The Last Day
To Our Kindergarten Teacher: Ms. Kimball.
It seems like yesterday we walked into her classroom. I remember that day very clearly, my first born, a child who had some issues with preschool and at the tender age of 5, did not love school or want to go. We were a bundle of nerves and anxiety. She took us calmly and compassionately by the hand and guided us through the transitions, helping a little boy to love school again, guiding him through his obstacles and successes. Now here we are, the last day of school, after a sprint to the finish culminating a year of challenges, joys and most of all growth.
It is bittersweet, our last day today. We have had such an amazing year but we are sad that our time with our teacher has come to an end. For us personally it is very hard. My little guy struggles with transitions and it takes a special kind of teacher to know how to handle that. With the end of year transition it has been especially difficult and to end our year of learning from such an incredible teacher who has had such an impact on our lives is even harder. Last week, each day he came off the bus a little sadder than the last, his head hung as he walked toward me. My heart broke each afternoon watching him struggle through the transition of the year ending and the next phase beginning.
When I look at her, our special teacher, I see someone brimming with talent: Passion, Understanding, Creativeness, Compassion, Strong Work Ethic and most of all Belief. Belief in our children and the possibilities of what they can do.
She could have used her talents to work in any career she wanted but she chose teaching and everything that goes with it including raising other people’s kids to be the leaders of tomorrow. She chose to push through on days when she was sick, overwhelmed, or tired because these little kids needed her. She chose to give her kids -- my kid — second, third, fourth and fortieth chances, and to always believe they could be better tomorrow. She chose to LOVE our children, to invest and put her heart on the line. She laughed at their jokes and anticipated, even came to enjoy, all their crazy quirks including the infamous spring worms. It couldn’t have been easy, taking a group of first time students and turning them into a community, helping to create relationships between the kids that would be a foundation for a lifetime. The world will be better because of her impact in the classroom, the life lessons she has taught and because she cared and loved our children. She is someone who will forever be part of our story and her influence will live on for the rest of my son’s life. Her teaching has shaped my child’s upbringing, character, and helped them on his way to becoming the person he will someday be.
So thank you, Ms. Kimball, for everything you have done for us and given to us. You are a very special teacher who will not be -forgotten. We love you.
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 2016 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.
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 and we are happy to add it!
Date: July 1, 2017 (rain date July 8th)
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
Local 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!
Date: June 30, 2017 rain date July 1
Place: Mashpee High School
Local Tip: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and lots more. Annual Mashpee Community Picnic & Fireworks will be held on Friday, June 30th at Mashpee High School beginning at 5PM. Rain date for the event will be Saturday, July 1st. Fun for all ages! Carnival style games, face painting, dunking tank, pony rides, toy race car tracks game and train rides! Food available for purchase will include: hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage/pepper/onions, BBQ sandwiches, chowder, popcorn, novelty & scooped ice cream, cotton candy, fried dough, cannolis and more!! K-9 Dog Demo by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s, children’s entertainer and DJ Danny Walsh. Fireworks begin around 9:15PM.
Date: July 2, 2017 (rain date July 6th)
Place: Rock Harbor
Local 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.
Date: July 4, 2017
Local Tip: The parade begins at 5pm on July 4th. The Fireworks start at dusk on the harbor. See you there! Please visit http://www.edgartown-ma.us/ for more information about the Parade & Firework show.
Date: July 4, 2017
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach
Local Tip: Do you have a portable radio? Be sure to bring it with you, and tune to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) to hear the music that accompanies the fireworks. Fireworks can also be viewed easily from Surf Drive Beach (food available for purchase), Bristol Beach and Menauhant Beach. Also please consider buying an annual fireworks t-shirt or donating during fundraising via the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce to help support this amazing show!
Date: July 4, 2017 (rain date September 2, 2017)
Place: Lewis Bay
Local 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!)
