February Vacation in Boston

February Vacation in Boston -- The Boston Day Book

Our kids aren’t in school yet, but with February vacation coming up, we have heard about lots of fun things going on in the city. A change from the regular pace is also welcome, and if you have anyone out of school next week, we hope you have a good mix of cozy, slow mornings and fun adventures! A few ideas for the locals:

Start with a Party. If your family is a fan of Harry Potter, then you might want to snag the few remaining tickets for the Harry Potter Ballroom Party. This looks like such a memorable and special event to attend together!

A City Staycation. Our parents used to sometimes bring us from home in the suburbs to stay at a hotel in the city as kids for a few nights when they had accrued the points. ;) It was SO much fun to be in a hotel — we loved all the little things like the travel shampoo, checking out the lobby, having a family pajama party, and seeing things from a different home base. So we were excited to hear that the Lenox Hotel is doing a school staycation week for the second time this year — what a great idea! They are hoping to give guests the fun of a vacation without the stress and hassle of travel, plus special family activities including ice skating, cookie and craft making, painting, and a movie night. Natalie and her husband will be staying over with Milo one of the nights!

A Museum Playdate. All week the MFA will have family tours, children’s stories, and art-making activities. Plus children have free admission all week! (Kids under 6 are always free, and kids 7-17 are always free during non-school hours.) Check out the schedule of the special vacation week activities on the museum website. (P.S. Our reviews of the Murakami exhibition and the Seeking Stillness exhibition.) The ICA also has a bunch of kid’s activities next week, plus you can take a look at their new exhibition, Art in the Age of the Internet.

The Discovery Museum. The Discovery Museum in Action will soon be opening an all-new, fully accessible museum with twice the exhibition space of the original museum (the Celebration Weekend and opening is scheduled for March 3-4). In the meantime over February break, families can enjoy exhibitions and activities in the Children’s Discovery Museum as well as their huge treehouse and outside area, Discovery Woods (so cool). We can’t wait to take our little ones here!

Winter Camp on the Common. The Highland Street has funded free ice skating at the front pond from February 19-23! (Includes skate rentals.) The tickets are first come, first served. More information is on their website. On Wednesday, February 21, the Winter Festival will add a huge slide, a 45-foot long toboggan tunnel and a snow maze to the attractions around the Frog Pond.

Free Movies at Fanueil Hall. Monday-Thursday next week there will be a different family film showing at Quincy Market. (My favorite —  Moana —  is on Tuesday!) Movies start at 6:30 pm — more info here.

For the Littlest Cooks. The Boston Public Market is hosting a series of kid-friendly workshops next week, including making chocolate truffles with Taza Chocolate and carrot cake with Siena Farms. All events are free — you can rsvp here.

A Visit to the Library. We love the BPL — the children’s library at the Copley branch is amazing, and we find ourselves over their quite a bit. The libraries always have a lot of programming for kids, but next week they will add in shows from Mike the Bubble Man (his tricks with bubbles are amazing), a Brazilian-influenced concert, Hansel and Gretel from the Boston Lyric Opera, and more. Find dates and locations on the BPL calendar.

Plus, some favorite ways to spend time with kids in Boston. Have a wonderful vacation week!

Image of Discovery Woods, courtesy of Discovery Museums.

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