Finding a location to host a birthday party on Cape Cod can be tough. We have had many requests for us to compile a listing of locations on Cape Cod that we recommend for hosting a party. Many of our moms have had personal experience with hosting parties at many of these locations. We have listed the locations in alphabetical order and broken down by Upper, Mid, & Lower Cape Cod as well as businesses that you can hire to come to you.
If you have any other suggestions or places we may have missed, please comment on the blog post or email us!
We were recently sent a 3DLightFX of our choice in exchange for an honest review and it did not disappoint.
The Tiny One is obsessed with Star Wars and of course had to have the Millennium Falcon one set up in his room so that he could fall asleep imagining riding shotgun in it with Han Solo and Chewbacca each night! These 3DLightFX's make a perfect nightlight for the kids and there are so many to choose from. The install was quite easy with the exception of the sticker part. We wish the sticker was a one piece solid sticker as opposed to multiple pieces. The rest of the install went very easily and the Tiny One was just over the moon once we turned off the lights and turned it on. These 3DLightFX's make a perfect gift for birthday or for Christmas which is soon to arrive. Order yours today and choose from a variety of options which your child is sure to love!
Fall Harvest Pick Your Own Apples & Pumpkins!
Fall is my favorite time of year and it starts this week! As the temperature cools off and the leaves begin to drop, I get excited about picking apples, pumpkins and other fall harvests. I start planning all my fun meals that I can incorporate all the delicious foods in. I get my camera ready to take lots of fun family photos for when we go exploring the fields together, picking just the perfect pumpkin or the shiniest apple. I also love the opportunity to engage in some fun, simple, low cost family activities that will leave lasting memories with my children.
Below we have compiled a list of apple and/or pumpkin picking farms which have been recommended to us by other Cape Cod Moms as well as a few places where you can just enjoy some fall fun. Some are on Cape Cod, some are close and some require some driving. Do you have any other spots that you recommend that we may have missed? Let us know by leaving a comment and we will be sure to add it to the list for other families to enjoy!
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St S, Natick, MA
Open daily from 10am-5pm
Train rides, farm animals, children’s caterpillar rides, moon bounce, farm maze, and more! Saturdays and Sundays also include live children’s entertainment, hayrides, children’s face painting, and BBQ snack bar. Admission Mon-Fri: $9/person, children under 2 are free. Admission Sat, Sun, Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday: Adults-$15, Children under 12-$13, Children under 2 are free. Check their website to see what apple varieties are ready to pick.
Carver Hill Orchard
101 Brookside Avenue, Stow, MA
Open most days 10am-5pm. Check Facebook page for updated hours before visiting.
277 Hatchville Rd. East Falmouth, MA
Open Sun-Sat 9-5pm
Pick your own pumpkins and other delicious vegetables as well as wild flowers. Enjoy the new updated children's area and the animals. No apple orchards.
C.N. Smith Farm
325 South St, East Bridgewater, MA
PYO apples starting Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, 9am-4pm, weather permitting. Mon, Tues – ORCHARD CLOSED, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10am-4pm, Sat, Sun: 9am-4pm. Orchard is open Monday of Labor Day and Columbus Day Weekends. Cider donuts available on the weekends through November 22-23. Visit the farm animals while you’re there!
30 Valley Rd, Danvers, MA
Open daily from 8am-6pm
7 acre Corn Maze, Apple Picking, Barnyard Animals, Barnyard Twister, Black Mamba, Campfires, Corn box, Corn Hole, Corn Tunnel, Cornball, Cow milking, Cow Train, Corn cannon, Sling shots, Pumpkin blaster, Duck Races, Face Painting, Gemstone Mining, Giant Rocking Chair, Giant Tires, Grain Train, Hay jump and slides, Hay Mini maze, Hayrides, Horse Swings, Jumping Pillows, Lincoln logs, Live entertainment (scheduled shows), Mechanical bull, Mini Tractors, Pedal Carts, Pig Races (scheduled show), Pipe Slide, Hop Along Rodeo, Pumpkin bowling, Pumpkin checkers, Pumpkin Chucker (scheduled shows), Pumpkin Picking, Pumpkin Tetherball, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe, Rat Rollers, Ring the Bell, Sand Box, Steer Roping, Spider Web and Trikes & more. Some attractions available on weekends only. Call ahead for picking conditions.
