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    Planning Your Cape Cod School Vacation Week 2015

    If you’re not jetting to Disney World or sending the kids to their grandparents, then let the Luxx Concierge help you manage the upcoming school vacation week beginning the weekend of April 18-19.


    The Secret Garden at Harwich Junior Theater

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    The Harwich Junior Theater has added several martinees during vacation week for families to enjoy this classic musical, written by Susan Kosoff and Jane Staab, based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  It’s the story of Mary Lennox, who is orphaned and bitter when she arrives at her uncle’s house. Through her discovery of a long locked garden, Mary’s life blossoms with friendship, family, and love. The Secret Garden’ reveals a young person’s meaningful growth through imagination and ingenuity.

    In addition to performances on Friday at 7:30 pm. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm, you can also choose this week only matinees at 11 am on Tuesday, April 21 and 2 pm matinees on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.



    Make jam and candy as a family


    Start the vacation week off with two classes during the weekend of April 18 and 19 at the Green Briar Nature Center.

    On Saturday between 1 pm and 3 pm, the historic 1908 Green Briar Jam Kitchen lets you and your family make your own batch of jams. . All materials are provided, and participants take home four to six (6oz.) jars of the finished product.

    Here is an opportunity for an adult and one child to make jam together. All children must be at least 6 years old. Solo adults may attend the family classes as space allows.

    Hint: Make sure to sign up if you like apricots.

    You must register and pay in advance. The workshop cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-member.


    Click here to watch a jam making session.

    Then, on Sunday between 1 pm and 2:30 pm, bring the family for a special cady making class.

    Families work together to prepare, cook and package up 2 quick and easy recipes to take home and enjoy. Children must be at least 6 years of age to participate in any kitchen class.

    Candies being featured are Butterscotch Birds Nests with Candy Eggs and Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

    You must register and pay in advannce. It is $20 for member families and $25 for non-member families.


    Cape Cod’s Nature Place

    Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is more than a “museum.” It boasts many trails that take you and your family along a diverse Cape Cod ecosystem of forest, marsh and mudflats. Its aquarium is a revelation, with hundreds of sea creatures and fresh water fish to study and enjoy. The Osprey Cam lets you watch arriving Osprey settle in for another season on the Cape. And there’s the special shark exhibit this year.

    For vacation school week, there are numerous programs planned.


    Cuddlefish, all week


    Join NOVA on a voyage beneath the waves, where you’ll discover a bizarre, alien-like creature like no other. It’s an animal with eight sucker-covered arms growing out of its head, three hearts pumping its blue-green blood, and a doughnut-shaped brain. It has the ability to change its color and shape to blend in with seaweed and rocks, and it has a knack for switching on electrifying light shows that dazzle its prey. Perhaps most surprising of all, this animal is quite intelligent, with a highly complex brain. In this program, underwater cameras capture the extraordinary powers of the cuttlefish.

    Showing continuously April 20 – 24, 2015     11am – 3pm    Free w/Museum admission


    Alewive’s Tale, Monday April 20 at 1 pm to 3 pm

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    You’ll listen and learn, but also visit the Brewster Herring Run

    ‘While on vacation in 1980, biologist Barbara Brennessel and her family came across an amazing sight: hundreds of small silver fish migrating from the Atlantic Ocean, across a channel connecting two ponds in the town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Brennessel provides an overview of the biology of the fish–from fertilized eggs to large schools of adults that migrate in the Atlantic Ocean–while describing the habitats at different stages of their life history. She explores the causes of the dramatic decline of river herring since the mid-twentieth century and the various efforts to restore these iconic fish to the historic populations that treated many onlookers to spectacular inland migrations each spring.


    Sailor Songs and Shanties, Tuesday, April 21, 1 pm to 2 pm


    Join the fun with Michael Goddard on tenor banjo, bodhran, and tin whistle, as he presents some of these maritime songs   from primary historical documents. Sea Shanties have loud choruses that everyone can learn quickly! This event is fun for the whole family, shanties have loud choruses that everyone can learn quickly. The show will be about 30-40 minutes followed by a Q & A.  Free with admission.

    Alert: This show will be repeated Thursday, April 23 between 7 pm and 8 pm

    For more information on these and other programs like Birding for Beginners and Tuesday Tweets, click here.



    Hang out at the Briar Patch


    The Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich has scheduled what seems like a never-ending series of kids-only events for the entire school vacation week.

    For all the week-long adventures, please call all 508-888-6870 for more information or visit http://www.thorntonburgess.org

    Monday, April 20

    Froggy Frolic, between 1 pm and 3pm

    This is for kids 4 and 5 years old. Come meet Old Mister Toad, examine live tadpoles and visit a springtime pool in search of salamanders and frogs. Dress for wet and/or muddy feet. Bring a non-nut snack.

