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It’s almost that that time! Here’s the scoop on the Bangor Halloween Scene!


Friday, October 28

Bangor Parks & Rec Halloween Party, 5-7pm. Parks & Rec Center, 647 Main Street. Free.

Kids 5 and under should attend between 5-6, and from 6-7 the party is for the older kids, up to age 12. Games, prizes, and a haunted chamber!


Saturday, October 29

Bangor Fire Department Open House. 10 am – 2pm. Central Fire Station, Main Street.

Kids games & Bounce House, win an iPod Touch, 2 $25 gift certificates, a ride to school in a police car or on a fire engine! Fire engine and ambulance tours, Sparky the Firedog, 11 am costume contest with prizes and free balloons. And for grownups, learn about heating safely with a variety of stoves, get your blood pressure and glucose checked, and ask questions of the Bangor Fire Inspector or a professional chimney sweep!

Pumpkins in the Park. 12-6pm, Bangor Auditorium. $3 pp, $10 family rate, and kids under 3 are free (all benefiting UCP of Maine.) Trick or treating, face painting, clowns, bounce houses, and of course, hundreds of glowing pumpkins!

Downtown Trick or Treat. 3-5pm, participating downtown businesses. Free.


Monday, October 31

Happy Halloween! Be safe trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!

Bangor Mall Trick or Treat, 4pm. For kids 12 and under, while supplies last!

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This Saturday is the Kid Central Festival in downtown Bangor, from 11am-5pm. There are a ton of activities at various downtown businesses and organizations, and here’s a map to help you plan your route.

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It’s been here, meteorologically, for almost a month, but it’s only starting to feel like spring at certain points — it seems if it’s sunny, it’s tempered with a biting wind, or it’s mild and raining. But in the last few days, I’ve smelled dirt and the sunshine has been warmer, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll find myself getting home and realizing I’ve left my coat on my door at work — that’s when I know spring has really sprung.

There’s some great things happening this spring, too.

This weekend, 4/23 at noon, you can check out Central Street Farmhouse’s participation in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. You’ll need to register, but you’ll get a great swag bag for participating and learning about cloth diapering!

Next weekend is an open house for the new location for My Gym. They are now located at 797 Wilson Street (Across from Lowe’s in Brewer) and sharing a space with Results Fitness Center.  The open house runs from 9-1, April 30.

May 7 is the first ever Kid Central Festival in downtown Bangor! Downtown business are participating, from rootbeer brewing at Central Street Farmhouse to “Tats for Tots” (aka: face-painting) at Blind Faith Tattoo Studio, to events at MDM, UMMA, BPL, and lots of downtown businesses, it’s bound to be a blast. It runs from 12-5.

Have a special event I should know about? Leave a comment or email me!

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Weekly Breastfeeding Support, Central Street Farmhouse

Mondays, 10:30-11:30 am, or Tuesdays, 5-7pm (a great time for working and nursing mamas to get some support!)

Preschool Playtime, Bangor Parks & Rec

Monday-Friday, 9:30-11  Free, drop-in playtime for 0-4 year olds.

Science Detectives, Maine Discovery Museum

Tuesdays, 11-1130, ages 3-5

Thursday Nature Time for Children, Fields Pond

10-11am, ages 2-4 $32 members, $38 nonmembers. Registration required.

Skating lessons, Bangor Parks & Rec

Sundays, 1:50-2:50, Sawyer Arena. Registration required. $70, residents, $75 NR.


Bangor Public Library

Brewer Public Library

Orono Public Library

Friday, February 11

Father-Daughter Dance, City of Bangor

At the time of this post, the dance has sold out!

Anah Shrine Mini-bikes Family Valentine’s Dance, Shrine Hall, Bangor.

Dancing, clowns, door prizes. $10 per person, free for children under 3, and includes pizza, snacks, beverages, and a prize for every child. 6:30-8:30 For more info, or to buy tickets, call the Shrine Hall at 942-2254

Saturday, February 12

Unitarian-Universalist Society Family Valentine’s Dance, 120 Park Street, Bangor.

There will be continuous deejay music, dancing, and food. This is a potluck, so bring a dish or finger food to share. 4-6:30 Suggested donation is $10/family, with part of the funds going to SONG, a Bangor nonprofit supplying school materials to Uganda. For more info, contact uubangorATgmailDOTcom

Tuesday, February 15

Music Time with Julie, Central Street Farmhouse 10:30-11.

Friday, February 18

Brewer Winterfest

Saturday, February 19

Brewer Winterfest

February Vacation Week, 2/21-2/25

Vacation Fun Days, Bangor Parks & Rec

K-5 students will enjoy a full day of fun and games at the Parks & Rec building. $20/day for residents, $25/day for non-residents, and registration is required.

Fields Pond Audubon Center Vacation Camps

Tuesday-Friday. Stories, games and hands-on explorations of the natural world. $45/day, members, $55/nonmembers

Challenger Learning Center Vacation Camp

The CLC will offer a full week of activities for kids K-8. Preregistration is required, and you can choose individual days or programs, or get a discount for a full week of camp, $220.

Bangor Public Library Special Events

BPL will have special events each day during vacation week!

