ART & SPORTS. Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to noon, Ipswich YMCA, 110 County Road. Play organized games in the gym for 30 minutes, followed by a 30-minute art project. Wear gym clothes and sneakers. For ages 3 to 5. $10/person. 978-356-9622.
MARBLE COASTERS. Monday, Feb. 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Ipswich YMCA, 110 County Road. Explore the physics of fun. Build and test a marble coaster and attempt to incorporate a loop or jump. Learn about the forces of gravity and kinetic and potential energy. Marble coasters will be built using everyday household materials. Program for ages 7 to 10. $10/person. 978-356-9622.
PEABODY RECREATION DEPARTMENT. Open gyms, Feb. 19 to 22, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at McCarthy School and Brown School, games, sports, arts and crafts, and a field trip on Feb. 21; American Girl Workshop, Feb. 19, 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 5 to 10; Lego Avengers, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, play with the new superhero mini-figures and build Lego creations, for ages 5 to 10; Introduction to Babysitting, Feb. 20, 9:30 to noon, program emphasizes personal safety, accident prevention, basic first aid, handling emergencies, choking, poisoning, infant and child care, for ages 12 to 15. Register at www.peabody-ma.gov/parks_rec.html or in person at the Peabody Recreation Department, 50 Farm Ave.
FAIRY TALE THEATER. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich YMCA, 110 County Road. Ages 5 to 10; a minimum of four participants. A morning of dramatic play for the young thespian. Play theater games, make dramatic crafts and perform a favorite fairy tale. Instructor: Nicole Leotsakos. $75/members, $90/nonmembers. 978-356-9622.
TUESDAY SCHOOL VACATION WEEK AT PEM. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Part of weeklong celebration of the many ways that people play around the world. Events include giant games and games from different cultures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; abstract magnetic puzzles, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; yo-yo show from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.; and a make-your-own marble machine art activity from 1 to 4 p.m. Included with museum admission. Advance reservations required. 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, or pem.org/calendar.