February School Vacation Week Fun!

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 for more vacation-week events!


Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton.

Feb. 16-19, 8:30am – 3pm. Learn about wildlife in the winter! Stay with us for one day or for the entire week. Our days will be filled with fun and learning through games, crafts, exploring the Blue Hills and meeting some of Trailside’s resident animals up close. Ages 5-9. $65 per day. Aftercare available. 617-333-0690;


Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston.

Feb. 15-19, 10am – 5pm. Imagine and play throughout the museum during the It’s Not a Box program. Try an engineering design challenge. Enjoy music, theater, dance, art and special activities all week long. Free with admission. 617-426-6500;


Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. , Natick.

Feb. 16-19, 8:30am – 4:30pm. Search for the tracks and signs of Broadmoor's many winter creatures, learn how animals survive the winter, play games in the snow, drink hot chocolate, and much more! Sign up for single sessions or all four. Grades K-5. $95 per day.


Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford.

Feb. 16-19, 9am – 4pm. You’ll enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, games, tours of the zoo, and animal encounters. Theme: Unlovables - All animals deserve a little love. Join us as we explore some of the animals we find unlovable and discover how incredible they actually are! Ages 6-10. $45 per day. 508-991-6178;


Cape Ann Discovery Center - Ravenswood Park, 481 Western Ave., Gloucester.

Feb. 15-19. Join us for a week full of winter woodland family fun. Activities are designed to encourage exploration, stimulate the imagination, and kick start creativity. Ages 7-12.  Themes: Mon. - Winter Birds, Tues. - Snowflake Shapes and Science, Wed. - Hermit's Winter World Survival Skills, Thurs. - Seeking Winter Shelter, Fri. - Lost and Found: Wildlife Tracking Adventures. $35 per day; $140 for all. 978-281-8400;


Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton.

Feb. 15-19, 10am – 4pm. It’s a mystery of historic proportions! Alas, George, one of the Founding Fathers, has been accused of a crime that puts his honesty in question. Kids will need to use their skills to gather clues throughout the museum in the pursuit of solving the case. And the rest, as they say, is history. Free with admission. 508-230-3789;


deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln.

Feb. 17-19, 1-3pm. Drawing Redefined challenges us to think about drawing in a whole new way. Let’s investigate some redefined drawing processes! We will draw by bending paperclips, cutting away paper, and even by casting shadows on the floor! Free with admission. 781-259-8355;


Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston.

Feb. 15-20, 10am – 4pm. In honor of Presidents Day and the 2016 presidential election, Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting its own animal election for “President” of the Zoo. Throughout the week, families can learn about each of the candidates’ platforms, cast a vote for their favorite, and discover what sets each animal candidate apart from the others. End the week with a Presidential Inauguration Party at the Tropical Forest, Feb. 20. Free with admission. (The Zoo also offers a four-day camp with an Animal Mythbusters theme. $260.) 617-541-5466;


Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham.

Feb. 15-20, 10am –  3pm. Gore Place will offer a special Story Trail for young snowshoers to explore. A special children’s book will be on display for visitors to read as they snowshoe or walk the designated trail. Each page of the children’s book about winter warmth will be posted at different points on the property. Snowshoes are available for one-hour rental and the Story Trail is free. The snowshoes come in sizes for toddlers through adults. One hour rental is $10 ages 16 and up, $5 for children. Snowshoes are available (when grounds are snow-covered) Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturday from noon to 3pm. 781-894-2798;


The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

Feb. 17-19, 10am, Feb. 17: Pasta Party -  Learn how fun it is to make pasta dough from scratch using local eggs and semolina flour. Roll and cut your own noodles, stuff your own raviolis, and make a delicious nut-free pesto to eat with the pasta. Feb. 18: Bee-Licious - Learn about the role bees play in our food, and then cook with local honey! Kids will make and eat homemade granola (nut-free), and then make their own yogurt-granola parfait. (Delicious and nutritious!) · Feb. 19: Yes, Dr. Seuss, There ARE Green Eggs! ...and brown eggs, and blue eggs! We will cook with local naturally colorful eggs and talk about the unique kinds of chickens they come from. $35. 617-542-7696;


MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Feb. 15-19, 10am – 2:30pm. Feb Fest: How to Build a City in Six Days, explores new ideas for transportation, green buildings, architecture, and sustainable living. The week culminates Feb.20, 1-4pm, with Mapapalooza, an exploration of map-related activities, devices, art and more. Free with admission. 617-253-5927;


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Feb. 15-19, 10am – 4pm, (to 8 pm on Wednesday). Discover some of the many creative ways artists have been inspired by music in their artwork. Enjoy free drop-in activities all week, including storytelling, musical performances, family tours, and art activities. FREE admission for kids all week. 617-267-9300;


New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville.

Feb. 16-19, 9am – 4pm. From Vermeer to Jasper Johns, artists have long been fascinated by maps. Maps can be simple tools to offer us orientation, lead us to adventurous destinations, or help us to discover new lands, trails and paths. From paper to GPS, from hand drawn to computer generated, maps have been around for many centuries. How much information can we include in maps? Students will explore and create 2D and 3D versions of destinations or specific locations, creating graphic representations, mapping their experiences or dream places. Grades K-11. $325. 617-964-3424;


Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.

Feb. 15-20. How well do you know the U.S. Presidents? Visit Old South Meeting House the week of President’s Day to find out. Learn a few “Presidential Fun Facts,” and design your own Presidential dinner menu. Visit the balcony where George Washington stood during the Revolutionary War and take a selfie with our GW statue. Free with admission. 617-482-6439;


Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem.

Feb. 15-19, 10:30am – 4pm. Explore the art and ideas in Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art as we shrink things down to get new perspectives on the world around us - and beyond! Activities include Galactic Muraling, story times, art projects, juggling shows, Shrinky Dinks, terrarium demos, snow globe making and more. Free with admission. 978-745-9500;


South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell.

Feb. 15-19. This program focuses on Unexplored Lands, with a different topic each day. Investigate unexplored areas like caves and oceans through hands-on activities, games and experiments. $38 per day. Registration required. 781-659-2559;


Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Feb. 15-19, 10am – 4pm. Throughout the week, there will be daily education encounters at 11am and a zookeeper encounter at 1:30pm, where guests can learn more about some of the Zoo’s residents and ask questions. Free with admission. 617-541-5466;


Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk.

Feb. 16-19, 9am – 3:30pm. Your children don’t have to go far away to experience a new world or discover something new about themselves. Themes: Tues., Frosty Fun; Wed., Frozen Frogs; Thurs., Super Slimy Science; Fri., Buried Treasure. Grades K-5. $50 per day. 508-528-3140;


Weir River Farm, 227 East St., Hingham.

Feb. 16-19, 9am – 1pm. Under a fresh dusting of snow, you can explore Weir River Farm in a whole new light. With hikes, games, and plenty of time with the animals, your child’s vacation will be full of fun and adventure. Ages 5-10. $65 per day. 781-740-7233;

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16 Feb 2013

By Jennifer Sammons