Christine's Weekend Picks for 8/26-8/28

The Cape Cod Kidz What to Do on the Weekend Guide

Featuring Christine's top picks for August 26-28, 2011

By Christine Chapman

With Hurricane Ireneon its way, it's hard to say what the weekend is going to look likebut there is, as usual, so many options here on Cape Cod during thesummer months! There are also all kinds of back to school saleopportunities to take advantage of in shopping malls if the weatherdoesn't allow for us to take advantage of outdoor activities.

Between the rush ofback to school and the lazy, care-free days of summer here quicklycoming to an end I have already heard many people say "I can'twait for September to be here!" As much as I sometimes feel thesame way, I am also incredibly grateful for the summer activities,for the great nights of sleep my children get after spending thewhole day outside and how wonderful it is to have the opportunity eatour meals outside.

So for those of youlooking for fun things to do on Cape Cod, here are some events Iwould love to get to. Have a great weekend everyone!


Laura Cappello as Patsy Cline. Photo courtesy of the Harwich Junior Theatre.

ForFriday August 26:

  • 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

  • Patient Update is at 10am at the National Marine Life Museum in Buzzards Bay.

  • Cape author/illustrator Jess Golden Linehan will read her children's picture book, Martin Mixed-Up at the Beach. Children can meet Martin and participate in an illustration activity. Enjoy this wonderful Meet the Character and Picture Book Reading at 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM at Centerville Library in Centerville.

  • Cape Cod Mall Hosts the Aleppo Shriners Clown Competition! The Aleppo Shriners are hosting their annual convention on Cape Cod this year which includes events all over the Cape. Their clown competition will take place in the mall's food court. Come and watch the Aleppo Shriner's clowns compete in a variety of categories which will be fun for the whole family! 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.

  • Cotuit Center for the Arts presents "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in 2 showings at 10:00 AM and 12:30PM at The Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit.

  • 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.

  • The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster has the 2011 Mudflat Mania! program happening from 3:30 PM - 05:30 PM. Get there early to enjoy the Weekday Family Nature Programs scheduled for 1:00 PM.

  • Free Fun Friday 2011 is having its LAST day today! Enjoy free admission for everyone today at - Old Sturbridge Village,1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge
    - New Repertory Theatre, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
    - Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
    - EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester

  • Family Skate continues at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis from 5-7pm.

  • Rock Night at HYCC continues for the older kids from 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM.

OnSaturday August 27, 2011:

  • 22nd Pops in the Park, featuring the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Jung-Ho Pak is scheduled to take place at Eldredge Park in Orleans on Saturday, August 27 at 7pm. Gates open at 5pm.

  • The 3rd Annual Mills & Gills Festival is back! From 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The 3rd Annual Mills and Gills Festival is taking place at the Stony Brook Grist Mill, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and at Drummer Boy Park simultaneously!At the Grist Mill visitors can sample cornbread baked with the Mill's freshly ground corn meal, watch the miller work, and visit the Mill's museum. Author Sally Gunning will be on hand 1-3 PM to sign copies of her latest novel, partially set at the mill site.At Cape Cod Museum of Natural History*, enjoy a guided marsh tour featuring Stony Brook. Children can join in the "Fishing for Answers" game to win a herring bookmark!  Locationsthroughout town.  At Drummer Boy Park, tour the Higgins Farm Windmill and Harris Black House, and see the blacksmith in action. Enjoy demonstrations by the Yarmouth Militia, and learn about Brewster's natural resources conservation efforts from a number of town departments and committees.  Allof these activities are FREE and family friendly! Parking is atDrummer Boy Park and three Shuttle Buses will ferry visitors betweenthe Grist Mill, CCMNH and Drummer Boy.
  • 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.

  • Enjoy Live Animal Story Time at 10:30 AM at Thornton W. Burgess Museum in Sandwich.

  • The 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.

  • Calling all dog lovers! Head out to Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for the Therapy Dog Program with Gina Hayes at 1:00 PM. Gina Hayes' Therapy Dog programs will entertain Museum audiences with exciting and highly informative presentations on the capabilities and roles of therapy dogs. Each dog will work with his or her owner as a team in routines performed for children and adults in a variety of settings. You will learn about the positive effects of these highly trained dogs on people, and no doubt appreciate your own companion dog all the more.

The Balloon Guys Daniel Herron and Tom Vorjohan will perform during the Cape Cod Festival of Magic. Photo courtesy of the Yarmouth Chamber.

SundayAugust 28, 2011:

Iimagine on Sunday, what with the forecast calling for rain and highwinds, many of you will choose to hunker down at home. If that'snot the case however, and you're thinking of venturing out...hereare a couple of things besides the weekend-long events that arespecific to Sunday's roster of possible fun activities:

  • For all you magic lovers: Cape Cod Festival of Magic will kick off its first of six days of magic at MacArthur Elementary School in Yarmouth. Magicians from near and far will captivate Cape Cod residents and visitors during the inaugural "Cape Cod Festival of Magic" from Sunday, August 28 through Friday, September 2. The week-long festival, featuring some of the country's most talented magicians, illusionists, comedians and balloon artists, will be hosted by the Town of Yarmouth and benefit the Cape Cod and Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Touch A Truck is another fun event that will take place at Sears Field on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, across from the police station. Construction vehicles, law enforcement, fire trucks, busses, motorcycles and more! Kids can climb on, touch and sit in these awesome trucks!  Enjoy crafts, face painting, bounce house, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, snacks and more! $5 admission for children - adults free. All proceeds benefit the Laurence C. MacArthur Elementary School from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Have a greatweekend! Stay dry and here's hoping the hurricane misses usentirely so we can enjoy as many of these wonderful Cape Cod basedevents for our kids! 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