Saturday, February 26

Forest Detectives, Fields Pond Audubon Center 10am-noon

Join FPAC Director Matt Dubel for a morning of solving mysteries in the forest. $8/member family, $10/nonmembers.

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December has several special events to celebrate the holidays, and the season, and here’s what’s come across my screen so far. (And please, please, if you have something I should know about, post or email! I’d love to share, and will update this post with any new information.)

Friday, December 3

5-8:30 Parent’s Night Out, Bangor Parks & Rec. $6 Bangor residents, $10, non-residents.

Saturday, December 4

9am-11am Breakfast with the Claus‘, Bangor Grange, 1192 Ohio Street. Gift bags for kids, crafts, photo op. Suggested donation of $3 adult, $2 child, or $8 for family of four or more.

All day, Downtown Holiday Festival

11am-4pm Art Factory, 40 Harlow Street. University of Maine Museum of Art will have various art projects for kids to make — for free!

11am-4pm Santa’s Workshop, 20 Broad Street. Meet Santa in the lobby of the Charles Inn. Bring your own camera for the photo op.

Noon- 3pm Santa Scavenger Hunt. Start and end at Santa’s Workshop. The scavenger hunt is designed for younger children and all hunters will receive a prize.

1pm-6pm Downtown Holiday Marketplace, 40 Harlow Street. Small business and crafters will have their wares on sale in the UMMA/EMDC building.

3:30-4:30 Cookies & Cocoa, Maine Discovery Museum. The MDM will close early (3pm) but the lobby will be open for free cookies and cocoa as families wait for the parade to begin.

4:30pm Festival of Lights parade. The annual holiday parade will wind through downtown Bangor, and immediately after, the Tree Lighting will take place in West Market Square.

December 8

7pm The Velveteen Rabbit. Penobscot Theatre. Toys come to live in this classic story, playing all month at the Penobscot Theatre. Visit their site for times and tickets.

Friday, December 10

5:30pm Gingerbread Housebuilding workshop, Bangor Parks & Rec Center. Kids ages 5-12 can build their own gingerbread house and take it home! $6 for Bangor residents, $9 for non-residents.

7pm Willy Wonka, Jr. Next Generation Theatre, Brewer. “Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man comes to life in this stage adaptation, featuring favorite songs such as “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination”. Performed by the Next Generation children’s theatre program! Tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for children” (Also playing December 11 and December 12.)

Saturday, December 11

Noon-4pm Santa’s Workshop, 20 Broad Street. Meet Santa in the lobby of the Charles Inn. Bring your own camera for the photo op.

5-6pm Skate with the Bears, Alfond Arena, Orono.  The Friends of Maine Hockey present this free family event, which is a great opportunity for fans of all ages to meet the players and have their picture taken.

Friday, December 17

5-8:30 Parents’ Night Out, Bangor Parks & Rec. $6 Bangor residents, $10, non-residents.

5:30-9 Holiday Parents’ Night Out, Maine Discovery Museum. Pizza dinner, playtime, and crafts. 24/member-child; $28/non-member child; siblings half-price. Ages 4+. Pre-register.

Saturday, December 18

Noon-4pm Santa’s Workshop, 20 Broad Street. Meet Santa in the lobby of the Charles Inn. Bring your own camera for the photo op.

Friday, December 31

3pm-2011 Downtown Countdown 2011: The Rhythm of Life Specific events TBA.

All month:

Go ice skating: Sawyer Arena’s open skating schedule is posted.

Go swimming: The UMaine Leisure Pool is great for families, and their break hours start December 17. It’s very easy to find parking when students are gone, so break is a perfect time to try the pool if you haven’t before.

Feed the hungry: Hannaford makes it easy to donate to local food cupboards, and in exchange, you get a coupon book. Did you know $1 can buy $10 of food for a food bank? That’s why we choose the money option. (For little kids, though, the box is a great way to make it tangible.)

Give to a child in need: There are many ways to give this holiday season. The Bangor Daily News and Salvation Army allow you to donate money online to the Santa’s Helper fund. Also, this year you can choose a local child from an online Angel Tree, as a partnership between JCPenney and the Salvation Army. (You do NOT need to buy the angel gifts at JCPenney — they are just a sponsor.) I found that searching for a child using Google Chrome didn’t work, but it did work in Safari. You will also find many angel trees around town, which again, choosing a gift with your child probably makes it more tangible than donating money online.

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Halloween is a favorite holiday here in the BangorBaby household, and there is a ton going on this year in the Bangor area, aside from the traditional neighborhood trick or treating that happens on 10/31. Here’s a roundup of some seasonal fun, organized by date:

Bangor Parks & Rec Spooktacular Craft & Game Night
Friday, 10/22, Parks & Rec Center
Grades K-2 5:30-7:30
$10 Resident, $15 Non-Resident

Bangor Parks & Rec Halloween Party
Thursday, 10/28, Parks & Rec Center
Ages 2-5: 4:30-5:30  Ages 6-12: 5:30-7
Free! Note the separate times for the two age groups.

Bangor Fire Department Open House
Saturday, 10/30, 10-2 Central Station, Main Street
Costume contest 11am
Also, kids games, ambulance and fire engine tours, free balloons, and other contests!

