10+ things to do during April vacation week
The days are growing longer, the sun is getting warmer, and the grass is finally green(ish). Who needs Florida when you’ve got springtime in New Hampshire? If you’re sticking close to home for spring break, then here’s how to fill your week with kid-friendly fun.
- Ready to take a walk on the wild side? On Saturday, April 20, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s always fun and exciting Discover WILD New Hampshire Day takes place at the department’s headquarters in Concord. Explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and outdoor traditions with crafts, games, and hands-on learning activities, including archery, casting, and fly-tying. Plus, see live animal exhibits, big fish, trained falcons, and more. Admission is free. Consider this a preview of all the summer fun in the great outdoors that’s coming your way.
- At Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, get ready for cuteness overload when heirloom breed lambs, kids (the baby goat kind), piglets, bunnies, chicks and more make their spring debut at the museum. From Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 28, kids (the human kind) can get an up-close look at baby animals, and learn about raising and caring for farm animals. Look for the big tent on the museum’s Puddle Dock lawn.
- Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails at Odiorne State Park for the Seacoast Science Center’s annual Family-Friendly Run for Marine Mammals, on Saturday, April 20. Families with children ages 6 and older are welcome to run together; younger runners can also sign up for the kids’ fun run. After the race everyone is invited to enjoy music, a light runner’s breakfast and eco-friendly activities, including a beach cleanup. All proceeds go to support the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program and ocean education.
- While you are already there, don’t pass up a visit inside the Seacoast Science Center. With an aquarium area, large touch tank, and other hands-on exhibits about ocean life, the center is great for an afternoon of educational fun.
- April spring break coincides with Earth Day, so what better way to kick off vacation than by showing Mother Nature a little love? On Monday, April 22, in Dover, head to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for its annual Earth Day Celebration and the opportunity for little visitors to get their hands dirty while learning about plants, animals, and protecting the local ecosystem.
- If you’re hungry for a deal, then head over to any T-BONES or Cactus Jacks location from Monday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 24 where kids eat for free (with the purchase of an adult meal).
- For free, family movies, drop by:
- Manchester Public Library on Wednesday, April 24, at 1 p.m. for “Christopher Robin”
- Nashua Public Library on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. for “The Sandlot”
- Hooksett Public Library on Monday, April 22 at noon for “Ralph Breaks the Internet” or Thursday, April 25 for “Mary Poppins Returns”
- Portsmouth Public Library on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. for “Mary Poppins Returns”
- Dover Public Library on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. for “A Dog’s Way Home”
- If your kids could use a little more culture in their lives, head to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. The Currier invites families for a special spring break “Free Nights at the Currier: A Family Affair” on Thursday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free for all and includes art activities, a movie, games, raffles and of course, checking out the museum’s many artistic treasures. Families can grab a quick dinner or snack at the museum’s Winter Garden Café.
- Grab your appetite and head to NH’s Ultimate Food Truck and Specialty Food Festival in Dover on Saturday, April 27. The family-friendly event features nearly 20 food trucks, more than 60 specialty food vendors, music and more.
- Send winter on its way with a traditional May Day Celebration and dancing around the May pole at the High Mowing School in Mason on Saturday, April 27. In addition to May Day festivities, families will also be treated to a free performance by the Flying Gravity Circus.
- Wrap up school vacation week and enjoy an unexpected twist on a traditional egg hunt at Carriage Shack Farm in Londonderry on Sunday, April 28. Families are invited to a Dinosaur Safari Wagon Ride where they can enjoy a dinosaur scavenger hunt, dig for fossils and even take home a hatchable dinosaur egg.
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Jacqueline Tourville is a freelance writer and children’s book author who lives on the Seacoast.