Need a change of pace this Summer?
By: Sarah Richards
Ever feel like you do the same old summer routine with the kids every summer? Need a break from the crowds? If yes, read on!
Heritage gardens and museum is a gorgeous little gem tucked away in the woods of Sandwich here on Cape Cod. Though this was only our second visit (first time was at a wedding reception), it certainly won’t be the last!!
As someone with a “black thumb,” I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain the impeccable gardens and grounds at Heritage. (Nor do I ever wish to find out...gardening is just NOT my thing...anyway...that being said, please forgive me for my lack of botanical knowledge and terminology in this post.)
Upon arriving on our beautiful sunny day, we were welcomed with lush waves of purple flowers (of which species I have no idea)....aaaaaand about a million middle school children.
Lucky for us, they were on their way out!
(Tip from a staff member: avoid the morning hours the last two weeks of May and first two weeks of June as they are completely mobbed with schools on field trips)
We visited the restrooms before grabbing our tickets, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fit our tandem style stroller! Potty FTW!
(Tip: use the restrooms at the gates and at the carousel, otherwise you may end up having to use a port-a-potty)
We took our time wandering around the grounds, admiring the flowers, and stopping for a sniff or a photo every so often. Peonies are my absolute favorite flowers (one of the few I do know!), and I had to snap photos of a few varieties along the way!
(Tip: If you are a shutterbug like me, you will definitely want to bring your camera along for some beautiful shots!)
There were several art installations throughout the grounds, and we found an interactive one along our way. It was great fun to spell out words with the blocks, and it was in a perfect spot to have a picnic!
(Tip: If you don’t bring your own picnic, there is a place inside the grounds-not far from the front entrance-where you can get concessions including hot dogs, salads, adult beverages, and even ice cream!)
As we enjoyed our lunch, we spotted a really cool antique car going around the paths!
Of course, no trip to Heritage would be complete without a spin (or three!) on the carousel! Again, we hit it at the perfect time as the school children had apparently swarmed the place that morning.
(Tip: The carousel is FREE and you can ride as many times as you would like! There was basically nobody there when we went. It is a great place to take pause in your day. You can cool off from the sun/heat, use the restroom, and check out the museum.)
Our last stop of the day was at Hidden Hollow-an enchanting little grove where the young at heart can create, explore, play, climb, learn, and enjoy! By using the contour of the natural land, this perfectly curated space provided an area for pretty much anything! Creating art, digging in the sand, playing in silk tents, climbing up to a treehouse overlook, playing music on wooden xylophones, putting on a puppet show for an audience, and the newest feature this year-a water play area!
What I love the most about Hidden Hollow is that all the elements are natural or fundamental. There were hardly any plastic elements or bright colors (aside from the silks used for the tents) in this area.
Visitors are able to appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings, and get lost in their imagination through play! I loved seeing my kids in an environment that encourages playing with the natural elements-sand, water, wood, stones.
(Tip: bring a towel or two, and a change of clothes for your littles-and possibly yourself! They will get wet!)
As the sun was setting, we (well, I) trudged back up the steep hills and heard a beautiful flute playing. Someone in costume was playing in a secluded field. I managed to snap a few shots as we enjoyed the mesmerizing music!
(Side note: wear good sneakers, and be prepared for a good workout due to the hills! Chucks were not my friend this day...)
There is so much to see and do at Heritage, and we definitely did not do it all in one afternoon! But, that is why we chose to get a family pass for the year! Family passes are available, and are worth the admission if you and just one child go as few as three times. They offer some free and discounted passes to your guests, as well as discounts to off-season events as well as to their adventure course.
If you are looking for a change of pace from the beaches, bike paths, or playgrounds this summer, you absolutely must check out Heritage Gardens and Museum!
Sarah is a newbie to the Cape, but has a deep love for the ocean. She has recently left her job of 10 years in music education and re-located to Falmouth to support her husbands' business. This "Mom-prenuear" is busy growing her Pure Haven Essentials business by helping families to live toxic free, clicking away behind her camera, chasing after her 2 adorable sons! She enjoys cooking/baking healthy (and guilty!) foods, fitness, boating, singing, and connecting with awesome new people. Sarah also helps manage our free community calendar and events. Feel free to email her information at email@example.com For more insight on Sarah's adventures, or to just connect, follow her on Instagram: @bunz_n_the_oven
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 2017 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. The list is in alphabetic order by town and will list any parades, fireworks or other activities taking place.
