April Staycation

Is your family looking for leisure activities within driving distance of your home? Well look no further. This April, Massachusetts offers everything from local tourist sites, horseback riding, paintball, hiking, visiting museums and much more.


Greater Boston

Big Apple Circus

Cambridge Science Festival

Artweek Boston 

Dreams of Freedom” exhibit at the Skywalk

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for US Senate

The New England Aquarium IMAX Theatre

Museum of Science has Live Presentations and an Animal Care Center.

The Sports Museum at TD Garden
Any students, accompanied by an adult, who are wearing a shirt with their school name or logo, can enter for free.  PLEASE BE ADVISED, the Sports Museum’s schedule can change due to special events.   Please check  before you come.

The Hall at Patriot Place
Tom Brady’s MVP Trophies will be on display out of their case and available for photo opportunities on Patriots Day!

Fenway Park Tours

North of Boston

CoCo Key Water Park – Boston/North Shore
Many deals and packages available for families to enjoy a fun day of swimming, slides, and more at Massachusetts’ largest indoor water park, CoCo Key.  With the “Family Four Pack,” families save up to $30 on day passes.  Or, buy one pass, get one free on “Thrifty Thursdays” (offer valid 4-9pm).

The Wenham Museum
April Vacation Fun planned for kids of all ages. Learn about reuse and recycling while creating recycled art and engaging in other outdoor activities during the Earth Day Celebration.  Have your silhouette created by artist Carol Lebeaux or make your own art as you create your own character in your very own four-page story.  Don’t miss their Frozen: The Real Story of Ice on Wenham Lake exhibit – from a sock-skating rink, fun, child-size ice house, and costumes too dress up like your favorite “Frozen” characters, this exhibit is too cool to miss!

Witch Dungeon, New England Pirate, and Witch History Museums!
Explore Salem’s maritime and witch histories . Save $8.00 per person with a combination ticket to all three museums.  Enjoy a live reenactment of a real witch  trial followed by a guided tour of the dungeon at the Witch Dungeon Museum.  Board a full-length pirate ship, explore an 80ft cave, and experience the adventures of New England’s swashbuckling sea-robbers at the New England Pirate Museum.  Watch as the stories of 1692 come alive at the Witch History Museum through a live presentation followed by a guided tour downstairs where you will view 15 life size scenes depicting these stories.

The Peabody Essex Museum
has many fun activities planned for April Vacation Week to help you Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring!  Enjoy story time,  hands-on crafts and art-making, and so much more!  For the younger kids and toddlers, PEM Pals is the place to be – this fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities is designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Appleton Farm
Dig into the farm and roll up your sleeves in the kitchen at Their Farmer For a Week program covers how delicious food grows on the farm and ends up on your plate every day. Follow the life cycle of a plant from seed to harvest, learn how a cow can turn green grass into creamy milk, meet our farmers and much more. Get a taste of our Appleton Cooks! program as we take our fresh ingredients and prepare a scrumptious and healthy lunch in our farm kitchen every day.

Green Meadows Farm
This April and May, Thursdays mean Craft Time at ! With activities for ages 0-10, Green Meadows’ educator will help you create beautiful pieces out of natural and recycled items.  This program is free – no registration necessary.

Ravenswood Park
School Vacation = Staycation at   Visit for Busting Buds hands-on tree activities, a Discovery Desk, and an Investigation Station and borrow a Discovery Detective pack to explore the Park.

The Concord Museum
April Vacation crafts; History in Panels: A Vacation Week Comic Book Making Workshop

The Inn at Hastings Park
Take a staycation during this coming school vacation at The Inn at Hastings Park! With the Pint-Sized Patriots Package, your family can enjoy the following:
• Overnight accommodations for the whole family in a spacious guest room or suite appointed with an elegant King bed and a state-of-the-art sleeper sofa
• Each child may pick a Revolutionary book to take home
• Accommodations stocked with customized children’s robes and mini slippers for the kids to take home (advance notice required to customize robes)
• Child-sized tricorne hats
• Decorate your own cookies served with milk (we recommend enjoying with a bedtime story)
All overnight stays also include complimentary à la carte breakfast in our restaurant, Artistry on the Green, and free on-site parking and Wi-Fi.

