by Jennifer Sammons
Sticking around here for February school vacation week? Don’t spend the week cooped up in your house fielding questions like, “What are we doing today?” Head out for some family fun at area museums and attractions. Below are just a few of the week’s highlights. Check our full calendar at BostonParentsPaper.com for more vacation-week events!
* Mass Audubon’s many sanctuaries offer a variety of programs, including snowshoeing, maple sugaring, kitchen chemistry, winter birding and more. massaudubon.org.
* The Children's Museum in Easton is hosting a Whodunnit. Children will learn about art, science and the real-life unsolved case of the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum heist. Feb. 17-21, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 508-230-3789; childrensmuseumineaston.org.
* The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s program focuses on sustainable food, with FREE activities about fruits and veggies, eating local, and 19th century farming. Feb. 18-21, 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-540-7000; mbelibrary.org/programs.
* Make 3D sculptures or learn to throw pots on the wheel in one of Danforth Art’s many workshops. Feb. 18-21, 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 617-620-0937; danforthart.org.
* School vacation week fun at JCC in Newton! Open to kids ages kindergarten through sixth. Activities include sports, swimming, arts, dance, cooking and rock climbing and shows, etc. bostonjcc.org/schoolvacations
* Fee Free Day, National Parks nationwide. Enjoy free admission on February 15-17 at all national parks, forests and wildlife refuges during Presidents Day weekend. FREE. nps.gov.
* Mister G, 10:30am on February 15, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Original, bilingual songs that will have you dancing. Adults, $10; children, $8. 617-734-2500; coolidge.org.
* Critter Carpentry, 10:30am to noon on February 15, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. Walk along the trails observing squirrel nests, vole holes and more, and then construct your own fantastic structure. FREE. 617-983-8500; massaudubon.org/boston.
* Winter Wildlife Adventure: Deer, 10:30am on Febryary 15, Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. Listen to stories, investigate animal artifacts and make a craft. Then head out to look for evidence of deer activity. $6. 508-223-3060; massaudubon.org.
* Blue Hills Family Overnight, Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. Join us for dinner, night hiking, animal encounters, a campfire and more on February 15. Sleep in the Trailside dormitory. For families with children ages 7-12. $62. 617-333-0690; massaudubon.org.
* Washington’s Birthday Celebration, 9:30am – 4pm on February 15-17, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Take part in traditional toasts, learn more about the president and do some dances of the time. Free with admission. 800-733-1830; osv.org.
* Snowshoe Tour, 10am and 12:30pm on February 15, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln.
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* Stacey Peasley Band, 11am on February 15, The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. Stacey’s joyful music has been entertaining Boston families since 2008. Adults, $10; children, $8. 508-647-0097; natickarts.org.
* The Emperor’s New Clothes, 1 and 3pm on February 15 & 16, The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. A playful and inspiring adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale. $6.50. 413-658-1100; carlemuseum.org.
* Alastair Moock & Friends, 10:30am, Walsh Middle School, 301 Brook St., Framingham. A family show featuring classic and original songs. Doors open at 10am for bake sale and seating. Advance, $8; at the door, $12. 800-838-3006; brownpapertickets.com/event/539983.
* The Fairy’s Mistake, 11am and 1pm on February 18-20, The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. See this charming and witty tale about two very different sisters come to life on stage. $6. 413-658-1100; carlemuseum.org.
* Fun and Games in the 1700s, 10:30am to noon on February 19, Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. Play games known and loved by generations of children. Reservations required. $4.50, includes admission to the Revere House. 617-523-2338; paulreverehouse.org.
* Winter Tree Walk, 2:30pm on February 19, Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. There is much to discover in a winter forest! Free with admission. 978-264-4200; discoverymuseums.org.
* Families Cook, 5-9pm on February 19, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Families will prepare and eat a complete 19th-century dinner by the hearth. For ages 8 and up. Reservations required. $85. 800-733-1830; osv.org.
* Petticoats at the Revolution, 12:15 pm on February 20, Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. Hear a remarkable story of tea and Revolution from the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. Free with admission. 617-523-2338; paulreverehouse.org.
* Happy Birthday Presidents Family Day, noon to 4pm on February 20, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 241 Wellesley St., Weston. Create a presidential stamp collection, do arts and crafts with stamps and much more. Adults, $8; children, $3. 781-768-8367; spellman.org.
* Family Owl Prowl, 6:30pm on February 21, Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. Learn about owls and their habitats and then head out on the trail to listen for and locate them. Registration required. Adults, $10; children, $6. 508-223-3060; massaudubon.org.
* A Teddy Bear’s Tea, 1:30 and 3pm on February 21-22, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Sip cocoa or tea with your favorite teddy in the elegant Brooke Hall while enjoying sweet treats. Reservations required. $20. 978-369-9762; concordmuseum.org.
* Spring Jam Laser Show, 7pm on February 21, Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln St., Westford. Celebrate an early spring with a Hawaiian-themed music laser light show for all ages. $8 and up. 978-692-6333; westford.com.
* Frozen Fun Fest featuring the Boston Snow Dogs, 1-3pm on February 22, Bajko Skating Rink, 75 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park. A fun, educational presentation on dog sledding. Meet the mushers and some sled dogs. FREE. mass.gov/dcr.
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* Live Animals of the Night, 5pm on February 22, Cape Ann Discovery Center, 481 Western Ave., Gloucester. Get up close with nocturnal animals like porcupines, bats and owls, then journey into the park for a night hike. Adults, $10; children, free. 978-281-8400; thetrustees.org.
* Splash ’n Boots, 2:30pm on February 22, Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. This Canadian duo’s infectious melodies are sure to entertain. $10. 508-405-2787; amazingthings.org.
* Guided Snowshoe Adventure, noon on February 23, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. A leisurely guided hike with snowshoe instruction. $7, plus $10 snowshoe rental fee. 617-983-8500; massaudubon.org/boston.
* All Things Slimy and Scaly!, 2pm on February 23, Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan. Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians. FREE. 617-983-8500; massaudubon.org/boston.
Activities for Children with Special Needs
* On February 17, Boston Children’s Museum will host “Morningstar Access.” Children with special and medical needs can enjoy the Museum in an uncrowded environment. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar
* A. I. R. E. Funtime Inclusive Family Fun Week in Swansea. Fill your February Vacation Week with fun including: WiggleKids, February 17-21, Sensory Adventure, February 17, 1:00-2:00pm, Game On, February 18, 1:00 - 2:00pm, Dance & Movement, February 19, 1:00 - 2:00pm, Fun with Teambuilding, February 20, 1:00 - 2:00pm and Gongs Of Joy, February 21, 1:00 - 2:30pm. Visit www.airetimefoundation.com for more information.
* Head to Boston Children’s Museum for the ASL Interpreted "Critters & Creatures", February 15th, 2:15 & 3:15pm.
* The Spotlight Program’s On Cue in Danvers, from February 18- 21, will be hosting play-based friendship skills groups for children from ages 6-9 and from ages 9 -22, 9am-12pm and 2pm. www.spotlightprogram.com