The Snow Library Children’s Room
The Snow Library is Orleans Public Library. It is located at 67 Main Street Orleans. In the winter it is open Monday, Thursday and Friday 10-5, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-8 and Saturday 10-4. Ann the children's librarian is very friendly and knowledgeable. Libraries are one of my family's go to places on Saturdays in late Fall, Winter and Early spring when outdoor activities are limited and any other time there is inclement weather so we have come to know many of them.
Since the Snow Library is the closest library to my house we frequent it the most. In addition to the great programs the Snow Library runs on Saturdays about once a month (in the past we have gone to Halloween story time, gingerbread house making, Animal adventures and in a few weeks a felt egg workshop) they have a cozy children's area for reading and playing. The books are well organized and generally easy to find with different books highlighted monthly. They also just got Wheelnuts! which are a graphic novels!
There is an array of toys to play with too. Under the window seats are bags with stuffed animal or puppet to go with the book (these can be checked out too).There is a Duplo table with two large bins of Duplos including Thomas the Train Duplos and tracks and a very large zoo set. If you have the time your child(ren) can make a very elaborate setup. A large and sturdy (bolted to the ground) puppet theater with over 30 puppets from a frog prince to an alligator is lots of fun too. In addition to the Duplo table, puppet theater, and comfy reading chairs in the fiction area there is a small table to do puzzles and games on.
In the children’s nonfiction area there is a large table for games and projects (great for the homeschoolers out there) and a smaller table that is equipped with colored pencils, crayons and lots of different activity sheet and coloring pages; my daughter's favorite part. Plus there are four kid homework computers that are usually available for use.
The best parts of the Snow Library Children’s room is the good selection of books, ample reading space and the toys. The biggest drawback is the kids area is not well separated from the rest of the library and puppets and Duplos can be noisy at times.
Which libraries do your kids enjoy?
I have made this awesome, definitely not from scratch, monkey bread a few times for birthday parties, gatherings and holidays and it has always been a huge hit! What I love especially about this recipe is that it is super easy and you can get up early, throw it on and it will be done by the time you are ready to eat! This is a staple in our house every year on Christmas morning or on snow days!
Please note that because everyone's crock pot is different, you will need to monitor it the first time towards the end to ensure you don't overcook the edges. By uses a spoon starting at 30 minutes prior to being done, you can separate the dough from the edges to ease any burning that may occur.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for this event for the Cape Cod Moms audience. Ticket registration will end on or before Friday, February 26th or when tickets sell out and will be available to to general public beginning Friday the 26th.
Calmer Choice, in partnership with Cape Cod Academy, is pleased to present renowned Speaker Janell Burley Hofmann, Author of “iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing.”
Come engage in the cultural conversation around the impact of technology in our personal, professional and social lives. From Tweens with new devices, to Families creating boundaries around Digital Citizenship – to Educators, Law Enforcement and other Professionals who are trying to implement new models and create continued balance for the community in this ever-changing era.
Register Here for Complimentary Tickets for Cape Cod Moms
I’m a Hungry Dinosaur Review
I’m a Hungry Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James is a fun loving book for 2-5 year olds. The rhyming playful text pulls the reader in and the addition of bold colorful words “SHAKE, STIR, MIX, BAKE…. This little dinosaur just loves cake” makes young children chant along. The illustrations are intriguing too Ann James made the pictures using magic pencil, chocolate icing, sprinkles, flour, cocoa and watercolors. My kids (3 and 5) love listening to the book and chanting along again and again. Plus the pages are a thinker laminated paper with rounded corners perfect for younger children’s hands.
Activities to do with the book:
Before reading: look at the covers of book with the child ask them what they see and what do they think the book is about.
As you read: talk and ask the child about the pictures, what might happen next and encourage them to read or chant along.
After reading the book: ask the child about the book and what their favorite part was.
Follow up activities:
*Reread the book and encourage more chanting and reading along
*Bake a cake together let the child help measure the ingredients
*Talk about the rhyming words in the book and create a list of more rhyming words
*Finger paint with chocolate pudding
* If your child enjoyed this book checkout I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
Join Adviser Tracy Lamperti and fellow Cape Cod Mom, Alex Roberts, owner of Dot to Dot Art Workshop on
Bringing Essential Oils into the Lives of Our Children
Friday, March 4, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Dot to Dot Art Workshop
2 Harold St, Unit E, Harwich Port, Massachusetts 02646
Cost: $5 (to cover kit cost)
Basic information will be provided about Young Living's top 10 oils provided through the Premium Starter Kit, followed by making and taking a rollerball recipe to use with your child.
