Dr. Seuss Museum
This past Sunday my family and I had the opportunity to head out to Springfield, MA for a complimentary visit in return for an unbiased review of the museum. The Dr. Seuss Museum is part of the Springfield Museums which are open Tuesday–Saturday: 10–5 Sunday: 11–5 Monday: Closed and are located at 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA 01103. There is a small free parking lot by the entrance to the visitors center. Admission is as follows Adults: $25, Seniors (60+): $16.50, Youth 3–17: $13, Children Under 3: Free and Students: $16.50 which gets you into all the Springfield Museums.
We arrived at the museum at 10:30 so the kids could play in the sculpture garden before the museums opened. They had a great time running around the Horton Court sculpture and looking at the Grinch and Lorax sculptures. At 11am we entered the Dr. Suess Museum where we spent 90 minutes. We started in the Fairfield Street room (where Seuss grew up) where the kids liked ringing the bell to hear the zoo animals and checking out the Howard Street Armory. In Young Ted in Springfield you can play in a bakery like Ted did in his grandparent's bakery as a child. You can also create your own virtual fish, and build your own zoo out of Duplos. In Readingville you can build a turtle tower, play ABC games of a computer, do Green Eggs and Ham word play, and make your own story with story blocks. On really neat feature that can be found in the Oh the Places You Will Go is you can write down a goal, desire or what you want to be when you grow up and place it in the Things You Can Wish wishing boxes. The last room on the first floor is the pet shop where you can watch old animated Dr. Seuss stories and play with lots of stuffed animals in the pet bed, cat climbing structure, animal carriers and put hats of them.
In the basement you can enjoy reading all different Dr. Seuss books, do crafts, and play games. The basement is setup much the way a preschool classroom might be with an easel that has a sign that tells what the three activities are that day. On Sunday the actives were an apple craft, Fall tangram puzzles, and apple matching game. My seven year old's favorite part was the apple craft and she would have spent lots of time making lots of different apples if we had stayed at the craft room for an hour.
The second floor is less interesting for young children as it is mostly history and artifacts from/about Ted Geisel’s life plus information about the making of the sculpture garden. I didn’t really get an opportunity to look at because the kids were done with being in the museum and wanted lunch. But my husband said there were lots of interesting information and artifacts to look at.
You could definitely make a day at the museums. I would recommend going to the Luxe Burger Bar that is 6/10s of a mile from the museum and has something for everyone from vegan to carnivore.
Have you been to the Springfield Museums? What was your favorite exhibit?
Hey there friends! What better way to spend a Friday night than helping other families in need while having FUN! Come bowl with Montessori Academy of Cape Cod FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 5-7 for families of Sabana Hoyos Puerto Rico. We want ya on our team! $25 or teams of 4-6 people. Who's in?
Caling all community members! Lets get together to show our support for Puerto Rican families of Sabana Hoyos, Arecibo County who have been affected by the devestation from Hurricane Maria. THIS IS AN ALL INCLUSIVE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!
$25 for a team of 4-6 for an hour of bowling! 5-6 pm or 6-7 pm slots. Vouchers are available for purchase and will go fast! Please contact Alvie Valentin or Alvielis1991@gmail.com or 774-362-2250
Click here for the Facebook Event Page
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF CAPE COD, North Falmouth MA
Please consider having all your team members bring a donation:
Non- Perishable Food
Personal Care Items
First Aide Items
Kind Friendly Activities
Donations will be accepted upon arrival or can be picked up. Contact Amy Wyman of Tones in Motion Music and Movement Therapy for pick up 774-302-0427
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 5-7 pm! LETS BOWL!
‘Twas The Night Before King Richard’s Faire But What Could We Possibly Wear?!
Our family began going to King Richard’s Faire when my daughter’s were 5 and 3. Now that they are 9 and 7, going to the Faire has become a Fall tradition. As soon as school starts the girls begin asking when we’re going to the Faire? It’s never soon enough for them. They love how it feels as though you have truly traveled in time when you enter through the Carvershire gates. There is an assortment of sights and smells that bring them so much joy and excitement. We had this year’s visit last weekend, and it did not disappoint! This is the last weekend of King Richard’s Faire in Carver and you should go!! It’s so much fun and there is nothing else like it happening near here the rest of the year, so if you can go, do it!
