Each year Cape Associates designs and builds an extravagant children’s playhouse. They then donate this playhouse to a local non-profit to raise funds for their cause. This year, Cape Associates decided to replicate the historic Elizabeth Tilley Shallop, a small boat carried over on the Mayflower and used to enter what is now known as Provincetown Harbor.
Mid-Cape Home Centers generously donated the materials for this build and has offered to assist the beneficiary, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, with the raffle sales.
Cape Cod Children’s Museum has served the families of Cape Cod for 30 years and counting. Mid-Cape and Cape Associates are excited to partner with such an incredible staple in the community, not only because they believe creative learning is a vital part of the youth’s lives, but because Cape Cod Children’s Museum offers more than that; it is a haven for so many. The Museum offers reduced memberships and nominal fees for military families or those receiving benefits for housing and food insecurity as well as scholarships for memberships. They recently began a program with the Department of Children and Families to subsidize admission for children in the foster care system. The children can go with a foster parent, a social worker, or even a supervised visit with their biological parent.
With all the hardship that took place over the past year, it is estimated by the Association of Children’s Museums that 30% of children’s museums will never reopen. With fear of the local museum not surviving this year full of countless unforeseen challenges, Mid-Cape and Cape Associates decided on Cape Cod Children’s Museum as the beneficiary of the 2021 playhouse.
The Boat Playhouse is currently located at Mid-Cape Home Centers in South Dennis and will be travelling to all Mid-Cape locations and the Cape Cod Children’s Museum for viewing. Raffle tickets are for sale at https://www.accelevents.com/e/museumplayhouse until early spring.