The Hippo


Dec 6, 2019








See the pros: art

Rock & Roll Photography at the Currier

From Oct. 7 through Jan. 15, kids and families can check out the iconic images of “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography,” an exhibit comprising 175 images from more than 50 photographers who’ve captured the behind-the-scenes world of rock legends like The Beatles, Elvis and Madonna. The exhibit, organized by the Portland Museum of Art, drew from the United States’ largest private collection of rocker photos and shows their close relationship with photographers. The Currier will also offer two special children’s classes in conjunction with the exhibit: The Art of Rock and Roll! (ages 5 to 7) and Picasso’s Guitars (ages 7 to 10). Credit: Mirabelle Photographer, The Beatles, 1964, chromogenic print. Private collection. © Mark and Colleen Hayward Archive.

See the pros: dance

The Nutcracker
Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater will present the classic holiday ballet at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588,, with six performances from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27. The dancers will tell the story of Clara and her nutcracker doll while a live symphony orchestra provides the music. Tickets range from $15 to $45.

See the pros: gymnastics

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
Don’t miss this group of acrobats, who, after touring in more than 40 countries around the world, are finally making their debut in the U.S. and Canada. The show, which features a colorful display of tricks, will stop at The Music Hall’s historic theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets are available for $30 and $40.

See the pros: horseback riding

Cowboy Race

Watch ’em go at Gelinas Farm’s Cowboy Race on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. The race has two divisions: an open for skilled riders and a novice race for newcomers. Gelinas Farm is located at 471 4th Range Road in Pembroke and can be contacted at 225-7024. See

See the pros: martial arts

Beat Domestic Violence Tournament

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the National Institute of Martial Arts (101 Mulberry St., Claremont, 542-1733, is hosting the Beat Domestic Violence Tournament, when the school’s students and instructors will compete. The event also raises money for the Turning Points Network, a Claremont-based organization that works to end domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking in the community.

See the pros: music

TV Idols

See your favorite singers from the latest season of American Idol when they bring their Live! show to the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, on Wed., Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. This year’s winner, Scotty McCreery, joins Season 11 favorites like Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina in performing the most memorable songs from the popular competition. Tickets are available for $45 and $65.

See the pros: nature

NatureFest 2011

Kids can learn all about creatures and the great outdoors when the Little Nature Museum (656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-6121, hosts a weekend of free activities on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11. Both days feature a “Tots on the Trail” nature walk for ages 2 to 6, plus activities, prizes, guided museum visits and more. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. there will be a live raptor presentation with Nancy Cowan of the New Hampshire School of Falconry, and at 2:30 p.m. an invasive species walk. The schedule for Sunday features a presentation by the Granite State Zoo.

See the pros: sports

UNH Wildcats football

Last year, the UNH football team had a winning season (8-5) that included a triumph against their CAA conference rivals and fellow ‘Wildcats,’ Villanova. This year, they hope for another win when the Pennsylvania-based squad comes to Cowell Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, which is also Kids Day. Tickets cost $15 to $19 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 17.

See the pros: theater

Seussical the Musical

Kids are sure to have a good time at this Majestic Theatre (281 Cartier St., Manchester, 669-7469, production, which is based on the works of legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss. The show will be presented from Nov. 10 through Nov. 13, as students of the Theatre’s Academy of Dramatic Arts bring to life beloved characters like Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and Lazy Mayzie. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 10.

Serious fun
The Granite State has plenty to offer when it comes to after-school fun in dance, music, sports and more


Back-to-school season is here and there’s so much to do. As you’re squeezing in those last few family beach days and running out to shop for backpacks and art supplies, don’t forget that it’s also time to sign up for those after-school activities that keep kids engaged in something other than homework. Does your son or daughter rule the dance floor? Harness that energy at one of the many local schools with classes ranging from ballet to hip-hop. If instead you’ve got a little drama queen or king on your hands, try acting lessons or a performance company. And if your kid couldn’t get enough of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run, maybe it’s time to give hockey or ice skating lessons a shot.

Whether your child is going back to an old favorite or dying to try something new, keep reading to learn about the endless extracurricular opportunities available in the area. Be sure to check with the organizations about any changes in their schedules, pricing and course offerings, and talk with them to find out which program will best suit your kid.
And in the coming weeks, take a look at our listings in the “Inside/Outside” section for more serious fun. Know of an after-school activity not mentioned here? Let us know at


• Beck’s Art Express (Mill House, 5 Pine St., Nashua, 781-910-3438, offers private and small-group lessons using various materials, such as watercolors, charcoal and clay. There will also be workshops on jewelry, cartooning and other topics. Upcoming programs include Pint-sized Picassos (ages 2½ to 3) and Creative Adventures (ages 4 to 6). Normal rate for 75-minute group lesson is $12.50 per child, while private instruction costs $25 per hour.

• Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144 ext. 122, hosts fall classes, which run from Sept. 26 through Dec. 10. The course listings include Art Foundations for Children (ages 2 to 10), ArtVentures for Preteens and Art School for Teens. There will also be special youth classes presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography.”

• E.W. Poore Frame Shop & Art Gallery (531 Front St., Manchester, 622-3802, begins its fall session of youth classes on Sept. 14 and offers three six-week courses: Art Group (ages 6 to 7), Drawing & Painting (ages 8 to 12) and Drawing (ages 12 to 16). Teens are welcome to sign up for adult classes.

