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Summer Camp

IMG_1243Summer Camp

Summertime…Or, Oops I forgot to sign up for camp! While most of you have camps already in progress, you just might be looking to fill in an odd week here or there. There are still tons of options – not to worry!

Camp Seekers.com

Campseekers makes summer scheduling easier by giving parents a targeted list of summer camp sessions that meet specific criteria.

You can search for camp by location, date and camp type (i.e. sports) to find camp sessions that meet specific criteria – you can then filter by activity (i.e. soccer) or age to find the camp sessions that best fit their summer goals.

Currently, Campseekers includes approximately 250 camps representing close to 10,000 sessions in the greater Boston area. It is completely free to become a member of Campseekers.

Land’s Sake

Our family has loved this camp for many years. Low-key, educational, fun and in the dirt. What could be better? From the site: Kids learn about gardening and farm ecosytems, care for our chickens and rabbits, explore, and create! From kindergarten to high school, our experienced and highly trained educators lead exciting, age appropriate activities all summer long.

Environmental Science Program

From the site:
The Envi Sci program combines fun outdoor activities with learning about the environment. Each year it builds on the “peer education” principle by having the student leaders design, develop, and deliver the materials that the students use. New students are encouraged to return and become leaders in subsequent years, continuing the thread of responsibility for care and teaching about the environment.

A typical activity would be a hike to an area of interest, often in Newton but sometimes elsewhere, such as the Arnold Arboretum. Other activities range from bicycle trips to night walks for learning about nocturnal wildlife. We go on a 12-mile canoe trip on the Charles River, and we take water samples to report on the water quality. The learning materials for each day may cover ecology, geology, botany, pollution issues, or other areas that the student leaders select.

Each year there is an environmental cleanup project in which participants get hands-on involvement with improving an environmental sit

Learnivore (Build your own camp)

Find an Instructor

Search and message instructors directly, or create a Request and let them come to you.

Get to know each other; and if the fit is good, schedule your lesson. Take a lesson (or two) online, at home, at your instructor’s studio.

Find Classes Get inspired. Just sign in, and you’ll be able to see every new class that’s created in your area in your activity feed.

 

There are also great city and town camps – check with your town – Newton Community Education is where I generally start.

Getting Back On Track with Learnivore

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Some Much Needed Lifelong Learning with Learnivore

It was a long, cold winter – something I don’t have to tell those of you who stuck it out here (ahem, not you, Mom and Dad), and my daily routine of a good hour plus walk with our dog was disrupted. Okay, it stopped cold…if you’ll pardon the pun. The usual brisk walk became me in all my warmest gear as I begged, cried, and pleaded into the scarf that covered most of my face to my dog to just hurry up already so we could go back inside. It was not my finest hour, or hers, really.

Despite a few trips to the gym and some epic snow shoveling sessions, it was hard to stay on track, and I didn’t. At all. And with the nice weather upon us,  I have no more excuses, just a habit of less exercise. So when the local social network company, Learnivore, offered a class for me to sample and review (any class), I immediately chose yoga. It’s been a while since I practiced daily, and I knew some individual attention would help motivate me.

The super easy to navigate Learnivore site (you can log in with Facebook or an email address) lets you explore classes that are set up under the fantastic headings of Athletics, Arts or Academics. It’s easy to narrow your search by geographic area, too. And each instructor has a profile page so you can read all about them before you even book a class. There were several options for yoga within 10 miles of my home, too. After reading a few profiles, I booked a yoga class with Christie R. – it was easy to communicate through Learnivore to set a time and date.

The morning of the class, one of my nieces dropped by (she is out of school for the year), and I invited her to join me in my class. After checking in with Christie, we were off to my first yoga class in a while. My niece is quite a few years younger than I am, and a terrific athlete to boot, so I was hoping she would distract Christie from my ineptitude. Maybe a little. I needn’t have worried.

