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April School Vacation Week Activities in the Camden-Rockland Region

Posted Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Whether you’re looking for an indoor activity or ways to get out there to enjoy spring in all its glory, this list will keep you and the kids busy during School Vacation Week.

This list has been compiled by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for your enjoyment.  Information was correct at the time it was compiled, but things do change, so it’s always best to call ahead.  Check our online events calendar for the most up to date listings: /events.




Art Loft, 385 Main Street, Suite 9, Rockland. 207-200-9795.

Sunday, April 14, 1-3 pm: Intro to Figure Painting. Drop-in: Free to members, $20 for non-members Justin Kinney will guide participants through the steps necessary to accurately draw and paint the human figure, which could prove to be quite difficult without the proper tools. Learn various tips and tricks to ease the stress of painting the human form. Appropriate for all levels.

Wednesday, April 17, 1-3 pm: Painting Textures and Layers. Drop-in: Free to members, $20 for non-members Join Karen Olson and learn the skill of layering across a variety of mediums: acrylic painting, collage, mixed media and photography. Gel printing will also be incorporated. No experience necessary.

Thursday, April 18, 6-8 pm: Introduction to Gouache. Drop-in: Free to members, $20 for non-members Kim Nicoll will introduce gouache, a medium that has similarities to watercolor, oil and acrylic painting. Discover why gouache might be considered more forgiving than watercolor and more interesting than acrylics. No painting experience necessary.

Saturday, April 20, 10 am-12 pm: Learn Camera Settings the Easy Way. Drop-in: Free to members, $20 for non-members. Manual mode is where the art is. Shed your fear of switching your camera’s setting from Auto mode and get ready to capture some pretty terrific shots in manual mode. Every camera is different, so find a Youtube tutorial specific to your camera model and learn how to change the settings before attending class. Then see what happens when you come to class and learn how to balance the three camera settings: ISO, f-stop and Shutter Speed. No experience necessary.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30-4 pm: Chinese Painting - Bamboo. $35 Nanfei Wang will teach Traditional Chinese Painting which is based on the use of brushes, ink and Chinese painting colors on rice paper. In this class, the subject will be bamboo plants: young and old, groups of bamboo, and bamboo in combination with rocks and other plants. Whether experienced or inexperienced in traditional Chinese painting techniques, all are welcomed to participate.

Sunday, April 21, 1-3 pm: Intro to Figure Painting. Drop-in: Free to members, $20 for non-membersJustin Kinney will guide participants through the steps necessary to accurately draw and paint the human figure, which could prove to be quite difficult without the proper tools. Learn various tips and tricks to ease the stress of painting the human form. Appropriate for all levels.



Bixby & Co., 1 Sea Street Place, Rockland. 207-691-1778.

Organic bean to bar chocolate; tastings and presentation. Open Monday-Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm.


Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street, Camden. 207-236-3440. 

Closed on Monday, April 15 in honor of Patriot’s Day. Various story hours offered throughout the week. Also:  

Tues. April 16-Thur. April 18: 2 - 3 pm. Deep Sea Vacation Camp, for ages K and up. Stories, crafts, games and activities. Please call or stop in to pre-register. 

Tues. April 16: 5:30 pm. Maine Student Book Award Club.

Wed. April 17: 4-5 pm. Creative Art Afternoon. 3-D Flowers. All ages. 


Center for Maine Contemporary Art21 Winter Street, Rockland. 207-701-5005.

Monday – Thursday, April 15 -18, 2-4 pm. FREE and open to all.

Tributes to Nature: Make n’ Take:Drop in for one or all four days to explore an array of sculptural projects using wood, wire, torn paper, cardboard and both found/natural objects as a way to reflect upon the impacts of climate change in our own community. Get inspired by our current exhibitions to create your own site-specific sculpture!


Coastal Children’s Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland. 207-596-0300.

Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 – 4 pm. Closed Easter Sunday.

Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 am: Easter Craft with Elise.

Thursday, April 18, 10–11 am: Touch Tank open with Michelle.

Friday, April 19, 10:30 am: Be Kind to Animals Poster Making with Pope Memorial Humane Society.

Saturday, April 20, 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 12:30 pm. Tie Dye Totes. Members $3/bag; Non-members $4/bag.


Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street, Rockland. 207-596-6457.

