 Waltham St., Newton. 9 - 11:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 2 – 4 p.m. An opportunity to experience fun athletic games, make healthy snacks, enjoy craft projects and more. Parents learn tips to help their children be active and healthy. No cost to adults who accompany a paying child. $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. 617-935-9856,

FREE Crafts for Kids! Lakeshore Learning Store, 230 Needham St., Newton. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. My Puppet Pal. A playful puppet… decorated with lots of crazy collage materials like buttons, stickers, feathers and more! Also at 352E Broadway, Saugus. 617-969-1171 or 781-233-3770,

Indigenous Birds of Prey. Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth. 11 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 2 p.m. Come to Plimoth Plantation for two chances to meet Natasha Hawke, a licensed falconer, and educator. She will be delivering a presentation on the art and sport of modern day falconry (hunting with hawks and other raptors) as well as a quick overview of some raptor anatomy, habitat, predators, and facts. In addition, guests will discover how these birds are still a very important part of Native culture today. Best of all, there will be a live hawk and a falcon for all to meet. This presentation is geared to all ages, and questions are welcome. This is a ticketed event for Plimoth Plantation museum visitors. Tickets: A$6, C (6 – 12)$4, under 5, free.

Being Two Moms Brunch. Mothers & Company, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Cloth Diaper Workshop, 1 – 3 p.m. Call to register for either program. 508- 835-6666.

Sunday 28

Face Painting Fun. Children’s Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m. Be a butterfly, a tiger, or anything else you can imagine as we decorate your face. Free with admission. $9 admission to one museum and $13 dual admission.

NanoDays Celebration. Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 2 – 4:30 PM (Also March 30 and 31). A nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Discover the exciting world of nanoscale through hands-on activities. From gecko feet to nano fabrics, learn how materials have unexpected properties at the nanoscale. Find the nano in your everyday life and learn why scientists and engineers hope nanotechnology can solve problems - from energy efficiency to medicine. Free with admission. $9 admission to one museum and $13 dual admission.

Special Sundays. The Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd, Amherst. 1 – 4 p.m An additional art activity in the back of the Art Studio. Always a surprise and sometimes messy, so bring a smock! Free with admission. A $9, C (1-18) $6, under 1, free, family $22.50. 413-658-1100,

Folk Arts. Lunenburg Teen Ctr., 15 Memorial Drive. 1 – 4 p.m. Folk Arts have existed in all cultures throughout time. They reflect the stories, myths, and symbols of a culture. In this workshop girls in grades 6-12 explore some of the many facets of folk arts with some hands on crafts. Learn about fairy tales & folk tales and design your own along with a piece of folk art based on your story. Sponsored by Art to Gogh and Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. $11 Per girl. Lynn at 800-462- 9100 x3604 or email

FREE Rebecca Crafts & Activities. American Girl. Natick Collection. 2 – 4 p.m. Girls can make the crafts Rebecca Rubin would have loved! At this free event, girls can create three crafts inspired by the stories of our newest historical character: a charity box, a photo frame, and a carousel horse. Bring your camera to take your girl’s photo in front of an illustrated backdrop featuring Rebecca! For girls 8 and up.

Rebecca’s Movie Fun Day. American Girl. Natick Collection. 4:30 p.m. Join the celebration and learn about Rebecca’s love for acting and the movies. Enjoy a delicious meal together and a keepsake memory booklet to help commemorate this special day. Reservations required. For girls 8 and up. $26 PP (gratuity not included). 877-247-5223,

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Kids Think of Summer Camp


Please copy and paste these questions into a new email. Mail to tonite (TUESDAY, MARCH 23). Your responses may be printed in our April camp issue. Thank you for letting us interview you!!




1. What's the coolest thing you ever did at summer camp?

2. Who is the best person you met at summer camp and why?

3. What do you think the purpose of summer camp is?

4. What would you like to try this year at camp?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Our House: The Biggest Baby of All!

I am so curious to hear your answers. Please respond here, or on Facebook.

What was more of a surprise to you in terms of workload?:

taking care of children


taking care of a house?

I felt pretty prepared for taking care of babies and children as walking around with a big belly is like a magnet for people telling you what to expect. Plus, there are so many books, magazines, groups, workshops, and resources for new mothers, it wasn't that much of a shock that I'd be tired, working 24/7, and worrying constantly pretty much forever (with lots of good stuff mixed in of course!). People were so eager to run up to my husband and me to tell us what we were in for.

