Come check out the Nature Preschool Explorers Program in action at their Expo Thursday, June 21! This is a free event for families of 3-5 year olds who have registered or are interested in their 3 hour drop-off program starting this fall - there are some spots still available in their Tuesday or Wednesday am sessions. Arrive at 10am to build imaginary animal homes in the forest and wear shoes so we can search for creatures on the tidal flats.
Need a change of pace this Summer?
By: Sarah Richards
Ever feel like you do the same old summer routine with the kids every summer? Need a break from the crowds? If yes, read on!
Heritage gardens and museum is a gorgeous little gem tucked away in the woods of Sandwich here on Cape Cod. Though this was only our second visit (first time was at a wedding reception), it certainly won’t be the last!!
As someone with a “black thumb,” I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain the impeccable gardens and grounds at Heritage. (Nor do I ever wish to find out...gardening is just NOT my thing...anyway...that being said, please forgive me for my lack of botanical knowledge and terminology in this post.)
Upon arriving on our beautiful sunny day, we were welcomed with lush waves of purple flowers (of which species I have no idea)....aaaaaand about a million middle school children.
Lucky for us, they were on their way out!
(Tip from a staff member: avoid the morning hours the last two weeks of May and first two weeks of June as they are completely mobbed with schools on field trips)
We visited the restrooms before grabbing our tickets, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fit our tandem style stroller! Potty FTW!
(Tip: use the restrooms at the gates and at the carousel, otherwise you may end up having to use a port-a-potty)
We took our time wandering around the grounds, admiring the flowers, and stopping for a sniff or a photo every so often. Peonies are my absolute favorite flowers (one of the few I do know!), and I had to snap photos of a few varieties along the way!
(Tip: If you are a shutterbug like me, you will definitely want to bring your camera along for some beautiful shots!)
There were several art installations throughout the grounds, and we found an interactive one along our way. It was great fun to spell out words with the blocks, and it was in a perfect spot to have a picnic!
(Tip: If you don’t bring your own picnic, there is a place inside the grounds-not far from the front entrance-where you can get concessions including hot dogs, salads, adult beverages, and even ice cream!)
As we enjoyed our lunch, we spotted a really cool antique car going around the paths!
Of course, no trip to Heritage would be complete without a spin (or three!) on the carousel! Again, we hit it at the perfect time as the school children had apparently swarmed the place that morning.
(Tip: The carousel is FREE and you can ride as many times as you would like! There was basically nobody there when we went. It is a great place to take pause in your day. You can cool off from the sun/heat, use the restroom, and check out the museum.)
Our last stop of the day was at Hidden Hollow-an enchanting little grove where the young at heart can create, explore, play, climb, learn, and enjoy! By using the contour of the natural land, this perfectly curated space provided an area for pretty much anything! Creating art, digging in the sand, playing in silk tents, climbing up to a treehouse overlook, playing music on wooden xylophones, putting on a puppet show for an audience, and the newest feature this year-a water play area!
What I love the most about Hidden Hollow is that all the elements are natural or fundamental. There were hardly any plastic elements or bright colors (aside from the silks used for the tents) in this area.
Visitors are able to appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings, and get lost in their imagination through play! I loved seeing my kids in an environment that encourages playing with the natural elements-sand, water, wood, stones.
(Tip: bring a towel or two, and a change of clothes for your littles-and possibly yourself! They will get wet!)
As the sun was setting, we (well, I) trudged back up the steep hills and heard a beautiful flute playing. Someone in costume was playing in a secluded field. I managed to snap a few shots as we enjoyed the mesmerizing music!
(Side note: wear good sneakers, and be prepared for a good workout due to the hills! Chucks were not my friend this day...)
There is so much to see and do at Heritage, and we definitely did not do it all in one afternoon! But, that is why we chose to get a family pass for the year! Family passes are available, and are worth the admission if you and just one child go as few as three times. They offer some free and discounted passes to your guests, as well as discounts to off-season events as well as to their adventure course.
If you are looking for a change of pace from the beaches, bike paths, or playgrounds this summer, you absolutely must check out Heritage Gardens and Museum!
