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February school vacation week is just around the corner! If you’re planning a staycation and are looking for fun things to do with your kids during February break, check out these Boston-area events and happenings!


Monster Jam :: Worcester

February 16-18 

Experience big-time family fun at Monster Jam as you watch world champion athletes and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in wide-open competitions of speed and skill!

Bugs Bunny Film Festival at the Brattle Theater :: Cambridge

February 16-25

This annual cartoon celebration allows parents to celebrate their old favorite characters — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Tweety, Roadrunner, Yosemite Sam — and share that enjoyment with their kids. What could be better than original cartoons on the big screen?!

Lego Maritime Festival :: Charlestown

February 17-25 

Build USS Constitution or USS Cassin Young out of LEGO bricks with step-by-step instructions created by the USS Constitution Museum! Enter your Lego or Duplo creation into the daily Ship Shape Competition! Designs can be built and submitted at the museum during February vacation week or submitted virtually.

Black Bear Birthday :: Stoneham

February 18 

Black bears Smoky and Bubba are turning 18, and guests are invited to join in on the festivities at Stone Zoo! The bear exhibit will be decorated for the occasion, and the brothers will enjoy birthday treats specially made by their care team.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade :: Chinatown

February 18 

Celebrate the year of the dragon in Boston’s Chinatown with the annual Chinese New Year parade! Enjoy lively music, traditional lion dances, and all the revelry and excitement the year of the dragon brings.

Wizarding Week at Ocean Edge on Cape Cod :: Brewster

February 18-25

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Resort guests will enjoy activities like wand and cloak making, as well as other magical surprises.

Presidents Day Winterfest :: Quincy

February 19 

Presidents Day Winterfest will feature live entertainment and family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities on the Hancock-Adams Common! The event will include locations in heated tents as well as inside City Hall and the Church of the Presidents.

Kiddos in the Kitchen! :: Dover

February 19-20

Spend school vacation week in the Powisset Kitchen and cook up wonderful creations. Kids will learn kitchen basics and enjoy hands-on cooking and eating. Each child will make their own individual items. Designed for kids ages 7-12. The menu is different every day.

Discovery Museum’s Everyday Engineering Drop-in Programs :: Acton

February 19-23

Daily hands-on workshops give children exposure to various engineering topics, including bridge building, cup towers, and hoop gliders.

Winter Break Weaving Camp :: Boston

February 19-24

Embrace fiber art through the craft of hand weaving! Each day the students will weave on a different loom with varying color, pattern, and texture combinations.

Children’s Winter Festival on Boston Common :: Boston

February 21

Boston Parks and Recreation presents this festival for kids on Boston Common that features treats, promotions, and fun giveaways. Spend a day in the city and check it out.

Disney on Ice :: Boston

February 21-25

Everyone’s favorite show is back at the TD Garden this week!

Curling on the Common :: Seaport

Through Feb 25

Here is your chance to try curling on the Seaport Common. Sign up for a time slot in advance.

Ice Castles in New Hampshire :: North Woodstock, NH

Ongoing

Race down ice slides, explore ice caves and frozen mazes, crawl through tunnels, and stroll through an illuminated forest!

Snow Tubing/Snowshoeing

Ongoing

Some of the best options for tubing and snowshoeing include Nashoba Valley Tubing Park, Pat’s PeakWeston Ski Track, Harold Parker State Forest, and Southern Middlesex Fells Loop.

Winter Walks and Hikes

Ongoing

Local — and beautiful — trails to explore for some fresh winter air include Fresh Pond, Middlesex Fells, Blue Hills Reservation, and Walden Pond.

Bowling Alleys

Ongoing

Check out some of our favorite spots, including Sacco’s Bowl Haven and Kings.

College Hockey Games

Ongoing

What better time to enjoy a college hockey game?! College games are family friendly — and less expensive than a professional game.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Ongoing

Lace up those skates and check out one of the many outdoor skating rinks around Massachusetts!

Looking for even more ideas for things to do with kids in Boston this winter? Check out our monthly calendar, with event listings submitted by tons of local organizations!

Cheryl Mastrogiovanni
Cheryl is a native of Salem, MA, and now resides in Arlington with her husband and son. A graduate of Boston College, she has been a high school counselor for over 20 years and enjoys helping seniors navigate the college application process. A lifelong Boston Bruins fan, Cheryl began attending hockey games with her father in the original Boston Garden at the age of 8, a tradition she is now sharing with her son. Cheryl published a children’s picture book about the Bruins, and is also passionate about soccer, Cape Cod, all things Italian, and spending time with her family. As much as she loves to travel, she equally loves coming home. Loves: playing soccer on the weekends, GOOD pizza, hot summer nights, '80s music, sneakers, and being organized Dislikes: long meetings, loud noises, messiness