    Members $20 Non-members $25 (per class)

    Salamader Safari, between 1 pm and 3 pm

    Running simultaneoulsy, this adventure is for kids 6 to 8 ears old. Explore the amazing life within a temporary pond. Look for salamanders and their eggs and early frogs. Visit with our resident amphibians. Wear boots that can get wet and muddy.

    Members $20   Non-members $25 (per class)

    Tuesday, April 21

    Scorton Creek Paddle, between 1 pm and 4 pm

    This hands-on adventure is for kids 9 to 12 years old. Everything looks different early in the season. Birds are returning and plants are starting to emerge. Must have prior canoeing experience. Bring a snack, drink and complete change of clothes all inside a heavy plastic bag. Meet at East Sandwich Game Farm by the entrance gate.

    Make sure to dress for outdoor exploration. Bring a non-nut snack.

    Members $30;  Non-members $35

    Wednesday, April 22

    Bunny Hop, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am

    This program is designed for kids 4 and 5 years old.  Visit with Peter, Eddy, Teddy and Hope as you learn about rabbits, guinea pigs and other mammal animals. Create a springtime rabbit craft to take home. Bring a non-nut snack.  Dress for outdoor exploration

    Members $20;  Non-members $25 (per class)

    Puppet Parade, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am

    Running simultaneously, this program is designed for kids 6 to 8. Create some amazingly different puppets from many different materials including egg cartons, paper cups and wooden spoons. Work together on a puppet show to show off your creations. Dress for outdoor exploration and bring a non-nut snack.
    Members $20   Non-members $25 (per class)

    Create some amazingly different puppets from many different materials including egg cartons, paper cups and wooden spoons. Work together on a puppet show to show off your creations.

    Thursday, April 23

    Puppet Pals, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

    For kids 4 and 5 years old. Have a fun time creating puppets from sticks, paper bags, even wooden spoons. Help your puppets come alive for a special puppet show. Dress for outdoor exploration. Bring a non-nut snack.

    Members $20 Non-members $25 (per class)

    Nature Detective, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am

    As days get warmer, more and more animals and plants appear. Explore the garden and woods for signs of life. Scoop out pond water in search of the amazing creatures growing there.  This program is for ages 6 through 8.  Dress for outdoor exploration and bring a non-nut snack.

    Members $20   Non-members $25 (per class)

    Creatures of the Dark, between 7 pm and 9 pm

    This adventure is for kids 9 through 12. Explore the Briar Patch trails as night descends and nocturnal animals start to stir. Look and listen for owls, mice and fox. End around the fire for a marshmallow roast.  Dress for outdoor exploration and bring a non-nut snack.

    Members $20    Non-members $25

    Friday, April 24

    Critter Capers, between 10:30 am and 11 am

    Drop in for a half-hour visit with a naturalist and one of the resident animals. Learn about life cycles, habits and habitats. Suitable for families with children ages 2 ½ and up. Advance registration is not required.

    Members: Free  Non-members: $2 per person

    Amphibian Romp, between 2 pm and 3:30 pm.

    This is for the entire family to discover together. Join a Society Naturalist for a great outdoor family explore here at Green Briar. Learn about common Cape Cod springtime frogs, toads and salamanders. Be prepared for muddy feet. Dress for the weather and come see what’s happening in the winter woods.

    Members: Adult $4 Child $3 Family maximum $15; Non-members: Adult $5 Child $4 Family maximum $18

    Girls in Science Overnight, 6 pm to 9 am

    Although based upon Brownie or Junior Scout Badges, the programs listed below are open to girls in or outside Scouting. Join Society Education Director Mary Beers for science discovery days and even an overnight science camp. All girls receive a special patch upon completion of any full program. A completion certificate will be given to Girl Scouts wishing to obtain official badges from Troop Leadership Teams.

    Pre-registration is required.  $30 for the overnight camp.

    Overnight Science,  6 pm and 9 am

    Spend an evening exploring habitats and looking for signs of nocturnal animals out along the trails. Learn about their special adaptations including sensory and coloration. Share stories around the campfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the Jam Kitchen before heading home.

    Cost is $30

    Saturday, April 25

    Overnight Science, 6 pm to 9 am

    This is a reprise of the Friday night to Saturday morning adventure. Spend an evening exploring habitats and looking for signs of nocturnal animals out along the trails. Learn about their special adaptations including sensory and coloration. Share stories around the campfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the Jam Kitchen before heading home.

