BOSTON (CBS) – Friday afternoon most children in Massachusetts will leave their classrooms and start winter school vacation. It can be a time of joy, but also frustration as parents try to find activities to keep their children occupied and from hearing the inevitable, “I’m bored.” Here’s a list of things to start your week, with a few thrown in for the parents, too.

Big and Little Exhibit at the Children’s Museum

From miniature doll houses to Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes, kids will be able to check out all things little and big. Also while at the museum you can check out the Black history Month activities and “Messy Activity.” There’s a full calendar of events and ticket information at

Free Boat Show at Patriot Place

Have dreams of being out on the water in the sun and warmth of summer? Well, close your eyes and imagine you’re headed there as you check out the Bass Pro Shop’s free Boat Show at the Foxboro retail store. On Saturday there will be workshops on local fishing tips and electronics, and on Sunday workshops on towing and organizing your boat.

Third Annual Boston Souper Bowl

On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. chefs will use local ingredients to make soups as a fundraiser for Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End. Guests will receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by students in MassArt’s Clay for Change that they can fill with samples of the soups. They’re then encouraged to take the bowls home. The event, which is $25 a ticket, is held at the Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury.

Bluegrass Festival

The 26th Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is taking place from February 18-20 at the Sheraton Framingham. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, there are more than 25 performers taking the stage including J.D. Crowe and the New South, Tony Trischka and Territory, and Bill Keith. Tickets for each day or for the whole weekend are available.

Early Birds: Shelters, Nests, Holes and Dens

Mass Audubon along with Boston Nature Center is offering a program to remind us all that spring is just around the corner. This program from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the center in Mattapan gives children from 3 to 6 years old the opportunity to explore forests, meadows and wetlands in the city. Inside there will also be arts and crafts and warming up with hot chocolate. More info can be found at the Audubon’s website.

Kids Fun Fair

An indoor petting zoo, games and rides come to the Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington on Saturday and Sunday. There are elephant and camel rides, and a petting zoo featuring pygmy horses and a unicow. Small amusement rides and games are also on site.

Comments (3)
  1. Kate S. says:

    I think that you left something off of this list and from what I hear it is a major even in Boston! How come you forgot to mention The President’s Day Parade on Monday? I never knew about this event until last night when Steve LeVeille mentioned it on his show but he said that it is a very big event for the city and that former presidents often attend.

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