Sarah is a newbie to the Cape, but has a deep love for the ocean. She has recently left her job of 10 years in music education and re-located to Falmouth to support her husbands' business. This "Mom-prenuear" is busy growing her Pure Haven Essentials business by helping families to live toxic free, clicking away behind her camera, chasing after her 2 adorable sons! She enjoys cooking/baking healthy (and guilty!) foods, fitness, boating, singing, and connecting with awesome new people. Sarah also helps manage our free community calendar and events. Feel free to email her information at firstname.lastname@example.org For more insight on Sarah's adventures, or to just connect, follow her on Instagram: @bunz_n_the_oven
10 Ways to Encourage Your Kids To Read More This Summer
Summer brings about new routines and rhythms. It brings lazy mornings and long evenings. Summer brings children who are excited to have a break from school and all the hard work that goes along with being a student.
My children will be out of school in a few weeks. We know that our children are usually asked to and/or often required to read throughout the summer. It’s a good and important request as we understand the many benefits of reading, but getting kids to read in the summer can be a struggle.
How can we encourage our children to read during their summer break?
I have 10 ideas that might just help our reluctant readers keep their noses in the books this summer.
1) Head to your local library.
My children are usually very happy to go to the library, and even on a grumpy day with a reluctant child, things somehow get better when we walk into the library. “I don’t like books!” quickly becomes, “Mom, check out this book!!” This summer my children and I are attempting to visit a different library each week checking out the various children’s rooms and books available in the different locations.
2) Listen to audio books.
While you’re at the library, check out a few audio books. We love listening to audio books while we’re in the car. We also love audio books on a rainy (summer) day. We have found that a narrator can really make or break the experience of listening, so doing a quick preview or reading reviews beforehand can be helpful. Audio books are a great way to “read” even more this summer.
3) Sign up for reading programs.
Your local library most likely has a reading program as do numerous book stores, restaurants, banks, and various organizations. Do a Google search for “summer reading programs”, and see what turns up!
4) Read to them.
Read to your kids. If your children aren’t readers, read to them. If your children are readers, read to them. Some of the most special moments with my children have happened as we shared a story together.
5) Read with them.
Grab a book and sit down next to your child while they read. Throw a bunch of pillows on the floor and cuddle up together with a stack of books. You will get some reading done, and so will your children. Telling your kids to read is a good idea, but showing them that you, too, are a reader is inspiring.
6) Introduce a new genre.
Children often gravitate to the same genres. This summer introduce them to something new. Are they fiction-lovers? Find them some intriguing non-fiction. Are they sports’ fans who eat up all the non-fiction football books? Find some page-turning sports’ themed fiction. Bring home poetry, biographies, mysteries, and historical fiction. Give them the opportunity to explore and reach for something new!
7) Take your books outside.
Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to take your books outside. Grab a large blanket, some pillows, or beach chairs, and head out to your yard or park. My kids love to read in their tree house. There's just something about digging into a good book while outside that encourages even more reading.
8) Create an incentive.
Reading programs have various incentives, so create your own family incentive. Make a chart, set a goal, and celebrate when your children have attained it. Simple celebratory options could include: ice cream sundaes, a camp-out in the backyard, or dinner at your favorite restaurant.
9) Throw a book party.
Looking for a reason to throw a party? Consider throwing a book party. Have your child invite friends over and celebrate reading. Choose one book and use that book as the theme or just celebrate books, in general. Have a simple snack table, throw down a blanket, a stack of books, and let the kids read together or to one another. You could also have a dress up station or an art table. The ideas and fun are endless!
10) Have a screen free week.
When screens aren’t an option, books and other entertainment suddenly seem more enjoyable. Choose one week this summer to go screen free, and take an extra trip to the library or bookstore. Inspire an environment of reading by eliminating screens. We plan on doing our week in August!
For many children reading might not be number 1 on their summer bucket list. Hopefully, with a little encouragement from you, you may find them reaching for a book just a little more often.
Charissa was born and raised on Cape Cod. After 9 years away from the Cape, she and her husband returned home to start their family. A former 5th grade teacher, Charissa has spent the last 12 years at home with her 3 children while working various part-time jobs. Just about a year and a half ago she decided to pursue something she had been thinking about for many years; she started a blog! She loves sharing her passion for living a full life without all the busy over at http://www.thenotsobusymom.com/. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@thenotsobusymom) to learn more.
