With the darkest days of winter behind us, we're ready to celebrate L-O-V-E with our kids here in Boston. It's the perfect opportunity to honor those close to us with Valentine's Day crafts and treats, embrace our passions (from science to boats), and get our hearts pumping with fun nature outings. Check out our picks for February, and then explore our Winter Guide for plenty more indoor and outdoor activities to keep your family busy all month long.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Boston
Friday, Feb 2 - Sunday, Mar 4, 2018
Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has entertained Broadway audiences for over 14 years and is now coming to MP Bestie Wheelock Family Theatre's stage.
Valentine Card Making Extravaganza - Arlington
Saturday, Feb 10 - Sunday, Feb 11, 2018
Your child is probably making cards for classmates, but what about Grandma, Uncle Dave, and the postman? This fun, weekend-long event at Artbeat allows you and your littles to get creative with a wide variety of beautiful materials, and make special handmade valentines for some special people who might not be expecting them.
Don't miss Salem's sweetest event of the year, Salem's So Sweet. Photo courtesy of CreativeSalem.com
Salem's So Sweet - Salem
Friday, Feb 9 - Sunday, Feb 11, 2018
Salem's 16th annual celebration of its famous confections includes handmade chocolate samples, sparkling ice sculptures, and loads of shopping deals.
I Heart Science - Cambridge
Saturday, Feb 10, 2018
Included with museum admission
Meet scientists, hear short talks, observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic "water bears"), design a Lego home for an insect, or invent a flying creation for a wind tunnel at this annual event at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
New England Boat Show - Boston
Saturday, Feb 10 - Sunday, Feb 18, 2018
$16 (adults); FREE for children 13 and under
Aside from checking out the majestic watercrafts and cool cruisers, kids will be entertained by features specially designed with them in mind, such as an interactive tools exhibit and a building center where children can make a toy boat to bring home as souvenir.
Bugs Bunny Film Festival - Cambridge
Friday, Feb 16 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2018
That wascally rabbit is back on the big screen at the Brattle Theatre for an annual festival devoted just to him and his pals. Choose from three programs: the All Bugs Revue, Daffy Duck and Friends, or the Looney Toons Revue.
Winter Fest - Milton
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun including a night hike, downhill skiing, Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, chili from some of the best local restaurants, and crafts (indoors). Dress warmly!
Lego Star Wars™ MINILAND will open to the public on Feb 10, 2018. Photo courtesy of LEGO®
LEGO® Star Wars™ MINILAND Model and Vacation Week Activities - Somerville
Monday, Feb 19, - Sunday Feb 25, 2018
Included with museum admission
New displays at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center are always a big event. This one features the First Battle of Geonosis in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, plus Star Wars themed activities throughout the week.
Grand Opening Weekend at Discovery Museum - Acton
Saturday Feb 10 - Sunday Feb 11, 2018
This museum has been a Metrowest kid haven for 35 years, and has expanded and renovated the facility to be a fully accessible, single-building Discovery Museum. Opening its doors to the New England community for a grand opening celebration, children 12 and under are free all weekend.
Lowell's annual Winterfest has everything from kids' activities to craft beers. Photo courtesy of Lowell Winterfest
Lowell Winterfest - Lowell
Friday Feb 23 - Saturday Feb 24, 2018
Heavy on kids' activities, this annual event features carousel rides, free ice skating, and an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival. Scope out the "Family Fun Zone" and some outdoor games, too.