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Dates:Monday, April 15, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:School Vacation
lowell kids week - april vacation 2019 photoLowell Kids Week and April PLAYcation is a partnership between many community organizations in Lowell, Massachusetts. We provide free, unique activities for kids and families during February and April school vacations.

We are excited to see you and are looking forward to having some fun!

2019 Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
1PM-4PM • Hands-On History: Weaving and Engineering Workshops
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park
and the Tsongas Industrial History Center | Location: 3rd Floor, Boott Cotton
Mills Museum (115 John St.)

Dreamer. Innovator, Researcher. Problem Solver. Inventor. Creator. Do any of these
words apply to you? Then you could also be an Engineer! Engineers are people who
design and build solutions. Come down and try your engineering skills in our design,
build, and test challenge! We will also have a weave room open during this same
period. No prior experience is required. Free and open to all.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14
9AM-10:30AM • Wellness on the Walkways: Birding Walk
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park
and Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust | Location: Concord River Greenway
Davidson St. Entrance (51 Davidson St.)

Celebrate the return of spring with Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust and Lowell
National Historical Park! Join us for a birding walk along the Concord River Greenway.
On this walk, we will identify common birds of the area and learn the basics of birding
including how to use binoculars and field guides. Some parking is available at the
Davidson Street trailhead (street parking is free on Sundays). Free parking is also
available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center parking lot. The address
for the lot is 304 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA. It is a 10 minute walk to the trailhead from
the Visitor Center.

MONDAY, APRIL 15
10AM-12PM • Mask Making
Ages 6+ | Registration required: call 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Umbrella
Community Arts Center | Location: Counting House, Boott Cotton Mills Museum
(115 John St.)

Who is your local animal inspiration? Design and paint your own or use one of our
stencils to make a mask of local wildlife.

1PM-2PM • Lantern Making Workshop
All ages | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Lowell Points of Light
Festival | Location: Counting [email protected] Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
Be part of Lowell’s Annual Points of Light Floating Lantern Celebration! During this
workshop, you’ll be provided with all the materials you need to make your very own
lantern. On Saturday, May 4, your lantern will be released into the canal.

2PM-3PM • Weaving Workshop #1
Ages 6+ | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Tsongas Industrial
History Center | Location: 3rd Floor, Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
Learn how cloth is designed, patterned, and made in this unique hands-on workshop.
Weave your own piece of cloth using hand looms. Learn the difference between warp
and weft and have fun in the process!

TUESDAY, APRIL 16
9:30AM-4PM • Lego Mindstorms and 3D Printing Camp (Day 1)
Ages 9-11 | Registration required: 978-674-1529 | Hosted by: Pollard Memorial
Library | Location: Pollard Memorial Library (401 Merrimack St.)

Learn how to program robots with Lego Mindstorms EV3, understand the basics of 3D
printing, and design & print your own objects. The MC3D Robotics team is comprised
of high school students from neighboring towns who are highly passionate about
STEM and STEM education. Bring your own lunch. Snacks provided. Sign up by
visiting the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk, calling 978-674-1529, or online at
www.LowellLibrary.org - visit the calendar and click REGISTER for this event.
Note: You must be able to attend both days (4/16 and 4/17).

10AM-12PM • Be the Change!
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell NHP| Location: Counting
[email protected] Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
Celebrate the launch of the 2019 Lowell quarter and make your own change! Design
your own coin to represent yourself and the changes you will make in our community.
Free and open to all; drop by anytime. Note: This is not a coin exchange.

10AM-2PM • Peas on Earth
Ages 4-12 | Registration not required | Hosted by Mill City Grows | Location: Mill
City Grows Urban Farm at Mill No.5 (230 Middlesex St.)
Kids will have the option of making a ‘Germination Necklace’ or decorating a cup and
planting a pea in it to take home. They’ll learn about what a pea needs to grow and
how peas help our bodies. There will also be tours of the pea plantings on the farm!

1PM-3PM • Backyard Bass
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell NHP| Location: Counting
[email protected] Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
Learn about the fish who live in the Merrimack and Concord Rivers and try your hand
at fishing (indoors)! We’ll also have the opportunity to make our own puffy, playful fish
with paper.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
9:30AM-4PM • Lego Mindstorms and 3D Printing Camp (Day 2)
Ages 9-11 | Registration required: 978-674-1529 | Hosted by: Pollard Memorial
Library | Location: Pollard Memorial Library (401 Merrimack St.)

Learn how to program robots with Lego Mindstorms EV3, understand the basics of 3D
printing, and design & print your own objects. The MC3D Robotics team is comprised
of high school students from neighboring towns who are highly passionate about
STEM and STEM education. Bring own lunch. Snacks provided. Sign up by visiting
the Ground Floor Children's Reference desk, calling 978-674-1529, or online at
www.LowellLibrary.org - visit the calendar and click REGISTER for this event.
Note: You must be able to attend both days (4/16 and 4/17).

10AM-12PM • Animal Puppets on a Stick
Ages 6+ | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Umbrella Community
Arts Center | Location: Counting House: Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John
St.)

Choose an animal you might find in Massachusetts - maybe an owl, a red fox, a
skunk? Or a plant - a flower or a vegetable? You'll draw, cut, staple your puppet and
mount it on a stick, so it is ready to carry out the door.... Bring it to the Lowell Earth
Day Parade on Sunday, May 5!