Cape Cod Moms & Bridgeview Montessori School invites you
to a Van Gogh inspired…
Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join Bridgeview Montessori’s Head of School, Sandy
Nickerson, for creating art, nibbling on snacks, and sipping
wine. With Sandy’s guidance, you will create your own
mixed media sunflower still-life. Sandy has been teaching art
to students of all ages for over 35 years!
Bridgeview Montessori School
885 Sandwich Road
Sagamore, MA 02561
RSVP by Monday, July 16:
(this FREE event is limited to 10 adults)
Our annual Cape Cod Fireworks & Parades listing is back! Every year this POPULAR listing helps local and visiting families find where the 4th of July Fireworks and Parades are taking place. Just check out our 2017 list to see all the past fun!
Below we have compiled a listing of all the fireworks, parades and other celebrations taking place across Cape Cod & the Islands. The list is in alphabetic order by town and will list any parades, fireworks or other activities taking place.
If you know of a local event on Cape Cod, the Islands or any of the surrounding areas, that we have forgotten to include, then please comment at the bottom of this post or email us and we are happy to add it!
Barnstable/West Barnstable - 7/4/18 Starts at 9 a.m., along Main Street (Rt. 6A) in Barnstable Village
Centerville - 7/4/18 Begins at 10 a.m. from Centerville Elementary School
Cotuit - 7/4/18 At 11 a.m. the parade will start from the Post Office and proceed down School Street and up Main Street to the Elementary School.
Hyannis - 7/4/18 Main Street is the place to be at 4 p.m. for the Hyannis 4th of July street parade
Hyannis Inner Harbor Boat Parade ~ 7/4/18 2pm Village Green, Main Street, Hyannis
The boats assemble and head to the inner harbor to show off their red, white and blue! Hosted by Hyannis Marina, best viewing is along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor around 2:00 PM.
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Lewis Bay
Tip: The best viewing spots are the beaches around Hyannis Harbor and on the West Yarmouth beaches along Lewis Bay. Pack a picnic basket for dinner and stake out your spot in late afternoon. Or have a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant, then walk to the beach for the fireworks show. (Don't forget your cover-up clothes. It gets chilly on the beach after sunset, even in July!)
Bourne Parade - 7/4/18 Beginning at 10 a.m., along Main Street in Buzzards Bay
Chatham - 7/4/18 Chatham's parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds along Main Street
Parades & Fireworks:
July 4, 2018 5-11pm in Edgartown
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Edgartown’s traditional parade & fireworks. Enjoy the traditional late afternoon parade then head over to lawn of the Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main Street for burgers and hot dogs at the MV Preservation Trust’s annual BBQ. Then claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any other harbor front location for a resplendent display over the water. Display begins as darkness falls. Free and all are welcome.
Falmouth - 7/4/18 The Bike & Carriage Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Village Green, down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park
Woods Hole - 7/4/18 This popular 4th of July parade, organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory, begins at noon and proceeds down Water Street.
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach
Tip: Bring a radio and tune to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) to hear the music that accompanies the fireworks.
RUN JACK RUN Family Fun Run/Walk on July 4th- July 4,2018 9am
Trotting Park Field
This is unbelievably our 7th Annual RUN JACK RUN Family Fun Run/Walk in honor and celebration of Jack Pearsall, our son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend, teammate, classmate. It is incredible how this event has grown and continues to bring such positive people and energy into our lives. 4th of July marks the 7 year anniversary of losing Jack after he was hit by a drunk driver after the Mashpee town fireworks on July 1, 2011. Spending this day together doing something Jack would love with friends, family and those who cared about him is the best way we've found to get through this day... come join us and take a stand against drunk driving. "Be the Change. Think & Sign. Don't Drink & Drive."
If you have not already done so, please consider signing the "PACT", pledging not to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and encouraging others to do the same. Visit www.jackspact.org to pledge online today!
RJR is a 1.2 mile run/walk between Jack's 2 soccer fields in Falmouth: Fred Toran Boys Varsity Soccer Field at FHS, down Gifford Street, to Trotting Park Soccer Fields.
REGISTRATION will open SOON at www.jackspact.org - Sign up early as shirts are limited to first come, first serve!
Check-In on Tuesday, July 4 from 7:30-8:30 AM at the Boy's soccer field at FHS - 874 Gifford Street Falmouth MA 02540. Limited parking available here, much more at Trotting Park. Drop offs and Carpooling encouraged!!!
