The New Bedford Whaling Museum will kick off February vacation week on Monday, Feb. 19, with family-friendly activities celebrating New Bedford’s historic figures.

Len Cabral, a great-grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will captivate audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past, featuring stories from Cape Verde, Africa and the Caribbean. Visitors can pose for photos in front of large hand-painted backdrops created by the museum’s high school apprentices, or dress as historical figures for photos in the James E. Reed Photo Booth. Reed was an important African-American photographer in New Bedford’s early history who photographed many local residents including Frederick Douglass.

Other activities on Monday include a giant inflatable whale that children can climb inside, a variety of arts and crafts, and a movie about Frederick Douglass. Monday’s kickoff begins at 10 a.m., is free for New Bedford residents, and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford.

Vacation week programs running Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 23, include special tours, a chance to go below deck on the Lagoda, the giant inflatable whale, and crafts. Tuesday through Friday activities are free for museum members and free with admission for non-members. Children must be accompanied by adults. The schedule is subject to change, according to a news release.

The February vacation program is supported by Per Moen and Joan Dolian, and by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. More information is available at whalingmuseum.org or by calling (508) 997-0046.

 

Monday, Feb. 19

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• James E. Reed Photo Booth – Dress as a historical figure in the booth or take your own photos against hand-painted backdrops.

• Climb INSIDE a giant inflatable whale.

• Arts & Crafts

• Scavenger Hunt

11 a.m.

• Len Cabral stories

1:30 p.m.

• Cake

2 p.m.

• Movie: "Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass"

 

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Friday, Feb. 23

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• Inflatable Whale

• Kids’ Crafts

10 to 11:30 a.m. 

• Go below deck on the Lagoda

11 a.m.

• Museum Highlights Tours – Docents will lead groups throughout the museum, focusing on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, while telling stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 22

2 p.m. 

• Curator Tour: See the museum through a curator’s eyes on this 45-minute tour.

 

Friday, Feb. 23

10:30 am

• All Aboard the Lagoda. Dress as your favorite character. Learn the ropes, interact with different cultures, and take to the seas in search of whales as you experience a global whaling voyage through role-play on the world’s largest model whale ship.