Cape Kids' Treasures Children's Consignment Sale Spring Event:
Saturday and Sunday, March 12 & 13, 2016
Saturday, 8am - 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 2pm
Half-price Sale (select items), Saturday from 3-6 pm and Sunday from 10am -2pm
**NEW LOCATION**- Previously held at the Greek Church in Centerville, this is our 2nd Sale at a NEW LOCATION: 770 Main Street, Osterville, MA 02655 (behind Wimpy's Restaurant)
It is a unique, highly-organized event that brings together buyers/sellers in one place for greater exposure of your items and a large selection for shoppers. Make money on your children's outgrown items, while shopping for needed items at a fraction of the retail cost.
Over 25,000 items will be available! You will find:
*New and gently used baby & kid's clothing (sizes newborn-children's 16), including Easter outfits and swimsuits
*Shoes and accessories
*Toys, games, puzzles, books, etc.
*Nursery decor, furniture and so much more!
CONSIGNORS WANTED- Start cleaning out your closets and Earn up to 75% of your sales! For information and to Register, visit our website at http://www.capekidstreasures.com/.
FIRST TIME, NEW MOMS- Register to attend a special pre-sale event! See our website for details: http://www.capekidstreasures.com/shop-newmoms.html
We accept CREDIT CARDS (Mastercard and Visa) in addition to cash and checks!!
For more information and to sign up for our mailing list, please visit our website at http://www.capekidstreasures.com/.
Visit our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Cape Kids' Treasures and "Like" us for info and to win prizes to our Sale.
You won't want to miss this SALE!!
Tasty Tuesday Banana Bread
I am always in search of tasty and somewhat healthy recipes to help incorporate into our daily meals. This banana bread that we made using healthier options really hit the mark for us! We hope you enjoy!
Marcus the Magician Performs for the Whole Family
Presented by Cultural Center of Cape Cod at Cultural Center of Cape Cod
FEB 18 4-5PM
At Cultural Center of Cape Cod at Cultural Center of Cape Cod
An outstanding magic show for kids of all ages ... and adults, too!
For a magic show that will have you believing the impossible, come to the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where Marcus the Magician from The Magicompany will present a high-energy, comedy magic show geared for ages 3-15 years and adults featuring music, live doves, and a chance for kids to take part and meet the amazing “Abracadabra the Magic Rabbit.” Marcus has made magic for over 35 years and is a member of The International Society of Magicians, The Society of American Magicians, and View more
$10 for Adults; $5 for kids 18 and under
Poems in Praise of Dizzy Days
Kooky Crumbs by J. Patrick Lewis illustrated by Mary Uhles is a silly book of poems for all ages. The style and length of these goofy poems vary page to page but all are about obscure holidays across the year. Whether it is Potato day or Vinegar day being celebrated there is plenty of fun to go around. What other crazy holidays can you find and write a poem about?
Here is a list of all the days in the book and an activity suggestion for each!
