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Check below for some fun ideas for the whole family this February vacation. Are we missing an event or attraction? Let us know!

GREATER BOSTON

The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience

Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Museum of Science. Recurring daily.

 

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ Experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals worldwide have overcome challenges and found hope. Located on the Christian Science Plaza, the space encourages you to reflect on this question while exploring the interactive exhibits.  The three-story Mapparium globe—one of Boston’s most well known landmarks—shows the world at one moment in time—1935. A short narration lets you consider the world before World War II from an entirely different perspective—from the inside of the world looking out. (Will require a timed ticket and paid admission – adults $6, youth 0-17 free).

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston. Recurring daily. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Raptor Ridge at Franklin Park Zoo

Visitors to Franklin Park Zoo can now immerse themselves in a newly renovated outdoor habitat home to Andean condors. The condor habitat, renamed Raptor Ridge, went through an extensive upgrade this past spring and summer, with one of the focuses to maintain the integrity of the original architecture.

Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. Recurring daily.

 

Snowmazing! Polar Playground at Boston Children’s Museum

Make the Museum part of your winter fun. So much joy and wonder await visitors this season. Take a fun photo in front of an authentic 1800s sleigh, sock skate with Jack Frost and friends, and so much more! Don’t miss out on Snow Days, fun-filled activities throughout the months of December, January, and February with winter themed programs and new wonders to enjoy and discover!

Boston Children’s Museum. Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

You, Me, We! at Boston Children’s Museum

This engaging exhibition space encourages families to connect with each other around questions of fairness in the world, and express themselves through guided identity exploration.

Boston Children’s Museum. Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

 

President’s Day Winterfest in Quincy

Presidents’ Day Winterfest will feature live entertainment and family friendly indoor and outdoor activities on the Hancock-Adams Common.

Hancock-Adams Common, Quincy. February 19, 1 – 7 p.m.


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NORTH OF BOSTON

Lowell Kids Week

Various events throughout the week for kids grades K – 6, including events about crafts, wildlife, reading & writing, video games, and more! Registration required.

Various Dates and Times, and locations throughout Lowell

 

Slimes and Potions with The Good Witch of Salem

Celebrate February Vacation with The Good Witch of Salem! Kids can create various potions and slimes centered around different themes throughout the week at different events throughout the week.

The Good Witch of Salem. Various dates and times throughout the week.

 

Celebrate National Engineers Week

Join the Discovery Museum as they celebrate National Engineers Week and this year’s theme “Welcome to the Future”! Engage in some everyday engineering as we design a city where we can all thrive together while celebrating our uniqueness and supporting the planet we share.

Discovery Museum, Acton, Sunday, February 18 through Sunday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Family Yoga in the deCordova Museum

Move together as a family! This kid-friendly yoga class weaves a rich balance between the imaginative world of the child with the distinct aspects of yoga practice that support mindfulness, self-regulation and joy. Your instructor comes from the teaching team at On The Mat Yoga in Concord.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, February 19

 

February School Vacation week at PEM: Caring for Creatures and Climate

Join us for a constellation of programs that invite participants of all ages on an inspiring journey of environmental stewardship. Meet live animals, learn about the ecosystems in your backyard and explore practical ways to tackle climate change. Explore pop-up installations, drop-in art making and exhibitions that deepen your understanding of the vital roles we play in preserving Earth’s biodiversity.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. February 19, 22, and 23

 

Lighting the Way (Grades 3-5)

In the past, labor and daily routines were planned around when the sun rose and set. So how did people see at night before electric light? Explore a historic tavern to find out! We’ll uncover how we learn about the past from the writing and objects people left behind, and learn how to make a working candle from beeswax and a lantern from tin. Kids will learn how people of the past used tools to make the world around them easier to navigate. This program is recommended for 3rd – 5th graders.

Buckman Tavern, Lexington. February 20. $15 members, $20 nonmembers

 

Barn Babies

Prepare for cuteness overload! Cuddling some adorable baby animals is the cure for cabin fever and pandemic fatigue. Barn Babies will be at the Wenham Museum with baby chicks, bunnies, goats, piglets, kittens, puppies, and more! Make this the best day of your February Vacation Week by spending it with these loveable furry and feathered friends. Advanced reservations and timed ticket entry is required for the well-being of the baby animals and the health and safety of Barn Babies staff.

Wenham Museum, Wenham. February 20, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

The Whalemobile

Let’s learn about whales! Walk inside a giant, inflatable humpback whale to learn more about these magnificent creatures. Learning about whales is also a great way to think critically about what you can do to help the wild world and our oceans.

Program participants will be sent an introductory video prior to the program date about whales and The Whalemobile. (This video will also be available for viewing inside the museum.) On February 24th, participants will have a 30 minute visit seated inside a giant, inflatable humpback whale with a naturalist and educator to learn about whales. This program is recommended for ages 5+. There will also be time for questions!

Wenham Museum, Wenham. February 23, 2024, 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.

 

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SOUTH OF BOSTON

February School Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum (New Bedford)

Join us at the New Bedford Whaling Museum all during February School Vacation Week for a hands-on exploration of the remarkable life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe. Cuffe was a seafarer, entrepreneur, educator, and visionary who became one of the wealthiest men of color in the nation. Join us from February 19 through the 23rd for fun events for school vacation and the 23rd is Winter Camp Free Day!

New Bedford Whaling Museum

 

School’s Out Rec – 2024 February Break (Hanover)

School’s out which means, Rec is OPEN!!! Join us for a week of FUN!! Activities may include: Starland classics such as lasertag and bumper cars, inflatables, and arts & crafts.

For Boys & Girls, ages 5-11, February 19 – 23, 2024
Cost: Full Week $389 | Early Drop-Off (8 – 9 a.m.)- $15 |
Full Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – $90
Half Day (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – $65 | or Late Pick-up (4 – 5 p.m.)

 

February Vacation at North River (Marshfield)

Join the adventure and explore North River in winter with our school vacation week programming for children ages 7-11 years old. Search for animal tracks, learn about special winter adaptations, and help local wildlife. Each day includes outdoor activities, experiments, and crafts! Dress and pack for outdoor exploration. We will get outside as much as the weather allows.

North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield. February 20-23, 2024. 

 

Pilgrim Hall Museum February Vacation Week (Plymouth)

Enjoy family-friendly activities and free admission for everyone at Pilgrim Hall Museum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. February 20 through 23, with daily Treasure Hunts for all ages, plus special programs for young learners. All Children Must Be accompanied By an Adult.

Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth. February 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Ocean Animals of Patuxet (Plymouth)

Have you ever been inside a whale? Now you can! Meet Delilah, a life-sized, inflatable North Atlantic right whale based on a real whale who lived along the East Coast. Educators from the Whale and Dolphin Conservancy will help us understand how important whales are to the health of our oceans and what we can do to help protect them. This special 60-minute program includes exploring inside Delilah to learn about whale anatomy and other facts about this beloved, endangered mammal. After the program, join Plimoth Patuxet’s own Wampanoag and colonial educators for stories and activities exploring the importance of whales to the people of Patuxet and Plymouth. These programs have a suggested donation of $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Plimoth Patuxet Museums, Plymouth. February 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS

Yarmouth Winter Carnival

The 2024 Yarmouth Winter Carnival will be from Saturday, February 17th – Monday, February 19th at Skull Island in South Yarmouth! The Winter Carnival will have an outdoor synthetic ice skating rink, food trucks, s’mores fun, and family-friendly activities that everyone of all ages can enjoy.

Skull Island, South Yarmouth. Dates vary between February 17, 2024 – February 19, 2024

 

Cookie Decorating For Kids

Kids can get creative and have fun baking and decorating cookies with our instructors Hope and Dorothy! Kids will roll dough and use fun shaped cookie cutters, icing, sprinkles, and other decorations to make delicious creations to take home!

Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth. February 19, 2024

 

Reptiles Rock! Live Animal Show

Reptiles Rock, the Rainforest Reptile Show’s most popular and unique presentation engages children of all ages at hands-on level. Reptiles Rock includes a mini zoo set-up with 10 to 14 smaller animals such as bugs, frogs, snakes and lizards to look at. Plus, the fun and informative presentation by a Rainforest Reptile herpetologist with 4 larger animals including a large red or yellow foot tortoise (S. America), a large monitor or tegu lizard (Africa or S. America), a 9 to 10 ft. boa or python (S. America or Myanmar/Burma) and of course, the American alligator (USA).  All habitats are tropical or semi-tropical rainforests.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster. February 19, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

 

Youth Education Classes

Join us for this new offering of young creatives during February Vacation 2024! Students can choose which activities or purchase the whole week offered by our amazing instructors at CCftA.

Dates vary between February 19 –  22, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Alpaca Walk and Talk

Walking with alpaca is a way to learn more about how gentle they truly are. A wonderful experience for all ages. Every participant will learn the basics of handling an alpaca safely as well as where they come from and why they are important. One can see how sweet and gentle they are by interacting with them, and literally get your hands on them to see how luxurious and soft their fleece is.

Island Alpaca. February 18, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

 

Winter Walk: Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Winter Walk: Come in to the West Tisbury Library anytime during open hours in February for a winter walk scavenger hunt. Search outdoors for different items, and come inside to the Children’s Room for your prize when you’ve finished! Free and open to the public.

West Tisbury Public Library. February 18 at 12 – 4 p.m.

 

Switch Games

Kids 8+ can join us for Switch club Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room. We have equipment or kids are welcome to bring their own switch. Gaming computers are also available.

West Tisbury Public Library. February 19 at 3 – 5 p.m.

 

Carousel Workshop For Kids

Imagination, curiosity, and creativity take flight as kids explore the magic of carousels through story and craft. Together, we will have fun investigating and learning about the history, physics, and art of carousels. Experienced educator Carol DiCristina will engage the group as they learn about the carousel horses on exhibit at Highfield and create a unique carousel craft to bring home.

Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth. February 20, 2024

 

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CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

School Vacation Week – Worcester Historical Museum

Celebrate School Vacation Week with various events throughout the week at the Worcester Historical Museum.

 

February Vacation Kids Week Activities At Klem’s

Join us for Free Activities to keep kids (and parents) busy and having fun during winter break!

Klem’s, Spencer. February 19 – 23, 10 a.m. daily

 

President’s Day Magic Show at Jam Time

Presidents Day Magic show! Come join us at Jam Time for a magic show on President’s Day! Tickets include private playtime from 9:00am-11:30am with the magic show starting at 10:00am. Tickets are required for entry. $35.00 per child $3.00 per adult Limited tickets available! Everyone is required to wear socks. Natick Mall open for public playtime at 10:00 with no magic show.

Jam Time, Natick. Feb 19, 2024. 9 – 11:30 a.m.

 

New England Botanic Garden At Tower Hill: Free Drop-In Activities | All Ages

Learn about the layers of the rainforest, study orchids up close, try a craft, and more in our drop-in jungle activity room.

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Boylston. February 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Adventures In Yoga | Ages 4–8

Get introduced to the basics of yoga together and try nature inspired poses.

Member: $12 Child, $10 Adult
Non-Member: $18 Child, $24 Adult

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Boylston. February 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

 

Christa McAuliffe Center: February Vacation Middle School Program

A one-day program for individual participants to engage in a space mission simulation in the newly-renovated Challenger Learning Center! These hands-on STEM experiences take place in a fully-immersive Briefing Room, Space Station, and Mission Control led by trained program facilitators. Surrounded by technology, each participant plays a unique role in the mission as the team completes assignments, manipulates hands-on labs, and copes with simulated emergencies. Teamwork is crucial! If one member fails to complete a job, the entire mission can be put at risk. The mission is complemented by themed programming in the FSU Planetarium, including a full-dome film, and hands-on STEAM activities. Registration is required.
Framingham State University. February 20, 2024, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Movie Matinee

Join us during school vacation week for a matinee of Super Mario Bros.! Snacks provided.

Worcester Public Library, Tatnuck Magnet Branch. February 20, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

 

Join us during school vacation week for a matinee of PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie! Snacks provided.

Worcester Public Library. February 20

 

Indoor Drive In Movie Night at Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster. Remember the fun of going to the drive-in theater with your family? Give the youngsters a taste of those good old days, as they create their own cardboard cars and watch a family flick in a comfy indoor setting. Check the city’s Facebook page for details.

Leominster City Hall. February 20, 5:30 p.m.

 

Ski With Princess Elsa

Princess Elsa hits the slopes on Wachusett Mountain to teach young skiers and snowboarders about her favorite winter sports. Join the princess 12 – 3 p.m. for practice on our beginner hills and a cozy story time by the fire in our base lodge.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Princeton. February 21, 2024, 12 – 3 p.m.

 

Teen Creator Studio

Drop in from 3-5 in the Innovation Center to try your hand at learning a new skill or making a new craft using our many machines! Learn more about our laser cutter, its software, and how to use it for simple daily laser cut projects.

Worcester Public Library. February 22, 3 – 5 p.m.

 

Teen Crafternoon – Yeti Fleece Tied Pillows

Teens can stop by the Frances Perkins branch on Friday, Feb 23rd from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to get crafty and make their own yeti pillow to take home with them while supplies last!

470 West Boylston Street, Worcester

 

Cookie Decorating

Join Mandy from Wicked Good Henna in a relaxing hour of cookie decorating in the shapes of some of your favorite Super Mario Bros. characters!

Worcester Public Library. February 23, 4 – 5 p.m.

 

Movie Night: Mamma Mia!

Sponsored by Cordelia’s Farm, Mamma Mia! is the film adaptation of ABBA’s hit musical, telling the story of Sophie and her three potential fathers! Chaos ensues as Sophie’s mother, Donna, comes face-to-face with past trysts and heartbreak. The film stars Amanda Seyfried as Sophie and Meryl Streep as Donna.

