Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cape & Islands - February School Vacation Week!

For most Cape Cod schools, traditionally starting with Presidents day, February 19th through the 25th 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 may have to travel up north this year! MBF on skis The chance of snow is unlikely, as temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid 40's to low 50's most of the week. But in the event of snow, Golf courses are excellent places to sled, snow shoe or cross country ski! sledding at the courthouse It is 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.

The weather is perfect to take a hike! Choose a beach, bike path, the canal or any of many Cape Cod Hiking Trails. Bake some heart healthy oatmeal cookies to serve with hot chocolate after a day outdoors. 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 (indoors and outside) during vacation week. Offering kid friendly nature programs year round in East Sandwich, Green Briar Nature Center offers several programs for families and school aged children - Michael with Brown Bunny make jam, learn about seals, birds, animal tracks, the weather and more! The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is open for the 2018 school vacation week - check their calendar for fun activities and guided nature walks. The Cape Cod Children's Museum has added several programs to their regular weekly schedule; don't miss the the Magical Kid Comedy Show on Monday. On Friday, join the cast of the Blue Falcon Theatre Company for a meet & great, story time, sing-a-long and preview of The Little Mermaid, opening on March 23! The National Marine Life Center on the canal in Buzzards Bay, will open its Marine Animal Discovery Center all week. Daily themes include Manatees & Dugongs; Turtles & Sea Turtles; Sharks, Rays & Skates; Seals, Sea Lions & Walrus; Dolphins, Porpoises & Whales. 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.

The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is open all week from 7:30AM to 6PM, for children in grades 1 - 8. The club is offering onsite activites all day and daily field trips -snow tubing, roller skating, bowling and more! See website for registration forms and more information. YMCA Cape Cod is also offering a fun School Vacation Camp week long program.

"Check out" the library for free events -story hours, concerts, lectures, arts & crafts, and more -take home videos, games, and good books. On Wednesday, the Sturgis Library of Barntstable is hosting The Ooch Experience - giving kids a postive spin on life with Music, Magic, Imagination, Dance & Yo-yos!!! Program offers tips & tricks for dealing with gossip, peer pressure, making and keeping friends, earning respect, becoming comfortable in your own skin, bullying, competition and failure.

Go Bowling! Go to the movies or take in a show! The Amazing Richard Harwich Jr Theatre is presenting special vacation week matinee performances of "Really Rosie", story written by Maurice Sendak with musical score by Carole King. Winter is a time for magic! Cotuit Center for the Arts presents Winter Magic with Rich Archer and the return of Ab The Magic Rabbit on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cultural Center of Cape Cod presents "Marcus the Magician" on Thursday. 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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