History-heavy Cape May and all its old-time houses may not seem to be the ideal spot to show your kids a good time at the shore, but "when people can't go to the beach, you should see the cars backed up on the way into Cape May," says Margo Harvey, from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, or MAC.

And that may be because MAC and some of its related organizations have programs tailored to visitors of all ages. So, Harvey suggests a few family-friendly ways to enjoy a gray day in Cape May.

Children's trolley rides leave from Washington and Ocean streets at 4 p.m. every day until early September. They cost $7 and are "geared especially for children," she says. "It makes the history and architecture a little more fun for the kids." Or, at the same price, there are kid-centric tours of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate set at 10:30 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday.

Also on Monday mornings, Cape May Stage's Robert Shackleton Playhouse hosts special programs for kids - through mid-August. Activities include kids acting in a play set in Cape May and, magic shows.

Martin DeAngelis

Locations: Trolley tours, Washington and Ocean streets; Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.; Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets. Call MAC at 609-884-5404 or Cape May Stage at 609-884-1341.

Websites: www.capemaymac.org or http://www.capemaystage.com/" target= "_blank">www.capemaystage.com

Cost: Trolley and Physick Estate tours, $7; Shackleton Playhouse activities, $10 for adults, $7 for children.

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