School is out!
What will you do with your kids during April vacation? Looking for some ideas? Boston.com Moms has rounded up the following April break activities. Bring the kids to a petting zoo, a puppet show, check out a musical performance, a cooking class, participate in an Earth Day celebration, and more.
National Week of the Young Child
The Boston Children’s Museum celebrates the National Week of the Young Child with many activities, including science explorations, sensory and art activities, KidStage performances, Japanese House tours, Circle Time, yoga, storytelling, and more. And check out the toddler Pajama Party Friday night! There will be games, stories, and songs for kids age 3 and under, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $14 per person, children under 12 months free. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Cook up some fun
Take a cooking class with your kids. Make sushi, pasta, cupcakes, and more. Classes focus on all types of food, including Italian, Vietnamese, and Mediterranean. There are classes for younger kids, teens, and even the area’s littlest chefs can get involved at a Princess Pirate Tea Party scheduled April 17 for ages 3 and up.
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, various times and prices. Create a Cook, 53 Winchester St., Newton. www.createacook.com.
The Aussie Aviary opens this week for the season. Check out hundreds of brightly colored budgies in the interactive space. Children can also meet some of the newest additions to the zoo, including Grant’s zebra foal and a bongo calf, both born in February. Play on the 10,000-square-foot playground that opened last summer while you’re at it. And don’t miss the Party for the Planet on April 21, a celebration full of entertainment, animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, eco-friendly exhibitors, and more.
Monday, April 15 – Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Adults $17, kids age 2 to 12 $11, seniors $14, kids under age 2 free. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road, Boston. www.franklinparkzoo.org.
Learn more about the carnivores, such as this lynx, that call the zoo home. Learn about the snow leopards, jaguars, cougars, Mexan gray wolves, foxes, bald eagles, and more. Throughout the week, kids can meet with zookeepers to ask questions, do craft activities, and go on a scavenger hunt.
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults $14, kids age 2-12 $10, seniors $12, kids under age 2 free. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. www.stonezoo.org.
Kids decide what they want to do during the Levinthal-Sidman Jewish Community Center school vacation program. Children in grades K-6 can choose to play board games, swim, do sports, arts & crafts, rock climb, dance, and more. Highlights of the week will include Yom Ha Atzmaut (Israel celebration), spin art, a trip to the Wheelock Family Theatre, and more. Attend one day or as many days as you’d like. Early drop off and extended day available (call for rates).
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, members $108, non-members $128; Wednesday, members $135 members, non-members $155 non-members; . Tues., Thurs., Fri. members $100, non-members $120. Five day pricing: member $495, non-member $595. Levinthal-Sidman JCC, 33 Nahanton St., Newton. www.bostonjcc.org.
Children will enjoy day camps that include sports, swimming, art, rock climbing, outdoor exploration, and more. Check the YMCA websites for schedules, dates, and cost.
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19. YMCA, various locations and times so check the website. www.ymcaboston.org.
Families will meet baby goats and lambs, take a pony ride, pet a bunny, and see how fleece is spun into yarn at Monday’s Fleecy Friends event. Here, Lila Bovenzi, 7, of North Kingstown met cuddly creatures during Fleecy Friends. Other events this week include Imagination Playground, Animal Experiences, Pumpernickel Puppets, and MetLife Family Friday (families are free from 5 to 8 p.m.).
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, various times. $9 per person. Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence. www.childrensmuseum.org.
Become a knight
Wield a sword, joust a knight, or attack a castle. Kids will take part in hands-on shield design workshops, swordplay classes, knight training, and more.
Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults; $8 children age 4 to 16; Free for age 3 and under. Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave. #11, Worcester. 508-853-6015. www.higgins.org.
Artists to Warriors
The theme this week at the Museum of Fine Arts is “Artists to Warriors,’’ and kids will celebrate Japanese art and the recently opened exhibition, “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.’’ Children will explore and learn about the museum’s Japanese collection through performances, art-making activities, and other family-friendly programming. Additionally, the MFA and the New York International Children’s Film Festival will present the Boston International Children’s Film Festival from Saturday, April 13 to Monday, April 21.
Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open Wednesday until 8 p.m.). Free for kids age 17 and under. Adults $25, seniors and students $23. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston. www.mfa.org.
Ramblin’ Dan show
Explore art and movement through the work of Nick Cave for three days at the Peabody Essex Museum. Create costumes and kaleidoscopic wallpaper, attend a concert by Ramblin’ Dan and his Professor World Band (pictured), make your own music, and more.
Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $15, seniors $13, students $11, kids 16 and under and Salem, Mass. residents free. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. www.pem.org.
Baby animal petting zoo
Barefoot Books will host events all week long, including a Little Superheroes Puppet Show on Tuesday, Songs and Stories for a Small Planet on Thursday, and a Kids’ Concert with Tim Seston Saturday. On Sunday, Animal Craze presents a show about baby animals (pictured). Kids will hear animal stories and meet baby bunnies, chicks, and ducklings.
Tuesday, April 16, to Sunday, April 21, various times and prices. Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord. www.barefootbooks.com.
Chuck and Mud (pictured) will perform at the EcoTarium’s Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 19. Families will enjoy half price admission and plenty of indoor and outdoor Earth-friendly activities such as musical performances, food vendors, animal programs, train rides, planetarium shows, and more. During the week, kids can enjoy activities with a ’’Blast Off!’’ theme — launch stomp rockets, maneuver remote-controlled robots, explore the science of firing space probes, and more.
Tuesday, April 16, to Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $14, kids age 2 to 18 $8, seniors and college students $10, kids under age 2 free. Earth Day admission April 19: $7 adults, $4 children 2-18, $5 seniors and students with ID. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. www.ecotarium.org.
Celebrate Earth Day
Want to celebrate Earth Day with the family? Help clean up the Charles River with 3,000 other volunteers at the 11th Annual Earth Day Cleanup, attend a “Party for the Planet’’ at Franklin Park Zoo (pictured), listen to animal stories and do crafts at Barefoot Books, learn about the ocean through art, science, and storytelling at the New England Aquarium, attend an Earth Day Music Festival at Endicott College, and more.
Get details about these five Boston-area Earth Day activities and five more happening April 19-22.