The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, located at 140 Old Oyster Road, Cotuit MA, announces its 27th Annual Holiday Faire on Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 4 pm. Everyone in the family will enjoy this enchanting faire. Shop the Artisan’s Market for one of a kind items crafted by local artists and enjoy unique family activities and seasonal crafts for children. Participate in outdoor challenges, listen to some live music, enjoy scrumptious home-cooked foods, or sit by the bonfire to roast chestnuts. Crafts for children include hand-dipped candles, snow globes, gingerbread houses, and more. Children’s activities feature the Angel Room, the Dragon’s Den, the Fish Pond and the Pocket Lady. Outside, we’ll hold archery. Visit the Luncheon Tavern for some festive fare offered by our very own Chef Creighton Peet. The slow-roasted turkey sandwich with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce has become a favorite tradition all its own. This is a holiday faire like no other. Experience our school transformed into a magical wonderland and make this part of your Cape Cod holiday tradition.
With the holidays fast approaching and your calendar filling up, it can be very difficult to keep track of all the amazing Christmas and Holiday events taking place across the Cape Cod community for your family! This time of year is already hectic enough with everything you Moms have to do that we wanted to make your life simpler!
We have compiled our annual list of all family friendly Christmas and Holiday Events taking place on Cape Cod as well as Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Plymouth, Carver and Surrounding Areas. Our listings include parades, cookie strolls, train rides, Santa, and so much more!
Last year's Cape Cod Family Holiday Calendar Event Guide was such a success again that we once again compiled it all in one place. We chose to put the list in date order but broken down by daily events, town wide weekend events and month long events this year! If you know of any events we have missed please let us know by commenting below or emailing us!
Santa & Mrs. Claus' 7th Annual Visit for A Baby Center!
Date: Nov 26
Where: Capecodchapter NRHS
2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable
Join us for Santa & Mrs. Claus' 7th Annual Visit for Luke's Love to BENEFITA Baby Center Hyannis held at the WEST BARNSTABLE TRAIN STATION... Chooo Chooo! They’re the Real Deal and they'll be arriving on a West Barnstable Fire Department Truck with all the bells and whistles. They want to hear your Christmas wish list and and take some awesome Christmas photos with you! There will be light refreshments provided by Chapins Restaurant. And a couple of Bouncy Houses too! This is a Free event, open to the public and sponsored by The Luke Vincent Powers Foundation. *We simply ask that you BRING A GIFT (diapers, wipes, clothing) FOR A BABY CENTER so we can STUFF the Baby Mobile chock full and help local babies
The Spectacle of Trees
Date: Nov 26-Dec 9, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Mall
The Spectacle of Trees features beautiful trees complete with the trimmings AND all of the gifts! Fifteen very deserving non profits throughout the Cape and Islands each decorate a tree and add their own gifts. These beautiful trees are on public display to help you get in the holiday spirit at the Cape Cod Mall. On December 9, one lucky winner will be chosen to go home with the tree and all of the gifts! Each ticket purchased is a donation directly back to the organization that you choose! Come support local charities and get some help on your holiday wish list!
16th Annual Cape Cod Enchanted Village
Date: Dec 1- 23, 2017
Be dazzled by thousands of lights, a Santa's Village, topiary annimals and more at the 16th Annual Cape Cod Enchanted Village at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa from 12/1/17 thru 1/1/18! Santa will visit each weekend from 12/1 'til 12/23 and so will the Cape Cod Surftones! FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!! Nightly bonfire (weather permitting). Marshmallows & hot chocolate for sale. Bring a gift card or new, unwrapped toy for Giving Tree. All proceeds go to Independence House. Lights stay on 'til New Year's Day. For more info: www.CapeCodderResort.com
Hyannis Christmas Stroll
Date: Dec. 2,2017
Where: Hyannis MA
The day will begin with Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Hyannis Chamber of Commerce, then the Hyannis Christmas Stroll on Main Street followed by the Boat Parade at the harbor! This year will feature an artificial ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, and so much more!!!
Christmas Stroll 2017
Date: Dec 3, 2017
Where: 2135 Main St, Marstons Mills, MA 02648
Meet your neighbors as you stroll through the heart of our village at Christmastime. Special treats and giveaways. Tree lighting ceremony with carol singing.
Upper Cape Cod Tech Holiday Show
Date: Nov 18-19, 2017
Where: Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech School
A Piece of Sandwich is so excited to be a vendor for the first time this year at the Upper Cape Cod Tech Show! Be sure to visit us and all the other amazing vendors as you jump into your Holiday shopping and decorating for this year. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-3:30 each day. We hope to see you there!
Date: Dec. 1,2017
Where: Roxy Theater Otis AFB
Join us for our annual Base Tree Lighting on December 1 at 6pm at the Roxy Theater!
We will have holiday music, free hot cocoa and a visit from a very special guest! The Roxy Theater will also be showing The Polar Express immediately after. Hope to see you there!
For more information, contact the MWR Information Desk at (508) 968-6689 or by email at MWR.InformationDesk@gmail.com
The Train to Christmas Town
When: Multiple departure times
Where: Buzzards Bay Depot, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
Tickets: Ticket prices vary
More Info: (888) 797-7245; Cape Cod Central Railroad
You’ll feel the holiday magic in the air the moment you arrive! You’ll be greeted by our cheery staff and directed to gather your ticket before the conductor calls “All aboard! If you’re takin’ this train, time to get on board!” Have your official Christmas Town ticket ready to be punched by the conductor on the ride.
The music begins as we depart the station and you’ll be clapping along and motioning pulling on a train whistle “Whoo-whoo” along to our peppy theme song “Takin’ the Train to Christmas Town” (download the song for FREE now from our website to get the family pumped!). Elves will be dancing in the aisles leading sing-alongs with other favorite Christmas songs. When you hear the “Chocolate Christmas” song begin to play you’ll know it’s time for cookies and hot chocolate to be served!
Before you know it we’ll be arriving at Christmas Town so gather together to share the views from the window of the magical lighted town. Wave to Santa and his elves before they climb aboard to greet each boy and girl and present them with a special gift.
All our guests will enjoy other activities and games on board as they interact with the cast and crew. Kids will be able to play a game of I-Spy as they look for animal friends hidden throughout the car like the gentle snowy owls and Bubble and Squeek the chatty mice that frequent the train. We’ll be singing our theme song as we pull back into the station and we promise you’ll still have this tune on your mind all the way home!
We are excited to welcome everyone aboard to try this new experience and continue the holiday tradition of Christmas and Santa on the train. I’m takin’ the train! Whoo Whoo!
We encourage everyone to get into the festive spirit of the event by wearing Christmas themed outfits, dress clothes, pajamas, ugly sweaters, etc.for your added interaction and enjoyment.
Brewster for the Holidays
When: December 1-3, 2017
Where: Various locations in Brewster
Admission: Many free activities
Brewster for the Holidays
This town-wide celebration is a long-standing tradition in the historic "Sea Captains Town" of Brewster.Festivities begin on Friday morning when local shops, galleries and inns open their doors for a weekend of family-friendly events, activities and promotions. Highlights of Brewster for the Holidays include the Tree Lighting and the Lighting of the Windmill at Drummer Boy Park, blacksmith demonstration and windmill tours, a Holiday band concert, Arts & Crafts Show, and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's Gala Family Party.
Friday, December 1:
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
4 PM...Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree at Drummer Boy Park includes tree and windmill lighting, carol sing-a-long, tours of the Windmill Village, cider and donuts, and a visit from the jolliest old elf himself! Sponsored by Bennett Environmental Associates, Inc; Brewster Historical Society; Coastal Engineering Co.; Hole in One Donuts; Tom Hague Building & Remodeling; and WeNeedaVacation.com.