    Cost is $30

    Fun at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum

    Cape Cod children's museum

    There are special events all week beginning with Talk Turtles at noon Monday, April 20. Talk Turtles is hosted by Amy Croteau from the Barnstable Natural Resources department. Learn about different types of turtles in the world and here on Cape Cod. Kids can meet and touch live turtles as part of the program.

    On Tuesday, at noon, is Let it Bee. Wednesday at noon is Earth Day with Donna Jewett at noon. At noon Thursday, enjoy Sprout Farm Day. Get your hands in the soil and learn about planting tomatoes. Noon Friday, meet friends from local farms for the Farm Visit.  They bring along some cute and cuddly friends!

    Of course, doors open at 10 am to 5 pm. every day this week to enjoy dozens of exhibits and interative actiivities that can keep you and your kids engaged for most of the day.

    Admission:  Museum Members Free.

    Ages 1-59, $8;  Seniors, 60+ $7;  EBT Card Holders,  $2  (limit 4 people);  Free admissions for individual with Military ID

    For more information, click here



    Be a Pilgrim

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    The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum is quite a two-for-one-deal.

    Make sure to eat a hefty breakfast so you can walk up the monument for an extrraordinary 360-degree view not only of Provincetown, but virtually the entire Cape.

    The tower is 252 feet, 7.5 inches (77 meters) tall and rises 350 feet above sea level. The heart-healthy walk to the top on 116 steps and 60 ramps only takes about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace. The Pilgrim Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States.

    There are plenty of places to rest along the way and read the hundreds of plaques commemorating colonial towns across the Cape and Massachusetts, including many that are the gifts of Pilgrim Societies elsewhere in the United States.

    The adjacent museum will captivate elementary through high school-age children, expecially the Arctic stuffed animals brought back to Provincetown by one of its most notable native sons, Donald Baxter MacMillan.

    With its opening this month, the museum is featuring three very different exhibitions:


    Captured 1614, a Story of the Wampaonag History


    Before the colony was called Plymouth, it was the Wampanoag village of Patuxet, home of a thriving community of nearly 2000 Wampanoags. In 1614, English Sea Captain Thomas Hunt pretended he wanted to trade, but tricked 20 young Patuxet men onto his ship and bound and kidnapped them, along with seven Nausets from Cape Cod, to be sold as slaves in Spain. One of the Patuxet was Squanto, who later became crucial to Plymouth’s survival when the Pilgrims arrived.


    Forgotten Port


    Provincetown is one of the nation’s most desirable vacation spots where visitors delight in whale watching.  But few realize that the whaling industry helped shape the Provincetown we know today.  This exhibition tells the fascinating story of how the town evolved from hunting whales to saving whales.  Curated by author Amy Whorf McGuiggan, whose family includes major artists in this thriving art colony, the show takes you on a voyage through time with artifacts, objects and personal stories.


    The Fine White Line


    If you go with two adults, make sure each of you get a few minutes at least to separate from the kids and indulge in this adult-only pleasure.

    With its clear, sparkling light Provincetown has drawn artists from its earliest days and is America’s oldest active art colony. In the 20th Century, it was a bustling center of avant-garde teachers and students of Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism.  It also provided the fertile ground for the camaraderie of a group of innovative printmakers to create a new art form. In 1915, Bror Julius Olsen Norfeldt revolutionized the way prints were made, simplifying the process and creating a full color print with one block. These became known as “Provincetown Prints” or white-line woodcuts.

    For a photo tour of the Pilgrim Monument, please click here.


    For more information on a day at the museum, click here.



    Hike or Bike


    During the summer, the Cape Cod National Seashore hosts most of its four million visitors. So what better time to avoid the crowds than school vacation week. With 44,000 acres from Eastham to Provincetown, you can get overwhelmed by the possibilities.

    So begin your family day at Salt Pond Visitors Center off Route 6 in Eastham. Enjoy one of the most beatiful sites on Cape Cod, the salt pond leading to the Atlantic Ocean. The center has a dynamic museum that ranges from our history to our natural envrionment. Films in the auditorium run continuously.  Rangers and volunteers will answer all your questions and give you customized guidance.

    Trails are short, long, easy and hard. With small children, just meander around the Salt Pond. If you have older kids, consider the approximately 2-mile trail from the center to Coast Guard Beach. Of course, plan for the walk back -so bring water and snacks.

    Then, again, you can bike this and other trails. There are at least two bike shops within easy distance of Salt Pond.