Date: July 4, 2017
Place: Plymouth Waterfront
Local Tip: Fireworks will begin @ 9:00-9:15PM depending on night sky Plymouth Waterfront! Fireworks can also be viewed from private beaches all along the shore.
Date: July 4, 2017
Place: Provincetown Harbor
Local 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. (Dolphin Fleet: 1-800-826-9300)
Has a lot going on so we listed all events.
· Barnstable/West Barnstable - parade and village activities. West Barnstable - The parade will start at 9 a.m. from the County Complex on Railroad Avenue, proceed down Main Street, turn left onto Mill Way and end at the Village Hollow.
· Hyannisport Beach Club 2K run/parade
· Centerville parade Centerville - The village of Centerville's parade begins at 10 a.m. with a route that goes from the Centerville Elementary School, up Bay Lane, then right onto Bumps River Road, left onto Park Avenue, right onto Main Street, and continuing to the Centerville Recreation Building where it ends.
· Cotuit: parade Cotuit - At 11 a.m. the parade will start from the Post Office and proceed down School Street and up Main Street to the Waldorf School.
· Hyannisport: parade Hyannisport - The village of Hyannisport holds their parade at 11 a.m., after the road race (road race begins at 9 a.m.). The parade begins at Hyannisport Post office and ends at West Beach Club on Dale Avenue.
Hyannis Inner Harbor Boat Parade Hyannis - Boat Parade in Hyannis harbor beginning at 1:15 p.m., The best viewing is along Ocean Street at
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· Hyannis: parade Main Street is the place to be at 4 p.m. for the Hyannis 4th of July street parade
· Town Band entertains on the Village Green, Hyannis
7pm to Dusk
· Free concert with Funktapuss at Aselton Park
9pm (rain date, Saturday, September 2nd)
· Fireworks, shot off from a barge in Lewis Bay
(rain date for fireworks only, Saturday, September 2nd.)
Bourne - Beginning at 10 a.m., along Main Street in Buzzards Bay
Edgartown - The parade begins at 5pm on July 4th. The Fireworks start at dusk on the harbor. See you there! Please visit http://www.edgartown-ma.us/ for more information about the Parade & Firework show.
Chatham - Chatham's parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed down Main Street and continue on Crowell Road to Tip Cart Drive
Falmouth - 10 a.m. Beginning at the Village Green, down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park Children and families dress in creative Uncle Sam costumes. They parade down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park where prizes are awarded. www.falmouthvillageassociation.com
Orleans - Begins at 10 a.m. on Eldredge Park Way, goes along Rt. 6A, Main Street, Rt. 28 and back to Eldredge Park
Plymouth - July 4, 2017 - 9:30 am Begins at Mayflower Business Park 428-430 Court Street Theme: Salute to "Super" Heroes http://july4plymouth.com
Also Plymouth 4th of July 5K info
INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT - Free on the Plymouth WaterfrontThe Esther and Alcide Ruffini Fourth of July Concert Steven Karidoyanes, Conductor Laura Carlo, guest narrator Classical radio host for WGBH and WCRB, reading excerpts from the Declaration of Independence accompanied by the orchestra. The Plymouth High Schools Marching Band join the orchestra for the finale to the ‘1812 Overture.’
Tuesday, July 4, 2017-7:30PM
Pilgrim Memorial State Park | (Plymouth Waterfront) 79 Water Street | Plymouth, MA
For information: plymouthphil.org.
Provincetown - Starting at 11 a.m. at the East End, Harbor Hotel, up Commercial Street to Franklin Street. Theme: Show your Colors, Red, White and Blue!!!
Harbor Hotel all entrants are required to enter the Harbor Hotel parking lot on the snail road side. Proceed Down Commerical St Finish: At Franklin St. around 1pm
Sandwich - At 10 a.m. the parade begins at the Wing School on Water Street, to Old Main Street, right on Beale Avenue, left on Morse Road, and finishing at the fields behind the Wing School
Wellfleet - Parade of antique cars at 9:00 a.m., parade of floats begins at 10 a.m. from the Town Pier to the center of town and back.
