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April School Vacation Week Activities & Events

It's April School Vacation week in the Boston area! Local Museums and organizations have set up some fantastic programming for the Vacation Week. In addition, you'll find a slew of fun live music performances, puppet & marionette shows, super science & art workshops, sports camps, and more. Spring is here - Enjoy!

Virtual

Cambridge Science Festival 2021Virtual/Online, Free
Thu, April 1, 2021  -  Fri, April 30, 2021   
Be Curious! Join scientists, engineers and more at the Cambridge Science Festival, a 30 day celebration this year, showcasing fun and interactive science, technology, engineering and math for everyone!
Crafternoons on ZoomVirtual/Online, $
Mon, April 5, 2021  -  Fri, April 30, 2021   
Bring some color into your weekly schedule! Join us for Crafternoons on Zoom as we use everyday household items to create projects that are modifiable for all ages.
2021 McAuliffe Center Science Festival: Planet Earth EditionVirtual/Online, Free
Mon, April 12, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Events and activities for learners of all ages during the McAuliffe Center's annual science festival: April 12-24! Join events on dinosaurs, gardening, composting, climate change, and more!
OnStage Dance Company's Season 20 PerformanceVirtual/Online, $
Fri, April 16, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
​An eclectic mix of dance styles performed by OnStage Dance Company, with original choreography in Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Pop and Modern. Our shows have something for everyone!
Family Virtual Cinema with the ICAVirtual/Online, Free
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
Kick back as a family and watch art unfold before you with inspiring short films from the Boston International Kids Film Festival. Register below to enjoy free access to films.
The Patriot's Day Mile Virtual RaceVirtual/Online, $$
Today   
The Patriots’ Day Mile encourages everyone to get active while raising funds for Boston-area nonprofits whose missions focus on health and wellness. The virtual event will be held on Monday, April 19—Patriots’ Day in...
Wheelock Family Theatre: April Vacation Virtual Circus AdventuresVirtual/Online, $$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Come one come all! Wheelock Family Theatre is going to the circus! Learn to juggle, and clown around through a week of creativity. Register online today for our exciting new virtual programs.
Online School Vacation Week Workshops with Pocket Full of TalesVirtual/Online, $$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Pocket Full of Tales Theatre Company presents brand-new, scripted original musicals as the leaping-off point for our School Vacation Week Workshops. February's virtual production will be James and the Giant Peach, and...
Earth Week Story Time – Live!Virtual/Online, Free
Today  -  Mon, April 19, 2021   
Join HMSC Volunteer Coordinator Carol Carlson for Earth Week Story Time with a live reading of two children’s picture books that explore how living things are naturally connected to each other
New England Conservatory: School Vacation Week Virtual Musical StorytellingVirtual/Online, Free
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
New England Conservatory (NEC) offers free virtual April School Vacation Week Musical Storytelling concerts on YouTube, every day April 19-23, 2021 at 11 a.m. with a mix of 'meet the instrument' and musical storytelling...
The Wild Around You: Virtual April Vacation Camp with the EcotariumVirtual/Online, $$$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Think nature is a world away? Think again! Tons of amazing animals and plants live right in your own backyard--and some are even closer. Become a sustainability superhero as you collect, experiment, grow, and discover...
Spring Forward Online April WorkshopsVirtual/Online, Free
Today  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Sign up for free online climate workshops taught by high school students covering a range of topics in an engaging, interactive way with many games, unique activities and time for discussions and questions.
Virtual Spring Break Adventure | Story-Based Educational Fantasy EventsVirtual/Online, $$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Spring Break is next week but your young hero's education doesn't need to come to a screeching halt. Our Virtual Spring Break Adventure will keep them learning, laughing, and adventuring all week long!
OH NO! The Kidstock! Show: A Magical Improvised JourneyVirtual/Online, Free
Tue, April 20, 2021   
This is an interactive original online play where YOUR ideas determine the characters, problems, and plot twists! Sign up and help create the story! Best for ages 4 and up.
Meet Podokesaurus, (our new MA state dinosaur), during Science on State StreetVirtual/Online, Free
Wed, April 21, 2021   
Learn all about our new Massachusetts State Dinosaur – Podokesaurus holyokensis. Join Representative Jack Lewis & Barnas Monteith as they share some of the latest dinosaur discovery data and how it relates to space...
Earth Day Storytime: Revenge of the Toxic RobotVirtual/Online, Free
Thu, April 22, 2021   
Join us for a fun science story in honor of Earth Day! When the town's park is suddenly gated and locked, a group of friends decides to investigate.
ICA Virtual Playdate - Animation + FilmmakingVirtual/Online, Free
Sat, April 24, 2021   
Join us for a new twist on Play Date! This month our virtual Play Date will be held on Saturday morning, and we’ll focus on the contemporary art practices of animation and filmmaking!

