Just in time for February Vacation, to take in some budget-friendly fun with the family, look to Lowell, MA, where you can find two activity-packed winter festivals: Lowell Kids Week, and Winterfest!
With events and activities ranging from salsa dancing to dogsledding, here’s a rundown of what to expect!
As a partnership-based organization, the folks a Lowell Kids Week aim to provide a number of free and unique activities for kids and families to enjoy during Massachusetts’ February and April school vacation schedules, and this year, their roster of programs and activities is action packed!
With school vacation just around the corner, stretching from February 17 through the weekend to February 23, you can check out the full 2014 Lowell Kids Week events schedule here. While all programs and activities are free, due to limited space, you are required to pre-register, which can easily be done on their website.
In the mean time, check out Lowell Kids Week on Facebook for updates, and stay tuned for more fun during April Play-cation week, which runs April 22-25.
Image of the Boott Cotton Mills in Lowell, via Tim Grafft/MOTT
Additionally, from February 21-22, you can catch Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend, which takes place in Downtown Lowell — featuring everything from DIY snowman building, dogsledding, and free ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival. You can find a complete schedule of events here.
Image: Lowell Winterfest via facebook.com/LowellWinterfest
On Friday, February 21 at 6 p.m., the festivities kick off at the Human Dogsled Track with the fest’s official Opening Ceremonies, which are quickly followed by the National Human Dogsled Competition (for a quick glimpse, click here).
At City Hall Plaza, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy DIY snowman building, and for the 21+ crowd, the 3rd Annual Microbrew Showcase and Competition will take place in conjunction with the New England Music Awards (for tickets, click here).
On Saturday, February 22, you can head over to Hawk Valley Farm for a 101 on wildlife tracking from the folks at the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, or try your hand at maple sugaring at Roger’s Fort Hill Park. Note: both events are free, but reservations are required.
Image of animal tracks via facebook.com/LowellWinterfest
Foodies can warm up with the North Bowl Soup Competition at Masonic Center, which will offer samples of the best soups in town. Admission is $5 per person at the door, cash only.
At 6 p.m., catch the Cirque de Light Fire Performance at JFK Plaza on Arcand Drive for an amazing pyrotechnic display. And you can wrap up the festivities with the UMass Lowell vs. Boston College matchup on ice at the Tsongas Center! Tickets can be purchased here.
Do you have any fun February vacation plans? Tell us in the comments section below!