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Jun 4, 2020








Track stars in the making
Does your kid love to run? Many of the 5Ks and 10Ks throughout the season also feature kid runs or are otherwise family-friendly. Find a listing of some upcoming races in our “5 Great Runs” story at Click on “past issues”; the story is in the May 17 issue and starts on page 12.
Camp season
Looking for a few weeks of summer camps? While many may fill up when snow is still on the ground, some area camps still have openings or spots on wait lists. Find our guide to day camps offering not just child care but a chance for kids to have fun, make new friends and learn new skills at Click on “past issues”; the camp story is in the Feb. 15 issue.

Summer adventures
Where to look for a day of fun


 You don’t have to travel to see the sights. From museums to farms, baseball games to theaters, there are lots of places to have kid-friendly fun this summer without having to pack an overnight bag. Here are some of the locations offering opportunities for some summer fun you don’t necessarily have to reserve months in advance (though many of these locations also offer camp and classes if you’re looking for more structured amusement).

Museums & attractions
• Canobie Lake Park (85 N. Policy St. in Salem;, 893-3506) is open daily most days through Labor Day (and then weekends into the fall). See the website for times on specific days. In addition to the park’s many rides and games, Canobie offers daily live entertainment including music and magic (see website for schedule). The park’s new Castaway Island Rain Fortress waterpark is open daily, weather permitting. General admission tickets cost $39 (with discounts for people over 60 years old or under 48 inches tall) and kids 3 and under get in free. Wednesday, July 11, is Salem and Windham appreciation day when residents of those towns can get in for $15 per person for all ages with proof of residency. 
• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St. in Candia;, 483-5623) is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June through August. Come see farm animals, ride a pony, explore wildlife exhibits and more. Admission costs $19 per person. See the website for purchasing information and a zoo map. The farm will hold a teddy bear picnic Saturday, July 7; bring a teddy for bear-related games, a parade, stories, teddy bear clinic, pony and tractor train rides and a cookout where food will be for sale. On Saturday, Aug. 4, it’s Reptile Day with a reptile show from New England Reptile Distributors.
• The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover;, 742-2002), is open daily during the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission to the Children’s Museum costs $10 per person over 1 year of age. In addition to its kid-friendly exhibits, the museum offers STEAM Lab drop-in activities many days (see the calendar online for activities on specific days). Special events during the summer include the Teddy Bear Picnic & Clinic on Friday, Aug. 3, with sessions at 10 a.m. and noon (kids can bring in their stuffed friends for a check-up and then have a picnic) and NH Maker & Food Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (where kids can see and play with robots, participate in craft activities and more). 
• Chuckster’s Family Fun Park (9 Bailey Road in Chichester, 798-3555, and 53 Hackett Hill Road in Hooksett, 210-1415; features mini-golf, batting cages, go-karts, a ropes course, bumper boats for kids ages 2 to 8 and other attractions at the Chichester location. The Hooksett location is focused on miniature golf with two 18-hole courses. Go online for prices (at Chichester, prices include a-la-carte pricing for individual attractions as well as packages and day passes) and hours (which can depend on weather). An ice cream barn at the Hooksett location offers scoops, sundaes and shakes. At Chichester, find ice cream as well as snacks such as hot dogs, chicken tenders and wings, fries and more. 
• The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester;, 669-6144) is open six days a week (it’s closed on Tuesdays) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Admission costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (ages 65+), $10 for students, $5 for kids ages 13 to 17, and children under 13 get in free. On the second Saturday of the month, New Hampshire residents get in for free between 10 a.m. and noon. The current exhibit “Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola, and Beth Krommes” features the work of these New Hampshire illustrators (dePaola’s books include Strega Nona and The Knight and the Dragon; Carroll’s work includes the recently released Swampwalker’s Journal: A Wetlands Year, and Krommes’ illustrations appear in books such as The Night in the House and Before Morning). Upcoming family events include “Storytime in the Galleries: I’ll Follow the Moon,” which includes an art activity on Monday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m. and a creative studio craft inspired by Krommes’ illustrations on Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m.
• Mel’s Funway Park (454 Charles Bancroft Highway in Litchfield;, 424-2292) offers go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, a laser tag arena and more. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can pay for the attractions individually (for example: single go-kart rides cost $8.50, mini-golf costs $8 for ages 13 and up) or get a day pass. In addition to a stand serving Gifford’s Ice Cream, Mel’s Diner also serves sit-down meals. 
• The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord;, 271-7827) is open daily through Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Current exhibits include “Math Moves!” a hands-on exploration of math. Admission costs $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children 3 to 12 and free for kids age 2 and under. Planetarium shows are an additional $5 per person. 
• The SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St. in Manchester; 669-0400) features hands-on science exhibits and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to SEE costs $9 per person ages 3 and up.
• In addition to camps and classes, Studio 550 Community Art Center (550 Elm St. in Manchester;, 232-5597) offers pottery workshops and, on the third Friday of every month, Artsy Kids’ Night Out for children ages 5 and up (kids do an art activity, eat snacks and watch a kid-friendly movie while parents have the night, 6 to 9 p.m., off). See reservation and sign-up information online.
Film & books 
• Barnes & Noble bookstores offer storytimes throughout the week. Nashua (235 DW Highway; 888-0533) has storytimes every Saturday at 11 a.m. Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.; 668-5557) holds storytimes Tuesdays at 11 a.m., Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. And the Salem store (125 S. Broadway, Route 28; 898-1930) offers storytimes Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. See
