February vacation can be a tricky time for families. Parents feel the pressure to entertain kids who are normally in school during the day, and working parents may need to arrange for childcare. We know that parents could use a little help, which is where North Shore Baby comes in. With great tips from parenting experts and essential details on museums, theaters, classes, and play spaces, North Shore Baby is jam-packed with vital information parents need. 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 Essex County to help you keep them busy this vacation. This is just a sampling of the great information you can find in North Shore Baby.
Hammond Castle Museum
Weather permitting, the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, which is normally closed during the winter months, will reopen from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. February 21st through the 26th. The Museum will host a special event each day at 1 p.m. in the Castle’s Grand Hall. Event topics include medieval life, knights and their armor, and ghosts. You children will be thrilled to explore a real castle, and you’ll be thrilled that they’re learning and having fun outside of school.
Peabody Essex Museum
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 20th through the 24th, will host a range of Native American art-themed workshops for kids throughout the week. After watching an artist weave a basket, kids can try their hands at weaving their own sweet-grass bookmarks. Other exhibits include a woven quillwork demonstration and traditional drumming. Best of all, activities are included with the cost of Museum admission.
Mass Audubon Adventure Days
A great way to keep your kids busy and cared for during February vacation week is to enroll them in one or more of the Mass Audubon Adventure Days. Kids can learn about winter animals and tap a sugar maple tree to make syrup! Prices range from $45 to $54 a day (or $145 to $174 for the week), and programs, located in Ipswich, are geared toward children between the ages of 6 and 11. For more information about sugaring, see this post on Active Kids Club.
Trustees of Reservations Winter Explorers
The Trustees of Reservations Winter Explorers program, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 21st through the 24th, takes place at the Appleton Farms property in Ipswich. Kids between the ages of 7 and 11 will get to experience “winter farm life,” including meeting the resident cows, following animal tracks, and playing snow games. The cost is just $100 for the week for TOR members, and $140 for non-members.
Imajine That February Vacation Workshops
The indoor play space Imajine That, located in Lawrence, is putting on a variety of workshops throughout the week. Activities include play dough making, face painting, make your own pizzas and lollipops, and princess, pirate and racecar arts and crafts. The fee is $5 per child per activity, but you can purchase a “workshop passport” for $20, which allows your children to drop into 10 activities of their choice. Because this week tends to be busy, it’s recommended that you call ahead to reserve a spot!
Head to Boston!
Earlier this week, we published a similar guide for Boston-area families to tackle over February Break. Take a look and see if you can work some of these fun activities into your schedule!
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