Salem Trolley Christmas Carol, Fun Holiday Events north of Boston
Join Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as you ride through Salem Massachusetts in this rolling production performed by the Griffen Theater . Now entering into it's 27th Season, this humorous &...
Shore Country Day School Beverly MA Parent Education Katie Koestner
Please join parents and educators for a crash course on everything a parent needs to know about the troublesome world of the Internet, social media, mobile photo sharing apps, and erasable media.
Come with friends and neighbors to sing holiday songs to start your holiday seas
Gather your family and friends and come over to the Firehouse for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along to kick off your Holidays with music!  The Youth Choir from the Immaculate Conception...
Kids will enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Hamilton Wenham Community House
Enjoy pancake breakfast including sausage, juice, muffins, coffee, and cocoa. The Girl Scouts will provide cookie decorating for the children & Santa arrives with his joyful laugh, listening ear...
Sparhawk School: Big Art for Little Humans PreK Classes
Join us for this special parent & child art class series on Wednesday mornings at the Sparhawk School with Catherine Kulik, the Sparhawk Elementary & Middle School art teacher. Your child...
Holiday Travel tips for families
How did it become mid November?  Wasn’t I just chasing my children around the beach and cleaning up melted ice cream?  Thanksgiving is just days away and Christmas and Hanukkah are a...
This Year's Snow Ball at Cruiseport Gloucester is going to be Red Hot! Funds rai
The heat is on for the Pathways for Children's Red-Hot Snow Ball at Cruiseport Gloucester! Come for a night of dancing, hearty hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction that features World Series...
Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving Feast at Ipswich's Run for the Pies!
Start your turkey day by burning off some calories with a run or walk along the Ipswich River and you'll have a chance to win a pie! Racers, runners, walkers or stroller pushers are incited...
Gabe's Run is held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in H
Gabe’s Run 2014: The 7th Annual Reunion Run to benefit the Gabriel Pacione Memorial Scholarships. Events feature competitive 5K Cross-Country Trail Races, a 1 Mile Family Fun Run as well as the...
Sparhawk School Amesbury MA PreK to Grade 12
Finding the right educational fit is a defining moment in each family’s life. Join us for a campus wide Open House and learn more. No letter, conversation or brochure can say as much as the...
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Sparhawk School: Big Art for Little Humans PreK Classes
Join us for this special parent & child art class series on Wednesday mornings at the Sparhawk School with Catherine Kulik, the Sparhawk Elementary & Middle School art teacher. Your child will explore diverse ways of creating art and experiment with new, engaging materials while learning about line, color, texture and notable works of art. This class is sure to engage their sensory skills as well as their innate curiosity about the visual world around them.  Each class is limited to ten children and runs for 5 week sessions.  This class is absolutely free!

 

