Feb 072018
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Did you catch the Facebook live I did this morning with Leah from City Living Boston live from The Royal Sonesta Boston. Actually, Kim from Kimworld was there, too, but she did all the behind the scenes stuff for us (THANK YOU for that by the way, Kim)! During the live stream we covered local things to do over the Winter break/February school vacation.

What, you missed it?  No worries – grab a snack, sit back and have a look:

Before I get into all my February vacation picks, here are a few of the links for things mentioned in the live stream for your reference:

Little Scientists Package: https://www.sonesta.com/…/royal-sonesta-boston/offers

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston February Vacation Offerings http://www.mfa.org/…/special-event/february-vacation-

Mirror Maze Exhibit at Museum of Science, Boston https://www.mos.org/exhibits/mirror-maze

Love Royally at the Royal Sonesta Boston https://www.sonesta.com/loveroyally

As promised here is some information on the locations I discussed in the video (plus a few that I didn’t have time to mention):

South of Boston:

The Cape Codder Resort

Located in the heart of Cape Cod, The Cape Codder Resort and Spa makes a wonderful spot for a family getaway. The Cape Codder has an indoor water park, a wide variety of room options, several restaurants, a full service spa and more. Everything you need to enjoy your getaway is located all under one roof! The Cape Codder is located at 1225 Iyannough Rd in Hyannis, Read more: https://massholemommy.com/plan-a-fun-family-getaway-at-the-cape-codder-resort-and-spa/

The Cape Codder has an indoor water park, a wide variety of room options, several restaurants, a full service spa and more. Everything you need to enjoy your getaway is located all under one roof!

Get a Day pass for the Pilgrim Cove Pool at John Carver Inn

Head down to the John Carver Inn and enjoy a day of swimming at the Pilgrim Cove Pool. The kids will love the Mayflower replica, sliding down the 80 foot water slide and swimming the day away.  If you stay at the Inn, the use of the pool is included, but they do have a limited number of day passes for sale daily, which is what we did. We’ve been there a few times, but I don’t have a dedicated article on that, but trust me when I tell you that it makes for a really fun day for the family. The John Carver Inn is located at 25 Summer Street, Plymouth MA. Here’s a photo I had on my phone from the last time we were there:

The exclusive Pilgrim Cove features lap lanes and a life-size replica of the Mayflower. A giant, 80-foot water slide winds through the historic ship and passes by a refreshing waterfall.

5 Wits in Foxboro

5 Wits in Foxboro is a live-action, immersive adventure experience.  They have two experiences to try: Espionage and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  In my opinion one is much, much better than the other, but either way it’s fun to be able to be a part of story and solve puzzles/riddles to make your way out. 5 Wits is located right at Patriots Place in the back near the CBS Scene. Park over by the movie theater and walk up the giant staircase (if you’ve been there, you know exactly what I mean) and 5 Wits will be on your right. I had a post about 20,000 Leagues, but lost it (along with all my photos) when my site crashed back in 2011. Sigh.  I guess that means I need to get back there again soon.

Sky Zone

Who doesn’t love an indoor trampoline park?  It’s fun for the kids and as an added bonus, they will sleep extra well that night!  Score. There is one in Kingston and East Providence, RI. We’ve been to both and they are exactly the same.  You can get tickets for hour long blocks of time and Sky Zone never gets old for my kids. Sky Zone Kingston is located inside the Kingston Collection Mall, 101 Kingston Collection Way in Kingston and Sky Zone East Providence is located at 70 Pawtucket Ave in East Providence, RI. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/fun-at-sky-zone-indoor-trampoline-park-in-east-providence/

Let the kids bounce their hearts out at this indoor trampoline park. Tickets are sold in hour blocks and they will have a blast being active and having fun.

Launch Indoor Trampoline Park

Launch Trampoline Park!  It is an indoor sports and family entertainment facility in Norwood, MA.  They have over 15,000 sq. feet of connected trampolines forming one GIANT jumping surface and angled trampoline walls to bounce off of.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

At Launch, there are five courts for your family to jump on. There is the main court, a basketball court, a fun foam pit for the kids to jump in, a dodge ball and kids court (for kids ages 5 and under).  The best part about this indoor park, it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Launch Norwood is located at 570 Providence Highway, Norwood, MA 02062.  Read more: https://massholemommy.com/family-fun-at-launch-norwood-trampoline-park-launchnorwood/

Spend some time jumping at this indoor trampoline park.

