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February Break in Westport Can Be Gym Dandy

If you're staying in town during February break and wondering how you're going to keep the kids occupied, don't sweat it. From a gymnastics program at the Westport Weston Family Y to nature-inspired programs at Earthplace, there's plenty for your child to do right here in Westport.

The Family Y is offering a number of vacation programs. For children 6 and older interested in gymnastics, there's the gymnastics camp .

"The camp runs all week from noon to 4 p.m. and includes two hours of gymnastics, games, and one hour of free swim," said Sally Silverstein, director of the gymnastics program at the Y. "Children must be able to swim without a floatation device for the free swim."

Open to both members and non-members, the program costs $40 a day or $165 for the whole week. All your child will need to bring is a snack, a drink and a bathing suit.

For younger children who aren't quite ready for gymnastics camp there's the Adventure Gym open play program, which is offered every day except Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Designed for children 6 months to 5 years old, this program costs $10 a day and is open to members and non-members. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

For parents looking to keep a child busy all day there’s the Vacation Special Program , which is geared toward first- through fifth-graders and runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The action-packed program is open to members and non-members and includes games, gym time, swimming, day trips, movies and snacks. The cost is $80 a day.

Earthplace offers drop-off nature programs on Tuesday and Wednesday for children pre-K through first-grade. Each day includes a live animal program, art, science explorations, hands-on activities, trail walks and a snack. Programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and cost $40 a day for members, $50 for non-members. Drop-in activities are also available from Feb. 22-25.

At the Westport Historical Society there's a Four-Day Fun Fest for children from kindergarten through fifth-grade. The program, led by local artist and Silvermine Art School teacher Karen Siegel, focuses on art and music. Each day, children will create a unique mixed-media project and experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, assemblage and more. Children will also get to try their hand at cooking. This program runs Feb. 22-25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For members, the cost is $45 a day or $180 for the full program. For non-members, the cost is $50 a day or $200 for the full program.

What do you have planned for your child during February vacation? Tell us below!

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