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Things To Do With Kids on Cape Cod

  • August 10, 2016
  • By Brittany
Things To Do With Kids on Cape Cod

Hi friends! I’m back! After a whirl wind week on Cape Cod, I’m back to my regular programming.  It felt so nice to be on vacation, even though my definition of vacation has changed greatly since having Cooper!  These days it is less about biking, kayaking, reading and lounging and more about sandcastles, splashing, playgrounds and swimmies.  Even though my definition of vacation may have changed, the level of fun certainly has not.  This summer I challenged myself to experience the best Things to Do With Kids on Cape Cod and I’m pretty sure I found them!  This list is best for toddlers and young children but I have no doubt it will be updated over the years.

1. Thomas Land– I wasn’t sure if Cooper was going to enjoy Thomas Land or not at Edaville Railroad in Carver, Ma because he is still a bit young and only got into trains this summer but I’m so glad we went.  He loved it!  There are cars and trains galore with a ton of cool things to look and point at.  A huge train travels around the entire park, which is a lot of fun to ride and check out the surroundings.  Plus there are plenty of cars and trains to ride in Thomas Land.  Some of the actual amusement rides were a “strong experience” for Cooper being under 2 but I am confident that a year from now he will love them.   Thomasland 5

He was also a huge fan of the Dino Land with the amazing dinosaurs that moved and made noises (somehow a car ride that went 5 mph was scary but a snarling T Rex was not . . .).  And, of course, the Thomas Land store which boasted a play train set was also a hit.

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Tickets are $37 at the gate for 4 and over and $32 for 2,3, and 60+ at the gate.  Reduced tickets available online and kids under 2 are Free!

2.  Cape Cod Children’s Museum– The Cape Cod Children’s Museum is the perfect solution to your rainy day blues or even a nice break from the hot summer sun!  Located in Mashpee, Ma, the Museum hosts a wide variety of fun activities for your little one.  Cooper ran around like a mad man for the hour and a half we were there and I literally took him out of there kicking and screaming because he wanted to continue playing.

Cape Cod Children's Museum Train Station

I love how organized the Museum is, including the tables filled with train sets, dinosaurs, car race tracks, crafts and more.  Some of the really cool features include their huge wooden play structures like a boat, a submarine, a train, a pirate ship, a tree house, a tractor and more. 

Cape Cod Children's Museum Boat

Cape Cod Children's Museum Submarine

Cape Cod Children's Museum Train

The Museum also has organized playtime like movement classes (Cooper enjoyed the bubbles!) and craft time (great for slightly older children).

They have a great changing/feeding area but watch out for the store that will cost you a pretty penny!

Admission is $8 for ages 1 and up.

3. Mashpee Splashpad and Playground–  This one is an absolute gem!  It is not only completely free but also has parking and is good for a few hours of solid outdoor fun.  The splashpad is well built with really fun water features that pop up and spray water when you turn them on and then alternate so you don’t really know what is coming next.  

Mashpee Splashpad 1

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The splashpad and the playground are both entirely fenced in ensuring safety for your child, although watch the gate doors and as often older children aren’t careful about letting little ones run out.  One of the things I love about the playground is that it is turf based not grass or dirt so the kids can switch between the splashpad and the playground without their feet getting all dirty!

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The address is 520 Main Street, Mashpee.

4.  Gleason YMCA Pool– Although you have to be a member to attend the Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham, Ma, I highly recommend looking into a membership if you are around for the entire summer.  First of all, they have great programs like kids camp and swimming lessons, plus their facilities are large, clean and new with ample parking.  The membership rates are fairly inexpensive as well.  But the piece de resistance in my opinion, is the outdoor pool.  It is never crowded and has a deep end, a shallow end, a mini water slide and a slanted walk-in end that progressively goes from a few inches of water to 2 feet.  This end also has some water features that are super fun for kids.

Gleason YMCA

5.  Water Wizz– Ok this one is a must for children of all ages and it is really fun for adults too!  Water Wizz, located in Wareham, MA, is a large water park filled with slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a regular pool and so much more.  You may remember the water park being featured on the movie The Way Way Back with Steve Carell.