Woods Hole - This popular 4th of July parade, organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory, begins at noon and proceeds down Water Street.
Sandwich Boat Parade
When: July 4, 2017, 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.
Cape Cod Moms Local Mother's Day Gift Guide
Mother’s Day is approaching and it can be hard to find that perfect gift to give to mom. A few weeks ago we reached out to our moms and asked what they would love to receive for Mother’s Day. Since we love shopping local in order to support our community, all the gifts are can be purchased from local businesses on Cape Cod. Enjoy our list and if you stop in and purchase something from our list that local moms recommended be sure to tell them where you saw it!
Moms always appreciate a little something new and sparkly and we have just the suggestion. We are obsessed with some of the gorgeous new jewelry from Hannoush Jewelers of Cape Cod. The new custom Cape Cod Moments line designed by owner, Mustapha Akkawi is just stunning and one of the hottest gifts around right now. The line consists of necklaces and bracelets and the charms are interchangeable so you can wear whichever one you choose. There are a few new charms that were just realized including the Family Tree Charm and it is at the top of our list for Mother’s Day gifts.
If you are down in the lower Cape region, some moms also recommended stopping by Stephen Gallant Jewelers for some pieces that are sure to bring a smile to mom’s face.
Moms love photos and we especially love receiving photos from our kids and family. If you are looking to do a simple gift that will make mom happy, then we recommend taking a photo you love and framing it up for your mom!
If you haven’t had recent photos taken then photo sessions would be a great idea for mom. No one loves sharing and enjoying pictures of the family more than mom. When our local moms were asked they said they would love to receive a gift certificate to Fleeting Moments Photography, Danielle Ryder Photography, or Emily Renaud Photography.
Moms are always on the go and we never really get enough time to just sit back and relax. So it was no surprise when our moms stated overwhelmingly that they would love a massage as a gift for Mother’s Day. Their favorite places and people to get massages from include: Mark at Falmouth Massage, Janice at Waves of Therapeutic Touch, Cape Cod Massage, and a Massage, spray tan and red light therapy at You Are My Sunshine Tanning Salon
There were lots of suggestions from the moms with some fun different types of gifts that mom would appreciate. One gift for mothers of new or young children would be a Tula or LilleBaby baby carrier from Mommy & Me Natural Parenting Boutique. Bonus tip: this business is a participating Cape Cod Moms ShopLocal Club business which means you can enjoy a discount when shopping here if you are a member.
A unique suggestion we saw was a sgraffito carved mug from Bass River Pottery. We really love this idea and what a fun way to enjoy that cup of coffee in the morning in her very own special mug.
Some other ideas included something fun and nautical from Sativa or Three Buoys, or even a custom sign from On Cape Time or A Piece Of Sandwich by Kelly Clark Poti
Hair & Beauty
It can be hard to find time for mom to have a nice quiet hair cut, style or an beauty services done. That is why gift certificates to some of the places our moms suggested are sure to make mom smile! HAIR Affinity was recommended for their amazing beauty services and a Facial at Eden Day Spa, in Osterville was also highly recommended!
Fun Things to Do
Lastly, experiences and the gift of your time can be a great gift idea for mom too! Our moms suggested renting out electric bikes in Dennis Village at Pedego Cape Cod, enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch at Pickle Jar Kitchen, The Underground Bakery in Dennis Village or Harvest Gallery Wine Bar.
We hope you found our Mother’s Day Gift Guide helpful. All of the suggestions we listed came directly from what local moms stated they would love to get. We hope you enjoy Mother’s Day and we know no matter what you will find something to make mom smile!
Cape Cod Families Can Save at StoryLand
Anyone who has been following the Cape Cod Moms blog for a while, knows that our moms love traveling up to Story Land each year. We look forward to enjoying some fresh mountain air with tons of fun! Some of our favorite things to do at Story Land include the tea cups and of course the Loopy Lab where you an fire foam balls all over the place (seriously the best room for parents)! Check out Meghan's review from her trip back in 2013.
