Merijane musing: Five family-friendly cabin fever busters

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By Merijane Bureau

Living in Maine during the winter months can give anyone a case of cabin fever, especially kids.  Here are five kid-friendly places to go for some fun around town, the next time you hear “MOM, I’M BORED!”

1) Bangor Parks and Rec offers “preschool open gym,” Monday throughFriday, from November 4th through April 11th.  It’s a drop-in program that is FREE and fun for little folks.  Children ages 0 to 4 are welcome to come with their parents or caregivers for a chance to get some wiggles out and meet new friends.

2) Bangor Public Library has different storytimes, for different age groups, at different times during the week.  It’s another FREE activity, and it’s a good one.  Usually storytimes involve crafts, songs, dancing and maybe even a snack.

3) The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor is an absolute godsend for parents looking for something to do.  There’s always something different going on there, something new to explore or discover.  A family membership will pay for itself in no time, as you can visit as many times as you like during the year, and kids never get tired of it.

4) The Maine Jump is another good place for kids to get their energy out.  Lots of things to bounce on, slide down and crawl through, while grabbing some lunch from their snack bar.

5) The University of Maine Museum of Art on Harlow Street in Bangor is a really cool place to visit.  The admission is FREE, and you can usually get a “scavenger hunt” handout for kids at the front desk, which makes it more fun.  I love this place, and I love the different exhibits that come to visit Bangor because of it.  It is a great place to meander around, appreciating art, on a snowy day.