Christine's Weekend Picks for 8/19-8/21

The Cape Cod Kidz What to Do on the Weekend Guide

Featuring Christine's top picks for August 19-21, 2011

By Christine Chapman

As summer winds down and we have rainy days thatalmost feel like a relief, after the heat and humidity of our summer, even thebeach has lost some of its charm. It's almost time for us to resume the routinethat's fall, as New Englanders chasing apple orchards and fall foliage, and thevery different, wistful, romantic colder beaches...of autumn and winter...

Back to school shopping and scheduling are on allour mom-minds as August wanes...and as we count down to Labor Day weekend. Why isit so busy? I always romanticize summer as this carefree, wonderful time whenin reality I often feel so overwhelmed juggling during summer months. So manyplans dominate the schedule. I've realized that sometimes I just need to say"no" and not feel guilty about putting me and my family first.

And if I'm entertaining, sometimes that means we'reentertaining, and when that's the case, I am so glad of the wealth ofopportunities on the Cape. Here on Cape Cod, there is consistently some reallygreat activities and opportunities for exploration, both indoors and outdoors,in music and the arts. Here are some samplings of how many quality programs wehave here for kids and families on Cape Cod--some events I would love to get to. Have an awesome weekend!

WEEKEND-LONG EVENTS:

Tom Walsh as Huck Finn, Charles Powicki as Tom Sawyer. Photo credit: Heather Lannen, courtesy of Harwich Junior Theatre.

For Friday August 19:

  • Farmer's Markets continue: Osterville Farmers' Market  from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Osterville Historical Museum in Osterville and/or  Provincetown Farmers' Market from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM in  Provincetown
  • CCCArts' Theater for Children  is performing "Pantomonium" at 9:30 AM and 11:30am at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis.
  • Patient Update is an event worth being available for, and it is free at the National Marine Life Center at Buzzards Bay. 10am is the time the update begins!
  • Fridays for Families is happening at 10am at Falmouth Museums on the Green. Hands-on Historical discovery activities for students aged 7-11 and their parents.
  • Head out to Green Briar Nature Center with your family to enjoy Critter Capers  from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Visit with a naturalist and one of the animals and learn about life cycles, habits and habitats. This program, which is offered every Friday morning, is suitable for children ages 3 and up with an adult. Green Briar Nature Center  is in East Sandwich)

    Mudflat Mania! is a fun way for all ages to get a little wet and explore! CCMNH photo.

  • The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster has the 2011 Mudflat Mania! program happening from 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM and then the Weekday Family Nature Programs is scheduled for 1:00 PM.  
  • Free Fun Friday 2011  offers free admission to everyone today at -- Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Free ferry transportation to the Harbor Islands, 408 Atlantic Ave, Boston
    - Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Avenue-Easton
    - USS Constitution Museum, 22 Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown
    - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 West Columbus Ave, Springfield
  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid has its awesome Secrets of the Sands  program from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM.
  • St. Christopher's Friday Night Grill from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM sounds like a great way to enjoy a family-oriented start to the weekend, at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Chatham! What a wonderful way to get people together!
  • Family Skate  continues at  the Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis from 5-7pm.

    S'mores go better with stories around a campfire!

  • S'mores & Stories Around the Fire sounds like the perfect way to end a family-oriented Friday night. In fact, that might have to be what my family does this Friday evening...8:00 PM at the Green Briar Nature Center  in East Sandwich.

    On Saturday August 20, 2011:

  • Henna Art  is being offered at 2:00 PM at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich. Children must have written permission from parents.
  • Let's Go N'Seine:  Explore the bay with an interpreter using dip nets, magnifiers, buckets and a large seine net to sample for local critters. Wear water shoes! 10:00 AM at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth/Waquoit.
  • If you're anywhere near North Truro, there's an Archeological Dig for Children, from 10am-12pm. It's for children 7-10. $5. Materials supplied. Call to reserve a space in advance. Highland House Museum, Highland Light Road, N. Truro. 508-487-3397.
  • TheWestBarnstable Train Station & Museum OPEN from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.The "Cape Cod Chapter, National Railway HistoricalSociety maintains and operates the train station on donations and volunteerism.Cape Cod Central Scenic Train Ride tickets on sale at the ticket window in thetrain station up to train departure at 11:55am every Saturday from May 28 toOctober 15; Train Station and Museum open for families and visitors 9:00am to2:00pm.
  • Music at Mayo 2011 Concerts Cape Cod Bay Challenge Fundraiser, Christopher's Haven (a home for kids when cancer hits), Wellfleet rocking after party with the Rip It Ups, 3pm-8pm.  From 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Baker's Field Tent in Wellfleet.
  • The Family JamWorkshops arehappening from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen.I can't wait to get my family out there! Nectarine Plum jam is what they'remaking this week!

    Sunday August 21, 2011:

    There isn't awhole lot going on Sunday but I would suggest getting a head start on back toschool shopping. Take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities to savemoney as you get your children ready for back to school and fall. And if you'vealready done that...enjoy those last opportunities for cookouts and beach time.

    Have a greatweekend!

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