In case the kids are ‘bored’…



Many thanks to Carol at the front desk here at The Falls at Ogunquit, who found this article for me this morning – thought you could use this information:

It was bound to happen eventually: You’re here on vacation, or just trying to enjoy some of Maine’s all-too-brief summer, and instead of beautiful blue skies and beach days you’re faced with pouring rain and no sun in sight.

The kids are bored, trapped indoors, and you simply don’t know where to turn. Fear not! While the weather outside may be frightful, there are plenty of kid-friendly indoor options that are simply delightful:

1) Catch a movie. Wells Flagship Cinema in the Hannaford Plaza has daily offerings and Smitty’s offers locations in both Sanford and Biddeford and has big tables and comfy chairs, as well as a full-service menu. FMI: or for Wells Flagship Cinema, (207) 216-9738.

2) Do some shopping. Grab an umbrella and head out to explore some of the wonderful shops the region has to offer. Ogunquit’s Perkins Cove and Main Street offer nice walking opportunities and cool shops like Animal Instincts. In Wells, check out Bo-Mar Hall on Route 1 for hours’ worth of browsing opportunities. Kennebunk’s Main Street has several shops, such as perennial favorites Marlows and Kennebunk Toy Co., to tempt you, or head down to Dock Square for retro toys at Daytrip Junior.

3) Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Maine in Portland. There they’ll find two floors of hands-on displays that will thrill kids from toddlers to the 10+ set.

4) Hit the arcade. Wells has two good ones: the Boardwalk Arcade at Wells Beach ( and a smaller one at Wonder Mountain on Route 1 ( Grab a cup of quarters (and maybe some headphones) and head over for a few hours of fun.

5) History museums may not sound like much fun to kids, but Kennebunk’s Brick Store Museum has some pretty cool exhibits that offer a glimpse into the region’s past, including its shipbuilding history.

6) A short ride up the turnpike, Freeport has plenty to keep the kids busy (as well as cool shopping options for adults). The flagship L.L. Bean store is enough to keep anyone occupied for hours, and there you can check out the very cool locked-antlers moose display, pick out backpacks for school and even have lunch in the café. Just down the road on Route 1 in Yarmouth, the DeLorme Map Store has plenty of geography-related kids’ toys and educational items, but best of all is Eartha, the world’s largest globe, which holds pride of place in the main lobby. FMI: and

7) Sometimes, the best way to while away a rainy day is with a good book or two. Annie’s Book Stop in Wells and Kennebooks in Lower Village, Kennebunk, both are great places to pick up a new (or, in Annie’s case, both used and new) book. In keeping with the Maine theme, younger children will enjoy Robert McCloskey’s “Blueberries for Sal” and its companion book, “One Morning in Maine.” “Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is also wonderful, as are “The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen and anything illustrated by local artist Wade Zahares. Older kids will enjoy “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” a classic by Donn Fendler. FMI: and

8) Plan a culinary adventure. While nothing beats eating outdoors in Maine in the summer, there’s no reason you can’t experience the region’s fabulous food on dreary days. For kid-friendly fare, ask for a seat near the window overlooking the river and enjoy a meal at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, where the kids’ menu features such items as corn dogs, washed down with Parrot Punch. Interested in checking out the local seafood? Grab a lobster roll and cup of delish chowder at Alisson’s in Dock Square. Want to satisfy a sweet tooth? Head indoors to Big Daddy’s ice cream shop on Route 1 in Wells (we recommend the banana chip) or visit the always-tempting Harbor Candy Shop on Ogunquit’s Main Street. Or check out taffy being made at The Goldenrod in Short Sands Beach, York, where it’s been a sweet summer treat since 1896.

9) The Kennebunk Free Library and Wells Public Library are wonderful rain or shine, but they are particularly cozy places to be when it’s miserable outside. In Kennebunk, kids will find everything from summer storytime to storytime yoga to drop-in gaming afternoons, crafts and movies. and – Laura Dolce – July 4, 2013



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