Christine's Weekend Picks for 11/11-11/13

The Cape Cod Kidz What to Do on the Weekend Guide

Featuring Christine's top picks for November 11 through 13, 2011

By Christine Chapman

Fall is beautiful here on Cape Cod, and life is good as we see the leaves change color and gearing up for a nice long weekend as Veterans' Day approaches. There is certainly some fun stuff to do on Cape Cod this weekend and it's supposed to be a nice one, so I hope you can take the opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful family programming we've got here...and have a great weekend! 

For Friday November 11, 2011:

  • The Provincetown Farmers' Market continues this week! Get there from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM in Provincetown.

  • Cape Cod Children's Museum is having its Veterans' Day Fall Festival from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. There will be activities for families to do throughout the day. From 11:00am-2:00pm, Kim Torres, of "elements etc." will be educating families on local cranberry bogs and teaching some early American games and Lori Lieberman will demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls. There will be other fall crafts for families to enjoy as well. Vendors will be spaced throughout the museum sharing their wares for parents to peruse and to do some holiday shopping while their children are at play. Sounds like fun and productivity all rolled into one!

  • Engage your preschooler in nature with this Mommy-and-Me style class. Songs, stories, role plays, crafts and hands-on explorations will be used to discover the world and develop cognitive, motor, and social skills. Each Small Fries: Animals in Motion - Ages 2-5 class focuses on a special animal or habitat. This is a great experience at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Trevor the Juggler--one show only in Harwich! Photo courtest of HTJ.

  • If you have a toddler and you're anywhere near Wellfleet, Toddler Town is a treat for the little ones from 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM at Wellfleet Public Library. The indoor gym opens up at 11am so the kids can run off that extra energy!

  • Another preschool and toddler activity available for children between the ages of 2 and 5 is Preschool Storytime at Eastham Public Library in Eastham at 10:30am. This activity will includes stories, fingerplays, songs, silliness and a crafts.

  • Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich is a great spot to take kids of all ages and they always have great programs. Critter Capers is a popular program from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM. Participants get to visit with a naturalist and one of the animals to learn about life cycles, habits and habitats.

  • Trevor the Juggler - One Show Only! He's back, for one show only! Head out to Harwich Junior Theater at 11:00 AM to enjoy a very popular entertainer. A great family activity! Harwich Junior Theatre in Harwich.

  • Story, Dance & Craft is hosted by Miss Tara and all kids are welcome to join in a fun storytime which includes a new story read aloud and making a creative craft. This event is from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Hyannis.

  • For kids between grades 3 and 7, Rock Night at HYCC (Grades 3-7 only) is a wonderful weekly activity so many kids look forward to! It gives kids the opportunity to skate to the beat of popular music and socialize with their friends from 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM at The Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

The annual Turkey Shoot in Hyannis is a blast! Photo courtesy of the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

On Saturday November 12, 2011:

  • Catch the last weeks of the Orleans Farmers' Market from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Orleans. What a treat to have this farmer's market continuing on into November!

  • The Hyannis Youth and Community Center is offering this fun, free event: Turkey Shoot: A Family Basketball Shoot-Out from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Barnstable High School in Hyannis. This is a fun basketball shooting contest in November that adults and their children enjoy together. The Parent/guardian is paired up with their child in age divisions. The team that shoots the most out of 10 foul shots wins a free turkey! Just in time for Thanksgiving!!!

  • Live Animal Story Time is on again from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich! Drop by and join a naturalist for a lively story of "Peter Rabbit" and friends and a visit with one of the animals featured in the day's story. Suitable for families with children ages 3 and up.

You'll have to leave the kids at home--but what a great afternoon and a great cause!

  • Great Bowls of Fire Chili Festival will be put on by the Sandwich Kiwanis Club to support Cape kids! Enjoy chili tasting and live acoustic music with Amber Crowley, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod and a bunch of other Cape kids. Get out to sample chili from 25 VENDORS & VOTE ON WHO HAS THE BEST ONE! This event will be from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM at The Sandwich Hollows Golf Club in East Sandwich. Buy tickets at the Boys & Girls Club, 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive, Mashpee, off 151 behind the Mashpee Police & Fire Stations. $15 for 1; $24 for 2! You can also get them at Eastern Bank in Sandwich or at Dr. Steven Robinson's office. This is an over 21 event.

  • Saturday Family Science 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Green Briar Nature Center. The Science Cart houses materials for on-going science exploration for families with children ages 4 to 12 years. The cart will be staffed by a naturalist each Saturday afternoon throughout the year. Advance registration is required for each week's session. Call 508-888-6870.

  • Family Fun Night is on from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Tumble Time Gymnastics in Pocasset. Compete together as a family on our exciting obstacle course. Help one another climb over obstacles, jump in a potato sack, answer trivia questions, and have good times that will not be forgotten. Play an invigorating game of dodgeball with no-hurt balls. Your family can be a team in a game of Scattergories, Charades or other games. Kickball, healthy homemade snacks, dancing, musical chairs and more are included. Pre-registration is required. $30 per family. Bring friends and get $10 off your cost.

  • For all you ice-skaters out there! Hyannis Youth and Community Center has Public Skate again from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Sunday November 13, 2011:

  • There isn't much on the roster for today which I take as a gift to go out for a wonderful walk, bike ride or to a local museum, with no agenda and with the intent just to spend some unplanned time with the family!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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