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 or email us and we are happy to add it!
Barnstable/West Barnstable - 7/4/18 Starts at 9 a.m., along Main Street (Rt. 6A) in Barnstable Village
Centerville - 7/4/18 Begins at 10 a.m. from Centerville Elementary School
Cotuit - 7/4/18 At 11 a.m. the parade will start from the Post Office and proceed down School Street and up Main Street to the Elementary School.
Hyannis - 7/4/18 Main Street is the place to be at 4 p.m. for the Hyannis 4th of July street parade
Hyannis Inner Harbor Boat Parade ~ 7/4/18 2pm Village Green, Main Street, Hyannis
The boats assemble and head to the inner harbor to show off their red, white and blue! Hosted by Hyannis Marina, best viewing is along Ocean Street at Hyannis Harbor around 2:00 PM.
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Lewis Bay
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!)
Bourne Parade - 7/4/18 Beginning at 10 a.m., along Main Street in Buzzards Bay
Chatham - 7/4/18 Chatham's parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds along Main Street
Parades & Fireworks:
July 4, 2018 5-11pm in Edgartown
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Edgartown’s traditional parade & fireworks. Enjoy the traditional late afternoon parade then head over to lawn of the Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main Street for burgers and hot dogs at the MV Preservation Trust’s annual BBQ. Then claim your seat on Memorial Wharf or any other harbor front location for a resplendent display over the water. Display begins as darkness falls. Free and all are welcome.
Falmouth - 7/4/18 The Bike & Carriage Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Village Green, down Main Street to Peg Noonan Park
Woods Hole - 7/4/18 This popular 4th of July parade, organized by the Marine Biological Laboratory, begins at noon and proceeds down Water Street.
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach
Tip: Bring a radio and tune to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) to hear the music that accompanies the fireworks.
RUN JACK RUN Family Fun Run/Walk on July 4th- July 4,2018 9am
Trotting Park Field
This is unbelievably our 7th Annual RUN JACK RUN Family Fun Run/Walk in honor and celebration of Jack Pearsall, our son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend, teammate, classmate. It is incredible how this event has grown and continues to bring such positive people and energy into our lives. 4th of July marks the 7 year anniversary of losing Jack after he was hit by a drunk driver after the Mashpee town fireworks on July 1, 2011. Spending this day together doing something Jack would love with friends, family and those who cared about him is the best way we've found to get through this day... come join us and take a stand against drunk driving. "Be the Change. Think & Sign. Don't Drink & Drive."
If you have not already done so, please consider signing the "PACT", pledging not to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and encouraging others to do the same. Visit www.jackspact.org to pledge online today!
RJR is a 1.2 mile run/walk between Jack's 2 soccer fields in Falmouth: Fred Toran Boys Varsity Soccer Field at FHS, down Gifford Street, to Trotting Park Soccer Fields.
REGISTRATION will open SOON at www.jackspact.org - Sign up early as shirts are limited to first come, first serve!
Check-In on Tuesday, July 4 from 7:30-8:30 AM at the Boy's soccer field at FHS - 874 Gifford Street Falmouth MA 02540. Limited parking available here, much more at Trotting Park. Drop offs and Carpooling encouraged!!!
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a timed or scored event, and entirely for your enjoyment and to honor Jack and raise awareness for the severity drunk driving. If you cannot participate, consider running RJR "virtually" from where ever you are and making a donation, or become an RJR Sponsor or Volunteer. Please see our website www.jackspact.org for more details.
**All proceeds of the event go to fund pro-social substance free activities for youth and the annual Jack Pearsall Memorial Soccer Scholarships and Jack's PACT Scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are Falmouth students who have signed "Jack's PACT".**
For more details visit our website at www.JacksPACT.org or email Samantha@jackspact.org
Date: July 1, 2018
Place: Mashpee Middle/High School
Tip: The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a whole evening of food, rides, games, music, and lots more.
7/4/18 The Department of Culture and Tourism will host the traditional Main Street activities on Wednesday, July 4thbeginning at 10:00 a.m. and culminating with the water fight between Town of Nantucket’s Fire Department and the Boynton Lane Reserves around NOON. Children’s Beach games (potato sack races, three legged races, wheel barrow races and tug-of-war) will begin at 5:00pm. The Balloon Wizard will be on the lawn. At 6:00pm, there will be music on the bandstand.