7 PM...The Brewster Band Holiday Concert at Brewster Baptist Church sponsored by oldCape Sotheby's International Realty and Peggy Farber, Realtor. Featuring the very popular holiday sing-a-long!
Saturday, December 2:
8:30 AM - 1 PM..."Where's the Snowman?" Contest just for children 12 and under! Visit Brewster businesses, find the snowman and enter to win a $10 'kid friendly' gift certificate. Pick up your Snowman Passport at these participating businesses: Brewster Book Store, Brewster Sweets, By-the-Bay Designs, Cape Cod 5 - Brewster, Hopkins House Bakery & Gifts, Karma Foods & Wellness, Lemon Tree Pottery, Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, Steven M. Ellard CPA, True Value Hardware - Brewster, Village Toy Store and Woodworks Gallery. Sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
10 AM - 4 PM...Holiday Arts & Crafts Show in the Eddy Elementary School. Handcrafted and Vintage items! Click here for the list of artisans. Free parking andFree admission!
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
Sunday, December 3:
10 AM - 5 PM...Gallery Stroll self-guided tour of many of Brewster's fine arts and antiques galleries. Click here for the Gallery Stroll Calendar of Events for locations, hours and offerings.
2 - 4 PM...Gala Family Party at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Music, crafts, home-made confections buffet and photos with Santa! FREE admission for everyone! Confection Buffet by Cafe Alfresco, Eat Cake 4 Breakfast, Hopkins House Bakery & Gifts and Spinnaker. Sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Crocker Nurseries and Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club.
All Aboard for Pancakes for Pajamas Polar Express
When: Dec 2, 2017
Where: St Martin's Lodge, 52 Old Harbor Rd Chatham.
A reading of this holiday classic with music by the Chatham Band Adults $10, Kids 45
Santa Comes to the Fish Pier
When: December 3, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chatham Fish Pier, Barcliff Avenue, Chatham
Chatham Merchants Association
When Santa makes his pre-Christmas journey to Chatham, it's big doings! No less than the United States Coast Guard provides his escort - delivering Jolly Old Saint Nick safely to the Chatham Fish Pier via Coast Guard cutter.
It's all part of Chatham's festive Christmas by the Sea!
Chatham Christmas Stroll Weekend
When: December 8-9, 2017
Where: Throughout the town of Chatham
Admission: Many events and activities are free
Chatham Christmas Stroll
Christmas in Chatham will bring you back to days gone by. This weekend is part of a month-long celebration of the Holidays that includes a town light parade, caroling, visits with Santa, music and theater performances, sweet treats, Christmas fairs, open houses and shopping throughout the town.
Sounds of the Season
Date: Dec 21, 2017
Where: Chatham Bars Inn
5:30 PM Cocktails; 6:00 PM Concert
Join The Academy Playhouse for our annual holiday celebration in the beautiful Monomoy Room of Chatham Bars Inn. Featuring holiday favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond! Cash bar and great raffle prizes!
First Night in Chatham
When: December 31, 2017
Where: Various locations in Chatham
Admission: Some events are free, others require a Chatham First Night "button". Buttons may be purchased locally or online. Adults $20, kids ages 3-11 $5, children 2 and under Free.
First Night Chatham Chatham celebrates the arrival of 2018 with a gala, full-day festival filled with events for the whole family. The highlight of First Night in Chatham, as always, is the dropping of the Cod and the midnight fireworks display. (NYC has their glass ball drop. Chatham, appropriately, drops a codfish replica ;-) If you're in the area, come to Chatham and ring in 2018 Cape Cod seaside style!
A Teddy Bear Breakfast
Date: Dec. 2, 2017
Where: Clancy Restaurant, Dennisport, MA
Sponsored by Clancy's Restaurant for Independence House. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with Belgian waffle station. All children receive a plush new teddy bear and a photo with Santa.
Cost: Adults $15/ Kids $10. More info here!
LoveLocal Fest: Holiday Edition!
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Community Media Center 17 Shad Hole Rd., Dennis Port, Massachusetts 02639
Mark your calendars - don't miss Love Live Local's annual ultimate LOCAL holiday shopping event! Last year's LoveLocal Fest Holiday Edition at our new location - the Cape Cod Community Media Center - was a hit, with more than 100 quality local vendors in a variety of categories, delicious local food + beer, and activities for the kiddos! Your $5 suggested donation upon admission supports the Media Center's great work and community resources, as well as LoveLiveLocal's #ProjectCapeMade, which provides micro-grants to local independent makers. Please note - there is NO PARKING ONSITE ... we have awesome shuttle services provided by Cape Destinations from the Ezra Baker Elementary School on Route 28 and the Sand Dollar Bar & Grill just down Shad Hole Road on Lower County Road. It's super easy to park + ride! The 2017 #LoveLocalFest Holiday Edition is brought to you with support from The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank.
Carols on the Green in Eastham
When: December 3, 2017 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Where: Windmill Green in Eastham
What's better than Christmas caroling on a crisp December night? Caroling by the light of a festively decorated Eastham Windmill! This year, Nauset Honors Chorus will lead the event. Bring the family and your Holiday spirit, and enjoy!
Holidays by the Sea Gingerbread House Making
Date: Dec 2, 2017
Time: 10am-11:30am or 12:30pm-2pm
Where: Shoreway Acres Inn, Falmouth
Come and enjoy festive gingerbread decorating as the kids put their own creative spin on their houses for the holidays! Enjoy cookies and cider and be sure to check out the amazing holiday train setup which is sure to fascinate the kids! Cost: $11.95 per child. Call 508-540-3000 to reserve your spot today!
Holidays By The Sea Weekend
Date: Dec 1-3, 2017
Time: Various Events
Where: Various see below
Join us for an amazing Holidays by the Sea Weekend!
Friday Night December 1 - Caroling at Historic Nobska Lighthouse December 1, 2017, 5:30 pm
Saturday December 2 - Jingle Jog 5k & Kids Elf Run Marine Park - December 2, 2017 7:30-10:30 am
Seafaring Santa - Santa Arrives Falmouth Harbor at 10:30 AM
Holiday Stroll on Main Street Falmouth - Holiday Stroll starts 5:00 PM.
Lighting of the Village Green - 7:00 PM
Sunday December 3 -This parade will be boradcast on the Cape Cod Moms LIVE Facebook feed as it happens!
When: NOON the 54th Annual Christmas Parade! Theme: "Dashing Through the Snow"
Parade steps off at noontime from Dillingham Avenue and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Known as Southeastern Massachusetts’ largest holiday parade, featuring theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus! NOON.
Details here: http://www.falmouthchamber.com/holidays-by-the-sea.html
Christmas in Harwich
When: December 1 - 3, 2017
Where: Various locations in Harwich
Admission: Many activities and events are free
Christmas in Harwich
This weekend in Harwich begins with the Harwich Port Stroll where locals and visitors join together for the tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Also on Friday evening, have your photo taken with Santa (he arrives by fire truck), and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Harwich Port.The rest of the weekend includes merchant open houses, village stroll, music, refreshments, and plenty more.
Friday December 1st- Harwich Port Stroll 5:15-9:00pm
Welcome 5:15pm Doane Park
5:30pm- Tree Lighting and Caroling Doane Park5:30pm-9:00pm Stroll through all the Harwich Port Businesses
6:00pm-9:00pm Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
6:15pm-Santa Arrive by Harwich Fire Truck
6:15pm-8:00pm Pictures with Santa
Saturday Dec 2, 2017
8:30am Breakfast with Santa
9:30am-1:00pm Garden Club Holiday Fair
“New” Rocking Christmas in Harwich
and More to Come……NEW Events
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017
Watch for more ….
