The Onset Bay Center will offer free afternoon programming for youth throughout the summer—kayaking, fishing, quahogging, beachcombing and standup paddleboarding. These two-hour sessions provide a wide range of activities that will bring out the adventurer in anyone! We also will be offering a weekly line-up of adult and family activities.

Free Programs

Wickets Island Kayak Adventure
Are you searching for treasure? Look no further, the OBC staff will lead participants on a kayak trip to Wickets Island. Upon landing at the island, the group will go on a scavenger hunt for natural wonders. Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
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Go Fish! In Onset Bay
OBC staff and Captain Kevin of the Maureen Anne will show your child the ropes of fishing in Onset Bay. This is a catch and release session aboard a registered charter fishing vessel. This program is limited to 5 participants to safely maintain social distancing requirements. Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. (ages 10 and up).
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Burgess Point Bingo
Discover local wildlife and plants with Beach Bingo! The OBC staff will lead participants on a kayak trip to Burgess Point. Upon landing at the beach, the group will go in search of crabs, fish, rare plants, and more. Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
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Kayaks and Quahogs (ko-hogs)
Ever wonder where our local shellfish come from? Let’s go explore the shellfish beds off Burgess Point. The OBC staff will lead the group over to the shellfish beds in search of all things “clammy.” Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. (ages 8 and up).
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SUP Adventure on Shell Point
Interested in Stand Up Paddle boarding? Join us for a peaceful paddle up into secluded Shell Point Marsh where you can get familiar with paddle boarding and catch a glimpse of the wildlife that call Onset Bay home. Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. (ages 12 and up).
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General information

Each session will start at the Onset Bathhouse located at 186 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA. Parents and guardians will be asked to drop off their child(ren) at the entrance of Onset Pier where an OBC staff member will be stationed to escort your child(ren) to the kayak launch site. Please provide a signed copy of the OBC waiver at drop off. Your child(ren) will be ready for pick up at the same location as drop off.

Please send your child(ren) to the program wearing their bathing suit, comfortable clothing, closed toe water shoes, and plenty of layers. Under current COVID guidelines, we are not able to offer changing facilities or bathroom facilities to our participants. Public Bathrooms are available on Onset Pier.

Our activities do not require participants to share equipment.  Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets will be provided and are disinfected after each use. General kayak instruction will be provided, but participants are expected to be able to operate a kayak independently.

All program participants and staff must wear masks during drop off/pickup and on the beach. Masks may be lowered when participants are maneuvering boats on the water. Staff will set up measures to maintain social distancing guidelines of six-foot separation at all times. Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands at the beginning and end of the session, and any other time deemed necessary. Learn more and access the program waiver form. 

Bad weather cancels the session.