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Director's Column: Zoos, Snowshoes and Sugar Shacks

The February issue of Baystate Parent magazine was dropped off in our entryway this week, and, coincidentally, it is "The Food Issue". There is all kinds of great information about how to make mealtimes more fun and less stressful. Definitely pick up a copy next time you are dropping off or picking up! The magazine also has some suggestions for some great wintertime activities and festivals in the area. In addition to those listed, here are a few of my favorites: GO TO THE ZOO:

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are both open all winter from 10am-4pm. The lions, tigers, flamingos, and zebras are all out, and when you get cold you can head into the tropical forest to warm up.


Gore Place in Waltham has many different winter activities for families. Rent some snowshoes and head outside to walk the designated trails and look for signs of animals who have recently visited Gore Place. No snow? Grab a "Take A Walk Backpack" and go on an adventure of the open spaces and hidden places! VISIT A SUGAR SHACK: As we transition from winter into spring, the cold nights and warmer days mean the sap starts to run! Many local farms run maple sugaring tours, where you can tap a tree, collect sap, and see how the sap is transformed into maple syrup. You may even get to taste the syrup, and see if you can tell the difference between the real deal and Aunt Jemima. Check out Natick Community Farm, Land's Sake farm in Weston, and Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for details. best, Nina

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