You know the scene: School is out and the children are restless. Are you looking for things to do with your children during February break? Boston.com Moms has rounded up plenty of ideas for you, from puppet shows to museum activities to cooking classes to overnight getaways, and more. Next
Choo choo fun
If your child loves trains, kick off school vacation week by attending the Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club’s weekend event featuring freight cars and climbing trains that are smaller than traditional model trains.
Big Bird fun
Take the kids to the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science to see “Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky.” And while you’re at it, check out the many drop-in activities, live presentations, films, exhibits, and more. The museum has extended its hours during February break.
Feb. 16--22, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday) Museum admission: $22 adults, $19 kids age 3-11 (Planetarium $10 adults, $8 kids age 3-11). Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. www.mos.org. Next
Time to jump
Let your children get all of their energy out by jumping the day away at the Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park. Jump times start every 30 minutes. There is a toddler jump for kids under 40 inches. You must complete a waiver before your kids can jump. Open extended hours for February break.
Disney on Ice
Disney on Ice presents “Rockin’ Ever After,” a musical showcase for the entire family featuring moments from Disney’s “Brave,” “Tangled,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Feb. 15 to 24, times vary. $15 to $90. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-300, or through the TD Garden box office. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. www.disneyonice.com. Next
Take the kids to a Presidents’ Day Family Festival at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Monday Feb. 18. There will be presidential storytelling, museum tours and demonstrations, and live musical performances. Children can create Lincoln top hats, origami sailboats, and try out other crafts and hands-on activities. Featured presidents will include Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. There will also be a Make Your Own Sundae Bar. Return to the museum on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a free musical about Rosa Parks.
The ways people play
The Tardy Brothers (pictured) will give a high-energy juggling performance on Friday, Feb. 22, during the Peabody Essex Museum’s week of February vacation activities. The theme of the week? The many ways that people play around the world. Other activities taking place during the week include stacking a Jenga tower as tall as you are, playing on giant piano keys, and creating words on an oversized Scrabble board. Check out performances and movies too.
Thinking outside the box
The theme of the week is “Outside the Box” at the Boston Children’s Museum. Inspired by the exhibit “Blue Man Group—Making Waves!” kids are using everyday objects in unexpected ways. Activities include painting with things that roll, building a bridge out of paper, making musical instruments out of recycled materials, painting yourself to glow under black lights, and more.
Step back into history at the Old State House Museum where Mr. John Rowe and Miss Betsy Cummings will return to the Old State House after 240 years to share with your children what it was like to live in Boston in the days leading up to the American Revolution. They will host family-friendly educational programs as well.
Cooking up some fun
It’s a pizza party with a twist at Create a Cook on Feb. 20. Your kids age 7 to 11 will learn to make sweet dessert pizza. Or choose from one of many other cooking classes going on throughout the week, including a sushi class for both adults and teens, a creative cupcake class, a breakfast bakeshop, and how to cook for a vegetarian dinner party.
During “Paper Caper” at the Providence Children’s Museum, kids will fold and crease paper to create whirligigs, design gliders, and fashion other flying contraptions – and then send them soaring. Other special events throughout the week include children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow, a program about birds called “Wingmasters,” and “Mad Science.” Families can also explore ThinkSpace, a new exhibit that explores spatial thinking.
Activities that appeal to both kids and parents will take place during the week at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club on Cape Cod. Children will enjoy pool activities such as a cannonball contest and pool pizza party. For the fashionistas in your household, kids will design and showcase their own fashions during a Project Runway-inspired event. There will also be a game room featuring Xbox Kinetic, a Ping-Pong table, family karaoke, and movie nights. Parents can enjoy cooking demonstrations by executive chef Phil Flath, wine and chocolate tastings, and fitness classes.
Become a knight
Your little knight can make a shield, attend knight and Viking training, take part in an interactive program about armor, an Academy of the Sword class, and more.
Celebrate National Engineering Week at the Disovery Museums. Different activities each day, including building roller coaster marble runs, a bridge out of simple household items, and creating structures out of uncooked spaghetti.
Time for drama
Sign your little drama king or queen up for a week-long workshop at the Boston Children’s Theatre. Kids will study improvisation, drama games, and storytelling and explore a different theme each day. The final day ends with a show based on the week’s lessons and games.
If your child is a race car enthusiast, head over to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum for “Buckle up! Fast, fun February,” a week full of race car events. There will be arts and crafts daily and a special racing activity each afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. Feb. 19-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 kids age 6 to 10, under age 6 free. www.larzanderson.org.
Take the kids to a puppet show at Puppet Showplace Theatre. What’s playing school vacation week? “Under Night Sky,” “The Reluctant Dragon,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
A night away
Want to get away for the night? You can take advantage of Westin Copley Place’s “Family Fun February Vacation Package,” which includes a movie night, cookie and postcard decorating, breakfast, dinner, a tour of the kitchen, complimentary cookies and milk sent to your room, in-room movies, and story time along with your stay.
Kids can “Dive Into Art” during vacation week at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Visitors will discover some of the inventive ways artists use materials and then create original works in several art-making activities. Also enjoy story hour and tours.
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