I urge you to dress up when you go to King Richard’s Faire. It may feel silly and you (or your kids) may worry they will be the only ones dressed up, but when you arrive it will enhance your family’s feeling of inclusion within this special time and place. Truly the ones that stand out as different are the attendees that have not dressed up. How often do we have opportunities to go all out and be someone (or something) different then our every day selves? We love costumes and it doesn’t take much to convince us to dress up. It doesn’t have to be a big effort either, maybe a cape you have laying around from a Halloween past, maybe a left over pair of fairy wings. Maybe you have a lovely dress that makes you feel like a princess, perfect! Go full steam ahead and pile on your jewelry. Add some hair pins to each end of a necklace, pin each end on opposite sides of your head and let it drape down your forehead – instant crown!
The last month has been a struggle in our family. Sometimes things can be hard, challenges more intense, and harder to overcome. That’s how it’s been for us recently which means even though we’d been looking forward to the Faire, somehow getting our costumes together slipped through the cracks. Suddenly it was the night before and I realized I never got my act together to create the vision the girls had described (in detail) to me weeks before. All I can say is, thank God for Pinterest! I was able to find a way to make fairy wings with things I had at home, I used one flat bed sheet cut with a hole in it for a tunic for my husband which he belted and use one more bed sheet to make a cloak for a friend that was attending with us (it’s made exactly the same way as the gray one in the picture of my hubby below that I made last year)
Here is the link where I found the amazing fairy wing directions from Griffin Street Productions on Instructables.com:
She uses some other materials in her instructions but I cut it down to what I had on hand:
I made the easiest cape ever which was super fast to whip up and all I needed was:
Rain from liveabout.com made a fantastic tutorial that you can find here:
After a night (and a few early morning hours) of work, we had costumes! We were ready to go to the Faire!
If that all seems like too much, you’re in luck because you can still have a costume to wear at the Faire thanks to the lovely artisans at Seams Like A Dream where you can rent costumes for as little as $10 –up to $65. More info here:
Each year I wonder if the Faire will be able to top our previous year’s visit but it always does!
I think the fact that the girls are getting older creates a different experience for them every year because they’re seeing things from a different perspective as their knowledge grows and interests develop. I love how they’re starting to make connections there with things they are reading in books or learning about in history or hearing in music classes. It’s a wonderful way to bring learning to life!
Our favorite knight, Sir Geoffrey, was not there this year. But a new (younger and quite handsome!) knight, Sir Daniel, was competing in his place. He complimented the dress of one of the young ladies in our group and seeing this 12 year old, composed sweet girl blush with happiness was one of the highlights of the day for me! It’s always a thrill to see the joust and the horses are so beautiful!
Another highlight this year was the Big Cat show, this is always a favorite of my girls but this year the show has really improved. The Mistress of Ceremonies was dressed appropriately for the Faire and not at all in a revealing outfit as in some of the year’s past and was very knowledgeable, relatable, and engaging. The cats were amazing and so fun to see at such a close proximity!
The girls are always allowed to pick one souvenir and for the 3rd year in a row they picked a dragon from My Dragon Pets who have created wonderful dragons that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Check them out here: http://www.mydragonpets.com/
Some people worry that the Faire is not appropriate for kids, but as a cautious mom with very sensitive children, let me reassure you that it is very family-friendly! I hope that you take advantage of this last weekend of King Richard’s Faire for this year and go make some great memories in Carvershire!
Cape Cod Moms Adviser Receives a Massachusetts Employer Award for Supporting Mothers in the Workforce
Cape Cod Moms Adviser, Gary DellaPosta, CPA was recently awarded a 2017 Breastfeeding – Friendly Employer Award from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. This award is given to employers who are supportive to breastfeeding mothers and their children. This is the second time our office has received this award. All award recipients were showcased at the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition annual conference on September 25, 2017 at the Massachusetts Medical Society. The criteria that they look for with employers are:
• A private space for employees to pump/express breast milk or nurse their babies.