Go for a hike at Borderland State Park in Easton

I actually grew up in the town of Easton, so I have literally spent thousands of hours at Borderland over the course of my lifetime. The park has an amazing mix of areas for hikers, mountain bikers, and families having picnics or just enjoying a beautiful day in New England. Borderland State Park even has a championship level disc golf course. There is something for everyone at Borderland State Park!  Borderland State Park is located at 259 Massapoag Ave in North Easton and be aware that parking at Borderland is NOT free.  I think it’s $6 for the day, but double check that before you go to make sure you are prepared with cash. Read more: https://www.travelingmom.com/travel-tips/family-hikes-in-massachusetts-borderland-state-park/

Go for a hike at Borderland State Park in North Easton, MA!

Rhode Island

The great Escape Room, Providence

After entering a room with your team, the door is locked behind you and you have 60 minutes to escape. You must work together in order to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. The puzzles are challenging, but not impossible – after all, the point is to have fun, right?  There is a guide in the room with you to offer little hints and very minimal help along the way. The Great Escape Room Providence is located at 146 Westminster ST, Floor 4 in Providence, RI. You can book your tickets online by clicking here. Read more about my family’s experience: https://massholemommy.com/the-great-escape-room-providence-ri/

Catch a Providence Bruins Game

If you love hockey, consider checking out the P-Bruins. The P-Bruins play at the Dunkin Donuts Center (aka the dunk) in Providence. Tickets are MUCH cheaper than tickets to a Boston Bruins game and frankly, it’s a lot more fun for the kids. It’s been a few years since we’ve been to a game, but you can read about our last experience there if you are interested in going to a game: https://massholemommy.com/providence-bruins-game/


Take an Old Town Trolley Tour

The Hop On Hop Off Boston Tour covers all the major areas of the city including Downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the Theater District, and the Waterfront District. On the trolley, the fun conductors narrate the tour with a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. Play tourist in Boston and spend the day exploring the city.

Because the Boston Old Town Trolley Tour covers the entire city, you can avoid costly parking and city driving. With frequent pickups at all their 19 stops, you can avoid walking long distances.  It’s definitely the best way to see and explore the best places in Boston! Just Look for the orange and green trolleys for the best sightseeing tour in town! Read more: https://massholemommy.com/old-town-trolley-tours-are-the-best-way-to-see-boston/

Play tourist in Boston by riding the hop on and hop off trolley to all the sights.

Visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

It is a 44,000 square-foot indoor attraction that features more than 3 million LEGO® bricks and is geared toward children aged 3 to 10 (and their families).  Sounds pretty awesome, right? There is so much to do there and if your kids love legos, I highly recommend taking your kids there.  The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center  is located at 598 Assembly Row in Somerville. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/if-you-love-legos-you-will-love-the-legoland-discovery-center-boston/

Get tickets to Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group is comedy,theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an outrageous, multi-­sensory experience you’ll never forget. Don’t miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. Blue Man Group – enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation! We’ve seen the show a couple of times and would gladly go back again in a heartbeat – it’s that much fun! They have some fun stuff planned for vacation week & you can read all about it here: https://www.blueman.com/boston/school-vacation-week

North of Boston

The BeanStalk™ Adventure Ropes Course

The BeanStalk™ Adventure Ropes Course is a 32-foot tall, 2 level indoor ropes course (12 feet or 24 feet up) complete with 30 exciting activities including zig-zag beams, cargo nets, angled rope ladders, crisscross walks and more. Participants choose their own path through the elements and go at their own pace. No two obstacles are the same! The BeanStalk™ Adventure Ropes Course is located inside Jordan’s Furniture Reading.  The store address is 50 Walkers Brook Dr in Reading. Read more: https://massholemommy.com/beanstalk-adventure-ropes-course-reading-ma/

Other Ideas

If you are looking to go a little further, maybe head to Mystic, CT?  The Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium are both open in the winter, so that’s always an option. Here’s a post I wrote about 5 things to do in Mystic during the winter: https://massholemommy.com/5-things-to-do-in-mystic-ct-during-the-winter/

Before I leave you, I wanted to mention my friend Nicky’s site, Playing All the Way.  She is also based in south eastern Massachusetts and has loads of fun recommendations for things to do with the kids.

Here’s her Winter Break Guide –> http://www.playingalltheway.com/2014/02/11/winterbreakfun/

And here’s her Ultimate Free Guide –> http://www.playingalltheway.com/2014/02/13/the-ultimate-free-guide/

Both are jam packed with great ideas and helpful information for parents, so be sure to check them out.

Be sure to check out my partner in crime, Leah’s post here –> https://citylivingboston.com/2018/02/12/winter-vacation-week-around-boston/

And finally, huge thanks to the Royal Sonesta Boston for having Leah, Kim and myself in to film our video this morning. It’s a gorgeous hotel and I am hoping to stay there sometime soon because my boys would love the pool there.