We are offering special pricing for Massachusetts locals!
Junior Suite: $315 (regularly $395), Two-Room Suite: $395 (regularly $475)
Email rooms@innathastingspark.com or call 781-301-6660 to book this package.
*Price does not include tax and gratuity. Price valid for stays through March 31, 2015.
*Maximum room occupancy: 4 people

Altitude Trampoline Park
Offer/Package/Details: Get a 4-Pack of 60-Minute Jump Passes and save $10.00!
(Value = $60.00, purchase for $50.00) Offer only available IN PARK, not available on-line.

The Butterfly Place
The Butterfly Place is an indoor garden filled with hundreds of freely-flying butterflies! It’s always spring at The Butterfly Place. Have fun and learn something new as you see caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons. Our Staycation offer: Mention this publication and up to 4 people pay the kid price $8.50 adults regularly $12.50!

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Spring has sprung! Explore deCordova’s Sculpture Park after the long winter by looking for signs of spring, discovering sights and sounds of the Park, and creating from/about nature. Join us for any or all of our family-friendly Thoreau-inspired vacation week programs, including nature journaling, a sock walk, birch bark painting, and a closing celebration featuring the living Henry D. Thoreau.

The Discovery Museums
The Discovery Museums will be open extended hours, 9am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday during school vacation week, and regular hours on the weekend. Each day there is a special program.

Lowell National Historical Park
Kids Week
Families, create your artistic masterpiece, take in a show, and celebrate Earth Day and lots more at April PLAYcation 2015! Lowell’s PLAYcation – a partnership between Lowell National Historical Park, Musketaquid Arts & Environment, the American Textile History Museum, Angkor Dance Troupe, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Middlesex Community College, and Stop & Shop’s Nutrition Program – brings free fun to local families during Massachusetts school vacation week, April 18-25, 2015.

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Concord River Whitewater Rafting
$82/person; group rates

Boston Burlington Marriott
Family Fun Package: Deluxe room with 1 king or 2 double beds, $50.00 dining credit to CHOPPS restaurant (excludes alcoholic beverages, tax, gratuity), breakfast for 2 adults and up to 2 children under 12 years old may eat breakfast, lunch and dinner from the children’s menu for free when accompanied by an adult dining from the regular menu, 1 in-room movie & 1 popcorn
Rates are per room per night. A limited number of packages are available. Some blackout dates apply. Taxes and gratuity are not included in rate. Not available to groups of ten or more rooms or in conjunction with other promotional offers. Any unused portion of the dining credit will not be refunded.

Courtyard by Marriott Billerica
Swim, Jump and Stay Package: Overnight room including breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids along with 4 passes for 1 hours’ worth of Jump time at Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica. Must be booked directly at the Courtyard by Marriott Billerica at 978-670-7500 or online here! Make your reservations now!

Wyndham Boston Andover
Gas and Go Weekend Offer: Get away this spring and stay at the Wyndham Boston Andover with our Gas and Go Package. The Gas and Go Package includes deluxe accommodations for two with a two-night stay on a weekend, a $25.00 gas card per stay, and a full breakfast buffet served in our 189 Prime restaurant each morning. This package requires a two-night stay on a weekend. For same-day reservations, call the hotel directly at 978-975-3600.