Boston Metro

Greenway CarouselBoston, $
Fri, April 9, 2021  -  Fri, October 29, 2021   
A spectacular, classic carousel comes to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, rides offered daily all summer long.
Carousel Rides on the Boston CommonBoston, $
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Sat, October 30, 2021   
Enjoy an old-fashioned carousel ride on the Boston Common from mid-April to the end of October. The iconic carousel features lots of new wonderful characters!
Opening Day for Swan Boats 2021Back Bay, $
Sat, May 8, 2021  -  Sat, May 8, 2021   
The first Swan Boat ride of the season will be on May 8, as the popular attraction reopens at the Public Garden lagoon this spring.
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop GenerationBoston, Free
Sun, October 18, 2020  -  Sun, July 25, 2021   
Powerfully prescient and vividly thought-provoking, this colorfully eclectic exhibit of painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music, and fashion will surely stay with you long after you leave.
Boston Duck Boat Tours3 Locations, $$$
Sat, April 10, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
Tour Boston in an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. The DUCK tours the city by both land and water. Great for kids and visitors of all ages.
Soar into Spring! with USS Constitution MuseumCharlestown, Free
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
Make like an eagle and soar into USS Constitution Museum this spring break. We have a variety of eagle-themed activities, like a virtual live encounter with a bald eagle, a windsock craft, bird scavenger hunt, and...
GoPixelYourself at CambridgeSide over April VacationCambridge, $
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
This April School Vacation, buckle up for an adventure like no other at GoPixelYourself, an Instagrammable museum featuring a 13-room immersive experience at CambridgeSide.
Highland Street Spring Week 2021 - Free Admission DaysBoston, Free
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Spring Camp was created to provide free activities for children and families during April school vacation. Enjoy free admission to a number of educational and cultural field trip experiences in the Greater Boston area.
Explore It! April Adventure WeekBoston, $$$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Boston Children's Museum introduces Explore It: April Adventure Week! During MA school vacation, (4/19-23) children 5-7 will experience full-day, in-person fun including full Museum access, games, and STEAM activities.
Virtual 'ZOOcation Week' with Zoo New EnglandBoston
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
During ZOOcation week, get close to some amazing ambassador animals, right from the comfort of home! Join Zoo New England virtually for a wild week of animal encounters, crafts and activities!
Story Walks in Boston Parks (10 locations)10 Locations, Free
Today  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Families and caregivers looking for a fun April vacation children’s activity are invited to head outside for the first-ever StoryWalk series in City of Boston parks located in Allston, Chinatown, Dorchester, East...
What's in my Watershed?Boston, $
Wed, April 21, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Looking for something fun to do over April Vacation week? Join Waterworks Museum Staff live at the museum as we learn about watersheds and water quality!
Hoop Brains Basketball Summer CampWest Roxbury, $$$
Mon, July 19, 2021  -  Fri, July 23, 2021   
This unique basketball camp is not for elite AAU teenagers but for 'everyone else' - those who love the game, and want to learn more about it. It's half on-court playing, half in-classroom learning.

