LOWELL -- Lots of activities are planned in the city for children during April school vacation next week.

April PLAYcation is being organized by the Lowell National Historical Park and several partner organizations, and take place at locations throughout the city.

All programs are free, but many require pre-registration and are noted below. For a complete schedule, go to www.lowellkidsweek.org.

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Counting House and Tsongas Industrial History Center are at 115 John St. The Pollard Memorial Library is at 401 Merrimack St. Boarding House Park is at 50 French St. Mogan Cultural Center is at 40 French St. The Visitors Center is at 246 Market St. (Free parking is available at 304 Dutton St. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is a 15-minute walk from the lot. Paid parking is available one block from the museum with on-street metered parking, or the city parking garage at John and French streets.)

Saturday, April 15

n Junior Ranger Day: all day; Boott Mills; all ages; take part in a museum scavenger hunt, earn a badge and certificate, and become a Lowell National Historical Park junior ranger; while supplies last.

n Clay Ceramics: 1:30-3 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000); Counting House; ages 7-17; must be able to attend two sessions (second session is April 29).

n Your City Saturday: 1-4 p.m.; Tsongas Center; all ages; explore the Boott Cotton Mills Museum for free.


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Sunday, April 16

n Wheels, Gears and Trolleys: 2:30-3:45 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000); Visitors Center; all ages; mill and trolley tour.

Monday, April 17

n Flags for the Earth: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000); Counting House; ages 6 and older; design and paint a flag.

n Pokémon Creations: 12:30-2 p.m.; Counting House; all ages; making crafts with Pokémon characters.

n Pokémon Go Quest: 2-3 p.m.; Boarding House Park; ages 5 and older; walking tour of Lowell while trying to catch Pokémon.

n Weaving Workshop: 2-3 p.m.,; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; ages 17 and younger; hands-on workshop on cloth.

Tuesday, April 18

n Hour of Code: 10-11:30 a.m., and 2-3:30 p.m.; registration required (978-674-1529); Pollard Library; ages 8-11; introduction to basic computer coding.

n Mask Making: 10 a.m.-noon; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; ages 6 and older; design and pain your spirit animal.

n Celebrate the Earth: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Mogan Center; all ages; create your dream Earth.

n Exploring with the Lorax: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; registration required (978-934-0030); Hawk Valley Farm, end of Varnum Terrace; ages 5-10; learn about Dr. Seuss' Lorax while walking through the farm.

n Growing the Future: 12:30-2 p.m.; no registration required; Boott Mills; ages 7 and older; create a recycled community tree.

n Cultural Day: 1-5 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages; celebrating diversity.

n Waterpower Workshop: 2-3 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000), Boott Mills; ages 17 and younger; design, build and operate a canal system.

n Springtime Critter Crafts: 2:30-4 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages; make crafts of various creatures.

n Making Art with Artists: The Secret World of Trees: 2:30-5 p.m.; registration required; Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St.; ages 6-13; continues Wednesday; lessons from professional artists.

Wednesday, April 19

n Poetry Around Every Corner: 10-11 a.m., and 11 a.m.-noon; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; ages 7-12; park ranger and professional poet will help participants learn to write poetry about the beauty around them. 

n Animal Puppets on a Stick: 10 a.m.-noon; Counting House; ages 6 and older; make a puppet of an animal of your choosing.

n Drum Circle Plus: 10:30-11:15 a.m.; registration required (978-674-1529); Pollard Library; all ages and abilities.

n Calming Bottles: noon-2 p.m.; Coalition for a Better Acre, 517 Moody St.; ages 5 and older; make music with recycled bottles.

n Earth Day Fashions: 12:30-2 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages; make your own accessories for Earth Day parade.

n Birds in Spring: 1-2 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; Mass. Audubon leads discussion on birds.

n Kids Boxing: 2-3:30 p.m.; registration required (978-788-7368, amanda.clermont@lowellgeneral.org; ages 6-12; kids learn boxing basics.

n Weaving Workshop: 2-3 p.m.; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; ages 17 and younger; hands-on workshop on cloth.

n Making Art with Artists: The Secret World of Trees: 2:30-5 p.m.; registration required; Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St.; ages 6-13; lessons from professional artists.

n Points of Light Lantern Decorating: 6-8 p.m.; registration required; (chris@diylowell.org); Mercier Center, 21 Salem St.; all ages; decorate a lantern that will float down the Western Canal during the Points of Light Floating Lights Celebration (see Saturday, April 22).

Thursday, April 20

n Creative Day: 10 a.m.-noon; Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, 465 School St.; ages 2-16; make something that will improve your quality of life.

n LEGO Club: 10-10:45 a.m.; registration required (978-674-1529); Pollard Library; grades 1 and up.

n Building Challenge: 10:30-noon; Boott Mills; all ages; bring a team and solve an engineering problem.

n Earth Day Fashions: 12:15-2 p.m.; Mogan Center; all ages; make your own accessories for Earth Day parade.

n Mambo Madness with Ranger Victor: 1-2 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages; learn to dance the Mambo.

n Weaving Workshop: 2-3 p.m.,; registration required (978-970-5000); Boott Mills; ages 17 and younger; hands-on workshop on cloth.

n Wearable Art Wonders: 2:30-4 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages; create jewelry or articles of clothing.

Friday, April 21

n Earth Day Bracelets: 10-11 a.m.; registration required (978-97-5000); Mogan Center; ages 10 and older; make a bracelet.

n Flower Power Craft Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon; Boott Mills; all ages.

n Points of Light Lantern Decorating: 1-4 p.m.; registration required; (978-970-5000); Visitors Center; all ages; decorate a lantern that will float down the Western Canal during the Points of Light Floating Lights Celebration (see Saturday, April 22).

n Inventors Workshop: 2-4 p.m.; Boott Mills; all ages.

Saturday, April 22

n Points of Light Floating Lights Celebration: 5-9 p.m.; Ecumenical Plaza, 282 Suffolk St.; all ages; celebration of unity and renewal that brings together the food, music and traditions of Lowell's diverse cultures, capped off with participants releasing lanterns they made into the canal.

Sunday, April 23

n Junior Ranger Hats and Mini-Puppets: 11 a.m.-noon; Visitors Center; all ages; make a paper hat before the Earth Day parade.

n Lowell Earth Day Parade and Festival: noon-3:30 p.m.; starts at Visitors Center, 246 Market St. and ends at UTEC, 45 Warren St.