Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
This past weekend my family and I had the pleasure of visiting the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in exchange for an unbiased review. My daughter has been very interested in the Alcott’s since reading Little Women over the summer. The Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
is located in Concord, Massachusetts and tours run daily lasting about 30 minutes. Tours cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and up.
During the Christmas season Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House runs a "A Little Women Christmas at Orchard House" on the weekends. This tour is a living history format. Set in the late 1800’s after the completion of Little Women the tour leads you through the house to meet the Alcott’s. First you meet Louisa who gives you a brief overview of what her life was like then and some insight to what was fact or fiction in Little Women. Louisa then talks about how the Alcott family was always helping those less fortunate and asks the children in the tour to collect a basket full of items; one item from each of the Alcotts they meet. The basket of gifts will then be “given” to a family in need this holiday season. Upstairs you meet Mr. Alcott (Mr. March), May (Amy), and Mrs. Alcott (Marmee). Each person you meet tells you a little bit about what it was like living at the house, references Little Women as well as conferring with the group/kids. There are original pieces of art throughout the house created by May; it is fun to try and find all the owls. When you head back down stairs you meet Margaret (Meg) who with the help of some of the “neighborhood” children puts on a play of a scene in Little Women they also sing Christmas carols that you are encouraged to join in and sing. The tour ends in the kitchen where the children recieve Little Women paper dolls and bookmarks. You exit out through the gift shop. The gift shop was toys representative of the time of Little Women, books, movies, crafts kits, and clothing with quotes from Louisa May Alcott.
I would definitely recommend "A Little Women Christmas at Orchard House" for children 10 and under. For adults, older children and those who are very interested in the history and/or are very familiar with Little Women and Alcott’s writing the regular tour would probably be more informative.
Have you ever been to "A Little Women Christmas at Orchard House" or is there another historical holiday event you enjoy?
Molly, her husband, and their 1, 6 and 8 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Cape Kids Cast News Broadcast December 21, 2018 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! Enjoy the Blooper Reels!
This week's Cape Kids Cast wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. We are taking a break for a few weeks to enjoy some family time but we will return on January 11, 2019. In the meantime we will be sharing some bloopers over the next few weeks so enjoy!
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Quick's Hole Tavern Teams Up With Cape Cod Moms to Offer a Babysitter Reimbursement Giveaway
We know how hard it is these days to try to make time for YOU and get out to enjoy a good meal and have a date night or a night out with friends. One of the hurdles parents in this community face is trying to go out for a meal and then also having to pay for a babysitter! This makes it hard for parents to have quality time with one another or just themselves. It is crucial that parents take time for themselves so they can then be their best with the children. It is great for your mental health and studies show parents who do some time for themselves are healthier and their families in turn healthier!
We have teamed up with the Quick's Hole Tavern team down in Woods Hole for an awesome giveaway! Every month beginning in January we will select 3 winners to receive credit towards their sitter! All you have to do to enter is signup for our newsletters below!
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An Easy Holiday DIY with 5 Dollar Tree Items
If I am going to tackle a DIY project, I need it to be simple and inexpensive. I recently wanted to make a holiday decoration, and a quick stop at the Dollar Tree made my simple, frugal DIY possible!
At the Dollar Tree I bought: a reindeer ornament, a picture display, thin ribbon, a package of bows, and a bag of pom poms. The only other item I needed was a glue gun which I already had on hand.
Then I glued the reindeer, and bow making sure to cover the writing at the bottom. I ended by attaching some of the ribbon and pom poms to cover the rip that came when removing the clip. It was as simple as that!
The Dollar Tree has a wide variety of ornaments, bows, ribbons, flowers, and more. It just takes a little time and creativity to make a festive holiday DIY.
Holiday decor doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, so consider a quick stop at your local Dollar Tree and see what creative DIY you can make this December!
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.
Check out this week's Cape Kids Cast brought to you exclusively from Cape Cod Moms. This week they share gift ideas for parents as well as highlight some upcoming events.
Stay tuned in December an interview with the jolliest elf around: Santa Claus and then we will be on break for a few weeks but we will share weekly blooper reels!!
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Cape Cod Moms and Bridgeview Montessori School Partner to Present the 2nd Annual Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair
Cape Cod Moms and Bridgeview Montessori School partner to present the 2nd Annual Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair
Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair January 26, 2019 at Cape Cod Community College Cafeteria, Barnstable, MA.
December 6, 2018, Cape Cod - Cape Cod Moms, the region’s premiere online resource for parents, announces the 2nd Annual Cape Cod Parents Resource Fair to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Cape Cod Community College in the cafeteria. Parking will be in lot 9. All parents, caregivers and children will enjoy this educational and fun resource fair sponsored by Bridgeview Montessori School. Attendees can connect with local family-friendly nonprofit organizations, resource providers and businesses that are dedicated to helping families in our community grow and prosper. The event will feature informative, parent-focused sessions for adults led by area professionals along with fun. The event will also feature engaging entertainment for the whole family including music, art, martial arts, a princess party, Wampanoag Jewelry demonstration, parent/child fitness class, and even a puppet workshop!
Admission to the Parent Resource Fair is only $2 for adults, and children are FREE. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at CapeCodMoms.com or obtained from participating vendors. All ticket holders will be entered to win a Cape Cod Moms swag bag and will be given chances to win the many other prizes provided by local businesses. Special thanks to the additional top sponsors: Cape Cod Health Care, Seaside Pediatrics, Family Birthplace, Cape Cod Young Professionals, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, Grand Prix Driving School, United Way, Rising Tide Whole Life Wellness, Camp Wingate * Kirkland & Pixie Vacations.
For a full list of participating sponsors and vendors, plus a complete schedule of events, visit capecodmoms.com/parent-expo.html
Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair details
Who: Presented by Cape Cod Moms and The Children’s Workshop for parents, children and caregivers
What: Connect with local nonprofits, family-friendly organizations, educators, and health care providers, plus enjoy informative sessions, entertaining programs and prize giveaways.
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Cape Cod Community College, Cafe. Park in lot 9. 2240 Iyannough Rd, West Barnstable, MA
Cost: Adult Admission is $2 per person; Kids are FREE. Purchase your ticket here and we will mail it to you!
About Cape Cod Moms
Cape Cod Moms was founded in 2010 as a free resource, a place to network and collaborate for moms and parents on Cape Cod. Our blog is designed to help Cape Cod Moms connect with other moms, parents, and caregivers to empower the community with knowledge and support. Today much of our culture focuses on celebrity perfection, which fosters a desire in women and caregivers to do everything right. This is an impossible achievement for anyone and leaves women feeling overworked as the try to strive for a standard only achieved in the media. Cape Cod Moms is a supportive safe-haven for moms to know they aren't alone in the obstacles they face every day; other moms and caregivers struggle to get it all done too!
My Favorite Gingerbread Recipe
This gingerbread recipe has been modified from a Joy of Cooking recipe. It is my favorite because it is vegan and doesn’t require any refrigeration!
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