February Break Activities

I don’t know about everyone else in the world, but at my house we’re glued to the 2010 Olympics coverage. Somewhat to my surprise, my daughter loves the snowboarding competition, while not surprisingly, my husband can’t get enough of hockey. Me? I’m a sucker for pairs ice skating. But really, it’s not healthy to stay inside glued to the TV.

If you are inspired by the winter sports, get out and try some. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is holding its own version of the Olympics with an Opening Ceremony this Friday night at Revere Beach from 6-8 p.m. And yes, here’s another plug for the Harbor Islands – head to Spectacle Island on Saturday from 11-2 p.m. with your snowshoes, cross-country skis or hiking boots for Snow Day with park rangers and REI staff who will lead winter activities. Finally, on Sunday, there will be ice skating and winter sports at the Reilly Rink at Cleveland Circle in Brighton from 2-4 p.m. Activities are free and there are sure to be lots of fun surprises. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr/ for more info.

And if you’d rather shed your coat and put on a swimsuit instead, a couple of area hotels offer day passes at their indoor pools. The Boston Harbor Hotel charges $25 for adults and $15 for kids and the Seaport Hotel charges $20. Call for specific hours. You can also try your local YMCA. If it has a pool, it likely has non-member hours. Visit www.ymcaboston.org to check.

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