But the house?

When we signed the papers for our first home, everyone congratulated us and wanted a tour. They asked when the housewarming would be.

But we weren't really prepared for all of the demands, errands, and expenses.

Every time we turned around, there was something that needed pumping out, cleaned, or maintained. The expenses, constant errands,chores, and demands took up most of our free time. Hoses, fertilizer, gutters, cleaning, mulch, flowers, snowblower...

Nothing was a big deal...just the regular home maintenance stuff our parents had dealt with for years, but we hadn't really noticed. Regular upkeep, coupled with parenting, was a lot to handle.

Garage door not opening anymore?

Cha-ching, cha-ching.

Tub not draining?

Plumber time.

Washer crashing?

Trip to Sears.

Deck furniture, holiday lights, yard toys, flood in basement, chain saw, curtains...all of this equaled bill after bill after bill.

After eight years of it now, we don't freak out when the boiler breaks or a tree falls down.

We know that our house is the biggest baby of all, our child that will never grow up.

Our Laundry Needed its Own Room!

I know it's not just me who is fascinated by how other moms conquer their laundry as I had an in-depth discussion with a colleague at a work function last week about this topic. How we got started on it, I don't know, but it was gripping conversation. I know we need to get a life if laundry is a compelling discussion topic, but how can we when there is so much laundry to do?

I started to get really interested in how other women manage their family's laundry two weeks ago when I broke down our office and turned it into a laundry room. Our laundry was outgrowing the tiny closet downstairs,so much so, that it was hard to move down the hallway and get out the back door.

"You are moving your washer and dryer upstairs?" my friend Missie asked.

"No. You know, a laundry room," I explained, "I am setting up the ironing board and a table for the clean laundry so I have a place to fold the laundry."

This sparked a conversation that seemed like the juiciest scoop I had ever heard.

Missie, a single, full-time working mom of four kids (FOUR!), never has piles of clean laundry laying around.

How can this be?

She tells me that it's about commitment. You don't take the laundry out of the dryer unless you commit to folding it and putting it away...IMMEDIATELY.

"Then, I would never do laundry and would have piles of dirty laundry everywhere," I retort.

She doesn't get it. And I don't get her.

In our house, we have piles of clean laundry, not dirty. It's not a problem keeping up with the washing and drying. It's the folding, ironing, and putting away. I wash and dry in the mornings, but it's so busy at night that I never get around to folding it and putting it away. I put clean piles on our bed and intend to do it before going to sleep. But after dinner, homework, stories, lunches, I end up taking it from our bed to the floor. It piles up and up, and then it's a project.

"You let your laundry sit there clean?" Missie asks. "What about wrinkles?"

"I iron everyone's clothing as we wear them," I answer.

The advantage, Missie says, of getting the clothes when they are hot from the dryer is that you fold and hang them. This eliminates wrinkles.

I bring up several flaws in this plan, but Missie is adamant that it works.

I end the conversation, and several more with other moms, like this, "I don't know how you moms do it no matter how you explain it. You have my complete admiration."

It's just laundry, I know. But some days, it feels like the biggest mountain I have to climb.

For now, I am just appreciative that I have the space to give our big-boy laundry its very own room...and shut the door!

ladies: Do you have piles of clean laundry around your house? Do you iron as you go or all at once? How do you handle the FAMILY LAUNDRY!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Family Happenings on Sunday, March 21

Hi Everyone,
These events came in after we went to print with our March calendar.
Have fun this weekend. It's going to be beautiful!
Carrie Wattu, editor

March 20 and 21 the Stevens will host a free Pancake Breakfast Weekend from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. “The grill will be open for anyone wanting to bring something to grill. We have a rope swing for the kinds, mud puddles for the little ones to play in, and hiking trails for folks to enjoy.”
Maple Ledge Farm is located at 26 Vinton Rd, Sturbridge. For more information call 508-347-5558 or visit their web site at

Join us for Easter-themed craft projects, story-time, and much more at Trinity Church’s first Children's Book Fair! Parents find goodies for your child's Easter basket while browsing our shop’s wide array of children’s titles ranging from local favorites Make Way for Ducklings and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to Mo Willem’s Pigeon series. Select items and titles will be on sale. We hope to see you there!

