Boston April school vacation week is fast approaching and you still have no idea what to do with your family while on school break? Here are a few family activities in and around Boston happening during school vacation week:

Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium
Now thru Sunday May 12, 2013
Enter the intimate Big Top circus of years gone by, where the World’s Greatest Circus Artists perform spectacular feats and no one sits more than 50 feet from the ring.

Get ARTVenturous!
Now thru April 30, 2013
This spring, explore a world of kid and teen-friendly arts adventures without leaving Greater Boston. ½ price tickets to over 50 performances like Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan & and Pippi Longstocking are now on sale.

7th Annual Cambridge Science Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Sunday, April 21, 2013
MIT Museum celebrates the start of the seventh annual Cambridge Science Festival with great hands-on activities and demonstrations for young people and adults including gallery demonstrations, interactive workshops and tours.

The Boston International Children’s Film Festival
Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Sunday, April 21, 2013
Co-presented with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the Boston International Children’s Film Festival features film series for children ages 3-18 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese Art
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Friday, April 19, 2013
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston invites you to the Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures to learn about Japan, its culture and tradition. Learn how to make tissue paper cherry blossoms, create your own mask, watch the exciting The Genki Spark Taiko Drummers and more!

*via MFA website
Sign Language Interpretation Story Hour, Upper Rotunda
10:30 am and 1:30 pm; ASL interpretation Wed at 1:30 pm
Drop in to enjoy stories about Japan, and Japanese traditions. Stay for one story or for the whole hour. Great for toddlers.

Willamarie Moore: Japanese Spring Traditions
Tuesday, 11 am, 1 and 2 pm (2:50 pm book signing)
Learn about Japanese traditions and create your own tissue paper cherry blossoms.

The Genki Spark: Taiko Drummers
Wednesday, 11 am and 1 pm; Friday, 11 am and 1 pm
Taiko drums are featured in Japanese cultural celebrations, religious ceremonies, theater, and dance. Enjoy this energetic art form that includes choreographed movement, voice, and rhythm.

Michael LaFosse: Origami
Thursday, 11 am, 1 and 2 pm (2:50 pm book signing)
Join one of the world’s top origami masters, Michael LaFosse of Origamido Studio for this presentation and workshop!

Cherry Blossom Scrolls, Druker Family Pavilion 159
April is the month of the cherry blossoms in Japan! Find images of springtime on the screens and scrolls in Gallery 280, and then join us in the studio (Druker Family Pavilion 159) to create your own watercolor painting.

Samurai Helmet, Shapiro Family Courtyard
Discover the beautifully detailed helmets in “Samurai!”(Gund Gallery LG31). Can you find helmets that have features of rabbits, dragons, and other animals? How do you think the helmets were put together? After viewing the show, join us in Shapiro Family Courtyard to create your own helmet!

Symbolic Seats, Gallery 278C
Join us in Gallery 278C to view the Buddhas. What are they sitting on? The lotus flower grows in murky water then pushes upward until it reaches the surface as a beautiful flower. In Japanese culture, the lotus symbolizes working through something until you rise above it and reach the light. Create your own lotus mat—maybe it will inspire you to work through and rise above conflicts.

Contemporary Ceramics, Druker Family Pavilion160
Check out how today’s Japanese artists create sculptures and vessels. Explore Yagi Akira’s Nesting Covered Boxes in Gallery 280, Kondo Takahiro’s Blue Porcelain Box in Gallery 158, or Jun Kaneko’s two rounded forms, Untitled, in Gallery 258. Back in the studio (Druker Family Pavilion 160), create your own clay piece exploring shape, size, and texture.

Tell us, what are your spring school vacation week plans?

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