Arts, Culture, and History
Lakewood Young Performers Camp
This summer theater camp offers children and teens the opportunity to grow creatively in a professional theater setting. Located at historic Lakewood Theater—the nation’s oldest summer theater—this day camp is open to youth ages 5-18 who want to learn theater craft from professionals. Every camper performs in costume and makeup with a set before an audience. Campers are instructed in acting, improvisation, movement, stage makeup, costuming, set construction, voice, dance, and auditioning. The program is also designed to teach the importance of working together as a team.
75 Theater Rd., Madison
FMI: Lakewood Theater Camp
L.C. Bates Museum
The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, and fossils, plus outdoor nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum. The museum has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall.
Midge's Theatre Arts Studio
Focusing on students in grades K-8, Midge's offers experience in all aspects of the theater, including acting, dancing, singing, properties, sets, and costuming. Sessions culminate in high-quality stage performances. Whether your child already has theater experience or would like to try something new, Midge's studio offers a great opportunity for kids to get creative, have fun, and experience the arts.
66 Water St., Skowhegan
FMI: Midge's Theatre Arts Studio
Eaton Mountain Ski Area and Snow Tubing Park
Eaton Mountain is a small, family-oriented winter resort offering skiing and tubing. Grab the kids and get ready for a fun and invigorating winter adventure!
89 Lambert Rd., Skowhegan
FMI: Eaton Mountain
Gifford’s Mini Golf
Kids and grown-ups alike will have fun practicing their short game—and indulging in a scoop (or more!) of Gifford’s award-winning ice cream.
307 Madison Ave., Skowhegan
Hidden Valley Equestrian Center
Hidden Valley offers horseback riding, boarding, lessons, sale/leasing, training, horse camps, private parties, horse rehabilitation, therapeutic riding, retirement boarding, and a dude and guest ranch.
8a Hidden Valley Ln., Cornville
FMI: Hidden Valley Equestrian Center
Stocked with brook trout by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Hight Pond is a small reservoir where children can go fishing.
Accessible from Prospect St., Skowhegan
Lake George Regional Park
This four-season park offers a serene lake for swimming, fishing, and boating; two beaches; playing fields; and extensive trails for hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Take the family to the East Side’s sand beach, savor the fall foliage on a hike on the West Side, or check out the Winter Carnival the first weekend in February—Lake George has it all. Interested? Read an article and see a photo slideshow here.
10 Main St., Canaan
FMI: Lake George Regional Park
Morning Star Stable
Morning Star Stable strives to create an environment where children and youth can build self-esteem, have fun, and develop morally, socially, and emotionally. Partnering with parents to keep kids active and healthy, the people at Morning Star believe that the relationships and techniques that develop between horse and rider/handler provide valuable life lessons in responsibility and teamwork. Enjoy the fresh air and fun with Morning Star Stable, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
136 Old County Rd., Madison
207-431-3101 or 207-431-2969
FMI: Morning Star Stable
If little ones want to play, check out Skowhegan's Amanda Berry Playground (66 Hathaway St.), Bloomfield School Playground (140 Academy Cir.), Margaret Chase Smith School Playground (40 Heselton St.), North Elementary School Playground (33 Jewett St.), or Skowhegan Community Center Playground (39 Poulin Dr.). Also nearby are playgrounds at Canaan Elementary School (178 Main St., Canaan), Mill Stream Elementary School (26 Mercer Rd., Norridgewock), and Oosoola Park (Route 2, Norridgewock).
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
This Yogi Bear-themed campground offers a plethora of activities even for people not staying there. Enjoy three small ponds stocked with rainbow and brown trout, a unique 60' x 100' pool with gradual entry on both the shallow and deep ends, bouncy houses and slides, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, gem mining, and more!
221 Lakewood Rd., Madison
FMI: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
River Run Batting Cage at LaCasse Bats
Added in 2017, LaCasse Bats' 70-foot batting cage includes two hitting stations, the Iron Mike pitching machine that throws real baseballs, a mound for live pitching, and an L -screen. LaCasse also offers sample wood bats for all to use. Rent for 30 minutes or an hour, or get a monthly membership. While you're there, check out the hundreds of of bats on display, gloves, balls, apparel, the Maine Meal, and more. You can often witness a bat being crafted as well!
4 Madison Ave., Skowhegan
FMI: LaCasse Bats
Skowhegan Community Center
The community center features ball fields, basketball courts, a playground, a skate park, an indoor gym, and more.
39 Poulin Dr., Skowhegan
FMI: Skowhegan Community Center
Originally opened in 1954—and named the coolest drive-in in the state in 2017—the Skowhegan Drive-In is a nostalgic landmark in the region. Pack up the car, grab some popcorn at the concession stand, and enjoy a double feature Friday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day (generally—see website for specific dates and times).
The Strand Cinema
The Strand originally opened Nov. 18, 1929, and was fully restored in 2004. With delicious popcorn, stadium seating, a nostalgic feel, and a legend of a haunting, there's lots to love about this downtown cinema. Enjoy the show!