Inexpensive things to do during February school vacation
Fill winter's last school vacation week with free (and almost free) fun
Winter school vacation week for most New Hampshire schools bridges the last few days of February and the first days of March. This is the time of year when the winter blahs tend to peak, so why not make vacation week do double duty? Check out this roundup of kid-friendly vacation week events that can help cure even the toughest case of cabin fever.
- As vacation week starts, so do the outdoor celebrations and winter carnivals In Merrimack, head to Wasserman Park Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 22 from noon to 3 p.m. for a fun-filled day of snowman building, snow art, games and crafts, and an ice fishing derby. Admission is free.
- Heading up north? Another free celebration taking place on Saturday, February 23 is the Colebrook Kiwanis Winter Carnival. Held at the Colebrook Country Club, highlights of planned events include a cardboard box sledding derby for kids (prizes awarded by age category) and pancake breakfast.
A day at the museum can shake you free from your winter doldrums. At the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, families can take a look at artistic masterpieces then have fun making their own in the museum’s Discovery Gallery. As a special incentive, the museum offers a flat rate admission of $5 for adults and free admission for ages 17 and younger during vacation week Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28 (please note that the museum is closed Tuesday). Vacation Art Camps are also available for children ages 5-14.
- Bring your lunch, plenty of snacks and a cozy blanket to the Hooksett Library on Tuesday, February 25 to watch “Toy Story 4” on the big screen. The movie starts at noon and everyone is welcome to attend.
- The Manchester City Library is also hosting some special movie showings, including “Frozen” on Tuesday, February 25 and “The Lion King” on Wednesday, February 26.
- The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, located in Dover, has a number of special theme days and activities planned throughout the week, but we’re especially excited about Mini Golf at the Museum on Sunday, February 23.
- For some out-of-this-world excitement, take in a planetarium show at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Each weekday during vacation, the center offers special family programs at 11 a.m. (The Little Star that Could) and 1 p.m. (Life Under the Arctic Sky).
- After hitting the slopes at Cranmore Mountain on Saturday, February 22, make sure that you stick around for the fun and excitement of Cranapalooza. Cranapalooza is the mountain’s weekly, family-friendly festival of music, games and entertainment. This particular celebration also includes fireworks at 6 p.m..
- If you’ve already put the skis away for the year, then check out snow tubing at ski areas like Pat’s Peak in Henniker and slide your way to another fun and memorable winter vacation week. Snow tubing is available on Fridays through Sundays.
- Kids ages 3-5 who love marine life and exploring should visit the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, specifically the Big Fish Little Fish program on Friday, February 28. This program is held weekly and adventures are designed to inspire curiosity and a sense of wonder, as well as empower and build a child’s confidence as a young scientist and naturalist. Each session features a different theme and participants go outside rain or shine, but focus more on indoor activities during inclement weather. If you can’t make it on Friday for this particular program, then we encourage you to simply visit this fantastic museum and check out the exhibits and touch tanks.
- Go sledding! Skiing and snowboarding can get a little pricey, so if you’re looking to keep your budget in check, then hit up a local sledding hill. Here’s a look at our favorite sledding spots.