West Suburbs

Battle of Lexington: Boston Patriots Day Reenactment (Video, & Virtual Schedule)Lexington, Free
Today   
Watch as history unfolds the story of our nation's fight for freedom in Lexington! Celebrations will be mostly virtual again this year, but the week will still be packed with live programming for the whole family.
Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival 2021 (Virtual Webinar)Waltham, $$
Sat, April 24, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Sheep-shearing, herding dogs, spinning, weaving, and more. Large crafts fair, live entertainment, wagon rides, historic demonstrators, games and farm animals. Food vendors, no dogs allowed, children must be accompanied...
Painting Place April Vacation Camps & Outdoor SeatingWellesley, $$
Fri, April 2, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Do your kid's like to paint, play games, do crafts, make slime and so much more? We have some super fun indoor and outdoor activities planned (weather permitting).
Outdoor Revolutionary Activities at Concord MuseumConcord, $
Fri, April 16, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
For April vacation week, we will be open Thurs-Sun and April 19 with outdoor activities that are included with Museum admission. *Note: the Museum will not be open 4/20 & 4/21.
TinytropolisActon, $$
Sun, April 18, 2021  -  Wed, April 21, 2021   
Design, build, and explore a mini city constructed completely out of cardboard and creativity. This changing and evolving temporary space will be put together by staff and visitors over the course of 8 days.
Acton Minutemen EncampmentConcord, Free
Today  -  Mon, April 19, 2021   
Visit a minute company in an encampment outside the Concord Museum on Patriots’ Day and see them prepare for battle! Then, visit our April 19th galleries to see objects from the real battle.
“PJ Masks Pajama Party” Screening at Cinema de Lux Legacy PlaceDedham, $
Today  -  Thu, April 22, 2021   
Celebrate April school vacation week with PJ Masks at Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place, with daily screenings of “PJ Masks Pajama Party” taking place at 1pm. Tickets are only $5.
Kiddos in the Kitchen: April VacationDover, $$
Today  -  Mon, April 19, 2021   
This drop-off class is designed for children ages 7-12. Class is limited to 8 students to allow for social distancing. Pre-registration is required 2 days prior to a class or event.
Revolutionary Scavenger HuntLexington, Free
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Tue, April 20, 2021   
Where is the Parker boulder? Is there a weather-vane on the Belfry? What happened at the Harrington House? No matter how long you've lived in Lexington, there is still plenty for your kids to discover!
April Vacation Week at the DanforthFramingham, $
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
Visit the Danforth Art Museum during April Vacation Week! Learn about how art and science connect as you explore the Danforth Art Museum permanent and temporary exhibitions!
Kiddos in the Kitchen: April VacationDover, $$
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Tue, April 20, 2021   
This drop-off class is designed for children ages 7-12. Class is limited to 8 students to allow for social distancing. Pre-registration is required 2 days prior to a class or event.
Children's Reenactment with Lexington Historical SocietyLexington, Free
Wed, April 21, 2021  -  Wed, April 21, 2021   
Lexington Historical Society, in partnership with the Lexington Visitors Center, the Lexington Minute Men, and His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot looks forward to hosting another Children's Reenactment in the future.
Fruitlands Fairy ForestHarvard, $$
Wed, April 21, 2021  -  Wed, April 21, 2021   
Calling All Woodlands Fairies and Gnomes! During School Vacation Week, we encourage all visitors to our grounds and trails to build fairy and gnome houses around the Willard Archeological site along the yellow trail at...
Make Your Own Paul Revere LanternConcord, $
Fri, April 23, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Try your hand as a tinsmith at the Concord Museum! Take a look at the Paul Revere lantern in our April 19th galleries and then design your own.
Make Your Own Paul Revere Lantern - 2nd SessionConcord, $
Fri, April 23, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Join us at the Concord Museum for a chance to be a tinsmith! See the Paul Revere lantern in our April 19th galleries and design one of your own.

North Suburbs

Spring Egg Hunt Trail at Long HillBeverly, Free
Fri, April 16, 2021  -  Mon, April 19, 2021   
Explore a secretive egg trail and scavenger hunt as you follow clues around the woodland trails and apple orchard in search of the golden egg that the Long Hill rabbits have hidden.
Explore the ROAR! at Stone Zoo's T. Rex AdventureStoneham, $$
Fri, April 16, 2021  -  Mon, September 6, 2021   
Embark on an adventure of prehistoric proportions at T. Rex Adventure! This special exhibit features a 20-foot long Plateosaurus, a plant-eater that roamed the Earth 200 million years ago, and a 42-foot-long T. Rex, a...
Little Knights and Ladies Day at Hammond Castle MuseumGloucester, $
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Tue, April 20, 2021   
On April 20th, bring your little Knights and Ladies to the Hammond Castle Museum for an educational and hands-on introduction to the history of heraldry.
FC Academy Film Making Classes for Middle & High Schoolers4 Locations, $$
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
FC Academy is offering film classes during the week of April Vacation for middle and high school students. Each class will take them through the entire filmmaking process, ending the week having produced their own...
Filmmaking at the Cabot - April Break Session (Middle School Students)Beverly, $$
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Join us this April break to learn all about the exciting and creative world of filmmaking! This class is designed for middle school aged students.
Filmmaking at The Cabot- April Break Edition (High School Students Only)Beverly, $$
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
Join us this April break to learn all about the exciting and creative world of filmmaking! FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY! Class will be from April 20-23 (1PM-4PM)
Introduction to Filmmaking - Vacation WeekAndover, $$
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
In this class, students will bring creativity to life in a fun, collaborative and exciting environment. They will learn skills in scriptwriting, storyboard sketching, improvisation and camera skills

