While some families head out to the snow to get in some skiing and riding, others are running towards the sun. The rest of us are settling in right at home, taking a break from the routine and staying home to enjoy what is going on in Boston. If you are in town, here are some of the activities and outings you can enjoy for winter vacation week.
Hotels Pools and More
Find a hotel with a pool to enjoy this winter vacation week. The Royal Sonesta has a large pool that is great for families. The Langham hotel has a swanky small pool next to the spa and their famous Chocolate Bar. The Charles Hotel pool is small but usually nice and warm. The Revere Hotel has a nice rooftop pool with large lounge chairs. Many Boston area hotels have pools. Just be sure to check that they are open before you make a reservation. Some pools may closed for maintenance and a few of the hotels only have outdoor pools which are open during the summer.
For families with little toddlers, a visit to the local libraries is always fun and free. The Boston Public Library (main branch) is an impressive place to visit and they have a wonderful children’s section. The Cambridge Public Library (main branch) is also a wonderful space to relax and read with your little one. Winter vacation week doesn’t need to be packed full of expensive outings especially when the kids are little. Heading out into Boston for a day or so and having family time together is plenty. The Boston Children’s Museum has a fabulous room for children five and under. It is a great place to take the little ones for an afternoon. There is even a table in the kitchen where you can feed them lunch or snack. The Museum of Science also offers a young children’s room that is designated or babies and tykes. If you want to head out of the city a bit The Discovery Museums in Acton is also geared towards the younger children.
We also like to stop in at local toy stores. Magic Beans and Henry Bear’s Park are two of our favourites. They children can play at the train table and parents can browse the store as well. When the kids were little an outing to the local toy store was a must on an average weekend as well as for some winter vacation week fun.
February Vacation Week 2018
- Lexington has a Model Train Show that will be open.
- The MIT Museum will be celebrating National Engineers Week
- Brooklyn Boulders has a Youth Adventure Camp and kids can go for the single day or the week.
- There will be free skating at Frog Pond or Kendall Square Rink.
- Fanieul Hall has free movies at the lower Rotunda at 6:30 p.m. nightly over break.
- The Museum of Fine Arts has additional art activities and programs for families during break. They are free with paid admission to the museum. (Note the museum’s garden cafeteria has the most family friendly menu items.)
- The Boston Public Market is a fun family outing and a great place to grab a meal or snack. They will also be offering free demonstrations and workshops for families in the kitchen classroom.
- Catch a show. Waitress is playing, Blue Man Group, Disney on Ice, Tanglewood Marionettes, or check out the schedules at the local universities to see what concerts are on.
- Puppet Party at Puppet Showplace Theatre
- The Children’s Winter Festival in Boston.
- The Plaza Winterfest at Harvard is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors http://www.commonspaces.harvard.edu/
- Legoland Discovery Center just opened their newest exhibit Lego Star Wars Mini Land. I had a chance to preview it earlier this week and loved both the new exhibit and the Star Wars invasion of the model city of Boston.
- Sledding in Ward Hill or cross country skiing at Great Brook or Weston Ski Track. Ski locally at Nashoba Valley or Blue Hills Ski Area.
Get The Inside Scoop
If you missed our Facebook Live from the Royal Sonesta Boston all about February Vacation options in the area, you can catch up here. Masshole Mommy and I had a blast sharing all the Winter Break Fun.