10+ things to do during April vacation week

The days are growing longer, the sun is getting warmer, and the grass is finally green. Who needs Florida when you’ve got springtime in New Hampshire? If you’re sticking close to home for spring break, fill your week with kid-friendly fun.

  1. Ready to take a walk on the wild side? On Saturday, April 21, 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.

  2. 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 21, through Sunday, April 29, 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.

  3. 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 21. 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, face painting, 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 to 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.

  4. April spring break coincides with Earth Day, so what better way to kick off vacation than by showing Mother Nature a little love? On Sunday, 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.

  5. The SEE Science Center in Manchester has a weeklong lineup of educational fun scheduled for April 23-27. Highlights include planting seeds on Monday, April 23, making screaming string things on Wednesday, April 25 and learning about how taste buds work with Great NH Restaurants on Thursday, April 26.

  6. Speaking of Great NH Restaurants, if you're hungry for a deal, then head over to any T-BONES or Cactus Jacks location from Monday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 25 where kids eat for free (with the purchase of an adult meal).

  7. For free family movies, drop by the Manchester Public Library on Monday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m., or the Nashua Public Library on Saturdays, April 21 and 28, at 2 p.m.

  8. To help creative kids stay busy during spring break, head to Barnes & Noble in Manchester for a special makerspace activity on Monday, April 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The theme is Little Bits, and the sky is the limit for how kids can interpret it. Manchester Public Library is co-sponsoring the free event. For more information, call 624-6550, ext. 3324.

  9. Did you know that naturalists’ nickname for spring is “fish season”? Welcome this special time of year on Thursday, April 26, with Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center’s annual Fish Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are invited to line up and cheer as fish, raised in New Hampshire fish hatcheries, are stocked in the Amoskeag’s fish ladder in Manchester. Watch the fish swim by the center’s viewing window and take part in fish-related crafts, games and other educational fish fun. Admission is $3 per person or $6 per family.

  10. 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 26, 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.

  11. On Saturday, April 28 the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth is holding Spring on the Farm. Event highlights for this brand new event include outdoor games and activities, painting flower pots, meeting the farm's newest animals and dancing around the may pole. Cost is $10 per person, $5 for ages 10 and under and free for ages 4 and younger.

  12. Engines will be revving in the Queen City on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 when Monster Jam rolls into town. What's the event all about? Think: meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. Attendees can expect an unforgettable and unscripted event featuring world-class drivers.

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Jacqueline Tourville is a freelance writer and children’s book author who lives on the Seacoast.

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