Best Activities for Kids this Fall

If you’re looking for fun fall activities for the kids, look no further! Cape Cod offers a wide variety of activities for both kids and their families. And now that fall is finally in the air, there’s no time like the present to explore, enjoy and spend time with the family. Here are a few of the wonderful, family-friendly events that entertain and educate and, most importantly, cater to kids of all ages.

October 1, ClamBQ! The Orleans Food and Music Festival

Here’s a great way to spend a fall day. ClamBQ! is a traditional New England clambake, serving up the full feast, complete with steamers, lobster, corn and potatoes. The experts from Big Dog’s BBQ will be on hand, dishing out yummy pulled-pork sandwiches and special sides. Plus, there’ll be a food court with delicious fare from several local restaurants. And let’s not forget the entertainment! This is an event that has something for every member of the family. Throughout the day, the main stage will feature performances by Jordan Renzi, The Grab Brothers, and The Rip It Ups. There’ll also be a craft show and free kids’ activities including hay rides, face painting, skee-ball, games, crafts and more. 80 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans. For more information, visit clambq.com.

October 2, Blessing of the Animals

Come with your animal friends to the Anglican Church of the Resurrection at the Brewster Council on Aging Building, 1673 Main St., Brewster, for the annual community Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m. Bring your leashed, crated or otherwise secured pets and be part of the holy fun! The event is free, the public is invited and animal and people treats will be served. We invite attendees to bring a donation for Animal Rescue League – Brewster Shelter.
For more information, contact the Church at capecodanglican.org or by phone (508) 896- 2550.

pumpkinsOctober 8, Pumpkin Day at Bourne Farm

Nothing says “fall” more than hitting the pumpkin patch, and this event is perfect to do just that. Pumpkin Day is a great family outing featuring hayrides, pony rides, arts and crafts, kayaks and paddle boats, face painting, a bounce house, a petting zoo and more. And, of course, there will be plenty of pumpkins, ripe for the picking! Admission and parking are free; ticket sales per activity. Bourne Farm, North Falmouth Hwy., North Falmouth. For more information, visit saltpondsanctuaries.org/pumpkin-day/

October 8, Taylor Bray Farm’s Fall Festival

This event is fun, fun, fun! Go for a hay wagon ride, play old-time games, enjoy face painting and a giant pumpkin raffle for the kids. Tour the 18th-century Samuel Taylor Farmhouse and learn the history of the farm revealed through the farm archaeology project. Enjoy apple cider, apple cider donut holes, hot dogs and more. Get your Halloween pumpkins, Taylor-Bray Farm calendars, hats, T-shirts, activity books and other items. And, of course, visit with the animals! A $5 parking donation is suggested. 108 Bray Farm Road, Yarmouth Port. For more information, visit taylorbrayfarm.org.

October 8-29, Harvest of Horrors

Enjoy a chilling, haunted hayride across 20 acres of farmland, followed by a hike through a creepy forest at Tony Andrews’ Farm. There will be thrills and chills at every turn! Frightful fun for the whole family from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event takes place on weekends through October and is recommended for adults and children 12 and over. Admission is $13. 394 Old Meeting House Road, East Falmouth.

October 22, Game Day at the Library

The Brewster Ladies’ Library will be hosting a games day from 1 to 5 p.m. Learn about and play new board and card games – think Settlers of Catan, not Monopoly – provided by Matt Donle of Wicked Fun Games. Because of the complexity of some of these novel, award-winning games, this event is aimed at adults, teens, and older children (8 and up). Admission is free. For more information, visit brewsterladieslibrary.org.

October 22, Make Your Own Scarecrow

Come make your own scarecrow at this fun family event in for all ages. You bring the clothes and they’ll supply the stuffing. Your creations will decorate the library lawn for one week while the community votes for their favorites. Saturday, Oct. 29, is pick- up your Scarecrow day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring them home in time to decorate your yard for Halloween. First, second and third prizes will be handed out when you pick yours up. There will be cookies and apple cider to fuel your creativity. This program is free but registration is appreciated at cotuitlibrary.org/events or by contacting the library. Cotuit Library 871 Main Street, Cotuit.

HalloweenOctober 28 and 29, Halloween Family Festival

Join the Halloween dance party Heritage Museums and Gardens with DJ Ooch, go on a hayride, get a temporary tattoo, join in the fun in Hidden Hollow, and enjoy themed drinks and snacks from the Magnolia Café. Come in costume and be part of the fun! New this year: meet characters from the movies, craft your own fantastic mask, and navigate your way through a burlap maze! Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes to walk to all of the activities. Buy tickets online now. For more information, call 508-888-3300 x175 or e-mail jraynor@heritagemuseums.org.

October 29, Green Halloween

Wear a costume and join the FUN at the annual Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Brewster Chamber of Commerce Green Halloween event! No tricks…all treats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New this year is the Spooky House, and there will be the Agway Maze, Treat Trail Scavenger Hunt, Pirates Hideaway House and Spider Web Game, as well as activity stations with crafts, games, honeybee jamboree, refreshments and more. Admission is $5 children ages 3-16 (must be accompanied by an adult). Adults with children are free. For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867

October 30, Spooky House Tour

Falmouth Museums on the Green presents a “Visit with the Night Watchman” from 6 to 9 p.m. The Dr. Francis Wicks House and the surrounding grounds will be used for the flashlight tour. Town “spirits” lurk in corners and interact with visitors in very short improvisations. The mildly scary tour is designed to attract families with children over the age of 6. Dr. Francis Wicks House, 55 Palmer Ave., Falmouth.

By Ann Luongo

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