It's probably obvious from my posts that I'm all about free activities for my family, especially when trying to keep kids entertained all week. While I'm planning to fill up most of our schedule with some of those free picks, there are also tons of cool activities that are worth the money this February break. We certainly won't be able to hit all of these, but I'm going to do my best to narrow it down to a favorite or two and make our plans now (some activities require advance registration or tickets). Good luck choosing, and have a great school vacation week!
Workshops and Indoor Fun
Opportunities for indoor fun this vacation week pretty much cover all the bases. Animal lovers near Methuen can head to the farm for a service day, young chefs to a cool cooking class downtown, and budding artists can work on some creative projects in Arlington. Lego enthusiasts will go crazy when they hear there's a new exhibit at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, and kids who appreciate golden-age cartoons are sure to find the Bugs Bunny Film Festival in Cambridge hilariously entertaining.
If we get enough snow to stick this year, snowshoeing on the story trail in Waltham combines fun, fresh air, and some exercise. For a more leisurely stroll outdoors with the kids, hit one of the special programs going on at the Franklin Park Zoo.
Local museums are pulling out all the stops this week, with fantastic programs well worth the cost of admission. The choices are almost endless. Take the whole family for some art appreciation at the MFA, the ICA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the deCordova in Lincoln (where kids under 12 always enjoy free admission). Budding scientists can dive into special activities at the Museum of Science, and everyone can play the day away at the Acton Discovery Museums, the Children's Museum in Easton, or the Boston Children's Museum. Finally, for a bit of history, swing by the Concord Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the Paul Revere House, or the Spellman Museum in Weston.
If all that isn't enough, local stages are booming with all kinds of treats this week. Celebrate Black History Month with Bright Star Theater's Black History Hall of Fame at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston. The smallest audiences will go ape over the Boston Children's Theatre's performance of Curious George and the Golden Meatball, a special magic show in Newton, or Brookline puppet shows like Hansel and Gretel, Dreamtime: Tales from Down Under, and The Wizard of Oz. Any tweens or teens in the crowd will really enjoy Blue Man Group.
Photo courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
This post was originally published on 2/10/2016 and updated by Lucie T. on 2/14/2017.