Where to go if it rains (or it's too darn hot!)

Where to find fun in New Hampshire on a rainy day

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and the kids are driving you crazy. But fear not, because there are plenty of places in New Hampshire where you can take your family, have some fun and retain your sanity. Here’s a list of some of our favorite educational centers, museums, and indoor play areas.

This list is also a great resource for summer heat waves and places to visit and stay cool!

Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover

There is no shortage of things to do at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Check out the brand new STEAM Innovation Lab, where drop-in workshops are held every day. Start at the construction station and engineer your own flying machine at the Build It. Fly It. using colorful foam pieces in a variety of shapes. And don’t miss the Tinkering Lab, Cave Explorers, and several other exhibits. The museum also hosts a variety of special events and workshops.

View their schedule at www.childrens-museum.org.

SEE Science Center, Manchester

SEE Science Center, located on Bedford Street in the city’s historic Millyard District, has two floors of hands-on science, with something to keep every kid busy, including touch-and-try exhibits on light, electricity, forces, momentum, sound and the SEE’s centerpiece, the LEGO Millyard Project. The impressive – and huge – LEGO-made diorama shows Manchester as it looked in 1900.

View more information at www.see-sciencecenter.org

NUThin’ But GOOD TIMES, Merrimack

Nuthin’ but good times! Is a huge indoor play space that caters to kids of all ages. Older kids can explore our large indoor play equipment, complete with mazes, activities, tunnels, and slides; younger kids will love the soft-play structure. While the kids are tiring themselves out, parents can grab something to eat from the café, plug into the free Wi-Fi or read a book, and relax.

View more information at www.nuthinbutgoodtimes.com

Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield

Spend the day at Shaker Village in Enfield and you will finally have an answer for the question: just who were the Shakers? Kids can watch skilled Shaker-style artisans demonstrating their crafts (from making brooms and basketry to building furniture) and then try their own hand at making some traditional children’s crafts.

View more information at www.shakermuseum.org

NH Boat Museum, Wolfeboro

Want to build a boat with your kids? You can this summer at the NH Boat Museum in Wolfeboro. On display at the museum is an array of canoes, guide boats, sailboats and other water craft that have dotted the waters of the lakes region throughout the centuries. The Museum offers workshops where families can sign up to assemble a simple canoe, kayak or skiff.

View more information at www.nhbm.org

Mount Washington Valley Children's Museum, North Conway

For a rainy day (or hot weather!) escape, head to the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum in North Conway, where kids can put on puppet shows, play with trains, climb into a life-sized treehouse, explore outer space and more. The museum is in the heart of downtown, so you can walk to nearby restaurants and shops or even hop aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad.

View more information at www.mwvchildrensmuseum.org

Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Londonderry

If planes are more your thing, you’ll find airplane models, photographs and memorabilia of Granite State's history in the air at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. The museum is housed in the original Art Deco terminal building built in 1937.

View more information at www.aviationmuseumofnh.org

SkyVenture New Hampshire, Nashua

If you really want to take fight, head over to SkyVenture for adrenaline-boosting activities. SkyVenture offers indoor skydiving, indoor surfing, and a rock climbing wall, just to name a few exhilarating things to do.

View more information at www.skyventurenh.com

Mount Washington Weather Discover Center, Mount Washington

The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum for all ages. Explore the science of climate and weather through fun, interactive exhibits like our air cannon, flow tank and wind room.

View more information at www.mountwashington.org

American Independence Museum, Exeter

The museum has recently opened a new hands-on exhibit for children.  Have your child try on Colonial clothing; learn what games were played, and how children lived in Colonial America.  Our knowledgeable guides can answer any questions.  Parents can consult the exhibit directions online before visiting so they know what to expect.

View more information at www.independencemuseum.org

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Manchester

Have you tried out an indoor trampoline park? Jump around at Sky Zone! Get a workout by trying out the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more. Sky Zone also offers a program for toddlers throughout the week.

View more information at www.skyzone.com/manchester.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord

The Discovery Center, named for late teacher Christa McAuliffe, and the first American in space, Alan Shepard, both from New Hampshire, has programs for all ages. From the Super Stellar Friday workshop series to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds, there is something for everyone. The Discovery Center has innovative, interactive exhibits that delve into the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences.

View more information at www.starhop.com

More fun things to do this summer

Where to pick your own peaches in NH

Peach picking season is generally pretty short and lasts a couple of weeks in August and September, so don't delay!

Family-friendly hiking spots in NH

Check out these 10 trails for “peak experiences” when hiking with kids.

Your NH summer fun bucket list

Summers go by quickly in the Granite State, so make sure that you get your fill of fun

Inexpensive fun? Visit your local library and snag a museum pass

Local libraries have discounted or free admission passes to several popular New Hampshire and Boston museums and educational centers
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