Where: Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116. When: Sunday, March 21 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. More info: Please contact Zoe Langosy at 617-536-0944 ext. 243 or


FREE Spring Open House. Oak Meadow Montessori School, 2 Old Pickard Lane
Littleton, MA 01460. Oak Meadow Montessori School invites prospective families for the 2010-2011 school year to our Spring Open House; Sunday, March 21, 2010– 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Stop by and learn what a Montessori education is all about.

All families are welcome to attend and visit classrooms, tour our brand new athletics and performing arts center, and speak with teachers and current students. Oak Meadow is a non-profit Montessori school that provides an interdisciplinary and academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade eight in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Oak Meadow Montessori School, 2 Old Pickard Lane, Littleton. For more information, visit or contact the admission office at 978-486-9874 x226; email

Subury Moms Wanted for Softball!

Hi Ladies,
Our Sudbury readers emailed and asked us to spread the word as they looking for women to join them in softball this spring. Many of you are probably gearing up for your children's spring sports, but if you have little ones who are not in the game yet, or if you need to do this for YOU, check it out:

Softball: Every Thursday night from 6-8PM, the Sudbury Women’s Softball League plays competitive and recreational softball. You must be 21 years of age to play.

Call Kate Marchand, 978-580-9111.

Practices are tentatively scheduled for April 14 and 21. Our first game, weather permitting is April 28. The games are at Feeley Field (Raymond Road in Sudbury).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Woo Hoo! baystateparent

Readers, The team at bsp (pictured here: Carrie Wattu, editor; Paula Monette Ethier, creative director; Stephanie Pearl, sales and business development manager) is really pumped for our spring and summer issues because we went to our annual conference (Parenting Publications of America) in North Carolina last weekend.

bsp got a BIG pat on the back from the judges of the editorial and design competition for some of the things that we are doing right in our magazine. Plus, we attended conferences and critiques to learn how we can push ourselves to do better.

Please join us in thanking bsp's writers, designers, photographers, sales team, advertisers, and many more contributors for their hard work.

Our awards are detailed below. This makes 24 for 2009 from PPA,Suburban Newspapers of America, and New England Newspaper and Press Association,

baystateparent: Winner of 7 Editorial Awards and 7 Design Awards
> > In our circulation category, only Maryland Family won more awards than baystateparent in editorial.
> > No one won more than baystateparent in design!
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> > Bronze Winner for Headlines
> > Bronze: Bay State Parent; Carrie Wattu, editor
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> > Silver Winner for Humor
> > Silver: Bay State Parent; “Under My Roof,” Jim Keogh, writer; Carrie
> > Wattu, editor
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> > Silver Winner for News Feature
> > Silver: Bay State Parent; Carrie Wattu, editor; Julia Quinn-Szcesuil,
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> > Silver and Gold Winner for Special Series
> > Silver: Bay State Parent; “Finally Forever,” Robyn Silverman, writer;
> > Carrie Wattu, editor
> > Gold: Bay State Parent; “Moms Who Rock,” Carrie Wattu, editor
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> > Silver Winner for Special Section within a Publication
> > Silver: Bay State Parent; “Think Pink: Annual Breast Cancer Issue,”
> > Carrie Wattu, editor; Paula Monette Ethier, creative director; Trish
> > Reskie; Julia Quinn-Szcesuil; Laura Richards; Amy Cooper Rodriguez,
> > writers
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> > Bronze for Overall Writing
> > Bronze: Bay State Parent; Carrie Wattu, editor
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> > Design
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> > Silver and Gold Winner for Front Cover/Newsprint/ Original Photo
> > Silver: Bay State Parent; “August 2009 front cover,” Paula Monette
> > Ethier, creative director;
> > Allison Cottrill, photographer
> > Gold: Bay State Parent; “December 2009 cover,” Paula Monette Ethier,
> > creative director;
> > Portrait Simple Studio
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> > Gold Winner for Interior Illustration
> > Gold: Bay State Parent; Paula Monette Ethier, creative director;
> > Santos Vega, illustrator
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> > Gold Winner for Interior Photography (Original)
> > Gold: Bay State Parent; Robea Patrowicz, photographer
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> > Bronze Winner for Table of Contents
> > Bronze: Bay State Parent; Paula Monette Ethier, creative director
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> > Gold Winner for Feature Layout Black & White
> > No bronze or silver awards
> > Gold: Bay State Parent; Paula Monette Ethier, creative director;
> > Cassie Heart, illustrator
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> > Bronze Winner for Special Section
> > Bronze: Bay State Parent, “Adoption Guide,” Paula Monette Ethier,
> > creative director;
> > Lizzeth Huerta Priego, illustrator
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Has anyone done this? Looks fun!