South Suburbs

Afternoon S'mores in the ParkWalpole, $$
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Get outdoors with family and friends this April vacation and enjoy some delicious s’mores at your own private firepit at the park for up to 6 people! Bird Park provides the fire, wood, 3 benches for sitting around the...
Junior Farmer at Weir River Farm: April Vacation WeekHingham, $$
Today  -  Thu, April 22, 2021   
Come join us this spring for a morning of outdoor farm activities, games, and chores! In the barnyard, junior farmers help feed the goats and sheep, collect eggs, and groom the ponies. 
Deja Zoo Escape Adventure: After Hours Programs at ButtonwoodNew Bedford, $$$
Sat, April 10, 2021  -  Fri, April 30, 2021   
Get your team of up to 10 players and head over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo to see if you have what it takes to solve puzzles, decode clues, conquer challenges, and work together in order to stop your timer and earn a...
New England Base CampMilton, $$
Sun, April 18, 2021  -  Sat, April 24, 2021   
Enjoy fun filled activities such as fire-building, outdoor cooking, archery, S.T.E.M programs, pioneering, environmental studies, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and creative arts such as animation,...
CampHUB Parkour April Vacation CampNorton, $$
Today  -  Fri, April 23, 2021   
CampHUB is New England's best parkour camp! Your camper will spend their time with us learning how to climb, jump, and move like a pro!
Free Admission Day at New Bedford Whaling MuseumNew Bedford, Free
Today   
The Museum will be back open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting April Vacation Week. Thanks to our friends at the Highland Street Foundation and the Patriots Foundation, we are excited to offer FREE ADMISSION on...

Western Mass

Dinosaurs: A Walk-thru Experience at Six Flags New EnglandWestern Mass, $$
Sat, April 10, 2021  -  Sun, May 23, 2021   
Journey back in time hundreds of millions of years ago to behold the wonder and majesty of creatures that walked the Earth long before humans. Enjoy a one-way Dinosaur Experience featuring 20 life-sized dinosaurs with...
Daffodil & Tulip Festival at NaumkeagWestern Mass, $$
Thu, April 22, 2021  -  Mon, May 17, 2021   
Stroll through the 8 acres of our world-renowned gardens in the Berkshires decorated with over 130,000 daffodils and tulips.

Central Mass

Drive-thru Zoofari Days at Southwick's ZooMendon, $$$
Sat, April 3, 2021  -  Tue, August 31, 2021   
Guests can now enjoy a guided tour of our 200 acre zoo from the comfort and safety of their car! These 45 minute tours take place after our normal hours of operation, so they provide the amazing opportunity to observe...
Field of Daffodils at Tower Hill BotanicalBoylston, $$
Sat, April 10, 2021  -  Sat, May 15, 2021   
One of the most popular attractions at Tower Hill, the Field of Daffodils, is in full bloom. Book your admission ticket to visit this one-of-a-kind experience with 25,000+ daffodils swaying in the wind.
Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes at Tower Hill (Ages 4-12)Boylston
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sun, April 25, 2021   
Saturday, April 17, 2021 or Sunday April 25, In this hands-on workshop we will take to the trails on a magical journey to search for all-natural materials to help us decorate our own fairy houses and gnome homes.
Vacation Week Drive-In Movies at the Mendon TwinMendon, $
Sun, April 18, 2021  -  Wed, April 21, 2021   
Come on out for a double feature at the Mendon Twin Drive-In! A great way to appreciate classic movies in a socially distanced way over April Vacation.
Planet Protectors at Tower Hill (Ages 3-8)Boylston
Tue, April 20, 2021  -  Tue, April 20, 2021   
Join us for a special Earth Day celebration. Get some simple tips and tricks for doing your part to help mother earth and do a garden walk.
Macrame Rainbow Wall Hanging (Ages 7-12)Boylston
Wed, April 21, 2021  -  Wed, April 21, 2021   
What are the colors of the rainbow? Join us to learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore rainbows and learn simple techniques to create your own colorful rainbow yarn wall hanging

Rhode Island

Wicked Tulips Flower Farm U-Pick Tulip ExperienceRhode Island, $$
Thu, April 22, 2021  -  Wed, May 12, 2021   
Tiptoe through more than 600,000 tulips, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on a historic farm and bring home a fresh hand picked bouquet of the most amazing tulips you have ever seen.
Asian Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park ZooRhode Island, $$
Thu, April 15, 2021  -  Sun, July 4, 2021   
Journey through a dazzling wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns inspired by our wild world at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s first ever Asian Lantern Spectacular!