Now this park has tons for older children and adults but since I was there with my one and half year old, that is what we will focus on.  There are actually three play areas for the little ones, which makes it a great adventure for them.  The first is a small pirate ship that has two slides, a splash pool, running water and a cool tunnel you can go through.

Water Wizz for Kids 1

Water Wizz for Kids 2

Water Wizz for Kids 4

There is another pirate ship for slightly older children although it still works for the young ones, you just have to be careful because there are three buckets–two small and one large–that periodically tip water onto your head.  It is a strong experience for sure! 

Water Wizz for Kids 3

But there are still plenty of fun things for little ones to do like watch the water spurt from the structure.  A favorite in our camp for sure!

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And of course, the lazy river is a great way to relax with your little one on your lap.  We were only ever to make it around one time but it was enough time to sit and enjoy the sun and cool water!

Water Wizz for Kids 9

Besides the pool, which has varied depths and a slow walk in like a beach, there is also one other area for little kids and it is slightly hidden by the wave pool, making it a great place to avoid crowds.

Water Wizz for Kids 10

Rates are $37 for 2 and up.  Under 2 is Free!  There are also reduced rates for after 4pm and 5pm.

6.  The Beach– This one is a given since Cape Cod is known for its beaches!  The beach is an incredible place to take your child to learn about water, sand, sun and, of course, water life!  Lots of sand and water toys are a must as well as sunscreen, cash for parking (most Cape Cod beaches either require resident stickers or pay for parking), an umbrella, snacks and a beach chair.  While the mid- to upper-Cape beaches boast beautiful sand and long stretches of surf, the lower Cape and Buzzards Bay have calmer and warmer waters.  Try looking for a good beach that has a great low tide so your child can play in the tide pools.

Cape Cod for Kids

7.  Davis Farmland– Ok technically this one is not on Cape Cod or anywhere near there. But if you have an extended amount of time in the area, I highly recommend making this day trip to Sterling, Ma.  I promise your child will love it.  The Farmland has tons of animals including goats, sheep, llamas, cows, birds, tortoises and more.  Your child can pet and feed most of the animals and animals are ranked based on their friendliness.  The Farmland puts on regular displays so you can see various animals and learn about them.  

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Davis Farm is so much more than a farm.  The farmland also has an amazing splash pad complete with a bubble pool, slip n’ slide and plenty of spashly fun for all ages.  There are also several playgrounds for different age groups.  One of my favorites is the little village that has houses, a post office, supermarket, diner, sweet shop, mobile home and so much more.  I could seriously spend an entire day just in one area of the farm!  Each time I put Cooper in his stroller to move him to another location, he kicked and screamed because he did not want to leave.  He did this only to find out that the next part of the farm I was taking him to was just as great, if not better, than the last!    Tickets $24.95 with kids under 2 Free!

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When you are in the area, make sure to stop at Rota Spring Farm to taste some of the most delicious ice cream!  Their signature flavor for July, lavender, completely blew me away!

lavender ice cream

8.  Bike Riding– Bike riding is an essential part of the Cape Cod experience in addition to the beach and ice cream!  There are so many great bike paths including the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22 mile stretch starting in Dennis and going all the way to Wellfleet.  But it isn’t the only bike path in town.  There are plenty of other smaller paved trails in Mashpee and Falmouth and my personal favorite, the Cape Cod Canal.  This lovely stretch of bike path is 7 miles in one direction and runs right along the canal allowing you to watch with chagrin the traffic over the Sagamore and Bourne Bridges and the big boats making their way through the Canal.  

Biking Cape Cod Canal

Looking for a bike and trailer rental?  Close to the Canal is Sailworld Cape Cod and they will get you set up on a great bike with attached trailer!  They are incredibly friendly!

Readers, what are your favorite activities to do with your kids?  What is the best thing you did this summer?

By Brittany, August 10, 2016
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  • Holly
    August 14, 2016

    The best thing that I did this summer was spend time-play, play, play, with my family and welcome in a new grandchild! I relive every second over and over–it is/was a marvelous summer!

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