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Things to do with the kids during February vacation in Massachusetts

February 16, 2017
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acoyle@wickedlocal.com @accoyleWL It seems like the kids were just on vacation (Christmas break). Then Mother Nature gave them several more days off thanks to Winter Storms Niko and Orson. And here comes February vacation. Of all the breaks your kids get from school, this week off in the middle of winter can be the toughest for which to plan. If you don't have a family vacation booked at a mountain resort or some tropical destination, finding fun activities to keep the kids occupied and entertained throughout the week is a challenge. But fear not winter-weary parents, there are a host of February vacation programs and events at museums, malls, mountain peaks and parks throughout the Wicked Local world and beyond, if you're up for a daytrip. Boston If your kids dig dinosaurs, the Boston Children's Museum is the place to be during February Vacation. The museum's new exhibit Explore‒a‒Saurus (opening Friday, Feb. 17) gives kids a hands-on dinosaur experience. Throughout the week visitors can touch and hold real dinosaur fossils, make their own dinosaur footprints and design and build a dinosaur and learn about important dinosaur discoveries in the museum-wide scavenger hunt. There will also be special live animal programs, a musical story time with the New England Conservatory and KidsJam, the museum's monthly family dance party where you can stomp like a dinosaur. For program times and dates visit BostonChildrensMuseum.org. If you'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden, dive into the New England Aquarium and see for yourself how "Tentacles Take Hold" as you explore the New Olympic Coast. Visitors can get up close and personal with the giant Pacific octopus, the chambered nautilus and graceful sea jellies in this new exhibit. The aquarium also offers animal encounters, including a behind-the-scenes tour and whale watches through Boston Harbor Cruises. For hours and more information visit www.neaq.org. Feeling blue over February vacation? The legendary and colorful Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse is a perennial favorite with audiences of all ages and for vacation week the staff will offer free face painting for kids one hour to showtime for performances Monday through Wednesday. There are also discounted dining options and lodging at the Revere Hotel if you want to make a day and night of it. For showtimes and more information check out www.blueman.com. Put the kids on ice with some skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond. The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Winter Camp 2017 and offering free admission including skate rentals, skating aids and lockers Monday through Friday of February vacation week. On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Boston Common will be transformed into a winter wonderland with snow slides, toboggans, a snow maze, snowshoeing lessons and arts and crafts. For more information including free skating hours visit https://bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs and click the Winter Camp 2017 link. North of Boston Winter sports enthusiasts can hit the slopes for skiing, boarding or snow tubing at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford or the New England Sports Park in Amesbury. For hours of operation and February vacation activities or events visit www.skinashoba.com and www.newenglandsportspark.com. Baby it's cold outside, but it's 84 degrees year round inside Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers. Kids can splash and slide the day away at this indoor water park, which also offers overnight packages at the Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel. For February vacation week hours visit www.cocokeyboston.com/ Discover something new and cool at the Discovery Museums in Acton. At the Children's Discovery Museum, the Science Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods the mission is the same; to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry, and scientific investigation. For hours and information about programming during school vacation week visit http://discoverymuseums.org. Kids and adults can bounce away school vacay at Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica. One of the largest indoor trampoline parks in the state with 15,000 square feet of interconnected wall-to-wall trampolines and attractions, Altitude includes a variety of specific activities such as 3D dodgeball, basketball dunking lanes, foam pits, gymnastics "tumble tracks", as well as a large main court. And it's the only trampoline park in Massachusetts to have a rock climbing wall and battle beam...

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