Christine's Weekend Picks: July 13 through July 15 [CapeCodKidz]

I am sorry to have missed you all last week with the Picks. It has been a challenging couple of weeks for me and my family as we moved recently, to Hopkinton, MA and have dealt with many adjustments, particularly for my little ones at home. I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday!

The Cape Cod Kidz What to do on the Weekend Guide by Christine Chapman

As someone who misses Cape Cod and Plymouth a great deal, I must say that I don’t know that we will ever find the kind of summer fun, music, art and celebration of family off Cape as we did when we were on the Cape every day for one reason or another.

So here’s a look at what the upcoming weekend has in store for you and here’s wishing you sunshine and fun this weekend!

Friday, July 13 2012

  • Wild Arts and Ecology 2012 - Survivor Cape Cod 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Explore! Investigate! Create! Children explore field science, observing, questioning, experimenting, and using real scientific tools. Inspired by their discoveries, they let their imaginations run wild through building, sculpting, printmaking, painting and countless other creative experiences. Survivor: Cape Cod - Have you ever wondered how people survived on the cape before grocery stores and other modern conveniences? The early inhabitants of Cape Cod had many techniques to survive out here that we can still use today. Come learn about tracking animals, wild edibles, and how to survive out in the wild. Suitable for children 6-11. Children: $150 members; $175 non-members. Registration required. Call to register. Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary (Cummaquid)

Band concerts are a fun and free way to spend the evening with the family! Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic dinner and enjoy a concert in one of several Cape towns. See the calendar for weekday concerts too. cckidz photo.

  • “Super Circus Stuff!” presented by KID-BITS Cape Playhouse Theatre for Kids 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.What could be more fun than a summer filled with magic, puppets, stories, dance and song? Enjoy the magic and wonder of live theater designed especially for children! It's kid-sized tidbits of classic tales, zany humor, beloved stories and lively music — all wonderful ways to introduce young people to the joys of live theatre! Appropriate for children preschool age on up, and with two performances of each show, there are plenty of opportunities for kids (and grown-ups!) to enjoy this special treat. Pure entertainment pleasure, fun-ominal circus routines, and lots of audience participation makes Mr. Fish a Playhouse favorite! Juggling, balancing, plate spinning, wire walking, boomerangs and bubbles — you couldn't ask for more jam-packed fun! Friday, July 13th. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.Call the Box Office at (877) 385-3911 or visit www.capeplayhouse.com for tickets. Cape Playhouse (Dennis)

  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tour 10:00 AM - 5:30 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 (North Truro)

  • Jaws of Cape Cod 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Sharks, seals, whales, coyotes, birds, oh my! Get an up-close look at the jaws, teeth, baleen, and beaks of Cape Cod's predators when you join us for an hour of hands-on exploratory activities and movement games in our nature center. Parents and children will play and learn together. Activities are designed for children ages 6 and older with caregiver. Younger siblings between the ages of 4 and 5 are welcome as participants. Siblings under the age of 4 are welcome free of charge with proper supervision. Registration required. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary  (South Wellfleet)

  • Critter Capers 10:30 AM. 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. Green Briar Nature Center (East Sandwich)

Check the calendar for shark and other marine animal events and activities!

  • Fish Printing 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Bring home the perfect remembrance of your time on Cape Cod: a fish print! We'll practice the traditional Japanese art of gyotaku as we paint and then print a real fish for your craft collection. You may drop in anytime during the specified times above. Special art paper is provided for the print, but you are welcome to bring a t-shirt or pillowcase. This project is great for kids and adults. Important - price is per print. Registration required. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (South Wellfleet)

  • Nauset Marsh Discovery Cruise 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Cruise through Nauset Marsh on a partially shaded pontoon boat and disembark on the exposed tidal flats to search, with nets and magnifiers, for wildlife. Learn about the wildlife with an experienced naturalist.This is a wonderful program for families, and, of all of our boat trips, the one that is most suitable for preschoolers. Registration required. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary   (South Wellfleet)

