School vacation week in New Hampshire is coming up, and if you’re making it a local staycation, you don’t have to worry about being bored. There are great things to do around the state and right in our own backyard. We’ve made a list of our favorite ideas that fit every budget and every age.
- Public ice skating at JFK Memorial Coliseum, Manchester
- February 27-March 3
- Adults $5, Children $3
- Skate rentals available
- Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival, Colebrook
- February 25
- A fun community event with family activities to participate in or be entertained. Get ready for sleigh rides, snow games, and dogsledding – northern New England at its best!
- 25th Annual Winter Carnival, Merrimack
- February 25
- Spend the day closer to home at Wasserman Park to enjoy the great outdoors. Free activities include youth fishing derby, a cardboard sledding contest, ice carving demonstration, campfire, games and raffles.
- Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center, Manchester
- February 27 – March 4, 9 am – 4 pm
- Interactive exhibits and educational fun will keep kids busy. The whole family can learn about backyard winter birds and craft a birdfeeder to take home.
Free admission, but donations are encouraged.
- Don’t forget to check out your local public library! It’s is a great resource for free activities and programs during the week off from school. Story times, movies, and games are just some of what many libraries offer.
Ice Castles, Lincoln
If you want a real “Frozen” experience, bundle up and head north where an entire kingdom of ice castles has been created for visitors. Lights, snow, and icicles make for a winter playground like you’ve never seen before.
Adults $12.95, Children $8.95
- SEE Science Center, Manchester
- A field trip favorite of school children, this museum in Manchester’s historic millyard has programs during vacations, too, and is a great way for kids to have fun and learn. Check with your local library to see if it has memberships for patrons to borrow.
- $9.00 per person ages 3 and up.
- Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Portsmouth
- No reason to travel far to absorb science, engineering, geology, dinosaurs, and other educational topics. This interactive museum on the Seacoast is a short drive away for several hours of entertainment, but you can make a day of it because a stroll on the beach is even more peaceful in the winter and you can grab a great meal at any one of the great restaurants in the area before heading home.
- $10 per person over 1 year of age
- $9 seniors age 65+
- The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
- All things astronomical are at the Discovery Center. The sun, moon, stars and more are waiting to be explored.
- $10 Adults, $7 Children ages 3 to 12, $9 Students age 13 through college