What should you do with your kids if they have off on Thursday?

Evacuation Day—which shares a date with St. Paddy’s—is a day off for schools in Suffolk County.

An Evacuation Day ceremony is held at the Dorchester Heights National Monument. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. But this Thursday is also Evacuation Day, and public schools in Suffolk County have the day off.

What is Evacuation Day?

It’s the day that British troops evacuated Boston in 1776. Around this time 240 years ago, the redcoats realized they were no match for the artillery and fortifications set up in Dorchester Heights by George Washington, so they shipped up from Boston. 11,000 British troops and about 1,000 loyalists left the city on their ships and took asylum in Nova Scotia.

Are all schools closed on Evacuation Day?

Only public schools in Suffolk County (Boston, Winthrop, Chelsea, and Revere). To double-check whether your child’s school is closed on Thursday, click here.

This list focuses on non-St. Patrick’s Day events so you can avoid the masses.

But if you do want to join in the St. Paddy’s fun, The Children’s Museum in Easton will hold kid-friendly holiday-themed events, including a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts.

Got it. So what should I do to keep my kids busy if I want to avoid the St. Patrick’s Day craziness?

You have four really good options.

If your children are bookworms, take them to the 3rd Annual Book Sale at Gore Place. Gently-used books for readers of all ages will be on sale and prices start at $1.

The 3rd Annual Book Sale at Gore Place is ongoing. It will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at t52 Gore St., Waltham. The event is free and open to the public.


If you have a Lego lover in your brood, head to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Somerville. You must be accompanied by a child to be granted entry to the venue – meaning no St. Paddy’s-celebrating adults allowed. While there, kids can play around with Lego blocks to their heart’s content and admire a model of the city of Boston made out of the building blocks.

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. Tickets start at $14.95.

If you’re in the mood for a show, take your (older) kids to see “Legally Blonde’’ the musical at the Arlington Children’s Theatre. Watch young local thespians give their take on the story of California sorority girl Elle Woods’s struggle to fit in and find success at Harvard Law School.

“Legally Blonde’’ the musical is showing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the Arlington Children’s Theatre, 41 Foster St., Arlington. Tickets sell for $15.

If you have little-little kids, check out Toddler Time at Sky Zone Danvers. Sky Zone, the indoor all-walled trampoline park, dedicates an hour and a half to its littlest customers on weekdays, giving them a chance to jump around in the Main Court with other kids their size.

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Sky Zone is located at the Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. Toddler Time is held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $15.

If you want to get out of town for the day, bring your family to the Providence Children’s Museum for Rigamajig. Rigamajig is a large-scale building kit (think: wooden planks, nuts, pulleys, and rope) with no set building plans or blueprints—meaning your kids can build whatever their hearts desire. Past mini-engineers put together robots, carts, sleds, and dog houses.


Rigamajig lasts from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. Admission is $9 for children and adults; babies under 12 months get in free.

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