February vacation can be stressful for even the most organized parent. It’s tough to keep kids entertained for a full week without the aid of schools and teachers, and sometimes parents could use a little help, which is where Boston Baby comes in. With hot tips from Boston parenting experts and essential details on museums, theaters, classes, and play spaces, Boston Baby is jam-packed with vital information for urban parents. To give you an idea of the kind of great information you can find in this helpful guide, we pulled together a list of exciting and educational programs for kids throughout the Greater Boston area to keep them busy and having fun during break!

Boston Museum of Science
The Boston Museum of Science is extending its hours during the week of February vacation. From February 18th to the 23rd, the museum’s exhibit halls will stay open until 7 p.m., allowing your kids more time for fun, hands-on learning. The Discovery Center is ideal for children 8 years and under, while older kids can learn about a variety of topics, including dinosaurs, the human body, and weather. Ticket prices range from $19 to $22.

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Boston Children’s Theatre February Vacation Workshops
If your child is a budding actor or actress, the Boston Children’s Theatre February Vacation Workshops on Huntington Avenue is the perfect program. Your child will learn the basics of improvisation and storytelling, and will participate in exciting drama games.  The week will wrap up with a short performance. The workshops, which are geared toward children between the ages of 4 and 7, run from 9 a.m. to noon February 20th through the 24th, and the cost is $200.

Weston Ski Track Lessons
If your kids have some extra energy to burn off, Weston Ski Track lessons might be the way to go. Just a few miles west of the city and close to the Mass Pike, the Weston Ski Track offers a great winter escape without the big drive. Cross-country skiing is great exercise for little legs, and it’s a fun way for kids to learn about their own backyard from a new perspective. The school vacation series, which runs for 3 days, is open to children aged 6 to 10 and is just $83 including the three-day ski rental. Best of all, you can tag along for no additional cost!

Department of Conservation and Recreation Activities at the Eliot House

Is your child an animal lover? Bring them to the DCR’s February Vacation Activity Days at the Eliot House in Revere. From 10 a.m to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. February 22nd to the 24th, you and your child can learn about the lives of bats, sea turtles, and honeybees. The program is suitable for children aged 5 to 11.

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Franklin Park Zoo: Animals in Winter

Ever wonder what the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo do when winter strikes? Enroll your child in the Animals in Winter program and let them find out! From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 21st to February 24th, your child can learn how zoo employees care for the animals during the off-season. The four-day program, which is perfect for kids between 6 and 10 years old, costs $150 for members and $175 for non-members.

The Trustees of Reservations Winter Campout
If you’re looking for activites a bit beyond Boston, grab the kids and head to the Trustees of Reservations’ winter campout at Rocky Woods in Medfield from February 25th to the 26th. You and your family will learn how to build a snow survival shelter and how to build a fire without matches. You’ll also be taken on a guided snowshoe hike! The cost is $30 per family for members and $60 per family for non-members.

Need more ideas for keeping the kids occupied throughout the long winter? Pick up a copy Boston Baby by Kim Foley MacKinnon.

Coming up later this week: our guide to February Vacation for families living north of Boston, or for those looking to take a day trip there during break! Based on the recently released North Shore Baby, we have PLENTY of great  ideas to share.