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May 25, 2020








Recreational activities
Parks and rec departments offer a summer of fun


 If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, you might not have to look any further than your town or city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Many offer sports programs, camps, swimming, free concerts and more.

Several summer camps, including Outdoor Discovery, Wild About Science and Adventure Teen Camp, are held throughout the summer at Peabody Mill Environmental Center (66 Brook Road, Amherst). Camps are for ages 4 to 18. Visit
Enjoy free summer concerts every Tuesday through Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Amherst Village Green (2 Main St., Amherst). Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs to enjoy the entertainment. Visit 
Have fun at the beach at Baboosic Lake (25 Broadway, Amherst), open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends until Saturday, Sept. 1. The beach will be staffed on weekends. Daily admission costs $2 or $4 for residents and $4 or $8 for non-residents, depending on age. Children ages 2 and under and Amherst residents age 65+ are free. Visit
Elementary and middle school kids can learn to play disc golf on Monday, July 9, at Birch Park (11 Baboosic Lake Road, Amherst). Classes will be held for kids in grades 1 to 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. and for kids in grades 5 to 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $40 for residents, $45 for non-residents. Visit
Stay for a free family movie after the summer concert on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Amherst Village Green (2 Main St., Amherst). Watch The Parent Trap starting at dusk and grab some popcorn from the Amherst Lions. Visit
The “Fast Track” summer running program is back for another year at the Auburn Safety Complex (55 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn). Student athletes entering grades 5 through 8 for the 2018-2019 school year will experience workouts for stretching, conditioning drills, nutrition information, running workouts and active games. Fast Track will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday in August, from Thursday, Aug. 2, through Thursday, Aug. 23, as well as Wednesday, Aug. 22. The cost is $129 per student. There is a limit of 25 participants, with a final registration deadline of July 9. Register at  
The Auburn Parks and Rec Department is offering “Camp Adventure,” its first summer day camp, from Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting at Auburn Village School (11 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn). Campers will meet at AVS and travel throughout the state on fun adventures to lakes, beaches and even a water park. Camp Adventure costs $259 per camper and is open to students entering grades 5 through 8 for the 2018-2019 school year. Register at   
In the Nets Sports Academy holds several summer sports programs from June through August. Sports include volleyball, golf, skateboarding, soccer, lacrosse, tennis and more. For schedules and registration, visit 
Go swimming from mid-June to mid-August at Bedford Memorial Town Pool (20 County Road, Bedford). The pool is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. For summer pool pass cost and and rules, visit 
Enjoy free concerts Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from June 27 through Aug. 15 at Bedford Village Common (15 Bell Hill Road, Bedford). Bring a picnic, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the music. Visit
Bring the whole family down for archery classes on Wednesday from July 11 through Aug. 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Benedictine Park (341 Wallace Road, Bedford). Anyone age 7 or older can learn to improve their shooting abilities in a fun and safe environment. Cost is $70 per person for Bedford residents and $80 per person for non-residents. Visit
Children of Boscawen can enjoy fun in the sun with the town’s summer youth program, running from Monday, June 25, through Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Jamie Welch Memorial Field (13 Depot St, Boscawen). Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Cost is $50 per child and up to $100 per family. Visit 
Have some girl-powered fun at the 11th annual Princess Camp, held at Bow High School (55 Falcon Way, Bow) from Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Girls ages 4 to 9 will enjoy princess-themed crafts, games, stories and activities. Cost is $25 per day or $100 for the week. Call 228-2222 to register.
The Bow Recreation summer day camp will provide campers with a variety of activities and field trips from Tuesday, June 26, to Friday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily starting at Bow High School (55 Falcon Way, Bow). Along with weekly activities, students will enjoy trips to the beach, Mel’s Funway in Litchfield, Gunstock Adventure Park in Gilford, Whale’s Tale Water Park in Lincoln and more. The cost for the summer camp is $325. Additional costs and age requirements vary by field trip. Register at the Bow Community Building (3 Bow Center Road, Bow), as space allows.
Max Cohen Grove (3 Mason Road, Brookline) at Lake Potanipo is open for the season from Saturday, June 23, through Sunday, Aug. 26. The beach is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Cost is $4 a person for residents and $6 a person for non-residents. Visit 
Bring your child to Lake Potanipo in Brookline for swimming lessons for one of two sessions, running from Monday, July 9, through Thursday, July 26, and Monday, ​July 30, through Thursday, Aug. 26. Classes are 35 minutes each and will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m., with each child placed in a class based on their age and ability level. Cost is $70 per child per session and $35 for a parent-and-baby class for children 1 to 3 years old. Contact Emily at to register.