• Kimball-Jenkins School of Art
(266 N. Main St., Concord, 225-3932, has after-school programs for ages 6 to 16 in painting, ceramics, drawing and manga. Classes begin the third week of September.

• New Hampshire Institute of Art
(148 Concord St., Manchester, 866-241-4918, has classes, workshops and intensives open to teens ages 15 and up. There are courses in ceramics, graphic design, metalsmithing, jewelry, painting, photography and more. To see the entire course catalog, view the Continuing Education section of the NHIA website.

• Sharon Arts Center (Arts Exhibition Gallery
, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, 924-7676; Fine Craft Gallery, 20-40 Depot Square, Peterborough, 924-2787; School of Art and Craft, 457 Route 123, Sharon, 924-7256, offers art classes and workshops for all ages, including kids’ and teens’ clay clubs, paper crafts and card-making, T-shirt design and comics. Classes are offered in six-week sessions. Scholarships are available and members receive discounts. Call 924-7256 to register.

• Talk Paper Scissors
(575 S. Willow St., Manchester, 669-8003, has a number of classes, such as art journaling, card making, collage jewelry, intro to scrapbooking and mosaic serving tray. Classes can be scheduled for groups of three or more.

Dance and yoga

• Allegro Dance Academy (100 Factory St., Nashua, 886-7989, offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, pointe, contemporary, improv, self-esteem building, strength and conditioning, and musical theater. Classes are available for kids as young as 2½ years old. Allegro also has a personal training facility where parents can work out while they wait.

• Bedford Dance Center (172 Route 101, Bedford Village Shoppes, Bedford, 472-5141, starts its fall session on Sept. 6. Classes include pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, hip-hop and modern. There will be a fall registration open house on Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

• The Bedford Youth Performing Company
(155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, offers classes in ballet, jazz, theater jazz, lyrical hip-hop, tap, modern dance, Zumba and more. Dance lessons are available for children as young as 3 years old.

• Capital City Dance Center
(128-J Hall St., Concord, 228-1012, will hold open house events on Aug. 24, 27, 31 and Sept. 7. The fall season begins Sept. 12 and classes are available in ballet, tap, jazz, pre-pointe, pointe, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop (for boys ages 6-9).

• CKC Dance Academy (198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 622-4252, instructs children ages 3 and up. Classes include pre-dance, pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater and lyrical. Tuition starts at $37 per month and sibling discounts are available.

• Concord Dance Academy (26 Commercial St., Concord, 226-0200, begins its fall session on Sept. 19. Styles taught include tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical and karate. Monthly tuition starts at $50 per class and sibling discounts are available.

• Creative Dance Workshop of Bow (3 Robinson Road, Unit B2, Bow, 225-7711, will have an open house on Aug. 23 & 24 and Sept. 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The school offers ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pointe, lyrical, tap, modern, African dance and zumba for different levels and ages.

• Dance Studio of Manchester
(300 Bedford St., Manchester, 669-1929, provides instruction to children as young as 18 months. Classes include pre-dance, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz and contemporary. For the 2011 season, the studio is introducing new courses, such as boys hip-hop, as well as introductory classes in tap, hip-hop, gymnastics, jazz/lyrical, contemporary and lyrical hip-hop for preteens and teens. Open house is Aug. 25 through Aug. 27.

• The Dancing Corner (23 Main St., Nashua, 889-7658, welcomes students as young as 3 years old. Classes include pre-dance, ballet, point, jazz, tap, modern and musical theater.

• Dimensions in Dance (575 S. Willow St., Manchester, 668-4196, teaches pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and acro-jazz. It also has a non-profit performance company, Ballet Misha, which puts on three productions each year, including The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Monthly tuition rates start at $38 for a 30-minute class and family discounts are available.

• Gate City Ballet and Dance Center
(125 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-0011, specializes in ballet classes and instructs children ages 2 and up in creative movement, pre-ballet and basic dance. Students ages 5 and up taking a weekly ballet class can also choose from a selection of electives, including pointe, lyrical, funk, hip-hop and break dancing. The school holds three performances during the year: The Nutcracker, spring ballet and summer festival concert.

• Londonderry Dance Academy (21 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 432-0032, begins its fall session on Sept. 1, and offers ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, Pilates and yoga. Private classes are also available. There will be auditions (ages 6 and up) for the academy’s resident company, the New England Dance Ensemble, on Sept. 18. Open house takes place on Aug. 25, 26, 30 & 31 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

• McKenna Dance Center (30 Henniker St., Unit 4, Concord, 706-0589, accepts children ages 2 and up for classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, cheerleading, Zumba and more. Special classes for boys are offered. New dance season begins Sept. 12. The center will host an open house on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and registration nights on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

• Miss Kelsey’s Dance Studio
(351 Chester Road, Auburn; 27 Lowell St., Manchester, 606-2820, teaches children ages 18 months and up. Classes include creative movement, pre-dance, tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and ZumbAtomic (Zumba for kids). The studio also has performance teams. Tuition starts at $38 a month for 30 minutes of class each week. Sibling and multi-class discounts are available.