• Overnight accommodations
• $25.00 gas card per stay
• Full breakfast buffet served daily

To Book: Click the Reserve button to book online or call 877-999-3223 and mention this offer to your Wyndham representative. Promo Rate Plan: PKGGAS

Angelina’s Italian Restaurant
Thursday night is Family night at Angelina’s: Growing up my memories were made at the Family dinner table when we came together, talked about our day, told stories, eat great food and sipped on wine. For hours we enjoyed each other’s company and cherish the memories that became unforgettable, This is what inspires us at today at Angelina’s. Join us every Thursday for Family Night when a selection of pizzas and pasta entrées are half off and the only thing you will be hearing will be each other making memories at your dinner table. (No Cell Phones allowed when you participate in Family Night)

South of Boston

Battleship Cove
School Vacation Week: April 20-24 FUNshops, games, activities all week long. Thursday, April 23: KISS 108 will be at Battleship Cove with prizes and games. Friday, April 24: Family Nautical Night – spend the night aboard a WWII battleship.

Cape Cod & The Islands

Felix Neck
A program for grades K-5th during April Vacation April 20th – April 24th. 8:30am – 3pm. Join us during your school vacation week to explore different island properties, learn about wildlife, grow food, make crafts, sing songs, listen to stories and much more!

Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame
The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame has recently opened and expanded their display of game worn major league uniforms of current MLB managers!  Each of the 7 jerseys on display are from former Cape Cod Baseball League players including the very first Red Sox jersey worn by new Manager Bobby Valentine, (Hyannis, 1967) Joe Girardi Yankees jersey (Cotuit, 1978 ) and John Farrell Toronto Blue Jays jersey (Hyannis, 1981). Also, the 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League All Star game played at Fenway Park is on constant video loop at the Hall.

Island Alpaca Farm
April 25, 2015 – Island Alpaca Farm: 8th Annual Shearing Day Festival. We hope you can join us for this remarkable event that will feature some of the area’s finest alpacas. 72 alpacas are scheduled for shearing and public viewing. Bring the family for an hour of fun and education. At this event you will meet the alpaca and enjoy a day with island friends.

Marhta’s Vineyard Excursions
We offer 1,2,3, and 4 hour tours. Also, we offer custom tours. The one hour tour goes through Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. The two hour tour goes through all of the towns on the island, except Aquinnah, which is farthest away.

April Staycations at The Nantucket Hotel
Available April 3-26, 2015
Rates starting at $175 per night for a Hotel Room and $255 per night for a suite

Included in your rate is a daily Continental Breakfast Buffet for two people, per room; use of The Nantucket Club, our fitness center and spa; outdoor hot tub; Concierge Services; pick-up and drop-off service to the High-Speed Ferries (with advance sign-up); limited on-site parking if you’re bringing your vehicle to Nantucket (with advance sign-up); library with books, games & DVDs; Kids Club from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on select dates; outdoor heated pool (i.e. April 18-26, 2015 only); pool table, ping pong table and kid’s area; refreshments in the lobby; make your own S’Mores, antique fire truck rides; and more!

Catania Hospitality Group

Cape Codder
John Carver
Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa
Beach Plum Spa & Med-Spa
Hearth ‘n Kettle Restaurants

Central Massachusetts

105th Annual River Rat Race: April 11 & 12th

Davis Farmland Opens: April 16th

EcoTarium Events

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens Fairy House Village: April 19th

Great Wolf Lodge April Vacation Staycation: April 18th-26th

Taste of Leominster: April 29th

Earth Day at Fruitlands: April 19th

April Adventures at Old Sturbridge Village

Western Massachusetts

Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont
Recently added whitewater rafting, a mountain coaster and mountain biking to their outdoor adventure offerings.  The Mountain Coaster is open daily during April school vacation.

Six Flags New England
New in 2015, the Wicked Cyclone hybrid coaster! The park opens for the 2015 season on April 11th and remains open daily through April 26th.

Basketball Hall of Fame
This April school vacation Coach David Vasquenza and the Wins4Life skills clinic on April 20th and April 22nd at 1:00pm! Come to the place “Where the Game Never Ends”! Also in April Boston magician, Magic Dave; trick shot specialist, Ilze Luneau.