Enjoy fun in the park at Moore Park next to the Candia Town Hall (74 High St., Candia). The park contains an athletic field, playground, skateboard park and basketball court. Visit 
Have fun at toddler play time Mondays from to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chester Multi-Purpose Room (84 Chester St., Chester). Use toys provided or bring your own. Visit 
Join the walking club on Mondays at 10 a.m. at Wason Pond. Meet at the Wason Pond Community Center (603 Raymond Road, Chester). Visit 
Go swimming at one of Concord’s many public pools from now until the end of the season on Friday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. Most pools are open for public swimming from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Swimming is free for Concord and Penacook residents and costs $113 per family for non-residents. For full pool hours, locations and rules, visit 
Come down to the Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road, Concord) for public roller skating from Friday, June 22, through Sunday, July 29. The rink is open to the public Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $5, with quad skate rentals available for an additional $5. Visit 
Enjoy two free movies in the park this summer, including Sing on Wednesday, June 27, and Zootopia on Wednesday, July 11, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Rollins Park (116 Broadway St., Concord). Parking is available on 33 Bow St. Before Sing, come to the Rollins Park Pool for a Splash Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Kids ages 10 through 14 are welcome. Limited to first 100 participants. 
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to a teddy bear picnic on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Park (1 White St., Concord). There will be music, juice and Teddy Grahams. Children ages 3 to 6 years old are welcome. Admission is $3, with no cost for parents. 
Don’t miss the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Rollins Park (116 Broadway St., Concord). This year’s festivities include food, prizes, K9 demonstrations, the Touch-A-Truck Program, a zoo exhibit, a rock climbing wall and much more. This is a free event.
Cool off at the Splashpad, open now at Don Ball Park (14 Humphrey Road, Derry). The park features various sprinklers, splashing and a dumping apparatus open to the public. Visit 
Hang out at the Gallien’s Town Beach (39 Pond Road, Derry), open for the season until mid-August. The beach features a fishing dock. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under and free for children 3 and younger. Cost is $4 for non-residents. For season pass costs and hours, visit 
Enjoy Derry’s free summer concert series Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. until Aug. 14 at MacGregor Park (64 E Broadway. Derry). Bring a picnic, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the music. Visit 
Enjoy free weekly summer activities from Monday, June 25, through Friday, Aug. 10, starting at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at Don Ball Park (14 Humphrey Road, Derry). Head down to the park for a variety of arts, crafts, games and events during Superhero Week, National Treasure Week, Science Spectacular Week and more. Visit 
Enjoy the Dunbarton Old Home Day celebration on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Dunbarton Town Common (1011 School St., Dunbarton). This year the will include a new interactive period craft village, where people of all ages will get to see how typical household items were produced by hand in the 17th and 18th centuries. Special exhibits include basket making, blacksmithing, pottery, rock splitting, woodworking and more. Visit 
Head to the town parks for swimming, athletic fields and more at Barnard Park (9 Barnard Lane, Goffstown) and Roy Park (31 Rosemont St., Goffstown). Visit 
Hollis will host two Brazilian Arts Soccer Camps this summer, running from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, and from Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10. To register and find out more about the town’s youth athletic programs, visit 
Hooksett’s Parks and Recreation Department suggests several recreation hotspots in town, including athletic fields, trails and other natural amenities. Visit 
Have some Fun in the Sun with Hooksett’s summer day camp from Monday, June 25, through Friday, Aug. 24. Children ages 5 to 13 will participate in fun daily activities. Cost for residents is $125 for the first child and $100 for each additional. Cost for non-residents is $150 for the first child and $125 for each additional child. For more information and to register, visit 
Spend the afternoon with the family at Merrifield Park next to The Bar Food & Spirits (2B Burnham Road, Hudson). The park offers a regulation-size sand volleyball court, playground equipment for the kids, picnic tables and barbecue grills. There are some walking trails behind the park for those interested in a nature walk. Visit
Check out historic Benson Park (19 Kimball Hill Road, Hudson), open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until Friday, Aug. 31. The renovated animal park includes extensive walking trails, park benches and a playground. Be sure to stop by the Old Lady in the Shoe, the elephant house and the gorilla house from the original park.  For off-season hours, visit 
Litchfield Recreation offers several youth sports programs, including leagues for baseball, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and wrestling. Visit 
Londonderry runs several youth summer sports camps for children ages 6 and older, running from late June through late August. Camp schedules and locations vary and include basketball, baseball, softball, wrestling, football, golf, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball and soccer. Visit 