19 Carter St., Berlin. February 23, 2024, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Art Party -February School Vacation week Yankee Candle Village

We’ll have fun activities all week long. Perfect for the whole family! Our giant wall mural is here and we need your creativity to bring it to life.

Once you’ve made your colorful mark on our mural, enjoy other fun activities all week long including: Scavenger Hunts, Raffles, Games, Plus Ed the Magician, Tom Ricardi & his Bird of Prey and cookie decorating with Santa! Also, each day is a different color theme!

Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield. February 17 – 23

 

Prehistoric Planet Vacation Week

What was the world like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Dig in with paleontology and geology to learn about the history of our planet. We will track footprints, touch real fossils, meet distant descendants of the dinosaurs, and more!

EcoTarium, Worcester. February 19 – 23, 2024. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Springfield Museums, School Vacation Week

Join Tracey the pencil dog and her crew—Rooth, Drop, Inky, Uno, and Kari—on a fantastically immersive journey to create stories using science and imagination. Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making, and more! The quirky cast of characters and hands-on interactives break down the process step-by-step to reveal how animated features are created. Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn, and tell their own stories through animation.

Springfield Museums. February 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

1st Annual Clapp Park Winter Festival

Brought to you by the City of Pittsfield Recreation Department as part of the 10×10 festival 2024! Start Winter Break off with us at Clapp Park on Monday, February 19. The event is FREE family fun in the outdoors! Activities will be led by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT), Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), and Mass Audubon. Sled racing, snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, and MORE! Bonfire to stay warm! Soups and S’mores by Otto’s!

Clapp Park, Pittsfield February 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Kids Art Workshop – February Break

Join the Artspace Greenfield this February Break for a 4-day art extravaganza! Kids will learn a variety of multi-media techniques with our beloved instructor Jill Leger of Mind’s Eye Art. Acrylic paint pouring, paper-quilled pictures and bookmarks, mosaic tile picture frames and coasters, paper mache bowls, and watercolor creations are just a few of the plans Jill has for your kiddos this February Break. This workshop will be full of art-making, movement breaks, and a daily snack time.

Artspace Community Arts Center, Greenfield. $145. 7 – 11 year olds, February 20 – 23, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.

 

Fun in February: School Vacation Week at Historic Deerfield

Come have fun at the History Workshop! Play games, make a craft, pretend to cook in a play historic kitchen, dress up, write with a quill pen, and weave on a loom. This is a drop-in program: come anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Included with winter admission price.

Historic Deerfield. February 20 – 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

The Eric Carle Museum, School Vacation Week

The Carle is open Tuesday through Sunday during February School Vacation Week! Come for art-making, storytimes, and special guests!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst. February 20 – February 25.

 

Preschool Read and Craft

Best for children 3-5 years old. Enjoy an upbeat 45 minute program led by Jason. Includes picture books read aloud, songs, movement, and an easy craft to take home.

Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange. February 20, 2024 , 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

 

Story Time

All ages & abilities welcome! Drop in the children’s room for a relaxed story hour, listen to books, play, make crafts, and visit our bearded dragon!

Tilton Library, South Deerfield. February 20, 2024 , 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

 

Chess Club

Join the Easthampton Public Library Chess Club! The club will start from square one and everyone is welcome–beginner or expert! Learn the real rules and how to use all of your pieces. Study famous games and learn winning strategies to improve your play. Ages 9+ (Children below 9 need to be accompanied by an adult). Space is limited. Register at the library in person or by calling us at (413) 527-1031 or emailing us at [email protected]

Emily Williston Memorial Library, Easthampton. February 21, 2024 , 4 – 5:30 p.m.

 

Join Berkshire Community College for a fun and educational five-day course designed for preteens and teens, focusing on essential life skills. From mastering kitchen basics to stitching a button, managing money, exploring effective communication and nurturing self-care habits, this course empowers young minds for a brighter future. Plus, we’ll whip up lunch together, making learning engaging and delectable! Suitable for ages 12-15. Course cost is $145. Register here.

Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield.

 

Campfire & Creatve Kids Club

Melanie Willens, M.Ed will be leading activities for the kids, including arts & craft projects, campfire circle and songs. Parents can drop off their little ones anytime between 3-8pm and enjoy time at the Campfire, a late afternoon hike to the waterfall, or a relaxing dinner. Parents can also stay and participate in creative projects and hang out at the campfire with the kids. Kid-friendly food options, Hot Coco and S’mores will be available for kids and The Stagecoach Tavern restaurant is also open for adults to enjoy a quiet dinner nearby.

Race Brook Lodge, Sheffield. February 21, 3 – 8 p.m.

 

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