Monday, February 17, 2014

Cape & Islands - February School Vacation Fun!

For most Cape Cod schools, traditionally starting with Presidents day, February 17th through the 23rd is February School Vacation week! Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket public school students will enjoy winter recess the following week. Cape Cod offers lots to do in the winter, both in and outdoors, for Cape Cod kids, as well as visiting families and grandchildren.

Those looking for conventional winter weather fun are in luck again this year! MBF on skis February 15th's highly anticipated blizzard did not disappoint! The Cape is blanketed with snow at least for another couple of days... Golf courses are excellent places to sled, snow shoe or cross country ski! Check out EMS on Route 132 in Hyannis to rent equipment. sledding at the courthouse It is usually not safe to be on the ice outdoors, but ice skating, a popular winter sport, can be enjoyed indoors during public skating times at Cape Cod skating rinks.

snowmanBuild a snowman. Bake some heart healthy oatmeal cookies to serve with hot chocolate after a day in the snow. Pop some popcorn, the old-fashioned way, with oil in a covered pan on the stove! Finally, turn off the TV and Xbox, and have a family game night- old favorites include Candyland, Trouble, Battling Tops, Monopoly, Yahtzee, Scrabble...

Nature centers and museums have scheduled many special activities during vacation week. Offering kid friendly nature programs year round in East Sandwich, Green Briar Nature Center has added several additional programs for families and school aged children - Michael with Brown Bunny learn about owls, mice, winter birds, deer and Old-Time Candy Making! The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens this week for the 2014 season with "Ocean Waves of Nature", spotlighting the world under the sea! The "Underwater Art Room" is open daily, with different programs all week long. The Cape Cod Children's Museum has added several programs to their regular weekly schedule; don't miss Cape Cod Hip Hop's demonstration on Monday! Open year round, the Cape Cod National Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham offers something for everyone (completely free of charge!) - short hiking trails, a comprehensive museum, and an indoor theater showing 5 short films daily on a rotating schedule.

"Check out" the library for free events -story hours, concerts, lectures, arts & crafts, and more -take home videos, games, and good books. Go Bowling! Go to the movies or take in a show! Eventide Arts presents "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - the Musical", all week long at Gertrude Lawrence Stage, Historic Dennis Union Church. The Amazing Richard Harwich Jr Theatre is presenting special vacation week matinee performances of The Brothers Grimm epic fairytale "Into The Woods", as well as "Winter Magic" with The Amazing Richard & Company. See AllCapeCod's February Calendar of Events for these events and even more fun!

As always, for wonderful places to stay on the Cape check out Lodging; for Nantucket see, and for Martha's Vineyard visit Come spend February School Vacation Week on The Cape and Islands!

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