February Vacation Mega-Roundup!

Is it just me or is this school year zooming by? I can't believe it's already February vacation! We're going to go quieter next week and to help you with your staycation planning, Lauren has pulled together a PHENOMENAL February vacation mega-roundup encapsulating super cool event ideas from February 17-25! Below you'll see two sections for currently and forthcoming events on repeat, and then daily listings. Happy vacation!

Currently Ongoing

Now through February 18: Paint a miniature canvas in honor of the Year of the Dog (Arlington)

Now through February 18: Check out the newest boats from the region’s top dealers at the New England Boat Show (Boston)

Now through February 18: Visit this Model Train Show (Lexington)

Now through February 19: It’s time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (Boston)

Now through February 19: Watch The Fairy Tailor transform everyday garments into extraordinary characters and tales of bravery (Brookline)

Now through February 24: Build LEGO ships and take part in special challenges and scavenger hunts (Charlestown)

Now through February 25: Sing-a-Long with Disney’s Frozen (Arlington)

Now through February 25: The Cat in the Hat comes to town (Boston)

Now through February 25: Ice skate along the 11,000 square feet of Boston Winter’s Skating Path (Boston)

Now through February 25: Skate in just your socks through an alpine village and catch a special presentation of SEUSSICAL at the Boston Children’s Museum’s Snowmazing Spectacular! (Boston)

Now through February 25: The annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival features The All Bugs Revue, Daffy Duck and Friends, and Looney Tunes Revue (Cambridge)

Now through February 26: Be a Zookeeper for a Day (Bolton)

Now through March 24: The USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild and the USS Constitution Museum presents Masters of Miniatures (Charlestown)

Repeat Programming During February Vacation

February 18-23: Create Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, and decode hieroglyphics at the Harvard Semitic Museum (Cambridge)

February 19-23: The Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo animals get into the Olympic spirit with Animalympics (Boston, Stoneham)

February 19-23: Solve the Mystery of the Vanishing Violin (North Easton)

February 19-24: The MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students (Cambridge)

February 19-24: Explore dozens of free family fun activities during Lowell Kids Week (Lowell)

February 20-22: Make art using liquids from everyday life as change agents at the ICA’s Vacation Explorations (Boston)

February 20-23: The Mary Baker Eddy Library offers hands-on activities paired with short film screenings about an inventor, a dancer, and a freedom fighter at Untold American Stories: Black History Month (Boston)

Daily Events During February Vacation

Saturday, February 17

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day by creating a kindness tree, making friendship bracelets, and weaving mini buckets to hold happy thoughts and kind deeds (Acton)

Enjoy a full day of indoor and outdoor activities during the Merrimack River Eagle Festival 2018 (Amesbury, Newburyport)

Take in a Lion Dance and learn more about various animals of the Zodiac (Boston)

Learn to make honey whole wheat and sourdough breads (Boston)

Illusionist David Garrity combines magic with music, pantomime, comedy, and audience participation (Brookline)

Attend the Franklin Park Coalition Indoor Winter Games for board games, arts, crafts, and snacks (Dorchester)

Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys perform (Natick)

Create Chinese New Year crafts (North Easton)

Join a free drop-in tour of artwork from Africa and the African Diaspora (Wellesley)

Make a collection of stamps featuring Winter Olympic events and create winter crafts (Weston)

Sunday, February 18

Make a sticky paper collage (Boston)

Take a winter survival workshop (Boston)

Learn kid-friendly physics through cartoons (Brookline)

Create secret messages (North Easton)

Go on a Family Snowshoe Hike (Princeton)

Monday, February 19

Build giant cup towers (Acton)

Celebrate Little Joe the Gorilla’s 25th Birthday (Boston)

The Morningstar Access Program offers kids with special needs and their families a chance to visit the Boston Children’s Museum with just a few other visitors (Boston)

Learn to make Secret Veggie Desserts (Boston)

Contribute to this Wishing Tree Collaborative Lunar New Year project with artist Ngoc-Tran Vu (Boston)

Catch Iron Giant on the big screen for free at Faneuil Hall (Boston)

