SEARSPORT — Friends of Sears Island is offering free grab-and-go snow science-themed activity kits for children this month.

Kits will include materials and instructions to make paper snowflakes, beautiful frozen bubbles outdoors, frozen ice lanterns, and a tracking identification card for looking for animal tracks in the snow. A small magnifying glass and dark paper will also be in the bag, for firsthand examination of the intricacy of snow crystals, as well as a handout on how snowflakes form, and ideas for family fun in the snow.

Intended for children ages 5-12, the kits are free, although donations to Friends of Sears Island are always greatly appreciated to allow the organization to continue to offer programming to all at no cost. Quantities are limited and will be distributed to families on a first-come, first-served basis.

To request a kit, email After receiving a confirmation email, families can pick up their kits from Jan. 23 to Feb. 3 at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport. The Friends cannot accommodate requests for kits for classrooms, but teachers are welcome to request free PDFs of handouts via email, or they can check the “Resources” section of the Friends’ website to find activity kit handouts.

To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit or