Our community strives to provide a wide range of fun and unique opportunities for children to get involved and explore the island. Especially in the summer season, there is an eclectic offering of children’s activities. Below are some island favorites that are appropriate for both long and short term stays:
Nantucket Community Sailing
Address: 4 Winter Street (located in the basement of the Coffin School, just off Main Street)
Phone: (508) 228-6600
Throughout the summer season, beginning June 24th, NCS offers a range of private and group sailing programs for children, teens and adults. With three locations (Polpis Harbor, Jetties Sailing Center and Children’s Beach Pier), this is a great way to explore different parts of the island on and off-shore. Visit the website to find the program to match your age, interest and experience. Keep in mind that space is limited and is decided on a first-come-first serve basis.
Nantucket Island Surf School
Address: 1 Dirt Road, Nantucket MA (Cisco Beach Parking lot)
Phone: (508) 560-1020
The Island’s first premier school, located at Cisco Beach (parking lot, not end of the road), offers private and group lessons as well as week long kids camps. Students of all ages and ability are encouraged to come out and try a traditional surfing or Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) lesson. All equipment (boards, paddles, wetsuits) is provided and is also available for rent for personal use outside of lessons. Surf lessons are a great activity for those looking for a more active day at the beach, really testing your balance and core strength!
Strong Wings Adventure School
Nobadeer Farm Road Nantucket, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 228-1769
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"Strong Wings’ mission is to provide outdoor adventure programming for Nantucket’s youth which promotes active lifestyles, physical fitness, builds strength, confidence, and character, fosters new friendships, and encourages respect and appreciation for nature."
Strong Wings offers year round programming but is perhaps best known for it’s summer adventure camps. Campers will explore all parts of the island’s beaches, forests, hills and ponds as they navigate the outdoors with experienced counselors who have backgrounds in ecology, wildlife sciences, environmental students and outdoor recreation. Older students travel by bike and younger students by van. The Strong Wings Outdoor School has its own high-ropes challenge course and outdoor rock-climbing wall which are used to help campers build strength, trust and confidence in themselves and their peers. Check out their website for a comprehensive list of summer programs.
Nantucket Atheneum Children’s Programs
The Weezie Children’s Library is a great place to visit on a rainy day. The Children’s space is a cozy and fun place to hang out while you decide which books you want to bring home with you. Additionally, the library offers free programs run on a first come first serve basis. Story times, crafts, music and dance classes for all ages of children.
Nantucket Island School of Art and Design (NISDA)
Located on the serene Seaview Farm in Wauwinet, NISDA strives to share the spirit and creativity of the Arts with children and teens. With KinderArt classes for the little ones and more advanced visual arts classes for tweens and teens. A diverse offering of photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, painting, drawing and more, NISDA classes are a great opportunity to learn some studio techniques and explore your creative side while on island.
Creative Movement with Marjory Trott
Taught primarily at the Children’s Beach Bandstand, lifetime student of the performing arts Marjory Trott teaches Dance(sing) Movement and Yoga classes for Kids. Marjory has been teaching at this location since 1995 with the vision to encourage playful and joyous exploration of movement and music. Her classes are sure to put a smile on you and your childs face. Marjory is also available for private parties and can often be found teaching at the Atheneum.
Maria Mitchell Association
A non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist and librarian Maria Mitchell. Through its two observatories, natural science museum, science center and aquarium, Maria Mitchell connects students to the outdoor world by investigating and exploring our local ecosystems. The Discovery program for children offers week-long camps that are thematically organized to explore all aspects of our local ecosystems. From Wild and Wacky Wetlands to Bodacious Bugs to Arts and Oceans, there are camps for all different ages and interests. Also check- out the drop in programs, nature walks and field trips.
Nantucket Theater Workshop
NTW is an organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in our island community. Through workshops, educational programs, events and many wonderful productions the Nantucket Theater Workshop has flourished as an on and off-season resource. Every summer season the group presents a production by and for children. Stay tuned as summer approaches for further dates and details.
Cheryl Fudge Fashion Camp
Offered exclusively in Nantucket and Santa Monica, CA, clothing designer Cheryl Fudge holds summer camps that teach the basic principles of clothing design and fashion to aspiring fashionistas of all ages. Campers design the pieces, pick the fabrics and embellishments and the counselors do the sewing. These workshops are a unique chance to expand your child’s sense of creativity and style in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Students get to take home their designs and sometime even model them on the Cheryl Fudge runway.
Murray Camp of Nantucket
Address: PO Box 3437
Nantucket, MA 02584-3437
Phone: (508) 325-4600
Murray Camp on Nantucket has been providing kids with fun programs and positive experience for two decades. This camp provides a place for children to learn, make new friends and have fun with a responsible and positive staff.