Parent's Guide: Local April Vacation Ideas

Posted: April 4, 2022

Keep your kiddos busy with entertainment, education, animals, art, food and fun!


As an immersive museum concept, the EcoTarium marries indoor and outdoor learning opportunities to inspire a passion for scientific and nature-based education. With science programs, a digital planetarium, live animal habitats, nature trails and a fully packed outdoor exhibit (with areas for digging, building, climbing and crawling) the EcoTarium is a rare local gem for engaging even the pickiest of crowds.   

Worcester Historical Museum  

Discover the true heart and history behind Worcester and its role in the wider world with a visit to the Worcester Historical Museum. Specially designed to incorporate four notable local spaces, the Alden Family Gallery offers a curated experience for children, families, teachers, school groups and members—uncover Worcester’s history together in a community-inclusive and imaginative manner.  

Old Sturbridge Village 

A quick visit to Sturbridge will bring you back—to rural New England as it stood 200 years ago. Old Sturbridge Village, one of the nation’s largest outdoor history museums, is a total immersion into early American history through historic buildings and landscapes. With special discovery programs and offerings during school vacation weeks, Old Sturbridge Village allows children to truly step back in time as they couldn’t elsewhere.  

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill  

Make your way to Boylston for floral magic you won’t soon forget. With beautifully lined trails, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill boasts a display of the finest nature, carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamentals, edible and native plants—with room for kiddos to run and explore the nature that lies within. They even offer options for birthday celebrations, as well as online resources for children’s learning, featuring at-home arts & craft prompts, adventure packs, wonders of nature and ideas for indoor/outdoor fun.

Worcester Art Museum

As the first U.S. museum to focus on collaborating with local schools, Worcester Art Museum has been at the forefront of engaging audiences and giving them a meaningful and personal experience. WAM provides a safe and comfortable environment for exploring art in new and fun ways through talking, playing and drawing together. Get tips on ways to look at art, relax and enjoy on your own, or discover all the programs and events they offer to inspire visitors. 

Southwick’s Zoo 

As a Mendon staple, Southwick’s Zoo sits in the heart of the Blackstone River Valley, spanning 200 acres and housing animals in their naturalistic habitats. Lions, tigers, giraffes, chimpanzees, rhinos and two-toned sloths are just a few of the creatures you can spend the day with at New England’s largest zoological experience, plus an on-site restaurant that remains open for diners year-round.  

Even More Ideas for Kids

Look no further than our 91 Things To Do With Kids guide. Your kiddos will be inspired by visiting free exhibits at ArtsWorcester, picking out a book at Annie's Book Stop and discovering Bancroft Tower. Then, get hands on with creativity at Brush It Off or a drop-in class at ArtReach. For the musically inclined, look into classes at Joy of Music or take them to a Music Worcester performance. Are your tots driven by food? Take them to the iconic George's Coney Island for a hot dog and finish off the meal with a Table Talk pie.