Welcome to our Hidden Freebies Series! Each week we will bring you a new hidden freebie located on Cape Cod & the Islands that you can bring the kids to for some great photo ops and a good time!
We are kicking off this series highlighting the Sandwich Fish Hatchery, a facility of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the oldest hatchery in the country. Located at 164 Rte 6A near Dewey Ave, this year the hatchery is celebrating 100 years! Open year round, 365 days a year from 9-3pm, the Fish Hatchery is a well kept secret! Guests can come and see the trout run and even feed the fish for 25 cents, which provides amazing entertainment for children and adults!
We had a great time exploring the Hatchery, running from stream to stream, feeding the fish and watching them flip and jump! They have brook, brown, and rainbow, trout; which are raised here before they are used to stock the ponds. Its amazing to watch and if you have a child with you, I would fill up a cup with food and go crazy! An added benefit of this hidden freebie is not only is it fun and free, but it is educational! Great topics include: life cycles of the fish, the environmental impact of the hatchery, why being a responsible fisher is important, to name only a few. For kids, pair this with a book like Lightning's Tale: The Story of a Wild Trout by Hugh Campbell. Your local Cape Library may have it or you can get it from Amazon here!
Tip: Bring hand sanitizer with you, as they have no public restrooms to wash your hands after.
Call for more info: (508) 888-0008 or read more about the Sandwich Fish Hatchery here!
If you know of any hidden freebies on Cape Cod & the Islands that you want to share with other Cape Cod Moms email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Cape Cod Mommies,
I’d love to invite you to the Coalition for Children’s annual Pre-Thanksgiving Pie Auction, Bake Sale & Toe Jam Puppet Band
Concert. This year’s auction will be on Saturday, November 19th, at the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich. The doors open at 9:00 am, so come on in, get a good Toe Jam watching seat, and then peruse the Live and Silent Auction tables. Make sure you get a program and a pencil so you can write down the numbers of the pies and goodies you want to bid on. By now, you might be getting hungry, so stop and get a snack at the Bake Sale table. The Toe Jam concert begins at 9:30. If you haven’t seen them before then you HAVE TO COME! They are entertaining (and a little crazy!) and the kids just love them. Our live auction begins at 10:30 am while the adults are bidding, there will be craft tables, a face painter, and an indoor (safe) obstacle course for the kids. This event is free to all families, and there will be a donation jar for those who like to contribute.
If, while reading this, you are saying to yourself, “Wait: I am a fabulous baker, and I’d really like to help support this community program,” please call Tina @ (508) 548 0151 x 172!
So if you have the morning of November 19th free, please join the Coalition for Children at the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich for some pie fun: we’ll dance, we’ll play, we’ll bid, and we'll celebrate this season of Thanksgiving!
The Coalition for Children is a non-profit, Parenting Support and Education program serving families in Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Bourne. We offer Play and Learn groups, parenting classes, literacy
programs, workshops, and we also host local community events. All our programs are free and available to anyone raising children on the Upper Cape: last year we served over 1,100 local families!
Klub Kidz Fall Classes with Ms. Lori Dutra start TODAY at The Fitness Company for Women in Mashpee on Rte 130!
Creative Movement Playgroup 11:30-12:30 ages Toddler to Preschool
Afternoon Kid Fit 1:30-3:00 ages Preschool - Up!
Remember - September is "TRY A CLASS FOR FREE" month for all Cape Cod Mommies members who have never been to this class!
Check out Klub Kidz!
Our Fall Session of childrens programming starts on Tue. Sept. 13. MGOL will be held on Tues. & Fri. at both 10:15 & 11:15. Story Boat will be at 10:15 on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Please Note: There will not be any children's programs on Friday, October 7; Friday, November 11; the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 22 and Nov. 25 and Friday, Dec. 9.
Mother Goose on the Loose is a drop-in program, lead by staff member,
Amy Sellers. This Fall, MGOL will meet 4 times during the week. “Mother Goose on the Loose” is free and open to all area families, pre-registration is not required at this time, however our goal is to have no more than 15 children and their care-givers in one session. Please choose one MGOL session a week to attend. “Mother Goose on the Loose” is a thirty-minute literacy program designed for children from birth to age three and their caregivers. The program was developed by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, and combines principles of successful library “lapsit” programs and elements from Barbara Cass-Beggs successful music enrichment programs entitled, “Your Baby Needs Music” and “Your Child Needs Music”.
“Mother Goose on the Loose” incorporates findings in child development and brain research with activities and methods that promote early literacy and school readiness skills. Each session follows a script that uses repetition; and tactile, rhyme, rhythm, listening, and movement activities. Typical sessions begin with the poem “Old Mother Goose” followed by finger plays, flannel board activities, puppet shows, stories, songs, movement activities, playing with scarves, bells, and drums, and interactive play. Each session ends with a lullaby, a quiet poem, and a signature good-bye.
