It's cold, the kids are off from school, so it's a week for family time. What do you do to keep the youngsters entertained?

It's cold, the kids are off from school, so it's a week for family time. But for those residents staying here for the week, or those visiting from elsewhere, what do you do to keep the youngsters entertained?

Stories, animals, magic, science, Legos, computers, animation, puppets, cooking – there are all kinds of options around Cape Cod. Here are more than 50 ideas for keeping the kids busy and happy during their time off.

Critter Capers: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich. Visit with naturalist and one of nature center's resident animals. Suitable for families with children ages 2 and up. $2. www.thorntonburgess.org. 508-888-6870. 

Preschool storytime: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. Stories, craft and snack for ages 2 ½ to 5. 

Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Stories and songs. Children from birth to age 5, but all ages welcome. 

All ages open gym: noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane. Shoot hoops or play game of pick-up. All ages. Annual membership or $5 day pass required. 

Family board games: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. Prizes and snacks too.

“For The Love of Turtles”: open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, National Marine Life Center, 120 Main St., Bourne. Valentine craft, games, refreshments. Meet local student, artist, and sea turtle conservationist Marissa F and observe demonstration of screen printing sea turtle art on T-shirts. Tour our marine animal hospital and meet turtle patients. $5. 

Gelli Plate Printing with Mary Jane Xenakis: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Ages 7-12 (flexible). $25. www.cultural-center.org. 

Science program with Miss Lynne: Healthy Bodies!: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. Learn about the skeleton, basic body parts and healthy habits. Family fun with hands-on activities for ages 3 and up. Register at 508-775-2280, ext. 512, or online at www.cccdp.org. 

Cape Cod Therapy Dogs with Gina Hayes: 1 p.m. Saturday, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster. Theme: Valentine’s Day Fun. Active games between kids and dogs. Free with admission. 508-896-3867, ext. 133. 

Drop-in Lego Club: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, South Yarmouth Library, 312 Old Main St. All ages. 

Motion Man performance: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Mime, magic and physical comedy. All ages, no registration required. FREE! 

Public skating: 4 to 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Butler Rink, 141 Bassett Lane. $7, $5 students 17 and under, $2 seniors. 508-790-6345. 

Amazing Animal Ambassadors!: with Cape Cod captive wildlife care expert Bethany Jakubson, shows: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster. $15 at door. $12 show only with online reservation. $22, $15 ages 3-12 show and admission, online only. Reservations recommended: www.ccmnh.org or 508-896-3867, ext. 133. 

February Vacation Kids Clay Camp: 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Feb. 23, Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford St. Create your favorite pets out of clay. Register online: https://falmouthart.org/product/february-school-vacation-clay-camp-the-secret-life-of-pets-with-molly-rowland. 

Drum Together - Kids African Drumming with Tara Murphy: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday and Feb. 23, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. $30. www.cultural-center.org. 

Beginners Bronze Metal Clay with Kim Rumberger: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. $75. 508-394-7100. 

Kitchen Camp with Chef Joseph Cizynski: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Ages 8-12. Cook dishes in friendly and casual, chef supervised environment. $95. www.cultural-center.org. 

Dress-up and Drama: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Reading of classic book by Emily Murray; then make simple costumes and props to act out story. Ages 2-5. No registration required.

February break education schedule: Monday through Feb. 23, National Marine Life Center, 120 Main St., Bourne. 11 a.m. to noon: Little Flippers Storytime with craft (different theme every day), ages 3-8. Noon to 1 p.m.: Patient Update: Learn stories of marine animal patients currently in care. 1 to 2 p.m.: Marine Animal Medical Mystery: What does it take to be a marine animal care technician? What are some of the questions and “mysteries” involved in wildlife rehabilitation? Ages 8-14. 2 to 3 p.m.: Patient Update. 3 to 4 p.m.: Engineering Design Challenge: Animal Prosthetics. Ages 8-14. 4 to 4:30 p.m.: Patient Update. www.nmlc.org. 

Nature Games!: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Feb. 23, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster. Join international Olympic excitement by taking Nature Games challenge. Ages 4-13. Free with admission. 508-896-3867, ext. 133. 

All Ages Open Gym: noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Gymnasium, 141 Bassett Lane. Shoot hoops or play game of pick-up. All ages. Annual membership or $5 day pass required. 

Drop-in storytime: ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Monday, Eldredge Public Library, 564 Main St., Chatham. Songs, stories and related activity. No registration required.

Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod February school vacation: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Feb. 23, 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive, Mashpee. Ages 6 and up in grades 1-8. Daily programs: $10 per day (members), $20 per day (nonmembers). Preregistraton not required for onsite programs; bring lunch and snacks if attending all day. Daily activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, computers, video games, and other special vacation events. Also special field trips for additional fee; details and registration forms available at Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod and online at Afterschool tab on website. www.boysgirlsclubcapecod.org. 

