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 Many families have created small pods or corona circles so that their kids can still play with a few friends they trust. Now local businesses are offering up experiences designed specifically for these groups. Read on for five classes that you can privately book—some even come to you! 

Soccer Shots—North Shore

Soccer Shots has launched a neighborhood program along with their regular classes. Families can sign up to host a private group in a yard or community space and Soccer Shots will come to you. Same great curriculum, same great professional coaches

Ace Gymnastics—Ipswich
Ace is up and running with lots of safety protocols but they are also now offering pod classes designated for children who have quarantined together or are in your comfort zone. Reach out directly for details

Burkes Gym—Swampscott
Burkes is now offering a “create your own pod class” along with their regular gymnastics classes. You must have a minimum of 6 kids and no more than 10. If you don’t meet the minimum number of students, you can also check out private and virtual options.

Art’s Cool—Middleton 

Along with studio and Zoom classes, Art’s Cool is also offering a special program, Henri (Matisse) Home’s Cooler. If you have a pod of three or more kids doing remote learning, you can create a private class in their studio just for your group.

Here Comes the Sun—Lynnfield 

Here Comes the Sun offers a variety of classes for kids, many of them outside. But if you would prefer to keep your yoga moves to just your pod you can message them and set up a private class in your backyard.

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Tomorrow is National Lemonade Day! While setting up a traditional lemonade stand with your little entrepreneurs is a no-go, you can still celebrate the day selling sweet and refreshing drinks to your friends, neighbors, and family—COVID style.

Mixing up a big pitcher of lemonade and pouring out cups to customers may not be an option, but you can create a Lemonade To-Go Stand instead! Get creative and bag up a bottle of water and an individual lemonade mix and leave out a jar for payment.

Get creative and add in fun extras like a straw, cup, or tasty treat to pair with your drink.

Spread the word about your stand and hang back and thank everyone from a safe social distance!

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This school year is looking very different, which means back to school shopping is too! Along with all the regular essential supplies, we’ve rounded up some must-have products for the “new normal”.

Keep clean and make it fun! Shop Etsy to pick out some personalized mask and hand sanitizer cases.

Speaking of hand sanitizers…this super cool wrist band called the Halo Sani Cuff makes sure your kids always have a squirt nearby while they’re learning and playing!

When kids take their masks off for a break they may be unsure of what to do with them. Add this product to your back to school list to solve that problem! These lanyards come in a variety of colors and they are personalized!

Keeping kids’ hands away from their faces as much as possible is key to keeping them healthy. Invest in fun headbands, scrunchies, and clips to make pulling up your child’s hair fun! You can even invest in a monthly subscription like this one from Little Poppy to keep things fresh and exciting.

Put a name on it! Make sure your child’s stuff stays with them and label everything! Mabel’s Labels has a product to put your child’s name on just about anything.

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Play Spaces Offering Private Sessions

Are your kids missing their favorite play spaces? Good news—some play spaces are starting to open up and they’re offering private sessions! Read on for some favorite North Shore play areas you can book right now!

The Children’s Piazza
83 Pine Street Peabody, MA 

The Children’s Piazza is limiting entry and requiring advanced registration for general play. But if you’d prefer to keep it totally private with only people you know, you can rent the entire space for a two hour window for $150.

Room to Bloom
81 Bridge Street Beverly, MA

Room to Bloom isn’t currently offering open play but you can go VIP and reserve a private 90 minute session for 18 people (this includes kids and adults). 

Itsy Bitsy Zone
167 Elm Street, Salisbury, MA

You can book 75 minutes of private fun at the Itsy Bitsy Zone. Price is $12/person for up to 12 people (minimum of $60). Adults must wear masks.

 

Kids loving helping out! Pick a few chores they can do each week and fill in the chart as they go. Pick a reward—go out for ice cream, a special toy, movie night, etc—and set a goal!

Summer is for trips to the beach, family time, playing outside and—reading together! So we’re excited to announce our new summer reading program! Whether you read a bedtime story, curl up for an afternoon read, or your kids practice “reading” by themselves—if you’re spending time with a book it counts!

Print off our Summer Reading Chart below and color in a circle for each book you read. When you’ve filled in all 30 dots, it’s time to reward your little ones with a sweet treat! Take your completed chart to Putnam Pantry and you will be rewarded with a junior sundae!

Happy reading!

Download Magical Beginnings Summer Reading

 

For a summer treat, try freezing yogurt to make these refreshing snacks!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix the yogurt and honey together until well combined. Add the raisins and stir again.
  2. Line a baking tray with foil and pour the yogurt mixture on top. Spread it depending on how thick or thin you want your bark to be.
  3. Sprinkle the strawberries and chocolate chips on top and place in the freezer for 2-4 hours or until it is completely frozen.
  4. Remove from the freezer and use a sharp knife to break the bark into pieces. The bark can be stored in the freezer in food bags.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Memorial Day is this weekend, the perfect time to bring back this sweet summer treat. Even better? You can make it yourself—with just a bag!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small resealable plastic bag, combine half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
  2. Into a large resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place small bag inside the bigger bag and shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.
  3. Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.

These fruit rolls up are healthy, delicious, and super simple!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a small baking tray with plastic wrap so it hangs over the edge a bit. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting.
  2. Puree all of your ingredients in your blender until combined. Spread into an even layer on your prepared pan.
  3. Bake 6-8 hours or until your fruit is no longer sticky to the touch. Start checking around hour 4. Slice and roll.

Tip: You can use strips of parchment paper when you roll them so they don’t stick together. Store them in the fridge or freezer!