The program’s design and implementation carefully considers aspects of brain development in babies and young children. Research shows that the development of intellectual, emotional, and social intelligence in babies and children is most affected by experiences that are frequent, regular and predictable; experiences that occur in the context of a warm and supportive environment; experiences that are associated with positive emotion and play; and experiences that encourage a child’s curiosity and initiative.
Story Boat, a preschool story time for ages 2.9-5 years will be on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. downstairs in the Sunshine Room. We invite MGOL parents with pre-school aged children to choose the Friday sessions as we offer early literacy programs for both ages. We welcome new staff member, Rosemary Modic who will lead Story Boat. Story Boat provides a developmentally appropriate story time with a craft.
Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Falmouth is now offering Itsy Bitsy Yoga with Whitney Marshall for ages 3 weeks thru 3 years! The fall session begins September 20 and there are many classes to choose from!
ITSY BITSY YOGA™
Itsy Bitsy Yoga is a fun and gentle developmentally-centered program for young children and their parents. Itsy Bitsy Yoga® was developed by Helen Garabedian, Certified Yoga Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator and Author of two best-selling books.
Itsy Bitsy Yoga® offers parents and caregivers three class options depending on their child's age and developmental stage. There are Itsy Bitsy Yoga® classes for babies, tots, and tykes. Babies as young as 3 weeks and children as old as 4 years can enjoy the structured one-on-one interaction the classes provide.Collectively you can enjoy over 125 Itsy Bitsy Yoga® poses, rhymes and activities that provide developmentally nutritious interaction between parent and child. This nurturing program gives parents and caregivers the tools and support they need to bond with, and comfort their little ones as they grow into their bodies and explore their surroundings.
ITSY BITSY YOGA™ For Babies
Ages: 3 weeks-10 months with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies is a supportive, fun-loving class that contain dozens of unique yoga postures designed to encourage your baby's development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and help baby sleep longer, digest better and grow stronger.
During class, babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is a special opportunity to meet other moms and dads, get support, and learn about baby's emerging personality. Most of the yoga we do in Itsy Bitsy Yoga is for baby, but you will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques as you practice a bit of yoga yourself.
No yoga experience required.
ITSY BITSY YOGA™ For Tots
Ages: 10-24 months with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class. As Tots' mobility increases and they naturally become busier, classes offer tot-centric poses that encourage and support their physical explorations, as well as their creative spirit. Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots continues to build and nurture the parent/child bond.
During class, crawlers and walkers playfully practice yoga postures while they are standing, sitting up, walking, and jumping. Tots become more confident in their moving bodies as they practice yoga in and out of class. No yoga experience is required.
ITSY BITYOGA™ For Tykes
Ages: 2-4 years old with a parent or caregiver
Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes combines unique, toddler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching parent/child activity. Each class is personalized around Tyke's curiosities as they learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play and help Tykes and their caregivers discover and enhance their physical and social development.
In Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Tykes also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your Tyke build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun!
No yoga experience is required.
Trained Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator
for Babies, Tots and Tykes
Whitney is a trained Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator for Babies, Tots and Tykes. Whitney fell in love with yoga when she began practicing over 5 years ago. Her love for yoga grew stronger when she began taking her daughter Delaney. The birth of her daughter deepened her yoga experience and inspired her to teach other parents. Itsy Bitsy Yoga has combined her love for yoga and her love for children.
In addition to teaching yoga, Whitney works as the Marketing Manager at Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, the corporate headquarters of The Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY. Whitney holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Education from Florida State University where she studied Sport Management. Whitney strives to be a roll model for her daughter and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle for children of all ages.
Within the past few weeks, facebook posts from all of my friends started popping up talking about Pinterest. It seemed that every day someone would report they they logged in to Pinterest were obsessed and never came out!! This freaked me out because, if my friends have been dropping like flies into the Pinterest Craze, surely it was only a matter of time until I got sucked in.. so I have been holding back at "going there"
Today I finally decided to take a peek and I'm happy I did. It's a really cool idea and I can totally see how users love this site! Searching for things online can be so hard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all of the great things you find online! They have sections for decorating homes, book ideas, entertaining ideas, birthday party ideas and so much more. Not only can you post your own great ideas and finds, but you can also browse through other peoples ideas! What a great idea! And if I were a creative person, I would be all over this site!
This activity is great for the toddler who loves to paint! Try Pudding Finger Paints!
It's easy... might be messy.... but its tasty!
Buy a vanilla or light colored pudding mix (this can also be substituted with yogurt). Follow directions for making the pudding. Divide up and add a few different colors of food coloring.
*** Note there are dairy products in both of these.
Cape Cod Moms