Keep the little ones busy
Just because the kids are out of school for the week, doesn’t mean they need to waste away the time hanging out at home. From art workshops and game days, to kids’ concerts, museums and storytellers, there are plenty of things to do right here in the SouthCoast.
Here are eight things to do during school vacation week:
Hop aboard at Battleship Cove
Give the kids a fun day of game-playing on the ships that inspired board games like Battleship at the WWII and Nautical Gaming Day at Battleship Cove on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn, play and watch several games, including World of Warships, Battleship, Call of Duty: WWII, and a selection of modern and historical board games. Or get a glimpse of Battleship Cove’s first-ever WWII and Nautical Gaming Day a couple days earlier Thursday, Feb. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. when visitors are invited to play some board games in the Wardroom Annex. Games are included with price of admission. Battleship Cove is located on Fall River’s waterfront at 5 Water St.
More fun and games
Kids can log some fun and game time at Mastermind Adventures, where kids and gaming (and a bit o’ learning!) go hand in hand. For school vacation week, the folks at Mastermind are rolling out a full week of fun Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The offerings include Minecraft Challenge; Golden Sky Adventure; Yes, Chef; and The Science of Harry Potter. Three participants are required for a class to run, so register early. Get details at facebook.com/mastermindadventures.
The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River will have 10 rooms open for fun and learning during school vacation week. Check out the electronic gaming floor, Dino and Music, new and improved equipment in the Water Room and a new exhibit of model trains from the Old Colony and Fall River Train Museum. The Children’s Museum is located at 441 N. Main St., Fall River. For details, call 508-672-0033.
Get artsy, and learn about textile history
Artist Rhonda Fazio of Dyer Maker Studio will be setting up shop at the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River for a series of workshops: The Likeable Recyclable T-Shirt. In the free daily workshops, kids will learn all about textile dying as they use natural indigo dye to re-create their own T-shirts. Pack up a favorite T-shirt with the kids and send them off to the workshops, held Feb. 20 to 23 from noon to 4 p.m. with instruction on the hour. Free, with paid admission to the Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum is located at 441 N. Main St., Fall River. For details, call 508-672-0033. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Whaling history and a tale or two
A week of fun activities are planned at the New Bedford Whaling Museum where kids can climb aboard the Lagoa, the world’s largest model ship, or play inside an inflatable whale. It all starts on Monday, Monday, Feb. 19, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. with storyteller Len Cabral spinning tales about adventurers from Cape Verde, Africa, and the Caribbean. Registration is not required for Cabral’s storytelling event. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. For details, call 508-672-0033. See all of the activities at www.whalingmuseum.org.
Check out the African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir concert features children’s songs, traditional spirituals and contemporary songs. Comprised of African children ages 7 to 10 who have lost one or both parents to war or famine, the choir will perform at two area concerts. On Saturday, Feb. 24 hear the choir at Keith Middle School, 225 Hathaway Blvd., New Bedford. Tickets, to benefit the ACC, are available at the door and cost $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. On Sunday, Feb. 25, the African Children’s Choir will perform at St. Bernard Church, 30 South Main St., Assonet at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 508-644-5585.
Two days of artistic fun are planned for February school vacation at Studio Life Art. On Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, the day camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a full array of arts offerings: painting, dancing, crafts and games. Check out studiolifeart.com calendar page to register. Studio Life Art is located in The Tuscan Building, 145 Globe St., Fall River.
Go Wild at the Fall River Public Library
On Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, Bob Schenck from Animal Instincts Aquarium and Pet Shop will be at the library to introduce some of his furry, feathery and scaly pals while sharing some fascinating facts on how they survive during the cold winter months. Bring your camera! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Email Linda Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.