• Moving Spirit - The Center for Yoga, Dance & Wellness (32 DW Highway, Merrimack, 886-7308, runs classes for children ages 18 months and older from September through June. Students can learn creative dance concepts and yoga postures through games, drama, problem-solving, improvisation and simple instruments. There is also Creative Kids Yoga for special-needs children ages 9 to 15.

• New Hampshire School of the Scottish Arts (922 Elm St., Manchester,, 621-9949) offers private and group classes in Highland and step dance at locations throughout southern New Hampshire.

• New Hampshire School of Ballet (1271 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 668-5330, focuses on classical ballet training but also teaches jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and tumbling. The school has competition teams and provides students with several opportunities to perform each year, including the annual Christmas Show and each June’s Evening of Dance.

• Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Centre (36 Arlington St., Nashua, 889-8404, will hold open houses and free sample classes on Aug. 12 & 18 and Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The curriculum includes graded classes in ballet, pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern and jazz. There is also a pre-dance program for ages 3 to 6. Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to audition for the youth ensemble of the Northern Ballet Theatre, a professional company based at the Centre.

• N-Step Dance Center (1134 Hooksett Road, Hooksett; 2626 Brown Ave., Manchester, 641-6787, begins fall classes on Sept. 12 and instructs children in tumbling, ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, clogging, hip-hop and break dancing. Schedule also includes Mommy & Me (ages 1 to 2), Tiny Tots (ages 2 to 3), pre-dance and KinderCombo (ages 3 to 7). Monthly tuition rates start at $45 for 30 minutes of class a week. Sibling and parent discounts are available. An open house and the grand opening of the new Hooksett location will take place on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Paper Moon Dance
(studios in Amherst, Nashua & Concord, 429-1100, hosts classes and dance parties in swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot, rumba, tango and more. The lessons and events are open to teens, and beginners are welcome.

• Queen City Ballroom (21 Dow St., Manchester, 622-1500, offers a ballroom lesson for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19, on Thursday nights. The lesson costs $5. There is also a teen dance team, which meets Thursdays, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

• Petit Papillon School of Ballet
(39 Green St., Concord, 746-2990, specializes in classical ballet education and also teaches creative movement, modern, jazz, hip-hop and Highland dance. Classes begin Sept. 12 and tuition for the 34-week program starts at $408. The school is affiliated with The Ballet Theatre of New Hampshire, which allows students ages 11 to 17 to audition. In March, they will present The Snow Queen. The school will host an open house on Sept. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Concord City Auditorium.  

• Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater
(Englewood Park, 19 Harvey Road, Bedford, 625-9272, will kick off its classes on Sept. 6. SNHDT accepts children as young as 2 years old in pre-dance, and also offers ballet, modern, jazz and tap. SNHDT is affiliated with the Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet, which presents three major productions each year, including The Nutcracker, which is performed at the Palace Theatre. There will be free “Try-It” classes Aug. 29-31.

• Turning Pointe Center of Dance (371 Pembroke St., Pembroke, 485-8710, begins its new season on Sept. 12, teaching ages 3 and up in pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip-hop. There is also a performance team that focuses on learning choreography to perform at community events. In June, the team will perform in Chicago. Tuition rates start at $30 a month for 30 minutes of instruction each week. An open house will be held on Aug. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.

• Voter’s Dance and Gymnastics
(13-15 Delaware Drive, Salem, 893-5190, is the official school of the Methuen Ballet Ensemble. It has different levels of classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop.

• Yoga Sanctuary (25 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 537-0588, has classes for teens. The first class is free and after that single drop-in classes cost $18, while an eight-week session is $128 ($120 for early-bird registration). Discounted family rates may apply. The fall session begins Sept. 12.


• Flipz Gymnastics (134 D Hall St., Concord, 224-3223 offers gymnastics classes for children of all ages. Younger children meet once a week, while advanced students meet twice a week. There is also a Rec Team (ages 8 and up) that competes at in-house events.

• Granite State Gymnastics (71 River Road, Bow, 228-8424; 35 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9816, instructs girls and boys ages 2 and up and has competitive teams. There are also programs for special-needs children. Sessions are monthly, so students can enroll any time during the year.

• Gym-Ken Gymnastics (184 Rockingham Road, Windham, 434-9060, has 13-week sessions of classes for boys and girls in preschool and grade school. There are also sessions of tumbling, Parkour (free running) and drop-in open gym ($15 per class). Tuition starts at $180 per session.

• Gymnastics Village (13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst, 889-8092, provides instruction for children ages 18 months and up. There is a preschool program, GymKids, as well as after-school classes, including MiniGym (ages 6 to 7) and the Villager Program (ages 8 and up). Tumbling classes are available for girls ages 8 and up. Fall classes begin on Sept. 1.

• Kelly’s Gymnastics
(10 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-9821, welcomes children ages 3 and up. There are 60-minute classes for preschoolers in addition to five-week sessions for beginners ages 6 to 11. Experienced gymnasts can enroll in intermediate-level classes, also in five-week sessions, and take part in gymnastics teams.

• Nashua School of Gymnastics (30 Pond St., Nashua, 880-4927, has a parent-and-child program open to kids as young as 3 years old as well as recreational gymnastics and tumbling lessons for ages 6 and up.

• New England Gymnastics Training Center (5 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 880-8482, starts its 2011-2012 season in September. The schedule includes parent-and-child, toddler and advanced toddler classes in addition to different levels of instruction for school-aged boys and girls. There are also cheer/tumbling lessons and teams for both boys and girls. Tuition begins at $120 for eight weeks of class. Private lessons are also available ($20 for 30 minutes; $40 for 1 hour).

• Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
(26 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-8388, has classes for preschoolers, including Little Munchkins, Tumble-Tots, Jumping-Jacks and Kinder-Kiddies. There is also an after-school program for children in first grade and older. The fall-winter semester begins on Aug. 29. Tuition starts at $62 a month.

• Tumble Town Gymnastics
(215 Canal St., Manchester, 641-9591, kicks off its fall classes on Sept. 6. Tumble Town instructs girls ages 4 and up and has a Junior Olympic Program for higher-level gymnasts. New students get a free trial lesson.

• Voter’s Dance and Gymnastics
(13-15 Delaware Drive, Salem, 893-5190, runs classes from September through June. Tiny Tumblers and Preschool classes are available to boys and girls, while the recreational program is for school-aged girls.

Horseback riding

• Apple Tree Farm
(Hollis, 465-9592, is open year ’round and provides group and private lessons for riders of all ages and levels. The farm has also brought back the Saddle Club, a six-week session that includes barn and riding lessons. All students have the opportunity to participate in competitions. Leasing options are also available.

• Gelinas Farm (471 4th Range Road, Pembroke, 225-7024, offers group and private lessons to riders of all levels.

• Just-In-Time Farm
(191 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, 432-6262, provides private ($45), semi-private ($40) and group lessons ($35) for children of all experience levels. Lessons are available Monday through Saturday, by appointment only.

• Lucky 7 Stables
(154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry, 432-3076, offers 30-minute and hour-long riding lessons seven days a week. Lessons are available for ages 3 and up. Rates start at $25 for a 30-minute lesson. Children ages 8 and up can also participate in guided five-mile trail rides throughout the year. The cost is $35 for a single rider or $30 per rider when there are two or more participants. Lessons and trail rides are available by appointment.

• Perry Hill Farm (32 Perry Road, Bedford, 471-2929, has after-school lessons for children ages 4 and up. One hour of instruction costs $60. Pony rides are also available for $15.

• Rock Hill Stable (104 Pelham Road, Hudson, 321-5628, has lessons for riders of all levels of experience in the hunt seat, saddleseat and western styles. The sessions cover brushing, tacking up and riding. Beginners start with individual lessons but may later join a group. The cost is $30 for 30 minutes or $40 for one hour of instruction. Sibling discounts are available.

• Sport Nature Riding and Recreation Center (40 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 236-2132, has lessons for children ages 4 and up throughout the year. Private 30-minute hunter/jumper lessons cost $50 while group sessions run for one hour and cost $40 per person. The Pony Lover’s package is available to beginners ages 4 to 9 and comprises one month of 30-minute, introductory lessons for $150. Riders taking at least four lessons a month can also lease horses, starting at $350 per month.

Martial Arts

• Academy of Health & Martial Arts (locations in Manchester, 626-5272; Milford, 672-1333; and Nashua, 598-4200, offers classes for children and teenagers. New students can try four weeks of class for $99.

• Averill’s Martial Arts Academy
(3 N. Main St., Concord, 223-0300, has a mixed martial arts program for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. The classes combine kickboxing, grappling and traditional martial arts. Youth programs in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts are open to children ages 12 to 16, while older teens are invited to enroll in adult classes.

• Capital City Tae Kwon Do
(78 Fisherville Road, Concord, 227-0555, has traditional tae kwon do classes in addition to an after-school program for children ages 5 and up who attend Beaver Meadow, Penacook Elementary and Merrimack Valley Middle schools. The program costs $80 for five days a week or $60 for three days. Sibling discounts are available.  

• House of the Samurai (28 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1445, has classes for children as young as 3 years old. The Knee-High Samurai program features 30-minute lessons for ages 3 to 6, while ages 7 to 12 take part in 45-minute karate-jutsu classes divided by skill level. There is also a program specifically for teens and high school students.

• Kenpo Academy of Self-Defense (40 Manchester Road, Derry, 437-9900, welcomes students of all ages. Its programs include Lil Dragons (preschool to age 5), Juniors (ages 6 to 9) and Junior Adults (ages 10 to 16). Students ages 17 and up can enroll in adult lessons.

• Manchester Karate Studio (5324 Bridge St., Manchester, 296-1120, has classes for children ages 3½ to 12, while teens can enroll in adult lessons. New students get two orientation lessons, two weeks of group lessons and a uniform, all free. The studio also hosts regular safety-related classes for children, which are free and open to the public.

• Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do ( teaches traditional non-contact tae kwon do and has classes for children ages 5 to 12. New students get one complimentary class.

• MLK Self-Defense Academy
(323 S. Willow St., Manchester, has classes for students of all experience levels, ages 4 and up. Little Dragons is a 30-minute program for preschoolers that develops skills through games. Kickin’ Kids is divided into three groups, each with three belt levels.

