The Nantucket Parks and Recreation Commission (tel. 508/228-7213) organizes various free and low-cost activities for kids, such as sports camps, puppet shows, and tie-dye workshops (bring your own T-shirt). The Artists' Association of Nantucket (tel. 508/228-0294) sponsors a variety of classes for children and adults in different media (including the option of a one-off "art party"), and the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts (tel. 508/228-9248) offers all sorts of summer courses. The Nantucket Atheneum (tel. 508/228-1110) holds readings and lectures and sponsors several visiting artists series, including one that brings top ballet dancers to the island.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.