February 6, 13 and 17

Tues/5 to 7 p.m. (classroom)

Sat/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (field trip)

Let’s Go Ice Fishing

For ages 10 to adult. N.H. Fish and Game provides two days of classroom instruction on the basics of ice fishing. The third meeting is an exciting field trip where you put your new skills to the test! Register with Lebanon Recreation and N.H. Fish and Game.

>> City Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Free

>> lebanonnh.gov


February 8 to 11

Tues to Sun/Times vary daily

102nd Newport Winter Carnival

For several days, the small town of Newport, N.H., is transformed into a winter wonderland landscape of activities: midnight skating, pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireworks, games, food and music.

>> Newport, N.H.

>> newportwintercarnival.org


February 17

Saturday/10:30 a.m.

Igloo Build

Help an igloo-building expert build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear, using nothing but water and a handsaw. The Igloo Build is fun for the whole family.

>> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.

>> Included with Museum admission

>> montshire.org


February 17

Saturday/10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David’s House Lazy Loop Loppet & Chili Cook-Off

Activities for everyone with the net proceeds to benefit David’s House, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Hourly guided and instructional tours of Lazy Loop and a challenging S’no-Obstacle course.

>> Center at Eastman, 6 Club House Lane, Grantham, N.H.


>> eastmannh.org


February 23

Friday/1 to 1:45 p.m.

Modern Times Theater

Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past. Parents themselves, the duo strives to present high quality entertainment for the whole family.

>> Gymnasium, White River School, 102 Pine Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> Free

>> hartfordrec.com

March 3

Sat/1 to 4 p.m.

Take Apart Day

Ever wonder what’s inside the household appliances you use every day? Explore the insides of VCRs, toasters, cameras and toys where you’ll find gears, cams, motors, and other components that work together to form complex mechanical and electrical machines.

>> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.

>> Free with museum admission

>> montshire.org


March 3 and 17

Sat/10:30 to 11 a.m.

We Sign Together Story Time

Stories, rhymes, songs, and games incorporating American Sign Language vocabulary for ages 0 to 4 with caregiver. Led by Kelly Jarosz, a certified Baby Signing Time instructor.

>> South Reading Room, Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H.

>> Free

>> thehowe.org


March 7

Weds/10 to 11 a.m.

Stars Within Reach: Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!

Johnny is a big fan of school but that all changes when the new kid, Gabe arrives. Gabe doesn’t speak any English and that doesn’t stop Johnny from going out of his way to be unkind. What will Johnny do when Gabe starts to make new friends? Johnny realizes a powerful message in this story in which differences are celebrated.

>> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $6

>> pentanglearts.org


March 10

Sat/11 a.m. Fun Run, 12 p.m. 5k

17th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run

Fun prizes for top overall male and female. Unique medals for top three in each age group. Refreshments available. Benefits Youth Activities Scholarships.

>> Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Adults $28, youth 13 to 17 $23, youth 12 and under $18

>> Shamrock5k.com


March 11

Sun/12 to 4 p.m.

Family Arts Day

Perfect for all ages. Talented local artists lead hands-on workshops. Open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

>> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt.

>> Free

>> sharonacademy.org


March 13 to May 24

Tues and Thurs/5 to 6:30 p.m.

Girls on the Run

Girls in third through fifth grades are invited to participate in a 10-week after-school program not like any other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms while making new friends and building self-confidence.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> $129, scholarships available

>> girlsontherunnh.org


March 17 and 18

Sat/7 to 10 p.m.

Sun/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

8th Annual Howel Classic Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament

Saturday is date-night for grown-ups to play indoor mini-golf, swing to jazz music, and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres while kids age 4 to 11 party in pajamas. On Sunday, the course is open and daytime golfers get to snack on pizza and treats.

>> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H.

>> Saturday: Adults $60, Kids Pajama Party $15; Sunday $5 per person

>> thehowe.org


March 17

Sat/3 p.m.

