February Vacation Week with Kids in Boston: Free Things to Do

If your plans for February Vacation Week include a staycation right here in Boston, you're in luck, because there are tons of cool things to do this month. We're sharing spectacular activities that are worth the money during vacation week in a separate post tomorrow, but we're happy to report that there are also oodles of free events that are easier on the wallet. My family is definitely taking advantage of some of the picks below. Hope they're a big hit with your kids, too!

Weekday Picks: Globetrotters and Lots of Valentine's Day Love, Feb. 13-17

The short month of February isn't short on holidays and celebrations, with Tuesday bringing hearts and flowers and lots of Valentine's Day cards and candy, before next week's President's Day off. Families can take advantage of the extra time together to check out the Harlem Globetrotters in Mission Viejo for some comic relief. And in between all the cards and candy kids can celebrate Valentine's Day at Pretend City in Irvine with crafts, other activities, and story time.

For more ideas, consult our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our picks for the month in our February GoList. Here are some what-to-do ideas for this week:

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Snowshoeing, Valentine's Day, and a Campfire Party; Feb 13-17

It's Random Acts of Kindness Week around the country, and our town is full of events that help kids think about spending time with—and doing things for—others. The conditions are finally right to snowshoe with a favorite buddy, so if you aren't able to get to Gore Place, check out our list of other kid-friendly showshoeing spots here. There will be a lot of places to celebrate Valentine's Day over the next couple days, including a pink, red, and white crafting extravaganza in Easton. Brighten a furry friend's day by helping to make comfy dog beds for a local animal shelter on Thursday, and close out the week with a community-building campfire on the beach and free skating in East Boston.

Have fun, stay warm, and spread some love and kindness this week. If you're looking for more ideas for exploring the city with your kids each day, check our Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Valentine Fun, Math Confidence, and Nature Exploration, February 13-17

For many schools in Connecticut, schools are closed some or all of this week which, after a week of snow days and delays, is not entirely welcome news for those of us not wending our way to warmer vacation destinations. Happily, there's a lot going on here in Connecticut, from Valentine's Day fun to nature adventures to drop off school vacation activities for busy parents who need a moment to themselves (I'm not alone in this, am I?). For even more suggestions, be sure to check our our Winter Guide and the frequently updated Event Calendar. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Valentine’s Day and STEAM Fun

February fun continues with assorted weekday fun, including multiple opportunities to celebrate seasonal holidays and celebrations.

In addition to our roundup of fun Valentine’s Day activities, we’ve added Full STEAM Ahead to our top picks for this week, which includes oobleck creation, engineering and shaving-cream art on the agenda. We’re also supplementing our recommendations for ways to celebrate Black History Month with a performance that explores African American influence on American dance at Féraba African Rhythm Tap Company: The Roots of Tap. Another highlight is Embroidery, an opportunity to introduce the art of needlecraft to younger stitchers.

Read on for these programs and more; then head to our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from—this week and beyond!

February School Break: 35 Fun Things to Do with NYC Kids

Kids can stop praying for more snow days. Midwinter recess kicks off for New York City public schools over Presidents Day weekend, offering nine days of uninterrupted holiday playtime. To help you make the most of the February vacation, we've rounded up more than 35 things to do with kids across all five boroughs, right through Sunday, February 26.

Lucky for us, NYC museums, ice rinks, parks, and other fun zones host a slew of special activities and promotions during the school break. Some of our picks take place on specific dates, others run the entire time, and all are great ways to celebrate the freezin' season.

The extra days off also make it a great time to book a couple of nights away as a family with these more budget-minded getaways, or to pile onto the train or into the car for a day trip to a top kid spot.

Remember you can always search our Event Calendar for more February break week happenings. (Tip: Search for a specific day or with the word "break.")

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: Tiny Tots, Valentine's Day, Princess Frog

Love is in the air this week for Long Island kids with plenty of Valentine's Day events on tap. But if your little one isn't into hearts and flowers, don't worry: There's plenty of other fun stuff to do this week.

Plus, check out our February GoList for a listing of fabulous monthly events for kids of all ages. There's also our Winter Guide of hot events in this cold season to keep kids occupied and happy. Finally, check out our full Calendar Listing for all the events going on in your area.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Valentine's Day, Frozen, School Break Camp

You’re going to love the second full week of February, which kicks off with Valentine’s Day festivities and tops off with the start of a long weekend for many. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at creative, fun-filled events, including Valentines in the Forest, Valentine Basket Craft, and a heart-themed Winter Preschool Nature Class. And if the kids begin their break on Friday, keep them busy and entertained at day camps such as Winter Break Camp at Fernwood Farm and Winter Break Art Workshop.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 13–17, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more February fun.

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