The Fireworks Display will be held on Thursday, July 5th at 9:00pm on Jetties Beach. Rain/ weather date is Friday, July 6th.
Date: July 7, 2018
Place: Onset Beach & Bay
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!
Orleans - 7/4/18 Begins at 10 a.m. on Eldredge Park Way, goes along Rt. 6A, Main Street, Rt. 28 and back to Eldredge Park
Date: July 1, 2018 (rain date July 5th)
Time: Dusk (start btw 8:30 and 9:15 pm)
Place: Rock Harbor
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. You can also see them up close at Skaket Beach.
Provincetown - 7/4/18 Starting at 11 a.m. at the East End, Harbor Hotel, up Commercial Street to Franklin Street
Date: July 4, 2018
Place: Provincetown Harbor
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.
Sandwich - 7/4/18 The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Wing School on Water Street
Sandwich Boat Parade
When: July 4, 2018, 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.
Open House for New Nature Preschool Explorers Program
Saturday, May 12
Join Long Pasture's education staff to hear more about our new drop-off enrichment program for preschoolers!
No registration is necessary to attend the Open House. Families welcome! We hope to see you there.
About the Program
Nature Preschool Explorers is a drop-off enrichment program for children ages 3-5 that begins this fall. We'll spend most of our time exploring the sanctuary's outdoor "classrooms"—including forests, tidal flats, ponds, and our new nature playground.
Running from mid-September to mid-June, the program will meet once a week for 36 weeks. Parents can choose from one of three sessions offered—Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings, or Wednesday afternoons. Read More
Two Very Special Open House Events to Highlight our Celebration of Student Art
Tuesday Afternoon Information Session
May 15, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
May 16, drop in between 9:15 am to 11 am
or schedule for another day!
885 Sandwich Road | Sagamore www.bridgeviewmontessori.org Director of Admissions: Suzanne Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org | 508.888.3567 ~ serving students 2.9 to 12 years old ~
The Free Family Fun Fair is this weekend! Join them Saturday, April 7, 10-1 at Orleans Elementary School * Crafts, activities, games, resources and a surprise entertainer! Get ready for the Dj Tom Tuttle dance party and other fun shows/activities throughout the day including DJ Acqua.
On Saturday April 7th, the Waldorf School of Cape Cod in Cotuit invites families to join their annual Spring Day Celebration. Bring your young children for a festive day of Spring fun including crafts, seed planting, a puppet show, and a delicious lunch for purchase. The day begins at 10:00am, children will make fairy gardens, butterfly wands, and a pine comb lamb. Plant some pea seeds to take home and watch them grow. The puppet show begins at 11:45am and lunch will follow. Admission is $5 per family. Teachers and staff will be on hand to talk about our school programs including Parent & Child Classes, Nursery, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School. School tours will be available throughout the morning.
Being a young professional on Cape Cod can be challenging, especially while raising a family. Coming up next week on April 5th, from 8 AM to 5 PM at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), a nonprofit organization that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and future leaders, is holding the 3rd Annual Shape Your Cape Summit. The Summit features interactive workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from career development to civic engagement and work/life balance.
Amy Leonardi from Cape Cod Moms will join moderator, Adrienne Baumann, fromCape Cod Children's Museum and fellow panelists: Megan Kemp & Sarah Nitsch, from Cape Cod Children's Place; and Stacie Peugh, from Cape Cod YMCA in helping other young professionals with families on Cape Cod with resources and advice. Attendees will be able to learn from others who are currently navigating this road.
Amy is a native Cape Codder who returned to Cape Cod after college and other work opportunities to raise her family. Amy earned a dual degree in Elementary Education and English from Bridgewater State University. After teaching for a few years she returned to the family business in 2007 joining her father, Gary DellaPosta CPA, managing the office and marketing for the busy tax firm. In 2010 she started Cape Cod Moms, an online parent resource that offers advice, resource, events and more for local parents. This past February Cape Cod Moms held the 1st ever Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair helping to connect local parents and caregivers with resources and family friendly businesses, which was a success. Amy volunteers with the Falmouth Rotary Club and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years. Amy was also selected as a Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine 40 Under 40 Professional during the Inaugural year. She currently lives in Falmouth with her husband Brian and their two children, Ethan and Olivia.
