Need a break from mini-golf and soft-serve? Consider these alternatives for tiring out little ones and engaging bigger kids – some tried-and-true, others new.
Our expert local moms all count these Cape treasures among their go-to activities for toddlers. The Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee is a haven for endless discovery and play. Their advice for year-round residents? Invest in a membership. Heritage Plantation’s Hidden Hollow, nested in a sunken kettle hole, is a magical place to explore the natural world. Ask about free admission for active duty military families!
For your drama kings and queens, Dramafun! is THE place to be. Programs range from Creative Drama I & II for younger kids to Teen Cabaret to intensive musical theatre camp. Dramafun!’s spacious studio at Meryl’s Music and Arts Center in Sandwich is shared this summer with three week-long music and yoga camps for ages 9-12 presented by Alicia Mathewson of Sounding Still Wellness and yoga instructor Kristen O’Toole. Each week is concentrated on a theme supporting awareness and confidence.
Making your way down Cape, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis inspires imaginations with week-long art camps, while the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster connect kids to our diverse natural environment.
Stand-up paddling is an accessible sport that provides an affordable way for families to get on the water. SUPfari Adventures in Brewster has several packages sure to meet your needs – get the whole crew out for Family Fun or relax on shore while the kids have an instructor-led adventure (bring a friend or sibling and both get $10 off!). Looking for father/son bonding time? Bros on Boards is for you. For a mid-Cape paddle session, Amy Hotchkiss at Osterville’s Stand Up and Paddle Cape Cod offers lessons and guided tours. Why not sign up with Amy for the Paddle for the Bays Family Day on July 18 to benefit Three Bays Preservation?
A summer highlight for Cape Codders of all ages is catching a Cape League baseball game – a must-do, especially for first-time visitors. Each of the ten teams offers youth clinics throughout the summer, generally for boys and girls ages 5-13, focused on delivering the fundamentals of the game in a fun atmosphere.