Summer Activities for Kids on the Cape

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown.
The Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown. –Kristi Palma/ staff

Taking a family vacation to the Cape this summer? Plenty of adventures await your littlest vacationer, from theater productions, fairs, kid-friendly fishing boats, and more. There’s even a pirate museum!

The Harwich Junior Theatre (HJT), Cape Cod’s family theater in West Harwich, presents “Dr. Doolittle’’ through Aug. 2 and “The Neverending Story’’ Aug. 7 to Aug. 24.

105 Division St., Harwich. Performances take place Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 7 p.m. and Fri., Sat., and Sun. at 4 p.m. $15 to $22.

Does your child have a green thumb? Take a break from the beach to create a mini fairy garden with your child at Hyannis Country Garden. Summer workshops take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m.


380 West Main St., Hyannis. $35 per child.

If your child loves to fish, there are many fishing trips tailored just for kids on the Cape. Cap’N Kids Fishing Adventures makes daily 2-hour trips through September 7. Reservations are recommended.

Jack, 7, fishing aboard Cap’N Kids Fishing Adventures. —Kristi Palma/ staff

Kids fish by rod and reel aboard a 50o-foot boat and also pull up lobster traps, bait crab traps, and more. Saquatucket Harbor, Rt. 28, Harwich Port. $28 per person.

At Kid’s Fishing in Hyannis, kids enjoy 90 minutes of fishing fun on former military amphibious vehicles. 437 Main St., Hyannis. $25 per person.

What child doesn’t love inflatables? How about an entire park filled with them?

Cape Cod Inflatable Park in West Yarmouth offers rides, slides, interactive games, climbing walls, a toddler area, and more. Kids can even play soccer.

518 Main St., West Yarmouth. $27 adults; $17 kids under 42 inches. After 6 p.m., adults $15; kids under 42 inches $12. No water rides after 6 p.m.

Ahoy matey! Does your child love pirates? Take him to see real pirate treasure at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown.

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown.

Kids can check out the treasures discovered aboard the Whydah pirate ship, which wrecked in a storm off Cape Cod in 1717. They’ll see coins, Akon gold jewelry, cannons, plates, and more. After exploring the artifacts, kids can pluck their own (fake) treasure from a chest in the gift shop — 10 pieces for $2.


Macmillan Pier in Provincetown (across from the ferry terminal). $10 adults; $8 kids age 6 to 12; kids under 6 are free.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary offers “hands-on, feet-wet, and net-casting excursions for families.’’ Go on salt marsh discovery walks, marine life cruises, seashore rambles, attend preschool programs, and more.

291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet. Members are free; $5 adults; $3 kids age 2 to 12.

After a day of Cape adventures, grab some pillows and blankets and settle in for a double feature at the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre.

The sun set over the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre just before the Disney movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue’’ began. —Kristi Palma/ staff

The family-friendly complex offers miniature golf, a playground, and a snack bar. The first movie begins when the sun sets. Shows still take place when it rains.

51 State Highway, Route 6, Wellfleet. $9 adults; $6 kids age 4 to 11; kids 3 and under are free. Cash only for movie tickets.

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