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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Greetings! Welcome to the wonderful week of February Vacation! Most schools in the area have the week off, hence there are a TON of exciting things to do - many more than I can even fit in this newsletter. Be sure to check the February Vacation Guide for lots more fun choices for this week. And now that the cold weather has graced out presence, check out some places to take advantage of some Outdoor Winter Fun.

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Vacation Week Family Fun for the Week of 2/21 - 2/27

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LINX STEAM Camps are Fun and Challenging - Wellesley
LINX STEAM Camps (kids K-8th grade) have fun with hands on experiments, games, challenges and much more as they explore all things science, tech, art and creative!

Boston Metro

22nd Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival - Cambridge
Fun for all ages, the Bugs Bunny Film Festival brings the best Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes cartoons back to the big screen during February vacation week
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Children's Winter Festival on the Boston Common - Boston
Boston Parks and Recreation will be bringing the annual Children´s Winter Festival to Boston Common during school vacation week. Enjoy Snowzilla, a three-story-high inflatable snow tube slide, and SnowGlobe Live, a 15-foot-tall snow globe that allows participants to step inside for winter wonderland photos, and fr-ee ice skating & rentals.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

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Everwood Day Camp Open House - Sharon
Everwood Day Camp is committed to teaching skills for life through a dynamic and authentic New England Summer Camp program. Transportation INCLUDED in tuition! Join us at our next open house to tour the property with Camp's Directors, meet staff, play with friends, enjoy games and activities both inside and out and even make a S'more!
Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 11am-3pm

February Vacation Activities: ICA - Boston
Visit Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art during vacation for drop-in gallery activities and exhibition-related art-making projects, especially for families.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

February Vacation at the JFK Library & Museum - Boston
In celebration of Presidents´ Day week, the JFK Presidential Library invites the public to enjoy family-friendly activities including 'Make Your Own Sundae', and the Celebrate series presents 'Tales from African Traditions' on 2/22.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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Paw Patrol LIVE! Race to the Rescue - Boston
Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! 'Race to the Rescue' brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.
March 18-19, 2017

Winter Camp 2017 - Fr-ee Skating at Frog Pond Week - Boston
Highland Street Foundation is pleased to announce Winter Camp 2017 which will include fr-ee ice skating on Boston Common's Frog Pond during February school vacation week (February 20-24).
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Brooklyn Boulders February Adventures - Somerville
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville is having a full day camp for kids during February vacation filled with bouldering, roped climbing, arts and crafts, and team-building activities Give your kids an enriching Adventure during their school break
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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La Vida Adventure Camp - Wenham
Adventure awaits this summer! Award-winning Adventure Camp gives your kids a sense of confidence and adventure as they rock climb, mountain bike, kayak and take on the ropes course. Check out our great summer programs for youth of all ages. Registration is now open!

Blue Man Group Vacation Week Fun - Boston
Families looking for fun activities during school vacation week can stop their search. Friendly staff members are ready and waiting in the Lounge to decorate youngsters in true Blue Man style with fr-ee face painting services before select shows.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Celebrate with Bright Star Touring Theatre - Boston
Join us for this fast-paced performance honoring African American Heritage Month Meet over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have contributed to shaping our nation´s past, present and future. Young audience volunteers help the cast bring this show to life.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

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Lunar Landing 2.0 at Peabody Essex Museum - Salem
Investigate the science, technology and innovation driving lunar exploration. Immerse yourself in a portable planetarium, design a spacecraft, plan a lunar colony and much more.
Monday, February 20, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm.