• Cinemagic cinemas (1226 Hooksett Road and 11 Executive Park Drive in Merrimack, 423-0240; offer sensory-friendly screenings of current family films on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. See the website for a lineup of films. Older kids might be interested in the theaters’ one-night screenings of cult classics. Upcoming movies include The Last Unicorn (G, 1982) at Cinemagic Hooksett on Thursday, July 5, and, at Cinemagic Merrimack, The Princess Bride (PG, 1987) on Thursday, June 21, and Dirty Dancing (PG-13, 1987) on Thursday, July 19. Shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $8.75.
• O’Neil Cinemas (24 Calef Highway, Epping, 679-3529, will host its Summer Kids Series with a different movie each week, starting the first week of July with Despicable Me 3 (PG, 2017). Screenings will be held on Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. (The Wednesday, July 4, screening will be moved to Thursday, July 5, to accommodate the holiday.) Tickets to the screenings cost $1 for kids 11 and under, $2 for adults. Kids’ popcorn and drinks will also be on sale for $2.50 each. 
• The Nashua Silver Knights play home games at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua). Upcoming games include Thursday, June 21, at 7:50 p.m. against the Pittsfield Suns; Saturday, June 23, at 6:05 p.m. versus the Brockton Rox, and against the North Shore Navigators on Sunday, June 24, at 5:50 p.m., and Monday, June 25, at 7:05 p.m. Their last home game of the regular season is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6:05 p.m. against the Pittsfield Suns. Visit
• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (, 641-2005) play home games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive in Manchester) through Monday, Sept. 3 (1:35 p.m. game against the Hartford Yard Goats). In addition to the games themselves, the schedule features a variety of upcoming special days and promotions. Catch fireworks after many Friday and Saturday night games, according to the schedule. Kids run the bases after every Sunday day game. Other special events include a summer reading nights (July 16 and July 31), camp color wars (July 18 and Aug. 1), a bobblehead giveaway (July 20), Star Wars night (July 21), baseball glove giveaway (July 22), Comic-Con night (Aug. 3) and a kids’ backpack giveaway (Aug. 26). 
•  Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St. in Manchester;, 626-3474) offers programs for nature-loving families throughout the year. On Saturdays, July 7 through July 21, at 11 a.m. it’s “Saturday Nature Seekers: Beautiful Bugs.” A $5 per family donation is encouraged; no registration required. On Thursdays, July 5, through July 26, there will be a Fishways Family Adventure (meet at the Fishways and caravan to a local destination) from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required; the cost is $10 per family.
• The trails at Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road in Hollis;, 465-7787) are open daily from dawn to dusk. Go online to see maps. The Maple Hill Gardens are open daily to the public; drop in between 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays to volunteer. In addition to camps and workshops, guided hikes and walks on the schedule may be of interest to some older kids. Call for registration information. 
• Visit the animals (including horses, ducks, chickens, bunnies, goats, sheep, pigs and more) of the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill (174 Joppa Hill Road in Bedford;, 472-4724) daily between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn;, 668-2045) is open Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sanctuary trails are open dawn to dusk daily. There is no admission but donations are welcome.
• New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road in Concord;, 224-9909) offers all-ages fun such as Raptor Feeding and Bald Eagle Bath (Friday, July 13, at 10:15 a.m.) and Meet NH’s Raptors (Monday, July 16, at 11 a.m.); programs that older nature-loving kids can enjoy such as Birding for Beginners (for ages 12+; Wednesday, July 1, at 8:30 a.m.), as well as family programs such as “Family Ponding” (Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m.). See the website for a complete list and pricing and registration.
• Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard in Rye;, 436-8043) is open daily  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 per person (discounts for seniors, military and kids ages 3 to 12; kids under age 3 get in free); additionally, admission to Odiorne Point State Park is charged through Columbus Day. In addition to its exhibits, the center offers a variety of programs and tours each day on ocean-nature themes. See a detailed schedule for the upcoming week online. 
• Prescott Park Arts Festival (Prescott Park, 105 Marcy St. in Portsmouth;, 436-2848) will present Seussical for its annual musical in the park. This kid-friendly musical runs Friday, June 22, through Sunday, Aug. 19, most Thursdays through Sundays (Thursday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.). The show will also have some 1 p.m. matinees; see the website for the complete schedule, where you can also find pricing information for reserving blankets or tables. 
• The Peterborough Players (55 Hadley Road in Peterborough; Second Company will present two plays for children this summer: The Wind in the Willows June 23 through July 21 and Pippi Longstocking Aug. 18 through Aug. 25. Tickets cost $11 for adults and $9 for children. 
• The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester;, 668-5588) Teen Apprentice Co. will present Footloose on Tuesday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. 
Then, starting on Tuesday, July 10, the Palace’s 2018 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series will begin, running Tuesdays through Thursdays with shows at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The shows are designed with young children and families in mind, are performed by professional actors and run about 45 minutes to an hour, according to the website. The schedule includes Beauty and the Beast (July 10-July 12), Cinderella (July 17-July 19), Aladdin (July 24-July 26), The Little Mermaid (July 31-Aug. 2), The Wizard of Oz (Aug. 7-Aug. 9), Peter Pan (Aug. 14-Aug. 16) and The Jungle Book (Aug. 21-Aug. 23). 
• The Windham Actors Guild presents Wonderland at Windham High School (64 London Bridge Road, Windham) Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22. Tickets Cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Visit 
• The Kids Coop Theatre presents High School Musical at the Derry Opera House (29 W. Broadway, Derry) on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 28, at 1 and 7 p.m. Visit
• The Riverbend Youth Company presents Hello, Dolly! Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5 and Junie B. Jones The Musical at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford) Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19. at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford). Visit

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