Gingerbread House Workshop at Cape Cod Children's Museum
Date: Dec. 2, 2017 11am-12pm
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Holidays with a Gingerbread House Workshop! We provide the house, candies and sweet building materials, plus plenty of frosting for you to design a unique decoration. We'll clean up the mess and you'll go home with a festive gingerbread house to enjoy throughout the Season! Space is Limited. (Museum admission is not included.) Pre-Registration is Required.
Mashpee Christmas Parade
When: December 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Parade begins at Mashpee Commons
Mashpee Christmas Parade
Among all the festive events on Cape Cod in December, the Annual Mashpee Christmas Parade is one you won't want to miss! Each year the parade seems to get bigger and better. Stay tuned for details on the 2017 parade theme and special, featured performers.
A Magical Noon Year's Eve Celebration!
Date: Dec 31, 2017
Where: Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Join us for 'A Magical Noon Year's Eve' at Cape Cod Children's Museum to welcome 2018!
Enjoy all the fun of New Year's Eve at midday instead of midnight. Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly celebration including make-and-take crafts, photo souvenirs from Mirror Mirror Interactive Photobooth and amazing entertainment by Marcus the Magician! Festivities begin at Noon with Marcus the Magician's show at 1:00pm. Admission for this special event is $12 per person; $8 for Museum members. Pre-registration is NOT required. All admission is at the door. Not combinable with any other coupons or special offers.
Seaside Christmas in Orleans
When: Beginning November 25th and continuing through December
Where: Various locations in Orleans
Admission: Many free activities and events
Seaside Christmas in Orleans
For a host of family friendly Cape Cod events in December, come to Orleans! During the month-long Seaside Christmas celebration, shopkeepers, gallery owners and restaurateurs welcome visitors with special events and tasty treats - and some nice discounts and promotions to help preserve your shopping budget. Getting out and about around town, there's a jam-packed roster of things to see and do including Christmas tree lightings, caroling, Nauset Model Railroad Club's Open House, and tons more.
Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Santa Arrives by Boat
Saturday, November 25th 2017
Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Santa Arrives by Boat: 8am-10am
Orleans Yacht Club, 39 Cove Rd. Orleans
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Mrs. Claus while awaiting the arrival of Santa by boat at 10am! Breakfast spread by the Hole-In-One Restaurant. $7 adults, $5 children.
Santa will meet with the children at Snow’s Home and Garden, 22 Main St. Orleans, 10am-Noon.
Orleans Christmas Shopping Stroll
Hop aboard one of our old-fashioned trolleys and enjoy shopping throughout Orleans at the Christmas Shopping Stroll! Stores throughout town will host special events, sales and more. Fun for the whole family!
Annual Stroll and Winter Wonderland Lighting at Village Green
Sponsored by the Orleans Improvement Association
Meet with Mrs. Claus at Snow’s Home and Garden at 4:45pm. Stroll with caroling begins at 5:00pm, Winter Wonderland Lighting immediately after stroll.
Santa Stampede 5k and Family Fun Run
Saturday, December 2nd 2017
Registration 9:00am, Race Start: 10:30 a.m.$25 Pre-Registration, $30 Day Of Event. Register NowRace Start: The Barley Neck Inn, 5 Beach Rd. Orleans, MA 02653
Get your Santa suit, elf costume, antlers, stockings and lights! Create a festive costume and enter our Holiday Costume Contest! Walkers Welcome! A Fun Family Friendly Event! Kids Only Run Too!
Professionally timed 5k. After Party Celebration with DJ Matty Dread and Award Ceremony held at The Barley Neck Inn! Prizes include Fastest Mr. Claus, Ms. Claus & Mini Claus, Overall Fastest in Holiday Costume: Male & Female, Overall Fastest Military & First Responder: Male & Female, Holiday Costume Contest Winner (Bib required). All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the following age categories receive a ticket for our Red Sack Prize Raffle! 13 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Please bring wrapped gifts for the Lower Cape Outreach Council and gift cards for teens for the Homeless Prevention Council “Adopt a Family” program.
6th Annual Winter Lights 5K
Date: Dec 1, 2017
Where: Plymouth Main Street
The 6th Annual Winter Lights 5K will take place on Friday, December 1st, 2017. Join Santa and the Town of Plymouth for the annual tree lighting on Main Street as part of the Christmas in Historic Plymouth Celebration. When the tree lights go on, the race begins. Run through the downtown and along the waterfront for this early evening event to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The race will begin at approximately 6:15 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/170047913565538/
Holly Folly Weekend
When: December 1 - 3, 2017
Where: Around town in Provincetown
Admission: Some events free, others require paid tickets/contributions
Holly Folly Weekend
Holly Folly Weekend, the Provincetown Business Guild's Gay and Lesbian Holiday Festival, kicks off on Friday with the "Holly Folly Shop Hop", a great time to peruse Provincetown's amazing variety of shops and galleries for unique gifts that'll "Wow" everyone on your list - pets included!
Throughout the weekend there'll be events all over town. Open houses, dance parties, drag bingo, a Jingle Bell Bathing Suit Run down the center of town ... that's just a little sampling of the fun and frivolity in P'town on Holly Folly Weekend.
Annual Glassblowers' Christmas
When: November 13 - December 30, 2017 during Museum hours (9:30 am - 5 pm)
Where: Sandwich Glass Museum, Main Street, Sandwich Village
Admission: Adults $9; Ages 6-14 $2; 6 and under free; Members free
508) 888-0251 / Sandwich Glass Museum
The Sandwich Glass Museum is all dressed up for the Holidays. In addition to the spectacular glass exhibits the Museum is known for worldwide, this time of year features special trees decorated with hundreds of unique glass ornaments created by some of the region's foremost glass artists.
When: Weekends (Fri., Sat., & Sun.) November 24 to December 30, 2017 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Museums and Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich
Admission: Adults $18; children $7, 2 and under free
(508) 888-3300, ext. 175; Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens is putting on the glitz again this Holiday Season with it's treasured annual event - Gardens Aglow!At this extra-special time of year, the good folks at Heritage adorn their acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands with more than 10 miles of twinkling, sparkling lights. It's truly an awesome thing to see!
Come stroll throughout the grounds and buildings and enjoy festive holiday displays, family-friendly activities, marshmallow-roasting, music and special performances, visits with Santa Claus, displays of model trains - and even a visit by some baby animals.
Country Christmas Open House
When: Weekends (Sat. & Sun.) from November 25 to December 17, 2017
Where: Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich
Thornton Burgess Society
Step back in time, into Ida Putnam's 1903 jam kitchen, for a glimpse of Christmas on Cape Cod over a century ago. The scent of jams and jellies cooking on the stove will have your mouth watering!
Try a sampling of the delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of mulled cider. Browse the variety of holiday gift ideas in the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books and many nature-related items.
Wreath Decorating Workshop
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Time: 10am & 1pm
Where: Scenic Roots 349 Rte 6A, East Sandwich
Join us and our designers as they help guide you to creating your own wreath masterpiece! All supplies included, refreshments also.
Reservations highly recommended. Choose the 10am class or the 1pm class. (508)888-0044 $40.00
Sandwich Chamber Holiday Market
Date: Dec. 5,2017
Where: Henry T Wing School
Come join us for a night of shopping and also a chance to meet 20 local businesses so you can Shop Small this holiday season.
