Christine's Weekend Picks for 12/16-12/18

The Cape Cod Kidz What to Do on the Weekend Guide

Featuring Christine's top picks for December 16 through 18, 2011

By Christine Chapman

This weekend, it'll be a week before Christmas. Holiday fun abounds here on Cape Cod! Here's hoping you are done with all your Christmas shopping so you can enjoy some of what's in store for families as Christmas approaches quicker than many of us would want!!!

Weekend-long activities:

  • Heritage Gardens Aglow Annual Celebration of Lights 5:00PM - 9:00PM all weekend. The museum's buildings and grounds will sparkle with festive lights and decorations and Old St. Nick will hold court in the museum's Ford Model T (as his sleigh is in the shop). There will also be a gingerbread house display and kids' holiday crafts area. Tickets are $7/member adults, $4/member children ages 3 to 17, $10/ non-member adults, $5 member children ages 3 to 17, and free for children age 2 and under. Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.
  • The Buttonwood Zoo has a lot going on all weekend: with opportunities to have donuts and cookies with Santa and the opportunity to make Christmas crafts in their holly jolly time program. For more information, click here.
  • Cape Cod Enchanted Village 5:00PM - 9:00PM at The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. 10th annual event. Come bring the kids to see a magnificent display of more than 100,000 lights, animated reindeer and more. In addition, carolers and Santa Fri-Sat from 5:30 to 8:30 and Sun from 5 to 7 thru 12/18. Lights remain on display through January 2, 2012. As you approach our courtyard each night at dusk, you will be dazzled by the glow of more than 100,000 lights. Topiary animals will greet you as you make your way past rows of miniature Christmas Trees and Santa's Reindeer to a Santa's Village reminiscent of an old fashioned Enchanted Village. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and on Sundays from 5pm to 7pm, strolling carolers will walk among the visitors, spreading holiday spirit through song. And, back by popular demand, Santa will be taking some time out of his busy schedule to visit us at the Cape Codder! Children are welcome to sit on his lap to tell him their holiday wishes. Hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies (available for purchase in the Hearth 'n Kettle) may be enjoyed by the glow of the Cape Codder's bonfire, while children roast marshmallows and sing along with the carolers (weather permitting). The centerpiece of the Enchanted Village will be a 12 foot tall "Giving Tree" with a 3.5 foot star on top. Guests to the Enchanted Village are encouraged to bring NEW, unwrapped gifts or Gift Cards or non-perishable food to place under the tree. All donations will be given to Independence House in Hyannis. Last year, the "Giving Tree" yielded over $10,000 in food, toys, and gift cards for Independence House!  

Here are some great things to consider on Friday December 16, 2011

  • HYCC Stroller Skating 9:30AM - 10:30AM at The Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis. All levels of skating ability are welcome! We'll help you get started! Kid-Friendly Music: We'll lower the volume to a level that is acceptable for babies' ears! This is a great way for new moms and caregivers to get a workout that offers aerobic strength training and fun interaction with their babies, older children and other moms!! EVERY FRIDAY starting November 11th! 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ADMISSION IS JUST $5 (includes your adult skate rental!)Bring your older kids! Family Admission is $10 Child Skate Rentals are just $2 during Stroller Skating.
  • Preschool Storytime is at10:30AM at Eastham Public Library in Eastham for ages 2 - 5 will include stories, fingerplays, songs, silliness and a craft. All are welcome.
  • Toddler Town will happen from 10:30AM - 1:00PM at Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet.  Join us for stories and crafts at 10:30am and lots of fun in our "indoor gym" at 11am!
  • Critter Capers 10:30AM - 11:00AM at Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich. Families are invited to drop by for a half hour visit with a Thornton W. Burgess Society naturalist and one of the resident animals at the nature center. 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. Advance registration is not required. Free to Society members, $2 per person for non-members.
  • "Christmas Through The Eyes of Children" 12:30PM Christmas is for children so join us as we celebrate with the Kindergarten students from Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster. They will be at the Brewster Council on Aging singing some holiday songs, enjoying a treat and most of all having a visit from Santa. Bring your grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, neighbors or just come by yourself! What a wonderful way to enjoy the holidays!! Refreshments will be served. Call today to reserve your seat, 508-896-2737. Don't miss this event...it will truly lift your spirits!
    Brewster Council on Aging   (Brewster)
  • Rock Night at HYCC (Grades 3-7 only)  7:15 PM - 9:15 PM at Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis-a favorite for skaters in grades 3-7-get those skates on and skate to whatever is popular in rock and roll these days!
  • HJT presents "Madeline's Christmas" - A Musical 7:30 PM Enjoy the Madeline Christmas story, in musical form! Books and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier. Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans. Directed with musical direction by Robert Wilder. Choreography by Suzette Hutchinson. Sounds like great fun at Harwich Junior Theatre in W. Harwich.

Saturday December 17, 2011 has a lot going on, too!