Tues. April 16-Thur. April 18, 10am - 2pm. Keeping a Visual Journal–Teen Edition with Ingrid Ellison

Journals provide a space to reflect, observe, dream, and rant in a truly personal creative space—the painted page. The nature of keeping a journal is perfect for discovering new forms of expression both through content and materials. From collecting to collaging, drawing to doodling, creating secret envelopes to writing prompts, this three-day workshop led by artist Ingrid Ellison will introduce teenagers to a variety of art materials and processes both traditional and unconventional for capturing daily inspiration on a painted page. Class time will include lots of demonstrations, inspiration, prompts, and time for snack breaks and optional sharing. Please bring a bag lunch. Cost: $90, plus a $5 materials fee payable to instructor. Partial scholarships available; please inquire at .


Flagship Cinema9 Moody Drive, Thomaston. 207-594-2100.

Twelve different movies showing!


Midcoast Recreation Center, 535 West Street, Rockport. 207-236-9400.

Join us at 12 pm daily for public skating on the hard top (no ice); bring your own roller skates or roller blades, as we do not rent this equipment. Drop-in to our fitness center for $5 per person. Or, rent an indoor tennis courts by the hour.


Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum Street, Owls Head. 207-594-4418.

Engineering 101. Apr. 15 – Apr. 19, 10 am - 12 pm

This April vacation sign your kids up to explore the world of engineering! With five days of guided learning, our curatorial staff will offer kids between the ages of 8-12 exciting projects to build simple and powered machines - from pulleys and push cars, to catapults and drag racers! There is a suggested donation of $5 per child. Pre-registration is required, as space and materials are limited. (Monday and Tuesday sold out, register for waitlist).

Sat., April 20: 3pm. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. $5 general admission; under 18 and Museum members: free.


Paint it Shoreself, 193 Park Street, Rockland. 207-542-0269. Come paint your own ceramic keepsake!


Penobscot Bay YMCA, 116 Union Street, Rockport. 207-236-3375. Day passes available.


PITCH, 2606 Camden Road, Warren. 207-273-0042.

Sunday, April 14: Pick up soccer. 8:30am – 10am. No open gym.

Monday – Friday. Open gym 10am – 3pm. Batting cages to rent.

Toddler playroom open daily. 10am until Close.

Closed Easter Sunday (4/21).


Rockland Harbor YMCA, 12 Water Street, Rockland, 207-593-8500. passes available.

Rockport Public Library. 485 Commercial Street, Rockport. 207-236-3642.

Join us for craft time at the Library:

Tuesday, April 16: 3pm-5pm. Thumb Print Dandelions.

Wednesday, April 17: 3pm-5pm. Spring Tree Terrarium.

Thursday, April 18: 3pm-5pm. Cookie decoration.

Friday, April 19: 3pm-5pm. Easter Egg decoration.

Saturday, April 20: 10:30am. Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Mary Lea Park. Bring a basket and get ready to run around! Snow may be on the ground so bring gloves and mittens. If it rains, we will hold the Easter Egg Hunt in the Library.

Rockland Public Library. 80 Union Street, Rockland 207-594-0310.

Friday, April 19: 11am. Colonial Man. Sam Ladley, “Colonial Man”, will share local Colonial Life, Crafts, Native American history and dozens of artifacts: weapons, animals, clothing and daily life in the colonies. Especially appropriate for fourth graders and up. 





Camden Hills State Park, 280 Belfast Rd/Route 1, Camden. 

Admission to the Park trails and Mt. Battie Auto Road: $4 per adult Maine resident; Maine residents 65 and older: free; children 5 - 11 years old: $1; children under 5: free. Trail maps at ranger station.


Camden Snow Bowl/Ragged Mountain Recreation Area, 20 Barnestown Road, Camden. 207-236-3438.

Hiking trails and mountain bike trails. Rent a bike from Maine Sport, Rockport: 207-236-7120 or Side Country Sports in Rockland: 207-701-5100.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Barters Island Rd, Boothbay. 207-633 4333.

Spectacular gardens, miles of trails. Café and gift shop. Opening day April 15. Children’s Activities on Saturday and Sunday. 10am – 2pm. 


Coastal Mountain Land Trust, 101 Mt. Battie Street, Camden. 207-236-7091.

Contact us for a list of hiking trails in the area.


Georges River Land Trust, 8 North Main Street, Ste. 200, Rockland. 207-594-5166.

Contact us for hiking trail maps and directions.