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I think it’s safe to start thinking about summer now, right? (I optimistically put my snowbrush in the garage this weekend, so I hope so!) The Bangor Pools will open this year on June 19th (Pancoe) and June 27 (Dakin). Pancoe is the facility with a great zero-entry area for little ones, waterslides for big ones, and a grassy area to spread out a blanket and enjoy the sunshine (don’t forget suncsreen!)

Photo from Bangor Parks & Rec

Not much has changed, the prices seem to be the same as they have been (but there is a cryptic note on the site that they are subject to change July 1 – I’ll update if they do!)

Beth Pancoe Aquatic Center Hours and Fees


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm . . . . . . . . Adult Lap Swim
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm . . . . . . . . . General Swim
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm . . . . . . . . . Family Swim
This time is intended for family time. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied
by an adult/chaperone.

Saturday & Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm . . . . . . . . . General Swim

Daily Fees
Adult Lap Swim
$2.00 per session
General Swim/Family Swim
Youth 16 & Under
$1.00 Resident
$2.00 Non Resident
Adults 17 & Older
$2.00 Resident
$4.00 Non Resident

Season Pass Fees (Please come into office — at 647 Main Street — to purchase)

Youth 16 and Under
$25 per person/ Resident
$40 per person/ Non Resident
Adult 17 and over
$40 per person/ Resident
$60 per person/ Non Resident
$80/ Resident
$110/ Non Resident
All persons on pass must reside in the same household
Two adults and three children as defined above
1 Childcare provider may be added for an additional $15 fee


Dakin Pool

(Admission is FREE)
Located at the end of Pine St.


1:00 pm – 5:00 pm . . . . . . . . . General Swim

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm . . . . . . . . . Family Swim
This time is intended for family time.
Anyone under the age of 17
must be accompanied by an adult/chaperone.

Saturday & Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm General Swim

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Happy New Year! Here’s what’s on deck for special events this month — please email or comment to have your event added!:


Weekly Breastfeeding Support, Central Street Farmhouse

Mondays, 10:30-11:30 am, or Tuesdays, 6-7pm (a great time for working and nursing mamas to get some support!)

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.

Sunday Open Gym, Bangor Parks & Rec

Free open gym! 12-2 for grades K-5, and 2:30-4:30 for grades 6-8. Parents must accompany the younger group.

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

Wednesday, January 12

Lowe’s Build and Grow program, Bangor Parks & Rec 647 Main Street

6-8pm, for grades 2-5 Free, registration required.

Parenting Discussion, Central Street Farmhouse

6-7pm, topic: Simplicity parenting, finding our way out of a consumer culture.

Friday, January 14

Maine Discovery Museum Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-9pm

“Drop the kids off for pizza and supervised play. Members $24/child, Non-members $28/child. Ages 4+. Pre-registration required. Siblings half price.”

Babywearing 101, Central Street Farmhouse

6-7pm Touch and try on a variety of carriers for your baby!

Saturday, January 15

Yoga and a Nature Adventure for Families, Fields Pond

1-2pm, $10 per family, registration required.

Gentle Discipline Parenting Class, Central Street Farmhouse

11-1pm, $20

Monday, January 17

Maine Discovery Museum is open from 9:30-5:30!

Saturday, January 22

Creatures Underneath, Fields Pond

1-2:30 pm, fees vary, registration required.

Tuesday, January 25

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine!, Bangor Civic Center

7pm, ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 26

Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine!, Bangor Civic Center

10:30 am, and 7pm, ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 29

Discounted lift tickets & lessons at Sugarloaf, via Bangor Parks & Rec

Save $32 on an all day lift ticket, or get a full learn to ski (or snowboard) package for $65. Contact Parks & Rec for more info.

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It’s the first day of summer! Today, the other Bangor pool opened (Dakin, on Pine street) following the opening of the Pancoe pool on Saturday. I have to confess, though, that while people here in Bangor were facing the muggy day at the awesome Pancoe pool, we were out of town, swimming in the lake of my childhood. There really isn’t much that’s better than a crisp, cool lake on a hot muggy day, and seeing your own kid doing all the things you once did growing up — jumping off the same docks, preferring the same entry points, digging the same trenches to the waterline — is pretty cool. We’ll certainly make it to Pancoe more than a few times this summer (we live just a few blocks away, so we don’t even need to deal with parking!) but I will always cherish the lake days.

