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School vacation freebies

The Highland Street Foundation will sponsor a variety of activities for underserved children during the vacation week, including skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo)

Next week is February school vacation in Massachusetts, which means some families will be heading off on ski trips and Caribbean get-aways. But many others can’t afford those luxuries and may be facing an idle week at home.

That’s where the Highland Street Foundation comes in.

All next week, the Newton charity is sponsoring “Winter Camp 2017,” a variety of free activities for underserved kids and their families.


The offerings include ice skating at the Frog Pond (including complimentary hot chocolate and donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts), Appalachian Mountain Club snowshoeing, a Boston Landmarks Orchestra performance, and cooking classes at Boston Public Market.

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The foundation is also giving away children’s books (thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and tickets to Wheelock Family Theatre, Disney on Ice at TD Garden, New England Sports Park, and the Brattle Theatre’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival, among other events.

It’s even providing buses to shuttle families around.

“This is for kids who don’t have the option to go away for the week,” says Blake Jordan of the foundation, which is distributing the tickets through nonprofits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Ellis Memorial, Crossroads for Kids, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.

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