April vacation is fast approaching and once again parents are thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained during the school break. As we did for February school vacation, we have developed a list of some of the area's best things to do during April school vacation.. This year April vacation week is April 17th to 21st, meaning not much time to plan.
Just For Fun
If you wake up on Saturday, April 8th and head down toward Bedford Center for a cup of coffee and happen to see militia marching in formation, there is no need to run back home, grab the kids and take for cover, nor is there reason to question the wisdom of your choices from the night before. It is just Bedford’s 53rd Annual Liberty Pole Capping ceremony!
The holidays are behind us, the kids are back in school, and the gray days and dark nights of Winter are upon us. While it may be tempting to snuggle under an afghan and hide out at home, there are still plenty of things to do to energize and entertain you and the kids.
Here are some highlights:
Places To Skate
If you're not already spending all your time at an ice rink while one of your kids plays hockey, here are some great places to practice your double axel, including my favorite — Frog Pond on the Boston Common.
Sat., January 14
A morning of space exploration through crafts — make a telescope, a rocket that actually blasts off, and star constellations out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks.
- 10:00 AM - 11:30 am
- Free. Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
- RSVP to ensure enough supplies are on hand.
- Concord Children's Center, 1300 Main St., Concord, MA
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) and an afternoon of dance, music, food, traditional costumes, crafts, and a dragon parade!
- 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Av., Lexington, MA, 781-862-6288
Marshall from Paw Patrol will be sharing high-fives and hugs at the Learning Express of Bedford.
- 168 Great Road (Whole Foods Plaza), Bedford, MA
Mon., January 16
Bring your imagination and they supply the LEGOs. Build whatever you can dream up and add your creation to the community display to inspire other builders!
- 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (drop-in)
- The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton, MA
- Event included with museum admission of $12.50
Fridays, January 20 | February 10, 24 | March 10, 24
Moonlight Tours: Living in the Dark
Take a moonlight tour of Gore Place and learn what it was like to live on a country estate in the 1800s before electric light. The tour includes the 1793 carriage house, the grounds, and the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman.
- 7:30 PM
- Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA
- $15, $10 members and ages 5-12. Purchase tickets.
With the mild fall weather and no seasonal slow-down in the real estate market, the holidays kind of snuck up on us, and it appears we're not the only ones feeling this way. We were hard at work coordinating the 2016 Holiday House Tour with a Christmas in the Village theme along with some fun and interesting new elements when some key components fell through. At that point, we agreed with the Chamber's difficult decision to cancel. While we'll miss this festive event and the opportunity to welcome so many from the community at this special time of year, but just couldn't present something that wasn't our best. So we're taking a break for 2016 and are committed to returning next year, better than ever!
To help you get into the festive holiday mood, here's a look back at last year's tour — enjoy!
And we hope to see you out and about at all the other festive and seasonal activities in and around Bedford — this is such a wonderful time when our community comes together to celebrate and connect. We've been busy decorating our office and our homes — gathering greens, celebrating with colleagues, shopping for gifts and special
recipes. What makes this season special to you? Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Please share on our Facebook page at — we'd love to hear from you!
And in case you need some ideas, here are some of our favorite upcoming community events!
Browse and shop for one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift items from baskets, paintings, and ceramics to fine jewelry and photography.
- December 2-24, 30 Waltham St., Lexington.
- Free admission and parking
Bedford Family Connection Holiday Party
Play reindeer games, join the holiday sing-a-long with Footnotes Music, make festive crafts, and contribute to the Giving Tree. Snack and drinks available.
- Saturday, December 10, 10am-12noon, The Great Room, Old Town Hall, 16 South St., Bedford
- $3 per child for members/$5 non-members
Get in the spirit with holiday favorites and seasonal tunes for symphonic concert band.
- Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 8 pm, 51 Walden, Concord
- $25/$15 children under 12
A morning of family fun that supports the Bedford Rotary's local scholarships, local and international service projects, and special beneficiaries.
- Sunday, December 11, 9am-noon, Bedford High School
- $8 admission
Wishing you a happy, safe, and blessed holiday season!
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