UCP’s Pumpkins in the Park
Saturday, 10/30, 12-6pm, all ages
$2, Kids under 3 are free
This year’s theme is “Children’s Storybooks.” Local businesses and organizations carve pumpins and set up their own ‘patch,’ and the pumpkins illuminate the auditorium! Lots of kids in costume, and candy being handed out, and the proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy.

Downtown Bangor Halloween Block Party
There are several events, but for kids, the highlights would be:
Trick or Treating at downtown businesses from 3-5pm
Free admission to Maine Discovery Museum from 4-6pm
Mini costume parade, from Penobscot Theatre Company to Pickering Square, 5pm
And for everyone, there will be an outdoor market and live music in Pickering Square, as well as some events for the grown-ups that evening.

Bangor Mall Trick or Treating
10/31, 3-5pm, Kidgits Club members get a special treat at center court.

Maple Street, Bangor
10/31, late afternoon/evening.
It’s unofficial, so no link, but several families on the street LOVE Halloween, and other families endure the stampede, I think. It’s always a production! (We have gone earlier in the day to see the decorations, and then done trick or treating in our own neighborhood, which works out to be the best of both worlds for us.)

And don’t forget your own neighborhood! Halloween is a great evening to walk around and greet the people in your neighborhood (that’s what we’ll be doing!) and for safety tips on traditional trick-or-treating, check this out. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

And hey, if I’ve missed an event, comment below or on Facebook, and I’ll add it.

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The weekend is almost here, and there’s lots to do around Bangor for families!

1)  Flannery Brothers concert

When: Saturday, June 19th 2pm

Where: Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio Street

What’s Happening: The Flannery Brothers will perform their award winning childrens’ music. Ages 2& under are free, 4-6 are $2, 6-12 are $3, and everyone else is $5.

2)  Go Swimming!

When: Saturday June 19

Where: Bangor’s City Pools (Dakin on Pine Street, and Pancoe at Hayford Park, 13th Street)

What’s Happening: Bangor’s pools open for the season this Saturday![Correction! Pancoe opens Saturday, Dakin opens Monday.] Rates have gone up for season passes, which can only be purchased at the rec center office, on Main St. Day fees remain the same — $1 for resident kids, $2 for resident adults, and double that for non-residents. The Pancoe pool is especially great for families with little ones, with the zero entry area, and for big ones, with the waterslides.

3)  Maine Day

When: Sunday, June 20

Where: Maine’s State Parks

What’s Happening: Free admission for Maine residents to all Maine State Parks! Within 50 miles of Bangor, we have Moose Point (Searsport,) Peaks-Kenny (Dover-Focxcroft), Lamoine (Lamoine), and Swan Lake (Swanville.)

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The Robinson Ballet will be performing the children’s matinees The Little Tailor and Once Upon a Time at the Bangor Opera House and Ellsworth’s Grand Theater.

The Little Tailor
A story taken from the Grimm fairy tale. One fine morning, the Little Tailor is busily sewing when a young woman passes by selling cream. The luscious smell of the cream spreads to the walls, which are covered in flies. The flies surround The Tailor, who taking a cloth from his table strikes at the pesky flies. Much to his amazement, no fewer than seven lie dead. Thinking himself quite the clever fellow he embroiders himself a belt that reads  “7 WITH ONE BLOW”. Donning his belt he sets off to tell the world of his feat. After traveling for some time, he tires, and lies down to sleep. A group of peasants find The Tailor and read his belt. Thinking he must be some powerful person that go to tell The King. He greets the Tailor and asks him to rid their kingdom of three threats. If he is successful he may have the hand of his daughter, the princess, in marriage. The Tailor takes the challenge and the adventure begins!
Once Upon A Time
A ballet set to the first movement of Keith Emerson’s Piano Concerto #1. Our story takes us to an enchanted wood inhabited by dryads, nymphs, pixies and fairies. They are all gathering for a celebration. Three hikers chance upon the spot and a lively encounter ensues.

The Bangor Opera House:  Saturday, April 4 at 3PM. Tickets are 5.00 for children and adults. To purchase tickets contact Penobscot Theatre at (207) 942-3333 or online.

The Grand in Ellsworth: Saturday, April 11 at 3PM Tickets are 5.00 for children and adults. To purchase tickets contact The Grand at (207) 667-9500 or online.

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Sesame Street Live will be performing “When Elmo Grows Up” at the Bangor Auditorium, on December 16 & 17. Showtimes are at 7pm on 12/16, and 10:30 am and 7pm in 12/17. Tickets may be purchased at the Auditorium box office, or online at places like Prices vary, but expect to pay about $20 per ticket.

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Bangor’s annual Festival of Lights parade is this Saturday, December 6, at 4:30 pm. The parade begins on Railroad Street, turns right onto Main Street, crosses Union Street, proceeds along Main Street through downtown, crosses Hammond and State streets onto Central Street, turns right on Harlow, and crosses State Street to Exchange Street, ending by Bank of America. Exchange Street will be closed.

For more information, check out this article at the Bangor Daily News.


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