Family Fun Over February Break

I don’t know about you, but February Break snuck up on me. If you’re not going away next week and haven’t made plans, you still have time to plan a staycation right here in Boston metro. (On the other hand, if you’re working and still need vacation camp for the kiddos, check out our extensive list of local offerings.)

Ice Castles – Feb. 17-20

I’ve never seen anything like this. If you’re willing to head 2 hrs north to Lincoln, NH, you can check out Ice Castles. The Ice Castle structure is man-made and weighs approximately 25,000,000 pounds. Crews attached 10,000 icicles per day to the structure, which eventually get absorbed. Buy your tickets online to save money AND guarantee your spot. Children and adults should plan to dress warmly and wear snow boots. Small children can be pulled in a small sled (strollers are advised against) as the ground is made of crushed ice. Snow princesses are scheduled during brief window. Check the site for the “princess” schedule and for any schedule changes due to inclement weather.

FREE Family Science Days – Feb 18-19

Enjoy free Family Science Days at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Register online for your free tickets to Family Science Days: a fun, two-day hands-on science event for the entire family. Participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math activities and demonstrations. This weekend February 18–19, 2017 from 11-4pm each day. Appropriate for K-12.

Live Juggling Show – Feb 19

Why not head over to Coolidge Corner to check out The Airborne Comedians on Feb. 19th? Enjoy a high-energy, unorthodox comedy juggling show to the delight of all ages. Dan Foley and Joel Harris throw and catch birdbaths, lawn-chairs, electric guitars, and baseball bats in their hilarious juggling routines while balanced atop 6- and 7-foot-high unicycles. Recommended ages: 3 & up. The Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, Feb 19th @ 10:30am

Children’s Winter Fest – Feb. 23

Boston Parks and Recreation is bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common! Among the attractions will be Snowzilla, a three-story-high inflatable snow tube slide, the 15′ tall and 45′ long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure with twin roller lanes, and the Snow Mazing maze. The festival will also feature a DJ from Magic 106.7, the Museum of Science Chocolate Truck with facts about chocolate and free hot chocolate samples, an appearance by the L.L.Bean Bootmobile with their popular Boot Toss game, and refreshments from DAVIDsTEA and KIND Snacks. In addition, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Outdoor Rx program will present activities including a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunts, and a winter play party.

Boston Winter – Open through 2/28

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza, this may be your last chance to ice skate on their cool 11,000 square foot path. Boston Winter is only open through Tues, Feb 28th. Check out our previous post on Boston Winter to learn more.

Warrior Ice Arena – Feb. 20-24

The Bruins sparkling new practice facility, Warrior Ice Arena, in nearby Brighton is open for public skating Monday – Friday next week 12-1:20pm and for public hockey Tuesday – Friday 1:30-2:50pm. Admission $8; Rentals $5. Free onsite parking.

Children’s Music Show – Feb. 26

Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys will be performing at The Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 26th . His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety. The adults in the room particularly appreciate the Muppet-esque touches of humor and observations of kid behavior. Whether you call it children’s music, family music, kindie, or toddlerbilly, it’s sure to please listeners of all ages. Recommended ages: 2+

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