If you are looking for Boston events to keep your family entertained this February, we’ve got you covered! We’ve started a monthly events guide to be sure you don’t miss a thing happening around the Boston area. We know you are looking for ideas for family fun all the time. The weather may be cold, but there’s so much fun to be had!
We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. If you know of any fun family activities we missed, please let us know in the comments.
Oh, and be sure to join our Community & Conversation Group to meet other moms near you!
February 1–4 :: Greater Boston Stage Company Winter Festival :: Stoneham :: In its annual theater festival, the Young Company at the Greater Boston Stage Company (formerly Stoneham Theatre) presents four kid-friendly winter festival shows: The Phantom Tollboth Jr., Seussical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Bat Boy: The Musical.
February 1, 3 :: The Hunchback of Notre Dame :: Stoneham :: Based on the Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney animated feature, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows Quasimodo,” a deformed and captive bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There.” During the Feast of Fools, he escapes and experiences firsthand both the joys and terrors that exist out in the world.
February 2 :: #popscope at Boston Children’s Museum :: Boston :: Look up! What do you see? Birds? Airplanes? How about the stars! Join the folks from #popscope and use a telescope to look for the stars, planets, and other features in the night sky.
February 2 :: PJ Library Shabbat Pizza and Play :: Watertown :: Celebrate Shabbat with families living in your area at the Inside Playground (100 Parker Street) in Watertown from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet new friends and reconnect with old. Welcome Shabbat, take a break from the work week, and enjoy a casual pizza dinner as your kids climb, jump and discover.
February 2–7 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast :: Boston :: Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and their friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and learning to love. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has entertained Broadway audiences for over 14 years.
February 3 :: Salty > Sour Seas at the ICA :: Boston :: The ICA offers visitors of all ages the chance to create artworks of their own in the Bank of America Art Lab on Saturdays and Sundays from 12–4 p.m. Developed in collaboration with arts education students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and professional artists, these activities focus on the creative process and allow participants to learn by doing. Past projects have been co-created by Nick Cave, Wes Bruce, Dave Ortega, Susannah Lawrence, and Ekua Holmes. Salty > Sour Seas is free for all visitors with museum admission.
February 3–4 :: Seussical :: Stoneham :: This fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza brings to life favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and a little boy with a big imagination: Jojo. Travel from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos as Horton and Jojo search to feel not so alone in the universe.
February 4 :: JCC All-Camp Fair :: Newton :: JCC camps are for children in grades preschool to high school with transportation from many locations in Greater Boston. Meet the day and overnight camp directors and register for Summer 2018 at the Leventhal-Sidman Center. Register for Camp Grossman, Camp Kaleidoscope, Camp Kingswood, Specialty Camps, and the Early Learning Center’s Preschool Summer Program and receive special discounts for the 2018 season! No charge for the event. Everyone welcome.
February 5 :: MFA Playdates :: Boston :: Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the galleries, followed by art making. Tours leave on a rolling basis starting at 10:15 a.m. Each month focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with adults. No registration required.
February 5 :: The 66th Annual Beanpot Tournament :: Boston :: It has become Boston’s “social event of winter season.” The first two Monday nights of February in Boston are reserved for the Beanpot, an annual hockey tournament that features Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern. It all started on Dec. 26, 1952 at the old Boston Arena. The next year the Beanpot moved to the Garden, where it has been played ever since — it’s the official battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.
February 8–14 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast :: Boston :: Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and their friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and learning to love. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has entertained Broadway audiences for over 14 years.
February 10 :: ASD Playdates :: West Roxbury :: This is a monthly playtime set aside for families with children on the ASD spectrum. Children of all ages are welcome to attend this private playtime. Meet other families with children on the spectrum, make friends, hear suggestions, get support, or just have a shoulder to lean on.
February 10 :: I ❤️ Science :: Cambridge :: Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, or carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic “water bears”), and make your own model. Design a Lego home for an insect or invent a flying creation for our wind tunnel. This program has something for everyone and is appropriate for children and adults of all ages.
February 11 :: Valentine’s Day Party with Marshall from Paw Patrol :: Natick :: Jam Time in Natick is hosting the SWEETEST party in town! Kids can make their own Valentine crafts in the party room and enjoy a visit from Marshall from Paw Patrol! This special event is FREE with normal playground admission of $12 per child and no reservations are needed, just show up! Don’t forget your camera! Playtime, crafts & Marshall is the best way to spend the day!
February 12 :: Tot Time at the Nature Playspace :: Waltham :: Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month with new activities. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children.
February 12 :: The 66th Annual Beanpot Tournament :: Boston :: It has become Boston’s “social event of winter season.” The first two Monday nights of February in Boston are reserved for the Beanpot, an annual hockey tournament that features Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern. It all started on Dec. 26, 1952 at the old Boston Arena. The next year the Beanpot moved to the Garden, where it has been played ever since — it’s the official battle for Boston’s hockey bragging rights.
February 13 :: Legoland Discovery Center Valentine-Themed Toddler Tuesday :: Somerville :: Love is in the air at Legoland Discovery Center Boston. Bring your little cupid and for a Valentine’s Day-themed toddler Tuesday. Toddler Tuesdays are the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Duplo Farm area. Valentine-themed story time and special love-themed DUPLO build.
February 15–21 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast :: Boston :: Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and their friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and learning to love. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has entertained Broadway audiences for over 14 years.
February 16 :: Star Gazing Night :: Sharon :: Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. The event is on-going, so drop in for all or just some of the evening. It might be chilly, so be sure to dress for the weather!
February 17 :: Little Voices Big Change: Black Lives Matter! :: North End :: Join Wee The People for a workshop of kid-powered resistance with a social justice storytime event “Black Lives Matter.” Through stories and activities, kids will explore themes of protest and racial justice, taking lessons from the past to understand today’s Movement for Black Lives.
February 19 :: Moon Mouse A Space Odyssey :: Newton :: Lightwire Theatre’s new production is an innovative theatrical experience that comes to life through a stunning blend of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling that captivates both children and adults alike! Join Marvin the mouse as he sets out on a cosmic adventure and learns that being different is cool!
February 19 :: President’s Day Magic Show :: Norwood :: Get ready for a magical morning at Jam Time! A 10 a.m. magic show is sure to dazzle and thrill you with favorite magic tricks and illusions! Lots of audience participation, laughs, and surprises! Everyone (including members) must have a ticket for this show, which will include exclusive Jam Time admission for playtime from 9–11:30 a.m.
February 20 :: Storytime and Cupcakes :: Natick :: Join Miss Mandy for a Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes storytime followed by decorate (and eat!) your own cupcakes! They’ll have mini nut-free cupcakes, frosting, and lots of sprinkles for little ones to decorate! A fun and yummy morning with lots of play!
February 22–28 :: Wheelock Family Theatre: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast :: Boston :: Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Le Fou, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and their friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and learning to love. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has entertained Broadway audiences for over 14 years.
February 22 :: Purim Palooza Dance Party :: Sharon :: Join PJ Library and JCC South Area families for a special Purim dance party. Dress in your favorite costume and rock out to a DJ dance party with games and giveaways. Enjoy hamentashen and other light snacks to celebrate Purim. For families with children ages 0-8 years.
February 23 :: KidsJam :: Boston :: The Boston Children’s Museum hosts a monthly family dance party, complete with a live DJ, dance lessons, intergenerational dance battles, and games. KidsJam is the only dance party in Boston led by kids, supported by adults.
February 23 :: Bedtime Storytimes with Catching Joy :: Dedham :: Bedtime storytimes take place on the last Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m., in collaboration with the children’s non-profit Catching Joy, an organization that promotes volunteerism beginning with young children and their families. Friday evening storytimes include stories, a simple craft, and some kind of “giving” component, whether it is a collection of items needed by local charities or having the children make cards or decorate gift bags. Children are always welcome to wear their pajamas, and refreshments (usually milk and cookies) are provided. Always free, and all are welcome.
February 23–24 :: Lowell WinterFest :: Lowell :: Catch Lowell’s annual Winterfest weekend in downtown Lowell, featuring everything from a carousel and free ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival.
February 25 :: Chinese New Year Parade :: Chinatown :: Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m., followed by the parade, lion dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations, which last until about 5 p.m.. The parade and lion dances take place in Philips Square (corner of Essex St. and Harrison Ave.), on Beach St., and other nearby streets in Chinatown. Nearby cultural villages run from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
February 27 :: Winter Fest :: Canton :: Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: Uou can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up to the company of old and new friends.
Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m. :: The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.
Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m. :: This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.
JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m. :: Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m. :: A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
StoryTime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m. :: Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.
Nature Storytime with the Cambridge Public Library :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m. :: On the first Friday of each month this winter, Cambridge Public Library’s children’s librarian Margaret Macri hosts a nature story time at Fresh Pond. Kids can read about winter and what humans and animals do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over.
Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m. :: Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! Our show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. The Family Show is fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.