The ImprovBoston Family Show. Central Square, Cambridge. Every Sat., 6 p.m.
This unscripted show includes improvised singing, dancing, and comedic scenes that will crack up your family. Children get a chance to perform on stage and take part in the creative process. or 617-576-1253.

Spring is Coming: Here are the Events to Prove It!

Spring has sprung!
Whether you shop till you drop for bargains at a local yard sale, check out farm animals and reptiles, or simply stop to smell the flowers, there’s plenty in April to draw you outdoors!
By Leslie Castillo

APRIL 1: Frog Moon Night Hike. New England Wild Flower Society,
Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Near the night of the "Beaver Moon" venture out into the dark forest to enjoy the nighttime sights, smells, and sounds. Who is still awake? What stars or planets can you spot? What tricks can you use to find your way? After the walk, enjoy hot cocoa and make a booklet of full-moon activities for months of full moons to come. Family Program: Children with Adult Companion. $10 PP. Preregistration necessary. 508-877-7630, ext. 3303,

APRIL 7: Little Bo Peep. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Has lost her sheep, but you know where to find them! Visit with the new lambs and watch them frolic and play. Card some of the wool from their spring shearing. All ages. $14 PP. 781-259-2206,

APRIL 10: Kids Tag Sale: Gently Used Clothes, Toys & Gear.
Chelmsford Mothers' Club, Greater Visions Childcare Ctr., 180 Old Westford Rd., Chelmsford. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Need a stroller? Children's clothes (size 0-10)? Books & movies? High chair? Pack and play? Children's furniture? Toys? Games? Nursery items? Sports equipment? You can't afford to miss the Chelmsford Mothers' Club's Spring Kids Tag Sale! THOUSANDS of items! Admission is $1 or a nonperishable food item per adult. Cash or MC/Visa (with a $20 minimum purchase). Please note that, due to space, only umbrella strollers will be allowed on the sale floor.

APRIL 10: West Suburban MA Mother of Twins' Spring Tag Sale.
1154 Great Plain Ave., Needham. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Over 20,000 gently used items for sale at super low prices, including children’s clothing, strollers, baby equipment, cribs, furniture, toys, books, DVDs & more! Cash only. $1. Under 14, free. 508-309-3324,

APRIL 11: Wild about Reptiles. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Come visit with some of the species of reptiles found around Broadmoor. Can turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons? Are snakes really slimy? Find out for yourself as you meet baby turtles and other reptiles up close! Learn more about our wonderful scaly friends and take a short walk to see more reptiles in the wild. Pre-registration recommended. Member rates available. A $15, C $8. 508-655-2296,

APRIL 17: Spring Sale. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gently Used Children's Equipment, Toys, Clothes, Books and More!   $1.00 Admission, under 14 free.  Cash Only.  Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a non-profit organization. 978- 376-2939,

APRIL 21: Spring Sale. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Gently Used Children's Equipment, Toys, Clothes, Books and More!   $1.00 Admission, under 14 free.  Cash Only.  Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a non-profit organization. 978- 376-2939,

APRIL 22: African Violets for Young Growers. Bay State African Violet Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 1 – 2:30 p.m. It’s never too early to start learning to grow and love American’s favorite house plant, the African Violet. If you have one or more of these blooming plants at home or have wished you had one to brighten your home, come join us to learn about them! We’ll learn some basics about violet care and how to mix your own soil. Pot up a young plant to take home and learn to “put down” a leaf to propagate new plants. Designed for young growers, aged 9-14. Younger children may attend with an adult companion. $5 PP. 508-869-6111,

APRIL 24: Art in Bloom Family Day at MFA. Museum of Fine Arts,
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Art in Bloom, the MFA's annual festival of flowers and art, includes a Family Day, featuring nature-oriented activities for children, as well as special programs and tours. A $20, C 17 and under, free. 617-369-3169,

APRIL 24: Free Drop-in Family Activity--Cherry Blossoms!
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drop by the Visitor Center for special family activities on the last Saturday of each month, April through October. Activities may include scavenger hunts, science investigations, craft activities, stories, guided walks, and more—discover something new each month! 617-384-5209,

APRIL 29: FREE Flower Give Away. Friends of Fort Point Channel,
300 Congress St., Boston. 11:30 a.m. Brighten your day with the Friends of Fort Point Channel during their Annual Flower Power Give Away, where they will be handing out complimentary potted daisies and the 2010 Fort Point Channel Guide which lists all of the happenings in the area - all to celebrate springtime!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Easter Events 2010

Rabbits, Chickens and Eggs Galore!

