Winter Vacation Fun
Looking for some ideas with what to do with the little ones while they're home all week? Here's some local ideas.
Although kids may also enjoy sitting around the house playing the same video game for a week straight (Call of Duty: Black Ops, anyone?) there are a lot more activities kids and their families can participate in together during the week off from school. Here are some basic ideas close to home:
- Behold: ZooLights at the Stone Zoo runs daily from 5-9 p.m. until Jan. 2. Admission is $5 Monday-Thursday and $6 Friday-Sunday.
- Swim: The Melrose Y offers swim lessons each morning from Monday through Thursday. Signup fees are $17.50 for health club members, $35 for Y members and $65 for non-members.
- Challenge: For your high schooler, a Teen Chess Tournament will be held on Wednesday from noon-5 p.m. at the Malden Public Library. Registration is free, but must be made in advance.
- Learn: The Beebe Memorial Library offers various free or reduced admission passes to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, and much more.
- Ski: The closest mountains to Wakefield are Nashoba Valley, in Westford, MA, the Blue Hills in Canton, MA and Ski Bradford in Haverhill, MA. A little further out, at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA you can find night skiing.
- Sled: Not a skiier? Break out your sleds and head to Mount Hood for some tamer downhill action.
- Skate: The Stoneham Figure Skating Club runs ice skating lessons on Tuesdays (5 p.m.), Saturdays (noon) and Sundays (1 p.m.) at the Stoneham Arena. Register at anytime; cost is approximately $10 per class $90-110 for an entire session. Figure skaters and hockey players welcome.
- Skate again: Skating close to home is fun, but taking a trip out to Boston to skate on the ever-popular Frog Pond on Boston Common makes this activity even more special for children, teens, and the whole family. Hours of operation can be found on the Frog Pond's website.