By Pete McQuaid
If you're trying to keep your restless kids out of trouble during February vacation week, there's plenty for them to do -- and you can join them.
- -- Lowell National Historical Park has activities planned the whole week for families and kids of all ages, including ice-skating and swimming sessions, art projects, trips to see Escape from Planet Earth, and even Jedi training. All events are free but some require registration. For information, visit www.lowellkidsweek.org.
- -- There are only a few weeks left to catch the "Suited for Space" exhibit at the American www.athm.org.
- -- Pelham Public Library will celebrate its new addition of a Multimedia Gaming Area that includes a 32-inch flat screen and an Xbox 360. The grand opening, featuring pizza, contests and other activities, will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 603-635-7581 or visit www.pelhampubliclibrary.org.
- -- The Museum of Science in Boston acquired a new exhibit which just opened last weekend. "Design Zone" is a hands-on look at the science behind the creation of video games, roller coasters and music. A new IMAX film, "The Last Reef," also premiered at the Mugar Omni Theater. For information, visit www.mos.org.Advertisement
- -- The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will also have a full week of activities for all ages. The Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures will feature art-making activities, family tours and a story hour for toddlers. For a complete list of events, visit www.mfa.org.
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