Know of an Easter event not listed here or an Easter Bunny sighting? Please comment or email

March 27: FREE Egg Hunt, Fun Day and "One Ton" Food Drive
Chapel of the Cross, 160 Flanders Rd., Westborough. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rain or shine! Over 2000 eggs, free hot dogs, moonwalk, games, crafts & more. Everyone is welcome and all events are free. We are asking everyone who can to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks. 508-870-0001 x 102 and

March 27: The Great Egg Hunt 2010 (Rain Date March 28th). Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, Route 20, Charlton. 10-4. 5,400 unique eggs are decorated to look like animals (frogs, butterflies, flowers, squirrels, elephants, lions….) and then hidden throughout the day along our 86 acres of trails. Come anytime during hunt hours. No rush. Find prize eggs. Live animals at the visitor’s center, face painting, balloons, Hunt Bunny, refreshments and more. Only $10 per family! No Registration Required....Just Come!

March 27: FREE Egg Hunt at Sterling Gymnastics, Sterling. 2 p.m. Egg hunts, face painting and more.

March 27: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, The Millbury Youth Camp, 23 Herricks Lane, Millbury. Ages 3 - 5, 10 a.m.; Ages 6 - 8, 10:30 a.m.; ages 9 - 11, 11 a.m. Arrive 15 minutes earlier than your time to register. Prizes, treats, Easter Bunny (10:30 - 12), Free coffee and donuts for parents, Heberts Candy for sale. $2 per child.

March 29: Ukrainian (Psanky)Egg Decorating. Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, Route 20, Charlton, MA. 6:30-9:00. Cost: $15 members, $18 non-members. Registration is required. Contact: Barbara Frederick @ 508-248-5516 or
Learn the art of Psanky Egg Decorating from a local artist. Learn the history of how it all started. Create a beautiful, colorful work of art! You will be glad you did and continue to create these beautiful eggs on your own!

April 2: Egg Hunt and Concert with Cheryl Melody.
CTK Moms Group, 600 Central St., Holliston.
10 a.m. – Noon. Musical fun, food, a raffle and 2 separate age appropriate egg hunts. All proceeds will be donated to Blessed Beginnings Preschool Grace scholarship fund Rain or Shine. C $5, family cap or 617-233-1017,

April 2: Preschool Friday. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St.
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Preschoolers hop in to cuddle with bunnies and learn about the habits of rabbits. Ages 3 – 5. 30-minute sessions. Admission $7.50 PP. $8 fee above Museum admission. Discount for series pre-registration. 401-273-KIDS,

April 3: Storytime & CRAFT . The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m. Passover stories and craft. 2 p.m. Storytime & CRAFT. Easter STORIES &egg hunt.

April 3: Bunny Bonanzoo at Stone Zoo! 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hop on down the bunny trail to Stone Zoo where an Easter celebration awaits! Children’s activities include holiday games, crafts and other fun surprises. Families can also visit with a special guest, the Easter Bunny, who will be ready to smile for photographs! Guests may take photos with their own camera for a suggested donation of $5. All of the proceeds will benefit Stone Zoo. April 3 is also Kids' Price Saturday. Admission is $7.00 for everyone from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Regular admission is $11 for adults;
$7.00 for children 2 - 12; under 2, free.

April 4:Family Jump at Pump it Up in Shrewsbury. Admission is $10 per child with a $2 discount for cash or multiple admissions. Parents always get to play for FREE!
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Each paid admission on Sunday, April 4th includes one theatre box of Gummi Bears or Sour Neon Worms (while supplies last). *Space is limited. Prepurchase in person to guarantee your spot. Times are subject to cancellation so check our Jump n' Event Calendar the same day you plan to attend for the latest times:
508-845-5867, Pump It Up of Shrewsbury
810 Boston Tpke Road, Shrewsbury.