    Other trails that are fun and easy will let you overlook  the Atlantic Ocean from Pilgrim Heights, the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp at Marconi Beach, Fort Hill in Eastha and the Beach Forest Trail in Provincetown. More exacting trails include Great island in Wellfleet and Bearberry Hill and Bog in Truro.

    If you are not quite up for exercise, then consider taking a special GPS car tour of the National Seashore.  Ask the rangers at Salt Pond for more detail.

    For more general information, click here



    Build your own boat and wind chimes

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    The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is worth a morning or afternoon visit along Hyannis Harbor anytime. Make sure to head down to the boat building workshop where you likely will discover a resident boatbuilder always ready to answer your questions.

    During vacation week, the museum is planning three special programs.

    Build Your Own Scallop Wind Chime

    Monday, April 20, 10am – 12pm

    Come build your own scallop wind chime. Design your wind chime with shells and wood. Decorate your wind chime with paints and other decorative items. Cost is museum admission & material fee of $8.


    Lego Boat Building Contest

    Thursday, April 23, 10am – 12pm

    Construct  your own Lego boat . All boats will be judged for sea worthiness and design by our own museum boat builders. The winner will be announced on Friday. The winner will keep their boat and receive full membership to the museum for a year. Cost is admission to the museum and no activity fee.


    Design & Build Your Own Wooden Boat

    Friday,  April 24, 10am – 12pm

    Take a piece of wood, design your hull, have it cut by our Boat Shop Coordinator and then build your boat out of wood. Decorate your boat. The last check—see if it floats in the water. Cost is admission to the museum and $8.


    These Sanctuaries are Anything But Dull

    The Cape is very fortunate to have two major Audubon sanctuaries, one at the border of Eastham and Wellfleet and the other cradling the Sandwich-Barstable, with one of the best views of Sandy Neck.


    Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary


    Fantastic Fish,  Saturday April 18 , 2 pm to 4 pm

    For kids 4-7

    Members, $ 7, non-members, $9

    Wellfleet Bay is home to many types of interesting fish, from slippery eels to hardy mummichog minnows. Pull a fish trap from the pond and visit our eel ladder, a special contraption to help eels as they migrate upstream. Explore and play games to discover which fish species can be found here year-round and which ones are visitors. Finish with a unique and beautiful fish print craft to take home. Recommended for children age 4 and older with a caregiver.  Check in 10 minutes before program begins and dress for the weather.

    Register online or call 508-349-2615 to register by phone.
    Vacation Adventure Week

    All week, Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24

    Separate classses for kids 5-8, 9-11
    Spend the week exploring the sanctuary in springtime. Play animal games, explore the trails, and create nature-themed art projects while discovering which animals are active here in the springtime. We’ll also meet a wildlife researcher and learn about the research projects that we’re gearing up for here at the sanctuary this time of year. As we explore, we’ll search for tagged horseshoe crabs, count the eels in our eel ladder, and learn about and observe bird banding on the sanctuary!   Come early and dress for the outdoors

    Members: $25, non-members $30

    For more information,  email wellfleet@massaudubon.org or visit  http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#results:sanctuary=20:keywords=vacation%20week


    Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    Vacation Starters

    Tuesday, April 21,  1 pm to 2:30 pm

    Wednesday, April 22, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

    Join Elizabeth Packard, Environmental Educator and Joshua Wrigley, Education Coordinator to learn the basics of planting vegetables, build miniature greenhouses, and visit some friendly goats. Over the course of two 1.5 hour sessions, your kids will enjoy getting their hands dirty and all will take home seeds for growing. “Stone soup” will be provided for warmth and sustenance. The best vegetables are the ones you grow yourself. Join our Spring Starters event to get your child in the garden and celebrate the end of winter!

    Adult members, $7; children, $5

    Non-member, adult $9, children, $

    For more information, contact: longpasture@massaudubon.org


    International Marconi Day

    Chatham Marconi Museum

    Saturday, April 25

    All day at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

    International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio.  People had been trying for years to establish wireless telegraphy, but Marconi persevered to make it marketable and successful.  The radio operators on board the RMS Titanic were employed by Marconi – and using his equipment they were able to alert the Carpathia, the ship which rescued around 700 survivors.  The purpose of this day is for amateur radio enthusiasts around the world to make contact with historic Marconi wireless station sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself.

    A wonderful museum for kids 8 and older who can participate in many interactive displays.

    For more background, see http://www.gb4imd.com/

    For a complete schedule of events visit the Luxx Concierge at http://luxxcapecod.com/events/

    Follow the Cape Cod Museum Trail’s interactive map at http://luxxcapecod.com/category/luxx-museum-trail/

    April 13, 2015