First Night in Sandwich
When: December 31, 2017, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Sandwich Village, Main Street, and other venues in Sandwich MA
Admission: Most outdoor events are Free; Indoor events require admission button $10/adult, $6/child (ages 3-12) Buttons available locally and online.
First Night Sandwich Cape Cod's oldest town celebrates First Night in high style with an evening of traditional and unique, family friendly events. (Who's up for a rousing game of "Glow Bocce"???) Some highlights of First Night in Sandwich include live music, ice skating, giant illuminated sculptures (gorgeous!), ice carving, kids' crafts and story time, lanterns set afloat on the pond, plenty of tummy-warming food, and a costumed Revelers Parade that's not to be missed!
Taylor-Bray Farm Holiday Festival
When: December 2 & 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Taylor-Bray Farm, 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouthport
Admission: Free. $5 parking donation requested.
More Info: Taylor-Bray Farm
Bring the kids or the grandkids to historic Taylor-Bray Farm for this back-in-time Holiday Festival. Visit with the donkeys, sheep, chickens, and other farm animals. There'll be delicious homemade baked goods and handmade wreaths, swags, centerpieces and crafts for sale in the barn. Complementary refreshments will be served.
Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll
When: December 3, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport
Yarmouthport Christmas Stroll
The village of Yarmouthport rings in the Holiday season with its annual Christmas Stroll. As is the tradition, the Village's businesses, restaurants, B&Bs, and museums welcome all with holiday decorations, food, and seasonal music.
Historic Bass River Holiday Cookie Stroll
When: December 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Old Main Street, South Yarmouth
Admission: $20 (tickets sell out well in advance of the event)
Tour grand homes in the historic village of Bass River, see the sights, and pick up home-baked cookies along the way. What could be better?? When you purchase a ticket for the Cookie Stroll, your ticket is actually a cookbook with recipes for cookies served at the sites along this two-mile walking tour. Tickets to this popular event are limited and sell out quickly.
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!
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.
We have compiled a listing of all the Fall Fun & Halloween Activities taking place on Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. If we have missed a few please feel free to email us or comment below with all the information and we will get it added! It takes a community!
Our list is compiled alphabetically by town and then in date order under each town. We hope you enjoy all the family fun that Cape Cod has to offer this fall!
Barnstable Village Halloween Stroll
WHAT: Barnstable Village Halloween Stroll
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 at 4 PM - 6 PM
WHERE: Barnstable Village County Complex
This is the 3rd Annual community event for all. Wear your costumes and join the parade around the County Court House complex. (Everyone will gather on the court house lawn promptly at 4:00) You won't want to miss the dance party by DJ Ben-Jammin, Food, costume contest, and lots more. This year Main street won't be closed, everything will be held in the County Complex. Pets Welcome! This event is sponsored by the Barnstable Village Association.
Pumpkin Festival Open House
WHAT: Pumpkin Festival Open House
WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 1-4pm
WHERE: Waldorf School of Cape Cod 140 Old Oyster Rd Cotuit, MA
Celebrate Fall at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod with seasonal crafts and pumpkin carving. School tours available. Enjoy some pumpkin soup and apple cider. All are welcome!
The Enchanted Forest
WHAT: The Enchanted Forest
WHEN: Friday Oct 27 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary @ 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable
For one night only, the woodlands will awaken. A guide will lead you along a lantern – lit trail where you will encounter creatures of the night – some strange, some silly and some who have much to say. All are welcome to come in costume. MA Audubon Member Adult $10 Child $7, Non-member Adult $12 Child $9. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit website or Tickets
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Monday October 30, 2017 3:30-7:30pm
WHERE: National Marine Life Center @ 120 Main Street, Bourne
Join us for our Halloween Open House! Come in costume! Learn about spooky ocean animals! Enjoy arts and crafts and games and refreshments. Tour our Marine Animal Hospital and meet our seal and turtle patients. Admission: $5/person; Members FREE Admissions help care for sick turtles and seals. Tickets: http://nmlc.org/.
Family Halloween Movie
WHAT: Family Halloween Movie
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM - 3:30 PM
WHERE: Brewster Ladies' Library 1822 Main St, BrewsterSpend your Saturday celebrating Halloween at the Library! We’ll be watching a spooky movie based on the children’s book series by R.L. Stine, and making some monster bookmarks. Library staff will also provide monster blood punch and snacks to get us in the spirit. It's sure to be a hair-raising good time! The movie we will be watching is rated PG. Run time is 103 minutes. This event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM. Admission is free.
WHAT: Halloween Parade
WHEN: Friday, October 27 at 10 AM - 11 AM
WHERE: Brewster Ladies' Library 1822 Main St, Brewster
Come celebrate Halloween at the Brewster Ladies’ Library! All ages are invited. Wear your costume! We will have a Halloween parade, walk over to the Brewster Store, stop for songs with Cathy Hatch, and then head to Kinlin Grover Real Estate for snacks. This event will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Brewster Ladies’ Library. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Pumpkin People in the Park
WHAT: Pumpkin People in the Park
WHEN: October 13 – October 31
WHERE: Kate Gould Park 2377 Main St, Chatham, Massachusetts 02633
Pumpkin People in the Park can be found in Kate Gould Park and the bandstand on Main Street. The creative and innovative Pumpkin People are fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from October 13 until Halloween! These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the Oktoberfest festival. Come and see these outrageous displays in October and plan to be at the Oktoberfest in Chatham.
Oktoberfest in Chatham
WHAT: Oktoberfest in Chatham
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 11 AM - 4 PM
WHERE: Kate Gould Park, Chatham Ma
Pumpkin People in the Park, great beer, bratwurst, music, kids’ games. All these events are just a small part of Chatham’s Oktoberfest in Kate Gould Park. The park is filled with creative and innovative Pumpkin People fashioned by local businesses, organizations or just plain folk. They are on display from October 13 until Halloween. These larger-than-life creations are just the frost on the pumpkin the day of the fest. Get here early because the lines start forming at noon for the old-fashioned games, the tasty German fare and beer, and fun in the park.
Family Fun Saturday
WHAT: Family Fun Saturday
WHEN: Saturday October 7, 2017 11am-4pm
WHERE: Cape Abilities Farm 458 Main St # 6A, Dennis,
Saturdays in October are for family fun at Cape Abilities Farm! Build a scarecrow, make a cornhusk doll, decorate a pumpkin, or do the farm scavenger hunt. There will be apple and cider tasting too. We will move indoors if it's raining.
2nd Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny Parade
WHAT: 2nd Annual Dennis Village Halloween Hootenanny Parade
WHEN: Tuesday, October 31 at 5:15 PM - 7 PM
WHERE: Village Green, Dennis MA
Safe HALLOWEEN NIGHT Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! Join us for a Costume Parade down Rt. 6A in Dennis Village followed by MUSIC • DANICING • FOOD • TREATS and FUN at the Dennis Village Green!
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sunday, October 29 from 5-6:30 pm
WHERE: John Wesley United Methodist Church 2570 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Carnival games, decorated cars, exotic animals, face painting, bouncy houses, hot cider, hot dogs, candy!
Teaticket PTO Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sat Oct 21 3-6pm
WHERE: Teaticket School @ 45 Maravista Avenue Extension, East Falmouth MA
Funds raised will benefit the Teaticket PTO.
