Top February Vacation Events & Activities
2/8/2017

Top February Vacation Events & Activities

Parents, it's that time of year again. February vacation is upon us.

If you've been looking for some fun activities to do with your family, Maine's Kennebec Valley offers a host of delightful experiences.

Here are a few ideas of how you can give the entire family a February vacation they will always remember

What to Do – Get Wild

The Kennebec Valley is a hub for any recreational winter sport imaginable. Here are some of my favorites:

Get wild in The Forks on a snowmobile. Did you know you can ride for days straight without once crossing your own path? Have you considered taking the family on a winter vacation, but not sure where to start? Check out the Forks Chamber of Commerce for a listing of businesses to map out your destination.

Unleash the inner child with some downhill exhilaration. Some of my favorite activities are snow tubing and skiing at Eaton Mountain. Trust me, nature's rollercoaster is certain to turn February vacation from drab to fab for you and your children.

Where to Go – Mild Adventures

The Kennebec River Rail Trail is my favorite walking trail for family adventures. Have you brought your family on the 6.5-mile walk yet? The trail extends from the state capital of Augusta through the towns of Hallowell, Farmingdale, and Gardiner.

While in Gardiner, consider heading down to the unique shops on Gardiner Main Street.

Speaking of shopping, don't miss the Marketplace at Augusta, also known as the largest open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment spot in Maine. Plan your trip around the Presidents' Day sales or check out their calendar of events to see what's going on. 

From there, you can jump on I-95 and head north to enjoy the Colby Museum of Art. Be sure to seek out the newest exhibition: Graphic Matters: George Bellows and World War I.

Where to Learn – For Your Child’s Enrichment

If your child craves a learning experience for this February vacation, a day camp or enrichment program could be in their future. Here are two to get you started: 

If you have an aspiring performer ages 8-14, they may enjoy taking part in Johnson Hall's Winter SPARK Theater Camp. From February 20th through the 24th from 9am to 4pm, your child will gain skills in mime, dance, improvisation, character work, voice training, juggling, sketch comedy, and more. The camp concludes with a performance showing off their newly learned theatrical skills. For more information or to register, email info@johnsonhall.org

Likewise, the Waterville Opera House is now taking registrants for the Missoula Children's Theater Winter Theater Camp. Children in grades 1 through 8 will learn the ins and outs of the theatrical process. At the end of the week they will hold a performance of the treasured story of Alice in Wonderland. For more information or to register, click here.

Save the Date

Get out with the family and see what Kennebec Valley communities have to offer. Here are some dates to remember. 

February 18: Come to Jackman, Maine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All proceeds go to maintaining the local snowmobile trail system. It's a perfect time to get out, enjoy a great meal, good company, and support the local trails. For a full calendar of Jackman events, click here.

February 19: Quarry Road Trails will be hosting a Community Free Ski, Snowshoe and Bike Day. A perfect day for the family. Get more details here.

February 18 & 19: If you or your kids have been wanting to try your hand at fishing but do not have a license, February vacation is the perfect time to "test the waters" and take advantage of Maine's free fishing days. Read more from Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Looking for a good place to fish? Check out this article: Best Ice Fishing Ponds for Catching Large Trout in Somerset County.

February 25: Get tickets for one of the most exciting fishing days of the season. Go fishing, win prizes, and more at the Anson Fireman's Association Ice Fishing Derby. Click here for details.

February 25: The Coburn Summit Riders is having their 5th Annual Poker Run. If you love Snowmobiling and want to get out to some of the most scenic areas in Maine, this is an event you won't want to miss.

For more information on events and things to do, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your experiences with me and my friends here in Kennebec Valley by using the hashtag #exploremaine. See you there!