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Fun February Vacation Ideas!

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February vacation week is here!  For all of you parents that are about to enter panic mode don’t worry; we’ve come up with a bunch of fun activities that your kids will love to do over their vacation!  Whether you get to spend a little extra time with them this week, or if you have to work while they get to play, these activities will keep them laughing and staying out of trouble, what more can you ask for?

Amesbury Sports Park – What kid doesn’t enjoy playing in the snow? Take the kids over to Amesbury Sports Park this week for a fun-filled day of snow tubing!  They even have special school vacation hours and will be open from 10 AM – 9PM, February 16th – March 2nd and will be open from 9 AM – 7 PM on March 3rd.   A 3 hour tubing pass is $24 and a 5 hour pass is $32 so by the end of the day your little ones will definitely be tuckered out.  After a day on the slopes stop by the Corner Kick Pub for some pizza and hot chocolate!

CoCo Key Water Resort – Take a drive to the CoCo Key Water Resort in Fitchburg and spend the day pretending it’s summer vacation!  Tickets are going fast but there are still day passes available ($30 each) for next weekend!  If you’re a night owl you can get a “Twilight Pass” for $20 and swim from 4PM- 9PM any day this week!  Who wouldn’t love splashing the day away inside their 84 degree water park?  The 55,000 sq foot park includes three 40-ft tube slides, an adventure river, indoor/outdoor spa, activity pool, and much more!  The park has activities that are suitable for children of all ages and even has an arcade.  Grab your flip flops, pack up the kids, and get your tickets while they last!

Basketball Hall Of Fame – The sports fan(s) in your family will love this outing.  Take a drive to Springfield this week and check out the Basketball Hall of Fame!  There are exciting events going on each day this week in honor of February vacation including  a performance from Ilze Luneau and her daughters who have displayed their skills on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Jay Leno, and ESPN!  You can check out the full program here.  Besides the special evens, the Hall of Fame is home to 40,000 sq feet of basketball history and features interactive exhibits, live clinics, and shooting contests so your superstar will be busy for hours.  Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 65 and above), $14 for children (ages 5-15), and free for children under 4.  The Hall of Fame is open until 4PM weeknights this week so get there early and be sure you have enough time to see everything!

Sky Zone – This is every kids’ dream!  A place where the floor and walls are lined with trampolines, where kids and adults alike can bounce around all day and maybe even play a game of 3-D dodgeball!  Why not try a SkyRobics fitness class or take part in open jump?  Whether your children are younger or teenagers they will definitely enjoy a day at Sky Zone and the best part is that they have multiple locations.  Located in Everett, Boston, and Providence, RI, Sky Zone is conveniently located within driving distance for all Massachusetts residents.  Take a drive to one of their locations today, your children will be entertained for hours!

Keep these exciting locations in mind when coming up with ideas for February vacation week activities!  These events will appeal to children of all ages and tickets are going fast so get yours while you still can!

Photo By: Theme Park Mom





Sightseeing Attractions in Massachusetts: Day Trips and Museums

Spring is the perfect season for getting out and about, and exploring new places.  There are plenty of choices for sightseeing attractions in Massachusetts: the beach, the mountains, historical landmarks, a big city, National Parks, and many museums to take advantage of this spring.

The Arnold Arboretum– This is the oldest public arboretum in North America and the city of Boston has partnered with Harvard University to make it a center for studying plant  biodiversity as well.  The arboretum is 265 acres of plants, wildlife, art exhibitions, and a library.  It is a public park so there is no admission charge, although donations are appreciated.  Guests are welcome to take a self guided tour and maps are available.  This is a great day trip for children, teens and adults.  Who doesn’t love walking around outside and taking in some beautiful scenery?

Basketball Hall of Fame-Have a sports fan in the family? The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield is the perfect place to visit.   They focus on education and create activities in various subjects that are centered around basketball and are designed for students of every age.  Educational and entertaining, this is a trip that kids and adults will be excited for as they get to study memorabilia from 313 coaches, players, referees, contributors, and teams.

deCordova Sculpture Park– Located in Lincoln, MA this outdoor art museum features 35 acres of modern sculptures that visitors are free to explore.  They have over 3,400 pieces of art and are especially proud of the permanent collection of New England contemporary art.  Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and up), $10 for students,  and free for children 12 or under.

Cape Cod Beaches– Although we had a mild winter, Spring is a welcome change as the temperatures begin to rise even higher.  The beach is calling, and at the Cape Cod National Seashore visitors have 40 miles of coastline to explore in addition to natural cranberry bogs.   Parking lots are open year round but lifeguards are only on duty from late June until the last week of August.  The six different beaches that make up the seashore are often packed during the summer months but with the recent weather we’ve been having, why not go now? If you plan to stay a while, there are always plenty of Cape Cod beach houses for rent.

The Berkshires– The Berkshires literally have something for everyone.  Spread across Western MA, the towns that compose the mountain range have many trails for hiking or biking, a winery, wildlife sanctuary, a Norman Rockwell museum,  zip lining, white water rafting, golfing,shopping and countless other attractions.  Kids will love the event taking place now until April 29, Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm.  Baby piglets, calves, chicks, and lambs will be on display to meet and greet and children can also participate in arts and crafts workshops.  If you’d like to extend your stay in the Berkshires, there are plenty of campgrounds, inns, resorts, or bed and breakfasts’ to choose from.

Enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having and make time for travel and vacation; it’s the perfect time to take advantage of them before the crowds begin in the summer months!

Photo By: Dougtone

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