Kids Trick or Treat at the Falmouth BBC
WHAT: Kids Trick or Treat at the Falmouth BBC
WHEN: Friday 10/27/17 4-6pm
WHERE: British Beer Company Falmouth @ 263 Grand Avenue, Falmouth MA
Trick or Treat Stroll
WHAT: Trick or Treat Stroll Falmouth Village
WHEN: Saturday October 28 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Village Green @ Main Street, Falmouth MA
A Visit from the Night Watchman
WHAT: A Visit from the Night Watchman
WHEN: Saturday October 28, 2017 6-9pm
WHERE: Museums on the Green @ 55 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth,
Strange spirits haunt the town of Falmouth, and those that visit will be treated to interactions all throughout the 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks House as this mildly scary haunted experience comes to life. Recommended for families with children age 6 and higher. Tickets can be purchased the night of the performance. Admission Prices: Adults, $ 10, Children (12 and younger), $ 7, Families of 4: $ 25
Reservations NOT required but visitors should expect a short wait before touring.
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Tuesday October 31, 2017 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Cape Cod Church 1205 Rte 151 Hwy East Falmouth
Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun, free community Halloween Festival for the whole family.
Last year, nearly 5,000 people enjoyed the carnival-like atmosphere, which included bounce houses, face painting, refreshments, and of course, lots of free candy!
At the center of Trunk or Treat are the 50 themed and decorated cars (the "Trunk" in Trunk or Treat) where children receive free candy. This year's theme for cars is "superheroes"!
Fall Fun Fair & Touch-A-Truck!WHAT: Fall Fun Fair & Touch-A-Truck!
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 at 10 AM - 1 PM
WHERE: Cape Cod Regional Technical High SchoolIt's that time of year again! Join us SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST 10am - 1pm at CAPE COD TECH for the 3rd annual FALL FAMILY FUN FAIR AND TOUCH-A-TRUCK!
Games, prizes, crafts, food, and more!
Joining us this year will be:
Cape Cod Ready Mix
Brewster Sand & Gravel
Harwich Police Dept.
Harwich Fire Dept.
All donations and funds raised will benefit the Angela Champ Memorial Scholarship Fund. This resource was established in honor of Angela, a 2008 graduate of Cape Cod Tech's Graphic Arts Department, after her passing in 2009. The award is available to a deserving Graphic Arts student pursuing higher education upon graduation. Angela was an artist and a photographer. Every year we have some of her art work on display, and some of her original photographs and hand-designed bookmarks for sale. Angela wrote and produced a children's book entitled "When I Grow Up" for her senior project at CCT, and we also have copies of this available for purchase.
Toe Jam Puppet Band
WHAT: Toe Jam Puppet Band
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 1PM
WHERE: Snow Library
WHAT: Halloween Stroll
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 2:30pm
WHERE: Main Street Orleans
Halloween at Heritage Museums & Gardens
WHAT: Halloween Family Festival
WHEN: Saturday, October 28 from 5-8 pm
WHERE: Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA 02563
COST: $5; family maximum of $25; children 2 and under are admitted free Tickets
All visitors will be treated to special Halloween-themed activities, including a dance party hosted by DJ Ooch, tractor-pulled hayrides around the grounds, and create a Halloween themed craft. Halloween-themed drinks and snacks will be available at the Magnolia Café, as well as free rides on the vintage carousel. Visitors can also enjoy performances of Thriller by Sandwich Soul, Sandwich High School’s award-winning show choir. Guests can support Sandwich community partners by participating in special ticketed activities. Play carnival-style games and get your face painted with festive designs to support the STEM Academy/Sandwich High School PTSA. Join in on a cake walk to benefit Sandwich Soul’s national competition fundraiser.
YMCA Fall Festival
WHAT: YMCA Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday Oct 14, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Camp Lyndon Sandwich, MA 02563
Join us at Camp Lyndon and come dressed in your Halloween costume to get a free spin on our special prize wheel! Activities include crafts, games, healthy snacks and pumpkin carving.
6th Annual Pumpkin Fest
WHAT: 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest
WHEN: Saturday Oct 21, all day
WHERE: Sandwich Glass Museum @ 129 Main Street, Sandwich, Massachusetts, 02563
Enjoy a pumpkin patch filled with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all sizes crafted by prominent local and national glass artisans. Wander the grounds of the Sandwich Glass Museum and admire a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind pumpkins designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. No two are alike! They are perfect for decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving and make a lovely gift.
WHAT: Fall Festival
WHEN: Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10 AM - 4 PM raindate 10/8
WHERE: 108 Bray Farm Rd N, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1550,
Pumpkins, hay rides, visit with the animals, tour the restored farmhouse, refreshments will be available, apple cider, hotdogs! please no dogs the day of the festival
Trunk or Treat
WHAT: Trunk or Treat
WHEN: Sunday, October 31 from 4-7 pm
WHERE: Wellfleet Drive In
Boo at the ZooWHAT: Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: October 14 – October 30 6pm
WHERE: Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
BOO AT THE ZOO – slightly spooky fun that cannot be missed!
Grab your favorite costume and join us at BOO AT THE ZOO for an evening of Halloween fun! There’s enough thrills and chills for all ages at BOO AT THE ZOO! Climb aboard a spoooooky train ride, stroll down the Trick or Treat trail, take a spin on our wild carousel, and enjoy Halloween themed activities plus animal encounters! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Bristol County Savings Bank for collaborating with the Zoological Society to bring Halloween fun to the Zoo for all to enjoy!
Save time getting into BOO AT THE ZOO by purchasing a Bat Pass. A Bat Pass is a single use, non-refundable pass and must be surrendered at the separate Bat Pass entrance upon your visit.
Rides are included in the price of admission. Children under 3 are free. BOO AT THE ZOO runs Saturday October 14, Sunday October 15, Saturday October 21, Sunday October 22, Friday October 27, Saturday October 28, Sunday October 29, and Monday October 30
Cranberry Harvest CelebrationWHAT: Cranberry Harvest Celebration
WHEN: October 8, 2017 10am-4pm
WHERE: The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest while enjoying some old fashioned family fun. Watch as we harvest the crimson berries continuously each day. You can even put on a pair of waders and step into a corral of berries!
Visit educational and historical displays, view the spectacular landscape and harvest by taking a helicopter ride, enjoy live cooking demonstrations by some of the area’s finest chefs and culinary professionals, shop the marketplace with over 40 juried exhibitors from around the region, listen to local musicians, and peruse the farmers' market and food concession areas for the best fare around.
Children’s activities include pony, paddle boat, train, live entertainment, wagon rides and much more.
The event is held rain or shine. No pets are allowed. Last bus to the cranberry bog departs at 3:30 p.m.
For more information or for vendor applications please visit our website at www.cranberryharvest.org.
Drool Baby Expo
I had the opportunity to attend the Drool Baby Expo last week and see how much baby gear has changed since having my 5 year old son. I arrived early knowing from past experience if you really want to be able to take the bigger items for a test drive or spend a significant time talking products with the sales representative you have to get in before it gets to busy. I had a chance to look at most of the tables below are the ones I found noteworthy.
I had a Chameleon stroller 7 years ago when I first had my daughter. I loved the bassinet option and the toddler seat and used the stroller daily until I found out I was expecting a second and sold the stroller while I could get a good return on the second hand market. My biggest issue with the old Chameleon was when I pulled the stroller up the stairs the handle bar would pull out to its tallest high an issue that has now been fixed on the newer models. The Chameleon retails for $1,149. The Bugaboo stroller that I was most interested in was the Runner which starts at $815. It pushes like a dream while running with it (yes I ran between the tables at the expo at 25 weeks pregnant). The fixed wheel was not an issue for maneuverability. The seat can face out or you (the only jogging stroller I know of that you can run with while the child is facing you) and has three seat recline levels. I has a full handle bar length handbrake plus a wheel break. The handle bar has three different high adjustments. I would highly recommend the Bugaboo Runner if you are looking for a serious running stroller. Bugaboo also makes the Bee a more compact stroller starting at $739, the Buffalo an all terrain stroller starting at $1239 and the Donkey their single to double stroller which starts at $1,329.
