KIDDIN’ AROUND HOME: JULY 2020

Written By: Wendy Rouillard

Keeping your kiddos entertained this summer.

KIDS IN NATURE
This summer, the Linda Loring Foundation is offering a new self-guided education program for kids and families. Each week, a free Kids in Nature Class Pack is available highlighting specific Nantucket nature themes. The Class Pack will get your children outside while educating them about our local flora and fauna, including birds, plants, insects and other species. The program materials are available each week for curbside pickup at the Foundation at 110 Eel Point Road or you can download them at llnf.org.

HOP ABOARD THE CRITTER CRUISE
Even though social distancing is in place, you can still get out on the water! Hop on board the Monomoy this summer for a cruisin’ good time around Nantucket Harbor and learn all about the critters that inhabit our waters. You’ll also be able to try your hand at fishing during this one-hour cruise. Single-family (up to seven people) or private tours are available. Please call ahead for social distancing guidelines and to reserve at 508-228-6867 or email info@crittercruise.com. For more information, please visit crittercruise.com.

NES TEACHERS AT HOME
Meet Elizabeth Baraldi, Jaimie Collum and Claire Hassler, a few of Nantucket’s elementary school teachers who are sharing some of their summer fun activities for you to do at home with your preschoolers. Their daily posts on Instagram—@missbaraldines, @missjaimieprek and @missclaireprek—offer a bevy of indoor and outdoor activities that are sure to educate and entertain with minimal supplies.

NANTUCKET BY BIKE
Get outside and get some exercise this summer with Nantucket Bike Tours. Choosing from their variety of excursions, you and your family can discover parts of the island that you never knew before. You can also design and customize your own ride. Bike tours are for family members only. For more information, please visit nantucketbybike.com.

SKIP & SCOOT WITH BARNABY BEAR
Please join Skip & Scoot, a Chicago-based company that promotes kids’ fitness through play, and Barnaby Bear on July 18th for a class of dance and movement with songs and stories. Luci Grause, the owner of Skip & Scoot and a native Nantucketer, “believes that physical skill building enhances whole brain thinking.” I am excited to partner with Luci to offer this 45-minute class for your little ones at Children’s Beach. (Due to any social distancing changes and requirements, this class will be offered as a virtual class in response.) For more information or to sign up, visit skipandscoot.com or @barnabybearbooks.

BUBBLE BATH PLAY DOUGH
Here’s an easy, fun-for-all ages recipe for bubble bath play dough. Your kiddos can play with it like regular play dough, and then when it’s bath time, pop it in the tub and voila! You have bubble bath!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1⁄4 cup bubble bath soap
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup cornstarch
Food coloring

Start by melting the teaspoon of coconut oil. Then mix the bubble bath soap and coconut oil in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch. Knead with your hands, slowly adding more cornstarch until you have the desired consistency. If you add too much cornstarch and it becomes too dry, then add a little more bubble bath soap. You can then separate the dough and add the food coloring. You can even have fun mixing different colors in the dough.

Launched in 2018 by fourth generation Nantucketer, Stephany G. Hunter, Peachtree Kids is a children’s boutique located at 19 Main Street carrying a selection of timeless and classic children’s clothing, as well as toys, shoes, and accessories. And for our island visitors, Peachtree Kids offers a full spectrum of baby equipment rentals at nicervacation.com, making trips to the Grey Lady seamless and easy for those traveling with little ones.

Visit peachtreekidsnantucket.com to shop online or call them at 508-228-8555 for gift cards, phone orders and home deliveries.

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