Lowell, Massachusetts — Create your artistic masterpiece, explore the outdoors, go to the movies and lots more at April Play-Cation 2013! Lowell Play-Cation brings free family fun to local families during Massachusetts school vacation week, April 16-20, 2013. Following the success of this year’s Lowell Kids Week in February, several of the partner organizations have decided to offer activities during April Vacation. The complete schedule of events is now available at www.lowellkidsweek.org/april. All programs are free, but some require pre-registration, so please plan ahead.

April Play-Cation, which offers over twenty free programs, aims to build connections among a diverse group of local organizations, agencies, and families within our community. This year, families will enjoy an exciting variety of new programs, as well as the returning favorites. There’s something for everyone, from toddlers to teenagers!

  • For outdoorsy kids? Check out a nature walk with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust and a trolley tour at Lowell National Historical Park!
  • Want to learn a creative new skill? Make a wind chime at the American Textile History Museum, practice songwriting and bookmaking at Lowell National Historical Park, try weaving at the Tsongas Industrial History Center, and decorate a kite at the Pollard Memorial Library.
  • Like to dance? Learn to salsa or join our jazz dance party at Lowell National Historical Park.
  • Engineering enthusiast? Challenge yourself with Legos at the Pollard Library and canal-building at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.

Find details for these and many other exciting programs at www.lowellkidsweek.org/april.

April Play-Cation 2013 is just one part of the exciting family programming planned for spring and summer at Lowell National Historical Park. Stop by the Visitor Center at 246 Market St. to learn more about park offerings, including the Junior Ranger program, Your City Saturdays, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit, Lowell Summer Music Series kids’ shows, ranger led tours, and special events!

For more information on April Play-Cation, visit www.lowellkidsweek.org/april, or contact Lowell National Historical Park at (978) 970-5000/email emily_levine@nps.gov. For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.

April Play-Cation 2013 is presented by the American Textile History Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Lowell Senior Center, Pollard Memorial Library, and the Tsongas Industrial History Center.