I got to try out the new Nuna Pipa Lite which when empty without base only weighs 5.3lbs; which is really light. The seat accommodates an infant from 4-32lbs and retails for $349.95.
I love their Tripp Trapp chair which can be used with accessories from birth through adulthood: I have been known to sit in ours and my parents still have the ones from when I was a kid. The basic Tripp Trapp chair retails for $249. The Stokke product that I fell in love with was the Sleepi Mini which is an oval bassinet that can be converted into a crib, toddler bed and then a bed with available conversion sets. The Mini Sleepi starts at $599.
The really like my pre Britax BOB Revolution so much I bought an infant car seat that I can use with it this time around. That being said the newer BOB strollers are not as good quality. Both my 5 and almost 7 year old ride still harnesses in Frontier 90 seats that have Clicktight (a panel that closes down on the belt or latch for tight installation) which makes installation a breeze so I took a look at the convertible car seats now available with Click Tight (Marathon, Advocate and Boulevard).
Silver Cross is new to the US market but has been in the UK for a long time and is known for its pram. Only one stroller is available in the US it is called the Wave. The Wave can go from a single stroller to a double (with an add on seat). For $1,299 you get the chassis, carrycot, seat, rain covers, mosquito nets, cup holders, adapters and it accommodates Maxi-Cosi Mico AP, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, the Nuna Pipa and Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q no adapters necessary.
The Thule Urban Glide jogging stroller was not available/made 7 years ago when I got my BOB but it is definitely a BOB competitor now. If I didn’t already have a jogging stroller I would definitely consider it. The Urban Glide has a swivel wheel that can be locked and set precisely straight with a knob, it has an almost flat recline, folds compactly, one hand fold, adjustable handle car, pushes smoothly and you can get a universal carseat adapter for it. New the stroller costs $399.95.
Love to Dream:
Love to Dream has a swaddle sack like nothing I have seen before. Instead of the babies arms being hugged to their sides the hands are snuggled up by their heads since that is how babies like to be. The swaddle sack is recommended from 0-4 months and costs around $30. Then there is the transition sack that allows for a slow transition with zip off “sleeves” $35. They also make sleep sacks.
Greentom is the greenest stroller available and the stroller frames are plastic. The plastic frames make the strollers light and have a natural suspension. Greentom makes two strollers one with a carrycot and reversible seat and the Classic. Both strollers come with 10 different colors for fabric choices. You can get both the classic stroller and carrycot/reversible stroller (two chassis, forward facing seat, carry cot, and bassinet) called the Greentom 3-in-1 for $699.
Magic Beans Popup shop:
In the Magic Beans Popup shop you could order all the wonderful products I wrote about above, the thousands of other products displayed at Drool and buy lots of products Magic Beans carries all at a discount!
There were also lots of other companies there plus businesses that offer services like baby pictures. The Drool VIP ticket also included a deluxe gift bag! In my bag was a $25 gift certificate to Magic Beans which I look forward to using, Smarty Pant Women's Vitamin 120 count, Premama Digestive Aid, Chews, Vanilla Caramel Flavored - 28 chews, lotion and potion samples, 3 pack of NUK baby bottles, Lollaland glass baby bottle, Chicco Naturalfit baby bottle, Diono Buggy Tech Tote, Nixi Snack Bags 3 pack, Babyganics Eczema care 3 oz, Waterwipes 60 count, Skip Hop Wet/dry bag, Green Sprouts Wood Cage Rattle and two baby hats.
Have you been to a Drool Expo? What baby products should I checkout?
My summer flew by and I had little opportunity to Blog. I spent most of my summer with my kids in Orleans taking part in the Rec swim lessons at the lake, going to library programs, spending time at the beach, crafting and doing summer reading. Now it is back to school for the kids; my daughter started first grade today and my son starts junior kindergarten on Thursday. It will take me most of September to organize and put the house back together again but with both kids in school I will have time. I am looking forward to going to The Drool Baby Expo next week! So look for my Blog posts in the next few weeks about Drool and organizing tips and progress. Also please use my code MHUBNER5 for $5 off your ticket to Drool Baby Expo!
How was your summer? What do you plan to do now the kids are back in school?
We had a chance to swing by the new L.L. Bean store opening Labor Day weekend in Mashpee Commons. The new store is across from Starbucks and in the old GAP building. It is refreshing to see L.L. Bean on Cape Cod so that locals now have access to some of their amazing products. The new store is nicely spread out with shoes, camping gear, jackets and more on the ground level. Upstairs there is apparel for men, women and children.
A highlight of L.L. Bean joining the Cape Cod community was their donation of $5000 to the Boy & Girls Scout troops in Mashpee. During the presentation they commented on the need to embrace the community and help cultivate a love for the outdoors. In the next few months they plan on rolling out programs for the community to participate in! We are really excited about this because it helps encourages families to get outside and introduces them to fun activities they may not have considered previously. Our family is most excited about archery and fishing. We can't wait to further explore L.L. Bean's supplies and classes.
Join them this weekend for the following events:
Starting at 9 a.m., the first 200 customer will receive an L.L. Bean Gift card which could be worth anywhere from $10 to $500.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try your hand at fly casting and archery or take a turn at the Bean Boot Toss. Snap a picture with the Boot mobile!
It's all about kids! Come for a day of family fun. Complete an L.L. Bean Passport to win a cool patch. Check out wildlife programs throughout the day. Join the local Boy & Girl Scouts for hands on activities and games.
Plus while you check out the new store you can enter to win Red Sox tickets (10 winners) or a Trip for a Family of 4 to Maine!
Stop on by and take a look. Maybe post a picture with the boot mobile!
Each year since 2012 we have been lucky enough to be granted admission to King Richard's realm as guests for his annual faire as well as offer giveaways to our fans & readers. This year we are giving away 4-Family 4 Packs! We’ve had such great times while attending. Some of our favorite parts of the Faire are seeing the Prince & Princess Contest and the joust, eating turkey legs, attending the fabulous music and shows and much more. We love visiting the vendors as well and in prior years have purchased a piece for our outfit to attend in! Each year we find something fantastic and something new! We cannot wait to see what is going to be at the Faire this year! Check out our past visits and don't forget to purchase your tickets today using our custom discount code: CCMOMS-17 to save $4 per ticket!
King Richard’s Faire 2012
King Richard’s Faire 2013
2nd Review Blog 2013 by Meghan
King Richard’s Faire 2014
King Richard's Faire Meghan's 2014 Experience
King Richard's Faire 2015
Meghan's Review of the Shows & Interviews with the Kids for 2015
King Richard's Faire 2016
King Richard's Faire, New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire, announces its 36th season running weekends including Labor Day and Columbus Day Mondays, September 2 through October 22, 2017. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard's Faire announces its 36th season offering guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback, exciting rides and games of skill, an original musical, and hundreds of talented entertainers on eight stages. Dancers, singers, acrobats, exotic animals, wacky wenches, happy villagers, and the King’s royal court greet you as you enter the gates.
When as famished as a mud beggar, guests will enjoy the Faire's delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench their thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans from near and far. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
Carvershire has been bustling with excitement as King Richard welcomes new entertainers to our enchanting village in 2017, including:
Rick, Jan and Snorkel the Trained Stunt Pig Show - new for this year featuring juggling, stunts and piggy humor - first four weekends only; Klass Klown brings fire juggling, ball balancing and high flying pogo stick stunts;
The Vodca Family musical dance and drumming show;
Gibbon the Troubadour and Hannah Rose on the fiddle; The Lord Sheriff Glenn Fieldenstream is back after a three year hiatus, ready to write tickets and summons laughter in “court”; And a new puppet: Jasper, King of the Rag Dolls!