  • Live Animal Story Time 10:30AM - 11:00AM 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. Advance registration is not required. Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich.
  • Visit with Santa 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Bring the kids and cameras for a visit from Santa Claus. Children of all ages will be able to give their Christmas wishes to Santa and parents will be able take pictures of the little ones with St. Nick in front of Ring Bros. Marketplace's Christmas tree. There will be free candy canes for the kids and hot apple cider for all. Ring Bros. Marketplace   (South Dennis)
  • Nauset Model Railroad Club "Magical" Open House 1:00PM - 4:00PM. There is something magical about trains at Christmastime, as visitors will discover at the Nauset Model Railroad Club this holiday season. The club is hosting public Open House events from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, November 26 and December 3, 10, 17 and 31, at its location in the lower level of Hilltop Plaza on Route 6A in Orleans. Admission is free. Nauset Model Railroad Club in Orleans.
  • Photos with Santa 1:00PM - 4:00PM. All the way from the North Pole, flew Santa Scott into his brand new workshop on North Street! Bring the children or the entire family for Photos with Santa! Each family will receive a FREE photo in a special frame. Reindeer antlers are available - first come, first served! Complimentary gift wrap will also provided on site by Mashpee Middle School 8th Grade students to fund their trip to Washington DC in the spring! Donations are gladly accepted. Where: 24 North Street, Santa's Workshop. Phone: 508-477-5400
  • The Cape Cod Therapy Dogs in T'was the Night Before Christmas 1:00PM - 2:00PM. The Cape Cod Therapy Dogs will entertain Museum visitors with a memorable canine version of this immortal poem by Clement Clarke Moore. Come and join us in this very special celebration of the holiday season at the Museum. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 3:00PM - 6:00PM Take a ride through the beautiful streets of Mashpee Commons on a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride! A ride for you and your family is free, donations are gladly accepted. Courtesy of Paradise Stables in West Yarmouth! No reservation required. Mashpee Commons.
  • Annual Candlelight Procession to a Live Creche 4:45 PM. The procession forms on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse at 4:45 p.m. Follow the town crier to the Village Green for caroling around a live nativity. Refreshments follow in Dennis Union Church hall. Dennis Village.
  • Provincetown Children's Theater presents "The Snowman in the Dunes" 6:00PM. This family musical has endeared itself to the Outer Cape community over the past two years. Originally a short play, Snowman tells the story of Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, who moves from the Himalayas to Provincetown to find his dream-acceptance and friendship. Yeti moves into a dune shack just before Christmas and meets two kids whose mother, Mrs. Galilee, runs the Sea Glass Inn. Mrs. Galilee has no time for "monsters in the dunes" because the bank is foreclosing on the inn while her wife is deployed overseas in Afghanistan. Will the family be able to save the inn? Will Yeti become the friend he yearns to be? Will the Evil Banker remain... evil? And will the magic and spirit of Christmas prevail and save the day? All these questions will be answered in The Snowman in the Dunes with the help of the audience and some dancing snowflakes. Provincetown Theater in Provincetown.
  • Public Skate7:00PM - 9:00PM. Head out to the Hyannis Youth & Community Center in Hyannis for this awesome family time.
  • A Fireside Family Christmas Concert 7:30PM. Please join us for a concert to celebrate the traditions of Christmas in music, song and poetry featuring The Seamist Trio (Mairead Doherty-Harp, Clayton March and Rose Clancy-Violin/Mandolin) with special guests Richard Sullivan, Mary Carson and Nina Schuessler. Harwich Junior Theatre in Harwich.

And for Sunday December 18, 2011:

  • Photos with Santa 1:00PM - 4:00PM. All the way from the North Pole, flew Santa Scott into his brand new workshop on North Street! Bring the children or the entire family for Photos with Santa! Each family will receive a FREE photo in a special frame. Reindeer antlers are available - first come, first served! Complimentary gift wrap will also provided on site by Mashpee Middle School 8th Grade students to fund their trip to Washington DC in the spring! Donations are gladly accepted. Where: 24 North Street, Santa's Workshop. Phone: 508-477-5400. 
  • The Cape Cod Conservatory Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" 1pm and 4pm. Features student dancers from our Barnstable and Falmouth campuses, as well as pre-professional and professional dancers. Tickets are now available! In creating this adaptation, Jane E. Caputo discovered that very young children - some just infants sitting on their mothers' laps - were delighted and captivated by the  ballet throughout. Audience members of all ages returned season after season, enjoying their ‘favorite Nutcracker'...This is the Cape Cod Conservatory Ballet's second performance of this work." - Jane E. Caputo, Artistic Director  $10/ticket or $30/4 tickets. Purchase tickets at The Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth or West Barnstable. Highfield Theater in Falmouth.
  • HJT presents "Madeline's Christmas" - A Musical 2:00PM. Enjoy the Madeline Christmas story, in musical form! Books and lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier. Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans. Directed with musical direction by Robert Wilder. Choreography by Suzette Hutchinson. Sounds like great fun at Harwich Junior Theatre in W. Harwich.
  • Provincetown Children's Theater presents "The Snowman in the Dunes" 6:00PM. This family musical has endeared itself to the Outer Cape community over the past two years. Originally a short play, Snowman tells the story of Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, who moves from the Himalayas to Provincetown to find his dream-acceptance and friendship. Yeti moves into a dune shack just before Christmas and meets two kids whose mother, Mrs. Galilee, runs the Sea Glass Inn. Mrs. Galilee has no time for "monsters in the dunes" because the bank is foreclosing on the inn while her wife is deployed overseas in Afghanistan. Will the family be able to save the inn? Will Yeti become the friend he yearns to be? Will the Evil Banker remain... evil? And will the magic and spirit of Christmas prevail and save the day? All these questions will be answered in The Snowman in the Dunes with the help of the audience and some dancing snowflakes. Provincetown Theater in Provincetown.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful weekend that's filled with fun activities that fill you and your children with the spirit and magic of Christmas!

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