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Running Out of School Vacation Week Ideas?

Here are a few more to check out before heading back to school on Monday.

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By Liz Taurasi

As school vacation week winds down, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, but only so much skiing and sledding a family can do. Here are some ideas for keeping your children entertained, indoors and out, as you wrap up the week and head into the weekend.

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum - The children’s museum has activities all day long through vacation week. The theme of the museum’s February school vacation program is Engineering Everywhere with activities and programs all week long for all ages. And th week ends with an all day engineering festival on Saturday, Feb. 22 in collaboration with the Boston University Socitey of Black Engineers. For program details visit the museum’s daily calendar.

Head on Over to the New England Aquarium - The aquarium also has a full schedule of events every day during vacation week for children and families. From visiting training sessions, to live animal presentations, and feedings to shows at the IMAX theater - there’s a lot to offer. View the full schedule of events for school vacation week.

Want to head back outside and enjoy the winter weather? Well, we have some ideas for that too:

Outdoor Skating at Frog Pond - Lace up those skates and hit the Frog Pond on Boston Common.  The pond is open daily and the schedule for the rest of this week is as follows for public skating:
  • Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults (ages 14 and up) and children 13 and under are free. Don’t have skates? Don’t fear - you can rent a pair right there.

Looking for other ideas?

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has a list of everything there is to do throughout the state of Massachusetts broken down by area on the February Vacation 2014 page on its website. It’s worth a look!

Boston Magazine rounded up a complete list of ideas for vacation week including a visit to the JFK Library and Museum, events through Zoo New England, as well as the Boston Children’s Museum and more. 

Gail Cannon February 21, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Children's Yoga playdate at Earthsong Yoga is super hero themed this weekend! 1-3 PM on Saturday Feb 22. $15. www.earthsongyoga.com
Peg Mallett February 21, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Farm Fiber Day @ the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market is 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, Feb 22nd at Russell's Garden Center. Baby lambs and bunnies. Spinning, felting and sock making machine demonstrations. 58 vendors. Lots of great prepared food and baked goods. Details here:http://conta.cc/1fvWD8D
Shihan Deb and Shihan Jeff February 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM
At The Self-Defense Institute in Tewksbury, FREE Karate classes for all ages on Saturday, Feb. 22nd. Email Shihan Deb and Shihan Jeff at tsdi@juno.com to reserve your spot. Training is fun, exciting and awesome!! :)
Heizenburg February 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM
You can also check out sky zone in Westboro. It is an indoor trampoline facility sure to burn off some energy.
Dennis Naughton February 21, 2014 at 03:36 PM
How about if kids go out to play in their neighborhood on their own without parents micromanaging every moment. There's a unique idea---and it will save on gas. It will also help them to develop some independence, spontaneous social interaction with other children, problem-solving skills and creativity.
Frosty the Snowman February 22, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Get them a part time job.
Sunny February 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM
The Greater Lowell YMCA is having Indoor Triathlon starting at 12noon. Each participant get sport bag. One triathlon for kids under 16; another for adults older than 16. Just like outdoor triathlon but inside using treadmill and exercise bike. Bring a friend and have fun!
John Truex February 23, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Again! Timely!
Sunny February 26, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Did you hear about Logan Airport parking dilemma? It's full due to the overlap of MA and NH Feb. vacations. NH students are out of schools this week looking for fun things to do. Any suggestions?
Pine Village March 05, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Join Pine Village Preschool's Summer Program. A Spanish Immersion program catered for toddlers and preschoolers. The first session is from June 30th to July 25th and the second session is from July 28th to August 22nd. For more information visit: http://mybilingualpreschool.com/programs/summer-programs/

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