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a timed or scored event, and entirely for your enjoyment and to honor Jack and raise awareness for the severity drunk driving. If you cannot participate, consider running RJR "virtually" from where ever you are and making a donation, or become an RJR Sponsor or Volunteer. Please see our website www.jackspact.org for more details.
**All proceeds of the event go to fund pro-social substance free activities for youth and the annual Jack Pearsall Memorial Soccer Scholarships and Jack's PACT Scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are Falmouth students who have signed "Jack's PACT".**
For more details visit our website at www.JacksPACT.org or email Samantha@jackspact.org
Date: July 1, 2018
Place: Mashpee Middle/High School
Tip: The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and lots more.
7/4/18 The Department of Culture and Tourism will host the traditional Main Street activities on Wednesday, July 4thbeginning at 10:00 a.m. and culminating with the water fight between Town of Nantucket’s Fire Department and the Boynton Lane Reserves around NOON. Children’s Beach games (potato sack races, three legged races, wheel barrow races and tug-of-war) will begin at 5:00pm. The Balloon Wizard will be on the lawn. At 6:00pm, there will be music on the bandstand.
The Fireworks Display will be held on Thursday, July 5th at 9:00pm on Jetties Beach. Rain/ weather date is Friday, July 6th.
Date: July 7, 2018
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
Tip: The village of Onset is on the "mainland" side of the Cape Cod Canal, just over the bridge. It's an absolutely gorgeous little village, and well worth a visit!
Orleans - 7/4/18 Begins at 10 a.m. on Eldredge Park Way, goes along Rt. 6A, Main Street, Rt. 28 and back to Eldredge Park
Date: July 1, 2018 (rain date July 5th)
Time: Dusk (start btw 8:30 and 9:15 pm)
Place: Rock Harbor
Tip: You can also see the Rock Harbor fireworks display from Cape Cod Bay beaches in Brewster and Eastham. They'll be off at a distance, but still fun to see. You can also see them up close at Skaket Beach.
Provincetown - 7/4/18 Starting at 11 a.m. at the East End, Harbor Hotel, up Commercial Street to Franklin Street
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Provincetown Harbor
Tip: For a very special experience - watch the fireworks from onboard a ship in the Harbor. On July 4th, Dolphin Fleet offers whale watch plus fireworks cruises as well as a fireworks-only cruise. These cruises are very popular, so reserve your spot early.
Sandwich - 7/4/18 The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Wing School on Water Street
Sandwich Boat Parade
When: July 4, 2018, 9 p.m.
Where: Shawme Pond, Sandwich
More Info: Sandwich Recreation Department (508) 888-4361
The Sandwich Boat Parade has been around since the late 1800's! The Boat Parade is comprised of small boats and canoes decorated in creative ways using paper lanterns illuminated by candles. The boats parade by the bandstand for all to see, and for the Recreation Department and Recreation Committee to select the evening's winners.
Want to take part in the parade? Contact the Sandwich Recreation Department (see phone number, above) to enter your boat.
True Citrus - Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be True Sweepstakes
We wanted to pass along this fun sweepstakes to our parents! You could be the lucky winner of this amazing prize! Remember someone has to win and we saw in the case of Amy whose family won the nationwide Sesame Street Chrysler Prize that it really does happen! So enter, or order and save with our discount code below and stay tuned for an upcoming review on some of these products!
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Open House for New Nature Preschool Explorers Program
Saturday, May 12
Join Long Pasture's education staff to hear more about our new drop-off enrichment program for preschoolers!
No registration is necessary to attend the Open House. Families welcome! We hope to see you there.
About the Program
Nature Preschool Explorers is a drop-off enrichment program for children ages 3-5 that begins this fall. We'll spend most of our time exploring the sanctuary's outdoor "classrooms"—including forests, tidal flats, ponds, and our new nature playground.
Running from mid-September to mid-June, the program will meet once a week for 36 weeks. Parents can choose from one of three sessions offered—Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings, or Wednesday afternoons. Read More
Two Very Special Open House Events to Highlight our Celebration of Student Art
Tuesday Afternoon Information Session
May 15, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
May 16, drop in between 9:15 am to 11 am
or schedule for another day!
885 Sandwich Road | Sagamore www.bridgeviewmontessori.org Director of Admissions: Suzanne Lawson email@example.com | 508.888.3567 ~ serving students 2.9 to 12 years old ~
Cape Cod Parents Night Out!
