Kim French from Macaroni Kid stopped by this week to give us some ideas!

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Kim French, local publisher of Macaroni Kid, joined us in the HOM studio this week to let us know about some fun, family friendly activities happening in the area this weekend. Here are a few:

Circus Maine's "Circus Solstice"

Saturday, December 17

Circus Maine's celebration of the winter solstice is our first in-house production of a full-blown circus! Using the talents of our own artists, apprentices, and students, CIRCUS SOLSTICE is inspired by the longest night and the shortest day of the year, when the light of the day is changing by the minute, and the depths of winter lie before us. Solstice existed long before humans, and is observed in one form or another around the globe, across cultures and religions, marking the beginning of life, gods, and years. Join us in this celebration of the planet we call Earth as she passes time in her own way.CIRCUS SOLSTICE has been created by the artists of Circus Maine under the direction of Michael Trautman.
Where: Thompson's Point, Portland
When: 7:00 PM
Who: All ages welcome
How: 3 choices for Circus: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Performances are suitable for all ages. Advance Tickets – Youth 14 and under = $12, Adults = $14, and $16 at the door. Fri & Sat door at 6:30 for 7pm show
Cost: See above
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Stories on the Staircase at Victoria Mansion

Saturday, December 17

Every Saturday during the Christmas season at Victoria Mansion children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a free story hour and a tour tailored just for them. This winter's books will feature stories that fit with the holiday theme of a Currier and Ives Christmas. Each child will get a take-home activity relating to the day's books.Stories on the Staircase will be held Saturdays November 26 - January 7. Doors open at 10:00 am. Due to space constraints, we ask that only one adult accompany each child.
Where: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland
When: 10:00 AM
Who: Ages 3-5 w/one adult per child
How: Pre-registration is not required but due to limited space, first seats will go to those who have signed up in advance.
Cost: Free
For more info: If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Lucinda Hannington, Director of Education & Visitor Services at 772-4841 ext. 104 or

Night of the Nutcracker: A Special Evening for Children at Victoria Mansion

Sunday, December 18

Victoria Mansion and Portland Ballet present an event filled with holiday wonder. Children are invited to bring their grownups to see the Mansion, decorated for the Christmas season, and meet dancers dressed for Portland Ballet's Victorian Nutcracker. There will be music, dance performances, and every child leaves with a special treat.Performances are Sundays December 4, 11, and 18 at 5:15 and 6:15 and space is limited. Act quickly to ensure that you don't miss out on this magical evening!
AdmissionAdults : $15.00
Senior citizens (62 and over) : $13.50
AAA members : $13.50Click here for tickets.
Where: 109 Danforth St., Portland
When: 5:15 PM
Who: All ages welcome
How: With each adult admission two children 17 or under may attend for FREE! Reservations are required. Mansion members are free, but still must make reservations in advance. Tickets available here.
Cost: Admission: Adults : $15.00, Senior citizens (62 and over) : $13.50, AAA members: $13.50


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