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What to do with your kids this February vacation

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What to do with your kids this February vacation

OTIS, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s President’s Day weekend and the beginning of February vacation for western Massachusetts students.

This weekend is also one of the busiest times of the year for local ski resorts. At Otis Ridge in the Berkshires, they’ve been making snow to have enough of it on the slopes this weekend. They will be hosting their annual cardboard box race on Saturday at 1 p.m. to benefit the Otis Food Pantry.

If you’re looking to go skiing this weekend, there are several resorts in our area:

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If you’re looking for something else to do this February vacation with your children, the Springfield Museums will be holding several events everyday:

  • Spark!Lab, 10:30 am-4 pm: Automata — an early robotics toy featuring moving scenes and characters. Design your own figure and use a hand crank to bring it to life! Also explore zoetropes. Second Floor, Springfield Science Museum
  • Try Your Eye, 11 am-3 pm: Play with optical illusions—the base of animation. African Hall, First Floor, Springfield Science Museum
  • The Science of Sound, 11 am-3 pm: How do we hear? Learn about the science of sound with a variety of hands-on activities. Science Workshop, Second Floor, Springfield Science Museum
  • Be An Illustrator, 11 am-3 pm: Design a comic strip or flip book to tell a tale of your favorite character or one of your own creation. Discovery Lab, Lower Level, Springfield Science Museum
  • Jumping Frog, 12-4 pm: Using the Japanese art of paper folding, create a jumping frog! Art Discovery Center, Second Floor, GWV Smith Art Museum

You can also check with your local library for any fun activities they have scheduled throughout the week.

The Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR) will be hosting two events this week as well to help get your kids outside.

  • “Make a Tree Guidebook” at Holyoke Heritage, located at 221 Appleton Street in Holyoke on Tuesday, February 20, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  DCR will guide families around the park to make bark rubbings and collect twigs and leaves for their guidebooks. Children will learn how to identify trees around the park.
  • Winter Wonderland Activity Day at Mount Greylock State Reservation, located at 30 Rockwell Road in Lanesborough on Sunday, February 18, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The event will have crafts, scavenger hunts, board games, and sledding.

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