Category Archives: Fun for Kids

Bretton Woods Beach Party on March 25th

As the 2016-17 ski season in the Mount Washington Valley comes to an end, Bretton Woods welcomes you to their 30th Annual Beach Party on Saturday, March 25th. Wear your best beach attire, soak up the springtime sun, and hit the slopes at one of Mount Washington Valley’s premiere ski attractions!

There will be a variety of exciting activities for all ages and ability levels, including a Rubber Ducky Race, a Fujiwhara 4XDH Bike Race, Après Parties for children and adults, as well as the Annual Beach Party Slush Pool.

Event Schedule:

  • 8 am – 2 pm: On Snow Demo
  • 9 am – 1 pm: Registration Booth & Rubber Ducky Pick Up
  • 10 am – 2pm:  Fujiwhara 4XDH Bike Race:
  • 1 – 2 pm: Slush Pool Pre-Party Brought to you by Monster
  • 2 – 4 pm: Annual Beach Party Slush Pool
    Entertainment Provided by Magic 106.7
    Rubber Ducky Race (At the Conclusion of the Slush Pool)
  • 1 – 5 pm: Après Party with Jah Spirit
  • 3:30 – 5 pm: Kids’ Après Party: Kids Only Beach Party!

Lift tickets for the event are $30 per person and guests over 80 and children ages 4 and under are free.  For more information on the Annual Beach Party, please visit the event page at http://brettonwoods.com/beach_party or call  Bretton Woods Guest Services at (603) 278-3320.

King Pine Cardboard Box Derby

King Pine invites creative cardboard box races of all ages and experience levels to their Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday, March 19th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Creative racers young in age and young at heart, create a theme and build your carboard box racer and don’t forget to pair it with your own theme music to race down their racecourse designed specifically for the event!

Box racers can be designed for two or four racers and must be built entirely out of cardboard (sorry – no wood or metal allowed!). Boxes may be held together with tape, glue, or may be stitched. Contestants are highly advised to wear helmets for safety.

The entrance fee is $5 per cardboard box and a completed registration form and signed waiver are required to enter the race. Registration, inspection, and style judging opens at 12:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. The race will start at 1:00 p.m. at the base of the Open Slope.  Awards will be presented after completion of race at base of the Open Slope under categories of style, speed and durability. Happy racing!! 

2017 Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-a-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

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Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

About The 2017 Event

cynthias-challengeKing Pine asks participants to donate $99 per person for 24 hours of skiing, snowboarding, and fun. This ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, a T-shirt, games, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night.  Kids ages 8 and under ski for free.

Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win a variety of fabulous prizes, including a Private Duck Tour of Boston donated by Boston Duck Tours, a Valley Train Guest Card for 2 adults and 2 children at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and the grand prize: 3 nights’ lodging in a one bedroom condominium in the Aspens at Jackson Hole Resort Lodging and 2 day lift tickets with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

About Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

cynthias-challenge2Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community.

 

For more information about the event, please call Purity Spring Resort at 603-367-8896 or visit https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/.

M&D Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the third in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This musical is presented by our Theater Arts Studio students and is directed by Mary Bastoni-Rebmann.

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Based on the original Broadway production that ran for 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awaards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running out.  If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is presented Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 16 – April 1 at Your Theater, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy food and beverages from our Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Presents Outdoor Snowshoe Adventure

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation welcomes you to attend their Outdoor Adventure at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Saturday, March 4th from 9am to 1pm. Participants can enjoy a winter nature walk with the guidance of animal tracking and winter ecology enthusiasts, a Geocache adventure with experts on hand to assist newcomers to the hobby, and a kid’s treasure hunt in the Rockwell Sanctuary. For those who wish to explore on their own, this option is also available. The trails are ready and accessible for snowshoers of all ability levels.

jens-friendsRegistration for the event is from 9-10am, with events from 10-11:30am. Participants are welcome to meet at the Nature Learning Center at 11:30 for hot drinks and soup.

The cost to attend this event is donation-based, with 100% of the funds raised for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. These funds are given back to Mt. Washington Valley residents that are battling cancer. The money is raised in the Valley, and stays in the Valley!

Participants are asked to please dress for winter weather and to wear appropriate footwear with traction or snowshoes depending on the snow conditions. Please bring your own snowshoes, as there are only a limited number of snowshoes available for those who do not have them, on a first come first serve basis.

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About Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families in the Mount Washington Valley who are uninsured, under-insured, or financially challenged, allowing them to focus on battling cancer without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise. Jen’s Friends is currently assisting over 70 families in the Mount Washington Valley in their fight against cancer.

For more information, contact Charlie Zaccaria by email at czaccaria@roadrunner.com or by phone at 603-986-1923. For more information about Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, please visit their website at http://jensfriends.org/wordpress/.

 

Rock, Hit, and Dodge Saturdays at the Home Run Sports Training Center

Visit the Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway, New Hampshire on Saturdays from 5-7pm for full access to their facility. Families are welcome to unlimited hitting in any tunnels that aren’t currently rented for the time slot, and unlimited dodge-ball on the indoor turf field.

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The Home Run Staff energizes the atmosphere with unlimited music appropriate for all ages, and families are welcome to bring their own refreshments for their family to enjoy in the Home Run Center’s party room. This event incorporates the whole family for an affordable price of $20 per family.

For more information or to sign up, visit Home Run Sports Training Center on the web at www.homerunconway.com or call (603) 447-2000.

Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club Presents Their 25th Annual SnoDeo

snodeo2The Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club welcomes you to their 25th Annual SnoDeo in Stewartstown, New Hampshire on Friday, March 3rd from 9am to 4pm and Saturday, March 4th from 8am to 3pm. After making the difficult decision to cancel the event last year due to less than ideal snowfall conditions, it goes without saying that everyone is ready to make the 2017 SnoDeo one to remember!

Be the first to see and demo ride 2018 machines from major snowmobile brands such as Artic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha. Test ride Moto-Trax Snow Bikes, shop from a variety of dealers and vendors providing great season close-out sales on clothing, accessories, sleds, trailers, and more. Visit the Antique Tent and see how far the sport has gone in it’s short history. Meet State legislation, Law enforcement, and the Trails Bureau and let them answer your questions. See how your trails are managed. And as always, lots of great food and fun!

This year’s gate price is $10 per person, with free admission to children ages 10 and under. With SnoDeo as the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club’s largest fundraiser, admission costs support the non-profit organization’s year-round operating fees and the high-quality maintenance of 100+ miles of snowmobile trails.

There are four ways to be a part of the 25th Annual SnoDeo:

  1. Be a sponsor.
  2. Be a vendor.
  3. Volunteer to help.
  4. Come and enjoy the event! 

SnoDeo is an event for snowmobile enthusiasts and beginners alike and is family-friendly winter fun.

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History of The SnoDeo

The Swift Diamond Riders’ SnoDeo started in 1993 as a fundraiser for the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club and as a way to bring snowmobilers together near the end of the season to try out the latest and greatest snowmobiles being offered by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. The SnoDeo, based at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, has grown into one of the Northeast’s premier snowmobile event — drawing an average of 6,000 snowmobile enthusiasts from all over New England and Southern Quebec over the two days of the event. The SnoDeo gives you the chance to ride next year’s sleds, browse and buy from our various participating vendors.

For more information on the event, visit www.nhsnodeo.com or by visiting SnoDeo’s  Facebook or Twitter.

28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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Storybook Character Breakfasts to Benefit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Visit the Theater in the Wood throughout the months of February, March, and April to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters for a cause! Starting at 10 am, enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with the Believe in Books Foundation’s very own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Enjoy a storybook reading surrounded with new friends,  and meet with the characters afterwards.

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The morning will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a pancake breakfast including our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the 100 Acre Wood Trail System!  After your meal, visit our Maple Sugar Shack afterward to see how we make it!

The Storybook Character Breakfast Schedule
  • February 25th:  Goldilocks
  • March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
  • March 11th: Cinderella
  • March 18th: Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th: The Lorax

Tickets for each breakfast are available for purchase at the door. The price for each breakfast is $7 per person, and children under 3 free. Participants are welcome to enjoy the trails for the entire day with entry. Suggested donation and all proceeds are to benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

AMC Highland Happenings at Crawford Notch

‘Find your outdoors’ with weekend programs and school vacation week programs at AMC Highland Center Lodge at Crawford Notch. During the month of February, experience weekend hikes, nature walks, outdoor skills sessions, social hours, and yoga starting at 9am weekend mornings until the late evening with featured evening programs. During school vacation week, February 18-26, bring the family for Kids Power Hour, Drop In Painting, kids movies, and family featured evening programs, including campfires and night hikes.

amc-trailsFEBRUARY WEEKEND PROGRAMS

Saturdays & Sundays

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Yoga (Sundays only)
  • 9:00 am Notch Hike: 1-3 hours, easy hike to a view or waterfall
  • 11:00 am  Notch Talk: Topics include: outdoor skills, history or natural world
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Featured Evening Programs

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK PROGRAMS
February 18-26, Daily

  • 9:00 am Notch Hike
  • 11:00 am Notch Talk
  • 1:00 pm Notch Nature Walk or Notch Talk
  • 3:00 pm Outdoor Skills Sessions
  • 4:00 pm Kids Power Hour
  • 4-6:00 pm Drop In Painting with Artist in Residence
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour & Trivia
  • 7:30 pm Kids Movies Daily, PLUS Featured Evening Programs

The featured evening programs for the month of February include a closer look at  astronomy with Mountains of Stars: Astronomy at Crawford Notch with guest speaker Dr. Doug Arion on Saturday, February 18th at 7:30pm and story-telling at their Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trial event on Sunday, February 19th at 7:30pm.

Featured evening programs during school vacation include campfires on Monday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 22; a night hike on Tuesday, February 21 with AMC’s Outdoor Guides,  Tai Chi with Instructor Ruth Innes for all ages and experience levels on Thursday, February 23, featured film screening of Steep (a documentary on extreme and big mountain skiing) on Friday, February 24, and Hiking the Winter 48 presentation with special guest speakers Mike & Lori Innes who share photos and stories of their adventures checking off the list of New Hampshire’s 48 4000+ footers during the winter months on Saturday, February 25.

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For more information, please visit www.outdoors.org/highlandhappenings or call 603-278-4453.

The Believe in Books Sugar Shack Opens February 18th

It’s that time of year again! The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open their Sugar Shack on Saturday, February 18th.  Participate in a guided tour through their Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of maple sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, as well as collection and sample tastings. The tours are approximately an hour long. The foundation recommends participants dress according to the weather as the event is outside.

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The suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, which helps the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fund their mission and literacy programs.

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

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Guests are also welcome to take self-guided tours on the Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at the Sugar Shack can only be done when the shack is open.

If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.

The Sugar Shack opens on February 18, but will also be open on February 19, 25, 26 and on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Believe in Books also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week.

For more information about the Sugar Shack  and the Believe in Books Foundation, please call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.