• Morning Star Martial Arts
(307 Elm St., Milford, 654-7701, accepts students of all ages. Kids ages 4 to 6 can enroll in Tiger Kids, a program that meets once a week for 30 minutes and helps children develop basic skills. Children ages 7 to 14 can join the Juniors program, while older teens can take adult classes. Morning Star also offers Arnis, a Philippine stick-fighting program for teens and adults. Junior and adult classes run in six-week sessions, which cost $75. Family discounts are available.

• Salem Self Defense Center (224 N. Broadway, Salem, 890-3412, has classes for ages 4 and up. The Little Dragons program (ages 4 to 6) introduces children to self-defense and also focuses on other skills like self-control and following directions. Kids’ karate classes are offered for ages 7 and up, while teens can participate in Krav Maga and conditioning classes that combine striking, kicking, strength training, core work and circuit training. Private and semi-private lessons are available.

• Sidekick Taekwondo
(Derry Plaza, Route 102, Londonderry, 434-4300, has classes for children ages 6 and up.

• Terry Dow’s Academy of Marital Arts (200 Elm St., Manchester, 591-6546, has a range of classes, including a children’s program taught by Chief Instructor Terry Dow.

• Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self-Defense
(143 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 889-4165; 1 Winn Ave., Hudson, 577-4560; 1338 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 641-3444; 20 Hammond Road, Milford, 672-2100, offers a number of programs, including Little Panthers (ages 3 to 4), Dragons (ages 5 to 6), Juniors (ages 7 to 12) and Teen Karate. Tai Chi classes are also open to teens. Class offerings and schedules differ at each location.


• Amy Conley Music
(Nashua, Manchester, Milford, Merrimack, 249-9560, offers Music Together classes beginning Sept. 9. The 45-minute classes are for infants through kindergarten-age children and include song, dance, instrument play, rhythm activities and creative movement. They are offered in 10-week sessions and cost $150 to $290 per family. Sibling discounts are available. Lessons in beginning ukele, guitar and banjo are also available for ages 6 and up. The all-ages Family Sing & Drum Jam is offered monthly in Milford.

• Bordeleau Keyboarding Studios (48 Maple Drive, Bedford, 472-5566) offers private and group lessons in piano, keyboard and organ for children beginning at 5 years old.

• Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord, 228-1196, begins its new season of classes on Sept. 19. Programs are available for children as young as 6 months old and include Swinging Siblings (6 months to 4 years old), Bouncers (6 to 18 months old), Musical Travelers (30 months to 4 years old), Stompers, Singers & Drummers (2 to 5 years old) and Music & Art (4 to 7 years old). The school also has a children’s violin program, percussion, recorder and vocal lessons, and Take Three!, a new class designed to introduce piano to children ages 4 to 6. Private instrument lessons are also available in 16-week sessions, starting at $626. Tuition for ensembles and classes starts at $105.

• Exeter Family Music Center
(32 Court St., Exeter, has Music Together, which is open to children up to 5 years old. The 45-minute classes are offered in 10-week sessions and include songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play. Tuition (including materials) is $195 and sibling discounts apply. Kindergarteners can join Music and Art Enrichment, a 10-week course that encourages creativity and introduces music theory. Tuition is $225. The center also offers after-school music groups for ages 5 to 9.

• Kindermusik (Leap Preschool, 80 Clinton St., Concord, 717-8932) begins its next session of music and movement classes on Aug. 30. Our Time (18 months to 3 years old) and Imagine That! (3 to 5 years old) run on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Kindermusik by Miss Rose
(382-9055, is a music and movement program with classes in Derry at Let’s Play Music (145 Hampstead Road) and in Salem at the European School of Dancing (15 Ermer Road). Courses include Village (up to 18 months old), Our Time (18 months to 3½ years old), Imagine That! (3 to 5 years old), Family Time (up to 7 years old) and Young Child (4½ to 7 years old). All are welcome to try a class before registering. For more information or to participate in a demo, see Miss Rose at Londonderry’s Old Home Days celebration on Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or at Derry Fest on Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Kindermusik with Tots & Tunes (Capital City Dance Center, 128-J Hall St., Concord, 731-6734, kicks off its fall semester on Sept. 6, when all classes are free (RSVP required) and tuition discounts will be offered. Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children up to 7 years old and their parents/caregivers. Classes include Village (up to 18 months old), Our Time (ages 18 months to 3 years), Imagine That (ages 3½ to 5 years) and Family Time (up to 7 years old). Village is a seven-week class, while all others run for 14 weeks. All classes run on Tuesday, with an additional Saturday session for Family Time.

• Leddy Center for the Performing Arts (38c Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, has classes for all ages, beginning Sept. 12. Offerings include musical theater, a 30-week program that concludes with an end-of-the year recital. Tuition is $380. There are also private lessons in voice, piano, brass, winds, guitar and bass. A 30-minute lesson costs $21, while 45 minutes of instruction costs $31.50.

• The Lidman Music Studio (419 Amherst St., Suite 2B, Nashua, 882-5456, begins its new session of classes on Sept. 6. The studio offers lessons in violin, viola and piano, and accepts students as young as 4 years old. String students may have the opportunity to play in groups or ensembles. Tuition rates start at $95 per month

• Londonderry Piano (20 N. Broadway, Salem, 1-800-820-8845, offers private voice and instrument lessons in piano, guitar, drums, bass, trumpet and more. The lessons are open to children ages 3 and up. Group lessons are also available for children.  

