The school holidays are fast approaching, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Some of you may have planned a ski trip or a trip to Disney or another exciting place.
For those not going somewhere exotic, here are some ideas to make your stay fun.
We’ve put together a list of entertainment ideas that are sure to make you look forward to getting up in the morning. Before you go, be sure to check the Maynard and Stow libraries for discounted passes to certain sites.
Speaking of libraries, they are no longer just for books.
The Maynard Public Library offers virtual storytimes, take-home craft kits, clubs and more. The Maynard Library Object Library includes a telescope, ukulele, Maynardopoly game, digital microscope and more.
In addition to books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and more, Stow’s Randall Library also lends LEGO We-Do kits, ukuleles and a telescope. Be sure to check it out.
Playgrounds to visit
If the weather is good, now might be the perfect time to hit up some of the playgrounds in the area. We have listed only a few here.
Castle in the Trees, 300 King St., Littleton offers play structures, a basketball court and playground for ages 2-5. Visit Castle in the Trees on Facebook for updates.
Coolidge Park Playground, 41-45 Parker St., Maynard has play structures and a long slide. If there is snow, it is a popular place for sledding.
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Stow Community Park, 60 Old Bolton Road, Stow offers a playground for children under 12, basketball and tennis courts, walking paths and more.
NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton has a playground, volleyball court, softball field, walking paths and more.
Indoor game at Jam Time in Maynard
Jam Time, 86 Powder Mill Road, Maynard is an indoor play area with climbing structures, playhouses, bouncy house, play tables, children’s gym equipment, soft baby toys and everything -kids and other activities. According to its website, adults can have a cup of coffee and a snack at the cafe while their kids are playing. Check the website for public play times. Time is also available for private play and parties. Visit jamtime.com/ or call 978-897-2917.
Help take care of the animals at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln
Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road in Lincoln offers school holiday programs for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. Children will be able to meet the animals; help with chores; tap a maple and make syrup; and learn about different animal habitats and how animals adapt to winter. All programs require pre-registration. Visit massaudubon.org.
Have fun with science at the Discovery Museum in Acton
Discovery Museum, 177 Main St. in Acton celebrates National Engineers Week, February 21-25. Visit the museum and tackle a different engineering project each day. Homestay programs are free with the cost of admission. Explore, experiment and play in a STEM-rich environment. Advance reservations are required. Visitors should read the museum’s COVID requirements before leaving. Visit discoveryacton.org.
Visit Louisa May Alcott’s home in Concord
The Alcott family lived at Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road in Concord, from 1858 to 1877, and it was there that his daughter, Louisa May Alcott wrote her autobiographical novel “Little Women”. Little has changed in the house since then and most of the furniture belonged to the Alcotts. According to its website, Orchard House has reopened with timed entry and a face mask requirement for all visitors and staff. They cannot guarantee availability for walk-ins. Visit louisamayalcott.org/ or call 978-369-4118.
Zoo time at Animal Adventures in Bolton
See exotic animals at Animal Adventures, 336 Sugar Road in Bolton, where there will be plenty of animal fun during the annual FebZOOary holiday week. Book tours, be a zookeeper for a day, or explore the zoo at your own pace with a general admission ticket. Watch the animals, learn from the trainers, play in the rabbit pen, feed the goats and enjoy the playground. Animal shows will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit animaladventures.net or call 978-779-8988.
Discover the beauty of The Butterfly Place in Westford
See New England butterflies and tropical species from around the world at Butterfly Place, 120 Tyngsboro Road, Westford. Butterflies fly freely in natural habitat, sharing space with koi fish, quails, caterpillars and other interesting creatures. Staff members are always available at the show and tell bench to answer questions. Visit butterflyplace-ma.com/ or call 978-392-0955.
Get creative at Art Signals in Maynard
Pop into the studio to paint or grab an art kit to get creative at Art Signals Studio, 16 Nason St. in Maynard. The studio offers kits for pottery, wood and canvas painting, glass fusing, string art and more. Art Signals will be open during the February holidays. Face masks are advised but not required. Visit artssignalsstudio.com/ or call 978-897-3411.