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February 7, 2013

VACATION BOREDOM BUSTERS

Enrich your children's lives with an array of activities outside the schoolroom

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At Stone Zoo in Stoneham, visitors can meet zookeepers and even have an “animal encounter” at the zoo’s Animal Discovery Center during vacation week.

In New Hampshire, there’s a week-long Seaside Safari Day Camp at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, where kids can explore everything from shipwrecks to sharks inside the center and outside at Odiorne Point State Park. Hands-on science activities and interactive exhibits are part of the adventure. The camp is offered during both New Hampshire and Massachusetts vacation weeks.

FOR LITTLE EXPLORERS

Children who visit the Boston Children’s Museum during Massachusetts school vacation week will get a chance to participate in special activities inspired by the exhibit “Blue Man Group-Making Waves!” The daily activities will encourage kids to use everyday objects in creative ways, like building a playground, creating musical instruments out of recycled materials, and painting themselves to glow under black lights.

Other events on the agenda include music with students from Boston Conservatory, a “robot scrimmage,” and dance lessons with Urbanity Dance and guest DJ Jef Czekaj.

There’s also a lot to explore at The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover during New Hampshire vacation week. In addition to regular exhibits and activities, the museum is hosting a three-day February vacation camp for children ages 4-1/2 to 8 years old.

The camp, which runs Feb. 26 to 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will introduce kids to basics of stage acting, including voice, expression, body movement, and attention. Students will show off their new skills at a final performance at the end of camp.

FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS

Massachusetts school vacation week also happens to be National Engineers Week, so why not celebrate that happy coincidence at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, home to Kismet and other robots, holograms, and more?

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