Cape Cod Moms invites you to a free wellness talk at Cape Cod Children’s Museum, sponsored by The Wellness Champions and Dr. Bob Mulcahy of Mulcahy Family Chiropractic, Falmouth. Join us for light refreshments and learn how stress may be threatening your health without you even knowing it!
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee, MA
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name
Kids are welcome
Stress is known as the “silent killer” and is the number one trigger to heart attack. Heart attacks kill more Americans in the United States than any other disease! Stress also impacts one’s attention, leads to distraction, inefficiency, and spreads to others in your household including children. Dr. Bob will help give you the tools necessary to achieve better health and wellbeing for you and your family.
This past weekend our family journeyed to Boston for a short surprise mini vacation to see Sesame Street Live. My husband was the lucky winner of the grand prize Sesame Street Live Boston Bound Sweepstakes sponsored by Chrysler Pacifica. We had entered on a whim when we had been searching for something fun to do over vacation that would be good for both of our kids especially our daughter who is obsessed with Sesame Street. No one ever thinks they are going to be the winner, but someone does have to win right? This time it happened to be my husband and lucky for me and the kids he decided to take us along with him!
The event was towards the end of April vacation which this year we had decided to not travel, so it was a great surprise and a nice way to end vacation week. The kids were excited to go and stay in a hotel for two nights while enjoying the pool, an amazing view of Fenway Park (and the Army Navy game), breakfast and more! Mom and Dad were excited to not have to worry about cleaning a house.
Over the course of the weekend I realized just how much we needed this time as a family. Things had been super busy for the past few months and we really had not had a chance to unplug and enjoy some serious quality time together. We do enjoy daily and weekly family things together but to be able to take the time to spend a family focused weekend together with no working was truly a blessing.
Before the show started we made sure to go up and get some refreshments and stop by the bathroom. Having been to the Agganis Arena before for a family member’s graduation I knew the best bathroom to use is the one down at the furthest end with no line. We also stopped by the Chrysler Pacifica activity table and checked out some of the awesome features in the Pacifica including the vacuum and the screen games on the backs of the seats. The games had everything from Tic-Tac-Toe to the license plate game and more! I honestly didn’t know much about the Pacifica before the event and thought this kid friendly feature was a pretty awesome touch and would benefit families especially on road trips.
The show itself was well done and creative and although we weren’t on the floor, I enjoyed our seats up higher better as we could see everything going on. The kids danced and sang along. My personal favorite part of the show was when Oscar the Grouch made his appearance and sang his “I Love Trash” song. Oscar has been one of my favorite characters for a long time and while today we don’t see characters like this anymore, Oscar teaches important lessons to us and to our children. He reminds us it is okay to be different and to embrace that difference. He teaches us how confusing emotions can be and that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. My daughter’s favorite has always been Elmo and Abby (who flew across the stage) but Cookie Monster sure made her and my son super happy when he came on stage! And of course she loved dancing along with her favorite friends in the neighborhood!
After the show was over we went back to the hotel courtesy of transportation that was provided which definitely took some stress away from our lives after leaving a really fun show but can leave kids feeling a little over stimulated which can be hard to deal with as parents. Not having to hurry back to parking and deal with traffic certainly made the afternoon a little bit easier. After returning back to the hotel we were so tired we just ordered some dinner, snuggled down and watched a movie together!
The next morning we enjoyed some breakfast and packed our things. We spent a few hours in the pool prior to check out and then headed back to the Cape with our sleeping children mid afternoon. Sesame Street Live is currently touring across the United States and they will return to our region to Providence in November. Special thanks to Sesame Street, Chrysler Pacifica and of course the universe for all coming together to make this happen in our lives.
While we were lucky enough to have won this fun weekend away, it got me thinking that a short local vacation can be fun and often we overlook these options as parents especially during vacation week. We are definitely considering another fun mini local vacation for the future. It can be nice to stay some place like Boston or even here locally on Cape Cod and just unplugging with the family for 2-3 days! Find a local event taking place or a fun activity like Duck Boats, ice-cream or mini golf and just relax and enjoy one another. We don’t get long to enjoy our children when they are young so be sure to take what moments you can and soak it all in.
Cape Cod Moms