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Lots of snow down on the pier
Harbor starting to ice up – interesting pattern forming
Gig floats covered with snow
The marine railway full of snow
That mackerel sky was the on-coming moisture from the last blizzard
I was that parent who insisted that my boys were going to have all wooden, all natural, and “real life” toys. I stuck to that rule for quite some time and, I’m not going to lie, I’m still happy that my boys have, on their own, become interested in things like animals, boats, police/fire/coastguard/etc., vehicles, fishing tackle, and sports cards…rather than Power Rangers, Pokemon, and whatnot. I guess what I love the most about their interests is that they are “real” and they’re not going anywhere. You can never learn too much about wild animals, real life heros, sports, science, and such. But, it isn’t just that, I’m also cheap and I’m happy that they haven’t gotten into the it items that are going to be replaced by new it items in 6 months.
So, they’ve been playing with many of the exact same toys for probably YEARS. They, at 5.5 and 7.5, still can not get enough of their collection of Hess trucks, fishing boats, rescue vehicles, match box cars, and Schleich animals. They also have 100s of small whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, etc that they spread out and play with for hours. On the other hand, they also have iPod minis, for when they need some down time…or I need a break!
I say all of this (in my incredibly long-winded own way) because all of that means that I had NO idea what to get them for Christmas this year. They truly don’t need a thing. They still use and love so many of their toys…why replace them with stuff just for the sake of having more stuff? Likewise, we have a tiny little home. I truly can’t bear the thought of buying crap that they are not going to use. That having been said, clearly we want to get them things…and not super lame things….for Christmas.
They did ask for a few things…so that helped. They both wanted a couple of pairs of new sneakers. Shot, score! Cause, you know, I was going to have to buy those soon anyway. They wanted “rollie” hockey bags. Ummm….ok…awesome! The less I need to lug their gear around the better. It totally rocks that I was also able to get the Grit Pod hockey bags that actually have a compartment for each item of their gear! TOTALLY addresses my OCD issues. I couldn’t be happier. They wanted new backpacks. That one kind of hurt, because they both have ones that I love…and that don’t really need to be replaced….but, since they were cheap and easy…I got them. And, they always get the new Hess truck. So, not bad. We were making progress.
They’ve been dying to take guitar lessons, but with hockey, school, etc. that hasn’t really been in the budget. Thank goodness for grandparents, because thanks to Nammy they will have guitars and an amp and thanks to Grampy they’ll have their first three months of lessons. Tremendous.
So, now what?
From here it is all about the Experience Gifts! Here’s a little secret. Shhhh. If, like us, you find yourself to be on a budget, Experience Gifts can be great because you don’t really have to pay for them before Christmas. For example, last year I put together a little gift basket with some Providence Bruins stuff, a photo of a hotel in Providence, a brochure for the Providence Dave and Busters, and a brochure for the Roger Williams Zoo. A quick little one night getaway stuffed to the gills with activities that they were going to love to help kill the post holiday/winter doldrums….that didn’t have to be actually paid for until a few weeks after the holidays when we actually booked the hotel and got “baby Bruins” tix online…for super, super cheap I might add.
Another great quick getaway that is on my favorite list is The Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg…again, give them a getaway for Christmas by putting together a cute basket (think Wolf ears or nose from a party shop, swim goggles, one of their own bathing suits and/or flip flops, maybe a cheap new towel, a brochure) and then book it in January or February for a mid winter retreat. Does that sound cheap? What evs….it works.
Experience Gifts don’t have to be in the form of overnight trips though!!
Here are some other ideas:
A membership to Maritime Gloucester. Get a cheap sand pail (or find one of the 1,000 you already own), throw in a ocean dwelling stuffed animal (or go buy one from their awesome gift shop), maybe a small fishing net, grab a brochure, and you’re good to go.
A season pass for the Water Taxi. Buy a little toy boat (can you say Toodeloos) and tie on the pass with a cute little bow. Maybe even find a sailor or captains hat to go with it!
Gift cards to Friendly’s, Orange Leaf, Cape Ann Lanes, Island Art and Hobby, Gloucester Cinema, the Rainforest Cafe, or Art Haven (which also means GLAZED!). Of course, there’s also things like the Museum of Science, the Boston Children’s Museum, the PEM, the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Sky Zone, The Legoland Discovery Center. You name it!! Don’t forget their favorite store. Seems like a no brainer, but my boys love nothing more than a gift card to Fisherman’s Outfitters or Fin and Feather in Essex! I buy them a couple of new fishing lures and tie them onto the envelope from one of those stores and they’re the happiest of campers.
