While we were busy with college touring for our older child, April school vacations came upon Boston and we are hurrying to make plans for our youngster Vi, who is seven. Here is OUR APRIL SCHOOL VACATION plan for the week. I invite you to add your own ideas in the comments!
1. CHARLOTTE’S WEB at Wheelock Family Theater
Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the beloved children’s book by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web it is a delightful tale of friendship and loyalty with many important life lessons (let’s just say I almost teared up at the end). As always in Wheelock’s productions, there are both professional and child actors on stage, but everyone and everything – the acting full of comical details, imaginative stage set, the script with simple philosophical wisdoms – works smoothly for a lighthearted performance that will surely leave you and your kids happy (Here is a helpful study guide to discuss the play with your kids).
Aerial acrobatics from Caroline Lawton (Charlotte) was a pleasant surprise!
For older kids (14+), Boston Children’s Theater has put together a thought provoking production of One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest (April 15-29, at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont street).
Younger kids will enjoy Brookline’s Puppet Showplace Theater daily programming (some shows are suitable for kids as young as three).
2. MFA Vacation Week
For our “fix” of visual arts, we always plan to partake in the art making activities during vacation week at the Museum of Fun Arts Boston (Tuesday – Friday, April 18-22). As members, we enjoy unlimited access throughout the year, but for occasional visitors, Wednesday “pay what you can” deal is very popular (Museum stays open until 8pm on Wednesdays so working parents could have their school vacation night on the town too!). And while you visit, enjoy Matisse in the Studio Exhibit of special artifacts from the artist’s studio (April 9- July 9).
3. Play with Science
For science lovers, Cambridge Science Festival (through April 23) offers hands-on events for kids (and adults) of different ages. Museum of Science is partaking in the Festival with their own events – check out their offerings here. Vacation week programming at the Museum of Science will culminate with the Earth Day celebration on April 23.
4. Good Old Fun
For good old fun times, we are taking Vi to Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA this week (they just opened for the season).
If you have not yet visited our Boston’s own Legoland Discovery Center, their vacation week programming (April 15-23) offers medieval days with LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ adventure. There will be special vacation week Playmakers around the attraction to interact with quests and spark creativity.
5. Day Tripping to the Cape
If you are in the mood for a day trip, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich (just over the Cape Cod bridge) opens its 2017 season in time for school vacation week with special outdoor art creation for the kids to compliment Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views Exhibit currently on display. There are 100 acres of nature trails, woodlands and gardens to explore at this indoor/outdoor museum, and when you get tired of the outdoors, you can step inside for their unique collection of historical cars. An outdoor tree adventure park opens for the season on April 13.
And if you are on Cape Cod, a walk on the beach is never too far.
More day trip ideas:
Touring historical mansions in care of the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations
Touring Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and Historical Mansions
Coming up later in April
WaterFire Providence: April 28
Sleeping Beauty by Boston Ballet: April 28 – May 27