This week’s snowstorm will keep the kids busy outside building snow forts and sledding. When they’re ready to do something else (or you are!), here are some ideas for warm activities. Check back often. I’ll add more information as I receive it!
And don’t forget – If you have kids, you’d better start Flapping like a Haddock!
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. there is no one alive who is youer than you.” Anyone know which Dr. Seuss book that’s from?
Well, school’s closed today because of the weather. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and I found lots of activities to do with the kids. Those books, as annoying as they were to read night after night, entertained us all and we learned about life in the process. Share a book with someone today!
Check out the Dr. Seuss activities and to find out which book the quote is from. To view more family-friendly stuff happening this week on Cape Ann, you’ll need to start Flapping like a Haddock!
If you’re looking for something to do with the family today and you don’t feel like venturing out, here’s a great recipe you can improvise and involve the kids. It’s a favorite in my family!
But first ya gotta start Flapping like a Haddock!
I’m adding new info to Flapping like a Haddock all the time. Please feel free to send me updates and things that are happening for families around the Cape.
Each week I look through the Times and Beacon for activities to keep kids busy and occupied. I’m especially looking for low or no cost fun things that families can share together. Please send me your upcoming or on-going family oriented stuff to do, suggestions, or interesting articles.
And remember to start FLAPPING LIKE A HADDOCK!
Sawyer Free Library
If you have children and remember the magic of learning to read, why not share some of those books you loved as a child? There are programs for children as young as newborns, movies, activities, and music for children of all ages. And while your child is occupied, maybe YOU can look for a new book or check out music to take you far, far away from the real world!
This list covers our local libraries, but you if you can’t find what you want, the librarians can help find it over the bridge.
Here are 10 tips for choosing books for children.
Happy reading! And remember to start Flapping like a Haddock for more Cape Ann family-friendly information and fun!
Plenty for parents to plan to do on vacation this month
Parents and caregivers looking for activities for the children during school vacation week can choose from several offerings from local organizations.
Here’s a short list of the activities offered for the weekend and into next week.
Movies– Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester Cinema
Cape Ann Families – “Do Something Really Big!”, Nature Crafts, Dance Revolution, “Guitar Hero” Tournament
The Trustees of Reservations– Winter birding, Snowflake Science, Winter Quest, Hermit’s Tales on the Trails, Cows in their Winter Home, Bluebird Nest Box Building
Manchester Public Library- Make a Bird Feeder Audubon Ark Museum Passes
Check out Flapping like a Haddock for more fun things to do!
BIRD CALLS PUNCTUATE THE AIR WHILE THE HUM OF A bee provides a soothing song. Only the train whistle permeates the serenity of Ravenswood Park, much the way it must have done for the “Hermit of Gloucester” a century ago. Mason Walton — the Hermit — hardly needed the distant reminder of another world. The world came to him……
Click here for the interesting story of Mason Walton
It’s pretty cold out there! Another 6 weeks of winter…lots of hot chocolate and s’mores! If you feeling a little cabin-fevered, here are a few things to do around town.
Gloucester Cinema – Movies and Times
Cape Ann Lanes – Bowling
Sawyer Free Library– Events
Manchester Public Library – Valentine Craft Workshop
Sawyer Free Library- Museum Passes
Gloucester Stage Company has announced its winter session of Youth Acting Workshops for children ages 6 to 17.
The six-week workshop, taught by award-winning actress Heidi Dallin, will be held Saturdays beginning Feb. 7. All classes are held at Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester.
For more information, visit Flapping like a Haddock.
You can see how attached this little one is to her art work. When it came time to put her buoy up for bid, she just couldn’t let it go.
For more photos of last night’s Art Haven Buoy Auction, click here.
Received this info from David Brooks-
ART HAVEN ART SHOW
2009 Programs Fundraiser
On January 30th, Cape Ann Art Haven will be conducting its first ever Art Show and fundraiser. For the last 6 months, Art Haven has been offering art lessons after school in the heart of down town Gloucester. During this time, our Main St. studio has been a headquarters for young artists to meet and develop friendships. Many of the children we serve have trouble expressing themselves through conventional extra curricular activities, such as sports. Art Haven is a place where children can be proud of what they can accomplish. Since our opening, all staff at Art Haven have been volunteers, and have occasionally paid for the supplies for fun projects out of their own pockets. Proceeds from the art show will contribute to funding for this new year, and we, as well as all the children who take classes at Art Haven, are looking forward to displaying the artwork they have created.
This will be a great time to meet those who are involved in Art Haven. There will be buffet dishes donated by many Gloucester Restaurants (Lat 43, Thai Choice, Azorean, Sebastian’ Pizza, Jalapenos, Chili Choice and more…), as well as a cash bar. Also, Senator Bruce Tarr will be auctioning off painted buoys from this years lobster trap Christmas tree. We hope to see you there! Tickets are only $5.00!! Be there at 6 pm.
Cape Ann Art Haven
978 283 3888
For more information, just start Flapping like a Haddock!
It’s winter-the kids are inside most of the time. If you have children and they’re flapping like a haddock (or maybe you are!), here are some ideas to keep the whole family happy. Visit Flapping like a Haddock for updates, parenting info, family activities, and things to do around Cape Ann.
Astronomy Night at Halibut Point State Park
Free movie at Rockport Library
Katy and the Big Snow
The History of Dolls and Doll Collecting
This year’s family concert features the world premiere of “Katy and the Big Snow” by local composer Robert J. Bradshaw. Commissioned by the Cape Ann Symphony to commemorate award-winning author & illustrator Virginia Lee Burton’s centennial year, the musical retelling of the children’s classic with a Cape Ann connection is destined to become a classic in its own right. This joyous performance will appeal to the young at heart of all ages.
Be sure to check out Flapping like a Haddock for more things to do on Cape Ann.
If you’re thinking about getting a puppy, this might be where you should start…the real life adventure of SCRUFFY!!—-Sharon
So cold out there! Stay inside, watch a movie, or cook up something with the kids, or you can venture out and keep warm at one of these events or programs happening around town.
Here’s an activity to do with the kids using all those wrapping paper tubes (along with paper towel and toilet paper tubes). Good rainy day fun!—Sharon
Sharon is now on board as a guest Author for GMG. She brings her experience with children and her love of Gloucester to our pages. So when you see one of her posts, introduce yourself as a fan of GMG and let her know if there is anything you would like to know about the city we love.
“Flapping like a Haddock is a new blog for Cape Ann families. If you’re looking for activities and ideas to keep your child from “flapping like a haddock” this winter (and beyond), you’ll probably find it here. As a preschool teacher/director/parent/grandparent, I know how hard it can be staying sane when the colder weather hits. We can share our experiences, vent, and brainstorm. We also can keep up to date on the happenings on the Cape . Share this blog with other parents and caregivers, and we’ll have some fun!”