Category Archives: everyday science

Awesome nature-based science fair projects for kids

Seagull wings

We just wrangled another science fair in our house. These are voluntary affairs at the elementary level in our district and prepping for one is an exhausting family ritual. I’m gratified that our kids usually want to do them, but adding a project to our busy evening agendas can get a bit stressful. In addition, […]

Best of the Acadia Night Sky Festival (for kids)

This weekend, hundreds (thousands?) of folks will hit Mount Desert Island and not pay any attention to its beauty. They will be there for the Acadia Night Sky festival. We’ve participated in the festival in the past, and while the entire event falls under the banner of “family-friendly,” there definitely are programs better suited for […]

How my kids learned to pay attention–and a great new podcast for kids

The kids and I took a long road trip over Memorial Day weekend to Vermont and back. To entertain us along the way, I attempted to find some kid-friendly podcasts to break up the steady diet of television shows, I Spy, and whining. After running through countless poorly-produced story podcasts where the hosts always had mysteriously thick […]