For Kids

Preliminary Schedule subject to change

Please note venue name changes:
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Large Gym was formerly called High School Gym
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Cafeteria was formerly called High School Cafeteria
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Auditorium was formerly called High School Auditorium
    Monomoy Regional Middle School Small Gym was formerly called Middle School Gym

Sand Castle Sculpture
Come transport yourself, family, and friends back to the beach, during the heyday of summer in Chatham, as you watch Greg Grady, a famed sand sculptor transform five tons of fine sand into a five foot high sand castle that celebrates this year’s First Night Chatham theme, “Sandcastles by the Sea”.

This sand castle sculpture will be located on the front right side of the Chatham Community Center. Greg will be working from midday December 26th throught December 29th to turn sand and water into a wonderful work of art – all in the dead of winter!

Once completed, the sand castle will remain on display for viewing and photographs through New Year’s Day; stop by any time during First Night 2015 to imagine yourself at the beach with the sun shining while you admire this work of art.
Chatham Community Center Lawn – all day  (Button-free)
Allegretto Outreach
A musical instrument demonstration group geared to children and schools. They play a wide range of instruments including the saxophone, fiddle, banjo, flute and more. This evening they will perform musical pieces from solos to ensembles to show how each piece works and is played. Children in the audience will be invited up, if they wish, to take a close look at the instruments and to ask questions of the musicians. This is a great opportunity to get first hand experience from musical professionals.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  1:00 PM
Atwater ~ Donnelly Duo
The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, lumberjacks, and other surprises including demonstration of Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap. Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  2:00 PM
Bubble Wrap Stomp
A favorite activity of many parents, too! Watch the kids show joy as they break the bubbles and make lots of noise!
Community Center Gym at  1:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
Carnival Caper
A costumed road race, from the Chatham Squire to the Lighthouse and back, sponsored by the Chatham Squire. Register outside the Squire starting at 2 pm ($10); Costume judging at 2:30 pm; the race starts at 3 pm (a bit under 2 miles round-trip). Tee shirts and beef stew served at the Squire after the race! Spectators line Main Street to cheer on the runners, walkers, and anyone else parading down the road in costume.
Outside the Squire at  2:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Joe Hintz
Chatham Lightfoots Jump Ropers
Our local talented light-footed children and their jump rope team wow the audience with their agility. Speed, double-dutch, freestyle – the whole gamut. The 2009 top ten in the nation in national competitions.
Community Center Gym at  2:00 PM  (Button-free)
Community Center Gym at  3:00 PM  (Button-free)
Children's Art Studio
This event is always very popular, so find your way here as soon as possible. Children craft fascinating stuff, each in their own way. Projects are all child friendly and designed with great creativity.
Elementary School Cafeteria at  2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cirque du Jour
Top notch big talent includes juggling, animal acts, clowns, ringmaster, tightrope walking, a girl on a flying trapeze, and anything else you can think of! Four performances again this year.
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  1:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  3:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  5:00 PM
Monomoy Middle School Large Gym at  7:00 PM
Photo: Stanlee Wetzel
Early Fireworks
Special low level fireworks after the Noise Parade will be presented as a special treat for the young First Nighters. The show is at Veterans Field and viewing is from the parking lot and fields behind the Chatham Community Center.
Veterans Field at  6:30 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Susan Karchmer
Face Painting
What child does not enjoy having something fabulous painted on their face? Our painters are the best and the line moves really fast.
Monomoy Middle School Cafeteria at  12:00 to 4:00 PM
Rick Goldin
Children love Rick Goldin's performances because they get to sing, dance and jump along with Rick and his singing animal puppets. His songs feature lots of movement and child participation, and surprises and unexpected twists that keep even his youngest listeners paying close attention.
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  5:00 PM
The Magic of David Hall
David's magic show is like no other around – a blend of comedy magic and mind-reading. His award winning performances are high-energy, full of witty comedy, stunning slight-of-hand and Amazing Mindreading. It is a high intensity, in-your-face, truly stunning and amazing show! David performs across the US, and has toured internationally.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  8:00 PM
Photo: Michael Karchmer
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
Buttons are required to hop aboard a horses-drawn buggy with some other folks to enjoy an old fashioned perspective as you drive around town and wave to friends and strangers. Children love it, and we love seeing them enjoy the town!
