It can be hard to find something to keep the kids busy and engaged during school vacations--especially if you still have to work. Do not despair, many area museums, art guilds and nature centers have some fun planned for kids.
April Vacation Adventures
Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary is offering an April vacation drop-off series for children in three age groups (5-6, 7-8 and 9-12). The theme for the week is "growing up". Each age group will be learning about animal youth, how they grow and how they thrive on Cape Cod.
The classes will be held Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 form 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for member children, $30 for non-member children.
Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the MA Audubon website here. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is off Route 6 in South Wellfleet.
Bioblitz & Other Wildlife Wonders
The Cape Cod National Seashore is hosting a cool selection of free activities for families during April School Vacation. Monday, April 21, Wednesday, April 23 and Friday, April 25 be "On the Lookout"! Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. be at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham where you can join a ranger to find interesting items along the shore or out at sea.
Tuesday, April 22 is Junior Ranger Beach Bioblitz Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participate in a parkwide inventory of beach animals--dead or alive! Meet at the Salt Pond Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. for instructions and a map of the seashore beaches.
On Wednesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m., take a tour of the Cape Cod National Seashore's wildland fire facility where you will learn all about putting out forest fires. Meet in front of the Cape Cod National Seashore's Headquarters Building at the Marconi Station off Route 6 in South Wellfleet.
For more information on these and other CCNS activities, click here.
Knots & Other Nautical Fun
During April School Vacation week, families can have some seafaring fun at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis. Each day between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25, families can take part in a different nautically-themed class (Monday: Scallop Wind Chimes; Tuesday; Hand Line Fishing; Wednesday: Build Your Own Lego Boat Building Contest; Thursday: Make Your Own Pirate Ship Map; Friday: Design & Build Your Own Wooden Boat). The cost for each day is admission plus $7 for materials with the exception of Wednesday when there is no materials free.
The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is at 135 South Street in Hyannis. Visit their website here for more information.
Printmaking for Kids
The Falmouth Art Center is holding a week-long printmaking class for kids ages 6 to 10. Taught by Susan Jensen, the class runs Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kids will learn about mono print and block print technology, paper and using a press to produce an image. All materials are provided.
The cost of the class is $150. To register for the class or for more information, call 508-540-3304 or visit the center's website here. The Falmouth Art Center is at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth.
Junior Golf School
Got a young golfer at home? The Blue Rock Golf Course will host a three-day Junior Golf School at their Yarmouth course on Monday, April 21 through Wednesday, April 23 as part of Yarmouth Golf Festival Week. The school is geared towards pre-teen and teen boys and girls ages 11-15. The course is $325 per participant. Call Patrick Fannon at 508-398-9295 to register. For more information about Yarmouth Golf Festival Week and its other kid and family-friendly events, download the brochure here.
Helping Stranded Animals
On Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m., President & Director of the National Marine Life Center Kathy Zagzebski will give a family-friendly talk at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole entitled, "Tending Turtles, Studying Seals, and Doctoring Dolphins: Helping Stranded Marine Wildlife on Cape Cod".
Zagzebski will talk about Cape Cod as a "stranding hotspot", the different kinds of marine animals found in Cape waters, how and why the strand and how they are rescued and helped by organizations such as NMLC.
The talk is geared towards middle-schoolers, but will be accessible to all school-aged children, according to NMLC. The three talk will be held at MBL's Lillie Auditorium at 7 MBL Street in Woods Hole.
Don't Forget Your Local Library
When looking for cool classes and fun things to learn about, don't forget your local library. Cape Cod libraries offer some of the best free programs, classes and workshops for adults, kids and families. Check the CapeCodToday.com calendar for more April School Vacation fun.