What to do with the kids this weekend and through February vacation week



Saturday, February 16:

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is celebrating the Lunar New Year – year of the pig – today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be music, art making and other traditions, including colorful lion dances performed by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, the only all-women lion dance group in the country. You can make paper cut hand fans, participate in lantern riddles gallery hunt and participate in a ribbon dance workshop. To see the full schedule of activities visit https://www.pem.org/events/the-year-of-the-pig


The Hingham Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for your new(ish) reader to gain comfort and experience reading: it’s their read to a dog program! Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. you can book your 15 minute reading sessions through the children’s department by calling 781.741.1405 x1403 or sending an email to hijuv@ocln.org. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. This program is great for kids ages 5 and older.


Sunday, February 17:

Quincy’s annual Presidents’ Day Family Winterfest takes places today from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the Hancock Adams Common under tents and inside Town Hall & Church of the Presidents. There will be interactive games, music and experiences as well as winter costumed characters and theatrical performers. There will be puppet and marionette performances and food trucks, too. There will also be tours of the Adams Crypt, the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams.  https://www.discoverquincy.com/events/annual-presidents-day-family-winterfest


Chinatown hosts their Lunar New Year Parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/279026836064638/?active_tab=discussion


February Vacation Week


Company Theatre in Norwell

Wednesday, February 20:

The Dinosaur Quest of Dr. T-Rex is “prehysterical” family fun abounds during school vacation week at the Company Theatre with The Dinosaur Quest of Dr. T-Rex! Join well-versed, one of a kind paleontologist Dr. T-Rex as he incorporates six large, highly realistic and life-like dinosaur puppets into a delightfully funny and educational show. Filled with audience participation, the unexpected, and lots of prehistoric mischief and mayhem, perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs! There are two programs on 2/20: 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. https://www.companytheatre.com/the-dinosaur-quest-of-dr-t-rex/


Thursday, February 21 & Friday, February 22:

Come to the “Canine Cabaret” with Mutts Gone Nuts at the Company Theatre in Norwell. Mutts Gone Nuts, a hilarious pack of talented rescue dogs led by Scott and Joan Houghton. This training team has created a professional dog thrill show line no other. Meet incredible high flying Frisbee dogs, tight wire dogs, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog, and Geronimo, a Guinness world record holder! Photos may be taken after the performance with the furry stars for a cash donation to the Scituate Animal Shelter.  There are three Mutts Gone Nuts program: 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.  https://www.companytheatre.com/mutts-gone-nutts/


Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury

Colonial Adventures for kids on Tuesday from 10 -2 where kids ages 8 – 13 are invited to travel back in time through hands-on adventuring in spinning, writing, cooking, archaeology, candle-making, games and more. https://www.seeplymouth.com/events/colonial-adventures-kids-over-february-vacation


Battleship Cove

A week-long gaming fest of popular nautical and WWII games on the very ships that inspired them, including Big Mamie which recently made her gaming debut in the popular, free-to-play game, World of Warships! Games will include Battleship!, Call of Duty: WWII and World of Warships. There will also be a selection of modern and historical board games, all included with the price of admission and running Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can also stay over on Saturday night for Nautical Gaming Night – dinner and breakfast included in the fee! https://battleshipcove.org/programs-and-events/


Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield

A full week of offerings from Indiana Jones Day, Olympics Day, Snow Tubing, Sports Tournaments, baking and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/529902290840720/


The Children’s Museum in Easton

Check out the complete schedule of vacation week activities: https://www.cmeaston.org/visit/whats-new/


Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth

Free admission for all kids up to age 18 throughout the week. Enjoy treasure hunts for all ages every day throughout the day, plus special programs during the week: Monday from 10-2 is Musket Day, Tuesday from 1-2 is Puppets and Pilgrims, Wednesday brings Story Time and Wish Catchers crafting from 1 – 2 and Thursday Learn to Spin on the wheel at 1:00 p.m.  http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/museum_events.htm#February  


Plymouth Center for the Arts in Plymouth

Art exploration fun for kids and teens on Wednesday from 1 – 4, Thursday from 9 – noon and again from 1- 4.  https://plymouthguild.org/content/february-vacation-art-exploration-2019


Plymouth Public Library

School vacation week activities at the Plymouth Public Library run Tuesday through Friday from 1 – 4: cocoa and board games, fun for the whole family. There will be a film series as well: Tuesday, Feb 19 at 2 (Ratatouille), Wednesday, Feb 20 at 2 (A Dog’s Purpose) and Thursday, Feb 21 at 2 (Babe). Snacks provided – no need to register.


South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell

Eyes on Owls for ages 3 and older with two shows at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson will introduce us to their menagerie of owls. Get an up close view of these amazing citizens of the fields and forests of New England and beyond. Call 781.659.2559 to purchase your tickets ($8 per member/$11 per non-member). http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/eyes-on-owls-11am-1pm-ages-3/  And from 3:00 – 4:15 there will be a program for kids ages 8 and older called who’s watching you? Owls of the world, again with Marcia and Mark Wilson who will go through a presentation, give you a hooting lesson and introduce you to 6 live owls up close! http://southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org/event/whos-watching-you-owls-of-the-world-ages-8/


Weir River Farm in Hingham

Experience life as a farmer this February vacation! Kids ages 6 – 10 can jump in and learn what it takes to care for the fuzzy and furry farmyard friends of Weir River Farm in the ½ day (9am-12pm) program, Monday – Friday. Farm “chores” will immerse campers in life in the barnyard, feeding goats, brushing ponies, collecting eggs are just a few of the fun activities each day. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/south-of-boston/event-43709.html



Ongoing Ideas

Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 


The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.



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