American Ninja training at Cape Cod Inflatable Park

My kids love the Cape Cod Inflatable Park in Yarmouth with an intensity that defies logic.  Or maybe I’m just an old grump. 

The Inflatable Park delivers exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a whole lot of inflatable bouncy things like you’d find at a kiddie party but bigger, better and just generally… more insane. 

 This year they have done a revamp of the whole place so many of the inflatables were new. My kids could barely contain their excitement because their old favourites were still there plus lots of new exciting ones. 

For example, there was the  inflatable where you put yourself in a Velcro suit and try to throw yourself so that you stick onto a giant dart board. 

  
We had the mechanical bull operator throw my Spanish au pair for a really wild ride. It seemed only fair since the Spanish are still into bull fighting. We felt justice ought to be served in some small cosmic way.  

Then you had the crazy jousting on top of the inflatable which reminded me of those crazy Japanese television contest shows.  It was really entertaining to watch – similar to Total Wipeout featuring your own family. 

 
We had a football game which descended into chaos and occasional flagrant handballs. 

 
Although we’be been midweek before, this year we went on a Satirday in July. it was very busy with both kids and adults. 

There is a separate toddlers area as well as a water park inflatable area which is included in the general price of admission.  In addition there is a challenge area of trapezes, tightropes etc which is meant for teenagers and adults. It’s probably really good if you are preparing for a show like American Ninja. The challenge area is an additional fee. 

  
The Cape Cod Inflatable Park isn’t cheap.  A summer day admission runs $29 (less for little ones). The Stay and Play Rate with the attached Cape Cod Family Resort is not bad value in this context.  For each room you get 4 park passes, breakfast and a pretty good double-bedded room. The rooms are recently revamped too with comfortable beds, air conditioning and WiFi.  We had no problem getting connecting rooms.  The breakfast is nothing special (cereal and plastic-wrapped muffins).  The cost of this motel bounty? In the summer, it’s $169 per room for the weekdays and $219 per room on the weekends. 

Chatham Sharks In The Park

Where do great white sharks spend their summers?  In Chatham on Cape Cod, of course.  The town of Chatham at the ‘elbow’ end of the Cape calls itself the summer home of the great white shark.

chatham cape cod

After 40+ years of being protected as a species, grey seals are abundant of the Cape now.  Sharks also have returned for some light summer seal snacking. More of the sharks have been spotted every year off the coast of Chatham since 2009 as the word gets out on the shark grapevine of easy seal pickings.  According to the Chatham Shark Center, approximately 70 great white sharks were in the area in 2014.

Just last week, a 7 year old great white shark got beached on South Beach in Chatham.  Beachgoers splashed him with water to keep him going and named him Jameson.  Rescuers from the Chatham Shark Center eventually were able to put him back in the ocean.  The researchers were unclear whether he would survive but if he does, he’s one of the youngest great whites to ever have been tagged.  We could learn a lot about great white sharks from Jameson’s misadventure.

We didn’t see any (real) sharks in Chatham but we loved the Sharks in the Park display in front of the public library.  Local artists were sponsored by local businesses to create 45 sharks that will be auctioned off for charity.

chatham shark in the park

The artists were really creative with their sharks using different techniques such as driftwood, sea glas or metals.  They also referenced a number of different ideas such as the local baseball team, the foodie scene, the music scene and life at the beach.

You can bid for a shark of your own at the Bidding For Good online auction site.  All the information on the artists for each shark is available online at the Sharks in the Park website.

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