Here are five things we are doing and loving this week on Martha’s Vineyard to inspire you. We spent the last 10 days on our annual trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Here are some of my favorite moments and things to do on this idyllic island. For the Best Beaches of Martha’s Vineyard or my itinerary for a Perfect day in Edgartown, read these other posts.
In 2016 we spent 3 weeks on Martha’s Vineyard and discovered some new favorite kids’ activities; one of our favorites was sea creature hunting at Felix Neck as one of their special programs. We loved doing it so much last year, we thought we would try it again. As our netting technique has improved since last year, we caught even more cool things, mostly different kids of crabs. My favorite part was the scallop snapping. Watch the video to check it out. A great way to spend the morning.
You can’t go on a beach vacay without a great beach read. Here are my faves. They seem kind of long, but I read them in less than I week, I could not put them down! The Nightingale is a great book about women in France in World War II, made me cry. The Identicals is about two twins, one who lives on Martha’s Vineyard and the other who lives on Nantucket, AMAZING.
Sometimes when you travel, it can be hard to bring toys/entertainment for the kids (you only have so much space in a suitcase), so once you arrive, how do you entertain kids on a rainy day or that awkward hour before dinner when they drive you crazy? We love stopping by Target and picking up a few rainy day items on our way to our destination (as well as diapers, sunscreen and some other essentials). Sidewalk chalk has been the biggest all around win. We pick a theme and spend a few hours drawing out a huge scene. It is a great afternoon, pre-dinner activity when the kids are going crazy and everyone can contribute their own ideas. Best $6 ever spent. Can you guess the themes we picked? Which do you think was Tater Tot’s (3 YO) v. Big D’s (6 YO)?
One of the loveliest things about Martha’s Vineyard are the bike paths everywhere. With little ones who can’t yet ride bikes, we haven’t been biking on our visits the last few years, but Tater and Big D are finally getting big enough to get back on the bike, the tagalong bike at least and get out there and bike. Surprisingly, renting bikes for the week can get expensive, so we actually bought a taglong from Amazon last year and then left it with our super generous friend in Boston for the winter, way cheaper than renting. Our favorite place to bike on the tagalong is to see the neighbor who has the llamas (crazy, right?!).
Martha’s Vineyard is all about the beach (For the Best Beaches on MVY, check out my post here). The boys favorite thing to do at the beach, in addition to running into the waves, is to build sand animals. Sand animals are great because everyone can work on a different part of it at the same time.
What have you been up to? What are you loving this week? Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard, what are your favorite activities?
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