It might be too much of a good thing, school vacation coming immediately after many Massachusetts school kids have been out this week before due to Blizzard Nemo, but school vacation week it is, from February 18 to 22. And the Pioneer Valley, in the mid-section of the state, has a good list of fun things to do, which they hope, will not be affected by any more storms.
Springfield Museums, home of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, for example, will host hands-on activities in the garden, as well they should; Springfield is where Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, spent his childhood. The museums will also have demonstrations from the "Roving Scientist," and a special exhibit called "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. The museums are proud owners of the world's largest playable guitar, and not only can children play it, but it is so large that they can also play ON it. www.springfieldmuseums.org.
Of course Yankee Candle Village, in South Deerfield, will hold candle-making workshops during school vacation, but they also offer an interactive program with underseas creatures. There'll be a magic show, and the Basketball Hall of Fame traveling exhibit. www.yankeecandle.com/about-Yankee-candle/visit-our-flagship-store/south-...
Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield will feature "A Day Away in the Past," with its recreated village of 18th and 19th Century bildings. If you enroll, you will do more than watch, but actually don period costumes and try old-fashioned craft projects, as well as taking lessons in a one-room classroom. www.thebige.com/sv
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host a Movie Marathon on Monday of vacation week. On other days it will host a Slam Dunk Performance by Lucky, the Boston Celtics' mascot, a Wins4Life Skills Clinic, and an Ilze Lunar interactive trick dribbling performance. www.hoophall.com/upcoming-events/.