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    7 school vacation week ideas for the kids

    Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Pictured: Moana.
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    Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream features favorite characters, including Moana.

    February Vacation Week has arrived and, as a parent, you have two goals: To keep the kids entertained — and flu free. So remind your kids to wash their hands thoroughly, pack some hand sanitizer, and head out on a local adventure or two.

    The 23rd Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival What’s up, Doc? How about a Looney Tunes screening during February break? Introduce your kids to the cartoons of your childhood and relive your own with Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, and Daffy. Screenings held every couple of hours from Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26.

    Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, See website for ticket prices and showtimes.

    Untold American Stories: Black History Month Just because school’s out, doesn’t mean the learning stops. Visit the Mary Baker Eddy Library on Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Thursday, Feb. 22, for an interactive history lesson about Janet Collins, a pioneering African-American prima ballerina. After the lesson, visitors can get on their feet and do some dancing of their own.

    200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., free with online registration.


    Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream What’s more magical than seeing Belle, Moana, and Elsa in person? Seeing them skate, obviously. Watch dreams come to life and classic stories brought to the ice in a way that’s quintessentially and unmistakably Disney. Performances are Feb. 16-25, times vary. Tickets start at $15.

    TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston.

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    2018 Children’s Winter Festival Don’t keep the kids inside all week long. Come out on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and celebrate the beauty of winter on Boston Common. Larger-than-life games and rides -- including a 45-foot-long toboggan tunnel and a 30-foot-high inflatable Everest Climb N Slide -- will be open for intrepid kiddos. There will also be live music and free Frog Pond skating.

    Boston Common,, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free.

    Step Inside for Storytime If you’re not traveling during school vacation week, take a free trip to Neverland instead. Visit the Loring-Greenough House for a “Peter Pan” storytime on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for kids and their parents, a book swap in the lobby, and a book-inspired craft to take home at the end. On Tuesday, it’s “The Wizard of Oz,” and on Thursday, “The Jungle Book.”

    The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain,, 1-3 p.m., free.

    Get tickets to see “Black Panther” It’s hard to stand out in a world populated with the likes of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America -- that is, unless you’re the super-powered king of Wakanda. “Black Panther” is the 18th movie in Marvel’s massive cinematic universe, but that doesn’t make this installment any less thrilling and awe-inspiring. Now showing. Rated PG-13.

    Check local theater listings for times and ticket prices.

    “Hansel and Gretel” with Boston Lyric Opera Witness a unique retelling of the classic Grimm Brothers tale, with singing, music, and movement. With a teaching artist part of the show’s cast, you and your kids will be singing along protagonists in no time.

    Performances begin Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 151 Cambridge St., Boston, and at 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Chinatown Branch at 2 Boylston St. For additional dates and locations visit

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