Don’t miss beloved returning entertainers Draiku, a beautiful aerialist duo back for their third year; Great Cats of the World exotic cat show; Ses Carny’s The Torture Show; Daniel - Duke of Danger; the Washing Well Wenches; Jacques Ze Whipper; Bawdy Mud Beggars; and of course our brave and handsome knights jousting on horseback. Every day on the King’s Stage at 1:00pm and 3:30pm, talented cast members perform an original musical. See our website for full entertainment schedule.
Special event schedule:
Sunday 9/3: Military Appreciation Day - free admission for all those with valid military ID
Saturday 9/9, 4p: Cleavage Contest
Saturday 9/16, 4p: Vow Renewal Ceremony - Romance Is In The Faire
Saturday 9/23, 4p: Game of Thrones costume and trivia contest
Saturday 9/30, 4p: Clash of the Tartans: Highland Hunks, Men in Kilts Contest
Saturday 10/7, 4p: Harry Potter Trivia and Costume Contest
Saturday 10/14, 4p: Wee Ones Parade for Princes, Princesses, Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest (ages 11 and younger only)
Saturday 10/24, 4p: Fantasy Finale Weekend: Adult Costume Contest
Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 2 through October 22, 2017. Tickets are $32 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free.
Discounts given to groups of 25 adults or more and private parties can be accommodated (birthdays, bachelor/ette parties, anniversary celebrations, and weddings). Groups may make reservations by emailing email@example.com.
King Richard’s Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone: 508-866-5391, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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: 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 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: 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 3, 2017, rain date July 5th
Place: Jetties Beach, Bathing Beach Road (July 5 rain date)
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.)
Parades on Saturday July 1
Pocasset: Salt Marsh Lane 4th of July Parade: 1 p.m., Barlows Landing Road, Pocasset. Parade starts from St. John’s Church in Pocasset and goes down Barlow’s Landing Road, through Salt Marsh Lane. Theme: “American Broadway Shows.” Residents and families of Salt Marsh Lane design floats, decorate bikes and themselves.
July 4th Day of Parades
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
Edgartown: Martha’s Vineyard): 5 p.m., beginning at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road, taking a right onto Main Street, a left onto Pease’s Point Way next to the monument, then a right onto Morse Street, a left onto Fuller Street, a right onto Thayer Street, right onto North Water Street, right onto Main Street, left back onto West Tisbury Road, ending at the Edgartown School, 35 Robinson Road.
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.
Wellfleet: 8:30 a.m., 5-mile adult fun run; 10 a.m., 1.2-mile children’s fun run with prizes given to all. Adult course beginning at Mayo Beach parking lot, Kendrick Ave., run along Wellfleet Harbor to Sunset Hill and back. Children’s course from Mayo Beach parking lot to Chequesset Neck Road and back. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday the 4th of July
Sandwich: 8:30 a.m., 3-mile road race and fun run behind the Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water St. 11:30 a.m. egg toss, followed by a picnic in the park and music by Brian Sances Band at noon to 2 p.m. at the Henry T. Wing School. 1 p.m. water games and “THE FOAM” foamy water from the Sandwich Fire Department. At 7:30 p.m., Dale and the Duds will perform “oldies but goodies” at Shawme Pond Bandstand behind Town Hall on Route 130. At 9 p.m. there will be a boat parade behind the bandstand featuring small boats decorated with paper lanterns and candles.
Falmouth: 9 a.m., 6th Annual Run Jack Run Family Fun Run/Walk beginning at Falmouth High School boys’ soccer fields, continuing down Gifford Street, ending at Trotting Park soccer fields. FHS a capella group Soulfege will sing the national anthem before the race.
Hyannisport: 9 a.m., Beach Club 2K Run at the Hyannisport Post Office, 44 Longwood Ave.
Nantucket: 9 a.m., annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 11 Orange St. There will be a patriotic sing-along with Bob and Diane Lehman and the Meeting House Community Chorus. Children can sign a replica of the Declaration of Independence and “ring” in the Fourth of July on the 1815 Portuguese bell in the Meeting House tower. 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., there will be events on Main Street, including a dunk tank, a watermelon-eating contest, face-painting, a pie-eating contest, bike decorating, Matt Fee Tea Toss, a puppet show, and Uncle Sam bean toss. 5 p.m., Independence Day games for families at Children’s Beach off Harbor View Way. Activities include a tug-o-war, three-legged races, and sack races.
Chatham: 11 a.m., Strawberry Festival at the First United Methodist Church for strawberry shortcake and lunch, 16 Cross St.
Yarmouth: 11 a.m. to noon. Historical Society of Old Yarmouth annual Fourth of July picnic, Kelley Chapel Meadows. Free for members and guests.
Provincetown: 3 to 10 p.m., first “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” on the grounds of the Pilgrim Monument, 1 High Pole Road, Provincetown. Visitors can enjoy food from Mac’s Seafood with a choice of lobster roll or fried chicken, both with sides and desserts and includes access to the cash bar. Fireworks to follow. Tickets: $45 for adults, $15 for children. Tickets and parking can be reserved online at pilgrim-monument.org.
Hyannis: 3:15 to 4 p.m., “Decorate your Bike, Carriage, or Wagon Contest” at the Hyannis Village Green on Main Street for children up to age 12; decorated “vehicles” can join in the parade for a ride down Main Street. Riders must wear helmets, and parents are welcome to accompany their children. Register at 3 p.m. Town of Barnstable Band will play patriotic songs from 5 to 6:30 p.m at the Village Green. Funktapuss will perform 7 p.m. at Aselton Park, 250 South St. (See Parades above)
A Fun Day at the Zoo
By: Meghan S
This past weekend my husband and I took the kids to the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford. With the spring weather finally arriving, we were excited to do something outside. My 2 year old is really into animals right now, so I’ve been looking into different zoos in the area. We talked to a few people who said Buttonwood Park was perfect for little ones. After going, I couldn’t agree more.
The ride from Falmouth was just about 45 minutes, so definitely doable with young kids. Children under 3 are free and adults are $10. When you walk in there is a gift shop where you can purchase tickets for the little train ride, as well as the carousal. I recommend doing that first thing so you don’t have to back track to the gift shop later on. The train was $3 per person (babies are free), and the carousal was $2 a ride. Our daughter loved both, surprisingly more than seeing the animals, so I highly recommend them.
Before we left I took a look at the food court and although it was small it was great for families. They had nice tables, both inside and out, that could easily accommodate high chairs, bags, strollers, etc. It would be a good place to take a break and whip out the snacks you undoubtedly packed in case the kids started losing interest in the main event. I also noticed a sign that mentioned hosting birthday parties there which I think would be a lot of fun.
Meghan and her husband Alex were both born and raised on Cape Cod. They moved back to Falmouth in 2013, when they were ready to get married and start their family. Meghan is a full time working mom of two adorable and fun loving kids, Katie and Jake. She recently started blogging as the “Tired Mom of Two”, which she has found to be both cathartic and fun. She is so grateful for the strong circle of friends and family she has on the Cape, and thoroughly enjoys getting together with them whenever possible.
Cape Cod Child Development hits close to home with "Rock of Ages"
By: Corinne Cameron
Life has been absolutely non-stop crazy for me, where I have not been able to write a blog post in ages. Things are no different right now, but there is a show, “Rock of Ages” coming up this weekend at the Tilden Arts Center that made me wake up an hour early so I could tell you about it. It’s that important!