February Vacation Week Activities: MFA - Boston
The MFA is hosting Vacation Week Activities which offers a wide range of ongoing activities for children.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Visit the Edward M. Kennedy Institute over February Vacation - Boston
Visit our full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber, where you can vote on a current piece of legislation and listen to live debates on historical issues.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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Circus 1903 - Boston
Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
Wednesday, March 8-12, 2017

Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys - Brookline
Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children AND parents.His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music.
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Untold American Stories: Black History Month - Boston
During February Vacation Week The Mary Baker Eddy Library will have fun actives and performances There will be performances and actives from Tuesday to Friday in The Christian Science Publishing House Lobby.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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Camp Sewataro Info Session - Sudbury
We are holding an Information Session on Sunday, March 12th at 1:00 PM. Children are welcome. There will be a slide show, a tour of the camp grounds and a question and answer session. Please call to RSVP if you would like to attend a session. 978-443-3100.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

MIT Museum Feb Fest - Cambridge
Every year during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool Hip Hop Festival - Cambridge
Liven up winter break at this showcase of hip hop dance and music for school-aged children. This popular family-friendly event features professional and youth performers from Cambridge and beyond.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Saturdays at Fay: Story Time with Animal Adventures - Southborough
Join us for story time with some special animal guests! Presenters from Animal Adventures will be joining us for a read-aloud of Jan Brett's The Mitten. Stick around afterwards for some live animal visitors, including a rabbit, hedgehog, fox, and skunk. Space is limited - pre-register here.
Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

February Vacation Week: Old State House Museum - Boston
The Bostonian Society invites you to the Old State House Museum during February school vacation week to participate in fun and educational activities and demonstrations.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Freezin' Gator Zipline at The Greenway - Boston
Kissimmee FL is bringing some high-speed, high-flying fun to the heart of Boston. The Freezin' Gator Zipline and other activities will be FR-EE and open to the public at Dewey Square across from South Station.
Sat-Mon, Feb 18-20, 2017

PJ Library Silly Shabbat-Purim Shabbat Celebration - Natick
Join PJ Library for a special Purim puppet show with Silly Sally's Entertainment. Dress in costume, create a Mishloach Manot (Purim gift basket) to give someone special, and enjoy a light dinner followed by delicious hamentaschen (Purim pastries). Geared for families with children up to age 6 years. Cost is $20/family. Space is limited. Register by March 5.
Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm

Explore-a-saurus - Boston
Boston Children's Museum's first-ever hands-on dinosaur exhibit, Explore-a-Saurus, will introduce you to the clues that dinosaurs left behind, and how we use those clues to tell the stories of these amazing animals.
Opens Feb 17, 2017

North Suburbs

17th Annual Lowell WinterFest - Lowell
There is something for everyone - from local cuisine, to the famous Soup Bowl Competition, the National Human Dogsled Championship, and a breathtaking fireworks display.
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

The Plein-Air Art Academy Open House - Brighton, MA
Our program, rated Best of Boston in 2016, is hosting an Open House for its upcoming Surrealist Summer Camp. Join us to find out about our imaginative art program, planned outdoor activities and overall game plan for the summer. The camp will run for kids ages 6-12 from July 10th - August 4th.
Open House on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2-4pm.

February Vacation Week Activities: Peabody Essex Museum - Salem
Visit PEM this week to experience books in exciting new ways — discover how they're created, see special performances, participate in collaborative art-making projects, hear readings from authors and more
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Legopalooza Pop-up Lego Studio - Wenham
Come to Wenham Museum to take part in a family Lego-build Gather some Legos and start building; no directions required We supply the Legos, you supply the creativity
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 - Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Acera STEAM Summer Camp - Winchester, MA
The Acera Summer STEAM Camp is a creativity-based arts and sciences day camp where children can nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, and innovate. Our STEAM Summer Camp is designed to challenge students of all ages and learning styles. 20% early bird discount through Feb 27th.

February Vacation Drop-In Family Day - Andover
Learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the Addison and how exhibitions come together through demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Disney Family Favorites on the Big Screen: Showcase Cinemas - Revere
Showcase Cinemas Presents Disney Family Favorites Each Weekend in February Each weekend in February, select Showcase, Multiplex, and Cinema de Lux theatres will show beloved Disney classics Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Frozen and Dumbo on the big screen
Sat, Sun from Feb 3, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017

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The Elements Await - Vermont
Winter a special time to be in Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, Vermont is a winter paradise. If skiing and riding is not your thing there is still plenty to do to keep the family together and having fun. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding or relaxing in a hot tub under the stars, Vermont is the home of winter.