• Flexibility for employees to bring young babies to work with them.
• Regular break times or a more flexible work schedule to facilitate pumping/nursing.
• Access to an electric breast pump.
• A refrigerator for storage of expressed breast milk, and sink area for cleaning equipment.
• Services of a lactation consultant.
• Information on workplace breastfeeding support services to all employees.
Congratulations to Gary DellaPosta, CPA on this award and for helping to support working women.
WALDORF SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH CALMER CHOICE IN A NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Starting October 26th, a Calmer Choice after school program will be offered at the Waldorf School in Cotuit. The program is open to all students in grades 2-6 on Cape Cod, teaching children how to effectively and safely manage stress and resolve conflicts so that they live happy, healthy and successful lives. The Waldorf School and Calmer Choice share the same goal in teaching students useful skills for mindful living. This course is designed to be a fun opportunity for children to learn skills to cope with the ongoing challenges of their day to day life along with their friends and classmates. Eighty six percent of children who have participated in Calmer Choice say they learned useful tools that help them in school, at home and in life. The program will be on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm and will run for 7 weeks from October 26th until December 14th. All children are welcome to participate, scholarships may be available. Parents and caregivers may register children for this program by visiting the Waldorf School’s website at www.waldorfcapecod.org/after-school
Cape Cod Moms Social BMAX Fitness Fun with Andy Berler, Trainer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders
Cape Cod Moms
Social Fitness Fun
What: BMAX Fitness Fun Featuring Andy Berler, trainer for the New England Patriot Cheerleaders!
When: Monday, October 30, 2017
Where: Infinity Fitness, 747 MA-28, East Falmouth, MA 02536
RSVP HERE on our Event page so we can send an email reminder!
Join us for a complimentary, fun night out and find out how to fit in a well designed and organized workout into your busy mom lifestyle-BMAX style!
Workout & listen to Andy Berler, Personal Trainer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders & Founder of BMAX! This event will start with a quick introduction with Andy followed by a 29 minute workout. We will then sample some fine wine while Andy chat with us about how to fit this amazing workout into our everyday routine.
Its challenging enough to find time to run out just for coffee, never mind running out to grab a quick session at the gym. But what if you were able to accomplish your workout at home with guaranteed results?
BMAX (Berler Maximum Activation Xtreme) is a complete less than 29-minute full body fitness program that delivers the five critical health components of physical fitness in EVERY workout: CARDIO HEALTH, FLEXIBILITY, MUSCULAR STRENGTH, MUSCULAR ENDURANCE, AND BODY COMPOSITION!
Every BMAX workout starts with a three-minute dynamic warm up and is followed by the body of 18 exercises. You will perform each exercise for 40 seconds, followed by a recovery period of 30 seconds between each exercise. These 18 exercises are designed and organized to target the six primary muscle groups: chest, triceps, back, biceps, shoulders, and legs while activating every supporting muscle fiber throughout your body.
BMAX was created to bring a complete full-body fitness program to both the home and gym. BMAX requires no machines, delivers quick workouts, and provides amazing variety! And due to Andy’s training principle, MAXIMUM ACTIVATION, you only need to use the program every other day to get on the road towards THE BEST SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE.
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Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! An Event of Shared Community and Cooperation
Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
An Event of Shared Community and Cooperation
On Saturday October 21st, the Woods Hole Child Center will be hosting its 31st annual clothing sale at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Hall on the Falmouth Village Green. The selection of clothing is enormous and includes outerwear, women’s and men’s casuals and professional attire, children’s clothing, shoes, some children’s equipment, and Halloween costumes.
Doors open at 9am. Clothing is priced very reasonably, most items priced between $1-$5. The sale ends with a “$5-a-bag” blitz from 2-3pm. This is a very popular part of the event and many who shop earlier in the day return for this bargain bonanza. Proceeds from the clothing sale will help cover the Center’s operational expenses.
