33 Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston

Find stimulating and fun things to do over February's Winter Break in Boston! Lego shipbuilding event photo courtesy of the USS Constitution Maritime Museum.
Find stimulating and fun things to do over February's Winter Break in Boston! Lego shipbuilding event photo courtesy of the USS Constitution Maritime Museum.
2/12/23 - By Kip Wilson Rechea

If this month's plans include a staycation, you're in luck, because there are tons of cool things to do for February's winter break in Boston. Along with some very special exhibits, performances, and fun activities, we've discovered some drop-off programs for kids of parents who need childcare (or just a break). We've found extraordinary happenings in Boston, Cambridge, and all around the area. While none of these events involve lounging on the beach with a tropical drink, they're all easy to get to—and (bonus!) easy on the wallet. 

For more ideas for making the most of a chilly vacation in Boston, see our February GoList and check out our Winter Fun Guide.

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Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston: Museum Exhibits and Camps

Photo of paper cup engineering project at Discovery Museum. 
Winter break brings STEMtastic fun to Boston! Everyday Engineering event photo courtesy of the Discovery Museum in Acton


1. Celebrate national engineers week by constructing projects from recycled materials. —Acton

2. Swim with the sharks at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Learn all about these fascinating creatures lurking beneath the waves. —Cambridge

3. Visit the Cape Ann Museum for Black History Month and enjoy activities centered on mariners and quilt-making.—Gloucester

4. Got a boat lover? Head over to the USS Constitution for the Maritime Lego Festival happening all week long. Get inspired by the different ship designs on display and build your own ship with Lego and Duplo Bricks.—Charlestown

5. Travel back in time and participate in an assortment of family activities in the Franklin Lyceum.—Concord

6. Explore ice and snow and all the winter wonders at the Waterworks Museum.—Boston

Photo of museum interior-Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston 
February break is ideal for exploring Boston's museums. Photo courtesy of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

7. Preview the all-new hands-on children's learning space, Innovation Alley, at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.—Waltham

8. Visit with President Lincoln and listen to him regale guests with tales of his life, war, and a rousing presentation of the Gettysburg Address.—Concord

9. There are drop-in, artful animal projects and story hour every day at the Museum of Fine Arts.—Boston

10. Teach your kids about climate change at this interactive exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.—Cambridge 

11. If you'd simply like to explore some cultural institutions you've never visited (or haven't in a while), several local museums offer free admission for children (accompanying caregivers in most cases still pay regular admission). 

Photo of coyote howling-Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston 
Find nature's wonders close to the city. Photo courtesy of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park

Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston: Skating, Winter Hikes, and Outdoor Fun

12. Sneak at peak at snowy owls hiking the dunes of Crane Beach.—Ipswich

13. If prowling for owls isn't your style, taking the kids on a hike or a winter walk are certainly great ways to shake off cabin fever.

14. Pop over to either the Franklin Park Zoo or Stoneham Zoo and get wild with winter-themed crafts, scavenger hunts, and zookeeper chats.—Boston & Stoneham

15. Lace up for free skating at these local indoor rinks or low-cost skating at these charming outdoor rinks across Greater Boston.—Boston

16. Sip hot chocolate, cozy up by the fire, or jump into a game of curling at Winterfest on the Plaza.Cambridge

17. Wonder what Peddocks Island is like in the winter? Sail on over for guided tours, hot chocolate, and junior ranger activities. —Boston

Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston: Winter Sports

18. Hit the slopes at one of these nearby ski hills, all worthy of a day trip.—Various locations

19. Don't want to ski? Hit the slopes to go snow tubing instead!—Various locations

20. An even simpler way to make the most of cold weather: Snowshoeing at one of these local parks, which is great fun (and great exercise).—Various locations

Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston: Library Activities

21. Mother Goose is on the Loose and she's hosting a storytime full of nursery rhymes, songs and stories for the littlest of friends.—Brookline 

22. Join the STEAM team and tackle different hands-on activities.—Boston 

23. Create comic book masterpieces with a professional cartoonist at this Comics Workshop.—Boston

24. Teens interested in sewing or needing a little extra help with a current project will have fun at this drop-in sewing session.—Dorchester

25. Want to add a little magic to your week? The Watertown Library is hosting an interactive magic show with a professional magician.—Watertown

Photo of Disney on Ice performance with characters from Frozen. 
Bring the kids out for an amazing show in Boston during school break. Disney on Ice photo courtesy of the production

Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston Shows and Performances

26. Sing along to your favorite Disney movies including Beauty and the Beast, Moana and Encanto.—Brookline

27. Make Way For Ducklings in this reimagined musical featuring Boston's favorite duck family. —Boston

28. Disney on Ice is back featuring Frozen and Encanto. Kids will join the race to find Elsa and sing with Mirabel at this exciting on-ice spectacular.—Boston

29. Watch The Dragon King, a puppet show by the Tanglewood Marionettes.—Newton

30. The Walpole Children's Theatre is putting on a performance of Rapunzel, a classic tale with a new twist.—Walpole

31. Get ready to be amazed at Magic & Beyond, a one-person illusion show that combines magic and theater. —Brookline

Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Boston: Drop-Off Camps and Sleepovers

32. Budding chefs can whip up some tasty treats inspired by their favorite stories at Taste Buds Kitchen.—Beverly, North Andover 

33. Our plush friends will finally have their turn at a sleepover at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Gore Place. We're sure they'll have so many stories to tell when they come home!—Waltham

Originally published on 2/8/2016. Updated by Lucie T. on 2/13/2017 and 2/11/2018 and 1/31/2020. Updated by N.Ferreira 2/9/2023