Contact: Lisa Simmons,
Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners
For Immediate Release
MASSACHUSETTS OFFERS GREAT SCHOOL VACATION WEEK DEALS
THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY
Easy Ideas to Keep Your Student and Parent
BOSTON, April 10, 2012 - School’s out for the week and April
Vacation is a great time for some family bonding. Whether
you’re looking for a spring break filled with outdoor
adventure or experiential day trips, Massachusetts offers
kid-friendly destinations and exciting ideas to help you plan a
week full of activities. From the historic ride of the American
Revolution to the world famous Boston Marathon to numerous museums
offering vacation week programs, Massachusetts is teaming with
great things to do.
For additional assistance in planning your April Vacation
activities, check out the Massachusetts Office of Travel and
Tourism’s “Ask a Local” iPhone application, which
is now available on iTunes. This on-the-move guide provides travel
information, “local” tips, and deals from Massachusetts
hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shopping destinations.
Below is a sample of some of the things you can do during school
vacation week. For a full list of activities visit massvacation.com
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116th Boston Marathon:
Cheer on the oldest marathon in America and the largest single-day
event in New England. The 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to
Boston’s Back Bay.
The Sports Museum at TD
The Sports Museum preserves and showcases New England’s
distinctive sports heritage through an unparalleled collection of
artifacts, multi-media, works of art, and interactive exhibits.
Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $10/adult;
$5/children (10-18) and Seniors (60+); children under ten are
Celebrate Fenway Park’s 100th Birthday! Visit the park where
the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled, and today's stars still
thrill Red Sox Nation. Fenway Park Tours provide a 50-minute
historic walking tour of the ballpark, guided by an official Fenway
Park Tour Guide. Tours held every hour, on the hour, 9 a.m. –
5 p.m. daily. $16/adult; $14/senior; $12/children (3-15);
Franklin Park Zoo
At Franklin Park Zoo, children and adults alike can experience
hundreds of exotic animal species from around the world right in
the middle of Boston! Explore the wonders of a tropical rainforest,
the Australian outback, or the African savannah in one of these
exhibit areas. Open weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekends, 10
a.m. – 6 p.m. $16/adult; $13/senior; $10/children (2-15);
children under 2 are free.
North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley
Verrill Farm, Concord: School
Vacation Cooking Classes with Chef Kevin
Chef Kevin Carey dons his teacher's toque for classes, which
include instruction and participation. Novices and aspiring chefs
leave with skills and tips for preparing meals at home. Food
prepared in class is packaged 'to go' at the end of class. $25 per
child. Registration and prepayment are required. To sign up, call
Garden in the Woods,
New England’s premier wildflower garden; this ever-changing
living museum has more than 1,000 native plant species, with many
rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens, as
well as the unique New England Rare Plant Garden. Open Tuesday
through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Louisa May Alcott’s
Orchard House, Concord
Youngsters try their hand at activities
popular with Louisa May Alcott and her sisters; trained staff
assist in acting, writing, making crafts, and drawing. April 19-22;
9 – 11 a.m.
Reenactment and Parade, Lexington Green
The Town of Lexington celebrates the first shots of the American
Revolution with a reenactment of the early-morning engagement
between the town's militia and the British regulars. Reenactment
begins at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16; the Lexington Parade
begins at 2 p.m.
South of Boston
Liberty Week at Battleship
Cove, Fall River
Enjoy fun-filled educational workshops for the entire family and
special guest appearances and entertainment. Open Monday through
Friday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All activities and workshops are
free with paid, discounted admission. $12/adult; $7/child (6-12);
children under six are free.
South Shore Art Center: April
Adventures in Art, Cohasset
Creative art-making, featuring projects in printmaking, clay,
watercolor, and multi-media. April 17 – 20; 9:30-12:30.
Cape Cod Central Railroad - Hobo
Express, State Pier – Fall River
Experience the thrill as
the whistle blows, smell the ocean air breeze through your window,
and relax while “hobos” provide live entertainment for
the kids. Enjoy discounted admission to Battleship Cove. April 16
– 19 at 9:45 a.m.; $14/person (ages 3+).
The ZooQuarium strives to provide a safe home for Massachusetts
wildlife, to keep the spirit of farming alive with a
Children’s petting zoo, and to offer high-quality educational
opportunities. Open seven days a week throughout school vacation
week; 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History,
The museum is housed in a 17,000-square foot building on its own
80-acre site and abutted by 320 acres of town- and
Conservation-owned land. There are two floors of exhibits about the
flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales,
indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several aquaria holding
different species of crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles
and snakes. Several displays are interactive and geared to
children. Special, temporary exhibits enhance the permanent
collection. Open daily throughout Massachusetts school vacation
week; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $10/adult; $7/senior; $5/child (ages
3-12); children under three are free.
EcoTarium: Earth Week,
From hands-on explorations and Earth Day celebrations to traveling
to the far reaches of the universe, EcoTarium's popular Earth Week
will be jam-packed with activities for the whole family.
Culminating in Worcester’s annual Earth Day Festival, Earth
Week takes place April 17 – 20. Open Tuesday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $14/adult; $8/child (2-18); and
Higgins Armory Museum,
Wield a sword! Joust a knight! Attack a castle! An adventure awaits
around every corner at the Higgins Armory Museum during school
vacation week. From hands-on shield design workshops to exciting
swordplay classes, your noble knight or valiant princess will
return to school with their own tale to tell! Open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.
Admission: $17/adult; $9/senior; and $9/child (4-16).
Old Sturbridge Village,
Enjoy expanded hands-on and interactive activities throughout the
Village, along with family-friendly performances and entertainment.
Meet the new arrivals at the farm (every day) and on Monday
(Patriots Day), take part in martial activities. Open daily from
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $24/adult; $22/senior; $8/youth
Offering visitors a guided tour of the Museum of Animation, Special
Effects, and Art, a glimpse of original models used in famous
movies, and a genuine Academy Award won by Eugene Mamut, co-owner
of AniMagic. Workshop participants will be introduced to modern
animation technologies, create a model, and make an animation
movie. By appointment only, open every day. $40/person –
check website for specials.
Norman Rockwell Museum: School
Vacation Week Workshops, Stockbridge
Hold that Pose! Portraiture for Children: What’s in a face?
This workshop dynamic series will draw inspiration from the art of
the masters, including illustrator Norman Rockwell and portraitist
Everett Raymond Kinstler, whose works are on view. Works will be
created with tempera paint on mat board. For students 7 and up.
Take one or take them all! Free with Museum admission. April 16-20,
from 1-4 p.m.
MASS MoCA: Under the Sea Exhibit,
Under the Sea features six internationally-acclaimed artists who
explore the ocean as habitat, myth, and a necessary element of life
on earth. Through various themes and innovative materials, the
artists examine the mystery and power of the ocean as well as the
catastrophic consequences of our abuse of this natural resource.
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. $15/adult;
$10/student; $5/youth (6-16); and free for children five and
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the
state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a
leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s
economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and
local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and
supports 121,500 in-state jobs. Web site: http://www.massvacation.com/