• Manchester Community Music School
(2291 Elm St., Manchester, 644-4548, begins its academic-year private lessons on Sept. 8. Classes are available in a variety of instruments, including brass, percussion, jazz piano, harp, piano, guitar, viola, cello and flute. There are also music theory, composition and voice lessons. Rates start at $125 a month for a weekly 30-minute lesson. The school also offers early childhood programs, such as Music and Me (6 months to 3 years old, with adult), Music and Me II (2½ to 3½ years old) and Triple Treat (preschoolers). The programs start Sept. 20. Music and Me programs cost $259 for a 14-week session, while Triple Treat is $362. There are ensembles and classes for older children, as well. Options include Songs for the Native American Flute, Brass Choir, Jazz Combo and Piano Explorations.

• Manchester Music Mill
(377 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8022, has private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, woodwind and keyboard. Cost is $20 per half hour. There are no long-term commitments.

• Mavro Music School
(15 Olde Towne Road, Auburn, 483-5779) offers private instruction in guitar, piano, drums and electric guitar. New students get a free, 15-minute introductory lesson and after that, each 30-minute class costs $20.

• Music Together Portsmouth (95 Albany St., #9, Portsmouth, begins its fall session on Sept. 19. Music Together is a music and movement program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, with classes available Monday through Saturday. There is also a new class for older children (ages 5 to 7) on Tuesdays. The 45-minute lessons are offered in 10-week sessions. Two Wednesday sessions will also be offered in Newmarket.

• Nashua Community Music School (5 Pine St. Ext., Nashua, 881-7030, begins its fall semester on Sept. 13. Children’s Choir is for students in grades 2 to 5 while the Flute Choir is open to grades 5 to 12. The school also has African drumming lessons on Fridays. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in private and duo lessons, which can be 30, 45 or 60 minutes each week. Instruments taught include piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and tuba. Tuition for a 13-week semester starts at $429. Students have the opportunity to participate in an end-of-semester recital.

• New Hampshire School of the Scottish Arts (Manchester, Concord, Exeter, Rindge, Nashua and Bow) offers group and individual lessons in fiddle, piping, drumming and penny whistle. An open house will be held on Sept. 26 at the Creative Workshop of Bow and Sept. 23 at 83 Hanover St. in Manchester.

• Suzuki Violin Studio (890 Valley St., Manchester, 668-7664) offers group and individual lessons in violin, guitar and cello. Students ages 3 and up are accepted. Costs for private lessons start at $25 for 30 minutes.

• Ted Herbert Music School (922 Elm St., Manchester, 669-9191, teaches brass, drum, guitar, bass, piano, string, woodwind instruments and more. There are also vocal lessons.

• TLP Music School (1 Bryce Drive, Merrimack, 424-4116, provides lessons in voice, piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin and bass guitar. All lessons are weekly and one-on-one. Monthly tuition costs $135, though family and multi-instrument discounts are available.

• West Brothers Music
(Amherst, Londonderry, Tewksbury, Mass., Nashua, 438-1903, has private lessons in piano, guitar, bass, drums, bagpipes and penny whistle. Group sessions include vocal harmony, jazz ensemble and Celtic music. Other classes like ear training and sight singing may be available on request. West Brothers Music also provides lessons via webcam.


• Amoskeag Fishways (6 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-FISH, offers Living Along the River for homeschooled children and school groups. Throughout the year there are other programs, such as Fishways Fundays (ages 4 to 5) and Family Friday Nights.

• Beaver Brook Association
(117 Ridge Road, Hollis, 465-7787, offers nature activities throughout the year. Fall programming includes Autumn Discoveries, a series of classes for parents and children that take place on Monday and Tuesday. The classes include a short story, craft and an outing at Beaver Brook. The seven-week session costs $60.

• Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America
(571 Holt Ave., Manchester, 625-6431, provides information on different scouting programs like Cub Scouts (ages 7 to 10) and Boy Scouts (ages 11 to 17).

• Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, 472-4724, has farm tours and various programs and special events, including “Wooley Weaving: The Sheep in the Rug,” a family weaving workshop offered on Oct. 23 in conjunction with the Currier Museum of Art.

• Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
(1 Commerce Drive, Bedford, 627-4158, provides information on different Girl Scout programs. The levels include Daisies (grades K to 1), Brownies (grades 2 to 3), Juniors (grades 4 to 5), Cadettes (grades 6 to 8), Seniors (grades 9 to 10) and Ambassadors (grades 11 to 12).

• Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045, has activities for children as young as 4 years old, including Wee Wonders. The center also offers programs for homeschooled children.

• Peabody Mill Environment Center
(66 Brook Road, Amherst, 673-1141, has environmental and science programs. Throughout the year, the center hosts school vacation programs, weekend events for families and more.


• Amherst Recreation Department
(4 Cross Road, Amherst, 673-6248, offers basketball, fall softball and soccer.

• Amherst Soccer Club ( welcomes children ages 3 and up. The youngest players start in the Tots program, while the Early Development Program is open to ages 6 to 10. Players have three practices (not all required) and a jamboree each week. Older players can participate in competitive teams that are part of the Granite State Youth Soccer League.