Two things: First of all, ALL of these kind-of-lame-to-open gift cards can be made super fun with simple extras. A little bowling pin (I’ve seen them but probably couldn’t find one when I actually need one so you’re on your own there) or a roll of quarters for the video games to go with the bowling gift card. Some microwave popcorn and some candy put into a cute box (Michael’s Crafts in Danvers sells really cute boxes…sometimes even ones that look like popcorn boxes…see below) to go along with the movie gift card. An actual container from Orange Leaf (which they give out with their gift cards) filled with some gummy bears, cookies, or other toppings. A paint brush, crayons, cheap set of markers to go along with the Art Haven gift card. A magnifying glass for the MOS, some small plastic animals/insects to go with the Museum of Natural History. An art book to accompany the art museum visit. A pair of gym shorts or a new water bottle for the trip to Sky Zone. A small Lego kit to go with the trip to Legoland in Somerville. Whale Watch tickets work well with a brochure or post card of a whale, a stuffed animal, or maybe even a t-shirt from one of the local whale watching companies. You get the point! Secondly, if a place doesn’t necessarily make/give real gift cards….just make your own and then pay cash when you go for real. I’ve done that plenty of times.
One of my favorite gifts is a “A Day Your Way” ticket. Each of my boys get one and then they get to redeem it for a day that is planned totally by them (with in reason and budget!). They only get one or two a year so if they choose candy for breakfast and breakfast for dinner I don’t really care! They also get to choose one activity: movie, mini golf, museum, hike, etc. and we follow their lead all day long.
Aside from day trips, are also simple staycation ideas. Super easy, no brainers. Hot cocoa, ice cream sundae toppings, popcorn, and a movie in a fun basket for a family movie night! Some snacks, a pizza coupon, and a new board game for family game night! A new book and some snacks for a guaranteed long session of read aloud time together. A basket of crafting supplies for a day or arts and crafts. Some binoculars, a compass, a map, a nature map or field guide, maybe a disposable camera…and you’re off for a fun hike together! You get the idea.
For those of you who are super eager beavers, plan a scavenger hunt! Some small gifts and clues that will lead your child all around town with some fun stops along the way! Again, my boys love to search for different boats, see which boats are in and which are out, hit a playground, go for a hike, grab a hot cocoa, search for more clues…. Super fun day!
And, finally…. here are some other Non Toy ideas that I love.
1. A magazine subscription. We love National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Little Kids, Boys’ Life, and Time for Kids. The novelty of getting their new magazine in the mail has never worn off and we make certain to make special time to read it together within 48 hours of its arrival.
2. To up the ante, a book club. I’ve used Gift Lit before. Think wine of the month club, but in a book form for young (or any aged) reader!
3. Equally, if not more, awesome is Kiwi Crate!! I really hope at least someone has hung on and read this far because this is one of my favorite ideas ever! Same idea as the monthly book club, but you sign up and then all that you need to complete a fun craft together is shipped right to your house! Total excitement the day it comes in the mail!
GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14 #GloucesterMA
Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby’s Attractive Nurses At Salem Hospital, GMG HOLIDAY Party (bring booze not food) is December 19th , Melissa Cox On The Stripper Pole, Those People That Come To The Party Just To Eat the Food and Not Socialize, Congratulations To Brian O’Connor and Family On Birth Of His First Masculine Child, Thanks To Leslie Heffron For The Nice Cards, Thanks To Jess and Dennis Alves For The Dinner Dealer Deck Which Ellen Landrigan Won,Middle Street Walk and the Awesomeness That Is The Art Haven, Art Haven Buoy Auction January 23 At Cruiseport, Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester, Men’s Night Thursday Dec 18th, Pinoli Opening December 18th, Mark McDonough and His PR Person Samantha Porter Get Social Media, Breaking The Pinoli News, Breaking The La Trattoria News, Passports Restaurant 20% Off On Gift Certificate Purchases, Joey’s Top Local Gift Ideas, Bex’ Micro Lobster Trap Tree, Group Text Messaging Hell, Kim Asks A Facebook Question Shout Out To Sefathia and Lillian LoGrasso, Whole Foods Lynnfield Review,(J Pace, Sclafanis and Virgilios) >Whole Foods, Describe The Ultimate Meatball Based On Size, Ingredients and Cooking Method, When Having Pasta With The Zugu Do You Mix The Zugu In Before Serving Or Ladle the Zugu on Top, Crack Cocaine Romano Cheese, GMG
Christmas Holiday Party December 19th At Bodin Historic Photo.