Of course, my lake is a hundred miles away, which is two hours of “are we there yet?” and I Spy and kids’ music in the CD player, and that has it’s own…. merits, but I know that closer to town there are good options, too. We’ve been to Peaks-Kenny, in Dover, but generally we make the drive or go to the pool What are your favorite swimming holes in the Greater Bangor area?

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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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It’s Thursday, and it’s kind of rainy today but the forecast for the weekend looks great. Here are three things you might want to check out this weekend!

1) Old Town’s Family Fun Day

When: Saturday June 12, 10-1

Where: Herbert Sargent Community Center, 342 Bennoch Road, Old Town

What’s happening: The grand opening of the Born Learning Trail, a half-mile trail that displays interactive signs that encourage families to talk and get active, and a bike safety station. Lunch will be served from 11-1.

2) Meet Donn Fendler

When: 10 am

Where: Bangor Public Library, Story Room

What’s Happening: Meet Donn Fendler: “In 1939, a 12-year-old New York boy scout, Donn Fendler captured the hearts and imagination of the country, when, after nine days lost and alone in the Maine wilderness, he emerged from the north woods, foot-sore and half-starved, but alive. Many older Maine folks remember this young boy’s ordeal vividly, but successive generations have also learned of and been inspired by Mr. Fendler’s courage and determination.” — BPL

3)  Picnic at the Waterfront

When: Whenever!

Where: Bangor’s Waterfront

What’s Happening: Up to you. It’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend, and a favorite way for us to  enjoy a nice day  is to get sandwiches from Angelo’s (or one could make your own) and roll out a blanket on the grass at Bangor’s waterfront. Kids can watch the boats go by, and the planes, and the trains (if you’re there at the right time, of course) and feed the gulls. The waterfront has changed so dramatically in the last decade, it’s good to celebrate what a great place we live in by taking advantage of all it has to offer. A waterfront picnic is a perfect (and really cheap) way to do that.

Have an upcoming weekend event you’d like to let Bangor families know about? Email me: bangorbaby AT gmail DOT com — I’d love to include it.

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Welcome to summer! The city pools are open!

From the BDN:
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to open the city’s two municipal pools for the summer season. Both pools will be open seven days a week.

The Beth Pancoe Municipal Aquatic Center in Hayford Park will be open for general swim from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 21. The pool features two water slides, a “zero entry” wade-in area with a variety of water features as well as a lap-swim area.

In addition to afternoon general swim, the Pancoe Aquatic Center is open for adult lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as family swim time from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lessons are offered mornings Monday through Thursday.

Day use of the Pancoe Aquatic Center is $1 for Bangor resident children, $2 for Bangor resident adults, $2 for nonresident children, and $4 for nonresidents. Season passes are also available for children, adults and families and may be purchased at the parks and recreation office at 647 Main St.

The Dakin Municipal Pool on Pine Street near Broadway Park will open for general swim at 1 p.m. Monday, June 23. Dakin Pool is located at the end of Pine Street just off Stillwater Avenue. Dakin Pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. every day. There is no charge to swim at Dakin Pool.

Hours for both facilities may vary in the event of bad weather.

For information on municipal pool programming, call Bangor Parks and Recreation at 992-4490 or stop by the office at 647 Main St.

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Adventure Moms is an informal group that meets with kids of all ages at various locations around the Bangor area.  Their events are now seen on the BangorBaby calendar, and appear in red.

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Fright at the Fort (Ft. Knox) will happen on October 19& 20, and October 26&27, from 5:30-9pm. The fort is scary even during the daytime, so expect to be thoroughly spooked at this annual event!

Admission is $5. 

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Stillwater Park, Howard Street

Stillwater Park, Howard Street,
originally uploaded by bangorbaby.

The playground project is almost done — we’ve now got photos from all of the city playgrounds (I’m pretty sure!), two Brewer playgrounds, and one school playground. Test driving all the playgrounds is hard work for a toddler!


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I think just about everybody with a kid has heard about, and even visited, Treworgy Orchards in Levant. Did you know they have a website, too?

The Apple Orchards, Dairy Bar, Petting Zoo and Corn Maze are NOW OPEN!
We are open Tuesday through Friday, 11AM to dusk. Saturday and Sunday 10AM to dusk. Closed Mondays

On weekends, follow the signs to the Pember Road entrance, and enjoy a free tractor-pulled hayride! It’s great to support local agriculture, and great to see so many folks supporting this jewel of a farm.

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