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Car seat safety is big news this week, with the AAP recommending that babies under 2 remain rear-facing, that kids stay in 5 pt harnesses longer, and that children under 13 always use the backseat.

One thing I’ve noticed in the discussions around this is that some people are confused about the rear-facing thing (in particular) — they are not recommending that children stay in infant carrier/bucket style seats, but that they use a convertible seat, one that can be faced forward after the child is big enough.

In our family, we’ve been following these guidelines for a few years — our almost 5 year old rear faced until the limit of the seat, at 2.5 (in a convertible seat, we don’t use the bucket style at all) and then when her sister came along, the baby took over the convertible seats, and we put the big kid in a seat that has a 5 point harness, but doesn’t look ‘babyish.’  And for those who think forward-facing is easier, in our case, it wasn’t that great a switch — her view was worse (we have a station wagon) and suddenly, she could kick our seats!

If  you are looking for more info, google ‘extended rear facing‘ and you’ll find lots of answers to your questions. For us, it was a simple decision — it wasn’t an inconvenience, and it gave us peace of mind. And our front seatbacks were a LOT cleaner back then.

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It’s that time of year! In Maine, Pre-K students must be 4 by October 15, 2011, and K students must be 5 by that date to attend public elementary schools. A birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency are required for registration, and check with your school as they may have specific needs. Not all schools in the area offer Pre-K, and many Pre-K programs have limited space. Bangor is the only area school district to have neighborhood schools, all other towns have just one location for PreK/Kindergarten programs.

Bangor

The attendance directory has been updated for 2011, and you can find that and the current map (I didn’t see any changes from last year aside from additions based on new subdivisions) on our Schools page.

March 7: Abraham Lincoln & Vine Street 4-7pm

March 8: 14th, Downeast, and Fruit Street 4-7pm

Registration is for parents only; students will have an orientation later in the year. You can find more information at the school department’s site.

Brewer

February 9 & 10, 4-7pm, Capri Street School

Hampden/Newburgh

February 11, 9:30-2pm, McGraw Elementary School.

Orono

March 10, 1:30-6pm, by appointment only. Call 866-2151 or 866-4141 between the hours of: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm for more information.

Winterport

February 14, 2011 8am-7pm, Leroy H. Smith School Library.

The following towns have no public dates announced.

Glenburn School 947-8769

Hermon Elementary School 848-4000

Levant (Suzanne Smith Elementary School) 884-7444

Old Town Elementary School 827-1544

Veazie Community School 947-6573

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Ongoing:

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.

Storytimes:

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

Ongoing:

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.

Storytimes:

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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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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Bangor has had stores that sell baby things, but hasn’t had a store that’s devoted half of it’s floorspace, and half of it’s focus, to baby things — until now. Central Street Farmhouse recently opened at 30-32 Central Street (in typical Bangor directions “the old Alcott Antiques/Sarah’s Books’, you know, down across from the Bagel Shop, I mean, Bagel Central?”) and while the first floor is dedicated to home brewing, the 2nd floor is All About Baby.

When I had my first baby, I used cloth diapers, and I used baby carriers, but my sources were the internet — I would peer at YouTube videos as I figured out how to use a wrap, and I would google and research the best way to wash my cloth diapers. (The internet is where I learned that the sun is a natural bleach — diaper stains disappeared after a day on the line, and I took that knowledge and have used it on all kinds of stained laundry since then!) I ordered my goods online, I learned how to use them online, and when I was done with them, I sold them online. How I would have LOVED to have had someone experienced to show me how to use all this stuff, or had a local source for nursing bras, in MY SIZE (one that is not generally carried in local brick and mortars) where I could try different options on instead of throwing darts at a size chart found online. It would have been awesome.

Which is why I was so excited to meet Betsy Lundy, who along with her husband Zeth, are the proprietors of Central Street Farmhouse. Her second floor carries several brands of cloth diapers and wipes (and these are NOT the cloth diapers your mom or grandma used, these are cute and as easy to use as disposables), baby carriers, from wraps to ring slings, and nursing supplies. If they don’t have the Bravado product in your size or style, they can order it (ask me how I know!) and for pumping moms, they carry the Simple Wishes pumping band, which is the best invention to have happened between my two stints as a nursing and working mom. And if you aren’t into the cloth diapering, babywearing, nursing thing, they have baby legwarmers and onesies that are adorable. Seriously. (I’m planning on writing a post soon about my favorite things for the first 6 months, and several things that are bound for that list anyway are sold at Central Street.)