The Perfect Summer Outlet for Your Dramatic (or Shy) Child!
Did you know that a drama class can benefit an outgoing child as much as it can a shy child? Many outgoing children have a lot of energy and a structured drama class can help that child channel that energy into a productive project. A shy child can learn to find their voice in a drama class through fun games and practices. In a typical Mel O’ Drama class, students get to explore the depths of their imaginations in a creative, safe and fun environment. Whether born for the stage or fearful of new situations, children want to play together and this program has proved time and time again that children connect beautifully when creating together!
Mel Gillespie is the founder and owner of the Mel O’ Drama School of Acting for Kids based in Milton and Quincy. Besides teaching at her beloved drama school, Mel also has her own kids tv show on Milton access tv called ‘Acting up with Mel and Gigi Giraffe’ AND is the author of a successful children’s book called, ‘Darlene the drama Queen,’ which she based on her students at Mel O’ Drama. Taking a class with Mel and The Mel O’ Drama Team is fun, productive and very rewarding. ‘Every child can benefit from a drama class! Our stage awaits you!’
Summer camp registration is underway and although we’re based in Milton MA, we visit Mashpee MA every Summer and bring with us a taste of what we do in the form of a 1-week (half day) camp for little ones! This year we’ve chosen the theme of FAIRYTALES and in our camp we’ll use theatre games, voice work (projection & articulation), choreography, costumes, arts n crafts and more to prepare a little show for family on the last day of camp! Ideal for ages 4-10. Space is limited so, ‘don’t delay if you wanna play!’
For more information visit melodramakids.com, click on CAMPS and you’ll find our Cape Camp on our Summer Camps 2018 page. You can also contact Mel on 617 276 2772 for any questions you may need answered! We’d love to see you this July!
Calling all Cape Cod Moms (and Dads too!)
We are throwing a Teddy Bear Tea Party this February school vacation!
Won't you please join us?!
We'll be serving tasty treats, high tea style
from 12pm - 3:00pm on February 17th - 25th
For moms and dads, weekend brunch is offered Saturdays beginning at 10 and Sundays at noon, and lunch will be offered all week long. We look forward to seeing you and your cubs there! $10 for one child: $18 for two. Every child will receive a free finger puppet!
Open for lunch all week!
We've put together a menu that's juuuuust right for your little ones
with crustless, open faced sandwiches like...
* Banana and Nutella
* Herbed Cream Cheese and Cucumber
* Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam
Better yet there is a photo contest! Tag #quickshole with your photos
and enter to win a gift certificate to Quicks Hole Tavern & Taqueria!
For more information on our event, and to check out some kid friendly ideas:
A Fabulous Fun Day in Woods Hole
We look forward to seeing you and your cubs at the Teddy Bear Tea Party!
Quicks Hole Tavern is located at 29 Railroad Avenue, Woods Hole.
For more information, visit quicksholewickedfresh.com
With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
So many people are unaware of the toxic chemicals in their everyday products and how they effect their health and well-being as well as the environment. I help educate families on how to live safer and healthier lifestyles as an independent consultant for Pure Haven. Pure Haven is a U.S. based company dedicated to providing 100% non-toxic personal care and home cleaning products.
2. Where is it located?
Since I can travel to any location, the business is wherever YOU are!
3. What is your favorite part about our community?
My favorite part about our community is the way people (moms especially) rally around one another. It really does take a tribe!!
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
Aside from educating families about living toxic free, I enjoy singing at our church.
5. What are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Especially for families who are not native to the area, it is challenging to feel “connected” with other families unless you are involved in church or your child attends school.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
My favorite story was when I had a love event at a restaurant and my (very skeptical, incredibly macho) brother stopped in and listened to the entire presentation, let me use his had as an example for the products, after which booked his own event!!! If I can convince more people like him, we would have so many people leading healthier lives!!
7. What advice would you give parents and care givers in our community?
Advice i need to remember myself: Time flies, so soak it all in. Snuggle, cuddle, and love them to bits! The dishes and laundry can wait.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know?
Every month we have a rotating FREE product and discounted bundles of products! Every host earns FREE products so it is incredibly advantageous to book and host a gathering!
Cape Cod Moms