Lego Fun: 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. All ages. www.brooksfreelibrary.org. 

Intro to Computer Game Programming and Development with GameMaker – Level 1: offered by Jr.Tech Inc., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 23, Sturgis Charter Public School, West Campus, 105 W. Main St., Hyannis. Using YoYo GameMaker software students will master basic skills to program, create and build games and multilevel game environments. Grades 5-8. $255. Registration: juniortech.org/intro-computer-game-programming-development-gamemaker-level-1/.

Truro Public Library vacation events: 7 Standish Way, North Truor. Kitchen Science with Lynne, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; "Lego Ninjago" movie, 3 p.m. Wednesday; stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts, ages from birth to 5, 10:30 a.m. Thursday; "Nature's Engineers," 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. 508-487-1125. 

C3: Cotuit Coding Camp: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Feb. 23, Cotuit Library, 871 Main St. Ages 5-9. Learn computer science and coding basics from algorithms to sequencing using hands-on activities, crafts, games and robots. Register at www.cotuitlibrary.org/events or call 508-428-8141. FREE! 

Storytime with Miss Lizzy: 11 a.m.Tuesday, Whelden Memorial Library, 2401 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable. Books, songs, dance, crafts. Suitable for toddlers up to young children. Adult accompaniment required. 

All Ages Open Gym: noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane. Shoot hoops or play game of pick-up. All ages. Annual membership or $5 day pass required. 

FCTV Winter Vacation Animation Camp: noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Falmouth Community Television, 310 Dillingham Ave. Learn how to make short animated videos using variety of stop-motion techniques. Ages 8-14. $120. Registration: 508-457-0800 or email allen@fctv.org. 

Welcome to My World: Self-Expression through Photography, for Teenagers: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 23, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. $90. www.cultural-center.org.

Movie event: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. G-rated children's movie. Due to licensing, title may not be published. Title available online at www.hyannislibrary.org or call 508-775-2280. FREE! 

Kids Science Workshop: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Brewster Ladies' Library, 1822 Main St. Learn about night sky. Ages 3-10. Limited space. Preregister: www.brewsterladieslibrary.org. FREE! 

Winter Magic with Rich Archer and Company: 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road. $12. Concessions available. Tickets/information: www.artsonthecape.org or 508-428-0669. 

ScienceTellers presents “Pirates: Lost at Sea”: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St., Dennis Port. Action-packed adventure about crew of quirky pirates marooned on desert island. Explore science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, more. 

Middle School Makers: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Middle and high school students create projects ranging from microwave meals to stop-motion animation to art projects. 508-430-7562, ext 2. 

Pajama Story Night: 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. Story, activity and free books. Preregister: 508-775-2280, ext. 512; www.cccdp.org; or email ehyde@cccdp.org. 

Pitter Patter Puppets: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St. Presented by Mary Wilson. All ages. FREE! 

Preschool projects: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Projects in art, science, more. FREE! 

Jam making: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (blueberry) and Thursday (strawberry), Green Briar Jam Kitchen, Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich. Workshops for adult and child working together. All materials and instruction provided. Children must be at least 6 years old; each pair goes home with four to six jars. $45. Paid advance registration required by calling 508-888-6870. www.thorntonburgess.org. 

All Ages Open Gym: noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane. Shoot hoops or play game of pick-up. All ages. Annual membership or $5 day pass required. 

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Program: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St. Ages 4-12. Drop-in program. Electronic kids, Knex, Legos, crafts, more. FREE! 

“Owls of Cape Cod”: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wellfleet Public Library, 55 W. Main St. Program by Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary of Mass Audubon. No registration required. FREE! 

Drop-in Lego Club: 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, South Yarmouth Library, 312 Old Main St. All ages. Children under 8 need to bring adult. 

Birdwatching for Beginners Walk & Talk: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster. Learn basic skills designed to enable bird identification through sight and sound. Venture outdoors to view birds in natural habitat. Free with admission. 508-896-3867, ext. 133. 

Toddler Town: 10 a.m. Thursday, Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main St. Social activity for children from birth to age 3. 508-896-3913. FREE!

All Ages Open Gym: noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane. Shoot hoops or play game of pick-up. All ages. Annual membership or $5 day pass required. 

Popcorn and a Movie!: rated PG, 2 p.m. Thursday, Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Due to licensing regulations, title may not be published. Call for title. 508-539-1435, ext. 3001. FREE! 

Tales to Tails: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Brewster Ladies' Library, 1822 Main St. Practice reading with friendly dogs. All ages. FREE! 

Marcus the Magician: 3 p.m. Thursday, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth. Geared for ages 3-15. $10, $5 under age 18. www.cultural-center.org.

Theater Explorer for elementary school students: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Brooks Free Library, 739 Main St., Harwich. Middle/high school students, 4 to 5 p.m. Learn basic theater techniques and improv from Emily Murray. Canceled when school is canceled. FREE!