First Pitch at Lowell Spinners

This summer we attended a Lowell Spinners baseball game with members of our church. My 5 year old son, Ryan, got the privilege of throwing out one of the first pitches of the game.

This photo was taken by the photographers at the game! I love how it shows him having thrown the ball, the ball in mid-air and you can see his name on the big screen to the left of him. A very cool photo shot!

The kids all had a blast at the game. Characters from Star Wars were in attendance and took pics with the kids. My 11 year old son, Nathan, was done on the field with Ryan & I at the beginning of the game to get autographs from the Lowell Spinners players. They are all great with the kids and very accommodating. They also had the Mystery Machine driving around, throwing out shirts to the crowd.

What a fun day, with great activities – and a memorable first pitch opportunity for Ryan!

Have you been to a Spinners game or other sporting event with the kids? What types of sporting events have you enjoyed? Did they have fun activities for the kids throughout the event?

I look forward to hearing your stories,
~Cheri

Apple Picking!

One of my favorite fall family activities is apple picking! This year we went twice, once early on in the season at the beginning of September and then again today. Today was even better because it was FREE!

Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA had such a great crop this year that they opened up their apple orchard for FREE picking today (11/2) and tomorrow (11/3) from 9-4.

What a great way to give back to their customers and community!

If you live in the area and are available tomorrow, bring your own bag and go get yourselves some apples. Just in time to start prepping and freezing pies and apple dishes for the upcoming holidays.

Have you been to Smolak Farms? Where do you like to go apple picking? What types of fall activities do you and your family enjoy?

Have a great night!
~Cheri

Kids Bowl Free – Teacher Grant Program

Kids Bowl Free & Participating Centers Sponsor 

$100,000 Classroom Supply Grant Program

Kids Bowl Free and participating bowling centers are teaming up to help educators offset their growing out of pocket expenses. Kids Bowl Free has been working closely with teachers, school administrators and bowling centers over the past four summers to help provide a safe, fun activity for children while they are on summer break.
Many teachers have expressed their concern of budget cuts and the inability to have all of the teaching aids they need for their students to have the best learning environment possible. The Bowling To Teachers program is a small step to helping 400 teachers improve their learning experience for their students.
For teachers that would like to apply visit www.BowlingToTeachers.com to complete the short grant application. 80 grants per month will be awarded from March through the end of July 2013.

Holiday Letterboxing Trip

On New Years Day – my oldest son, Nathan and I went on a wonderful Letterboxing Trip to do a festive holiday series. It was A Christmas Carol theme which had 20 stamps to find and retold the wonderful holiday story when you did it in order. The stamps were wonderfully carved and each placed in their own box to find. It was a lot of fun, despite the cold day; the snow actually gave it even more of a festive touch. It was our first letterboxing trip in the snow, as we just began letterboxing over the summer. The place was local about 10 minutes from home and was only available for a limited time over the holidays, so we were excited to get the opportunity to look for these. It was a nice tie into the fact that Nate had just gone to see A Christmas Carol at NECC in Haverhill a few weeks before with friends. It was also a fun way to have a little mom and son time together. We have had a great time going with his little brothers trying to find other letterboxes, some non-successful but a lot of great successes over the past months. This was a great one to do just the 2 of us and we were both very happy that we didn’t miss out on getting there. 

If you are looking for a great family activity that will get you outdoors throughout the year, with a little “treasure hunting” style, Letterboxing is definitely something to check out. If you have done Letterboxing, I would love to hear your stories. 

Summer Activities with Kids – New England

Looking for Summer Activities to do with your Kids? Do you live in the Massachusetts / New England Area? If so, here are some great places to check out…

You can sign up for the weekly newsletter by BostonCentral – http://www.bostoncentral.com/

    – The newsletter includes activities for the week throughout the Greater Boston area. They also include some Southern NH and RI activities. Some of the activities are Free…they include links with all the information.

Free, Fun Fridays – made possible by the Highland Street Foundation – http://www.highlandstreet.org/special-programs/free-fun-fridays.html

     – Free Admission on Fridays to Various Places throughout the Summer. Check out the link above to see the locations for each Friday. Lots of great places listed, several options each Friday. Maybe you’ll get the chance to check out something you have been trying to get to or find something new.
    *A personal favorite that my family has taken advantage of over the past few years!!

Kids Bowl Free Program – http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

    – By signing your kids up for this program at a participating bowling alley, kids have the opportunity to play 2 Free games of bowling everyday, if you choose. The only cost if the shoes, if applicable at your bowling alley. Click on the link above to find a bowling alley near you that participates. The coupons for the week are emailed to you, just print out and bring the coupon for the appropriate day.
     *Love this! They also offer a family pass option for up to 4 adults for a small fee to be able to have 2 games a day for the summer as well.

Other great options are to check with your local library to see if they have Museum passes available.

Do you know of other places to find great deals on Summer Activities or Free Family Events? I would love to hear from you. Please share your ideas in the comments section!

Enjoy your summer!

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