This year we once again are looking forward to taking our trip and the folks from Story Land have offered our Cape Cod Moms & Parents a little discount on your admission! Be sure to use our link and code so they will continue offering this great deal to us in the future. Enjoy your trip this year and stay tuned for our yearly review and follow all the fun on social media this summer!
Special Discount For Our Readers!
Cape Cod Moms as our very own designated webpage and personalized promo code for you to SAVE when purchasing your tickets! This is an exclusive discount on Story Land Admission.
Book your tickets now and Use this code: CapecodmomSblog17
Story Land Admission Ticket: $3 OFF
Some of the highlights for this upcoming season include:
Roar-O-SaurusThe newest coaster, designed and built for Story Land’s unique natural setting, is the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England. The colorful train of 12 passengers is led by the newest family member, “Rory” the little Dino with the big roar! The coaster has a lift height of 40 feet (providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area), sends riders soaring down a first drop of 38.5 feet, features 1,242 feet of track length, and provides riders 12 unique airtime moments.
Tea Time Spend time with a real Princess and get the “Royal Treatment” during Cinderella’s very own Tea Party and Story Time. Put on your glass slippers & join us for a tea time. $9.99+ tax per Tea Party participant Book Today.
Duke’s Dance Party @ Character CoveSo you think you can dance? Duke the Dragon and his best friend Rory sure think they can, and they’re ready to put your rhythm to the test! Let loose with this interactive show that features brand new dances and a whole lot of fun! Duke’s Dance Party takes place at the all NEW Character Cove by Oceans of Fun Spray Ground every day at 12:45 pm. You can also meet Duke, Rory and Humpty Dumpty throughout the day at Character Cove!
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Cape Cod Moms has compiled a listing of upcoming East egg hunts and bunny visits that are taking place at local businesses and locations. Please feel free to comment below with any we have missed. Enjoy!
Where: Ocean Edge, the front lawn of the mansion
Address: 2907 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 9:00 am
Details: Ocean Edge is hosting an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn of the mansion for kids of all ages to enjoy. The guest of honor, the Easter Bunny will be present. You are welcome to take pictures with the busy bunny during the event. Ocean Edge is also hosting an Easter breakfast at 7:00 am. Breakfast for children is only $5 with every paying adult who has breakfast.
Where: The Harwich Middle School
Address: 204 Sisson Road, Harwich
Date: Friday, April 14th
Time: 3:30 pm
Details: Make sure you make it to the Harwich Easter egg hunt a little early because it is one of the most popular Cape Cod Easter egg hunts 2017 that starts promptly at 3:30pm. The Easter egg hunt is split into two age groups. One group will be for kids aged 4 and under, and the second group 5 and up. The Harwich Community Center is hosting a coloring contest which ends on April 6th. To enter, pick up a coloring sheet at the front desk of the Community Center and put your name, age and phone number on the back so you can be reached if you are chosen as the winner.
Where: Kate Gould Park (the bandstand)
Address: Main Street, Chatham (Across from the Squire downtown Chatham)
Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 11 am – 12 pm
Details: The Chatham Easter egg hunt will be split into two age categories, one for children 4 and under and the second for children aged 5 to 10. The Chatham Candy Manor generously donated all of the candy for the event, which includes some of their famous chocolate, jelly beans and a variety of other goodies. Along with the candy filled eggs hidden throughout the park, there are also 12 golden eggs hidden waiting to be found by some lucky children. The kids who find the golden eggs in the park will win one of 12 special baskets made up for the event. Special thanks to the Chatham Candy Manor for their donation of all of the candy! This event is put on and sponsored by the Chatham Merchants Association and the Chatham Candy Manor.
