Mayor Menino Highlights School Vacation Week Activities in Boston
City offers variety of family-friendly programs and events to keep kids busy during winter break
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For Immediate Release
February 14, 2012
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Mayor Menino today encouraged Boston families to take advantage of the many City-sponsored events and activities being offered during the upcoming school vacation week.  Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) and Boston Public Library (BPL) are offering a variety of programs to help parents keep Boston kids busy during their winter break, and BPS’s Acceleration Academies will keep more than 1,500 students busy with intensive week-long learning program. Community centers and branch libraries will offer a variety of free activities such as Black History Month basketball tournaments, teen movie marathons, and scavenger hunts. BCYF and Parks & Recreation will also host free skating on the Frog Pond from 10am -12pm on Tuesday through Friday of school vacation week. 


            “Boston’s community centers and libraries offer terrific activities for youth all year long, and school vacation week is an opportunity for us to kick it up a notch and make sure families have a positive and stress-free vacation,” Mayor Menino said.  “We are working together to make sure that every kid in Boston can enjoy a fun winter break, without having to travel far from home.”


Mayor Menino also invited Boston youth to jump-start their summer planning during February school vacation week at “Boston R.O.C.K. IT!!! Launch into Summer” at Emmanuel College’s Yawkey Center gymnasium on Wednesday, February 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm.  This free event features information on summer jobs and activities, as well as recreational activities, youth performances, raffles, and special guests such as Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster.

Boston Public Schools is also using the vacation week to offer intensive instruction for students most in need of extra support through its innovative Acceleration Academy program, now in its third year. BPS has recruited outstanding teachers from around the city and around the country to spend February vacation week leading Acceleration Academy classes focused on English Language Arts, which will be held in 15 schools across the city.  More than 1,500 students are expected to participate in this year’s Academy.

Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of activities at its community centers across the city.  Activities include:

  • BCYF Recreation is pleased to offer free skating on the Frog Pond Tuesday, February 21st through Friday, February 24th. Call 617-635-5206x101 to reserve your spot.
  • Blackstone: Design, Modeling, Photo Workshop, Girls ages 13-19, 11am-4pm.
  • Charlestown: Black History Month Basketball Tournament, Ages 11-13
  • Curtis Hall: Girls Basketball Program, Ages 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Holland: Kids Boot Camp (Recreational activities, swimming, skating etc.) Ages 8-12, 9am – 4pm, Fee: $60.00
  • Jackson/Mann: Computer Math Games, Ages 6-13, 12:30-2:30pm

For a full list of events and to find activities at your local community center, visit

Boston Public Library’s neighborhood locations are also offering a number of events for families and youth of all ages.

  • The Connolly Branch in Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain will host a bilingual children's music concert with songs in English and Spanish by performer Mariana Iranzi at 10:30am on Tuesday, February 21.
  • The Mattapan Branch will celebrate Black History Month with a Family Movie Night viewing of The Wiz at 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 21.
  • The Dudley Branch is hosting a Black History scavenger hunt at 1:00pm on Wednesday, February 22. There will be prizes for the first teen and kid to answer the most questions.
  • The Central Library in Copley Square is hosting Teen Super Bingo with prizes at 3:30pm on Wednesday, February 22.
  • The Lower Mills Branch is hosting a Wii games tournament at 1:00pm on Thursday, February 23.
  • The West Roxbury Branch is hosting a “Polar Bears and Penguins” craft time event with art teacher Michele Brooks at 11am on Friday, February 24.

 To find an event at your local BPL branch library, visit





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