Cape Cod Sea Camps
Combining classic summer camp pastimes with creative arts, Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster provides an environment where children can grow, make friends for life, and learn an array of skills. “We like the kids to walk away with a feeling that they did this on their own, gaining a sense of independence, and a strengthening of core values,” says Nancy Garran, executive director and third-generation staffer. This coed camp brings in kids from around the world to spend their days learning archery, photography, tennis, woodworking, sailing, or any of the other activities offered by the camp with a focus on camaraderie. Sea Camps Resident Camp Program Second Session runs from July 26 to August 18 and Day Camp Programs continue weekly until August 17. For dates and more information, visit www.capecodseacamps.com or call 508-896-3451.
Hidden Hollow at Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens has fun activities planned all summer long as part of its Owl Academy program, and Hidden Hollow—the Sandwich destination’s two-acre outdoor classroom—provides a tranquil environment for families to learn and explore. Each week features a roster of programs like Music Makers, Nature Detectives, Outdoor Discoveries, and Story Time, which allow kids to learn through song, dance, exploration, drawing, and reading with Hidden Hollow educators. Children who sign up for the Hidden Hollow Explorers Club receive an Explorers Club vest with a name button and personalized membership card, special Owl Academy benefits, and a Buddy Pass. And every Friday through August 10 at Heritage is Family Fun Friday, where concerts, arts and crafts, and games are all part of the excitement. Rainy-day fun can still be had at the museum. The Automobile Gallery, American Art & Carousel Gallery and Norman Rockwell: Beyond the Easel exhibit are sure to appeal to members of the whole family. For more information, visit www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org or call 508-888-3300.
Step back to a time when pirates cruised the waters off Cape Cod at the Whydah Museum in Provincetown. On a dark and stormy night in 1717, the Whydah went down off the coast of Wellfleet with all its treasure still onboard. Almost three centuries later, underwater explorer Barry Clifford located the galley and has recovered hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the first sunken pirate ship found off of North America. Many of those artifacts have made their way to the museum at Macmillan Pier. “The museum is engaged in an ongoing process of discovery,” says project historian Ken Kinkor. Every summer, Clifford and his team return to the wreckage site—some lucky visitors even witness the crew hauling in a new load of long lost treasure. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day. For more information, visit www.whydah.com or call 508-487-8899.