Main St at Town Hall at  1:45 to 4:45 PM
Julie And Denya's Songs of The Sea
Julie Charland and Denya LeVine perform sea shantys, folk songs, familiar 20th century music and lively fiddle tunes, all on the theme of the sea. They play guitar, fiddle, and ukuleles, and their vocal harmonies sparkle with joyous energy. Julie is a Nashville recording artist, award-winning songwriter, and local folk and bluegrass musician with Toast And Jam. Denya’s a full time musician who’s performed on Cape Cod with folk and ethnic bands for 30 years. This duo has a zest for life that is contagious!
Orpheum Theater at  3:00 PM
Just For High School Teens
Drop in to warm up at the Lower Level of the Community Center between 7:30 and 11:30. DJ PROTOZOA (Andrew Morris) will be spinning tracks from 8 -11. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. Wii, XBOX 360 and “Selfie” Photo Corner.
Community Center Lower Level at  7:30 to 11:30 PM  (Button-free)
Just For Middle School Teens
Chill with friends from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Chatham Elementary School Cafeteria. Ongoing games will include Wii, XBOX 360 and Poker Tournament. Complimentary New England Pizza and drinks. “Selfie” Photo Corner and Henna Tattoos!
Elementary School Cafeteria at  7:30 to 10:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: David Jordran
Chip Koser
Cape Cod ice carver Chip Koser carves beautiful sculptures from large blocks of ice. In 2011, Chip and his team took home a bronze medal at the World Ice Art Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska. Chip is the Culinary arts instructor at the Tech School in Bourne.
Cape Cod 5: Front Lawn at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
Ross MacVicar
Ross MacVicar is a woodcarver whose specialty is carving North American mammals and nature scenes out of wood with a chainsaw. With his lifelong study of wild animals and nature, he is able to turn a downed tree into a lifelike and realistic art sculpture. Ross is an avid outdoorsman who’s been studying nature since childhood and has been carving as a hobby for over 20 years.
Town Hall Parking lot at  1:00 to 3:30 PM  (Button-free)
Marcus the Magician
As a performance artist, Marcus the Magician from The Magicompany presents a hilarious, laugh-packed show full of amazing magic, wonderful audience interaction, and fun-filled humor. The fun comes from everywhere – including out of a hat – as the air is filled with animals and uproarious comedy in this magic show that will have you believing the impossible!
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  4:00 PM
Miniature Golf
This year we have a full 9 holes available for play at the Middle School Samll Gym – 1 to 6 pm and a full 9 holes at the Elementary School Gym – 1 to 6 pm. Who does not love mini golf, especially in December!
Monomoy Middle School Small Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Elementary School Gym at  1:00 to 6:00 PM
Ryder Martin’s Fabulous Trains
A new location this year, at the Atwood House Museum! See a fabulous layout of Ryder Martin's model trains that will amaze and engage kids, Dads, and Moms who always wanted their own set. The Atwood House will on the free shuttle bus route during the afternoon.
Atwood House Museum at  1:00 to 5:00 PM  (Button-free)
Photo: Ron Snider
Noise Parade
Join the raucous fray! Make noise any way you want. Police escort leads the parade and no will will be cited for too much noise. Great fun for kids and adults, who often wear silly hats and carry parade puppets. Start at the corner of Cross and Main at 6 pm, walk to rotary, then continue on to the Chatham Community Center area to see the children's fireworks!
Town Hall Corner (Main & Cross Streets) at  6:00 PM  (Button-free)
Trevor Pearson
Trevor Pearson’s interactive juggling show combines hilarious antics and visually spectacular, award-winning juggling skills with a message of self-empowerment. Fun for all ages! Trevor grew up in Brewster and it was there that he learned to juggle as a teen. He’s been juggling professionally for over 15 years, performing and instructing throughout New England, and beyond. Trevor has been inspiring and amusing First Night Chatham audiences for over a decade with the juggling of clubs, rings, balls, boxes, plates, hats, rubber chickens and audience-suggested objects to boot. He might even juggle boots!
Chatham Bars Inn Monomoy Hall at  3:00 PM
Toe Jam Puppet Band
The Toe Jam Puppet Band performances are very active, encouraging kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun.
Community Center 2nd Floor at  12:30 PM
Community Center 2nd Floor at  2:00 PM
Photo: Chris Detraglia
Town Photo
Important! Please use front gate only !
Show up with your family and friends and pets to pose for the Town Photo. The photo will be available at the local CVS store for purchase. A panorama gigapixel photo will also be posted on the First Night Chatham website. Have fun zooming in to see if you blinked, check out who was there, and just enjoy actually seeing your lovely smile up close.
Chatham Lighthouse Grounds at  Noon  (Button-free)
Photo: Marna Bate
Yo-Yo People
John and Rebecca Higby are a real life husband and wife comedy duo that specialize in a yo-yo, hula hoop, and unicycle show. They have performed their unique high energy show in 26 countries and hold three Guinness World Records as well as the 2008 World Yo-Yo Champion title. So much fun and such amazing stunts.
Community Center Gym at  4:00 PM
Community Center Gym at  5:00 PM

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