Make it a Fun and Fabulous February Vacation North of Boston

Make it a Fun and Fabulous February Vacation North of Boston

February 9, 2024

For many of our local towns, the February school vacation week takes place from February 19th through February 23rd. This welcomed winter week is a chance for families to reconnect, escape from the house, and shake off winter’s cabin fever, and for staycations and vacations! If you’re visiting North of Boston this February School Vacation week, staying put to explore your own backyard, or in search of activities to keep the kids busy, our local businesses are stepping up to make sure families are entertained and educated the whole week through!


Here’s a round-up of activities to enjoy this February school vacation week North of Boston:

February 17–February 25: Family Snowy Owl Prowls, Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Wide-open coastal sites are the location of choice for wintering Snowy Owls; common perches are dunes and salt hay staddles. In winter’s past, these owls have been frequent visitors to the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Join Crane Outdoors for a family snowy owl prowl as you hike the dunes in search of these magnificent birds. Their family hike offers a shorter and slower experience than their standard Snowy Owl Prowl, focusing on engaging children in the natural world. Bring the kiddos and your binoculars for some exciting sights!


February 17 & 18: Lego Train Weekend, Wenham Museum

Calling all LEGO fans – the Wenham Museum is excited to welcome the LEGO Train back to the property this February! Come see a rainbow-colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes and much more.  The LEGO Train is designed with the highest degree of precision (and a sense of humor!) by the New England LEGO Users Group (NELUG).

February 17 & 18: Maple in the Barnyard, Appleton Farms
Maple Season is here and its time to enjoy the magic of maple with your family! This special program for ages 3 and up will focus on the magic of maple from start to finish at Appleton Farms. Discover this tradition by observing trees, tasting sap, learning the tools involved, and finally, tasting the sweet product. We will make sure to have time to visit our barnyard animals! This program is for families, and will take place on the hour at 12, 1, and 2. Dress for the weather!

February 17 & 20: CraneExplorer: Shipwreck Scholars, Castle Hill
Coastal views with a side of shipwreck! Families will be guided on a Castle Hill hike through the salt marsh, dunes, and beach, while learning about local nautical history, including the role of Fox Creek Canal and Robinson Boat Yard in the area’s shipbuilding legacy, and the fascinating tale of the schooner Ada K Damon, wrecked on Steep Hill Beach in 1909. Participants will have the chance to make observations and measurements of the shipwreck, to learn how marine archaeologists and the Trustees are working to research and protect such artifacts.

February 18–24: Indulge in Magical Experiences at the Good Witch of Salem
The Good Witch of Salem elevates learning into a magical experience by communicating the importance of self-growth, self-love, and self-awareness, and February School Vacation is the perfect time to experience its magic. The Good Witch’s message is shared through engaging content and joyful events all week long including magical store experiences, winter potion making, a winter witch spa day, and more. Check out their calendar for a full list of the week’s events.

February 19–23: February Vacation at Appleton Farms
There is no better place to spend winter farm days than in exploring in the snow and learning to love the outdoors in all seasons! This program is for kids who are looking to make friends, explore the forests and fields of the farm, and learn about life in New England in winter, including learning about a type of winter farming – maple sugaring! Every day will include an outdoor adventure of hiking, snowshoeing, or other farm explorations. This is a school vacation drop-off program running Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm, February 19-23. Campers should be prepared to spend days mostly outdoors and will need appropriate clothes including hats, gloves, and boots.

February 19–23: Caring for Creatures and Climate, Peabody Essex Museum
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for a weeklong constellation of programs that invite participants of all ages on an inspiring journey of environmental stewardship. Meet live animals, learn about the ecosystems in your backyard, and explore practical ways to tackle climate change. Explore pop-up installations, drop-in art making, and exhibitions that deepen your understanding of the vital roles we play in preserving Earth’s biodiversity.

February 19–February 23: Kids Eat Free at Woodman’s
In honor of school vacation week, our classic local seafood spot is treating all kids to free kids meals, with no adult purchase required! Head on down to Woodman’s and let the kids indulge in fried fish bits, chicken tenders, a grilled cheese, or a hot dog! Kids 12 and under.

February 20–25: Programs at the North Shore Children’s Museum
Have you visited the North Shore Children’s Museum in Peabody yet?  This accessible and inclusive museum features hands-on exhibits designed to provide a fun and enriching learning experience for children ages 2-10. Their calendar is packed with activities for school vacation week including a hip-hop dance workshop, a cooking class, yoga and more!

February 23: Visit the Whalemobile at the Wenham Museum
Learn about whales! Walk inside a giant, inflatable humpback whale to learn more about these magnificent creatures. Learning about whales is also a great way to think critically about what you can do to help the wild world and our oceans The Whalemobile offers unique and innovative programming using a life-sized inflatable whale. The Wenham Museum brings this engaging and interactive learning experience to the community to foster a love for whales and the ocean and help cultivate the next generation of ocean advocates. On February 24th, participants will have a 30-minute visit seated inside a giant, inflatable humpback whale with a naturalist and educator to learn about whales.

February 23: Fun Family Friday, Smolak Farms
Head out and enjoy a Family Friday Night out at the Farm where you will enjoy winter hayrides, bonfires, s’mores kits, a cash bar – and of course their beloved apple cider donuts.

February 24: Enchanted Princess Party, Salisbury Beach Carousel

Join Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother for a magical, memorable fairytale experience at the Salisbury Beach Carousel! Children will be immersed in captivating storytelling and enjoy a delightful sing-along led by Cinderella herself. Children will enjoy enchanting storybook characters, sweet treats, carousel rides, creating magical moments and more! From February 16th through March 3rd the carousel will be open daily from noon to 5 pm to accommodate Massachusetts and New Hampshire school vacation.

February 24: Last Day to Lace Up at the MarketStreet Lynnfield Rink
Don’t miss your chance to skate the night (or day) away at Marketstreet Lynnfield before it closes for the season!