Christine's Weekend Picks: August 17 through 19

As I look over all the awesome options for the upcoming weekend, I can’t help but to wish we were still living in an area where Cape Cod was literally the place we went daily (as a resident of South Plymouth I was able to make the best of both worlds!) I’m hoping that we have great weather this weekend (despite the forecast) because there is just so much to do. Although, this week there’s also a lot to do indoors! Here are my picks!

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

Friday, August 17 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. At Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid.

  • Feathered Friends Walk 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Join us on a special sanctuary walk for young birders. What can we learn about birds from their shapes and colors, and favorite places and activities? We'll start at the feeders, then walk through the woodlands and stop at the freshwater pond and salt marsh. Great for young birders at all levels, ages 6 and older. Binoculars welcome, but not required. Registration required. At Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet.

  • Critter Capers is a great program for young animal lovers ages 2.5 and up. At 10:30 AM join the wonderful naturalist and animal program that is an old stand-by for sunny and rainy mornings alike! At Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich.

  • 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 pillow case. This project is great for kids and adults. Important - price is per print. Registration required. This is another awesome program offered by the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet.

  • Guys and Dolls Paper Figures 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM is a great free drop-in program for young creative types offered by Falmouth Public Library in Falmouth. A great rainy day opportunity for fun!

  • 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. Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in South Wellfleet.

  • Family Farm Dinners at Coonamessett Farm 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 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, This farm and these opportunities are one of the wonderful treats I miss about living so close to Cape Cod! At Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth.

  • Cape Cod Baseball League Playoffs & Championship. See list for field locations (Capewide)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

  • 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 Become a member of a national Railway Historical Society and enjoy the events during the year. Membership Form online. At West Barnstable Train Station in West Barnstable.

What did kids do for fun 200 years ago? Check out Colonial Games on the Green. Photo courtesy of the Falmouth Historical Society.

  • Colonial Games on the Green 10:00 AM. Hands-on event featuring Colonial games and fun activities for kids.  Free for all children. At Falmouth Museums on the Green in Falmouth.
  • Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM Another great FREE activity! 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. At the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum in 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. At Blue Gallery Provincetown in Provincetown.

  • Wingmasters North American Birds of Prey - two live animal programs 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM - 5:30PM. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present Wingmasters North American Birds of Prey – two live animal programs. This exciting event is a rare opportunity to see five live raptors...birds of prey that include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. In this program you will learn about predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, different hunting adaptations and the status of raptors in a rapidly changing world. Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks of Wingmasters are licensed raptor rehabilitators in Massachusetts and care for injured birds of prey. Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for raptors that are permanently handicapped and non-releasable and to use them for educational programs. Since 1994 WINGMASTERS has presented over 5000 programs in schools, libraries and museums throughout New England. Join us for this extraordinary program. At Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

  • Mayflower Beach Sand Sculpture Contest 6:30 AM. Mayflower Beach Sand Sculpture Contest, Sunday, August 19. Registration begins at 6:30am. Construction from 6:30am-9am. Sponsored by the Dennis Beach Department, the Dennis South Business Association and the Dennis Chamber of Commerce. Six different categories. Awards. At Mayflower Beach in Dennis.

  • Enjoy Colonial Day at the Atwood House from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The Atwood House Museum continues its Summer of Centuries program with its third living history event of the season: Colonial Day! This is a great family fun event that has lots to see and do. During this one day event, visitors can see live animals, enjoy live music, watch craft and cooking demonstrations, play games and create their own colonial items. This event is great for visitors of all ages and is one day only- come on over for a fun day at the Atwood House Museum! The Atwood Museum is in Chatham.

Strike up the band in Brewster! Fun for the whole family. cctoday photo.

  • Get on the Boat 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM at Cotuit Town Landing in Cotuit sounds like a blast! "Get on the Boat" with Three Bays Preservation and come aboard one of our exciting 90 minute Eco-Adventure cruises on Barnstable's Three Bays, the closest you'll get to a hands-on look at the fragile eco-system we live in. Two cruises are scheduled at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, departing from Cotuit Town Landing.

  • Brewster Band Concert 6:00 PM. Weekly summer band concerts at the Drummer Boy Park gazebo. Free admission. Cancelled if rain. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic dinners and enjoy the performance by the Brewster Town Band. A great way to end the weekend at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster.

  • The Provincetown Theater continues its production of "Cirque De Sea" at 7:00 PM. “A Shucking Good Comedy About an Oyster for Young and Old Alike.” The 7pm performance is their family-friendly performance. Provincetown Theater in Provincetown.

Here’s wishing you and your families a wonderful weekend! May the Sun God shine down on us and keep us free from rain! Enjoy these last precious weekends before Labor Day, celebrate the lazy days of summer on Cape Cod and savor every moment! See you next week! 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