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What to do with the kids this weekend

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!

Recent Posts on Flapping like a Haddock

yellow-fishEvents and Activities March 1 – March 7

Choosing an Early Education or After School Program

Nature in the Winter

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili

If you would like to include your event or activity, please email me your information.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

“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!

Good day for making chili!


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!

Flapping like a Haddock

yellow-fishI’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!

Thanks!!   —Sharonsmiley-hat1

Take your kids to the Library!

Sawyer Library

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!

February Vacation! Stuff to do with the Kids!

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!


The Hermit of Ravenswood

hermit-of-ravenswoodBIRD 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

What to do with the kids this weekend-


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 CinemaMovies and Times

Cape Ann Lanes Bowling

Sawyer Free LibraryEvents

Manchester Public Library – Valentine Craft Workshop

Sawyer Free Library- Museum Passes

Gloucester Stage Co. youth workshops

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.

Things to do this weekend with kids (or without!)


Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

Gloucester Cinema-Movies this     weekend

Cape Ann Art Haven Art Show and Buoy Auction

Cape Ann Museum Last 2 days of free admission for residents!

“A Boy named Torrey and a Little Harmony”

Astronomy Night at Halibut Point State Park

“Oliver” – Rockport Middle School Jan. 29 – Feb.1

Snowflake Festival – Essex Library

Check back for more stuff to do, and of course you really should start Flapping like a Haddock!

Art Haven Art Show and Buoy Auction

Received this info from David Brooks-


2009 Programs Fundraiser

Dear Friends,

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.

David Brooks
Cape Ann Art Haven

978 283 3888

For more information, just start Flapping like a Haddock!

Things to do with Kids!

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

Reminder-Cape Ann Symphony Concert this Saturday

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.

Thanks! —Sharon

Welcome Aboard Sharon Lowe!

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.

Chickity Check It!- Sharon Lowe’s New Family Activity Blog

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!”

– Sharon