Winter Survival Guide

You hear it all the time, day after day, throughout the cold months: “There’s nothing to do on the Cape in the winter.” We beg to differ. We went in search of the hottest happenings coming up over the next several months, and we think you’ll like what we have to share.

By Marina Davalos



Photo by Paul Blackmore

Give yourself a lift with aerial yoga

Challenge your senses and advance your asana—aerial yoga offers a true yoga experience, with the support of a soft, fabric hammock—to explore, refine and deepen your traditional yoga practice. From January through March, Heels Over Head Yoga will be holding special classes, including four-hour afternoon retreats dedicated to yoga and nutrition, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra and Aerial Dance Workshop.

Heels Over Head Yoga, 7 Joy St., Mashpee, 508-423-1120

Dance the night away

Dance instructor Adam Spencer knows how to stay warm in the winter. “I teach cha-cha, rumba and swing, which are usually associated with warm places,” says Spencer. At Studio 878 in Chatham, he teaches a multitude of genres, from ballroom to contemporary to jazz, with students ranging in ages from 6 to 93. Whether training for a competition or just looking to learn a few steps, visit Adam’s website for class dates and times, or book a private lesson.

Adam in Chatham—Ballroom Dance Cape Cod
Studio 878, 878 Main St., Chatham, 508-320-1465

Photo by Julia Cumes

Photo by Julia Cumes

Do the Hula! Hoop, that is

Cape Fit Hoops owner and certified hoop fitness instructor, Jessie Decker, offers Hula Hoop ® fitness classes throughout the Cape. The classes combine traditional waist hula hooping with off-body moves, such as holding the hoop in hand and using it for strengthening and balancing. Weekly classes are offered at Life Center for Health and Complementary Medicine and Chatham Health and Swim Club in Chatham. And don’t miss the monthly Hoops & Hops at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis.

Additional information is available at or email Jessie Decker at


Learn about art

Art lessons, a reading area and a small shop make this Harwichport gallery unique. Owner Carol Kimball gives lessons in drawing, watercolor, sculpture and jewelry making. Kimball also offers classes in art history, writing and creativity. BYOB paint parties include Wednesday Ladies’ Nights and Friday Date Nights. Drop by on Saturday afternoons for art lectures.

MakeARt Lessons and Events, 451 Route 28, Harwichport, 774-237-0118


Hone your skills

With more than 1,000 members, the Creative Arts Center has been active in the Chatham community for close to 50 years and holds classes throughout the year. Starting the first week in January, two to three classes are offered every day, ranging from painting with watercolors, oils and acrylics to sterling silver jewelry making and pottery. Classes are taught by local artists and run roughly six weeks per session, giving you the time to hone your newfound skills.

Creative Arts Center, 154 Crowell Road, Chatham, 508-945-3583

Get Glued.

Like Pinterest crafts but just can’t seem to find the time to DIY? Let the girls from Glued—Jenn Allard, Jen Wagner and Mandee Blair—take you step by step through some of Pinterest’s most well known crafts in popular settings, such as the Cape Cod Art Bar in Mashpee and the Red Nun Restaurant in Dennisport. Glued will also be at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis on the last Tuesday of every month, where you can paint a pint glass.

Glued., 508-348-9440

Paint your pet!artbargroup

Email a photo of your pet to owner Alexandria Tyber and she along with the artists at the Cape Cod Art Bar will sketch your beloved animal onto a canvas. On the day of the Paint Your Pet party, artists will assist you in painting your pet. Never painted before? You can do this! Saturday, Jan. 21, 12-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 1-3:30 p.m. Check the website for more paint parties and classes.

The Cape Cod Art Bar, 27 Fountain St., Mashpee, 508-477-ARTT (2788)


Splish splash!

At the new water park at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, kids of all ages will have a blast year-round at this 30,000-square-foot indoor water park featuring four body slides (ranging from 50 feet to 160 feet), a 300-foot Stormy River, Pirate’s Bay kiddie spray pool and play area, wave pool and Gazebo Café—all under a clear, retractable roof for sunny or rainy days. Visit the website for day-pass prices, after-school specials and birthday parties.

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa, 1225 Iyanough Road, Hyannis, 855-736-0802


Fun and educational

The Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee teaches children about creativity and imagination with fun, interactive exhibits. There’s the treehouse, where kids can climb a ladder, and the castle, where kids can feel like they’re in a faraway kingdom. It’s a giant playground fit for playing make believe even in the snowy weeks ahead.

Cape Cod Children’s Museum, 577 Great Neck Road, Mashpee, 508-539-8788

Artistic expression!

The Falmouth Art Center offers a multitude of after-school classes for kids. Every first Saturday of the month, kids can explore a new medium with instructors. The art center also offers classes on early-release days, and over school vacations.

Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford St., Falmouth, 508-540-3304



Take a “sound bath”

Immerse yourself in harmonizing sounds as meditation and yoga teacher Bettina Brown plays the crystal bowls. For “sound bath” sessions, bring pillows and blankets and prepare to be soothed. You can try a class at Centerville Yoga and Wellness at the Bell Tower Mall and at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.

To learn more or find a class, click here.

Join a drum circle

Bring a drum and join musician Sam Holmstock from the band Entrain for a night of drumming at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Seated in a circle, everyone plays a drum, spontaneously and in their own style, and it all seems to harmonize together. Drumming has been known to produce feelings of well-being and have a calming effect. No experience necessary, anyone can join. Don’t have a drum? Sam can lend you one.

Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, 508-428-0669,


Many Caucasian People And Hands Holding Colorful Letters Or Characters Building The Isolated English Word Trivia On White Background

Exercise your mental muscles and impress your friends at a trivia night! These three Cape Cod faves host weekly trivia nights:

Liam Maguire’s, 273 Main St., Falmouth, 508-548-0285
Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. are Trivia Buff nights! A long-time favorite for Irish food and entertainment, Liam Maguire’s features a wide selection of draft and craft beers in a cozy pub atmosphere.

Red Nun Bar & Grill, 673 Main St., Dennisport, 508-394-BUOY (2869)
Test your trivia from 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday. This Dennisport hot spot is not so trivial when it comes to burgers—their menu features nine different burgers ranging from the classic Nun burger (lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions) to the saucy Marsala burger.

Chatham Squire, 487 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-0945
Get your trivia on at the Squire at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Feast on any number of seafood entrees, including lobster or shrimp scampi at this Chatham landmark. For an app, try the Hawaiian-inspired tuna poke while you test your knowledge!


Wine education

With 24 wines on tap—yes, wines on tap—the Cape Cod Package Store is more than a package store. “We’re committed to wine education,” says Diane Slater, wine buyer and manager. “The Enomatic (wine tap) is liquid geography,” says Slater. “It teaches people about where different wines come from.” Slater hosts wine tastings and wine education seminars at least once a month both on-site at the package store and off-site at various restaurants throughout the Cape.

Cape Cod Package Store, 1495 Falmouth Road, Centerville, 508-775-2065


Learn to Cook

Get kitchen savvy with a culinary class at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Learn how to prepare various soups, croissantor cook with an Italian or French theme. Also available are custom classes: you choose the theme and/or menu, bring your friends and let resident chef Austin Peters take care of the rest. You’ll leave with new skills and a great meal.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100

See a flick

“At The Movies” is a four-week course in movies offered by the Eldredge Public Library as part of its Learning Series. This winter’s theme is “Movies of Triumph,” and begins at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3. You may have never seen or heard of these films, but you will enjoy these tales about everyday people and the challenges they face. Join instructor Carol Yindra for “The Straight Story,” “Wadjda,” “Monsieur Lazhar” and “The Women on the Sixth Floor.”

Eldredge Public Library, 564 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-5170



An upscale bowling experience

The Lanes Bowl and Bistro, which offers 10 lanes, combines bowling with upscale casual dining. Feast on buffalo chicken flatbread or ahi tuna and avocado stack appetizer while taking part in Monday night trivia. Wednesdays are family and friends night; from 4 p.m. until midnight four people can bowl and eat for $40. The stage comes to life every Friday night with live entertainment. Come and bowl any day of the week or join a league.

The Lanes Bowl and Bistro, 9 Greene St. (in Mashpee Commons), 774-228-2291

Bowling and barbecue

With slow-cooked meats and homemade barbecue sauces on the menu, and 16 beers on tap, this bowling alley—featuring candlepin bowling—offers something for everyone. Be sure to check their website for information on leagues, corporate events and private parties.

Orleans Bowling Center and Big Dogs Barbecue, 191 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-0636

Location, location, location

With bowling alleys in Falmouth, Buzzards Bay, Hyannis and South Yarmouth, there’s no excuse not to go bowling this winter. Ryan Family Amusements offers both candlepin and tenpin bowling, so drop by with some friends, book a private party or join a bowling league.

Ryan Family Amusements, 200 Main St., Buzzards Bay, 508-759-9892; 23 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, 508-540-4877; 441 Main St., Hyannis, 508-775-3411; and 1067 Route 28, South Yarmouth, 508-394-5644


Sponsored by Marathon Sports with locations in Mashpee and Yarmouth, the Winter Warrior Challenge will inspire you to commit to running or walking at least one mile outside every day throughout the month of January (sign up before Jan. 1). With a dedicated online tracking program powered by RaceWire, you can keep track of and upload your miles. Do it alone or with a group. “It’s a good way to push yourself to get out in the winter,” says Mashpee Marathon Sports manager Greg Stone. Sign up at


Photo by Jennifer Hardigan


Charles Moore Arena

Charles Moore has something for everyone throughout January and February: high school hockey nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays; skating lessons on Friday and Saturday; and public skating 2-4 p.m. on Sundays. And in February, learn to curl!

23 O’Connor Road, 508-255-5902,

Gallo Arena

In addition to public skate times, stick times and hockey lessons, Gallo Arena offers specialties such as power skating, freestyle Fridays and Saturday figure skating. Visit website for dates and times, and to learn out about the Bourne Skating Club.

231 Sandwich Road, Bourne, 508-759-8904

Hyannis Youth and Community Center

More than a skating rink, the HYCC has a gymnasium, game room and a wide range of classes for kids and adults. Public skate times and lessons are offered throughout the winter. If you’re looking for something else entirely, there’s yoga, fencing and knitting! Check out their winter brochure on their website for more information. The center is also home to the Cape Cod Skating Club.

141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, 508-790-6345

Tony Kent Arena

A winter hangout for many years, Tony Kent provides instructional programs for all ages and levels of experience. A parents-and-tots skating class is available for parents with 2-4 year olds, hockey lessons are offered for all ages and private lessons are also available.

8 South Gages Way, South Dennis, 508-760-2400

Falmouth Ice Arena

Did someone say hockey? Classes and tournaments for boys and girls are offered throughout the winter. Visit their website for more information on public skate times or information on booking private parties.

9 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth, 508-548-7080

Ice skating.


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