Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Has your family made its plans for February vacation week? In addition to the outdoor fun of sledding, skiing, snowboarding and skating, plenty of indoor options remain for staycation fun during February school vacation week. Check out these offerings from the Bedford Recreation Department, the Bedford Free Public Library, and College for Kids at Middlesex Community College as well as at nearby museums.
Chinese New Year celebrations will take place in Bedford and at the Peabody Essex Museum on the Saturdays at either end of vacation week.
BEDFORD RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The Lego Civics Project (Grades 2-5) with Right Brain Curriculum
Tuesday, February 20 -Thursday, February 22 10:00-12:00 PM
As our students build a fully-planned and intricately designed model Lego city, they also learn to govern it. Students learn about elections, constitutions, flags, currency, economics, budgets and the environment as they serve on a city council that must make key governing decisions about the city.
February Vacation Tennis Clinic (Ages 5-9) with KA Tennis
Tuesday, February 20-Friday, February 23
Learn the sport of tennis from Kyle Anderson, a PTR and USTA Certified instructor. The clinic will teach the fundamentals of tennis in an energetic atmosphere. Drills are simple, effective, and fun!
Ages 5-6: 9:15-10:15 AM
Ages 7-9: 10:15-11:30 AM
Video Production February Vacation Program (Grades 3-5) with Bedford TV
Tuesday, February 20-Friday, February 23 12:00-3:00 PM
Students will learn how to make a movie by working together to write and produce a short film while also learning about production in a TV studio.
February Vacation Kids Jam (Grades K-4) with Kamate Fitness
Wednesday, February 21 9:00-12:00 PM
Got snowman fever from being cooped up this winter? Dance it all away with this fun interactive fitness dance program! This program will enable kids to express themselves through movement. The instructor will teach kids to move with confidence and promote creative expression. The class will include dance, games, exploration of dance styles, crafts, team building and finish with stretching and meditation.
February Vacation Fitness Fun (Grades K-4) with Kamate Fitness
Thursday, February 22 9:00-12:00 PM
A fun fitness and game program that exposes kids to different types of exercise including cardio dance and games, sports conditioning, strength drills, and sport specific stretching to give well-rounded exercise routine. The program will help develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills for life.
February All-Star Basketball Clinic (Ages 7-14) with John Carroll
Tuesday, February 20-Friday, February 29 9:00-3:00 PM
Enjoy basketball games, shooting contests, and fun with NBA award-winning coach John Carroll and his staff. The clinic will be aimed at improving skills such as dribbling, ball handling, shooting, and passing.
BEDFORD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Lego Challenge For grades K-5
February 20 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
We bring the Legos, you bring the creativity! Build on the theme, or design your own construction–with an abundance of Legos, the sky is the limit. Creations will be on display after the program. Online registration begins Tuesday, February 13th.
Full STEAM Ahead! Best for ages 5-18
February 21 from 2 to 3 pm
The Library has just added new robots, coding toys, tech-oriented games, and more for kids from grade school to high school to the list of things you can check out. Stop by this touch-and-try open house to play with them and see what we have!
Dinoman – Best for ages 5+
February 22nd from 10:30 to 11:15 am
With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent props, Dinoman leads participants on a trip throughout the Mesozoic Era. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What are fossils? How are they made? This program is fun and informative for the whole family. Online registration will begin on Thursday, February 15th.
COLLEGE FOR KIDS, BEDFORD CAMPUS AT MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
American Red Cross Babysitter Training – For ages 11 to 15
February 20 and 22, 2018 from 9am – 12:30pm
Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants learn how to develop a babysitting business; keep themselves and others safe and help children behave, and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Cost of course includes a copy of a Babysitter’s Training Handbook, Emergency Reference Guide, CD-ROM for babysitters to use in the class and on the job and the certification fee. Certification is received via email. Each participant must bring a baby doll to class. If class is canceled due to inclement weather, Wednesday, February 21 will be the make-up class. To enroll call 1800-818-3434 Note: All participants must be registered by February 2.
Adventures in Painting For ages 11-16.
February 21 and 23 from 9 am to 4 pm
Young artists will embrace their imagination using traditional and non-traditional techniques to create two captivating & unique acrylic painting on canvas. Focus on composition, color mixing and perspective will be encouraged. In day one, students will bring in small items from home as inspiration for a still life painting full of personal symbolism. In day two, learners will expand their painting knowledge to create a beautiful and expressive winter wonderland painting. Engaging movement breaks and games will break up the day. One on one teacher support and peer collaborations create an enriching atmosphere.
MIT at LINCOLN LAB
THE RISE AND FALL OF PLUTO – HOW SCIENCE PROGRESSES
February 24, 2018 – For ages 5 to 17 – Session 1 from 9 to 10:15 am and Session 2 from 10:30 to 11:45 am
When Pluto was discovered in 1930, it was enthusiastically greeted as a newly found planet for the solar system. It reigned as the ninth planet until 2006, when astronomers voted to take away its status as a planet. Was this the right thing to do? This talk will be about discovering new things in the solar system, and how this led to both the rise and fall of Pluto. Click this link to download and print or view the event flyer! Register for this free show for children ages 5–17 at https://scisat.ll.mit.edu/CMS/scisat/ Parental/adult escort is required for all children
OLD SCHOOL FUN
A TOWNWIDE SCAVENGER HUNT
Looking for some “Old School Fun” with a modern day twist to start off your vacation? This Saturday join us at 7:00P at the American Legion, 357 Great Road, for a Bedford wide Scavenger Hunt. Boys from 9 to 15 are encouraged to participate (sisters with parent or guardian are welcome too); drivers needed for each team. Today’s technology provides much flexibility for a modern-day Scavenger Hunt. Each team will utilize “code words,’ Secret Agents, photographs and special “lifelines” in order to successfully complete their mission. The American Legion proudly sponsors Boy Scout Troop 194 Bedford – for more information call, text, or email OC OConnor at (781) 983-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CONCORD MUSEUM
Along with separately ticketed events (a visit with President Lincoln and a Teddy Bear Tea), the Concord Museum offers daily crafts free with museum admission from 11 am to 3 pm during vacation week. Click this link to learn more.
Acton’s Discovery Museum celebrates with engineering programs for little ones: Cup Towers, Balls and Ramps, and Tin Foil Ferries on various days. Click this link to learn more
With Saturday Snowshoe Tours on February 17 and 24, DeCordova offers vacation week programming from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Designed for families with children ages 5–12, but all are welcome. FREE with admission or membership. Children 12 and under are always free. Click this link to learn more.
While one vacation week program has gone into waitlist, the others are available. Click this link to learn more
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM in SALEM
Join PEM at the intersection of art, math and technology as the museum celebrates XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions. Special events for kids and families, from 10:30 am until 4 pm every weekday during vacation week:
Peabody Essex Museum (www.pem.org) is located on East India Square, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 745-9500
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Usher in the Lunar Year of the Dog!
- At the Bedford Free Public Library on Saturday, February 24
- At the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday, February 17
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