It's About Time February Vacation Week Family Program #2 - Andover
Nowadays it is more common to see a mobile device than a watch. Visit Andover Historical to explore 'Back in Time,' a display of time pieces, and participate in a variety of time-themed programs.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Blackwatch Adventure: Strength - Burlington
Join us for monthly Nerf Wars, Nerf Games and Nerf events at Guard Up in Burlington MA. Bring your blasters or use ours Hope to see you and your friend this Friday night
Friday, Feb 24, 2017

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Winter Family Vacation Specials at Smugglers' Notch Resort - Vermont
Chosen as #1 Kid-Friendly Resort in the Eastern U.S. & Canada by Ski Magazine, Smugglers' Notch received top 5 ranking among Eastern resorts in value, service, lodging, terrain variety, terrain challenge, scenery and overall satisfaction! Make your Winter 2016-2017 reservation today.
Now thru February 28, 2017

February Vacation: Cheese Making - Ipswich
With the help of our cheesemaker we will make a batch of fresh farm cheese while we learn about how our cows turn green grass to creamy, nutritious milk.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Classics for Kids & Instrument Petting Zoo - Lawrence
Boston Baroque returns with Classics for Kids this February with six performances of Vivaldi´s The Four Seasons especially tailored for children. A wonderfully musical way of spending part of your February school break.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Play the Animal Way at Stone Zoo - Stoneham
Fight the urge to hibernate by spending time at Stone Zoo during February school vacation week From Monday to Friday, there will be daily zookeeper encounters at 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.,
Every Monday from Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

February Vacation: Farm Felting - Ipswich
Warmer spring weather means its sheep shearing time on the farm. But what to do with all that wool? Learn about the time honored tradition of wool felting.
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Lowell Kids Week 2017 - Lowell
Lowell Kids Week is an annual festival of fr-ee family fun that takes place during February school vacation, February 20-25, 2017 throughout Lowell. Complete schedule of events available at
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Fairy Tale Tea Party - Middleton
Enjoy a Tea Party in the charming, Philip Knight House built in the late 1600s. With decor from the Colonial Times you will feel like you stepped back in time in this fairy tale home.
Fri, Sat from Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017

Maple Sugaring: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary - Topsfield
Celebrate the coming of spring at a series of weekend Maple Sugar Tours at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Advance registration required for all tours.
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 - Sunday, Mar 12, 2017

South Suburbs

Winter Skate at Patriot Place - Foxboro
Winter Skate at Patriot Place, offering day and evening public skating, is the perfect antidote to cabin fever this winter.
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 - Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Mass Audubon Blue Hills February Vacation Days - Milton
Join us for fun and adventure at our Environmental Education Center on Chickatawbut Hill for one day to four days at our February vacation day camp
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri from Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

Superhero Day at the South Shore Children's Museum - Hanover
Come join us at the South Shore Children's Museum. Come dressed in your favorite Superhero Outfit/Costume. Superhero story time at 10:30. Superhero skills obstacle course at 11:00. Superhero story time at 12:30. Art Class at 1:00
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Winter Wonders Scavenger Hunt - Milton
What makes winter special? Grab your hat and mittens and head to Houghton´s Pond to find out. We´ll take a winter woodland walk looking for the special signs of the season along the way.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Be a Wildlife Detective - Canton
Put on your detective hat as we search for clues of animal activity Where do animals go in winter? Unlock the mysteries of wildlife in winter on this seasonal safari.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Let the Games Begin at The Children's Museum in Easton - Brockton
Solve the NEW mystery in the Whodunnit Series at The Children's Museum in Easton during February Vacation week, February 20th -24th from 10am to 3pm.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Rhode Island