The Loudon Recreation Committee is planning free, weekly community summer fun nights, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 18, through Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Loudon Recreation Field (53 S. Village Road, Loudon). For final confirmed activities and dates, visit 
Manchester children ages 6 to 12 can have Fun in the Sun from Monday, July 9, through Friday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free program includes swimming lessons, playground games, field trips, tennis, free swim, reading lessons, arts and crafts and more. Breakfast and lunch will be served each day. Registration is on Tuesday, July 3, at 8 a.m. at the site you want your child to attend. Sites include JFK Coliseum (303 Beech St., Manchester), Livingston Park (156 Hooksett Road, Manchester) and Piscataquog River Park (1 Electric St., Manchester). Visit 
Cool off at the DuPont Splash Pad (207 Mason St., Manchester) daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Manchester residents and 5:30 to 7 p.m. for non-residents. Manchester’s other community pools are expected to open for the season on Monday, June 25. Residents can swim from 1 to 4:45 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. daily, and non-residents can swim from 3 to 4:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m. Crystal Lake is now open to residents from 10 to 7:30 p.m. and to non-residents from 4 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit 
Children and their families are invited to laugh and learn at the free summer music series from Thursday, July 19, through Friday, Aug. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at UNH Manchester (88 Commercial Street, Room 201, Second Floor, Manchester). Events last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. An RSVP is requested for all of the events. Visit 
Enjoy free summer concerts in the park Thursdays from July 20 through Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. in Veterans Park (723 Elm St., Manchester). Visit 
Merrimack’s free summer concert series is now in full swing, running from Wednesday, June 27, through Wednesday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m. at Abbie Griffin Park (6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack). Enjoy local music ranging from oldies, swing, R&B and classic rock. Visit
Enjoy free movie nights throughout the summer at Abbie Griffin Park (6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack). Grab your blankets and head to the park to see ​​​​​Back to the Future on Friday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m.; The Lion King on Friday, July 27, at 8:15 p.m.; Despicable Me 3 on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m.; and Boss Baby on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Visit
Join the New Hampshire Astronomical Society for a free skywatch on Monday, July 23, from 8 to 11 p.m. in the function hall at Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road, Merrimack). After a brief indoor presentation, participants of all ages will have the opportunity to view the night sky through telescopes. Visit 
Before seeing Despicable Me 3, don’t miss the Merrimack Police Department’s annual National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 pm. at Abbie Griffin Park (6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack). The night will be filled with free activities like face-painting, water balloon toss, time to meet Merrimack Police officers and more. 
Come down to Touch-a-Truck on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Access Road, with parking at Milford Middle School (33 Osgood Road, Milford). Cost is $5 for children 12 and under and free for children over 13 years old. Visit 
Hear the sound on the Souhegan with a free summer concert series Wednesday from July 4 through Aug. 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Emerson Park next to the post office (12 Mont Vernon St., Milford). The concert on Wednesday, July 4, will be held at Keyes Park (45 Elm St., Milford). Visit
Open swim is available for the season from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 7 p.m. on weekends at Keyes Park (45 Elm St., Milford). Daily pass cost is $5 per person. For season pass prices, visit 
The Nashua Parks and Recreation department hosts several summer camps, clinics and leagues for a variety of interests during the summer. For more information and to register, visit 
Nashua’s public pools have a soft opening tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 22. The city’s pools are open for public swimming from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit 
Enjoy free weekly concerts from Tuesday, June 27, through Monday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at the bandshell in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). For full dates, visit
Prepare for Independence Day with “Let Freedom Ring” community picnic a patriotic sing-along on Sunday, July 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Common (315 Main St.. Nashua). Come down with the whole family and bring a blanket and picnic basket. Visit 
Enjoy a free movies this summer, including Despicable Me 3 on Friday, July 13, in the bandshell at Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua), and Coco on Friday, Sept. 14, at Nashua Airport (93 Perimeter Road, Nashua). Movies start at dusk. Visit 
Dress up as your favorite fairy tale character and come to the Fairy Tale Festival on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). There will be music, performances, book reading, snow cones, bounce houses and fairy art school, and every child gets a free book. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Meals on Wheels. Visit 
Get in shape with a free fitness series hosted by the YMCA on Wednesdays July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the bandstand in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). Bring the family for exercise, refreshments and giveaways. Each class will run for 45 minutes. Visit 