The Woods Hole Child Center Clothing Sale has been a staple in the lives of many Falmouth and greater Cape Cod residents. Many hands pitch in to make light work of this event and clothing donations are always welcome. The Child Center accepts gently used clothing and equipment, and they are happy to sell items on consignment with a 50/50 split. Interested donors are encouraged to visit the website and click on the tab labeled “clothing sale” or contact the Child Center at 508-548-1773 for more information. Clothing drop off is scheduled for Friday, October 20th from 9am-12pm, at St. Barnabas Hall.
The quality of clothing should be mentioned too. Year after year, shoppers are astounded at the bargains that are available. In a time of increasing awareness of our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, recycling clothing in this manner makes this truly a “green” event!
In order to further benefit the community, the WHCC would like to work with other local charitable entities by offering them the opportunity to come pick up the clothing at the end of the sale. This must be pre-arranged through the Child Center.
WALDORF SCHOOL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL & OPEN HOUSE
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, located at 140 Old Oyster Rd in Cotuit, will hold their first annual Pumpkin Festival and Open House on Sunday October 29th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. All are welcome to attend.
The open house will feature pumpkins for sale, a pumpkin carving activity room, a seasonal craft, henna tattoos, and interactive demonstrations for children of all ages. There will be pies for sale from local bakeries and pumpkin soup will be available for lunch.
Faculty members and staff will be available to give school tours and classrooms will be open for viewing to learn more about the Waldorf teaching method and why it is beneficial to children on Cape Cod.
The first Waldorf School was founded in Germany in 1919, and Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent, non-sectarian school movement in the world with almost 1,200 schools in more than 50 countries.
The Waldorf School of Cape Cod is celebrating its 33rd year on Cape Cod. The school is located on a beautiful 13.5 acre property surrounded by woods. Further information about the school and this event is available by calling the school at 508-420-1005 or by visiting the school’s comprehensive web site at www.waldorfschoolofcapecod.org.
Ever since I discover the amazing vegan donuts at Cafe Gratitude in California I have had an eye out for them in Massachusetts. It resonantly came to my attention that Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge has vegan donuts but only on the weekends and there is only a very limited number of the two different flavors that change weekly. The donuts are available starting at 9AM when they open to dine-in guest, takeout or special order via email until they sell out. You can see what the flavors are via their social media.
Lucky for me they had donuts on Columbus Day and due to my husbands travelling we were in Cambridge Monday morning. The kids and I arrived a little before 9AM and were the first in line for donuts. On Saturday morning the apple cider donuts sold out in seven minutes! We ordered two apple cider donuts and two pumpkin donuts to go. I tried the pumpkin donut first it was a raised donut with pumpkin frosting and I found it very disappointing it was chewy and bland with an off pumpkin taste. The apple cider donut was better but too dense and not worth $3; it was a cake donut with cinnamon sugar on the outside. My kids said they were not very good donuts and the apple cider one was better than the pumpkin. The donuts at Cafe Gratitude were very delicious and definitely worth the cost and calorie consumption but the Veggie Galaxy donuts were very disappointing and I would not recommend them. If you do find yourself and Veggie Galaxy I do recommend the Taza Brownie Sundae and I want to try the Buckeye Brownie.
Do you have a favorite donut place (I do love Hole In One’s sour cream donut)? Or a great place to get vegan goodies?
Cape Kids' Treasures Children's Consignment Sale Fall Event:
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 2017
Saturday, 8am - 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 2pm
Half-price Sale (select items), Saturday from 3-6 pm and Sunday from 10am -2pm
SAME 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 30,000 items will be available! You will find:
*New and gently used baby & kid's clothing (sizes newborn-children's 16 and teen sizes), including holiday outfits
*Shoes and accessories
*Toys, games, puzzles, books, etc.
*Baby gear- strollers, pack-n-plays, bouncy seats, exersaucers and more!
*Nursery decor, furniture and so much more!
We accept CREDIT CARDS in addition to cash!!
For more information and to sign up for our mailing list, please visit our website at http://www.capekidstreasures.com/.
Visit our Facebook Event page and let us know you're coming to shop! Invite your friends too!
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