February school holidays with the kids in New Bedford and Fall River


It’s almost time for February vacation. With the kids home February 21-25, here are some activities that can help keep them busy. Whether they want to improve their cooking skills, learn a new hobby or paint a masterpiece, there is something for everyone.

Splatter paint

772 Purchase Street, New Bedford | https://www.facebook.com/Paintingatsplash

Join Painting At Splash for a class from February 21 through February 25 for their February 2 for 1 holiday special. From 4 years recommended with a different painting each day, including a day of painting on ceramics.

February Break Archery Clinic

203 Bedford Street, Lakeville | https://www.facebook.com/Dees-Archery-Events

This is a four-day archery clinic for children ages 7-12 that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon from February 21 to February 24. No experience is required. Each day will focus on good shooting form and developing basic skills. It will challenge archers with fun and exciting target games that will help them focus on aiming.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford | https://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs

Throughout the February holiday week, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will explore conservation themes. Visitors are encouraged to locate each of the five conservation stations by searching for the corresponding hidden whales between 9:30 a.m. and noon. In the afternoon, continue the fun treasure hunt until the Museum closes. Return your completed scavenger hunt to the admissions office for a special victory stamp.

The stations include:

  • position 1: search and destroyexplore toothed whales and echolocation
  • position 2: Sounds and Songsdiscover how sound works through different hands-on experiences
  • item 3: Corals and conservationexplore some of our ocean’s smallest creatures
  • position 4: Through the windowcompare whale skeletons to human skeletons
  • item 5: Insulated from the coldexperience the insulating properties of fat

New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches

181 Hillman Street, New Bedford | https://www.facebook.com/NBParksRecreationBeaches

There are two great options with New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches for February Break.

  • The Staycation Club at the Andrea McCoy Rec Center is $85 per child for the week, K-5. This fun and safe program will keep kids physically active and socially engaged during the school holidays! Active games in the gym, as well as steam projects, arts, board games and more will be on offer for a full day of fun. Lunch will be served daily.
  • Free Staycation activities at the Ricketson Nature Center, focused on nature fun for the whole family. Daily activities will include birds, recycling, insects, owls and trees.

Culinary Arts Summer Camp

476 North Ave, Rochester | https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culinary-arts-vacation-camp

The former colony Reg. The Voc-Tech secondary school organizes a summer camp in culinary arts offering pasta or sushi for 7 to 14 year olds. Each class costs $50 per person. There are two sessions for each course, the first at 9 a.m. and the second at noon, each lasting 2.5 hours.

  • February 22: Fresh pasta making class where students will learn the history and technique of making fresh pasta as well as homemade tomato sauce and Italian meatballs.
  • February 23: Sushi making class where students will cook sushi rice and roll their own sushi rolls. California rolls and spicy tuna rolls will be on display.

Highland Street Foundation Winter Camp


Highland Street Foundation partners with different organizations to provide free opportunities during the February school holiday week. Some of these activities require pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis and have limited capacity. Visit individual websites to view COVID protocols.

  • February 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Road, Worcester | www.ecotarium.org.
    The EcoTarium offers indoor and outdoor experiences for visitors of all ages, including 3 floors of indoor interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, imaginative outdoor play and more. Tickets can be reserved online but are not compulsory.
  • February 23: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Franklin Park Zoo, a route from the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston | www.zoonewengland.org.
    Franklin Park Zoo has the cure for cabin fever during the long New England winters, so avoid hibernating, because there are plenty of amazing animals that don’t! Prior registration is required at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094eabae2ba6fa7-223.
  • February 24: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children’s Winter Festival, Boston Common, Parade Ground www.boston.gov/calendar/childrens-winter-festival-2022
    Outdoor fun, including a three-story inflatable snow slide, mountain adventure in a 45-foot-long toboggan tunnel, trackless train, photo booth, giant games, and more.
  • February 25: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford | www.bpzoo.org
    Buttonwood Park Zoo is home to over 240 species including Asian elephants, red pandas, bison, cougars, black bears, eagles, seals, otters, South American primates and many species of waterfowl
  • February 25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cape Cod Maritime Museum, 135 South Street, Hyannis | www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org
    Come experience the rich maritime traditions and history for which Cape Cod is known.

    If you need additional information or have any questions, contact Brian McNulty ([email protected]).

February School Holidays at Dartmouth Library

Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth | North Branch, 211 Cross Road, Dartmouth https://www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/library/blog/february-school-vacation-programs-children-feb-22-26-2022

  • February 22: dinosaur fun 2 p.m. at Southworth Library. Join Miss Christie for a dinosaur story, dinosaur crafts and activities. It’s gonna be a good time. Registration required.
  • February 23: Circle Shaped Animal Crafts – 10:30 a.m. at the North Branch Library or 2 p.m. at the Southworth Library. Bring your imagination and join Miss Christie as we explore what animals can be made from different sizes and colors of circles. Registration required.
  • February 24: Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Show -10:30 a.m. at the North Branch Library or 2 p.m. at the Southworth Library. Using an old-school overhead projector and his homemade shadow puppets, kids act out “What’s that Shadow” and help tell stories like “The 12 Lil’ Pigs and the Big Bad Pineapple.” The show lasts 45 minutes and is ideal for children aged 3 and over. Registration is mandatory.
  • February 26: escape room – 2 p.m. at the North Branch Library. Kids 9 and up who want to learn more about secret codes can embark on an escape room-style time travel adventure. Solve puzzles, decipher encrypted messages and discover some of the most famous secret codes while traveling through history. This activity is perfect for small teams of two to four people. Adults can also help (if they let you). You must register for the event.

Masks are strongly recommended for all participants.

Middleborough Public Library

102 Main Street North, Middleboro | https://www.facebook.com/middleborolib/

February 24: From 1-2 p.m., join Saria Sweeney, educator at the Old Colony History Museum, for a hands-on powder horn history program. Get creative with this revolution-inspired DIY. You will discover the history of powder horns, then you will make one to personalize at home. We’ll be working with papier mache, so dress for the mess.

This craft is intended for children from 8 to 12 years old and registration is compulsory because the number of places is limited. Call the library at 508-946-2470.


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