• Bedford Basketball League
(471-9273, has teams for boys and girls in first grade and older, in addition to travel teams for children in grades 3 to 8. Registration begins Sept. 1 and the season runs from mid-October through March.

• Concord Recreation Department (1 White St., Concord, 225-8690, has a number of sports programs for children. Archery, Quick Start Tennis, soccer, field hockey, street hockey and tae kwon do are all offered in the fall. Additionally, there is a co-ed high school soccer league that begins on Aug. 28 and is aimed at players not on other teams. Programs are typically open to residents and non-residents.

• Concord Sports Center
(2 Whitney Road, Concord, 224-1655, has a fall baseball league that begins its season in September and is open to those in little league through high school. In the winter, it offers a Samba Player Development Program for soccer players, U11 through high school. Private softball and baseball clinics can also be scheduled.

• Conway Ice Arena (5 Stadium Drive, Nashua, 595-2400, starts its fall session of Learn to Play Hockey (boys and girls, ages 5 to 9) on Sept. 27, and in the spring it runs a youth league for non-beginners. There are also freestyle figure skating lessons and frequent public skating sessions.

• Derry Soccer Club
( has a recreational in-town team, the Derry Hawks, which has U6 to U16 divisions. The league plays 10 games in the fall and five to six in the spring. All players are assigned to a team. In the spring, competitive players can try out for the Eagles travel teams.

• FieldHouse Sports
(12 Tallwood Drive, Bow, 226-4646, offers Mini Strikers (ages 3 to 4) and Little Strikers (ages 5 to 6), five-week soccer programs held from Sept. through June. Children ages 6 and up can sign up for a six-week Soccer Skills Clinic, offered in the winter and spring.

• Granite State Figure Skating Club ( runs programs for children of all ages. Private, semi-private and group lessons are available and take place at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett. The club also holds a Spring Ice Show and two exhibitions each year.

• Hampshire Hills
(50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123, is home to FAST, an after-school program for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. There are also classes in yoga and creative movement (ages 4 to 12), jump rope (ages 8 to 12), spinning (ages 12 to 16; height requirement 4’11”), Kardio Splash (ages 8 to 12) and more.

• The Icenter (60 Lowell Road, Salem, 893-4448, offers a Learn to Skate program (ages 3 and up), stick practice, public skating and more. The fall session of Learn to Skate begins Sept. 10.

• Manchester East Soccer League
( has intra-league (ages 4 to 18) and inter-league (ages 12 to 18) programs. Registration is open until Sept. 1.

• Manchester North Soccer League ( has more than 50 teams in the U6 to U19 divisions. The season runs through the weekend of Oct. 22.

• Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association ( offers a number of options for hockey players, including the Flames, a competitive traveling program. There is also a 24-week ADM-U10 program for boys and girls ages 7 to 10. Beginners ages 4 to 8 can take part in Learn to Skate or Learn to Play. ADM-U10, Learn to Skate and Learn to Play start on Sept. 30.

• Milford Community Athletic Association (673-8888, organizes baseball, basketball, soccer and softball teams.

• NH Grizzlies AAU Baseball (64 Cutler Road, Litchfield, 459-5704, will hold tryouts for its three teams (U13, U14 and U16) on Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. at SNHU in Manchester.

• NH Sportsplex (68 Technology Drive, Bedford, 641-1313, provides children with a number of sports options. Starting Sept. 6, Lil’ Kickers is a non-competitive soccer program open to children as young as 18 months (with adult). The fall season also has girls’ and boys’ youth lacrosse, PlexPerformance athlete training programs, youth flag football (starts Oct. 30), T-Ball (starts Sept. 10) and more.

• Seacoast Fencing Club (Carriage Hill Building, 261 N. Main St., Rochester, 330-3223; 271 Wilson Road, Manchester, 621-0000, has group lessons for children ages 7 and up of all experience levels. Classes are offered in nine-week sessions, costing $195 for beginners and $210 for intermediate students. The club provides all necessary equipment.

• Tri-Town Ice Arena (311 W. River Road, Hooksett, 485-1100, is home to many skating and hockey opportunities, such as Mini Monarchs (ages 4 to 9), Lady Monarchs, middle and high school leagues, and a three-on-three spring league. The rink also has regular public skating hours.


• The Acting Loft
(670 N. Commercial St., Manchester, 666-5999, has music and drama classes for ages 3 and up. There are also camps offered during school vacation weeks.

• Bedford Youth Performing Company (155 Route 101, Bedford, 472-3894, offers music, dance and theater lessons. Theater classes include Creative Actors and Performance Explorers (ages 4 to 6), Musical Theater Performance (ages 6 to 8), Imaginative Actors (ages 9 to 12) and Actor’s Workshop (ages 12 and up). There is also an apprentice company and musical theater performance company, open to experienced performers by audition only.

• Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts
(281 Cartier St., Manchester, 669-7469, runs its fall session from Oct. 29 through Dec. 17. The program includes three eight-week courses: Stories that Jump off the Page (ages 4 to 7), The Majestic Glee Club (ages 8 to 14) and From Script to Stage (ages 8 to 14). The academy also provides private piano and voice lessons, which are ongoing and open to all ages.