In addition to the products, Central Street Farmhouse will be offering a free Music and Storytime every other Tuesday, from 10:30-11, starting December 14, and will be hosting free workshops — Cloth Diapering 101 was earlier this week, or this coming Saturday, there will be a Babywearing workshop at 3. (I’ll be at that one, with the newest Bangor Baby!) And if you can’t make a workshop, the staff are all familiar with the products they sell, and they can help you choose just the right product to meet your need. They even have a certified lactation counselor on staff! And if you’re a nursing mom who is still gaining the confidence to nurse anywere and everywhere, they have a great comfy couch on the 2nd floor if you need a spot downtown to feed your baby in a very breastfeeding-friendly space.

I am hoping to profile local businesses that would be of interest to local families, and for the first business, I interviewed Betsy about her newest venture and raising a family in Bangor. Here’s what she had to say:
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I’m always torn about how soon is too soon to be thinking about the holidays, but as of today there are less than seven weeks until Christmas (and less than a month until Hannukah), so I don’t think it’s too early (but you won’t hear me whistling Christmas carols just yet.)

How do you handle the holidays? Are you a die-hard Black Friday shopper, or do you go for Cyber Monday? Do you use the holidays as a time to shop local? (If you do, this week the Briar Patch is having a 20% off sale!) Do you have any rules or traditions you follow to keep the spirit in check, and what do you do when your kiddo requests something you would really rather keep out of your house (be it a pet, a toy gun, a Barbie, or the loudest plastic toy ever?)

In our house, we’ve adopted the Rule of Four, and try to stick to “Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.” Our kids also get stockings, and of course, gifts from doting grandparents and aunts and uncles, but having the Rule of Four helps keep OUR spending in check. And a favorite gift in our family is the renewal of our Maine Discovery Museum membership — that is one gift that we enjoy year-round, never have to store, find all the pieces to, or trip over, which is always a plus.

What are your plans for gift-giving this holiday season?

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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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As promised, a loooong time ago, some more of What I’m Reading.

As the big kid has gotten older, we ‘ve been working on increasing her independence. There are lots of reasons for this, but basically we don’t want our kids to be sheltered by the ‘safety’ of tv, and be turned out into the world without practical problem solving skills. There still is that fear, that lives in our animal brain, that commands us to protect our young, and Gavin De Becker’s book,
Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane), is a GREAT read for teaching kids about their personal safety. (Surprise — it’s not about stranger danger and finding a cop. In fact, it’s about the opposite. The recommendation for a lost kid (from him, which I think is brilliant) is to “find a mom with kids.” Those are a whole lot easier to identify than a cop, especially when you’re four and staring at the hips of every grown-up around. He puts the horror stories we’ve all heard into perspective, so there are horror stories (maybe don’t read it if you are especially sensitive to those, like, oh, after the birth of a child …) but his overarching message is that we only hear about them because they are rare. (He also has a book about adult personal safety, which is just as interesting, in my opinion, but I love that human behavior stuff. That one is The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence.

On that same note of fostering independence, you’ve probably all heard of Lenore Skenazy — she’s the mom that dared let her kid navigate their usual NYC subway route, alone, at ten. (A side note, when I am in NYC, and see  little kids running about on the train platforms, I’ll admit, it makes my heart skip a beat. (But I’d bet if a city mom saw my kids running on a lakefront dock — which they do — they’d have the same reaction. It’s all in your comfort zone. ) Her book, Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) is a good resource to gain confidence in letting your kids learn independence. She also has a great blog at www.freerangekids.com

Rounding out the trifecta of “books about letting kids be kids, safely” would be Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. I actually first read this way back in grad school, as part of my research on technology’s impact on community (which, hey, BangorBaby was the product of!) and for someone who, literally, grew up in the actual woods, it was especially meaningful. Living in the big city of Bangor means I’m often looking to recreate some of those rural experiences, which is why you will see my kid turning over rocks and digging up worms, learning to ID trees and birds, and experiencing all four seasons that Maine has to offer. And related to the loss of kids’ experiences with nature, the book The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Children and What Parents Can Do About It by Sarah Bennett and Nancy Kalish is a must-read if you are feeling the pressure of homework, especially in lower grades. (Apparently, this is to prepare them for the “next grade, where it gets Important” — but they say that for every grade — so by that logic, I guess I should have the 6 month old start on some busywork now. She’ll only eat them, but we can say that we tried, right?) I’d rather have my kid collecting earthworms in the rain than doing work that has little to no value to her actual life. (Disclaimer: I’m a former teacher who ascribed to this in the classroom as well, and didn’t assign homework then, but made time in class for independent work. Most parents were very appreciative of this.) They also have a website, which is no longer updated, but has a great FAQ and a fact sheet if you are looking for the basics.

And how about a few shorter reads?
This article on NPR was great (which probably explains why I’m a nut about stringent car seat use, and less worried about Stranger Danger):

5 Worries Parents Should Drop, and 5 They Shouldn’t

And this is an article that came out shortly after the birth of my oldest child, and really struck a chord with my family, and has helped guide our parenting partnership ever since:

When Moms are Gatekeepers

Coming up in a future post: my must-have items for life with baby. Sadly, I can’t link to “an abundant amount of time,” so it might be a week or two. Until then, do you know of a Halloween activity in the Greater Bangor area that other local families should know about? Email me, or comment, or mention it on the Facebook page.

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Because our summers in Maine are so short, and so glorious, I pretty much don’t want to leave the promise of a cold lake to do something else, but when fall comes, venturing further afield starts to make sense.

Last year, we took our then 3 year old to Boston for the day, and you couldn’t have planned a more perfect trip.

We started on Saturday, and headed to Portland where we visited the Children’s Museum of Maine. The cost? Free — we have a reciprocal membership for the Maine Discovery Museum that grants us free access to hundreds of museums and science centers. Even parking was free (and easy, because it was Saturday) after we got it validated at the museum. We visited with some friends and spent the night at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn — ask the for Welcome Home card, you get a cheaper rate, free breakfast at the attached Governor’s, and after 12 nights at one of the participating hotels (located in Waterville, Bangor, Auburn, and South Portland) you get one free. The South Portland location has a heated indoor/outdoor pool and a small splash pool perfect for toddlers (imagine a backyard wading pool cast in concrete and set into the floor) inside. It’s not the cheapest option, but the three year old thought that swimming under the stars was pretty neat, and it was handy to our morning destination — the train.

I love trains, and I knew when I had kids, I would want to take the Amtrak Downeaster to Boston, for many reasons. The Downeaster is the most family friendly train I’ve ever been on — there’s food, bathrooms, and more space than a bus or car would provide. There are train hosts whose job it is is to help people figure out where to go next, and you can even buy T fare on the Downeaster, get a simple map, or even just get some advice. It’s great, and lived up to my expectations. My tips are to send one adult down while the other wrangles kids so that you can get a set of four seats that face each other. We’ve tried the traditional configuration, but facing each other trumped having a seatback tray exponentially. I was the scout, and ahd to shrug and smile and say “my family is catching up to me” when people glanced at the “Parties of 3 or More” tag above the seats, but it was worth it to score the choice seat arrangement. Kids are free on Sundays, and we got a discount for buying early and for using our AAA membership. It’s about 2.5 hours each way, but it flew by, and the kid was enthralled.

When we got to North Station, which is housed in the TD Banknorth Garden, there was a Celtics game happening later that day, and players were arriving in the back gate. We allegedly saw some famous people (based on the handful of fans waiting there) but not being sports fans, we aren’t sure who. If you do have a sports fan on the trip, it might be an extra treat to have such an experience, though! We walked to the New England Aquarium via the new Greenway. Beautiful, and very safe feeling (it’s always an adjustment when you have to become a true CITY pedestrian, but the Greenway has easy street crossings) it’s a lovely walk in and of itself, and even has a carousel near Faneuil Hall. It was a gorgeous day, and a lot of other people had had the same idea to check out the Aquarium, too, and the line for tickets was staggering, but, I had purchased our tickets online a few days before, and the line for THOSE tickets? Nonexistent. Buy your tickets in advance. Because we knew we’d be doing a lot of walking, we had our umbrella stroller, but NEAQ has a free stroller check. We shoved our fleece coats and backpack into the basket, and left that behind while we explored the Aquarium, which fascinated our daughter. After lunch at their cafe,we walked back up the Greenway, past North Station, and over to the Boston Museum of Science. The girl slept in her stroller through the walk and for the first part of our museum visit, but woke up and was (mostly) thrilled to see dinosaurs, among other things. Admission to the MoS? Also free, thanks again to our Maine Discovery Museum reciprocal membership. (The Boston Children’s Museum is also part of that network, but we decided the Aquarium and Museum of Science was already a busy day. Next time!)

We explored the museum easily without checking the stroller (remember, she’d been asleep when we arrived) because it is much more spacious and roomy than the Aquarium. Once she woke, she walked around and we pushed our stuff in the stroller, just to save time, knowing we had a limited window there. We walked back to North Station, bought a smoothie in the train station and caught our 5pm train, and were back in Bangor by 9:30, exhausted and content.

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