Pete’s Posse

Join Vermont’s own Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson as they perform tunes from and about Ireland. Fiddle, mandolin, vocals and more will have the room rocking for this musical celebration of all things Eire. Sharon Comeau will share some Irish dance and get the audience up and moving!

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> hop.dartmouth.edu


March 22 to 25

Thurs and Fri/6:30 p.m.

Sat/10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sun/2 p.m.

Yo, Vikings!

Adapted from Judith Byron Schachner’s acclaimed book, Yo, Vikings! is the mini-saga of 10-year-old Emma Katz, the fiercest Viking in Swarthmore, Penn., and her quest for real adventure. This kid friendly musical combines sweeping melodies, thrilling Viking chants, and funky rock ‘n roll with a beautiful, heart-warming story to engage and excite every member of the family.

>> Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> $18.75

>> northernstage.org


March 23

Fri/7 to 9 p.m.

Community Youth Night

Join the Claremont Parks and Recreation Department for a fun filled evening especially for children in kindergarten through grade 8. Concessions will be for sale.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> $5 (pre-register online)

>> claremontnh.com


March 24 and 25

Sat and Sun/Various times

Maple Weekend

An entire weekend is dedicated to the local folks who spend countless hours every spring collecting and boiling sap from maple trees to make delicious syrup. Enjoy pancakes, donuts, sugar on snow and more!

>> Locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont

>> nhmapleproducers.com

>> vermontmaple.org


March 25

Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Annual Maple Sugar Day

Celebrate the maple syrup season with native heritage activities, food tastings, sugar on snow, maple sugar making, and the traditional way to boil sap. There will also be canoe burning and bowl burning demonstrations.

>> Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, N.H.

>> Maple events are free, admission to museum $5

>> indianmuseum.org


March 28

Sun/3 p.m.

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship

Police officers and firefighters from across the region gather to play hockey to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

>> SNHU Arena, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H.

>> $10, kids 5 and under free

>> chadhockey.org


March 29

Thurs/10 to 11 a.m.

The Huntertones

The Huntertones is a high energy horn-driven group based in Brooklyn, N.Y. The band’s signature sound is a marriage of inspired improvisation and adventurous compositions that meld jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and rock. Recommended for preschool to grade 6.

>> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $6

>> pentanglearts.org


March 30

Fri/5 to 6:30 p.m.

Peeps Diorama Contest and Party

Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite diorama. Partygoers enjoy Peeps-themed refreshments, including a Peeps s’more roast in the parking lot (weather permitting). The Peeps dioramas will be on display through Fri, April 6, during gallery hours.

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> Free

>> libraryartscenter.org


March 30 and 31

Fri/6 p.m. Carnival, 7 p.m. Circus

Sat/3 p.m. Carnival, 4 p.m. Circus

11th Annual Middle School Carnival and Circus

Family-friendly, rollicking good fun! The Sharon Academy middle school students perform their hilarious, student-created circus that consistently draws huge crowds. Come early to experience the pre-circus carnival — a wonderful collection of student-run games and activities for children. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

>> The Sharon Academy High School, 6704 Route 14, Sharon, Vt.

>> $3

>> sharonacademy.org


March 31

Sat/9:30 a.m. for children in first grade and under

Sat/10:30 a.m. for children in second grade and older

Egg Hunt

Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and visit with friends! Dress appropriately and remember to bring your Easter baskets!

>> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> claremontnh.com


March 31

Sat/12 to 4 p.m.

Cardboard City

Build a model city made of cardboard! Create amazing 3D structures out of simple tools and materials: cardboard, tape, and scissors. Design, obtain approval from the city planning board then build a free-standing structure that will join buildings, parks, bridges, boats



>> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.

>> Free with museum admission

>> montshire.org

April 8

Sun/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Flavors of the Valley

The premier local food tasting expo with samples from over 45 farm and food-related vendors. Enjoy fresh produce, artisan bread, award-winning cheeses, tasty jams, hand-crafted sweets, and other delicious local goods.