Construct chain reactions (Cambridge)

Take in a free showing of Peter Rabbit (Lowell)

Find workshops, art-making, and more at the Lowell Kids Week Family Festival (Lowell)

Tuesday, February 20

Sing-a-Long with Disney’s Frozen (Arlington)

Conduct science “egg-periments” and make egg-based treats (Boston)

Catch Moana on the big screen for free at Faneuil Hall (Boston)

Attend a traditional Chinese dance workshop (Boston)

Author Long Zhen reads Gusto and Gecko Travel to China (Boston)

Explore energy and the environment through data (Cambridge)

Be a Junior Park-itect and recycle ordinary materials to build your own designs (Lowell)

Take a weaving workshop (Lowell)

Make a Sherlock Holmes hat, create fingerprint art, and design a bookmark (North Easton)

Wednesday, February 21

Catch Despicable Me 3 on the big screen for free at Faneuil Hall (Boston)

The annual Children’s Winter Festival features a 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel, a 30-foot-high Everest Climb-N-Slide, and a Snow Mazing Maze (Boston)

Craft an African doll (Boston)

Learn to make modern gefilte fish (Boston)

Make a penguin skating craft (Boston)

Take in a Vietnamese Lion Dance (Boston)

Rock out with Matt Heaton (Boston)

Explore data for health and wellness (Cambridge)

Step inside and snuggle up for a read aloud and craft (Jamaica Plain)

Make animal friends from an assortment of natural materials and fabric scraps (Lowell)

Write with quill pens, design a journal, and explore other Old Tyme Art (Lowell)

Design a magical, mechanical hand using everyday materials (Lowell)

Make a disguise (North Easton)

Thursday, February 22

Build a tabletop seesaw to explore balance (Acton)

Catch Beauty and the Beast on the big screen for free at Faneuil Hall (Boston)

Join Boston Lyric Opera for a free retelling of Hansel and Gretel (Boston)

Make Paper Art for Lunar New Year with artist Mija Yun (Boston)

Discover how to communicate about data (Cambridge)

Learn traditional Khmer games like Mancala, Pick Up Sticks, Coin Toss, and more (Lowell)

Have hot drinks, eat sweet treats, and create winter crafts at this Winter Wonderland (Lowell)

Create a Terrific Terrarium (Lowell)

Make a journal to chronicle sleuthing adventures (North Easton)

Enjoy a reading of Grandma’s Chocolate//El chocolate de mi abuelita at the Taza Chocolate Factory (Somerville)

Friday, February 23

Construct a tinfoil ferry (Acton)

Make slime at the Children’s Museum (Boston)

Go Underground with fossils, minerals, scavenger hunts, map-making, and more (Boston)

Learn all about chocolate and try the stone grinder as well (Boston)

Matt Heaton performs a free concert (Boston)

Explore the ways that data shapes the internet and artificial intelligence systems (Cambridge)

Join Girls Inc. for a fun indoor Field Day Frenzy (Lowell)

Read The Lorax and make thumbprint snowman bookmarks (Lowell)

Catch Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend featuring outdoor amusement rides, free ice-skating, and an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival (Lowell)

Saturday, February 24

Go on an Amazing Arts Adventure at the ICA (Boston)

Create Afternoon Origami (Boston)

Enjoy some Family Yoga (Boston)

Attend a Youth Valentine’s Dance (Boston)

Take a Snap Circuits workshop and explore electronics fundamentals (Jamaica Plain)

Do some wildlife tracking at Hawk Valley Farm (Lowell)

Take on a few Engineering Challenges (Lowell)

Explore with microscopes (North Easton)

Listen to a free reading of The Chocolate Tree at Taza Story Time (Somerville)

Sunday, February 25

Performers from the Boston Chinese Musicians Associations ring in the Year of the Dog with choral and dance performances at the Boston Public Library (Boston)

Enjoy a nature story hour and walk (Boston)

Rock out with Karen K and the Jitterbugs (Brookline)

Find out what footprints and signs can say about which animals are active during the winter and how they survive (Natick)

Create secret messages (North Easton)

Featured photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash