The Getting-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Activities for Families This February

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Welcome, February! It might be cold outside, but we can feel the warmth of love in our hearts! There is a whole bunch of fun to love in the Boston area this month, and we have compiled this list of some events that have our hearts aflutter! 

In addition to this guide, our calendar has daily events listed to keep you active and entertained this month!

We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. We know this is not a comprehensive list, so if you think of any fun family activities we missed, please share them with us in the comments.

If you are looking to connect with other moms near you, make sure to join our Community & Conversation Group!

February 1 :: Lunar New Year at the MFA :: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ring in the year of the rat with free admission to celebrate Lunar New Year! Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the day. Watch a festive Chinese lion dance performance by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe, enjoy an interactive demonstration from the Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association, New England Headquarters, and go on a tour highlighting works in the Art of Asia galleries.

February 1 :: Garden Dreams Winter Sculptures :: Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover

Let your creative juices flow! Families are invited to design, build, and embellish winter sculptures using nature’s bounty. Work as a family, a group of friends, or be paired up with new friends and work together to add imaginative sculptural elements to the Stevens-Coolidge gardens. Cocoa will be served to keep your hands warm and busy! This is a drop-in event. Props welcome.

February 1 :: The Wacky Science Show with Mike Bent :: The Center for the Arts, Natick

Get ready for an award-winning show that teaches that science can be exciting and fun! Kids participate in high energy, hands-on lessons while discovering that simple household items can be used to perform exciting science experiments. Loads of surprises, comedy, and music combine in this perfect complement to classroom activities. Guaranteed to be one of the best science shows your students will ever see!

February 1–2 :: Frozen Jr. :: Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! This production features students in grades 1–9.

February 2 :: Tanglewood Marionettes Perform the Fairy Garden :: Arlington

Join Arlington Family Connection for the Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of The Fairy Circus. Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers!

February 8–16 :: 2020 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show :: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston

Calling all boat lovers! The region’s largest and most anticipated indoor marine event of the year, the 2020 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is a virtual pleasure cruise for boating enthusiasts of all ages and lifestyles, docking Feb. 8-16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Whether investigating Salt, the life size humpback whale, captaining your craft in the kids paddle pool, or experiencing the thrill of interactive casting, attendees of the marine expo will enjoy boating activities and education for all ages and skill levels.

February 8 :: Salem’s So Sweet :: House of the Seven Gables, Salem

Celebrate Salem’s So Sweet at The House of the Seven Gables with a day of festive events. Ice sculptures will be installed around Salem through the day. A family valentine workshop and cookie decorating event will take place from 1–3 p.m. Please register here.

February 9 :: Boston Royal Princess Ball :: Boston Marriott, Burlington

Get ready for a day of magical fun for the whole family, brought to you by Dream Parties! There will be stage performances by your favorite princesses, dancing, stories, picture opportunities, and more! Little one will get to participate in princess games and storytime sing-alongs, learn some ballroom dance moves, and more. This event is geared toward children ages 3–7, though all are welcome!

February 9 :: PJ Library Dads, Kids, & Brews :: Castle Island Brewery, Norwood

Grab a pint while spending Sunday morning with the kids at Castle Island Brewery in Norwood. Join other dads at the family-friendly tables in the newly decorated warehouse space. Light snacks provided for the children.

February 9 :: Pinkalicious Valentine’s Party! :: Joanne Langione’s Dance Center, West Newton

Find your “pinkest” tutu and join in on a pinktastic time making valentines and dancing your heart out! Children ages 2–7 will love this energetic Valentine’s-themed dance party!

February 11 :: Winter Nature Power Hour — Who Wears What? :: NRT’s Sheep Pasture, North Easton

Are cows covered in fur or feathers? Do snakes have wet or dry scales? Learn who wears what in the animal world through this exciting new program for parents/caretakers and their toddlers (ages 3–5)! This program will include an art project, a game/activity, and a short adventure hike on the sheep pasture property!

February 15 :: “Magic & Beyond” featuring Illusionist David Garrity :: Regent Theatre, Arlington

David’s Magic & Beyond show includes hilarious stunts of apparent mind-reading, an incredible illusion where a table mysteriously floats around the stage and out into the audience, “dangerous” stunts, a beautiful and artistic illusion involving ordinary hula hoops that perform extraordinary magic, and a hilarious Houdini-style “escape challenge.” Using visual magic and illusions combined with music, pantomime, situation comedy, and audience participation, David Garrity is entertainment for the whole family! 

February 17 :: Baby Yoda All Ages Paint Event :: Barrett’s Ale House, Fall River

Who can resist the cuteness of Baby Yoda? Create your own masterpiece on 9×12 canvas.
This event includes all the materials to make the painting. Adults are free if just assisting younger children. Please register in advance.

February 17–March 17 :: Wizard of Oz Singalong :: Regent Theatre, Arlington

Grab your ruby slippers and click your heels three times to transport yourself to Arlington’s showplace of entertainment for the Wizard of Oz singalong! The theatre will become the Emerald City, and you’re invited to watch this classic movie-musical with all the words to the songs on the screen for you and all your friends to sing along with! Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite Wizard of Oz character. The master of ceremonies will lead an on-stage costume parade… munchkins, flying monkeys, wizards, witches, tin men, lions, scarecrows, and twisters are all welcome!

February 19 :: Kids Cookie Decorating :: 4GoodVibes, Medford

In this beginner cookie workshop, kiddos will learn the basics of cookie decorating. Children will be taught the basics of royal icing, piping, outlining and filling, and wet-on-wet icing skills in a step-by-step class led by Shelley, owner of SugarShells! Children will get to make four cookies to bring home!

February 19 :: School Vacation Week Slime Fest! :: Shindigz Parties, Pembroke

Kids will make colored, fluffy slime with all sorts of FUN add ins at this drop off event! Foam beads, fish bowls, mermaid tails, unicorn charms, glitter, etc. will be available to make their slime the slimiest ever! This event is appropriate for ages 5+. Please purchase a ticket in advance to reserve your spot.

February 19–23 :: Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures :: TD Garden, Boston

Hit the road with Mickey and his pals for a fun-filled ride in Disney On Ice’s Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as your favorite Disney friends embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. 

February 21 :: Winter in the 1800s :: Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston

Have you ever wondered what harsh New England winters might have been like back in the 1800s, when the pumping station was just being built? Head to the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. to try out a variety of everyday winter activities from the past! Try old-fashioned water collection tools, dye cloth using natural homemade vegetable dyes, taste a favorite winter beverage, learn how early Americans fared before the invention of the toilet, and create a balloon-powered rocket sleigh — an upgrade on the old horse and carriage! This event is FREE and fun for all ages! Suggested donation $3.

February 21 :: Winter Skies at the South Shore Natural Science Center :: Norwell

Join on the eve of the new moon to discover “winter skies.” Through hands-on activities we will explore the constellations, planets, and the lunar cycle. Bring your own clear recycled container to create a lantern to use on a night hike.

February 23 :: Mickey & Minnie Masquerade Ball :: Tumble Beans Cafe, Medway

Come have a ball with Minnie and Mickey! Minnie and Mickey will be visiting Tumble Beans Cafe for a masquerade ball. The morning will be filled with music, dancing, and pictures with Minnie and Mickey. Children are welcome to play the whole time!

February 23 :: The Airborne Comedians :: The Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline

The Airborne Comedians are two performers who’ve traveled the globe performing their high-energy, unorthodox comedy juggling show to the delight of all ages. Dan Foley and Joel Harris throw and catch birdbaths, lawn chairs, electric guitars, and baseball bats in their hilarious juggling routines while balanced atop 6- and 7-foot-high unicycles! A sure bet to make you laugh. 

February 29 :: Beauty and the Beast :: Massasoit Theater Company, Brockton

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

February 29 :: Silly Soiree :: Boston Children’s Museum, Boston

The Silly Soirée is a unique event in Boston, planned by the kids and for the kids. The formal party and fundraiser allows kids and their grown-ups a fun opportunity for a special date night on the town: dinner and dancing kids’ style! All proceeds from the event allow children and families to access the museum and its programming, regardless of challenging life circumstances.

February 29 :: Leap Day Fun at the Franklin Public Library :: Franklin Public Library, Franklin

There’s an extra day in the year, so make the most of it! Join the Franklin Public Library for leap-tastic games, crafts, and more!

Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux :: Patriot Place, Foxborough :: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

This free weekly storytime takes place every Tuesday at Showcase Cinema de Lux. After a story reading, a special character makes a weekly appearance followed by a short movie.

Public Telescope Nights at New England Sci-Tech :: 16 Tech Circle, Natick :: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8–9 p.m.

The public is invited to join New England Sci-Tech for an evening of astronomy during the spring, summer, and fall months. Depending on staff availability, inside activities such as planetarium shows and visiting the astronomy classrooms may be available. Visitors are also invited to borrow smaller “starblast” telescopes to use on their own.

Urban Air Sensory Friendly Jump/Play Time :: Bellingham :: Sundays, 9 a.m.

This event is specifically designed for children with autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park and have a lot of fun without loud music and flashing lights! The lights will be white and music/video games turned off for those with sensory challenges during this time.

Family Night at Urban Air :: Bellingham :: Thursdays, 4–8 p.m.

Family Night is a crazy deal! Get four ultimate passes, four bottles of water, and one pizza for $79.99. It’s fun for the whole family!

Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.

Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.

Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m.

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Storytime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m.

Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.

SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.

ImprovBoston Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m.

Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! The show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. It’s fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.

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