Holiday Travel tips for families
How did it become mid November?  Wasn’t I just chasing my children around the beach and cleaning up melted ice cream?  Thanksgiving is just days away and Christmas and Hanukkah are a few weeks later.  It’s almost time to break out the Christmas Tree and the Menorah.  Whoo hoo!  Who doesn’t love the holiday season?  Parties, family gatherings, travel…so much fun, but it can be a bit overwhelming for little ones.  I come from a family of 9, yes 9 (it is a combined his, hers, and theirs family, but none the less 9)!  And my husband’s family lives a 4-hour flight away.  While the holidays are a blast for us, and our kids, they certainly pose a challenge to our sleep routines.  So how do I handle it without seeming like our green friend the Grinch?  Here are my top tips to protect your child’s great sleep habits, or at least salvage them post holidays. Be it Over the River and Through the Woods or Right Next-Door, Schedules are Key: Rule #1 is always A Rested Child is a Happy Child:  Whether you are flying across the country or just spending the day with cousins – try to keep your baby’s schedule intact. Bring along a travel crib and set it up in a location as dark and quiet as possible.  Keeping their nap times and bedtimes consistent will help them to better assimilate and will make sure they stay a happy baby rather than an overtired cranky one. If Your Plans Include Several Hours of Travel:  In order to make sure naps aren’t missed, plan your travel times around nap times.  If driving, allow your baby to take their nap on the go but at the usual time.  A few minutes before naptime do a modified version of your regular soothing routine so your little one understands it time to go to sleep.  If flying during naptime, most little ones sleep great on the plane (it must be that constant humming sound ;).  Wearing your baby in an Ergo-like carrier is a great option as they are secure, yet comfortable.  If taking a long flight or a red eye, call your airline in advance and request a sky cot (a small travel bed which is installed in front of your seat – most airlines provide these for free).   Schedule Naps into Your Daily Plan:  Once at your Holiday destination, attempt to have as many naps as possible in your guest or hotel room in a stationary bed or crib.  This will help your baby become more familiar with their new sleeping environment as well as provide them with more restorative sleep.  One day of naps on the go (car, plane) will not disrupt your baby’s excellent sleep habits, but many in a row could wreak more havoc than the turkey’s tryptophan can counter act ;).  If hanging around the house or hotel is not in the plans, make sure you have your baby in their car seat, stroller, or carrier in plenty of time to catch their nap on the go.  While sleeping in a stationary crib or bed is best, a nap on the go is better than going without. Need to Miss a Nap:  If despite your best efforts you are up to your eyeballs in wrapping paper and a nap just isn’t possible, don’t sweat it.  Instead opt for a super early bedtime to make up for that missed sleep.  It will help to make sure your little one stays on track and doesn’t become overtired.    Manage Expectations:  While your nieces and nephews may be left to party along with their parents late into the night, that doesn’t mean your kids have to.  A few eyes may roll when you mention that bedtime is 6:30, but at least everyone will know in advance and your little one will not be fussing through dinner and keeping everyone from enjoying their ‘rare who roast beast’.   Slumber Party? Be Sure To Recreate Your Child’s Environment: Home Away From Home:  Bring along all your baby’s usual sleep time props – sleep sack, lovey, pacifier, white noise etc.  This will help them feel as comfortable as possible while away from their crib. Make Your Phone Do Double Duty:  If your white noise isn’t portable, download a white noise app on your smart phone and select a sounds option that is similar to your one from home.  This will not only help your baby’s environment similar to home, but it will also help drowned out any post Eggnog caroling.     Darker is Better:  Many hotel rooms (or even Aunt Gertrude’s guest room) lack adequate black out blinds.  As your child will get their best sleep in a very dark room, you will want to come prepared for an unexpected bright streetlight or a window facing the rising sun.  For a quick, easy and inexpensive fix, try these temporary black out blinds from Redi Shade.  They block out light like it’s no body’s business and are compact enough to fit in your suitcase or are easily shipped ahead of time to your destination.  Best of all – at $6.49 each, they are a no brainer.     A Comfy Crib is Easier Than You Think:  Call ahead and request a crib for your room.  Most hotels do have quality full size cribs on hand – you just have to ask!  Bring along your baby’s own mattress pad and sheet for piece of mind.  If you prefer to bring your own travel crib and have not yet made the big purchase, I love the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib.  Or if you already own a pack and play – invest in a mattress topper so your baby can sleep more comfortably on the go. When You Get Home It’s Back to Business as Usual: The Best Laid Plans:  No matter how well you plan ahead, the holidays bring the unexpected.  The key to getting back on track as quickly as possible is easier than you think – just resume your old routine!  A few days consistently back to the norm and you will have your great sleeper once again. Early Bedtime Saves All:  A great tool to help expedite this process is an early bedtime.  An overtired child has a much harder time falling asleep and staying asleep.  If you opt for an early bedtime the first few nights home, it will be beneficial in helping your child catch up on any missed sleep and get back to their typical sleep habits. Amy Lage is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Family Sleep Institute certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant.  She is founder of Well Rested Baby (www.wellrestedbaby.com).  She offers a host of services including in person, phone, email and Skype/FaceTime consultations that can be tailored to meet any family’s needs and schedule.  Please email her at amy@wellrestedbaby.com with any questions.  Be sure to follow WRB on Facebook too more great sleep tips!

 

Find books for children north of Boston. Fundraisers, parties and storytime with
Jana Harris is currently scheduling Barefoot Book Parties, Storytime and Fundraisering events for Fall and Winter 2014/2015. Share stories, connect families, inspire children and earn amazing host rewards. Free books!  Find and enjoy books, games, puppets and puzzles that will stay with your family for years to come. Jana Harris - 978-304-9028.

 

Tom Ellis and Collin Keegean at the helm of Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Take a moment and explore this unique kickstarter campaign featuring a young boy named Collin Keegan, his love of science and an extraordinary drive to share what he learns with other kids. "Science All Around Us" is a concept for an educational series that explores how things work and why from the perspective of a kid who wants to reach other kids on a global scale.  Twenty minute episodes will start start with Collin focusing on an every-day problem that can be solved using scientific methods and ideas. The founding idea for the entire project is that kids can and should teach other kids.

 

Birthday party at Laser Quest Danvers MA
Perfect for kids, teenagers and adults; celebrate at Laser Quest in Danvers where all your friends and family can join in the excitement! Planning a birthday party is easy at Laser Quest. Call to learn more. 978-762-8778

 

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