Today, Stacey Sao of Boston Central kindly shares a guest post including a fantastic roundup of activities for February vacation week:
Welcome to the wonderful week of February vacation! This massive activity roundup should help cure any cabin fever out there...let's get right to it! In the spirit of Presidents Day, there's Visit with Abe Lincoln at The Concord Museum (2/21; reservations required), and The Jackson Homestead Museum in Newton will host a story and craft hour entitled Hats Off to Abe Lincoln. History buffs can take a step back in time at the Old Statehouse Museum with lots of old fashioned games as well as spinning and weaving activities. Bring out the scientist in you at the MIT Museum -- they'll have robotics themed mini-workshops for ages 10+.
On the theatre scene, Mary Poppins is showing at the Boston Opera house. This show is a real crowd pleaser with lots of singing, dancing, and an amazing set. Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 is performing at the TD Garden all week as well. It's a colorful, energetic show that's fun for all ages. The Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro hosts Yo-Yo Champion John Higby [of America's Got Talent Fame]. Also consider the Tanglewood Marionettes's performance of Cinderella (2/27) at the Tufts Cohen Auditorium in Medford and the Boston Lyric Opera's Hansel and Gretel (2/27) at the Casey Theatre at Regis College.
Several fun magic shows include Magic by Scott Jameson at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (2/27), Magician Mike Bent at the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, (2/22), and the Magic of Bill Blagg in Newton (2/21).
On the music scene, consider performances by SteveSongs (2/21) in Lexington and Vanessa Trien (2/24 & 2/26) in Natick and Hingham. The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free family concert at the Arlington Town Hall (2/27) featuring shorter orchestral pieces for young audiences. And the Yo-Yo Guys will also be performing in Framingham on (2/24).
For the stargazers out there, the Charles Hayden Planetarium has just reopened after a $9 million renovation. Be one of the first to witness the debut of the most technologically advanced digital theater in New England. There are extended hours and shows all week at the Museum of Science. Venture out west a bit to the Ecotarium and discover how to create your own toys from paper, wood, electronic circuits -- even dried peas! Also in Worcester, kids can learn about the world of warriors at the Higgins Armory Museum. The bravest visitors can make their own shield and even learn how to use a sword all week long.
To celebrate Black History month, the Medford Library presents a one-person reenactment of the early life of Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad. The JFK Library & Museum hosts a week of kid-friendly activities including international storyteller Valerie Tutson, who will perform Tales from African Traditions on 2/22. Kids can enjoy the 'Make Your Own Sundae Bar' all week as well.
If you feel like getting outside, check out Winter Fun Day at Ward Reservation in Andover -- try your hand at snow shoeing and sledding, and enjoy guided hikes, hot cocoa, and a toasty fire. The new visitor center at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury offers birding activities, a vernal pool workshop, and hikes to look for signs of rabbits. For the animal enthusiasts out there, Animal Adventures is offering a week full of hands on animal workshops in Bolton.
Feeling crafty? Check out [SENSE]sation Day (2/21) at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. Families can enjoy craft workshops, demos and entertainment all afternoon. Or head over to The Kids Place for Fun for some fun mini-camp sessions that include ceramics projects, crafts, games, freeze dance, snack/slush, and lunch.
Winter break is the perfect time to visit a local ice rink. Faneuil Hall's Ice Skating Rink has fabricated ice that is perfect for the not-so-sure footed as it is not as slippery as real ice. The Ice Rink at Prudential Center is another great location to skate a bit, grab some lunch, and do some shopping. Of course you can also hit old favorites such as Frog Pond and the Charles Hotel Ice Rink. Super winter photo ops and outdoor fun!