Rock out at the Merrimack Valley Battle of the Bands on Saturday, July 21, from noon to 8 p.m. at Railroad Square next to Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (35 Railroad Square, Nashua). Vote online for your favorite local talent and then watch the top 15 bands compete for a chance to win a professional EP recording. Visit 
Nashua Theatre Guild presents Shakespeare in the Park with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the bandshell in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). The company will present matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, as well as Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5. Visit 
Stop by the 62nd annual Nashua Area Artists Association Show on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, on the West side of Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). Exhibits will be shown all day. Visit 
There’s fun for the whole family at the sixth annual Gate City Brewfest on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua), including a wing eating contest, a kids fun zone, music and beer sampling. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Tickets cost $10 for designated drivers and entrants under 21, and children 12 and under are free. Visit
Check out Wheels & Wings  on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at Nashua Airport (93 Perimeter Road, Nashua). Explore big trucks and planes and see how they work. There will also be a bounce house and magician. Please bring non-perishable food donations for 68 Hours of Hunger. Visit 
New Boston
Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy free summer concerts Tuesdays from June 26 through Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the New Boston Town Common. Parking is available at the New Boston Town Hall (7 Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston). Support Rails to Trails by purchasing burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages from the concession stand. Visit 
Stop by the beach at Pelham Veterans Memorial Park (109 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Pelham), open daily from Saturday, June 23, through Labor Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information on day and season passes as well as Pelham’s other town parks, visit 
Enjoy free concerts every other Saturday this summer from Saturday, June 23, through Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m. at Memorial Field in Pembroke near Pembroke Village School (30 High St., Pembroke). Visit 
Enjoy free concerts on Thursday from June 21 through Aug. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raymond town common in Lyman Memorial Park near Raymond Town Hall (4 Epping St., Raymond). Bring your dancing shoes, a lawn chair or blanket and bug spray, and plan on a great evening. Visit 
Hedgehog Park (53 Lowell Road, Salem) is now open for the season for swimming and skateboarding. Kids can enjoy a pond, play area and skate park from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Parking costs $5 a day and $25 for the season for residents, $10 a day and $50 for the season for non-residents. Visit 
Enjoy free concerts on Thursdays from July 12 through Aug. 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Field of Dreams (48 Geremonty Drive, Salem). Don’t miss out on more free music at the field with JamFest 2018 on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families will also enjoy food, games, raffles and a scavenger hunt. Visit 
Visit Chase Park (361 Reservoir Drive, Weare), now open for the season. Take a swim in Horace Lake and play on the park’s playground. For park hours, visit 
Check out the summer programs provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Weare held at Weare Middle School (16 East Road, Weare). The club offers summer camps for children in kindergarten to Grade 8, which run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday until Friday, Aug. 24. Registration costs $175 per child. Visit
Goss Park (475 Forest Road, Wilton) is now open for season, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Facilities include a basketball court, tennis court, playground, baseball field, beach waterfront, volleyball court and deep water slide. Weekly events include crafts under the pavilion on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit 
Practice your basketball and soccer skills during summer sports camps at Goss Park (475 Forest Road, Wilton). Basketball camp for kids in grades 1 through 6 will be held from Wednesday, July 18, to Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., with free swim available immediately after from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Soccer camp is available for kids in grades 1 through 8 from Wednesday, Aug. 1, to Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tennis lessons are also available and can be set up on an individual basis. Cost is $50 per child. Visit 
Multiple summer concerts are available in Windham, starting off with Judy Pancoast and Crew on Monday, July 2, at 4:15 p.m. at Griffin Park (101 Range Road, Windham). Also check out fireworks and Souled Out Show Band on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:15 p.m. at Windham High School (64 London Bridge Road, Windham). Finally, check out concerts in the park on Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Griffin Park, as well as Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Searles School and Chapel (3 Chapel Road, Windham). Visit 
Check out weekly summer sports camps, including jump rope camp starting on Monday, July 9; multi-sport camp starting on Monday, Aug. 23; and flag football camp starting on Monday, Aug. 9. Tennis lessons are also available in June and July at Griffin Park (101 Range Road, Windham). For more information and to register for camps and tennis, visit 

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