April 4:  Beatrix Potter Stories. Boston Children’s Museum.   11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate spring with the mischievous Peter Rabbit. A $12, C (1 – 15) $9, under one, free. Fridays 5 – 9 p.m., all visitors $1. 617-426-6500,

April 12: Which Came First. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Geat Rd., Lincoln. 3:30 – 5 p.m. Was it the chicken or was it the egg? Come along and check out the chickens in the poultry house to see if they have laid any eggs. Visit with some chicks while you are there. Dye your own egg using natural dyes. Discover who else lays eggs around the farm. For all ages. $14 PP.  781-259-2206,

April 22: BEATRIX POTTER: More than Peter Rabbit! Science Discovery, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in 1 – 3 p.m. Beatrix Potter, best known as the author and illustrator of the Peter Rabbit books, was also a self-taught botanist who studied fungi and lichens. Learn how her paintings of fungi led her to careful observations, experiments, and important discoveries. Be inspired by this artist and scientist and make your own sketches of fungi, mosses and lichens. Admission to both museums $10.50 PP, under 12 months, free. 978-264-4200,

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Child Struggling with Reading? Informational Program on Tuesday, April 6th in Northborough

FREE Red Flags – How to Identify Early Struggling Readers. Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., Northborough. Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A program for parents presented by Dr. Pamela Hook, President of the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA). Learn how to identify the early signs of reading struggles in your child. Registration is required: 508-393-5025 ext. 4.

FREE Music Together in March

If you're looking to get out with baby in March, search for a FREE Music Together class. Here's a release we just received from Apple Country. If you've ever been to this program, you'll never get the Hello song out of your head...even 10 years later :) Carrie Wattu, editor

Apple Country Music Together invites families new to Music Together to join us and discover what makes Music Together the gold standard in early childhood music programs since 1987. Our 45 minute program includes easy- to-join-in singalongs, instrument play and large movement. Our trained and talented teachers will lead you in fun, engaging music activities designed to stimulate and support your child's music development.

  • All sessions are free and we keep our group size small, so please RSVP as soon as possible (at least 3 days/72 hours in advance).

  • A limited number of seats are available for Returning Families.

Singalongs are located in Northboro, Westboro, Hopkinton, and Bolton in late March. Go to to RSVP.

Mothers and More Meets in Hopkinton on Monday, March 15, 2010

Hi Moms, We just received this release. It didn't make our March issue but thought you might want to check this out. Sounds interesting... Carrie Wattu, editor

Press Release

Your Parenting Personality: Enhance your strengths by understanding your style

Every child is different, and so is every mother. Developing a strong knowledge of your own personality style can help you identify your strengths as a parent -- and enable you to better support your child. Moms from area towns are welcome to join a free discussion of personality type and parenting on Monday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 2 West Elm Street in Hopkinton (meeting room at Community Covenant Church).

This event is sponsored by the Central 495 Chapter of Mothers & More, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting mothers as they navigate the challenges of daily life, whether they are full-time family caregivers or balancing caregiving with paid work.

In addition to monthly discussions of specific aspects of parenting and family life, the Central 495 Chapter offers a variety of activities for moms in area towns: Moms’ Night Out, book club, Movie Moms, playgroups, community service projects, and more.

For more information, email or visit


Calendar listing

Monday, March 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Area moms discuss “ Your Parenting Personality: Enhance your strengths by understanding your style.” Sponsored by Mothers & More (Central 495 Area Chapter) at 2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton (meeting room at Community Covenant Church). For more information, email or visit


General listing

Mothers & More (Central 495 Area Chapter) meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at 2 West Elm Street, Hopkinton (meeting room at Community Covenant Church). The group offers a variety of activities for moms in area towns: Moms’ Night Out, book club, Movie Moms, playgroups, community service projects, discussions on parenting and family life, and more. For information, email or visit

Monday, March 8, 2010

Winners for Eric Carle Themed Play in Boston

Christine Sweeney of Marlborough and Kim Sheey of Andover won family
four-packs to see "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites"
at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.

Didn't win with us but still want to go? The show is on Sat., March 20, 2010:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Updated St. Patrick's Day Events 2010

Thank goodness something is green this month: St. Patty's Day! Here is an UPDATED listing of parades and other Irish-themed events from the Massachusetts Department of Travel and Tourism.

For Immediate Release


State Bursts at the Seams with Parades, Theatre, Music, Dance, Film & More

BOSTON, March 2, 2010. Staking a claim as the most Irish state in the Nation (24 percent of the state claims Irish ancestry), Massachusetts celebrates all month long with parades, celebrations, revelries and events highlighting a rich and cultural heritage. This St. Patrick’s Day season, don’t miss out on some of the biggest and most colorful parades happening all across the state.