12PM-2PM • Spring Fling
Ages 6+ | Registration not required | Hosted by Coalition for a Better Acre |
Location: Coalition for a Better Acre (517 Moody St.)
Come and welcome spring with us! Learn about planting and get creative with some
spring arts and crafts activities.

1PM-2PM • Birds in Spring
Ages 3+ | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Mass Audubon's
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary | Location: 2nd Floor, Boott Cotton Mills
Museum (115 John St.)
Meet some native birds, learn what they are up to in spring, and what you can do to
help them.

2PM-3PM • Weaving Workshop #2
Ages 6+ | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Tsongas Industrial
History Center | Location: 3rd Floor, Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
Learn how cloth is designed, patterned, and made in this unique hands-on workshop.
Weave your own piece of cloth using hand looms. Learn the difference between warp
and weft and have fun in the process!

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
10AM-11AM • Bow WOW Spring Storytime
Ages 3-7 | Registration required: 978-674-1529 | Hosted by: Pollard Memorial
Library | Location: Pollard Memorial Library (401 Merrimack St.)
Join us for a special spring storytime featuring our therapy dog, Prince and his handler
Joyce. We will be reading spring themed stories, singing songs, playing instruments,
and making a craft. Make sure to stay after storytime for a special meet and greet with
Prince! Sign up is required and begins on April 1st, 2019. Sign up by visiting the
Ground Floor Children's Reference desk, calling 978-674-1529, or online at
www.LowellLibrary.org - visit the calendar and click REGISTER for this event.

2PM-4PM • Family Movie
All ages | No registration required | Hosted by: Pollard Memorial Library |
Location: Pollard Memorial Library (401 Merrimack St.)
All children and their families are invited to join us for a family movie. This animated
film stars Miles Morales as a New York teen struggling with a new school, friends, and
on top of all that, being the new Spider-Man. He meets various versions of this iconic
superhero from different dimensions. Be ready to have a great time and maybe
get a little wet.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
10AM-12PM • Flags for the Earth
Ages 6+ | Registration required: 978-970-5000 | Hosted by Umbrella Community
Arts Center | Location: Counting House, Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John
St.)
Design and paint a flag for Earth Day. It could be a nature image, a message, or an
abstract design – then add it to a dowel and you are ready to go. You can hang it in
your room or outside your house and wave it proudly in the Lowell Earth Day Parade
on Sunday, May 5! This program is limited to 25 participants, first-come, first-served.

10AM-12PM • Fun with Fish at the Spalding House
All ages | No registration required | Hosted by: Lowell Parks and Conservation
Trust | Location: The Spalding House (383 Pawtucket St.)
Join us at the historic Spalding House to explore the fish migration up the Concord and
Merrimack River through hands on activities and crafts. Participants can RSVP here

1PM-3PM • Planting and Scavenger Hunt at Hawk Valley Farm
All ages | No registration required | Hosted by Lowell Parks and Conservation
Trust | Location: Hawk Valley Farm (end of Varnum Terrace)
Join Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust for a plant-your-own herb garden at Hawk
Valley Farm. Participants can also enjoy a nature scavenger hunt throughout the park.
Each scavenger hunt participant will receive an egg-cellant prize! All ages welcome.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
9:30AM-5PM • Fee-free admission at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St.)
In honor of National Park Week, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum will be fee-free. This is
a great opportunity to bring the entire family. Don’t forget to pick up the new Junior
Ranger Activity Book and become a Lowell National Historical Park Junior Ranger.

10:30AM-12PM • NFI Family Resource Center Drop-In
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by NFI Family Resource Center
| Location: NFI Family Resource Center (27 Prescott St.)

Stop by the NFI Family Resource Center and get crafty! We’ll have different types of
painting for children, including water colors, sponge painting, marble painting, and
stamp painting.

1PM-4PM • Your City Saturday: National Junior Ranger Day
All ages | Registration not required | Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park
Location: LNHP Visitor Center (246 Market St.)

Join Lowell National Historical Park on National Junior Ranger Day and become a
Junior Ranger! You can stop by the Visitor Center between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for
special Junior Ranger activities, including a Downtown Scavenger Hunt. 'Explore,
Learn, and Protect!' The Junior Ranger motto is recited by people around the country;
each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and
share their own ranger story with friends and family. All are welcome to participate!

As part of Lowell Kids Week, there is also a Family Festival.

Looking for more fun things to do? Check out our Boston April Vacation Week guide for lots more great ideas on things to do with the kids this week.

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lowellkidsweek.org

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246 Market Street, Lowell, MA, 01852 map

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  • HELPFUL HINTS: • Groups at drop-in events when space allows, but please let us know ahead of time if you’re interested in bringing a group of 10 or more kids to any PLAYcation events by emailing the April

  • PLAYcation coordinator Andrew Donovan: [email protected]

  • • All children participating in programs MUST be accompanied by an adult, unless otherwise noted.

  • • Lowell Kids Week programs are free of charge, but many have limited space and require

  • pre-registration. Please see program listings for details and registration information.

  • • If you cannot attend an event for which you pre-registered, please call and cancel to make room for others.

  • • Drop-in programs are first-come, first-served.

  • • Weather cancellations will be announced online and on WCAP 980 AM.

  • • Program schedule is subject to change – please check www.lowellkidsweek.org regularly!
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