Vacation Week Adventures

Check out every museum, nature center, zoo, theater, play space or library near you during the December vacation break and we guarantee you’ll find something fun to do. Here are some of our favorites:


The Junior Rangers program is for aspiring naturalists ages 8-12. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff will help you in completing four activities during vacation week, leaving four more to be completed independently if you wish to earn your Junior Ranger patch. Come as often as you like or just drop by to check it out. Dec. 26-29; 9:30-11:30am. Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham. FREE. 781-662-5214;


During Paperfest at the Boston Children’s Museum, celebrate the endless possibilities of paper through artist demonstrations, craft activities, science experiments, slam-dunk recycling and papermaking. There’s a different paper activity every day. Dec. 22-24, 26-28; 11am – 2pm. Boston Children’s Museum, 300 Congress St., Boston. Free with admission. 617-426-6500;


Find out which books inspired conductor Keith Lockhart, chef Jasper White, Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Senator Ted Kennedy at Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Each tree is whimsically decorated with original ornaments inspired by classic and contemporary children’s books. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Adults, $14; children, $6. Mon.-Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. noon to 5pm. 978-369-9763;