Funny Holiday dates for 2016
Hat Day 1/15
Activity: make a fun hat
Weatherperson’s Day 2/5
Activity: write your own weather forecast
Inventors' Day 2/11
Activity: make your own invention
Telecommunications Day 5/17
Activity: explore the history of ways to communicate to others far away
Pancake Day 2/9
Activity: have a pancake party
Cereal Day 3/7
Activity: make cereal necklaces
Math Day 10/14
Activity: make your own math challenges up and read This is not a Math Book
Telephone Day 4/25
Activity: call someone who you don’t usually call
Zipper Day 4/29
Activity: make a list of all the things zippers are used for
Change a Light Day 10/4
Activity: design your own lamp
Make a Dream Day 1/13
Activity: talk about or make a list of your dreams
Sunscreen Day 5/27
Activity: Summer is coming design your own sunscreen Ad
Pencil Day 3/30
Activity: decorate pencils
Ride the Wind Day 8/23
Activity: make kites
UFO Day 7/2
Activity: write an UFO story
Smoke and Mirrors Day 3/29
Activity: be silly and read I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
Hot Dog Day 7/23
Activity: make hot dogs for dinner
Look Alike Day 4/20
Activity: dress up like each other
Happiness Happens Day 8/8
Activity: do something special for a friend or family member
Potato Day 8/19
Activity: go to the store and look at all the different potatoes then choose some for dinner
Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day 9/18
Activity: make your own greeting cards and read Cuddle Bear
DNA Day 4/25
Activity: talk about DNA
Vegetarian Day 10/1
Activity: prepare a vegetarian meal
Older Person Day 10/1
Activity: read Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Card Playing Day 12/28
Activity: play a card game
Vinegar Day 11/1
Activity: make an explosion with vinegar and baking soda
Toilet Day 11/19
Activity: research toilets from around the world
Epitaph Day 11/2
Activity: write your own Epitaph
Sportsmanship Day 3/1
Activity: read Billie B., The Soccer Star or Hey Jack! The Winning Goal
Join us for our second speaker in our winter Speaker Series.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cape Cod Academy
50 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Osterville, Massachusetts 02655
John Cumbler, Ph.D. was a distinguished professor of economic and environmental history at the University of Louisville. Today he resides in Wellfleet, MA. He is the author of several books, most recently Cape Cod: An Environmental History of a Fragile Ecosystem. Tonight...
- Learn what the Cape has been and what the Cape might become .
- Learn the ways in which resource usage and geography shaped the Cape’s past and may shape its future
-Learn how the Cape became the tourist destination it is today
-Learn how the Cape community has the opportunity to be a model for a sustainable future
Legoland Boston for the Under Six Crowd
My son J (3) and daughter E (5) love Legoland, and would go every week if they could! We have been members since 2014 and have gone dozens of times. Here are some of our thoughts and suggestions for what works well for young kids.
We usually arrive shortly before 10 AM and have a snack at JP Licks or Starbucks. Then, at 10 AM we head into Legoland and skip the tour because it’s tailored for older kids. Plus, E and J usually want to get to “Save the Princess” (Kingdom Quest Laser Ride - basically “zapping” skeletons, trolls, ogres, etc.) as quickly as possible.
After the ride, you walk through “Miniland” (a Lego model of Boston) to get to the main room with most of the attractions. J likes to fire the cannon on Old Ironsides and E enjoys racing a scull on the Charles river. My favorite is pinball at Fenway park. In the main room J likes to building race cars and E building on the earthquake table (which works well for keeping an eye on both since they are next to each other). Both kids enjoy the fire pit (Lego City Play Zone) but adults are not allowed in, which is tricky when you have really little ones who need help (small kids can also play in Duplo Farm). For kids who enjoy free play with Legos, there are bins of Legos in the middle of the main room and themed areas like Olivia’s House with table building boards.
Both the kids love the 4-D theater (sit by the entrance door to avoid getting too wet). J’s favorite movie is Legends of Chima and E’s is Spell Breakers. We usually spend about 90 minutes in the main room, and then head to the gift shop to look at the new Lego sets and build Minifigures for fun (my kids like collecting all the pieces off the ground and putting them back in the buckets haha). Legoland is a great place to take young kids, especially when it is not too busy!
Before you go:
*Tickets can add up quickly, but there are ways to save. Consider buying tickets ahead of time online. Even better, look for coupons on selected Lego bags (kids go free with an adult - see picture below) or the Lego Magazine (sign up here). If you will be going a lot, get an annual pass.
*Bring minifigures to trade (duplicates, ones you don’t want). My kids love getting “new” minifigures for free!
*Pack snacks to eat before and after so you can focus on playing. Legoland does not allow outside food.
*Beat the crowds and avoid lines by arriving early, especially on weekdays. Legoland opens by 10am.
*If you arrive before Legoland opens head over to JP Licks (across the street) for some coffee and breakfast goodies or ice cream. I think ice cream tastes better at 10 in the morning!
Here is to great adventures with kids! What are some adventures you have had?
