Heading into the weekend, and with April vacation week set to kick off, we thought it would be nice to roundup a collection of activities, programs, and packages from across the state.
So, if you’re still in planning-mode and looking for some family fun, start here:
The Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo are both set to host a number of April vacation activities. At the Franklin Park Zoo, you can visit the Zoo’s latest additions — a Grant’s zebra foal and a bongo calf, both of which were born at the Zoo in February — and also stop by Aussie Aviary! Stone Zoo will host a number of zookeeper encounters, craft activities and a scavenger hunt. For more information, head to www.zoonewengland.org.
Normandy Farms in Foxboro, one of New England’s finest camping resorts, has a whole week of special family programs planned, ranging from games and crafts to food, movies, and much more. Click here for their full vacation week schedule. To reserve a campsite, go here. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
From April 15-19th, Central Square Theatre will host “Science on Stage!“ which invites young thespians to spend the week with the Underground Railroad Theatre Teaching Artists exploring the science of “paying attention.” There will be guest-led workshops, and a field trip to the MIT Museum. Click here for more information, or you can connect with Central Square Theater on Facebook and Twitter.
North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley
In Concord, at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, kids ages 8-12 are invited for Plumfield Fun Week to try their hand at activities that were once popular with Louisa May Alcott and her sisters. The Orchard House’s trained staff will help guests act, write, make craft, and draw just like the Alcott girls. Pre-registration is required, and you can also connect with the Orchard House on Facebook and Twitter.
Also in Concord, at Verrill Farm, cooking classes for adults and kids will be offered on Tuesday, April 16th (geared towards baking for grades 1-3), and on Thursday, April 18th (aimed at grades 4-6). Registration is required, and the cost is $25 per student. Click here for more information, and you can also find the Farm on Facebook and Twitter.
South of Boston
The John Carver Inn & Spa in Plymouth is currently featuring a Family Vacation Package, which includes a meal allowance and admission to the Pilgrim Cove Indoor Theme Pool, equipped with water slides, saunas, a fitness room, and spa. Click here for more information and reservations, and you can also Like them on Facebook.
Battleship Cove in Fall River is set for a week full of family-themed activities, including a scavenger hunt, and a Family Nautical Night on April 19th, where you’re invited to spend the night in a restored Navy ship. For more information, click here. You can also find Battleship Cove on Facebook.
The Children’s Museum in Easton is on the lookout for Bigfoot this April vacation, and they have a full week of fun and educational programs organized to teach children about the wilderness, safety, navigation, and the environment while they search for the mythical creature. You can find more information here, and you can also connect with the Museum on Facebook and Twitter.
Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth will feature a week of special family programming, including guided tours, demonstrations, 17th century games, arts and crafts, and more. Most activities are free with admission. For more details, check out their Events Calendar, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Cape Cod and the Islands
The Cape Codder Resort & Spa’s Family Vacation Package includes a meal allowance and admission to the indoor wave pool with water slides, whirlpool, saunas, a full spa, and a heated outdoor pool. For availability, click here, and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises will on April 14 for school vacation week, and their state of the art vessel, Whale Watcher, will carry folks to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for unforgettable encounters with whales. For a complete look at their 2013 schedule, click here.
At the EcoTarium in Worcester, a unique indoor-outdoor museum, visitors can meet wildlife, explore nature trails, and enjoy hands-on, family-friendly exhibits. During April vacation and Earth week, the EcoTarium will be concentrating on space exploration, culminating with Earth Day on April 19th, which will feature half-price admission and many special vendors and exhibits. For details, click here, and you can find the museum on Facebook and Twitter.
Old Sturbridge Village will be hosting a wide range of activities for the week, such as crafts, meet and greets with baby animals, musket demonstrations, and many other games and exhibitions. For a full list of the week’s activities, click here, and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
From April 13th through May 5th, the folks at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield will welcome bundles of joy with their ever-popular Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm activities. You can also connect with Hancock Shaker Village on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and photos.
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge will be holding a special program, free with admission, on the Wonder of Wordless Picture Books. Learn more about the art and even create your own picture book in hands-on workshops. For more information, click here, or follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the weather while learning more about local flora and fauna, the Mass Audubon Society will be holding exciting vacation week programs at many of their wildlife sanctuaries across the state.
Have a great week, everybody!