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Looking for some family-friendly event ideas for April vacation week? We've got you covered! School vacation week is coming up fast, it's April 15-19 ! There are so many events going on for April vacation, we promise you won't hear anyone in your family saying "I'm bored" if you bring your kiddos to some of these fun-filled events.

April School Vacation Week at the Franklin Park Zoo - Who doesn't love going to the zoo? There are beautiful, exotic animals which are always exciting to see no matter how old you are! There are also some new animals to keep an eye out for during your visit, including a baby bongo calf and a Grant's zebra foal. There is also a (relatively) new 10,000-square-foot playground for your little ones to enjoy that was built last summer. What's the best part of school vacation week at the zoo, you ask? The Aussie Aviary! It will be opening for the season during school vacation week, and guests can explore the tropical environment while colorful birds fly right by you. You can even purchase a seed stick to feed the birds, one of them may even land right on you! During April Vacation week the Aussie Aviary will be open from 10 AM - 4 PM, weather permitting. The zoo itself is open from 10 AM - 5 PM on weekdays, and from 10 AM - 6 PM on weekends. Tickets are $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (age 62+), $11.00 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

School Vacation Week At The Peabody Essex Museum - Want your kids to keep their minds engaged over break? This is the perfect activity to boost their creativity and keep their brains active. The Peabody Essex Museum is hosting a 3 day event in honor of April vacation week, called "Sounding Off: Explore Art and Movement Through the Work of Nick Cave". There will be many drop in activities to participate in, including creating kaleidoscopic wallpaper, using a MaKey MaKey which is a cool invention that can turn everyday items, such as a banana, into a musical instrument, interactive performances, tours, dance, and so much more! These events will be taking place from Tuesday, April 16th- Thursday, April 18th. All activities are included in the price of museum admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students, and free for children 16 and under or residents of Salem.

School Vacation Week At The Ecotarium - This is another great workshop that will keep your kids' minds busy over vacation. This year, April vacation week is combined with Earth Week at the Ecotarium in Worcester, which will be going on from Tuesday, April 16th - Friday, April 19th. The theme of this year's Earth Week is "Blast Off!" which examines how humans explore the universe, whether it be with satellites, robots, or rocket ships. There will be many different activities to celebrate, including launching stomp rockets, games, maneuvering remote-controlled robots, exploring the science behind firing space probes, and making a model Earth orbiter. Most of these activities are free with admission! There will also be a celebration specifically for Earth Day on Friday, April 19th. There will be half priced admission for everyone, indoor and outdoor Earth day events, animal programs, music, planetarium shows, and the opportunity to explore the Ecotarium's trails and woods just as spring is arriving!

April School Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts - Is there a budding artist in your family? If so, they will love these April vacation programs at the MFA! All activities and admission is free for kids during this week! There will be tours of the museum, a story hour, visiting artists, a film festival, and many art making activities for your little (or big) artist. The theme is "Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese Art" and the programs will be on Tuesday, April 16th - Friday April 19th from 10 AM - 4 PM (til 8PM on Wednesday). Focuses of the workshops will include subjects such a origami, Japanese Spring traditions, painting Cherry Blossom Scrolls, and even creating your own Samurai helmet! Don't let your kids miss out on this amazing experience, the best part is that it's free!

There are plenty of events that will keep your kids occupied during their vacation! These events are not only fun and interesting, but will keep your children's minds engaged over their break. Tell them to put the video games or iPad down and get them in gear! All of the above events are approriate for children of all ages, kids of any age are sure to find an event they will enjoy!

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