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 16-24! Below you'll see two sections for recurring events then daily listings. Happy vacation!


February 16-17: Kids can attend the New England Boat Show free (Boston)

February 16-17: Puppet Showplace Theater stages a performance of Go Home, Tiny Monster (Brookline)

February 16-19: Participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (Various Locations)

February 16-22: Paint presidential peg dolls (Arlington)

February 16-23: Attend the Brattle Bugs Bunny Film Festival (Cambridge)

February 16-March 23: Visit the Masters of Miniature exhibit at the USS Constitution to see handcrafted models of all sizes, types, and materials, then stop by the LEGO® Maritime Festival to build ships inspired by what you’ve seen (Charlestown)

February 17-23: Celebrate National Engineers Week with hands-on STEAM activities at the Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)

February 17-24: The Harvard Semitic Museum offers hands-on activities to explore the arts of the ancient Near East such as inscribing clay tablets and decoding hieroglyphics (Cambridge)

February 18-22: February Vacation Week at the MFA offers a series of artful animal adventures, stories, performances, and, of course, art-making activities (Boston)

February 18-22: Use mixed media to create a panoramic story-telling machine (Waltham)

February 18-23: It’s time for MIT’s annual Museum Feb Fest, a weeklong series of student-led engineering activities, workshops, and demonstrations (Cambridge)

February 18-24: Seeds of Sorcery offers up activities, crafts, classes, and more to celebrate young witches, wizards, and warlocks at Tower Hill Botanic Garden during February Vacation (Boylston)

February 19-21: Puppet Showplace Theater performs Little Red and the Gingerbread Man (Brookline)

February 19-22: Explore aviation, invention, dance, and artmaking with activities and film screenings during the Mary Baker Eddy Library Untold American Stories: Black History Month program (Boston)

February 19-22: Explore works by contemporary artists, play gallery games, and develop characters and settings based on everyday life using a variety of tools and materials during the ICA Vacation Week Stories You Can See program (Boston)

Weekends, through February 23: Take in a performance of The Runaway Bunny (Boston)

Weekends, through February 24: The African-American Patriots Tour celebrates African-American patriots and the role they played in the start of the American Revolution (Boston)

Weekends, through March 31: Roam the Frozen Fruitlands before enjoying stories and games by a toasty fire with hot cocoa (Harvard)

Weekend of February 16 + 17

Saturday, February 16

Jenny the Juggler performs (Arlington)

Take a free Yoga class for Parents and Kids (Arlington)

Stop by the McMullen Museum at Boston College when it teams up with local Asian student associations for a free Lunar New Year Celebration featuring games, a Lion Dance, food from various countries, and arts and crafts like paper lantern-making, paper cuttings, decorative envelopes, and more (Boston)

Admire the stunning blossoms at this year’s show of Camellias in the Apothecary Garden (Boylston)

Davey the Clown performs his amazing juggling, magic, and unicycling show (Foxboro)

This free Winter Active Fun Fair offers opportunities to play, create, and sing (Roxbury)

Chestnut Hill Farm hosts Light Up Night Sledding Lanes all evening (Southborough)

Sunday, February 17

The annual Chinese New Year Parade features Lion Dances, firecrackers, music, and great food (Boston)

Catch The Great Muppet Caper on the big screen (Brookline)

Join in this rousing Sea Chantey and Maritime Sing at the USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

The Harlem Globetrotters are in town (Lowell)

Young chefs can create a homemade soup mix, margherita sandwich, and sweet trifle (Natick)

No equipment needed to participate in these free tennis lessons for kids and adults (Roxbury)

Week of February 18 - 22

Monday, February 18

The JFK Library hosts its eighth annual Presidents’ Day Family Festival featuring presidential storytelling, creative activities, musical performances, museum tours, and hands-on programs (Boston)

Tonight’s Movie in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Incredibles 2 (Boston)

It’s an interactive live animal show plus open playtime (Natick, Maynard)

Be inspired by a performance of Rosie Revere Engineer and watch as Rosie, Iggy Peck, and Ada Twist save the day during a class trip with their wits, engineering prowess, and problem-solving skills (Newton)

Rock out at the Jammin’ with You Family Dance Party (West Newton)

Tuesday, February 19

Ooch performs his favorite yo-yo tricks and dance moves at this free show (Arlington)

Tonight’s Movie in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Hotel Transylvania (Boston)

Join Boston-based social justice project Wee the People for Wee Wear the Crowns!, a two-part workshop celebrating black identity, creativity, and cultural expression (Boston)

Join the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project for drop-in crafts that explore local wildlife (Cambridge)

The Pineapple Project stages its exploration of gender, creativity, and a child’s right to be who they are for free (Cambridge)

Stop by Appleton Farms for their weekly Tuesday Story Time on the Farm program (Ipswich)

Step Inside and Snuggle Up with story time, crafts, and cocoa at Loring Greenough House (Jamaica Plain)

Kids in grades 2 through 5 can create art with support from Museum of Fine Arts educators (Watertown)

Wednesday, February 20

Kids learn critical Home Alone Safety skills at this workshop (Ashland)

The Boston Children’s Winter Festival is a free family-friendly event on the Boston Common with arts, crafts, games, inflatables, a photo booth, and more (Boston)

Tonight’s Movie in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Coco (Boston)

Try Colonial-Era games, make a diorama, roll your own candles, and more (Newton)

Take a StoryWalk through Stevens-Coolidge Place, featuring The Snow Globe Family (North Andover)

Thursday, February 21

Tonight’s Movie in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Paddington 2 (Boston)

The Agassiz Baldwin Hip Hop Festival returns for its 23rd year (Cambridge)

Create collaborative, kinetic art (Cambridge)

Take an Ecology Walk through Urban Woods (Cambridge)

Stop by the Thoreau house replica and learn about how his close knit family influenced his social and environmental beliefs (Concord)

Step Inside and Snuggle Up with story time, crafts, and cocoa at Loring Greenough House (Jamaica Plain)

Create a marshmallow launcher before chowing down on gooey treats (Watertown)

Friday, February 22

Head to the annual Lowell Winterfest for amusement rides, free skating, and an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival (Lowell)

Try Colonial-Era games, make a diorama, roll your own candles, and more (Newton)

Smallfoot comes to the big screen (Watertown)

Weekend of February 23 + 24

Saturday, February 23

Make an African Heritage Pillow (Arlington)

Explore animal architecture and design your own structure for a special creature (Boston)

Boston Youth Pride hosts its 5th Annual Valentine’s Dance (Boston)

Don’t miss this free Family Film Festival at the ICA (Boston)

Take in a few Trickster Tales at Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice features author Anastasia Higginbotham reading from her book Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Cambridge)

Celtic Magician Daniel Greenwolf performs (Foxboro)

Enjoy spooky stories in the old Gore Place mansion during Gothic Tales for Tykes (Waltham)

Explore the arts of the African continent and Diaspora (Wellesley)

Sunday, February 24

Take in these Trickster Tales at Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

The Airborne Comedians perform their high-energy juggling show (Brookline)

Celebrate reading with the creators of Skylar’s Great Adventure, a children’s book about the true story of Fresh Pond’s owlet (Cambridge)

Young chefs prepare Awesome Asian Eats like pot stickers, lettuce wraps, and fruit slaw (Natick)

No equipment needed to participate in these free tennis lessons for kids and adults (Roxbury)