Sleepy, Sleepy Hippos

Sheep, schmeep. Counting ewes is for baa-bies.

Big kids know hippos are where it’s at.

Excited 2 Learn helps children get into a bedtime routine with a customizable chart. Cartoon hippos on twenty brightly colored cards (two by two inches) are pictured doing everything from combing their hair to brushing their teeth.

Your child, with your help, can choose up to seven cards to plan out the otherwise contentious bedtime hour on a board designed to look like a sky. Other charts include morning routine and going to the potty. There are also smaller ones for keeping kids entertained at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and in the car.

Making the ins and outs of everyday life anything but routine.

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This Week in Boston!

Meet the Cows
What: Visit calves and heifers, plus chill in the dairy barn during milking.
Why: Get down on the farm.
When: Tues., 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: Appleton Farms, 219 County Rd., Ipswich (978-356-5728). Registration required.

Mall Tots Opens
What: A 10,000-square-foot play space for kids up to age 5, stocked with climbing structures, ball, slides, and much more.
Why: Take your mall (rug) rat.
When: Wed., 10 a.m.
Where: Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers (978-739-4700).

PEM Beach Party

What: Kids learn to ride the waves, watch surf films, design their own boards, plus enjoy summer foods and music.
Why: Hang ten.
When: Fri., 4-10 p.m.
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem (978-745-1876).

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Appleton Farms
219 County Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938