Kickoff to February Vacation at the Whaling Museum: February 20

Family Fun
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
Feb 20, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Have fun with history!


Acclaimed story-teller Len Cabral
Climb INSIDE an inflatable whale
Story time with Abraham Lincoln
Special historical tour: To Catch a Whale
Cake and more!


Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will kick off the school vacation week festivities and captivate audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past. Monday’s activities start at 10 am and include Len Cabral’s performance, a photo booth with costumes of historical characters, a giant inflatable whale that kids can climb inside, tours below deck on the whaleship Lagoda, a variety of arts and crafts, and a movie about Frederick Douglass.

Monday’s events are completely free for New Bedford residents and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Schedule is subject to change.


Monday, February 20

10 am – 11 am Go below deck on the Whaleship Lagoda!
The crew of Captain C. Weade will take guests onboard the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.

10 am – 2 pm
Photo Booth/Dress as a
Historical Figure
Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th Century. Dress as a historical figure and have your picture taken in the photo booth. Need some inspiration? Don’t worry! Other historical figures will be present to give you tips and suggestions on how to dress for the period.
Inflatable Whale Climb inside a life-sized inflatable whale.
Arts & Crafts
Scavenger Hunt

11 am – 11:30 am Story time with Len Cabral

12:30 pm – 1 pm To Catch a Whale
Docents will share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

1 pm – 1:30 pm Story time with Abraham Lincoln

1:30 pm Birthday Cake and Sing-a-long
It’s always someone’s birthday! Today we recognize our Presidents and a great figure from New Bedford and national history – Frederick Douglass.

2 pm – 3 pm Film: Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass


The February vacation program is supported by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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