192 MA-6A, Sandwich, MA 02563
Starting on Sunday Sep. 25 from 11 to 4pm. There will be Mac's Cortlands and Macouns available. The price will be the same as last year 23 dollars for a peck and 45 dollars for a half bushel. This year they will also have pumpkins to pick. The tractors will be ready behind the stand.
Honey Pot Orchards
138 Sudbury Rd, Stow, MA
Open daily for pick-your-own daily from 9:30am-5pm
Visit the farm animals, try three different hedge mazes, and go on a hayride (weekends only from 10:30am-4pm)
95 Farwell Rd, Tyngsboro, MA
Feed and pet the animals at Annie’s Animal Barns, Play in the (free) Hay Play Area, and drive on Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course.
143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA
Pick-your-own hours 9am-5pm
Visit the Barnyard Animals. Wine tastings every Friday-Sunday from 12-6pm.
934 Main St. Acushnet, MA 02743
No apple or pumpkin picking but they do give a free sugar pumpkin with admission. 2016 Harvest Festival beginning September 24, 2016 and continuing through October 2016! Horse or Tractor Drawn Hayrides, Mother Goose Storytime, Face Painting and much much more! Keep watching for ticket sales and discounts as they become available and if you have any questions shoot them an email at email@example.com!
315 S Bradford St, North Andover, MA
Apple picking opens on Labor Day weekend. Open Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Weekend PYO Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, weekday PYO Hours: 9am-4pm. Fall Festival Time every weekend in September & October – Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Amusement Area, Farm Animals, Apple Cider Donuts, Candy Apples & more.
Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball Street, Northboro MA
Open Labor Day Weekend (Sunday and Monday) from 10am-5pm. September and October Fall Hours – Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Columbus Day Monday (closed the Tuesdays after). Barnyard, playground, farm kitchen.
Where is your favorite farm to go for apple picking
- Boil a 16 oz box of spaghetti. Adding salt to taste until cooked.
- Then prepare a 12 inch + skillet pan with olive oil or cooking spray with no heat.
- Add 10 eggs.
- Mix in cooked pasta.
- Add salt, pepper, parsley to taste.
- Add grated romano cheese to your liking. We recommend at least 7 ounces. You can also feel free to add other things such as spinach, mushrooms, etc.
- Heat up the skillet to medium heat and watch closely.
- Flip entire pan mixture, once bottom side is cooked, like a pancake.
- Cook the other side over medium heat until cooked equally.
- Remove from heat and cut into pie pieces.
- Serve with marinara to dip.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1-2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- Optional-slices of fresh fruit like apples!!!! (you can skip the glaze if you use these-we suggest you dice the apples into tiny slivers)
- For the filling stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Scoop the filling into a quart-sized heavy zip baggie and set it aside. (when ready to use cut a SMALL hole in corner)
- For the cream cheese glaze, heat the butter over low heat in a small sauce pan until melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the pan, stir and add in vanilla extract. Set the pan aside while you make the pancakes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter has combined. Preheat your pan or griddle over medium heat. Pour about ⅓ cup of the batter to pan and spread it to make a nice circle. Reduce the heat to medium low. Snip the corner of your bag of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your pancake begins to form bubbles, swirl in the filling.
- Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it's golden brown on the bottom. Flip the pancake over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well.
- Flip the pancake onto a plate so the cinnamon swirl is up. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Drizzle the pancakes with the cream cheese icing.
I can remember as a little girl going out to dinner with my grandfather at Friendly's in Falmouth. It was always such a treat. Back then they had an additional sherbet cooler on their menu which has been sadly absent for over a decade. That delicious, refreshing cooler was the: Lime Sherbet Cooler! This was by far, hands down, the best sherbet cooler ever created! This week we decided to recreate the past for the Tiny One and boy did he love it! We highly suggest this refreshing summer treat!
