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A parent’s guide to February break

By Julia Beauregard

Hometown Weekly Editor

Looking for some family-friendly activities to keep the kids entertained during February vacation? Look no further! From Dover to Walpole, there are plenty of exciting events happening in your area, catering to children of all ages. 

For All Ages:

Dover Town Library:

● Wicked Good Henna: Wednesday, February 21 from 12 pm to 2 pm. Henna artist Mandy Roberge will be at the library offering henna to registrants of all ages. Don't miss out on this opportunity to adorn your skin with beautiful henna designs.

● Big Ryan’s Tall Tales: Thursday, February 22 at 11 am. Big Ryan incorporates puppets, storytelling, music, and movement to captivate audiences of all ages. It's a show that's sure to entertain the entire family.

Sherborn Library:

● Movie Matinee: Frozen Sing-A-Long: Thursday, February 22 at 2 pm. Sing your heart out with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf in this interactive screening of Frozen. It's a magical experience for children of all ages.

Westwood Public Library:

● Branch Family Bop: Wednesday, February 21 at 3 pm. Head to the Islington Branch Library for a family concert with Matt Heaton. It's a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time for all ages. This will be held at the Islington Branch.

● Sensory Friendly Movie: Paw Patrol: Friday, February 23 at 11 am. Families are invited to a screening of Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie in a sensory-friendly setting, accommodating the needs of all children. There will be a separate, non sensory-friendly showing of the movie at 2pm.

Walpole Public Library:

● The ERAS Tour (WPL Version): This Taylor Swift extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30am and is perfect for Swifties of all ages!

● Music Gallery Walk: This event is a perfect way to spend your Friday morning! It kicks off at 10:30am and is perfect for children of all ages. 

Needham Free Public Library:

● Vacation Day Crafts: On Tuesday, February 20 there will be an all ages vacation day in the Craft/Snack Room while supplies last, beginning at 1pm.

Vacation Day Movie: On Friday, at 2pm, there will be a showing of Vivo as their vacation day movie! Vivo is about a music-loving kinkajou embarking on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.

For Specific Age Groups:

Sherborn Library:

● T(w)een Makes: Bulky Crochet Scarf: Thursday, February 22 at 4 pm. Learn how to crochet a basic project with bulky yarn in this beginner-friendly workshop geared towards ages 11 and up.

Westwood Public Library:

● Poetry Reading with Richard Blanco: Families with children in grades 2-5, along with their caregivers, are welcomed to join acclaimed poet Richard Blanco, who made history as the first Latino poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration. Blanco will share anecdotes from his childhood as a Cuban-American in Miami and recite his poetry in both English and Spanish. It's important to note that adults must accompany a child in grades 2-5 to this event and register their names beforehand.

Medfield Public Library:

● Beginner Quilting Workshop: Perfect for teens! Learn the basics of machine quilting and create a finished hot pad or set of coasters to take home. All sewing levels are welcome, making it an ideal activity for teenagers interested in crafting.

● Sweet and Savory Bites with Food Explorers: Tuesday, February 20th at 2 pm. Get ready for a delicious baking program where you'll create cheesy pizza bites and chocolate cake pops. This nut-free event is perfect for kids aged 10 and up.

Walpole Public Library:

● Toe Jam Puppet Band: A concert perfect for little ones! The show begins at 11am on Saturday, February 24.

Needham Free Public Library:

● Interactive Movie Night - Disney's Encanto: Tuesday, February 20 at 7 pm. Join in for an interactive viewing of Disney's Encanto. Each attendee will receive a kit filled with interactive props and scripts for added fun during the movie. Registration is required for kits, so be sure to secure your spot. This event is for children between the ages of 10 and 18.

With such a wide variety of events available, there's something for every child to enjoy during February vacation. Whether they're into crafts, movies, poetry, or coding, these free, local activities are sure to make their break memorable. So mark your calendars, gather the family, and get ready for a week filled with fun and excitement!

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