My two Things waiting to enter the potato chip factory.

My two Things waiting to enter the potato chip factory.

Yesterday rocked. The day started as a typical dreary, rainy Cape Cod day, and we planned out a bunch of indoor things to do. I dragged the family all the way to Hyannis to check out the Cape Cod Homebrew Supply store, and we got a beer kit to brew up some Cape Cod Red when we get home. Seeing the reaction of the beer factory guys when hubby told them that that I was the brewer, not him, confirmed to me that the way to a man’s heart is through a fermenting bucket.

The kids of courses didn’t find the homebrew supply place quite as fun as I did, so we headed up the road a ways to the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory tour. This is s self guided tour that takes just a few minutes, but it allowed the kids to see how one of their favorite treats is made, and there’s a free sample at the end of the tour at the gift shop.

The best part? Blue skies when we stepped out of the building. Despite a forecast for a full day of rain, we were delivered a miracle change in weather. The family climbed into the car and we headed down towards the trampolines for a celebratory bounce, though we didn’t make it that far. A short distance outside of Hyannis center, I spotted a massive mini golf spectacle called Pirate’s Cove, and pulled in.

I had driven past this place before many times. It’s one of the million dollar mini golf places that I usually disparage, preferring instead the small traditional family-owned places, but for some reason I decided to give it a try this year. I had always suspected that the place could never be a fabulous as it looked from the road, what with all that glitz and fountain aimed at route 28. Boy, was I wrong.

This place had two 18-hole courses, each of which wound through caves, ponds, and waterfalls done up with a pirate theme that would have made Walt Disney himself smile. The holes were crafted to include sand traps and rough areas (made using different textures of AstroTurf) as well as water hazards and level changes.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 crossing a rope bridge to the next hole, which as on the deck of a ship.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 crossing a rope bridge to the next hole, which was on the deck of a ship.

We played the back course, called Blackbeard’s Course. This course is ADA accessible, which means we can take their grandma back another day to play with them. I have never before seen an accessible mini golf course, so kudos to Pirates Cove for being so cool. The course was crowded, but there’s so much to check out that we never got bored while waiting for our turn at each hole, and the hour of play flew by quickly.

Afterwards we headed east along Route 28 in search of locally made ice cream, and found the Cape Cod Creamery. Thing 1 gives this place 4.5 out of 5 stars. They offer a good variety of flavors, and the quality is top notch. I enjoyed the Chapin Cherry Chocolate-and I devoured the whole cone despite intending to only eat about half. It was just too good to toss.

We ended a great afternoon with a stroll around Chatham’s Main Street to check out one of our favorite shops on the Cape: Yankee Ingenuity. I know a lot of stores claim they have something for everyone, but this is the only one that truly does. Even Thing 2, who was not impressed when we told him we were going to take him shopping, happily spent half an hour exploring the neat merchandise. He was particularly intrigued by the Watering Can Fountain, while Thing 2 and I were most interested in checking out the jewelry.