February break is upon us, which means families across Massachusetts are searching for fun activities taking place Feb. 17-21.
Ahead, discover five family-friendly events happening during February school vacation in Boston and beyond.
Ahoy! Your kids can build ships using Legos at the USS Constitution Museum’s “Lego Maritime Festival,” taking place Feb. 15-23. The museum’s “Masters of Miniature” model ships exhibit, which is on display throughout February, will provide inspiration for young shipbuilders. The exhibit includes more than 40 pieces built by modelers from the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild. The modelers will be on hand daily to answer questions and demonstrate the craft of model building. During the festival, kids can submit Lego designs for daily competitions. Saturday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 23; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown; voluntary donation.
Your family can learn all about Boston’s rich jazz history and more at the Museum of African American History in Boston. Current exhibits include “Jazz Great: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” and “Jazz Scene in Boston: Telling the Local Story.” In honor of Black History Month, the Red Sox Foundation has partnered with the Museum of African American History to offer free admission and tours during February break. Friday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston; free
Families who stay at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster during “Wizarding Week” might feel like they’re stepping inside a J.K. Rowling book. There are plenty of Harry Potter-inspired activities such as Quidditch matches, Horcrux Hunts, potions classes, and Harry Potter movie-viewing parties. Kids can also get crafty by making wands, cloaks, and miniature Firebolt 2000 brooms. Wondering which Hogwarts house your family will be in — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw? The Sorting Hat will take care of it. Wizarding activities are all complimentary for resort guests. Saturday, Feb. 15 to Friday, Feb. 21; Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, 2907 Main St., Brewster; nightly rates for The Village begin at $125 and for The Mansion begin at $195.
Your children can climb into a 45-foot-long tunnel on Boston Common during Children’s Winter Festival 2020. Or they can take a turn on an inflatable winter slide, “Snow Mazing” maze, or three-car trackless train. The activities don’t stop there: Families can play giant-sized Connect4 and horseshoes, take a family Zumba class, join the New England Aquarium and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for fun activities, and also sled and snowshoe (weather permitting). There will also be music, giveaways, treats, and opportunities to take photos with the L.L. Bean Bootmobile and Xfinity vintage 1960s Volkswagen bus. Thursday, Feb. 20; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Boston Common; 139 Tremont St., Boston; free.
It’s time to brush up on your culinary skills over at The Lenox Hotel. Chef Sean will teach children how to make pizza and cookies. The pizza-making class will take place on Feb. 19 and the cookie-making class will follow on Feb. 20. While the goodies are in the oven, kids will remain busy with arts and crafts activities. The Lenox says parents can opt to either stay with their children during the activity or leave the kids with their staff and “hit the town for a couple of hours.” Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 20; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; The Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter St. at Boylston; $39.