• Milford Area Players
( is a resident of the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, where it performs two to three productions each season. MAP holds open auditions for its productions.

• Riverbend School of Theater Arts ( is a program of the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley. The school accepts children ages 10 and up. The fall trimester begins on Sept. 13 and includes tap dance (ages 12 to 18), musical theater dance (ages 10 to 18), costume design/construction (ages 11 to 18), classical acting technique (ages 12 to 16) and scene study (ages 15 to 18).

• Southern NH Fins Swim Team
( has five levels of competitive swimming and will hold tryouts for prospective members on Sept. 17 & 18. The season runs from September through March. The team holds practices before school and on weekends at the Boys & Girls Club in Nashua. Two evening sessions are also held at UMass-Lowell each week.

• The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, holds auditions for its teen and apprentice companies (ages 12 to 18) twice yearly. Weekly theater dance classes, rehearsals and workshops are included in the $400 semester tuition. The Palace Youth Theatre also offers classes, workshops and youth productions for ages 8 to 18. The 2011-2012 season will feature Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more.

• Peacock Players
(14 Court St., Nashua, 889-2330, holds classes and workshops for ages 5 and up throughout the fall and spring. The new semester begins on Sept. 12 with a variety of courses, such as Kindertheatre, Kindermusic, Youtheatre, Theatre Jazz, Musical Theatre Workshop and Sight-Singing. The Peacock Players also presents several productions each year and will hold auditions for Disney’s Cinderella (ages 6 to 14) and The Dinosaur Musical (ages 14 to 18) on Aug. 29 and 30. Auditions for TECHNiCAL DiFFiCULTiES, an improv comedy troupe open to ages 14 to 18, will take place on Sept. 10, and for the a cappella performance troupe Peacockapella (ages 12 to 18), on Sept. 11. There will be an open house on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

More after-school programs

• Boys & Girls Club of Manchester (555 Union St., Manchester, 625-5982, provides after-school care with a variety of programming, including leadership-development groups, arts, sports, games and more. There is also a before-school program open to children in grades 1 to 5, at the Union Street Clubhouse.

• Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
(47 Grand Ave., Nashua, 883-0523, welcomes children ages 5 to 18 to participate in its core programs, which focus on five areas: education and career; character and leadership; health and life skills; sports, fitness and recreation; and cultural arts. Free transportation is available from all public schools in Nashua.

• Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley (56 Mount Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002, has a variety of programs, including before-school activities for elementary school students in the Milford School District, as well as an after-school program that takes place at Jacques Elementary School and is open to kindergarten, readiness and first-grade children. Additionally, the club provides programs that support the development of health and life skills, character and leadership, fitness, cultural/artistic appreciation and more.

• Concord Boys & Girls Club
(55 Bradley St., Concord, 224-1061, has afterschool and vacation/snow day programs for ages 6 to 18. Concord’s Bradley Street Clubhouse is also home to a recreational, in-house fall basketball league for boys and girls in grades 6 to 12. In the winter, there is a competitive league for girls in grades 3 to 8 and boys in grades 3 to 12. Other clubhouses are located in Contoocook, Suncook, Hopkinton and Warner.

• Concord Family YMCA
(15 N. State St., Concord, 228-9622, begins its fall sessions on Sept. 6 and Oct. 31 and offers classes in swimming, sports, rock climbing and more. The fall course catalog includes programs like Home School Archery, Sport-A-Day, Swim n’ Gym, Waves & Rocks, Kempo Karate, ZumbAtomic, Yoga for Youth and Youth Strength Training Class. The center also runs the Fun and Fit Kyds after-school program for school-aged children, in addition to care at the Boscawen, Penacook, Webster, Loudon, Chichester and Pittsfield schools.

• For Kids Who Cook (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, 591-5918, introduces children to cooking through classes, workshops and camps. Lessons are open to kids as young as 3 years old.

• NH LEGO League (Goffstown, organizes a Master Builders program for ages 6 to 14. The group meets four times a month and allows LEGO fans to socialize, create and build in a non-competitive environment. Membership costs $50 per year.

• RoboTech Center
(31 Taggart Drive, Nashua, 888-6102, offers educational and fun technology programs for children. Upcoming classes include LEGO Droid Programming, Advanced Mario Style Video Game Creator and XBOX/PC Video Game Creator, all open to kids in grades 4 and up.

• YMCA of Greater Manchester
(branches in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry and Strafford, has before- and after-school care in addition to the Y-Kids Club!, an after-school enrichment program for children in kindergarten to fifth grade (available at the Downtown Manchester location). The centers also have programming in aquatics, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate, fencing, tennis and more. Not all programs are available at each center.

• YMCA of Greater Nashua (branches in Nashua and Merrimack, provides child-care services for preschool, kindergarten and school-age children (up to sixth grade). There are also aquatics, dance, art and sport programs for all ages.

• YWCA New Hampshire
(72 Concord St., Manchester, 625-5785, welcomes teens ages 14 to 18 to participate in Peer Action Changing Tomorrow (PACT), a 10-week leadership and education program that aims to train teens to be peer educators. Girls in seventh and eighth grade can join Lifeskills, a class offered during the school day at Manchester’s middle schools. Lifeskills emphasizes decision-making, communication, listening, problem-solving skills and more.

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