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Neither snow, nor rain, nor wicked wind will stop February break, which rolls on this week in Massachusetts.
Even with the storms that we’ve had during the past four weeks, there are still plenty of ways to get yourself and your family outside the house and away from the shovels for a little relaxation.
Read on for a look at seven family-friendly spots where you can find it.
CoCo Key Water Park in Danvers, MA
A day or two at 84 degrees probably sounds pretty good right now. At CoCo Key Water Park in Danvers, that’s every day, which makes for a welcome respite from the outdoor elements. Inside, Coco Key has winding water slides, a lazy river, a hot tub and a game room, along with dining options and places to rest up for the night. If the resort itself gets busy, the nearby DoubleTree Hilton has convenient water park packages, too.
Wheeeeeee at CoCo Key Water Park
Ryan Family Amusements on Cape Cod
For fun that’s a little less aquatic, Ryan Family Amusements is an excellent place to go. With locations across Cape Cod, including ones in South Yarmouth, Hyannis, Falmouth and Bourne, Ryan Family Amusements offers candlepin bowling and ten-pin bowling, plus arcade games.
Families along the South Shore can also take advantage of sites in Buzzards Bay, Millis and Raynham. To stay nearby, it’s best to pick a spot and then inquire, as many lodgings in the area are seasonal.
Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, MA
If critters are your kid’s thing, the Buttonwood Park Zoo has the perfect February break programming. The zoo’s Wild Winter Week, which is free with admission, features special activities each day from February 17 through February 21.
A handsome bobcat at the Buttonwood Park Zoo
Cougars, river otters and seals are just a few of the animals that will be in focus during the keeper and cat chats, which take place at various times during the day. For overnights in the area, there’s a Fairfield Inn & Suites just down the street.
Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA
Year round, Old Sturbridge Village is a top destination for family activities, and February break certainly isn’t any exception. On Valentine’s Day, Winterfest gets underway at the living history museum; afterwards, Presidents Day and vacation week festivities will follow, including winter magic, ice sculptures, hearthside cooking and sleigh rides.
Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA
As southern New England’s largest ski and snowboard resort, Jiminy Peak is ideally suited to families with young snow bunnies. The KidsRule Mountain Camps cover kids 3 – 14 of all skill levels, giving them a full day of instruction, with breaks for lunch and cocoa, of course.
Very young ones and kids more partial to indoor activities can also spend their time in the Cub’s Den, a supervised playroom, while mom and dad hit the slopes. Conveniently, Jiminy Peak is located near several Berkshires inns, hotels and B&Bs, which are listed out here.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston in Boston, MA
Love is in the air this month at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and not just on Valentine’s Day. From February 16 through February 20, the “Things I Love” program, which is a part of the month-long Love at the MFA series, will introduce kids to art making, storytelling and the museum’s galleries; the activities are free with admission and the recommended age range is 4 – 13.
Along with “Things I Love,” the MFA will also be hosting special tours, as well as a variety of artistic performances. For any hotel stay in Boston, it’s a good idea to check out the Hotel Week Boston deals, which offer discounts at some of the Hub’s best hotels.
Basketball Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to 40,000 square feet of hardcourt history, making it a great place for hoopheads and sports fans of any type. The hall honors more than 250 inductees, including most all of the finest players to ever lace ‘em up, and also contains hundreds of interactive exhibits, too.
The Basketball Hall of Fame lit up at night
For trip planning, the Hall website has all of the relevant details, including ticket prices, potential discounts and hours of operation. There’s plenty of food available inside of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and for extended stays in Springfield, the Hall has a number of hotel partners.
How do you like to spend February School Vacation week? Let us know below in the comments!