April Vacation Mega-Roundup!

OK, so April vacation totally crept up on me. We are subsequently in town and with little in the way of formal plans so I'm more excited than ever for this April vacation mega-roundup! Enjoy and share with your fellow staycation friends!


April 17: Meet the Scientists and use hands-on activities to explore STEM careers (Acton)

April 17: Root for the runners at the Boston Marathon (Boston, Various Locations)

April 17: It’s a Muppet Movie Sing-Along (Cambridge)

April 17: Join the Cambridge Science Festival, packed with hands-on events to encourage curiosity and invite exploration (Cambridge)

April 17: Play with historic toys and games (Harvard)

April 17: Walk the beach to find fish, shells, and seaweed, then head to the Barn and do some Fish Printing for Kids to transfer treasures to t-shirts and paper (Ipswich)

April 17: Lexington Symphony presents Discover New Worlds (Lexington)

April 17: Attend the Lexington Patriot’s Day Afternoon Parade (Lexington)

April 17: Observe Patriot’s Day Revolutionary War re-enactments of the Lexington Battle and North Bridge Fight (Lexington, Concord)

April 17: Explore simple circuits using lights, magnets, and solar panels (North Easton)

April 17-21: Enjoy vacation week programming at the Franklin Park Zoo or the Stone Zoo (Boston, Stoneham)

April 17-21: Imagine Playspace offers special activities for EarthFest Week (Cambridge)

April 17-21: Discover coastal critters and woodland mysteries with World’s End Explorers (Hingham)

April 17-22: Watch Magic Tree House: Space Mission at the Planetarium (Boston)

April 17-23: Meet favorite children’s book characters, make flip books and zoetropes, enjoy live performances and read alouds, and more when the Boston Children’s Museum hosts its Celebration of Children’s Literacy (Boston)

April 17-23: Choose from dozens of special events and activities throughout April Vacation week at Patriot Place (Foxborough)

April 17-23: Discover free hands-on arts, crafts, performances, and other activities during April PLAYcation 2017 (Lowell)


April 18: Design, build, and explore a Tinytropolis mini-city (Acton)

April 18: Make Your Own Comic to tell the story of the Jamestown Relief Mission to Ireland and the Life of John Boyle O’Reilly (Boston)

April 18: Mark the last day of Passover and celebrate optimism, hope, and freedom with a special Feast of Moshiach (Brookline)

April 18: Take a Toad Trek: In Search of Bufo Americanus through dunes, bogs, and puddles to catch a glimpse of American Toads as they call for their mates (Ipswich)

April 18: Go on a Revolutionary War Scavenger Hunt (Lexington)

April 18: Explore the World of Wearable Art (Salem)

April 18-19: Participate in Movement Storytime with Urbanity Dance Company (Boston)

April 18-20: Take in a Puppet Showplace Theater performance of The Reluctant Dragon (Brookline)

April 18-21: 826 Boston offers free creative writing workshops for kids aged 6+ (Boston)

April 18-21: Collaborate and Create at the MFA during their April Vacation Week programs (Boston)

April 18-21: Join the Ecotarium for Earth Week: How Does Your Garden Grow? activities (Worcester)

April 18-22: Enjoy a variety of April Vacation programs exploring Paul and Rachel Revere’s lives (Boston)

April 18-23: Add to the “Fish Out of Water” interactive installation at the ICA (Boston)

April 18-23: Watch a children’s theater production of Charlotte’s Web (Boston)


April 19: Circus Minimus is a one-man circus-in-a-suitcase that gives everyone an opportunity to participate (Arlington)

April 19: Attend a free Kite Making Workshop (Boston)

April 19: Learn about weather instruments by creating an anemometer, measure the wind, go on a weather scavenger hunt, and more during Be a Weather Watcher (Boston)

April 19: Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge)

April 19: Race against the clock and run, jump, balance, and limbo to the finish line of The Awesome Obstacles Race (Ipswich)

April 19: Attend a free musical bubble party (Kingston)

April 19: Participate in a children’s re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington (Lexington)

April 19: Explore the World of Robots (North Easton)

April 19-21: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts Sounds of Spring School Vacation Week Activities, including art-making, live music, a participatory listening project, hands-on horticulture, and more (Boston)

April 19-21: Drop in to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for spraying, pouring, and printing Art for April Vacation (Lincoln)


April 20: Join the author of Toto the Tornado Kitten and Toto himself for a read-along and craft (Boston)

April 20: Wear a costume for this free Fairy House Building Workshop with storytelling and scavenger hunts (Boston)

April 20: Take a trolley tour through Revolutionary War history (Lexington)

April 20: Explore art and science with The Balloon Fairy (North Easton)


April 21: Attend Especially for Me! Free Evening for Families Experiencing Visual Impairment (Acton)

April 21: Take a Tree ID Walk (Acton)

April 21: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosts free Earth Day activities -- kids can develop environmental policy solutions, learn about people who have helped the environment, and participate in related hands-on arts and crafts (Boston)

April 21: Enjoy all-day free play, scavenger hunts, games, puzzles, and more during Any Way the Wind Blows (Boston)

April 21: Listen to a special Earth Day storytime at the Curious George Store (Cambridge)

April 21: Time for the 6th Annual Nobles Day Camp Touch a Truck Day (Dedham)

April 21: Peter Jackson performs a family-friendly Magic Show (Kingston)

April 21: Create with Clay (North Easton)

April 21-23: Puppet Showplace Theater presents The Legend of the Banana Kid (Brookline)


April 22: Explore patterns in nature, uncover symmetry, and more when Earth Day Meets Math Day (Acton)

April 22: Visit with Anita Sanchez, author of Karl Get Out of the Garden, as part of the Boston Children’s Museum’s Earth Day festivities (Boston)

April 22: Enjoy a special storytime of We Are the Dinosaurs, a picture book inspired by Laurie Berkner’s hit song (Boston)

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo (Boston, Stoneham)

April 22: Bring creativity and a sense of humor, participate in a trash scavenger hunt, and enter a contest for the weirdest find at this Family Friendly Earth Day Cleanup (Canton)

April 22: Alastair Moock performs All Kinds of You & Me (Framingham)

April 22: Walk along a candle-lit path and listen to personal stories of people who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775 (Lincoln)

April 22: Stop by the MetroWest Parents of Multiples Semi-Annual Tag Sale (Sudbury)

April 22-23: Support the local artist community at East Boston Artists Group Open Studios (Boston)


April 23: Artbeat presents a Fairy Door and Magic Fairy Potions Workshop (Arlington)

April 23: Explore Jewish traditions and water through science experiments, art projects, story time, and songs during Water Wonders (Arlington)

April 23: Use the MakerSpace to produce Creative Collages (North Easton)

April 23: Climbers with disabilities can participate in this youth adaptive climbing clinic (Somerville)