Five Faves for February Break
February 14, 2013

Winter school vacation starts in just a few days, but don’t worry if you didn’t make plans for your kids at a camp or book a family vacation. There is plenty to do right here at home, including some excellent sledding opportunities with all this snow!

Old Sturbridge Village: Washington's Birthday
Early nineteenth-century Americans gathered to offer toasts to George Washington on his birthday, as well as other important figures of the day, and so will everyone at Old Sturbridge Village during Washington's Birthday weekend (Saturday through Monday, February 16-18). Learn more about the country's first president during presentations and fun events. And if your name is George or Martha, you receive free admission over the weekend! Additional activities are held every day of the break. Visit their website for details.

Weir River Farm: February Vacation: Exploring Farms & Forests
Kids will explore Weir River Farm with hikes and games, plus get plenty of time with the farm animals. The program runs Tuesday through Thursday, February 19, 20, and 21 from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 6, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Pre-register by emailing mconnolly@ttor.org.

Ravenswood Park: Snowflake Shapes & Science
Explore the wonder of snowflakes during this hands-on winter workshop. Head inside to learn how to make ice crystal models and paper flakes, and view the famous snowflake photographs of Wilson Bentley, who discovered that no two snowflakes are alike. Then, go outside to explore the wintry landscape and maybe catch some real snowflakes. February 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit Ravenswood Park’s website to pre-register. Pre-registration required.

Appleton Farms: Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
Visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see the beautiful, maple-lined avenues and help collect sap, then learn how it becomes delicious maple syrup. February 23 and March 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Capron Park Zoo Winter Zoocademy
Head to this Attleboro Zoo where, from February 19 through 21, children (ages 6 to 8) can be scientists exploring how animals are adapted to earth, water, and air. Sign your kids up for one day or all three. Each day has a different theme. Tuesday is focused on earth and soil, and kids learn about tracks and trails. Wednesday has a water theme, where kids learn about wetland animals. Thursday is all about air and how some animals seem to live and move freely through it. A special program on Friday called “Animals Illustrated” features artist Brandon Strathmann, who will teach a class that explores the character and personality of zoo animals. Students will create a short comic using the characters they create. From 9 to 11 a.m. for ages 6 to 8; from 1 to 3 p.m. for ages 9 to 11. Visit the Capron Park Zoo website to register.

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