Since February is a short calendar month, the upcoming school vacation week is just around the corner. Summer and spring vacations are often filled with outdoor sports, travel and physical activities – but with the cold weather, parents may have a hard time keeping kids moving. However, starting to plan out how to spend that time now, will make for a fun and active February vacation.
First, find out if your children have any subjects or lessons in school they want to bring home and share with the family over the break. What better way to keep your young students connected to their schoolwork than by setting up a science experiment for the whole family to enjoy? Perhaps they have been learning a new sport or game in their physical education classroom. Prepare in advance any materials or equipment you and your family may need to re-create gym class right at home.
Another way to keep your family active during the winter break is to go on a winter nature walk. Find a local park nearby by using the Boston Parks and Recreation Department neighborhood park listing. Then, make a list with your kids about what they hope to find on the nature walk.
In addition, there are many activities and programs taking place during school vacation week around the City of Boston for you and your family.
- Across the city, Boston Centers for Youth and Families branches are hosting multiple events that include a basketball tournament and self-defense workshops for girls.
- The Adams Street Boston Public Library Branch in Dorchester hosts Kids’ Arts Club on Tuesdays at 4:30pm.
- Children’s Winter Festival returns to Boston Common starting on Monday, February 20th with free ice skating on Frog Pond and more!
- The Museum of Fine Arts has free admission for youth ages 17 and under all week. Plus, a special Make Way for Animals program.
- Boston Public Market hosts “Kids in the Kitchen” Monday through Wednesday where 6-10 year olds can learn about local food, lunch included.
Mark your calendars now to take advantage of these local resources during February vacation week.
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