Christie Rosen - Yoga Instructor for Learnivore, Boston, MA, Capability Mom
Christie Rosen

Christie is warm and lovely with a wonderful manner, and was easily able to accommodate our two very different skill and ability levels, and somehow managed to keep us focused and on task (we lean to chatty, this niece and I). Christie’s home studio was equipped with blocks, bands and blankets to help with proper positioning, and I did so appreciate the care she takes to make sure each pose is thoughtfully and properly executed. Christie is an incredible instructor – kind, patient, caring and knowledgeable. What a great and gentle reintroduction to an activity I love and will definitely continue. I also noticed there are instructors for Track and Field – maybe now that I’m getting back in shape I’ll join a Master’s team, but first I might need a refresher class or two…

Are you a lifelong learner? Learnivore has classes for the whole family, too. Here’s a listing of the available classes: Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 4.36.35 PM

Athletics
All Air Sports Archery Baseball Basketball Bowling Boxing Camping & Hiking Caving & Canyoning Climbing Cricket CrossFit Cycle & Spin Dance – Athletic Diving Driving & Racing Equestrian Extreme Sports Fencing Field Hockey Fishing Fitness & Training Football Golf Gymnastics Hunting & Firearms Kayaking & Rafting Lacrosse Martial Arts Massage & Physical Therapy Nutrition Other – Athletics Paintball Parkour Pilates Poker & Cards Rowing Running & Endurance Sailing & Boating Self Defense Skateboarding Skating & Hockey Ski & Snow Sports Soccer Softball Surfing Survival & Orienteering Swimming Tennis & Racquet Sports Track & Field Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Sports Wrestling Yoga

Arts
All Beauty Brewing Circus Arts Craft Creative Writing Culinary Arts Dance Design Dramatic Arts Fashion Film Gardening Knitting Life Music – Brass Music – Composition & Arranging Music – General Music – Guitar Music – Low Strings Music – Other Music – Percussion Music – Piano Music – Viola & Violin Music – Voice Music – Woodwinds Other – Arts Photography Sewing Travel Visual Arts Wine & Spirits Woodworking

Academics
All Academic Writing Accounting Alternative Medicine Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biological Sciences Business Chess Child Development Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Finance History Home School Journalism Languages – Chinese Languages – ESL Languages – French Languages – Other Languages – Spanish Law Literature Management & Leadership Marketing Mathematics Medicine Other – Academics Philosophy Physics & Chemistry Political Science Psychology Reading Mechanics Religion Social Sciences Speaking & Presentation Special Education Speech Sustainability Technology Test Prep

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 Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

Family Fun Activities Boston capabilitymom.com

Family fun activities abound this weekend! I read, well, sort of all the time, so in my travels I might find stuff to share. First check with Boston Central – it’s a great resource for families. Then I read my inbox (some of it) and status updates – here’s what I found so far.
Head of the Charles Regatta 50th Anniversary – Cambridge
The Head Of The Charles Regatta® will mark a momentous milestone this October, celebrating its 50th occurrence with a gala celebration to cap off the historic two-day race event along Boston´s iconic Charles River.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 – Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Boston Museum of Science
8th Annual Archaeology Fair – Boston
Explore the exciting world of archaeology through a variety of interactive activities and games like Underwater archaeology, Roman legionaries, flintknapping, glass blowing, simulated digs, ancient languages, & more.
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
MIT Science on Saturday: How Computers Think – Cambridge
Demos on stage by MIT students, followed by activity booths with hands-on experiments. Open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing, and Equipment Sale – Needham
ParentTalk’s annual Fall Sale is coming up Join us to shop for gently used strollers, pack’n’plays, high chairs, baby equipment, nursing equipment, linens, baby and kids’ clothing (including upscale brands) for ages 0-8, and toys
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Charles River School Family Fair and Craft Show – Dover
The Charles River School Fair and Craft Show in Dover, MA offers twice the fun Over 50 juried artists will display handcrafted treasures. Families can enjoy rides, games, photo booth, pony rides and more
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

King Richard’s Faire Come and escape YOUR reality at King Richard’s Faire! Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80 acre wooded site. You’ll be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers! Captivated with our minstrels, dancers and puppeteers and instantly enthralled by fire eaters, exotic tigers, and the majestic white lion. Hundreds of talented performers perform non-stop for you throughout the day when visiting any one of our eight vibrant stages.

  • Weekends August 30th thru October 19th 2014
  • Gates open at 10:30am and close at 6:00pm

The Six Flags Food Truck & Beer Festival

Come enjoy some of New England’s best gourmet food trucks at Six Flags New England on October 18th from 12pm – 11pm! This festival will be combining roller coasters, haunted attractions, beer and wine, and over 20 food trucks!

Tickets to the theme park and the Food Truck & Beer Festival will be $49.99, which will include parking, theme park admission and access to the Food Truck & Beer Festival. Tickets can be purchased here!

Spooky Hayrides – Lexington

Wilson Farm hosts it annual Spooky Hayrides, no charge and fun for the whole family. Ride one of our farm tractors through our fields filled with spooky displays.
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 6, 2014 – Oct 31, 2014

Salem Haunted Happenings 2014 – Salem
You’re invited to Salem’s annual Halloween Festival. It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts. Here’s a list of top favorites from The Thrillist. You can drive, take the commuter rail but check out the fast ferry from Boston Harbor Cruises.
Now thru Friday, Oct 31, 2014

FIND A LOT FOR LESS AT FORT POINT OPEN STUDIOS (source – Bargain Bin – Ami Albernaz – Boston Globe)

369 Congress St. will be a spot for bargains at this weekend’s Fort Point Open Studios. Artist-designers on the second floor will have prints, ceramics, knitwear, and more at 15-75 percent off retail prices. Find lamps, bowls, vases, and trays from Jill Rosenwald; funky earthenware lamps from Lawrence McRae Ceramics; colorful prints, maps, and iPhone cases from JHill Design; and hand-knit hats, mittens, and scarves from The Third Piece. The sale happens Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 369 Congress St., second floor, Boston.

And from OurNewton.org:

Halloween and more in Newton!

Harvest Fair, October 18 and 19

This weekend! Kiddie amusement rides, face painting, international craft vendors, ethnic food, live entertainment and MORE! For details read more. . .

>GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPOSunday October 19, 10 am – 5 pm
Newton Harvest Fair

Newton Centre Green
This year’s Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce EXPO showcases solutions you can use to reduce your carbon footprint and over 50 exhibitors in one area. Come enjoy the Newton Harvest Fair which also features continuous entertainment, food and games for the kids. Get tips on how to live a “green” life style. See exhibitors with green products, services and ideas. See how far electric cars can take you before you have to switch to gasoline. See the advanced Tesla electric car. Find out how you can convert to solar electricity and reduce your electric bills without spending thousands. Have a green lawn all summer without watering and only cut once a month. This year’s EXPO will include games and activities for kids.

Boston Artists Ensemble, October 19

Intimate concert led by Boston Symphony cellist Jonathan Miller. . .Read more

From Conflict to Peace, October 21

A night of critical reflection moderated by NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Read more

 Newton North High School Teen Gallery Opening,  October 29

The Newton Free Library will host the opening for posters and ceramics from Newton North High School; artwork will be on view through early spring 2014. Read more

Great Gatsby Movie & Costume Party, October 23

Wear 1920’s garb munch goodies and watch the classic film. Open to ages 13 and up

. . .Read more

Halloween on the Farm, October 31

Spooky stories, apple bobbing and more! Read more

Run by volunteers, OurNewton.org is “one-stop shopping” for Newton community news. OurNewton.org lists not-for-profit events around Newton: concerts, plays, festivals, sports clinics, lectures, workshops, classes, volunteer opportunities, walks, bike rides, and more.

OurNewton.org strives for accuracy, but errors may occur. Times, dates, and places may change, and some events require pre-registration. Please check with the hosts.

Shoebuy.com – a great local find

Shoebuy.com – a great local find

Sometimes when I am out shopping, and find something I think my daughters will like, I send them pics (so much easier than guessing), but I sometimes end up buying and returning anyway. What’s even easier? Free shipping and returns and local Boston based shoebuy.com.  I learned about this lovely local company at a blogger event held at Smudge Nail Bar (another great local find) and love the easy to shop site. We learned about shoebuy.com’s commitment to customer service and the huge number products they carry – even a great selection of the usually hard to find wide calf boots!

After a morning of treats and a pedi, I was ready to shop! Okay, in true over-prepared mode, I had already been on the site and was happy to see so many favorite brands. I was especially excited to find the Boston Boot Company (another local find), and although they only have men’s styles now, I am hoping for some women’s looks soon… or I’ll just size down in the men’s. I will, too, for the gorgeous workmanship and materials.

What I didn’t realize is how many other items on shoebuy – from outerwear to accessories. Sweet. (we’re talking Patagonia, North Face, Marmot, Merrill, Prana, Pendelton and more).  There’s a promotion going on now 15% off (RAKE15) – and there are always free shipping and returns. What a nice way to shop.

Disclosure:

I received a navy bag, a sweet scarf, and flip flops in my goodie bag from the event.

All opinions, as always, are my own.

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