How to Make the Lime Sherbet Cooler Recipe
In a Ninja or Blender, combine a few scoops of lime sherbet and your choice of liquid. Traditionally you are supposed to use sprite, but you can use flavored carbonated water or even unflavored! Pour into a glass and enjoy!
What was your favorite refreshing treat as a kid? Do you have a favorite summer time treat now?
PBS Kids co-host & renowned children's musician SteveSongs will bring his signature brand of seriously good (and seriously fun) music to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts: Theater for Children at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis for 2 shows on Thursday Aug. 13 at 9:30a and 11:30a.
SteveSongs will debut his latest song, "Taking Care of My Body" about eating right, taking care of your body and reading.
SteveSongs blends smart lyrics, catchy melodies & thoughtful messages into fun participatory songs that kids & adults love. Anyone who’s attended a SteveSongs concert appreciates and raves Steve’s ability to connect with his audience – from the exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along.
WHAT: SteveSongs Concert @ the Cape Cod Center for the Arts:
Theater for Children at the Cape Playhouse
WHERE: 820 Rt 6A, Dennis Village, MA
WHEN: Thursday August 13 at 9:30a and 11:30a
ADMISSION: Tickets are $12
9:30a show: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10004350/
11:30a show: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10004351
For more information about SteveSongs or to request a review copy of Orangutan Van, please contact Michele Fox at 781.248.9455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Steve’s website at www.stevesongs.com
Cape Cod Moms Interview Steve from Steve Songs!
Spending time with my family. Other hobbies: I love playing sports, and helping my kids with their hobbies.
What has been your favorite song you have written?
I can’t have a favorite song – otherwise all of my other songs would get jealous and it wouldn’t be good for their self confidence. I do get excited about playing some new songs. We have a new song called “Taking Care of My Body” that we’ll be singing at Cape Cod Playhouse and I really enjoy singing that one.
What inspires you?
I loved Schoolhouse Rock” songs when I was a kid. And I really enjoyed watching a band called The Monkeys on TV. When I got a little older, James Taylor became my favorite.
When did you start singing? Did you take musical instrument classes when you were a kid?
When I was in 3rd grade I started singing in a school chorus, (though I have some tape recordings of my mother and I singing nursery rhymes together when I was 2) but when I was in 7th grade I got my first solo. I was so nervous that I almost threw up, but as uncomfortable as that was, something about the experience of singing a song by myself for people who wanted to listen was exciting enough to keep me doing it.
I wish I had taken musical instrument classes when I was a kid. When I was in 5th grade I had to choose between learning to play saxophone or playing travel soccer and I chose soccer. I still hope to one day take saxophone lessons. Maybe when our kids go to college :) My son started taking drum lessons this year at the age of 6 and he really likes it and has great rhythm. I go into some of his classes and play around on the drums too.
How do you incorporate music into your own family life?/What do your kids think of their father?
For our most recent album, both my son (who was 4) and my daughter (who was 2) have cameo appearances. Joshua raps on the song “Flat Stanley” and Nadia says "Bubbles" At the end of the bubbles song. One time when my son was 4, we were playing checkers and he started to sing one of my songs that I didn’t think he had ever heard before. I said “where did you hear that?” He answered, “you sang it on tv this morning.” That was funny.
If you could change one thing in today's education system, what would it be and why?
I believe it is important to use music in the classroom. It is fun --not just for the kids but for the teachers as well – it is unique way to gather the energy and enthusiasm of a group of children and focus it toward a common purpose with endless possibilities for interaction, learning, movement, expression and laughter. Personally, I think sharing and teaching concepts through music is one of the most effective ways to engage, connect and help kids learn and remember. There is a wealth of beautiful, funny, imaginative songs with myriad topics to easily accompany any curriculum. Some are hundreds of years old and some were just written yesterday.
Music helps kids learn. We humans have a very interesting connection with music; rhythm and melody. Different individuals have different musical tastes and sensibilities, but music in general invites us in and opens up our minds to new patterns, new ways of looking at things. Some songs have an almost magical ability to change or enhance the way we are feeling – happy, excited, etc. Beyond that, there is something about combining words with melody that is a pleasing thing to our ears. And in my experience greatly helps kids and adults remember what they have heard.
