April Vacation Week Ideas and Activities
Looking for something to do during 2017's April Vacation Week in Massachusetts? These fun events and activites will keep kids engaged and entertained!
Blue Man Group, April 12-30, Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. Blue Man Group Boston will have an extended schedule of 21 shows during April vacation week, including added weekday matinees. In addition to the amazing show experience, Blue Man Group is providing a week full of extras including face painting and food specials. 1-800-BLUEMAN; blueman.com.
Boston Children's Museum, April 17-22, 10am – 4pm, 308 Congress St., Boston. Everyone tells stories. Stories express ideas and emotions. There are lots of ways to tell a story, books, oral storytelling, puppets, music, dance, pictures, and poetry. Everyday enjoy: Read alouds, Kamishibai Japanese picture stories, book nooks throughout the Museum, live plays, arts and science activities such as making flip books, bookmarks, and zoetropes, and literacy resources shared by community organizations including Boston Public Library, READ Boston and Raising a Reader. Free with admission. 617-426-6500; bostonkids.org.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, April 17-21, 8:30am – 4:30pm, 280 Eliot St., Natick. Discover the wonders of spring. Learn about flowers, frogs, salamanders, and lots of baby animals. Sign up for single sessions or all four. Registration required. 508-655-2296; massaudubon.org.
Children's Museum in Easton, April 17-21, 9am – 5pm, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. Join a family-friendly celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness during Mini Maker week. Meet different Makers each day and explore a variety of projects from robots to textiles, circuits and more. Free with admission. 508-230-3789; childrensmuseumineaston.org.
Concord Museum, April 18-22, 11am – 3pm, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Stop by for drop-in vacation week crafts. Free with admission. 978-369-9763; concordmuseum.org.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, April 19-21, 1-3pm, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. Cultivate curious gardens in the Sculpture Park re-discovering the sights and sounds of spring. Vacation programs are inspired by the exhibition, Overgrowth, and the promise of spring. Designed for families with children ages 5–12, but all are welcome. Free with admission. 781-259-8355; decordova.org.
Drumlin Farm, April 17-21, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Spend time outdoors and visit with resident native wildlife, explore natural habitats across the sanctuary and lend a hand in farm chores. There will be time to create works of nature art and make delicious farm treats while building friendships and experiencing the wonder that nature has to offer. Program prices vary. 781-259-2206; massaudubon.org/drumlin.
Franklin Park Zoo, April 17-21, 10am – 4pm, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. Aussie Aviary opens for the season (weather permitting). Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it!
Geared toward children ages 6 to 11, the “Wild Seasons” program will teach participants all about the seasonal adaptations of many animals through animal encounters, arts and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours and games. Registration required. 617-541-5466; franklinparkzoo.org.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, April 19-21, 11am – 4pm, 280 The Fenway, Boston. Enjoy art-making in the Studio, performances by musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music and fun gallery activities. Free with admission. 617-278-5156; gardnermuseum.org.
LEGOLAND, April 17-22, 10am – 9pm, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. Visit the brand new Space Mission area, an interactive space-themed area where visitors can explore alien worlds built entirely out of thousands of LEGO bricks, build and launch their own space rocket and take over the controls of Mission HQ. Visitors can also participate in a Miniland scavenger hunt. https://boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/whats-inside/events/
Museum of Fine Arts, April 18-21, 10am – 4pm, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Meet and make art together with other families! Artists have always collaborated for inspiration and to create art. Along with art making, enjoy a dance performance, go on a family art walk, and listen to children’s stories. Free with admission; kids free all week. 617-369-3160; mfa.org.
North River Wildlife Sanctuary, April 18-21, 9 – 3pm, 2000 Main St., Marshfield.
Ready for some outdoor adventure? We’ve got all kinds of fun programs and activities for you and your friends and family! You can do activities like Nature Bingo, print out a discovery booklet, or play at our Nature Play Area. We also have vacation week programs. 781-837-9400; massaudubon.org/southshore.
Old South Meeting House, April 17-21, 310 Washington St., Boston. Learn about the life of poet, Patriot, and anti-slavery writer Phillis Wheatley, who attended church at Old South Meeting House for much of her life. During her short lifetime, she corresponded with George Washington, traveled to Europe, and became an international celebrity with the publication of her book of poems in 1773. Search the museum for clues about Phillis Wheatley and other rebellious characters in the building’s history, try your hand at writing a short verse with a goose-feather pen, and hear Wheatley’s powerful words set to music! Free with admission; April 17-April 21 is free for Boston residents aged 18 and under and accompanying adult with identification. 617-482-6439; osmh.org.
Old Sturbridge Village, April 15-23, 9:30am – 4pm, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Meet the Village’s cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830 during Family Farm Fest. Learn about 19th century agriculture practices and tools and try your hand at seasonal chores. Compete in the Farm Yard Games, check out some antique tractors, and listen to bluegrass. Free with admission. 800-733-1830; osv.org.
Peabody Essex Museum, April 18-20, 161 Essex St., Salem. The theme for the week is “the World of Wearable Art.” Let the spectacular ensembles on view spark your imagination! Free with admission. 978-745-9500; pem.org.
Stone Zoo, April 17-21, 10:30am – 2pm, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Do you know that snow leopards, black bears, North American river otters, jaguars and Canada lynx are just a few of the amazing animals that call Stone Zoo home? Throughout the week, there will be special zookeeper encounters where guests can learn more about some of these zoo residents and ask questions directly to the staff that cares for them. Free with admission. 781-438-5100; stonezoo.org.
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, April 18-21, 9am – 3:30pm, 108 North St., Norfolk.
For ages 5-10. Registration required. 508-528-3140; massaudubon.org/stonybrook.
Weir River Farm, April 18-21, 9am – 1pm, 227 East St., Hingham. With hikes, games, and plenty of time with the animals, your child's vacation will be full of fun and adventure! For ages 5-10. Registration required. 781-740-7233; thetrustees.org.
We hope you have fun at one of these April Vacation Week events in Massachusetts!