Category Archives: Fun for Kids

Day Out With Thomas™ Friendship Tour 2017 at Conway Scenic Railroad

Spend a day with Thomas™ July 21-23 & July 28-30 at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their Day Out With Thomas™ family event. Passengers take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their largest summer event.

This year, Percy will return to the railroad during the event and there will be two special “Autism-Friendly” trains this year, with controlled environments suited for families with children that are sensitive to noise.

After their venture, each child passenger will receive a Junior Engineer’s Certificate, coloring sheets, and crayons from the Imagination Station. “Frodo the Walking Tank”, a large Sulcata Tortoise will be a passenger on the train to meet with guests.

Tickets are $20 for ages two and up on Fridays and on Saturday and Sunday with 9:00AM, 2:00PM, and 3:00PM Thomas departures. Event ticks for any other Thomas departures are $22 per person. Rides with Percy are an additional $8 per person on any event day and time. The Conway Scenic Railroad asks interested ticket holders and current ticket holders to please read what’s included in their ticket prices and to plan for enough time to visit the area so you can enjoy all that the Conway Scenic Railroad the the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer for family fun!

For more information, please call 800-232-5251 or visit http://conwayscenic.com/events/event/friendship-tour-2017.

 

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Movies on the Green at Settlers Green

movies on the green.jpgVisit Settlers Green in North Conway by Timberland Factory Store and Kay Jewelers on Tuesday nights starting July 11th and ending August 22nd for Movies on the Green. This is a free family fun event with yard games, face painting, and music starting at 6 p.m. and a family-friendly movie starting at dark.

Guests may grab a seat in one of our comfy chairs (while they last, there are 30 available) or may bring their own to get comfortable.

Movie Schedule:

  • Tuesday, July 11: Storks – 1hr 29min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Story Land Character Visit from Peter Pan and Tinkerbell 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18: Secret Life of Pets – 1hr 27min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, July 25: Batman Lego Movie – 1hr 44min – Approximate Start Time 8:45pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, August 1: Moana – 1hr 53min – Approximate Start Time 8:20pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon
  • Tuesday, August 8: Cinderella (Original 1950 version) – 1hr 15min – Approximate Start Time 8:20pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Story Land Character Visit from Cinderella and Little Bo Peep 7-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15: Up – 1hr 41min – Approximate Start Time 8:00pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Free balloon twists from The Balloon Dude from 6-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22: Power Rangers – 2hr 4min – Approximate Start Time 8:00pm
    Pre-movie entertainment: Coming Soon

For more information, call Settlers Green at (603) 356-7031 or visit them on the web at http://www.settlersgreen.com/events.

Children’s Story Time: Lounge and Listen on the Lawn at North Conway Public Library

no co public library.jpgWith children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.

Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!

For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.

4th of July Events in the Mt. Washington Valley

 

The Independence Day of the United States is quickly approaching and the Mt. Washington Valley has many ways for you to celebrate! The towns of Bartlett, Gorham,  and Conway as well as Fryeburg, Maine are putting on 4th of July Celebrations.

Town of Bartlett 4th of July Celebration

The Annual Hellen Hayes Memorial 4th of July Parade will start at 11am and there will be a BBQ and live music following the parade at noon. For more information, visit http://www.townofbartlettnh.org/.

Town of Conway 4th of July Celebration 

The Town of Conway 4th of July Parade  will start at 1pm, with activities at Schouler Park in North Conway beginning at 3:45pm. The community is welcome to enjoy food, music, and fireworks, beginning at 9:30pm. For more information, visit http://conwaynh.org/.

Town of Gorham 4th of July Celebration

Gorham rings in the holiday with New Hampshire’s longest 4th of July celebration, an event that spans four days over the July 4 weekend. The celebration promises hours of fun, food, and merriment, including parades, music, amusements, and a classic car show, topped off with a brilliant and memorable firework display.  Times and schedule TBA. For more information, visit http://www.gorhamnh.org/Pages/index.

Town of Fryeburg, Maine 4th of July Celebration

The Town of Fryeburg’s 4th of July Parade will start at 10am. For more information, visit www.fryeburgrec.com.

Happy 4th from everyone at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Children’s Summer Theater Series

childrens summer theater seriesJoin Jean’s Playhouse & IMPACT on Fridays at 10am for family summer fun from June 30th-August 18th for their Children’s Summer Theater Series. The plays are original, incorporating unique songs and a new twist on classic children’s tales.

Tickets for each theater performance are $8/person, and children under the age of 3 may enjoy the show for free. For families that are interested in seeing every show of the series, season passes are available for a more affordable price of $40 per person, and children under the age of 3 still receive free admittance to shows.

 

Show Schedule:

  • June 30th – Anansi – Keeper of the Stories: Anansi, a spider of great cunning, out wits the Sky-God Nyami to bring stories back to earth. Based on the folklore of the Ashanti culture from Ghana.
  • July 7th – Thumbelina: Thumbelina, a tiny girl, uses her imaginative and ingenious spirit to be true to her own heart. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 14th – The Bremen Town Musicians: An aging donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all discarded by their masters, band together and discover delight in their new found freedom! Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • July 21st – The Nightingale: The Emperor falls in love with the song of the nightingale until he finds a bejeweled mechanical bird, but when he becomes sick who comes to his aid? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 28th – Snow White and Rose Red: Snow White and Rose Red are generous and kind.  Confronted by both a dwarf and a bear, one day, the girls are in awe when things resolve unexpectedly. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • August 4th – Momotarō – Ogre Hunter: Momotarō and his friends a talking dog, monkey and pheasant go to a distant island to fight the marauding ogres and save their village. Based on a Japanese fairy tale.
  • August 11th – How the Rainbow was Made: Nanabozho, an Ojibwe spirit, deciding the world is too boring brings out his paints to color the flowers, and the day takes an unexpected turn. A creation tale from the Ojibwe Nation.
  • August 18th – Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty: Humpelken-Pumpelken and her friends defend the town of Eggland as it is attacked by a devious chef and his crew! Based on an English Nursery Rhyme.

childrens summer theater series 2For more information on the Children’s Summer Theater Series and to buy tickets or season passes, please visit http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-summer-theater-series.html.

