Christine's Weekend Picks for 7/22-7/24

The Cape Cod Kidz What to Do on the Weekend Guide

Featuring Christine's top picks for July 22-24, 2011

By Christine Chapman

Here's hopingyou're all doing well in this crazy heat! I hope you have someplans in place to stay cool and hydrated as the weekend approaches.Here are some things that might be fun to do this weekend-don'tforget to stay cool and don't overdo it!

Here are someweekend-long events you can take advantage of throughout the weekend:

Kids love the rides at the Barnstable County Fair. cctoday photo.

  • Barnstable County Fair : "the 167th Barnstable County Fair is still going on until the end of the day Saturday July 23. They are open from 12pm-10pm each day. Gates close at 10pm, midway closes at 11:30pm. Adults $10; children 6-12 $2, under 5 free with paid adult. Midway with games, fun, food, live performances. There's the Demolition Derby on 7/20, Crystal Bowersox on 7/23. Animal exhibits including Birds of Prey and Sea Lion Splash. See complete schedule at Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway/Route 151, East Falmouth. 508-563-3200."

  • The Harwich Junior Theater has 2 performances that are happening throughout the weekend: HJT presents "The Jungle Book" will run at 4:00 PM Friday July 22, and again at 4:00 PM on Sunday July 24. HJT presents "Always, Patsy Cline" will run at 8:00 PM on Friday July 22 and Saturday July 23. Thanks to Harwich Junior Theater for its wonderful programming!

  • Exhibition: Children's Book Illustrations by Scott Nash is happening from 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM at the Centerville Historical Museum  throughout the weekend and will run until the end of September.

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Games are playing throughout the weekend. On Friday July 22, Cotuit at Yarmouth-Dennis 5pm; Chatham at Bourne 6pm; Wareham at Falmouth 7pm; Orleans at Harwich 7pm; Brewster at Hyannis 7pm.On Saturday July 23: Hyannis at Cotuit 5pm; Chatham at Yarmouth-Dennis 5pm; Brewster at Falmouth 5:30pm; Bourne and Orleans 7pm; Harwich at Wareham 7pm. On Sunday, July 24: Orleans at Brewster 5pm; Cotuit at Chatham 5:30pm; Yarmouth-Dennis at Harwich 5:30pm; Falmouth at Bourne 6pm; Wareham at Hyannis 7pm.

Harwich Junior Theatre presents "The Jungle Book". Pictured are Calliope Pina as Kaa, Josh Brimdyr as Baloo, Nick Stewart as Mowgli, Jenn Pina as Bagheera. Photo credit Heather Lannen, courtesy of Harwich Junior Theatre.

ForFriday July 22:

  • Free Fun Friday 2011 offers free admission to everyone today at - Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester; The Sports Museum, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston; Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Route 183, Stockbridge; Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem.

  • Weekday Family Nature Programs continue to be offered at 1:00 PM Mondays through Fridays at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. The programming is great: "Monday: The Sky's the Limit with Jarvis Hunt, Tuesday: Do You Dig It? with Kate Modzelewski, Wednesday: Spineless Wonders from My Backyard with Fran Cormier or Clams, Crabs and Other Crawlers with Betsy & Bud Ferris , Thursday: Bats: Those Fantastic, Furry, Flexible Flyers with Irwin Schorr or Snakes: Those Silent, Scary, Scaly Slitherers with Irwin Schorr, Friday: Do Whales Have Bellybuttons? with Myles Marcus"

  • The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet has two outdoor programs featured today: Splash Courses: Beach-tastic Birds from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM and then Seashore Ramble from 9:30 PM - 12:00 PM.

  • On a hot night, what's a better family activity than Family Skate? The Hyannis Youth and Community Center is having its weekly skating event for families from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. You can enjoy the benefits of a cooling center AND some exercise as a family.

  • Rock Night at HYCC is another skating event for children in grades 3-7. From 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM and this also happens at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center .

There are a number of concerts to check out on Friday as well:

OnSaturday July 23, 2011:

A bearded dragon, of the the interesting creatures you will meet at the Rainforest Reptile Show at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Photo courtesy of CCMNH.

Here are some family-fun events to check out:

  • West Barnstable Train Station & Museum OPEN from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.The "Cape Cod Chapter, National Railway Historical Society maintains and operates the train station on donations and volunteerism. Cape Cod Central Scenic Train Ride tickets on sale at the ticket window in the train station up to train departure at 11:55am every Saturday from May 28 to October 15; Train Station and Museum open for families and visitors 9:00am to 2:00pm. Come join the fun. All Aboard!"

  • Cultural Survival Bazaar is happening on Saturday July 23 and again Sunday July 24 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Peg Noonan Park in Falmouth.) It's a "native arts & culture festival to show support for the world's 370 million Indigenous Peoples. Shop a variety of fairly traded products handmade by Indigenous artisans in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Items include jewelry/art&crafts/carvings/decor/hand-knotted Tibetan/Tribal Rugs. ALSO Enjoy live "world" music by Ecuadorian band Yarina, live presentations like short films, Native American storytelling by Leonard Four Hawks, meet many visiting artisans from around the world & enjoy educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, and ethnic foods."

  • Story Time & Book Signing with Scott Nash 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM sounds like an awesome way to stay cool with your kids. This is taking place at the Centerville Historical Museum in Centerville.

  • There's nothing like a good old fashioned pig roast! Orleans/Eastham Elks Pig Roast from 4:00 PM at the Orleans/Eastham Elks Lodge in Eastham "The Orleans/Eastham Elk's Summer Pig Roast is happening on the outside pavilion on Saturday, July 23. The public is welcome. Doors open for cocktails at 4PM. Dinner is served around 5PM. Enjoy large portions of pork, side salads, corn, & dessert all for $16 per person. Tickets are available in advance at the Lodge or at the door. Cash only, please."

  • Rainforest Reptile Show: Live Animal Program sounds like an incredible experience. Shows are at 4:30 PM and at 7pm at The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster. "The Rainforest Reptile Show is an exciting program that will engage all age groups. Experience direct, safe and appropriate contact with live animals, such as alligators, turtles, snakes and frogs, from the neo-tropical and sub-tropical rain forests of the world. Learn from displays and fascinating stories about the extraordinary natural history of these habitats.  Michael Ralbovsky, founder of Rainforest Reptiles, is a professionally trained herpetologist and a consultant and trainer for Massachusetts conservation officers. He provides animals for The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and other TV shows."

  • Family Jam Workshops are happening yet again from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM and this week it's blueberry nectarine jam!!! Head out to the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich!

SundayJuly 24, 2011:

There'sa lot going on, even on Sunday, what with the Cape Cod BaseballLeague Games and The Harwich Junior Theater performance of JungleBook. Check out the Cultural Survival Bazaar in Falmouth or head outto find a cool spot on the beach so that you can stay somewhere wherethe promise of ocean and cool are right there with you. I'mplanning to spend my Sunday with dear friends at their pool! Have agreat weekend! welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on