Mommy Poppins Boston and Nantucket Bucket are pleased to offer the third post in a series about things for families to do on Nantucket. Nantucket Bucket is the premier online resource for all things child-friendly on Nantucket - events, activities, camps, classes and more.Happy travels!
Between transportation and accommodations for the traveling family, a trip to Nantucket has most likely exceeded your budget before you have even set foot on the island. Then there’s dining, souvenirs and activities to fill your time. While we cannot help with the fixed costs associated with getting here, we can assist with helping you save money during your stay. We think you will be pleasantly surprised to see just how much a family can do on Nantucket without opening its wallet! Here’s your ACKtivity guide for a weekend on Nantucket that’s fun, family-centric and free!
Kickstart the family weekend with Friday Stargazing at the Maria Mitchell Associations Loines Observatory on Milk Street for a one-of-a-kind celestial tour of Nantucket’s night sky. Open Nights are offered weekly from 9pm-10:30pm and while donations are appreciated, the event is free to the general public. No reservations required!
Saturday morning head downtown to Cambridge Street for the weekly Sustainable Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market. It’s a feast for the senses with plenty to see, touch, smell, hear (live music) and taste. (Saturdays from 9:00-1:00pm). Next wander over to Children’s Beach for the 10:30 Nantucket Puppet Players puppet show. Their FREE 20-minute skit features songs, jokes and a whole lot of laughter for children of all ages.
Following the performance, make your way back into town to stop by the Nantucket Atheneum where there are always free events for children. From the Dance(sing) program with Marjory Trott to board games for tweens and crafts for teens, there is something for everyone. (Check our calendar for update-to-date programming information.)
Saturday afternoons are great for wandering the docks and shops on Straight Wharf and Old South Wharf. Window-shop at some of the island’s most eclectic boutiques and galleries and admire the boat traffic.
If your family is up for one more ACKtivity, discover hands-on learning at its best over at the Maria Mitchell Association’s Natural Science Museum on the corner of Milk and Vestal Streets (walkable from town). Free admission to the museum gives you access to the Live Animal Room, where you will see native fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. Other exhibits and crafts cover the island’s botany, beaches birds and more. Their team of Naturalists will give you a wonderful, informative tour of the facility, or feel free to wander about at your own pace. (Open Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm).
Next pick your favorite Nantucket beach, grab some sandwiches from Something Natural and enjoy some family time while frolicking in the surf. (Petite Travelers has all of your beach supplies on hand for sale or rent…and they deliver for free!).
End the weekend with a free outdoor concert at Children’s Beach, which is held from 6pm-7:30pm every Sunday evening. Don’t forget the beach blanket!
All the activities listed above are kid-tested and parent approved, free and open to the public. Here are three suggestions for must-do activities that arenot free but are Nantucket Bucket List worthy (check our previous post for the full list):
If you're on the island for more than a weekend, you might also enjoy some great off-the-beaten-path suggestions.
Nantucket Bucket is the Island’s trusted information hub, bringing awareness to families by sharing up-to-date event and activity information. Kid tested, parent approved activities, camps, classes and more are featured throughout the site. Read firsthand reviews to discover what to do and how to do it. Follow craft bloggers for some great DIY project ideas and inspiration. Your inside guide and more. What’s in your Nantucket Bucket?
Mommy Poppins Boston and Nantucket Bucket are pleased to offer a series of guest blog posts about things for families to do on Nantucket. Nantucket Bucket is the premier online resource for all things child-friendly on Nantucket - events, activities, camps, classes and more.Happy travels!
When visiting an island with a population that swells from 12,000 to 60,000 in the summer months, one naturally wonders if there are any off-the-beaten-path destinations or activities that can help families escape the crowds and avoid the lines (Note: Juice Bar Ice Cream is ALWAYS worth the line). Well, there are! And below is a list of our 10 favorites. For those looking to check off a few items on their Nantucket Bucket List, check out our previous post.
It's hot in Boston, and we're hopeful that our Cape trip in August will be sunny and warm, and just a tad cooler. But we're bringing a few rainy day toys with us, just in case, packed alongside coolers and camp chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. Maybe we won't need them, but one thing I've learned from traveling with a two year old is that it's better to be prepared, for sunny days and not-so-sunny ones. Here are six great indoor activities around the Cape to help you weather the storm, or at least buy you some time until it stops raining.
Mommy Poppins Boston and the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Kids Outdoors Bostonfree online community continue our monthly series of guest blog posts on getting outdoors as a family. Local mom and “Outdoors with Kids Boston” guidebook author, Kim Foley MacKinnon, shares her best tips and picks with you.
Massachusetts is blessed with hundreds of great beaches, and I like to think there’s one for every whim. Want to feel like you’ve really gotten away? Take a ferry to Spectacle Island. Looking for a bit of history with your sand castle? Nantasket Beach is the answer. Easy-to-get-to Wollaston Beach is a New England classic, while pristine Crane Beach entices with beauty and nature.
Mommy Poppins Boston is teaming up with Eastham Vacation Guide to offer a special insider’s look at things to do with kids in Eastham, MA. Eastham Vacation Guide is the go-to guide for all there is to eat, shop, play, see and do in Eastham.
Just past the Orleans rotary, at the start of the Outer Cape, lies the historic town of Eastham, MA. As with most any Cape Cod town, the beaches are the main attraction for any visiting family– from the surf and majesty of the Cape Cod National Seashore to the more protected, gentler bay beaches and fresh-water kettle ponds, Eastham has it all. But there’s plenty more for families to do, and Eastham Vacation Guide is pleased to share some of our favorite family must-dos.
Heading to the Cape, Nantucket, or Martha's Vineyard? We've rounded up our Mommy Poppins posts highlighting the best, the most fun, and often the free (or cheap) things to do with kids on Cape Cod and the Islands.
If you don't see your destination here, come back and visit us soon: We will be adding posts featuring our favorite places to hang out with kids on the Cape.
Mommy Poppins Boston and Nantucket Bucket are pleased to offer a new series of guest blog posts about things for families to do on Nantucket. Nantucket Bucket is the premier online resource for all things child-friendly on Nantucket - events, activities, camps, classes and more.Happy travels!
With award winning beaches, world-class fishing and a quaint downtown where you can easily mill about the cobblestone streets for hours (yes, with children – they’ll enjoy stops at the Nantucket Toy Company, Indian Summer and the Sunken Ship), picturesque Nantucket offers the traveling family an opportunity to both play and relax into the summer.
Ever since I first saw the TV show Gilmore Girls, I have been searching for the fictional town of Stars Hollow – the quintessential New England small town, where everyone knows everyone, and you can walk (or bike) to just about anywhere you’d want to go. I had no idea that after years of looking, I would finally find a real-life Stars Hollow on the Lower Cape: Chatham, Massachusetts.
Chatham is a beautiful and enchanting town, rich in history and tradition. One of my favorite things about the place is its walkability. Main Street is bustling with adorable shops and good restaurants, and the beach and parks are just a short distance away. It may not be practical to live in a town like Chatham year round, but for a summer getaway, I daresay it’s the perfect place. (Especially if you've also been searching for Stars Hollow for the past 15 years!) Read on for 25 fun things to do while you’re there this summer. Whether you feel like getting in touch with nature and spending time outdoors, catching a ball game, or having some quiet time in a museum with a life-size Yoda, there's something here for everyone in the family (with a focus on the budget-friendly, of course).
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