What are your plans for the winter break?  Are you going away or staying close to home?

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  34 Responses to “Keep the Kiddos Busy During Their Winter Break (Locally)”

  1. I’d have to get creative with my five kiddos! Some like this, don’t like that, etc. I like your suggestions. They would keep my kids busy!

  2. I would love to visit Boston with the family! These activity suggestions seem great and I have heard amazing things about all the history.

  3. Winter break usually makes for restless days with kids. I love your local suggestions. They will come in handy for people traveling to Boston over Winter Break.

  4. There is so much to do in Boston with the kids. I love how all year round there’s something fun to do and family-friendly! I must get back to New England sometime soon again!

  5. I would love to go to Boston over winter break. After reading about all the fun things to do there, it makes me want to go there even more.

  6. Winter break in Massachusetts sounds like a lot of fun! The Cape Codder Resort and Spa sounds like a great place to stay while out and about taking in some activities.

  7. Love the different activities that you shared here! I think going to an indoor waterpark is so much fun and definitely something that I’d take the kids to!

  8. I would be so up for a mirror maze and I am sure my kids would love it too. I remember when my kids used to get bored during winter break so it’s great that you outlined some fun activities!

  9. These are such great ideas for winter break! I wish I lived closer but I’m going to look into similar options here.

  10. We were actually in Boston last year for our Spring Break. Wish the weather would have been nicer but we had a blast. One of our favorite vacations, so much to do. We lucked out and had a day of sun for our walk on the freedom trail.

  11. Love all your suggestions! I’m planning for our Spring break right now, can’t wait to use some for them! I think my son would love it!

  12. All I am thinking right now is some sun, sea and sand but when I look out my window all I see is snow. Thanks for suggesting these nice places. I would like to watch the Blue Man Group, have fun in the trampoline park, and enjoy the waterpark! Anything to help me forget about the cold.

  13. What a great way to spend winter break! All these look so fun!

  14. These are great suggestions for the next time we take a family trip to Boston or MA or RI. My daughter would love LEGOLAND or Wits and is already a SkyZone fan. Thanks for the great tips.

  15. The boys love trampoline parks and it’s perfect for winter time when it’s way too cold for outside activities. The indoor pool would be a great place to visit this time of year! Love the live steam too!

  16. Wow! This is a very comprehensive list! I love the Blue Man group anytime! I also thought going to Mystic would be fun and I always love a good trolley ride!

  17. No kiddos to keep busy during break time. Good luck to all the moms and go out and have some fun with the kids.

  18. I’d want to check out all of these places! I just love Boston. One day I’m taking my kids because we love history. Winter break has actually already happened for us! It was considered the Christmas break. The next break my kids get is Spring Break and we’re just staying in town!

  19. Lots of fun things to do over the winter break! I love a good Escape Room!

  20. My cousin lives in Quincy with her husband and two children so I have passed this post onto her as I know she is always looking for things to occupy the kids when school it out. Great post. Loads of tips in there. Might try some of them out myself when I come back to Boston.

  21. It is so hard to keep my kids entertained during winter! We like to do indoor water parks as well as trampoline places too. We saw the Blue man show last year and my kids loved it!

  22. I lived in New Hampshire for 2 years and never got the chance to go spend time in Boston. I love Mystic. If you haven’t been to GreenAnimals in RI you should check that out.

  23. It’s not easy to simply go outside, so these activities are perfect for the kids. I’m sure they’ll have loads of fun with these. Definitely fun!

  24. We have some jump parks near us and they’re so much fun. A great way to entertain the kids when the weather is bad.

  25. My kids love the trampoline place. I want to see the blue man group.

  26. Lots of good choices for the long weekend. Hopefully some good eats along the way as well!

  27. The trampoline park looks like so much fun!!! I want to go! It looks like you have a great time!

  28. Oh man, that pool would be on my must visit list if i lived there. My daughter would love that!!

  29. Places like this makes Winter time a lot better and so much fun! The closest we can get to one from our area is 4 hours away so we’ve only been there once.

  30. A trampoline park would be so much fun. I have always wanted to see Blue Man Group too!

  31. Sounds like you have a ton of great indoor fun options for the winter. Wish we lived closer to Boston!

  32. This is a nice list of activities. I would prefer that they spend more time outdoors. hence hiking is a great option. Also visiting museums is a fun as well as an educational activity.

  33. We all need a winter break of fun here. The winter blues are setting in and I’m on a hunt to find something the kids can do during these blah months.

  34. We went a lot of places too! Of course we had to have down time as well. I so want to see The Blue Man Group!