How to keep your little ones entertained inside and out.
NANTUCKET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ACTIVITIES
The Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has a plethora of virtual programs for kids to keep them busy for hours. Eleven different programs are available daily on Zoom and YouTube. Their BookNook program, Photo Club, Power Hour, Doodle Dash, Junior Chefs and Daily Athletic Challenge are just a few of the offerings. The schedule is posted every Friday for the upcoming week. To learn more, visit nantucketboysandgirlsclub.org.
CREATE WITH THE ARTISTS ASSOCIATION
The Artists Association of Nantucket has a variety of offerings for your budding artist. Nicci Aguiar hosts the #NantucketDailyDraw on Instagram @ackartists and on the association’s Facebook page. And Elizabeth Buccino has put together a series of step-by-step projects centered on the elements of art that are included in the association’s weekly blog. Visit nantucketarts.org for information about summer programming.
WHERE, OH WHERE, IS BARNABY BEAR HUNT
I’m excited to have partnered with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation to offer a Where, Oh Where, Is Barnaby Bear Hunt for the month of June. We’ve put together a local scavenger hunt around the island to help get the kiddos out in nature. They can search for Barnaby in ten locations, including Squam Farm, the Oldest House and Sankaty Head Light. You can download the form for this self-guided hunt by joining the Where, Oh Where, Is Barnaby Bear Hunt Group on Facebook; the link for the form is also in my Instagram bio @barnabybearbooks. Once your child has completed the hunt, they’ll receive a free copy of Barnaby & Wood Lily and additional Barnaby treats. For more information, email me at email@example.com.
STRAWBERRY PICKING AT BARTLETT’S FARM
Strawberries are ripe and ready for picking, so head out to Bartlett’s Farm starting in mid-June to purchase a quart or two from the market or begin filling your bucket. This is a great way to kick off summer with your littles ones. Strawberry picking is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Strawberries are farm-grown so their availability depends on the weather.) Call ahead at (508) 901-1793 for social distancing guidelines or visit bartlettsfarm.com.
‘STAY AT HOME’ DISCOVERY CENTER
The Nantucket Historical Association has put together some wonderful digital programs for kids. Learn more about the history of Nantucket with their downloadable “Stay at Home” Discovery Center, which offers a variety of ACKtivities such as historic house cut-outs, lighthouse coloring pages and the art of scrimshaw. They have also created grade-level lesson plans focusing on Nantucket history for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Be sure to check out their 1800 House of Home, which celebrates early American decorative arts with how-to videos and downloadable template kits. All of these programs can be found at nha.org.
COOKING AT HOME WITH NANTUCKET CULINARY
Chef Greg Margolis from Nantucket Culinary and The Corner Table has provided a great easy-at-home recipe for homemade crepes. Be sure to visit nantucketculinary.com for an up-to-date schedule of their summer kids classes.
3⁄4 cup milk
1⁄2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
You can also make these dairy and gluten-free by using almond milk, gluten-free flour (by Cup4Cup) and coconut oil (instead of butter). Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix together. Store the batter in the refrigerator for one hour to reduce bubbles. When ready to cook, use a nonstick pan and butter as needed to coat the pan. Cook crepes on medium heat. Pour a thin layer on the pan and allow to cook until the crepe begins to dry around the edges, then flip and quickly cook the other side. You can add your favorite condiments like whipped cream, maple syrup, Nutella or fresh fruit.
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.