Autism Awareness Weekend at Story Land

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Join Story Land and Autism Speaks On Saturday & Sunday June 24 – 25 for their annual Autism Awareness Weekend. This weekend is a time to join together as a community to participate in a short walk around the Story Land park before the gates open.

Registration starts at 8:00 am and the walk begins at 9:15 am.

In addition to the walk, Story Land is offering discounted tickets for the day on Saturday. Tickets for the day are $19.99 (regular price of $33.99). If for some reason ticket holders cannot attend the park on Saturday, the tickets are valid through July 31, 2017. Beyond this date, the tickets will hold no value.

For more information, visit https://www.storylandnh.com/.

About Autism Speaks

Founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

 For more information, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/.

Mount Washington Observatory Announces a Full Line-Up of Summer Educational Opportunities

Press Release by Krissy Fraser, Director of Events & Marketing
kfraser@mountwashington.org | (603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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North Conway, NH – June 1, 2017– The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has announced a full line-up of summer educational offerings on the summit of Mount Washington and in the valley including overnight Edutrips and workshops.

EduTrips:
Back by popular demand the Observatory will be offering five overnight Edutrips including expert instruction on various topics and the opportunity to stay the night on the summit of Mount Washington with Observatory staff.

Edutrip dates and topics include: July 8-9 and August 12-13 – Life, Work and the Environment Atop Mount Washington; July 15-16 and August 19-20 – Thunderstorms; October 7-8 – Fall Foliage Photography.  Trips will cost $399 to Observatory members and $475 to non-members.

Workshops:
Returning for summer 2017 the Observatory will also offer two popular workshops.

The Star Party Astronomy Workshop: Presented by John Gianforte, Astronomy lecturer for the Physics Department at U.N.H., this will be a fun and educational outing for anyone interested in astronomy from novice to advanced. The Star Party Astronomy workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5 (“Cloud” Date – Sunday, August 6). This will be a two part program starting with an indoor session at the Weather Discovery Center from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm followed by an outdoor session from 7:30 pm-11:00 pm.

The Geology and White Mountains Workshop: Presented by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey, this will explore the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Taking place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10).  The workshop run from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, starting at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

Workshop fees are $75 for observatory members and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Additional Offerings:
In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, summit weather station tours for observatory members and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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28th Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival

On Sunday, May 28th at 8 AM in the Jackson Village Park, the Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival will return for its 28th celebration, with over $10,000 in cash and prizes to ticket holders of winning tickets and fun for everyone!

This festival is is a vital fundraising even for Kennett High Key Club and assists with many other charities, including the American Cancer Society, Jackson Police Department, the local Olympic Swim Team and Kiwanis, as well as the local area Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to this event is free, so come enjoy fabulous food, exciting duck races and kid-friendly activities, traveling train rides, the Jackson Cake Boss Competition and other events! Please note that some of the contests and events may have entrance fees. There is an activity for everyone’s interest and ability level for a day filled with family fun and respectful sportsmanship.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.jacksonnh.com/. For a brochure listing of events, email info@jacksonnh.com with your inquiry, visit the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, or contact the Chamber at 603-383-9356 to have a brochure mailed to you. With all of the events planned for this event, the brochure will help you plan your day at the festival.

To learn more about how and where you should go to get your Duck Tickets, to volunteer, to register for Jackson’s Cake Boss or 5 Minutes of Fame Contests call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce today at (603)383-9356.

White Mountain Waldorf School May Faire

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Celebrate community, sunshine, and the beginning of Spring on Saturday, May 13th at the White Mountain Waldorf School May Faire. This event is free and open to all ages and is located at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway. Spend the day dancing and singing to live music while your children sport their handcrafted floral wreaths and painted faces! Explore a variety of exciting and unique children’s crafts, hair wraps, and plants in the plant sale. Reconnect with old friends in the community and introduce yourself to friends you’ve yet to make. Come help us wake up Mother Earth!

For more information, call the White Mountain Waldorf School at 603-447-3168 or visit their website at www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org.

Food For Thought Film Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

FRYEBURG – Spice and Grain presents the final 2017 Food For Thought Film Festival screening, Seed: The Untold Story, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 30th starting at 2:00 pm. The festival will include a farmers’ market from 2-4 pm, live music from Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden of Junco from 3-4 pm, the film at 4 pm, and guest speaker Will Bonsall (author and director of the Scatterseed Project) following the film. Admission is $2-$10 suggested donation.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

“Food For Thought” is designed to encourage a discussion among neighbors and friends about the food we eat, and the importance of where it comes from. Local farmers, producers, and restaurateurs will be on hand to provide information, samples, and food.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine. For more information contact the box office at 207-935-9232, or email boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org. For a complete list of upcoming shows visit www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.

Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

ABOUT WILL’S RED COAT

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.