Since you have now toured on Cape Cod more than once, what has been your experience? Any places you really liked?
I love coming to Cape Cod. These Cape shows are among my favorite of the year and I love the Cape Playhouse - its a great venue. For me, the best part is seeing friends old and new. We’re so fortunate that there are families who have been at our shows year after year. Some families tell me that our show is a tradition they look forward to - which is so flattering.
As a bonus, ShopLocal members who enter this giveaway will earn an extra entry giving you double the chance to win!!
RULES: Giveaway terms and conditions:
This giveaway is sponsored by SteveSongs and hosted by Mommies LLC. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are of legal age at time of entry. This giveaway is accepting entries 8/6/15 through 8/9/15 at 11:59pm EST. ALL entries will be verified. Entrants will be disqualified if an entry is found to be invalid. If one of your entries are invalidated then all will be invalidated. If you claim an entry you MUST complete it or ALL entries will be removed. Winner will be chosen via Random.org. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited to the next winner. A maximum of 3 alternate winners will be selected. SteveSongs is responsible for delivery of prize tickets to winners.
Cape Cod Moms is part of a great blogging network called Bodacious Bloggers and they are having a summer blog hop! May’s prompt was to take us on a tour of where you live – check that out here! We decided to hop on the train for June. This month’s prompt is to recap highlights from the last decade of your life. To read the other blog's click here!
The past decade has been full of many life experiences. Some of these times have been very rewarding and others have been full of lessons. In 2005, I was fairly fresh out of college, working my first real job and eager to take on the world. At the time there were so many possibilities and few responsibilities. A decade later, a young girl has become a young woman. Today my life is still just as full of possibilities and definitely full of more responsibilities including a child. Here are some of the things I have learned over the past ten years.
Thank you for taking this retrospective journey with me. When the blog hop post for this month is published, I’ll share the link so you can visit the other bloggers.
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The Tiny One is currently obsessed with all things Lego, so we were thrilled when we were offered an opportunity to attend the Brickfest Live event in Marlborough this year. Although the drive was long, it was totally worth every second to be able to see the excitement on the Tiny One’s face at all the Legos.
After adding our engineering marvels, we noticed a pretty awesome race track and headed straight for it. Participants were given five minutes to create a fast car using a pre-constructed base. The Tiny One got busy creating a speedy car. After the time was up we went into the track area. There were three tracks set up with six cars each. The Tiny One had cleverly realized that he needed to place all the weight on the back of the race car for it to keep the speed during the straightaway sprint to the finish. He was overjoyed when he won first place!
Cape Cod Moms TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT
◦ This event has some things for younger Lego fans (3 and under) but preschoolers, as well as kiddos in middle school and above would have the most fun (we adults had a blast!)
◦ They do have one food station but it is limited. We suggest packing snacks and drinks and then planning to eat on the way home.
◦ Use your imagination and have fun!
Below are some of our favorite Cape Cod Berry Picking Spots! Please check them out and comment below if you know of any others! What will you be making with your FRESH berries this year?
Tony Andrews Farm
398 Old Meeting House Rd
Offers Pick Your Own Strawberries. 7 Days 10-6pm June 10-Oct 31
The Blueberry Bog
92 Spring Hill Rd
Pick Your Own Blueberries from late July to August
Hokum Rock Farm
1213 Route 134
Pick Your Own Blueberries Open July & August
277 Hatchville Rd
Pick Your Own Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries along with other veggies. Farm membership required for pick your own.
We had a great group in attendance with new faces as well as a few repeats from our prior night out on the Lower Cape. It was so great to see everyone and get a chance to unwind while enjoying some food and drinks.
If you know of any local businesses or owners who would like to become involved with us, let us know and we will reach out to them!
Our next Upper Cape Event will be on Saturday, March 25, 2015 at 1:30pm with Michelle Kelly at InnerGlow Yoga in Mashpee. Registration has already begun for our ShopLocal Members! Our next Lower Cape event will be at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans with more information to come soon!
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