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Topics Include:Lone Gull Coffee, Brothers Brew Bacon Donuts, BIL Barry, Sista Felicia, Alicia DeWolfe, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, A Lot Of Cox, Life After Mamie’s Kitchen, George’s Coffee Shop, Fort Square Cafe, Pumpkin Coffee Love vs Pumpkin Coffee Disgust, Donna Ardizzoni From Summahville, That One Bad Pistachio and Burnt Coffee, Paul Bruce and The Benjamin Smith Playground, Is It A Donut or Is It A Muffin?, GMG SuperFan Dave Moore, Olive Kitteridge, Bex, Passports,Pirate’s Lane, Frances Macdormand,Captain Amanda Madeira, Schooner Ernestina, Effie Morrissey, Maritime Gloucester, Piper Boatworks, http://www.ernestina.maritimegloucester.org/,Chester Bringham, Pheonix Of The Seas, James Eves, Cape Ann Giclee, Changing The Name Of The Ernestina, Ocean Classroom, Thomas Lannon, Ardelle, Connors Farm, Pumpkin Cannon, Safety Concerns With The Pumpkin Cannon, Corn Maze, Russell Orchard, YMCA Taste of Cape Ann, Cruiseport, Open Bowl, Art Haven Buoy Auction.
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and on
All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels
Mid-afternoon Arrival of U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mayor’s Reception for Invited Guests
Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank
and hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester
6:30 pm Maritime Gloucester’s “Under the Spars” Gala (ticketed
8:00 pm Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours Concert at
Mile Marker One at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort (Rt. 133).
(ticketed event) Proceeds to benefit Cape Ann YMCA
Camping & Teen Services
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather condions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Marime Gloucester Heritage Day at Marime
Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester.
Free to the public. Over 25 arsan vendors and
community organizations with demonstrations and
family activities. The traditional Celtic band, Meridian,
will play on the Boat House stage at 11:30 am and 1:00
pm. Schooners will be at the dock for visitors. Food will
be available onsite. Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and
aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Open House Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
at Americold, 1 Rowe Square on Gloucester’s harborfront.
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House. Stop by the
Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast
Guard and its important role in Gloucester.
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake. Enjoy freshly steamed
lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with
your dinner at Marime Gloucester and on the slopes of
the Fitz Henry Lane lawn. Also available: hot dogs &
hamburgers, soda, spring water, beer & wine.
7:00 pm Fireworks Viewing at Beauport/Sleeper McCann
Museum. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Info:
7:00 pm Concert on the Boulevard (time subject to requirements of
Parade of Lights and Fireworks)
7:30 pm Boat “Parade of Lights”
9:15 pm Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following
Parade of Lights, me approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more
donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks.
Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45
Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate
“fireworks” on your donation.)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
8:30 am Skippers’ meeting for all schooners sailing in the
Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, adjacent to the
U.S. Coast Guard Station
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Parade of Sail as the schooners proceed from the Inner
Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy
Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from
Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point
Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to
watch the start of the Mayor’s Race,
courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation
1:00 pm Start of Mayor’s Race off Eastern Point for the Esperanto
Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy, and Bey Ramsey Trophy
3:00 pm Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle (me
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception and Awards Ceremony for captains & crews
and invited guests
Monday, September 1, 2014
11:00 am Amistad presents “Refuse to Do Nothing” about
contemporary slavery issues
“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF
For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School. The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible. I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer. That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area. Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!
This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses. I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.
While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.
Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor. This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!
We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups. They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!
One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane. We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip. The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.
We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th! Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!
We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art. Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.
We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools. Stunning scenery!
Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider. I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water. I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way. I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet. They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.
And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle. I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students. With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students. Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session. I can’t thank them enough!
This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area. How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources. I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have. There’s always next year :)
GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14
Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.
From Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:
Awesome Gloucester- The TV Show
The series premiere of “Awesome Gloucester” airs tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 7pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. Explore Gloucester and its awesomeness with host David Wesson and get an insiders look at baking bread at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery; explore the Maritime Gloucester tide pools with kids; and learn about distilling rum at Ryan & Wood Distilleries. This show is created by Lanesvillian Matt Morris, a filmmaker who loves this town and decided to make a television show about one of the coolest places on Earth.
The show also airs on Fridays at 3:30 pm; and Sundays at 5:00 pm. See full Cape Ann TV Schedule here.
Wednesday was a busy day for the Adventure. Her crew finished repairing the stem and getting her ready to move. She was re-launched at the evening high tide, and left GMR for her new at Gloucester Maritime on the Harbor Loop. We had some friends and family come by to see us off. Graham Makay once again captained the Adventure for her short ride across the harbor. We were welcomed by our newly expanded family from Gloucester Maritime, with board members, family and friends from both organizations joining in a champagne toast. A row crew also came out to give us an all oar salute. Despite a bit of rain, the mood at the wharf was quite festive. The Adventure’s Sarah Tuvim recognized that between the 2 organizations, we made a wonderful rainbow of raincoats to brighten our evening.
