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Kids will have a blast at the MIT Museum during February Vacation
Every year, during the Massachusetts school vacation week in February, the MIT Museum celebrates National Engineers Week with engineering-specific activities, workshops, and afternoon demonstrations led by MIT students. Take six days to learn about what it takes to plan, design and build a community. Explore new ideas for transportation, green buildings, architecture, and sustainable living. And, don't miss our Saturday Mapapalooza event!
Location: MIT Museum
The Children's Room Maritime Gloucester is a great place to play and read!
Children 2-5 and their parents, grandparents, or guardians are invited to play in our Children's Room. The children's room depicts Gloucester Harbor and includes 14 wooden buildings, 6 piers, 5 schooners, a dory, Ten Pound Island Lighthouse and various wooden people. Not surprisingly, a 3-5 year old can play in this room for hours.  One of our educators will also read a seafaring children's book during this weekly event. We hope you can join us.
Location: Maritime Gloucester
Meet Cinderella at the Wenham Museum!
Meet Cinderella against the magical backdrop of Ruth Sanderson’s fairytale illustrations in the museum’s new exhibit, A Magical Journey Through Fairytales.  Cinderella will read stories and sing songs with visitors.  Fairytale or magical dress-up attire encouraged!  Space for this program is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Location: Wenham Museum
Drop in on this painting activity at Wenham Museum!
What makes painting different from other art forms?  Find out!  Wear some old clothes and try painting at easels the museum will set up in Burnham Hall.  Simple instructions, challenges, and materials will be provided.
Location: Wenham Museum
Drop in at LEGOpalooza at Wenham Museum in Wenham Massachusetts
LEGO® Fans bring your creative genius to this day of fun! Let your imagination loose on our huge collection of LEGO blocks!  Build a tiny car to race or a flying saucer for outer space. Legos are a lot of fun; bring your kids to this brick-fest of fun! Come early and tour the galleries featuring a model train gallery, doll and toy collection, textiles and our 17th-century house.
Location: Wenham Museum
The Lego Train Returns to Wenham Museum 2016
Attention all LEGO-Trainiacs! The LEGO Train is coming back with a super-spectacular room-size model train layout sure to ignite the imagination of children of all ages! Train and toy fans will be amazed by this 100% LEGO model train layout.
Location: Wenham Museum
kids will learn about math in a different light at MITxplore programs.
MITxplore's Sunday Sessions are returning for the spring! Sessions will begin on February 21, 2016 at 1PM, and hold 10 sessions between then and the end of May. For those of you who are new to the program, MITxplore has the goal of teaching children between 4th and 6th grades interesting and unusual math topics typically not covered in the standard school curriculum.
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Salem State High School Invitational Jazz Festival
Each year in February, the Salem State music department holds its annual high school invitational jazz festival, taking place in the music department at Central Campus. Area high school jazz bands are invited to Salem State for a day of workshops and an evening performance in the recital hall. Students will have the opportunity to work with instructors who are proficient in jazz studies and techniques. Past participants have included Salem High School, Ipswich High School, Masconomet High School, Lynn Classical, and others. 
Location: Salem State University
Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary!
Come to Newburyport to celebrate the return of migrating eagles back to the Merrimack River Estuary! The Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge have teamed up to bring an entire day of free events centered around the wonders of the Bald Eagles that have come to take seasonal advantage of the Merrimack River habitat. 
Location: Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Kids will identifiy tracks in the snow and learn aboutthe animals that made them
Come explore the woodlands, wetlands, and fields along the sanctuary trails. Learn how to identify tracks in the snow and use your detective skills to observe nibbled twigs and nuts, and scat. On our return, we will warm up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate!
Location: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary