April school vacation is fast approaching and whether you live on the Cape or will be visiting, you are undoubtedly looking for something to keep the kids busy. Pry the iPods out of there hands and have them pick one (or more) of the many fun, interesting and educational programs offered by the Cape's nature centers, theaters, libraries and museums this year.
And don't forget to check the calendar for the great shows and one time activities also planned during the week.
Shark Arts & Science: During the week of school vacation, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is offering Shark Science at 12:30pm and Shark Arts at 1pm. Learn real shark facts, then create your own shark with local artists Leslie Kramer, Laura Abbady and Sally Tucker Levy using a different medium every day. The program is free with paid museum admission. April 15-19. 869 Main Street, Brewster.
Shells, pirates and buoys: Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm. Each of those days, between 11am and 3pm, the museum is offering fun, maritime-themed activities for kids in grades K-8. All activities are free with paid museum admission and all are walk-in programs. Explore and create with pirates, shells and the touch tank. See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. 135 South Street, Hyannis.
Farm week: April school vacation is farm week at the Cape Cod Children's Museum. Check out their website to see what's planned for the little ones. 577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee.
Owls and other fun: There is plenty to do at Heritage Museums and Gardens during April school vacation. Check out the activities for families and kids including the very special Eyes on Owls presentations. See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. 67 Grove Street, Sandwich.
On the lookout and more: The Cape Cod National Seashore has a lot of fun planned for families this April school vacation. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, join a park ranger on the look out for whales, seals and shorebirds at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Also, Wednesday is Junior Ranger Day! Don't miss the fun activities at the Highland Center in North Truro. And the trails are open for exploring on your own. See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro & Provincetown.
Cows and goats and woodcocks: During the week of April school vacation, Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a variety of fun outdoor programs for the whole family. Learn about osprey, see the woodcocks dance and meet the new resident cows, Mabel and Olive. See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. April 16-18. 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid.
Fun, free nature activites: The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting several fun, outdoor activities for families. A special activity is planned on April 16-19. Learn about pollination, hear from Wampanoag Tribe expert Annawon Weedon and take a hike! See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. The reserve is on Route 28 (Waquoit Highway), Waquoit (Falmouth).
Exploring from the inside out: During April school vacation, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is offering a week-long drop off program for kids in three age groups: 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11. Kids will do crafts, explore, hike and more between 9am and 2:30pm. The theme is learning how things work and exploring from the inside out. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 per day for members; $25 per day for non-members. Register online here.
Wetland wonders and other fun: Get outside during April school vacation at Green Briar Nature Center. The center is offering outdoor programs for families and for children in two different age groups: 4-7 and 8-12. See the CapeCodKidz.com calendar for individual event listings. 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich.
HJT Play Production Workshop: This fun workshop will teach kids all aspects of putting on a play--from lights to sound, costumes to props. For kids ages 9-12, the workshop is presented by the Harwich Junior Theatre, Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 9am-1pm and will be held at the theatre at 105 Division Street in West Harwich. Cost: $150. Sign up online here.
The Hills are Alive Music Workshop: If you love to sing and perform, you'll love this class taught by Elaine Burkly and LaVada Studley. For kids ages 8-14. Sing and act out the original songs from "The Sound of Music". No auditions required. Saturday, April 13, Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19 from 9am to 11:30am with a performance for friends and family at 4:30pm on Friday. Held at the Cape Cod Conservatory Falmouth Campus, 60 Highfield Drive, Falmouth. Cost: $180. Sign up online here.
Printmaking for Kids: Children ages 6 to 10 will learn how to create their own unique print. Presented by the Falmouth Artists Guild. The class is taught by Susan Jensen. April 15-19, 9am-12pm. Held at the Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth. Cost: $150. Sign up online here.
For details about the happenings above and other April school vacation activities, check out the CapeCodKidz.com calendar. Coming to the Cape for a visit with the family? Check out CapeCodTravel.com and CapeCodTravel.com hot deals for April.