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Whether you fall on the side of these commercials are a prime example of greenwashing, this is SUCH a landmark PSA, let’s make another parody, or hey wait a minute Iron Eyes Cody was Sicilian?—people of a certain age remember seeing the Ad Council’s Keep America Beautiful ads. Lassie and Lady Bird Johnson were helping the campaign, too. Wildflowers and THE dog.
I was a kid. This tv spot was memorable and effective.
And this one. William Conrad voice over.
The Rozalia Project lecture at Maritime Gloucester for the kick-off event of the first Harbor community clean up reminded me of these ads. In a positive way! Highways look better. Now on to our shoreline and ocean floors. There was a photo of a crab trying to maneuver past sunglasses and various beverage cans in Newport that specifically brought those commercials back to me. Oh, and check your toothpaste and skin polishers – no poly anything ingredient. Trust me.
The next day following that lecture, clean up happened all around the harbor, right at the water’s edge, different neighborhoods, and even by boat. Kudos to Maritime Gloucester for organizing and Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts and other partners and volunteers.
At Maritime Gloucester, the Rozalia Project robot, Hector the Collector, went to work while Audie Tarr and others set out in boats for some surface retrieval. Gig Rowers in action, too.
GloucesterCast With Guest Tom Balf From Maritime Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/27/14
A Note from Tom Balf…
Maritime Gloucester has a fundraising dinner planned for Monday, March 31. Chefs from Turner’s Seafood and Latitude 43 will prepare a three-course meal highlighting underutilized, local seafood to showcase the best of what the waters off Gloucester have to offer.
This is an important event for Maritime Gloucester and, quite honestly, it’s more than a fundraiser. Let me explain.
Over the last two years, Maritime Gloucester has been increasingly active in supporting conversations and information sharing with respect to fisheries issues. We hosted a month long series of programs on sustainable seafood; we supported GMRI’s Trawl to Table workshop at our harbor campus; we hosted college groups from Endicott, Boston University and University of Rhode Island who wished to learned about Gloucester fisheries issues; and we taught lobster biology and the art of lobster trap building to high school students. We continue to work with various partners in the City in support of a sustainable fisheries and a thriving working waterfront. We have a clear role — Maritime Gloucester can convene, engage, provoke, facilitate and educate. We plan to begin that task in earnest this summer with a new, fisheries exhibit.
So you see, while this is a fundraiser, we are looking for strength in numbers – no easy task on a Monday night in March – to validate Maritime Gloucester’s instinct that it can honor 400 years of maritime fishing history, utilize contemporary communication tools and educational techniques, and host in this community the setting for a seafood table that has the potential to nourish all.
We hope you can join us at that table. Plus, it will be fun and tasty.
2nd – 5th Grade, weekdays 1:00-3:00$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, all are drop-off programsAll programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MATo register, click the sessions below or call 978-281-0470
Monday, February 17: Recycled Boats
We’ve all heard of a ship in a bottle, but what about a ship made from a bottle? Students will build their own boats using recyclable materials. What makes a better boat, a water bottle pontoon boat or a juice carton skiff? As we discuss the importance of recycling, we’ll learn about real boats that have been built from recycled materials.
Tuesday, February 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Did you know that humpback whales are named after patterns on their tails? We’ll look at whale bones and learn about whale and dolphin species found in New England and beyond. Students will also learn about sperm whales and scrimshaw by handling real whale teeth and creating their own scrimshawed candles to take home.
Wednesday, February 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Can you transform a water bottle into a fish, or a plastic plate into a sea turtle? Using a variety of recyclable materials, students will create their own sea creature sculptures to take home. We’ll look at a vast collection shells, bones, and exoskeletons for inspiration and discuss sea creature adaptations. As we talk about the importance of recycling, we’ll look at pictures of sea creature art made from recycled materials, such as marine debris and water bottles.
Thursday, February 20: Ice and Snow Science
Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow? Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects. After looking at how salt affects ice, students will create saltwater paintings to take home. We’ll also learn about how arctic and Antarctic sea creatures have adapted to survive at extreme temperatures.
Friday, February 21: Rube Goldberg Machines
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for drawing complex yet impractical machines, involving multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks. After looking at Goldberg’s humorous comics for inspiration, students will engineer a Rube Goldberg machine. Using marbles, Lego bricks, wooden blocks, dominoes, and much more, we’ll build and test intricate machines as we learn about energy, momentum, and engineering.