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Week 1 (January 1-7): Play to Learn

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We started the New Year the same way we finished 2016,  slow and lazy.  No big parties on NYE, no late night countdowns.  Just a quiet evening, followed by a quiet day hanging out at home.  It’s how we spent most days since school let out for vacation on December 22.   Both the kids were happy to just be at home and with each other.  Until the last day of vacation.  I could see it coming and had a plan.    Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee.  Even though I know it existed because I did my research before moving to the Cape, the kids did not.  So when Monday morning rolled around and they were on their tenth arguement by 8 am, I pulled this little gem out of my bag of tricks.

It was a risk bringing them to CCCM.  I wasn’t sure if they would have enough to do.  And I was afraid they would be too old (yes, even at ages 7 & 8).  They had already out grown the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, NY and when we went to Maine over the summer, I didn’t even offer to take them to the children’s museum in Portland.  But because it was January and they needed to get out of the house, we gave it a try.  It helps that CCCM also has a great military discount.

Caroline was ready to go at ten, but I made them hold off until after lunch.  I didn’t need them trampling any toddlers.    The place is small but there was plenty for them to do.  The novelty of a new location paired with finding some other kids their age to play with made for a fun afternoon.   I had to bribe them with a treat at Mashpee Commons just to get them to leave.   They were making plans to go back as soon as they got in the van.  

Caroline spent a good amount of time getting this set up just so.


Liam is intrigued by a brain teaser.

A bad day at fishing sure beats getting on each other’s nerves at home!

Cold water and a cupcake hit the spot after a fun afternoon of play.

When you convince your mom that Cupcake Charlie’s and a hot cocoa are a must have.