“Residents and visitors alike can paint the town green for the entire month with events that provide one of the biggest celebrations outside of Dublin.” said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism (MOTT).

To begin your Massachusetts Irish experience, visit: and for complete listings of the state’s happenings. MOTT”s social networking pages on Facebook: and Twitter always keep visitors and residents updated on the state’s events, attractions and activities.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Yarmouth

Saturday, March 6, 11:00 am
Starts: Corner of School St, & Rte. 28, West Dennis
508 362-PADY (7239)

Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14, Noon

Park Avenue
508 755-1955

The 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the Irish of Central Massachusetts, who began settling in the Worcester area as early as 1718. In 1825 Irish immigrants came to Worcester to build the city's canals and roadways, and the community flourished thereafter.

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14, 1:00 p.m.

Broadway MBTA Stop, South Boston
617 268-7955

This year's 110th annual parade honors the 'Men and Women of the Armed Forces' and features marching bands and pipe bands from throughout America. South Boston is Boston's most Irish neighborhood, and has a glorious tradition of helping others while keeping Irish heritage alive. The parade committee is led by John Hurley, a Navy veteran and South Boston native.

Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 14 1:00 p.m.

Gate Middle School, First Parish Rd
781 545-6671

Scituate's 12th annual St. Patrick's Day parade is popular among the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. The parade ends at scenic Scituate Harbor. Scituate is nicknamed the Irish Riviera, since many Irish politicians like James Michael Curley and the Kennedys liked to vacation there in summer.

Abington St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 21, 1 p.m.

Abington Center
781 878-1570 or 781-878-7785

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 21, Noon

Downtown Holyoke
413 533-1700

The 55th annual Holyoke Parade is reckoned to be one of the largest in the nation. The parade is the culmination of numerous Irish events in March that celebrate the Irish community of western Massachusetts, many of whom emigrated from County Kerry and the Blasket Islands in the 20th century.

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 21, 1 p,m.

City Hall
978 794-5858

Celebrations, Revelries, Irish Culture & Heritage

Moon Shot - JFK and Space Exploration” Exhibit –Through May 30

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing and President Kennedy’s grand vision that made the achievement possible In 1961, President Kennedy challenged the nation to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. Appealing to the spirit of adventure, to patriotic pride, and to the cause of freedom, his words ignited one of the greatest technological mobilizations in U.S. history. Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, two American astronauts landed on the Moon’s surface. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston,
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., $10, $8 for seniors over 62, $7 for children 13-17,Free for children 12 and under,
1 866 JFK-1960

Imelda May at House of Blues (Boston, MA) – March 6

Ireland’s queen of rockabilly – Imelda May – plays a special concert at Boston’s House of Blues on Saturday, March 6, along with British jazz croner Jamie Cullum. May was seen live on the recently televised Grammy Awards with guitar ace Jeff Beck.

Irish Tea Party – March 7

Celebrate St. Patrick with entertainment and refreshments. An afternoon show that features local musicians and dancers, as well as refreshments, raffles and selection of essay contest winners from local children. Cultural Centre at Elms College, Chicopee, 413 265-2537

The Chieftains: 
Presented by Lowell Memorial Auditorium – March 9

The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains' love of, and loyalty to, their roots - they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell,
$39.75 - $49.75, 7:30 p.m., 
978 454-2299

The Irish Rovers At The Colonial Theatre (Pittsfield, MA) – March 11

These international ambassadors of Irish music will deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will have audiences on their feet, singing and clapping along. 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201, (413) 997-4444

The Chieftains: 
Presented by The Hanover Theatre – March 11

The Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge Street, Worcester
$43.50 - $55.50 | 7:30 p.m. 
1-877-571-SHOW | Purchase tickets here |

Six-time Grammy winners and nineteen-time Grammy nominees, The Chieftains continue to maintain an international touring schedule that has brought them before literally millions of fans on every continent. 
Click here to enter to win FREE TIX!

