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Things to do for February School Vacation in and near Bedford, MA

Wow! February school vacation totally snuck up on me!! I'm still recovering from the Patriots epic Super Bowl victory!

 

If you've already got your plane tickets and hotel reservations set for your family's favorite sunny or snowy spot, I wish you safe travels and loads of fun. If, on the other hand, you're more like me, and you've got no idea what you're gonna do with the kids for a whole week (Wait, didn't they just have two snow days? Doesn't that count??), here are some ideas to get you on your way without busting your budget:

 

This past Sunday's Boston Globe had a great article with reminders that this can be a great time to get outside and explore! The snow we've gotten over the past week or so completely changes the landscape, making even familiar places look and feel new. Some top sources for ideas: the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

 

And now that there's actual snow on the ground, snow shoeing at Gore Place in Waltham and cross country skiing at the Weston Ski Track are two of my favorite winter outdoor activities.

 

If you're looking to stay closer to home and (mostly) indoors, Bedford Kids has a great list of local activities including arts & crafts, music, storytimes, and much more.

 

With such an abundance of options and opportunities, it can be hard to even remember all of the options. Thankfully MassVacation.com has thoughtfully highlighted exhibits, openings, and performances throughout the state, organized by region so you can easily plan to stay local or explore an unknown corner of our great state!

 

And it doesn't have to break the bank to have some fun while the kids are out of school. Besides the regional listings, MassVacation.com also includes a handy list of 50 activities that cost under $50 for a family of four or two adults. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can find someone to watch the kids after the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory tour so the hubby and I can check out one of the Cape Cod beer tours??

 

What do you and your family have planned? Got any great tips? Please share! 

 

Wishing you a heart-warming time with the kids, regardless of the temperature or the weather!

 

Things to Do In January In & Around Bedford MA

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

Blast-off Saturday with Concord Family Network

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

An Afternoon of Chinese Culture

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
  • Free

Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol

Marshall from Paw Patrol will be sharing high-fives and hugs at the Learning Express of Bedford.

  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • 168 Great Road (Whole Foods Plaza), Bedford, MA
  • Free

Mon., January 16

Lego Zone at The Discovery Museums

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.

 

Happy exploring!!


 

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