Now you are sitting here thinking, Ok, theatre is entertaining and all, but important? Yes, important. The production has one goal, to serve as a fundraiser for a non-profit agency called Cape Cod Child Development. From May 12-13th the actors will perform 3 shows to raise money for CCCDP as well as the Cape Conservatory, who is receiving 10% of the proceeds to go towards student scholarships. I’ll tell you more about it further down but let me start by saying that I am not affiliated with the organization in any way other than being a former client on behalf of my 5 year old son, Remy.
Remy was born prematurely at 36 weeks and had a rough start to life, spending a total of 25 days in the NICU and Special care nursery off cape, before he was well enough to come home. Because of this he automatically qualified for services through CCCDP but little did we know, just how much we would need them and the impact the organization would have on us. Remy started off with some fairly minor stiffness on the right side of his body, a side effect of all the medications pumped into his delicate little body, and we utilized home based physical therapy services through their Early Intervention (EI) program. As he developed, he not only met his milestones, most were way ahead of the typical schedule. Then at about a year old, my husband and I, with our case manager, noticed that he wasn’t as vocal as we would have liked, so we monitored it for a bit. By the time he was 16 months, we decided to have a speech evaluation completed and the rest is history.
To make a long story, short, we had the pleasure of having CCCDP in our home multiple times a week to help Remy with his significant speech delays until he “aged out” at 3 years old and transitioned over to the public school system. In addition to having our case manager, we had a speech therapist, as well as a child development specialist working with not only Remy, but my husband and myself. What impressed me most was not only the service that they were providing, but their willingness to work within our personal ideals and boundaries. It was the definition of “child centered” and ‘individualized”.It was a sad day when we had our last EI appointment but also exciting to think of the future. Remy falls on the autism spectrum, with his receptive and expressive language being his largest stumbling block, but he is doing outstanding! The fact that it took what seemed like forever to hear my sweet boys voice say “mama’, it is even sweeter to now have him say, without prompting “Mama, I love you so much”. I can honestly say that it if wasn’t for CCCDP, I would still be waiting for “Mama”, as Early Intervention is key!
Early Intervention is actually the tip of the ‘iceberg” for Cape Cod Child Development as they have several programs to serve the Capes most vulnerable residents of all socioeconomic levels.They have the FUN (Family United Network) Program which has groups such as Music & Movement, Wildlife Playgroups, Children’s playgroups where they can explore fairytales, folk tales and original stories, Little Scientists and much more! They have Family Child Care, Preschool & Headstart Programs, and a Teen Parent Program. Since a good portion of clients fall at or below the poverty line, this non-profit organization relies on donations and grants to ensure they can serve any family that needs their service.
So what is so special about this production of “Rock of Ages” when we have an incredible amount of community theatre on Cape Cod? Well not only have some of the best talent on Cape been assembled, they have billed it as “Broadway meets Cape Cod” as they not only have 4 professional actors/vocalists joining the cast in lead roles, they have various production members that work in the business, working to make sure this show shines. I will mention that they have labeled the production PG-14, so this is an “Adult Night out to support our little ones”
So call your babysitter, grab your significant other or group of friends, go to www.CCCDP.org/children/events and reserve your tickets for one of the 3 shows and get transported back in time to re-live (Yikes! I am showing my age…..or live for the first time), your 1980’s rockstar dreams!
If you go:
Cape Cod Child Development Presents:
“Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements by Ethan Popp
Featuring National Tour & Broadway Musical Artists
May 12th-13th, 2017
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College
Corinne Cameron, an only child originally hailing from Long Island, New York but spent vacations and holidays at her families second home in Brewster since she was 3 weeks old. She was fortunate enough to be able to settle on the Cape full time in the Summer of 2000. A couple of years after marrying her husband Robert, her father suffered a life changing brain bleed leading to combining households with her parents, so she could care for him during the day. This led to purchasing a home in East Falmouth where they have been since May of 2014.
Professionally, Corinne was a social worker before becoming disabled from full time employment after a April 2007 car accident, however her most cherished “job” came to fruition on 11/11/11 when she gave birth to her rainbow baby, Remy. Remy was her personal miracle after suffering 10 miscarriages beforehand, a topic she is passionate about exposing as countless couples (1 in 4 pregnancies) every year suffer the same fate in silence. Along with raising Remy, who falls on the autistic spectrum, Corinne is a Director within the community theatre scene here on the Cape, as well as at Mashpee Middle High School since 2010. She also sits as Vice President on the Board of Directors at the Woods Hole Theater Company and runs an online support group of over 4000 patients, like her, who suffer from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In her spare time she enjoys various crafts, cake & cookie decorating, watching movies and playing board games with her family and most importantly attending bible studies and events at her church.
The Mel O'Drama School of Acting Presents: Summer Drama Camp for Cape Cod Kids.
Sign up for this very popular summer camp for one week where students will learn songs, choreography and more! Camp will take place for a week in July and the kids are sure to love it!
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!
Lean in and learn more about C.E.O. Cape Cod a new chapter of a non-profit forming in Falmouth
Join us at one of two informational meetings for a discussion of the possibilities of this new group.
Wednesday February 1 at 11.00 am OR
Thursday February 2 at 5.30 pm
at Quicks Hole Tavern
Coffee, tea and snacks will be served at this one hour meeting.
Quicks Hole Tavern is located at 29 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole.
Host Committee includes Donna Buckley, Beth Colt, Serena Lo Piccolo
Smith, Susan Moran, Debra Rogers, and Joanne Treistman
Join local moms for the first South Shore Autism Eats event. Please join us at Harbor Fire Bar and Grill in Marshfield on January 24 for an Autism Eats dinner event!
We will have our own room, a delicious dinner buffet and beautiful water view. This will be a treat!
January 24, 2017 - Harbor Fire Bar and Grill, Marshfield, MAHarbor Fire Bar and Grill
239 Dyke Rd
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Click here to To Order Tickets for January 24, 2017
Autism Eats now in its third year was started to give autism families an opportunity to enjoy restaurant dinners without the stress that often accompanies these outings. Since everyone in our private room "gets it" there is no need to explain any behaviors or feel like all eyes are on us. It is a wonderful way to have a night out with other families in an autism-friendly
This is going to be an amazing event! We have a family traveling from Burlington and another coming all the way from New York! Several of our local state reps will be making an appearance. This is not only a great way for families to network but for all our special children to make some new friends.If you are interested and missed the original post please visit www.autismeats.org to register and please feel free to message me if you have any questions. And even if you are not the parent of a special needs child please help spread the word. So many families can benefit from events like this - thanks!
10 Activities to do on the Lower Cape in the Cold
As the temperatures are dropping and we are heading into winter on the Lower Cape it is important to find activities to do with the kids. Here is my list of 10 Things!
1. Brewster Museum of Natural History They have great school vacation programs plus it is a warm places to explore.
2. The local libraries Look for fun programs or go snuggle up in their great children’s rooms with a great book.
3. Salt Pond Visitors Center Watch one of the short movies, explore the exhibits and visit the gift shop for fun.
4. Charles Moore Arena Take the kids skating.
5. Orleans Bowling Center Go bowling and get some BBQ to warm up.
6. Chatham Orpheum Theatre See a movie and stroll down the Candy Manor for treat and free fudge samples.
7. Local Scoop Enjoy the warmth of the store while you create and eat your own sundae.
8. Dot to Dot Workshop Get crafty with a workshop or class.
9. Willy’s Rock Wall Get lots of energy out with some rock climbing
10. Visit the trains at Snows!
What would you added to the list?
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