Before I moved to Massachusetts, I had never heard of February vacation week. Do you feel as cheated as I do? Make up for lost time by joining in on one of these events on February 22.

Here: First, get yourself to the MIT Museum from 10-noon for the straw rocket challenge presented by the MIT Rocket Team. That just sounds cool.

There: Next, hurry to the Old State House before 4pm for the 18th Century Portraits program. Learn appropriate poses before using their backdrops and props to live out the dream of starring in your very own portrait. (It’s not just my dream, right?)

Visit the MIT Museum and Old State House for more information. Anyone who produces photographic evidence of themselves building a rocket and then posing in an 18th century portrait in the same day will be my hero.