Usborne Books & More Independent Educational Consultant
I am always looking for people to join my Usborne team, host parties (Facebook or home), or just share these wonderful books! For more information visit https://w4728.myubam.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love for our moms to join us on Valentine's Day morning at a lower Cape favorite hot spot: The Local Scoop for a little mom time and a discussion on literacy while we enjoy fresh coffee and crepes! If you have never been to The Local Scoop and enjoyed a make your own ice cream creation or are curious what this place is all about, this is your chance to check it out and find out more. Molly Hubner, one of the newest members to our blogging team will be hosting a discussion about the importance of literacy and sharing a little information about Usborne books. It is a perfect morning to sneak away and enjoy a little personal time while your partner takes care of the kids and hopefully cleans it as a special gift to you! We can't think of a better way to start off our Valentine's Day then seeing some of the amazing moms in our community! We hope you join us! Please register below.
Location: The Local Scoop
34 Cranberry Hwy, Orleans
Sponsor: The Local Scoop and Molly Hubner, Usborne Books & More Education Consultant
Description: Join us for coffee and crepes on a quiet Sunday morning as you treat yourself to some Mom time, meeting other moms and discussing literacy! There will also be a free book raffle! For those that PREREGISTER via our website and attend: you will be entered to win a special Valentine's Day Surprise that includes chocolate from CAPE COD MOMS!
Admission: FREE, coffee and crepes for purchase.
Who am I? I’m a runner, a wife, a mom, a teacher, a nature lover… I am Molly.
I became a SAHM five years ago when my daughter was born and two years later I had a little boy. Fast forward to 2015. The expression the days are long but the years are short comes to mind. Life is full. My daughter started school and my son now spends large amounts of time absorbed in play. I am (slightly) less sleep deprived;-) I needed something for myself again, but wasn’t sure what to do next so I floated along. I would see things like part time teaching jobs, but none allowed me to be with my son full time.
Then one night a friend invited me to an Usborne Facebook party. I thought a social event that didn’t require child care or leaving the house sounded great! I went in with the attitude that this could be an interesting new experience, and in less than 24 hours I joined the Usborne team. What happened in those 24 hours? Usborne Books presented an opportunity that called to my inner teacher (supporting literacy and a love of reading) and bargain hunter (the starter kit cost less than $100 and included more than $100 worth of books). Plus there were no sales minimums or time requirements. So I joined Usborne Books and found a wonderful and supporting community as well as an opportunity to build a long term business that was fun, fit my busy schedule, and offered great incentives like free books, prizes, and cash bonuses.
What is Usborne Books & More all about? “Usborne books are designed graphically to draw the students in, to make them want to learn the material and to help them retain that knowledge. The magic of Usborne books is that they make both reading and learning fun and not a boring or intimidating experience. Peter Usborne set out to break down a child's resistance to reading and learning at home. These books are so well organized that children absorb and recall much of the vast amount of information presented.” (Randall White CEO of Usborne Books & More)
I am always looking for people to join my team, host parties (Facebook or home), or just share these wonderful books! For more information visit https://w4728.myubam.com or contact me at email@example.com.
I am so excited to begin blogging as part of the Cape Cod Moms team! I hope to share some tasty healthy recipes as well as other fun things along my journey. We recently made this delicious homemade chicken soup with our own broth and it was a huge hit not only for our family, but the friends we shared it with as well. Whether we are experiencing cold temperatures or the unusually warm and sporadic El Nino temperatures, this soup is sure to be a tried and true go-to meal when you need some comfort food! Hope you all enjoy!
February School Vacation in Falmouth
Art and Theatre Workshop
with Jacek Zuzanski
for Children ages 8-12
Join Dream Tale Puppets and the creative fun and immerse yourself in a theatrical adventure leading to a final performance based on an original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. The workshop is for those who like to move and express themselves using their bodies and voices, and will include painting, drawing and sculpting. Students will play acting games, and will exercise physical and vocal expression, as well as articulation. We will explore ways actors use imagination and give life to characters, as well as learn how to enjoy supporting each other. Everybody will take home his own puppets, and puppet theater to continue creative adventures with family and friends. No experience necessary. Materials provided.
Dates: Monday-Friday, February 15-19, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Children should plan to bring lunch)
Class and Performance Location: The Fellowship Hall at John Wesley United Methodist Church,
270 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA
Performance: Friday, February 19th at noon.
Fee: $ 150.00
More information: http://www.dreamtalepuppets.org/workshops.html
Questions? Contact Jacek Zuzanski at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
To register, please download the registration form from: http://www.dreamtalepuppets.org/workshops.html#Upcoming_Soon
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