Providence Children's Film Festival - Rhode Island
The Festival seeks to give families in the region the opportunity to see a rich collection of international and/or independent films, including award-winning animation, features and documentaries.
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Newport Winter Festival - Rhode Island
Visit Newport, Rhode Island for a week of concerts, ice skating, performances, scenic train rides, tours, seal watch cruises, tastings, story times, and much more.
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Mad Science: Fire and Ice at Providence Children's Museum - Rhode Island
Experience mesmerizing science experiments in a mind-bending interactive show that introduces children to the scientific method, air pressure and the states of matter. Be amazed by foggy dry ice storms and more
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

West Suburbs

The Tanglewood Marionettes 'Cinderella' - Newton
A February school vacation treat: 2 Performances A classic fairy tale told with wit and style, Tanglewood Marionettes´ production of 'Cinderella' is sure to please audiences of all ages.
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

February Vacation Art Program - Newton
Arts Camp for children grades K to 6 and Teens grades 7 to 10. Students attend four classes daily in 2D drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Performing Arts, and Sculpture/3D.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri from Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

February Vacation Week Art Explorers at The Umbrella - Concord
This year for February vacation week students will become Art Explorers Taking inspiration from professions that are pushing boundaries of understanding like Archaeology, Oceanography, and Astronomy, students will explore the past, future, and beyond.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Hale Reservation February Vacation Camp - Westwood
Get outside and join us for a fun week at Vacation Camp There will be plenty of fun outside building shelters and sledding, and inside playing games and doing arts & crafts. Don't miss out
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri from Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

February Vacation Camp at Kids Place 4 Fun - Needham
Does your child like to paint, dance, play games and have lunch with new friends?? Sign up now, pick ONE DAY OR MORE from *9:30-12:30 or until 2pm. February 16-20
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri from Feb 20, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

H2K February Break Wellness Bootcamp - Arlington
H2K will be hosting a 3-day long wellness bootcamp during the week of February Vacation Meditation, fun fitness classes, crafts, and more cost is $150 and kids 3-13 are welcome
Tue, Wed, Thu from Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 23, 2017

Indoor Fort Building - Everyday Engineering - Acton
What can you do with clothespins, sheets, and cardboard boxes? Just about anything Jump in and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort at The Discovery Museums.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Slice & Dice: Pizza & Board Games - Dover
Join Powisset Cooks for a fun-filled day of pizza making, eating and board games. We will have board games available but feel fr-ee to bring your own. Kids and adults alike are welcome.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Olaf Visit + Snowy Art Fun @ Jam Time in Maynard - Maynard
Come enjoy a morning of playtime, a snow-inspired winter craft in the party room, and a visit from Frozen's Olaf No reservations needed, just show up fr-ee with normal playground admission of $10/child.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

3D Printing & 3D Modeling Workshop: Make Your Minecraft Char - Wellesley
You will learn to design to a Minecraft character and get it 3D printed. A Toysinbox associate will guide you through the steps to create a 3D model and operate the 3D printers.
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Ice Cream + Dinosaur Day at Jam Time in Natick - Natick
Come enjoy a DINOSAUR inspired story time with Miss Mandy followed by a dino craft and ice cream too What´s better than dinosaurs + ice cream at Jam Time?
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

Celebrating Presidents Week with Presidential Stamps - Weston
Learn about our presidents and first ladies using US postage stamps. Do a scavenger hunt of the presidential exhibit. Arts and crafts with presidential stamps . Take home collection of presidents stamps. Share birthday cake.
Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Western Mass

Commerford Kid's Fun Fair & Traveling Zoo - Western Mass
Commerford Zoo' kids fun fairs are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family. Enjoy rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals.
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 - Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Central Mass

Antique Sleigh Rally - Sturbridge
Come and see more than 20 horse-drawn sleighs at Old Sturbridge Village´s Antique Sleigh Rally. The sleigh rally competition will feature vintage sleighs pulled by a variety of horse breeds.
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

School Vacation Week at Ecotarium - Worcester
When school's out, the EcoTarium is the place to be. Each February, April and December, our education team cooks up creative ways to learn and have fun -- all designed especially for school-age kids and their families. These theme-based weeks are filled with activities focused around a particular science or nature topic. Many activities are fr-ee with admission.
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - Friday, Feb 24, 2017
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