>> Hartford High School, 37 Highland Avenue, Hartford, Vt.

>> $12 per person, children 6 and under free, $35 family maximum

>> vitalcommunities.org


April 22

Sun/1 to 4 p.m.

Wilderness Survival Shelter Building

Get ready for an afternoon of fun and adventure learning how to make a variety of survival shelters. This family friendly workshop will focus on the importance of staying warm and dry in the woods. Bring a daypack with snacks, water, work gloves and windbreaker/raingear. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather and sturdy footwear. We will be hiking to the top of Flatrock Hill for part of the time so be prepared to be active! For ages 12+, children between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

>> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> claremontnh.com


April 25

Weds/9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


This classic musical is about a group of Vietnam-era youths in New York City’s East Village who band together as a tribe. Taking on the feel of an American Indian tribe, they question authority and the society they are living in and the war in Asia, exuberantly creating their own rite of passage. Recommended for grades 9 to 12.

>> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $6

>> pentanglearts.org


April 27

Fri/10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Land of Trash

The year is 2073 and Nuke and Stryder live on the barren streets of an Earth that’s been destroyed by environmental abuse. In an attempt to escape the law enforcers known as trackers, they are chased into a toxic dump filled with relics of the old world. It is here that they meet Carson, an old world relic himself, who shares fantastical stories full of color and beauty. Carson’s teachings reveal that in a world without nature, there’s treasure in the trash. Recommended for grades 3 to 7.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org


April 28

Sat/3 p.m.

Alissa Coates

A K-8 music teacher in her spare time, singer songwriter Alissa Coates performs for children all over Massachusetts. For this HopStop, Alissa brings her guitar, voice and also fun ways for the audience to play along. Alissa’s songs require movement, so come ready to sit, stand and hop all around.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> hop.dartmouth.edu

May 5

Sat/11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cow Pie Bingo

One ticket gives a family of four admission to a spring day full of fun — including a Cow Pie Bingo square (and a chance to win $500), music, crafts, games, lunch, all-you-can-eat ice cream and a silent auction.

>> Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, 104 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H.

>> $25 per family includes all activities and food

>> hampshirecooperative.org


May 8

Tues/10 a.m.

Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear

Adapted from the cherished novel by Paul Gallico, Manxmouse is a one-of-a-kind show about a unique mouse with blue fur and rabbit-like ears. Some say he’s the strangest mouse they’ve ever seen, but Manxmouse doesn’t mind being different. Setting out on an exciting adventure, he encounters tigers, foxes, hawks and a manx cat. With trademark charm, renowned Dutch children’s theater company Theatergroep Kwatta warmly delivers the epic tale of a tiny hero who demonstrates what one can accomplish when hope is coupled with bravery. Recommended for kindergarten to 4th grade.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org


May 12

Sat/3 p.m.

Everybody Loves Pirates

Hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets tell the story of 8-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky. They are searching for buried #treasure, but a gang of bumbling #pirates keeps getting in the way! The #kids get some help from their new friends including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby and an overgrown sea monkey. Will they find the buried treasure? Will the pirates foil their plans?

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> hop.dartmouth.edu


May 19

Sat/2 to 4 p.m.

Kite Day at Balch Hill

Join the Hanover Conservancy for a joyous and colorful afternoon of kite-flying in the breezes of Balch Hill. This annual favorite, sponsored by Red Kite Candy of Bradford, Vt., makes for great family fun and includes snacks.

>> Balch Hill Natural Area, Hanover, N.H.

>> Free

>> hanoverconservancy.org


May 26

Sat/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open Fields Medieval Festival

The Thetford Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a medieval village. There will be food, performances, crafts, games and other activities for kids large and small. Costumes encouraged.

>> The Green, Academy Road, Thetford, Vt.

>> $7/person, age 4 and under free

>> vtmedfest.com