Where: Sea Call Farm
Address: Tonset Road, Orleans
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 1 pm
Details: The annual Orleans Easter egg hunt is located at Sea Call Farm, and sponsored by the Orleans Recreation Department. The Easter egg hunt will start promptly at 1 pm, so you do not want to be late. Additional parking for the event is available at the cemetery located across the street from Sea Call Farm. Organizers ask that you make sure to bring your own basket or container to collect your Easter eggs. You should definitely put this one on your list of Cape Cod Easter egg hunts 2017.
Where: The Cape Cod Dog
Address: 3 Main Street, Unit 1 Mercantile, Eastham
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Details: Children are not the only ones that get to have their fun with the Easter bunny! Bring your furry best friend and a camera with you to the Cape Cod Dog in Eastham and have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny! Pets who are friendly and well socialized are all welcome to have their pictures taken, but must be on the leash throughout the event. Donations from this event will all go to the Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter located in Provincetown.
Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Margaret E. Noonan Park / Falmouth Library
Address: Downtown Falmouth / 300 Main Street, Falmouth
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: Easter Bunny meeting: 12 pm / Easter Egg hunt: 1 pm
Details: Meet the Easter bunny and take your picture with him at the Margaret E. Noonan Park located downtown Falmouth at 12 pm. After the meet and greet with the Easter bunny, make your way to the Falmouth Library located at 300 Main Street Falmouth at 1 pm for an Easter egg hunt. The Easter egg hunt will be held on the library lawn. The organizers of the event noted that the Easter egg hunt is intended for children aged 9 and under.
Falmouth Community Easter Egg Hunt
Where: John Wesley United Methodist Church
Address: 270 Gifford St., Falmouth
Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 10 am
Details: This Cape Cod Easter Egg hunt 2017 is intended for children aged toddler through fourth grade.
Easter Egg Hunt - Find Coupons & Freebies!
Address: Mommy & Me Natural Parenting Boutique, 1 Locust St Falmouth
Date: Saturday, April 1
Details: Hunt throughout the store to find hidden treasures wrapped inside Easter eggs! There will be different levels of discounts, and a few Free items given away!
In-store only deals too!
Explore lots of great Easter basket gift ideas and you just might find coupons for 5%-40% Off! Maybe even a free teething toy, sunscreen, lip balm, or natural bubble bath! Lots of great surprises await you!
Sea Crest Beach Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Address: 350 Quaker Rd, North Falmouth, Massachusetts 02556
Date: Saturday, April 15
Join us as we celebrate Easter with an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach at Sea Crest Beach Hotel!
This event is free and open to kids of all ages.
The Little Peeps: 3 years and under
The Bunny Hoppers: 4 to 9 years
The Edible Egg Hunters: 10 years and up
Chances to win awesome prizes including gift certificates to Red’s Restaurant and Lounge and overnight stays at Sea Crest Beach Hotel!
Please RSVP to this event by clicking "Going" on this page.
The Easter Bunny will be on site for photos and fun!
Parents are welcome to join us at Red’s after the hunt for Mimosas and design your own Blood Mary cocktails.
Where: Jonathan Bourne Public Library
Address: 19 Sandwich Road, Bourne
Date: Friday, April 14th
Time: 10 am
Details: Bring your Easter basket or container and collect eggs on the library lawn. A special guest might even make an appearance to greet guests!
Where: Centerville Elementary School with Civic Organization (org this event was submitted on our form for 4/15/17)
Address: 658 Bay Lane, Centerville
Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: 12 pm
Details: This Easter event is not only an Easter egg hunt, but there are also plenty of games, crafts and activities for children to enjoy! Come and enjoy this family friendly celebration at the Elementary School for an afternoon of fun.
Where: Cotuit Public Library
Address: 871 Main St, Cotuit
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 10 am
Details: The Easter Bunny will be available during this Cape Cod Easter egg hunt 2017 to meet and greet guests as they try to locate the hidden Easter eggs!
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.
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