  • 2011 Mudflat Mania! 1:30 PM. Explore the fascinating worlds of creatures living on, in and under the Brewster mudflats with a Museum naturalist.Bring a pail, wear water shoes, add a notebook, and an eagerness to learn for a great beachside experience. Remember our “must-have” Mudflat Mania! guide book in our Gift Shop! Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

  • Guys and Dolls Paper Figures 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Guys and Dolls Paper Figures, Fridays from 2pm to 3pm., June 29 through August 17. Drop-in program for ages 3 and up. Falmouth Public Library (Falmouth)

  • Seashore Ramble 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Explore the beach at low tide with a friendly naturalist. Our walk to the beach will take us through five different sanctuary habitats, and we’ll use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife along the way. For ages 4 and older with adult. Pre-registration required. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (South Wellfleet)

  • HJT presents "James and the Giant Peach" 4:00 PM. HJT presents "James and the Giant Peach", June 29 through July 14, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm. No show on 7/4. Adapted from Raold Dahl's book by Richard R. George. Directed and choreographed by Lisa Canto. A magical peach! A boy imprisoned by zany aunts. Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Tickets $22, $15 youth under 21. Harwich Junior Theatre (West Harwich)

  • Family Farm Dinners at Coonamessett Farm 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Family Farm Dinners continue every Friday throughout the summer from 5 to 8 p.m. Family friendly, with live music and dancing every week. Our buffet features fresh farm grown and local ingredients, offered as creative mostly-vegetarian soups, salads, entrees and side dishes, plus pulled pork barbecue from the grill. To view the weekly menu or for further information, please visit our website, www.coonamessettfarm.com. Coonamessett Farm (E. Falmouth)

Cape Cod baseball is in full swing! cckidz photo.

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Games: Bourne @ Yarmouth-Dennis 5pm; Wareham @ Cotuit 5pm; Orleans @ Falmouth 6:30pm; Chatham @ Harwich 7pm; Brewster @ Hyannis 7pm. See listing for field locations (Capewide.)

  • Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series presented by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.  Free family-friendly weekly outdoor concerts in Chatham, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Orleans and Sandwich. 48 performances by 30 popular local bands. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. There are no rain dates. FALMOUTH: Falmouth concerts are Fridays from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Peg Noonan Park in collaboration with the Falmouth Village Association. This week it’s Stanley and Grimm.

  • Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Citizens Bank Summer Concert Series presented by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Free family-friendly weekly outdoor concerts in Chatham, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Hyannis, Mashpee, Orleans and Sandwich.
    48 performances by 30 popular local bands. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket. There are no rain dates. SANDWICH: Sandwich concerts are Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm at the stage at Heritage Museums and Gardens. Open admission for the concert begins at 5pm. This week it’s Beautiful Tuesday performing! Heritage Museums and Gardens   (Sandwich)

  • Music at Mayo: Somers Frost 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Part of the Wellfleet Recreation Department's Music at Mayo 2012 Series. Somers Frost, Friday, July 13 from 7pm to 10pm. Jan Rutz Harbor Bandstand   (Wellfleet)

Saturday, July 14 2012

  • Capturing the Cape - Photography Workshop 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Whether your passion lies in landscape, birds, insects or environmental portraits, come learn the technical skills that will let you turn off the auto mode on your camera and take control of your photographs. Topics will include composition, exposure, light and lighting. Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary   (Cummaquid)

  • Train Rides from Historical Train Station 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Looking for a fun train ride? Want to enjoy your spare time? West Barnstable Train Station open 9:00am to 2:00pm. Cape Cod Central Scenic Train Rides in 2012 depart twice on Saturdays at 9:25am and 12:25pm - Adults $16., Seniors $14., Child $11. Children under age 3 seated on lap are free. Historical Train Station built in 1911 and Museum Open, See our train displays, books and video library. All ages welcome. Free parking, donations accepted. Check train schedule on www.capecodnrhs.org. Become a member of a national Railway Historical Society and enjoy the events during the year. Membership Form on line. West Barnstable Train Station   (West Barnstable)

  • Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Visitors can see the water powered grist mill in action and purchase freshly ground corn meal. The Museum features weaving demonstrations, a large assortment of native american stone tools, information about Brewster's Factory Village and many artifacts from Cape Cod life in the 19th Century. Stroll scenic paths around the Brewster Herring Run. Family friendly. Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum   (Brewster)

  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tour 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM continues from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Highland Lighthouse (North Truro)

  • A Cape Cod Therapy Dog Program : Patriotic Games for Dogs and Children 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Join the fun with the Cape Cod Therapy Dogs as they play games such as Patriotic Baton Race and Lightstick Jumping Contest. Watch and learn what it takes to teach a group of dogs new routines.Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

  • Pottery Throwing Demonstration for Kids 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. If your child doesn't mind a little wet clay and enjoys building or creating things, this is a fun afternoon activity for your family. Potter Paul Wisotzky transforms a lump of clay into beautiful pots, mugs and more on his potting wheel right before your very eyes. Paul invites kids to help him in the transformation. Pottery throwing demonstrations every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm, June thru August. Paul also has a do-it-yourself pottery kit just for kids that can be purchased to take back home for kids to make their own creations. Parents can observe too or browse the gallery for fine crafts and art. Blue Gallery Provincetown   (Provincetown)

  • HJT presents "James and the Giant Peach" continues again at 4:00 PM at the Harwich Junior Theatre, West Harwich.

  • Cape Cod Baseball League GamesCotuit @ Brewster 5pm; Harwich @ Yarmouth-Dennis 5pm; Falmouth @ Bourne 6pm; Hyannis @ Chatham 7pm; Wareham @ Orleans 7pm. See listing for field locations   (Capewide)

Sunday, July 15 2012

  • Capturing the Cape - Photography Workshop 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Whether your passion lies in landscape, birds, insects or environmental portraits, come learn the technical skills that will let you turn off the auto mode on your camera and take control of your photographs. Topics will include composition, exposure, light and lighting. Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary   (Cummaquid)

  • Crosby Mansion Open House 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Built in 1888, this magnificent mansion is located on Crosby Lane off Rte. 6A in Brewster. Docents will give talks & answer questions in the first floor rooms. Guided tours will be given of the second & third floors. Requested donation of $3 per person over 12. For more information, call 508-240-2338 or 508-896-1744. Crosby Mansion  (Brewster)

  • Highland Cape Cod Lighthouse Tourcontinues today from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Highland Lighthouse (North Truro)

  • Cape Kids Fest 2012 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Reminiscent of a classic hometown Firemen’s Fair, loaded with classic carnival games, rides and food, Cape Kids Fest offers seaside summertime fun to local and visiting families and supports local youth charities, clubs and organizations. Mechanical Rides, Contests, Classic Carnival Games, Prizes, Food, Moon bounce. No Admission Fee. Rides & Games -Ticket Prices Vary: $1-$4. Food for Cash Purchase from Vendors and Concessions. Artists and Craft Vendors. Live Music. Target Audience Children ages 3-13 and their families. No Alcohol allowed on the premises. Little League Field behind Chatham Community Center  (Chatham)

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Games Bourne @ Cotuit 5pm; Brewster @ Harwich 5:30pm; Chatham @ Falmouth 5:30pm; Orleans @ Hyannis 7pm; Yarmouth-Dennis @ Wareham 7pm. See listing for field locations   (Capewide)

There’s a lot I am missing as I prepare these picks and I’m hoping you all have a great weekend enjoying and appreciating all that Cape Cod has to offer in the summer. Enjoy beach, sun, trails, activities, and all that comes with living and enjoying the outdoors and the summer on Cape Cod! It’s a gift!

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