Christine's Weekend Picks: June 8-10 [CapeCodKidz]

It was rainy this week, and I know I’m not the only mom who had a sick child at home—so I hope everyone’s feeling better by the weekend. June is here! The weather forecast promises sunshine and temperatures in the seventies so here’s hoping you all get the opportunity to get out with your families to enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer! After all the rain and feeling stir crazy with the kids at home, sunshine feels like a blessing. There’s a lot on the schedule to take advantage of here on Cape Cod this weekend! Enjoy!

The Cape Cod Kidz What to do on the Weekend Guide by Christine ChapmanOn Friday, June 08 2012

  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tour 10:00 AM - 05:30 PM. Tour Highland Lighthouse, daily from 10am to 5:30pm, May 19 through mid October. Gift shop closes at 6pm. Admission is $4 per person, all ages. There is a 48 inch height requirement for all children. Highland Lighthouse in North Truro.
  • Critter Capers at Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich from 10:30AM – 11:00AMCritter Capers, Fridays at 10:30 AM, year-round. Drop in for a half-hour visit with a naturalist and one of the resident animals. Suitable for children ages 2.5 and up. Advanced registration is NOT required. Free to members; $2 per person for non-members.

 On Saturday, June 09 2012

  • Annual Strawberry Festival 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM. Strawberry shortcake. Children’s crafts, antique fire engine and more. Adults $5, children $2.50. Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit. Dottridge Homestead, 1148 Main Street, Cotuit. 508-428-0461.
  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tour continues today from 10:00 AM - 05:30 PM at the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro.
  • Box Turtle Tracking 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Learn how to track box turtles with radio telemetry at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. This is your chance to participate in the sanctuary’s long-running mark-recapture study. Children age 10 and older welcome. Registration required. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet. 508-349-2615.

Casting is one of the fun things you can do during Learn to Fish Day. Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod Salties.

  • Learn to Fish Day 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM. “Hook Up With The Salties” is a slogan of the Cape Cod Salties Fishing Club. On June 9 the club wants to hook up with you at their annual LearnTo Fish Day. Hands-on instruction and demonstrations covering all aspects of fishing will be going on throughout the day. Try your hand at casting, learn how to tie a new knot and find out where to catch the big one. New this year will be a display on kayak fishing. Talk to those who are leading the way in this new and exciting sport. Prizes will be awarded to the kids for their participation in fishing related games and contests, while kids of all ages love the crab races. Even if you are already an avid angler why not come out and learn about the Cape Cod Salties Sport Fishing Club from the Salties themselves. Salties are men and women from all over the Cape who enjoy fishing and the fellowship the organization provides. So, Hook Up With The Salties June 9 (rain date June 10), 10:00 am to 2:00pm at the residents’ area of West Dennis Beach. The entire event including parking is free of charge. Just tell the attendant you are attending Learn To Fish Day. For additional information go to www.capecodsalties.org West Dennis Beach.
  • 11th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM. June 9 and 10 on the Hyannis Waterfront. Benefits the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Enjoy colorful and exciting exhibits, boat-builders, arts and crafts, children's entertainment, musical performers, pirates and seafood. Book a sail on the Catboat Sarah. Explore the Black Dog Tall Ship Shenandoah. On the Hyannis Waterfront, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street & Hyannis Marina. Parking at Town Hall on South Street and at the Hyannis Marina, 1 Willow Street. Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis.
  • Strawberry Day 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM. Fresh homemade dessert, gallery exhibits, stroll the paths. Dessert $4. Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, E. Sandwich. 508-888-6870.
  • A Cape Cod Therapy Dog Program - How to Become a Therapy Dog 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM. Another Cape Cod Therapy Dog visit with Gina Hayes where you will discover what therapy dogs have to learn to pass the test for Therapy Dogs International. Here is a marvelous opportunity to observe how the special abilities of dogs are directed toward comforting human beings in a variety of nurturing settings. Don’t miss this greatly requested program of the Cape Cod Therapy Dogs. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster.

Finally, Sunday, June 10 2012:

They aren't sheep--but the miniature donkeys will be at the Taylor-Bray Sheep Festival too! cctoday photo.

  • 11th Annual Sheep Festival 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM. 11th Annual Sheep Festival, Sunday, June 10, 9am to 4pm, rain or shine. Sheepherding, sheepshearing, exhibition of wooly animals, wool spinning demos and sales, weaving demos and sales, hearth cooking, haywagon rides with Farmer Don. Taylor-Bray Farm shirt, hats and more. Silent auction. Refreshments featuring The X-Grill. Suggested parking donation $5. No dogs on the day of the festival. Taylor-Bray Farm, Yarmouth Port.
  • Nature Journal Walk 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM. Getting The Picture: Explore a different Barnstable Land Trust property and village each week, with Mary Richmond of Cape Cod Art and Nature and BLT. Armed with your sketchbook and/or camera, compose the time honored tradition of a nature journal. Drawing materials are provided for those who don't have them. Slow paced, the goal is to share observations, not create great art. All ages. Pre-registration is necessary as space and materials are limited. $5 each. This week: West Barnstable Bay View Farm.
  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tour 10:00 AM - 05:30 PM. Tour Highland Lighthouse, daily from 10am to 5:30pm, May 19 through mid October. Gift shop closes at 6pm. Admission is $4 per person, all ages. There is a 48 inch height requirement for all children. Highland Lighthouse in North Truro.
  • 11th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM. 11th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival, June 9 and 10, on the Hyannis Waterfront. Benefits the Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Enjoy colorful and exciting exhibits, boat-builders, arts and crafts, children's entertainment, musical performers, pirates and seafood. Book a sail on the Catboat Sarah. Explore the Black Dog Tall Ship Shenandoah. On the Hyannis Waterfront, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street & Hyannis Marina. Parking at Town Hall on South Street and at the Hyannis Marina, 1 Willow Street, Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis)
  • Annual WCOD Chowder Festival 12:00 PM. Cape Cod restaurants compete. Live music, entertainment. Adults $12, $17 day of, children $5, under 2 free. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Street, Hyannis. 508-775-5630.
  • Kiwanis and Onset Youth Center Walk-A-Thon 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM Kiwanis and Onset Youth Center Walk-A-Thon – The Kiwanis Clubs of Bourne Wareham and the Onset Youth Center, Inc. are teaming up to hold the First Annual Walk-A-Thon for Youth. The event will be held on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal starting at the Train Bridge parking lot. The Walk will be 4 miles, two miles down and two miles back, on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. Registration form. $5 registration fee. www.bourne_warehamkiwanis.org. Begins at the Train Bridge Parking Lot, Buzzards Bay.

I’d love to get to the Maritime Festival and be taking advantage of the light house tours! Hope you all find something fun on the schedule to bring a joy and some memories for you and your families. They do get big so fast, our little munchkins! And of course, I need tp remind you: Don’t forget sunscreen!

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