What do I do with the kids for February vacation, which is Feb. 20-24 in Massachusetts? It's the question asked every parent who isn't planning a trip to Disney World.
Not to fear. Here are some ideas to stay local and entertain the kids.
Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro is hosting KinderKids (for children ages 3-5) and Winter Wilderness (for children in grades 1-6), Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.ndatyngsboro.org/activities-camp/vacation-camps, or call 978-649-7611, ext. 313.
ArtsNashoba, a regional youth arts center based in Groton, offers its Arts4All workshops during Vacation Week. Running Feb. 20-23, workshops are available in the performing and visual arts for kids ages 3-18. They include Let's Pretend, ages 3-7, on Feb. 20; KIDPaint, ages 8-18, Feb. 21; Play It! Don't Say It!, ages 12-18, Feb. 22; and Creative Creatures, age 8-18, Feb. 23. All programs are held at Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton. $25 per participant; $20 siblings. Call 978-842-1255 or visit www.artsnashoba.org.
Blue Man Group will be at the Charles Playhouse has for weekday matinees that are perfect for kids of all ages. To add to the gleeful show experience, youngsters can have their face painted before select shows and be transformed in true Blue Man style with tribal designs in day glow paint. Also, before and after the show, guests are invited to relax in the lounge, where kids and parents will delight in creating sound and light scapes.
Boston Children's Theatre brings every kid's favorite monkey to life in "Curious George and the Golden Meatball" just in time for February School Vacation Week. Performances on Feb. 18-26 at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington, and March 4-19 at the Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Also playing at the Calderwood Pavilion, Tremont St., Boston, through Feb. 25 is the BCT's production of "Miss Nelson is Missing!" Call 617-424-6634 or visit www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org for tickets.
Disney on Ice returns to the TD Garden for its annual School Vacation Week visit with "Follow Your Heart," playing Feb. 17-26. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, plus an array of favorite Disney princesses, for this annual icy extravaganza. Visit www.tdgarden.com for tickets and info.
Imajine That at the Lawrence Children's Museum presents "Elsa and Anna Frozen Party" on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon (free with the cost of admission), and Mike the Bubble Man on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. ($10 per child after admission fee; pre-registration is required).
Lowell National Historical Park and more than 20 partner community organizations host Lowell Kids Week 2017, an annual festival of free family fun.www.lowellkidsweek.org. All programs are free but many require pre-registration at the website.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston hosts "Make Way for Animals," a free activity next Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the museum's galleries to discover the many real and mythical animals on its walls. Create animal-inspired art, listen to animal stories and watch a zooey performance. All ages and abilities welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission for kids all week. Visit www.mfa.org.
Showcase Cinema de Lux in Lowell is showing Disney classics weekends this month. On Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, "Dumbo" will be shown for $6 per ticket. Visit www.showcasecinemas.com/Familyfavoritefilmseries.
Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield is offering its annual "A Day Away in the Past" on Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition. The one-day program is open to children ages 7-12; pre-registration is required. Students will travel back to the 1800s, experience early American life, dress in period-inspired clothing, and learn about history and traditions of yesteryear through a unique, hands-on approach. Cost is $50 per day; registration must be received by Friday, Feb. 17. Cal 413-205-5051.