At The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program, classes are geared toward kids and adults with varied artistic levels. Friday afternoon and Saturday-morning children's lessons introduce age-appropriate projects to improve painting and sculpture skills while encouraging creative problem-solving. Adults, meanwhile, receive step-by-step painting instruction through intimate BYOB evening workshops.
From their outposts in Portland and Falmouth, Maine Surfers Union outfits aquatic adventurers with surf and paddle boards before sending them off to enjoy watery recreation. The staff boasts more than a decade of experience in the surfing industry, lending them the confidence to recommend specific gear from an inventory of boards by Hobie, McDermott, and Bing. They also set thrill-seekers up with rental surf and paddle boards, available in time increments from two-hour blocs to week-long rentals—long enough for beginners to get the hang of standing up, catching waves, and scaring off feral dolphins by shouting "cowabunga."
Greenlight Studio helps busy parents relax and make new friends over cups of espresso and plates of local food, while kids gallivant around the open play space. A menu of toasty panini sandwiches, gluten-free muffins, and granola bars keeps kids' and parents' stomachs from growling, and a climbing wall, dome, and art area foster a sense of creativity and community. Open throughout the year, Greenlight Studio maintains a full schedule of schedule of fun events like pajama-party movie nights for children and parents.
The instructors at Fournier?s Leadership Karate Center approach martial arts not as a defense technique, but as a way to improve your entire life. That?s why, in addition to instilling students with practical, real-world martial arts techniques, classes include stretching and aerobic routines for a full-body workout. Whether they?re learning krav maga, judo, shokotan karate, or fitness kickboxing, students learn patience, dedication, and self-respect along with their defense training. Classes take place on quality suede mats, and students also take full advantage of the facility?s two training rooms and standalone punching bags. The center welcomes students of every age and background, and caters especially to families. They even have an afterschool pickup program for younger students, and host numerous family-friendly events.
In order to reach the finish line of the Raid Series obstacle course, participants must hoist a sandbag, leap over marine hurdles, and scale a cargo net. The course is designed to emulate a run through the city streets, right up to the finish line, which is actually a climbing wall. It's one branch of The Raid Series, a trifecta of terrain-inspired 5Ks that also include the Mountain Raid and Beach Raid. After racers complete the course, which is on the sand of Old Orchard Beach just one hour and fifteen minutes from Boston, they can jet to the after-party to enjoy beer and live music.
Vibrant wildflowers grow over acres of fields, streams trickle through woodlands, and birdwatchers gaze at creatures in flight. The scenery at Skyline Farm can be breathtaking, and thanks to a group of dedicated locals, 46 acres of its land are guarded in a conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust. These protected lands stay open to the public, who can explore a 1.7-mile trail network or attend antique auto gatherings and music festivals. The farm's grounds are also home to the Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, which displays classic vehicles used before Henry Ford discovered that there was a car in his garage.