“Poetry and Power: The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy

Swing Into Spring Fundraiser –March 12

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by Old Bridgade, a performance by Clifden Academy of Irish Dancers and a special appearance by singer Pauline Wells. The event is sponsored by Corcoran Brokerage and Common Market. All proceeds to benefit Milton High School athletics. The Common Market, Café Main Room
97 Willard street, Quincy
Purchase tickets at Corcoran Brokerage, 617 698-5900, $20, 7pm to midnight

Reagle Players Presents: A Little Bit of Ireland – March 12-14

Robinson Theatre
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
AD: $35 - $45 | CH (5-18 yrs): $25 | Seniors: $1 off | Students 1/2 price 1 hour before show 
781-891-5600, Groups 781-894-2330

JFK Library Presents: Themselves - - An Immigrant's Story – March 13

What is it like to leave home and settle in a new country? Follow a young nineteenth-century Irish woman on a journey to America. Hear about her struggle to begin a new life while keeping her Irish heritage alive in this interactive performance featuring storytelling, traditional music, and an Irish jig. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 am, Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up 
617 514-1644, Reservations required |

South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast – March 14

State Senator Jack Hart of South Boston hosts this enjoyable breakfast roast of local politicians, all in good fun, to kick off Irish celebrations throughout the city. Boston Convention & Exhibition Hall 
415 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210 
617 269-HART

Lawrence Hosts Traditional Irish Breakfast 
As part of Irish Heritage Month Celebrations – March 14

Hosted by Mayor William Lantigua. The Menu includes Eggs, Irish Bacon, Irish Sausage, Barry’s Irish Tea, Scones, Brown Bread, Irish Soda Bread, Black and White Pudding. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH and LAOH, the Irish Foundation and the Claddagh Friendship Society. 
See Irish Heritage Month full line up here. Claddagh Pub & Restaurant
399 Canal Street, Lawrence 
8:00 am - 12:00 noon, $9
978 688-8337

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort – March 17

St. Patrick’s Day $17 e-coupon on March 17th. Green snow on parts of the mountain along with green beer and other special events. Check out for more information and to sign up for your e-coupons. 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 01237, (413)738-5500

Cape Breton Dance Music 
Kimberly Fraser and Troy MacGillivray – March 18

Hosted by Gaelic Roots program at BC, headed by fiddle master Seamus Connolly. Boston College
Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hll
6:30-8:30 pm, 617 552-0490

Hogan's Goat at Tamo Bar - March 19-20

The celebration continues through the weekend with local favorite Hogan’s Goat. A three-piece band featuring traditional Irish music, Ballads and Sea Shanties. The Irish favorites will remain on the menu (boiled dinner, Shepherd's Pie) along with sliders, gourmet pizza and lots of delicious finger foods for sharing. Tamo Bar at Seaport Hotel Boston 
One Seaport Lane, Boston, 7pm - 10pm,
617 385-4000

Very Hungry Caterpiller and other Eric Carle Favorites – March 20

Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and Mixed-Up Chameleon spring to life on stage through the colorful black light puppetry of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Colonial Theatre 
106 Boylston Street, Boston

Andy Cooney's Forever Irish 
As part of Irish Heritage Month Celebrations – March 23

Singing star Andy Cooney is joined by Ireland’s King of Blarney George Casey, Celtic Folk Artist Kate Purcell, the Darrah Carr Dance Troup and Irish America’s Greatest Musicians. Sponsored by Division 8 Ladies and Men Ancient Order of Hibernians. See Irish Heritage Month full line up here. Claddagh Pub & Restaurant
399 Canal Street, Lawrence 
$25, For tix call: Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty at 978-390-3400, Mary Ellen Pelletier 978-886-5062 or
William Sullivan at 978-682-4875

Music from Ireland, New England, Appalachia and Scandinavia
- March 25

Cross the Water: Songs and Tunes from Ireland, New England, Appalachia, and Scandinavia.
Hosted by Gaelic Roots program at BC, headed by fiddle master Seamus Connolly with Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen Boston College
Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hll
6:30-8:30 pm, 617 552-0490

The 11th annual Irish Film Festival - March 25-28


Lisa Simmons

(617) 973-8508

Ron D’Amico

Connelly Partners

(617) 521-5428


The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination and to stimulate the Massachusetts economy by generating state and local tax revenues, creating jobs, and supporting the growth of travel related businesses. MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, bringing together the public and private sectors to promote Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination. For more information about MOTT visit

Monday, March 1, 2010

St. Patrick's Parade Date Correction!

The St. Pat's Parade in Worcester is Sun., March 14 NOT this weekend! Sorry everyone! Lawrence's parade is Sun., March 21 and NOT Sun. March 7.

Please confirm all family events before you go as event dates do and can change!
Thank you, bsp