From Magic City Morning Star

Melody Schubert
Families Cure The Winter Time Blues In Maine
By Melody Schubert
Feb 19, 2005 - 2:31:00 PM

Write like an Egyptian
Write like an Egyptian

Children can uncover the thrill of writing like an Egyptian by visiting the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's web site. Once there children can type in their names up to sixteen letters and they will be transformed into a hieroglyph that can be printed out.

Explore a world of wonders at the Discovery Museum.

The Maine Discovery Museum is the largest children's museum north of Boston. With seven permanent interactive exhibits exploring the worlds of nature, geography, children's literature, music, art, science and anatomy thereís plenty for families to explore together. Take a spin in a larger than life gyroscope that rotates you at its center or participate in one of many wonderful programs scheduled like the upcoming Bonsai Workshop that is open to public.

The Maine Discovery Museum also offers parents a bit of private time for a small fee with their Parents Night Out Programs. Kids will enjoy pizza dinner, art and science activities, and a special gift on Wednesdays and Fridays after school now through mid-April. With so many hands -on exhibits and exciting programs thereís always something new happening at the Discovery museum. Regular Museum Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 5:00, and on Sunday 12:00 - 5:00. For information programs or to register for the Parents Night Out Program call 262-7200. For current events and special programs visit the Maine Discovery Museumís website at mainediscoverymuseum.org.

Share a story

A wonderful educational program is offered online that can help parents to teach children the importance of sharing and kindness. The BookHugs.com story club offers free personalized stories that children can share with their family and friends. Some of the stories available are A Penny Saved, Caring Means Sharing, and Good Things Are Worth Waiting For. Once a story is chosen parents complete a questionnaire during the registration process and then their children are able to share the finished BookHug's story with their loved ones.

Local libraries also a great place for educating and entertaining reading programs for preschoolers, older children, and adults. Libraries often have numerous incentive reading programs throughout the year. Contact your local library for a schedule of events. Registration is often required for certain programs.

Fun Festivals

With a visit to your local Visitors Bureau or Chamber of Commerceís web site you can find a number of activities and festivals like the Katahdin Area Winterfest 2005. In Maine's Katahdin Region, visit www.katahdinmaine.com or check you local phone book for additional information.

A bit of imagination and creativity is all it takes to take the blues out of winter.



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