Jan. 6 to Mar. 10
Sun/9 to 10 a.m.
Toddler Open Gym
Bring your toddler every Sunday to play with scooters, beanbags, hoops, jump ropes, mats, balls and more! This is a great, unstructured environment to gather and socialize. Parents or caregivers must remain with children and supervise play.
>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Drop-in $2/visit or season pass $10
>> hartfordrec.com

Jan. 19
Sat/11 a.m.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre: The Lion and the Mouse and Other Tales
Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a terrifying tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre travels around the globe to tell stories, showing that even the small can make a big impact on the world.
>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Jan. 19
Sat/6 to 8 p.m.
Full Moon Fiesta
Local sponsoring restaurants offer light food and hot beverages as you get outside and enjoy the snow. Travel by snowshoe, ski or snowboard. Proceeds benefit Lebanon Recreation and Parks Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. Bring your own mug, spoon and bowl. Preregister online.
>> Storrs Hill Ski Lodge, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $10/per person, children ages 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free, $30 max per family
>> lebanonnh.gov

Jan. 20
Sun/9 a.m.
Ice Day
Gather the family, bundle up and share a New England tradition! Ice cutting by gas powered saw and finished by hand will be demonstrated by volunteers. Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming with hot beverages, homemade baked goods and hot soups available to purchase.
>> Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> musterfieldfarm.com

Jan. 20
Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-thon
Enjoy spectacular scenery along the 4.5 mile groomed skating trail during this noncompetitive day of ice skating. Pre-register for free skate rentals (while supplies last), hot chocolate, soup and a raffle ticket. Earn an extra raffle ticket for every lap around the lake. Proceeds support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and maintenance of the ice skating trail.
>> Lake Morey Inn and Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt.
>> Adults $20 to $25; kids $10 to $15
>> uvtrails.org

Jan. 25
Fri/6 to 8 p.m.
S’more Ice Skating Party
Join the Friends of Lebanon Recreation and Parks to celebrate winter fun with family entertainment at the outdoor ice skating rinks.
>> Pat Walsh Park, Bank Street Extension, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Free
>> lebanonnh.gov

Jan. 26
Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Astronomy Day
Enjoy a day of planetary and astronomical exploration. Museum education staff and guest astronomers will provide a full day of activities for learners of all ages, covering topics from stars to planets, comets to meteorites.
>> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.
>> Adults $16, children $13, under 2 free
>> montshire.org

Jan. 31
Thu/10 a.m.
The Three Musketeers
With help from random audience members, the actors adapt Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling tale of the bravest crew in all of France. Recommended for grades 2 to 4.
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $4 to $10
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

Feb. 2
Sat/7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
18th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby
Youth anglers will be placed in age appropriate divisions based on the number of registered participants. Prizes will be awarded. Food and refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available. Preregister at the Hartford Recreation Office or online.
>> Dewey’s Pond, Hartford, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 5, 12 and 17
Tue/5 to 7 p.m. (classroom)
Sun/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (field trip)
Let’s Go Ice Fishing
For age 8 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

Feb. 7 to 10
Thu to Sun/Various times
103rd 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. This year’s theme: Pirates of Newport!
>> Newport, N.H.
>> newportwintercarnival.org

Feb. 8
Fri/5:30 to 7 p.m.
Dinner with Jack Frost
A taste of New London and beyond! This outdoor dinner takes place on the town green with area restaurants offering different courses to a meal. Tiki torches and campfires will keep us warm. Fun for the whole family!
>> New London Green, 375 Main Street, New London, N.H.
>> Adult $14, couple $25, family of 4 $50, children 9 and under $5
>> nl-nh.com

Feb. 8
Fri/6 to 8 p.m.
Valentine’s Dance for Daughters
DJ music, snacks, and a flower provided along with unlimited photos at the photo booth!
>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $20 per couple, $10 per additional daughter
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 15 to 17
Fri, Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
The Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures, and be amazed as these works of art come to life over a three-day period.
>> Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free
>> pentanglearts.org

Feb. 15 to 19
Daily/All day!
Great Backyard Bird Count
Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.
>> Your backyard, anywhere!
>> Free
>> gbbc.birdcount.org

Feb. 16
Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Igloo Build and the Science of Winter
From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, enjoy a day filled with hands-on winter activities. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Also: animal tracking, snowshoeing, ice experiments.
>> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.
>> Included with Museum admission
>> montshire.org

Feb. 19
Tue/9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Let’s Go Ice Fishing Clinic
Learn the basic skills of ice fishing, ice safety and how to determine adequate ice thickness for fishing. Experience ice fishing first hand. Equipment is provided. Participants must pre-register.
>> Dewey’s Pond, Hartford, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 22
Fri/2 to 3 p.m.
Magic By George!
Magic By George’s show includes exciting magic, comedy, and fun-filled audience participation. Everyone gets into the act! Watch in amazement as a member of the audience actually floats in midair. Laugh at the light and warm-hearted humor that makes Magic By George Boston’s Favorite Family Entertainer.
>> Hartford Memorial Middle School Gymnasium, 245 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

Mar 1 to 3
Fri/7:30 p.m.
Sat/2 and 7:30 p.m.
Sun/4 p.m.
Crazy for You
North Country Community Theater Teens present this romantic comedy about Bobby Child, a young New York banker sent to foreclose on a rundown theatre in Nevada. Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to Bobby, so he vows — through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity — to win Polly’s heart and save the theater.
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $11.50 to $15.50
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

Mar 2
Sat/10:30 to 11 a.m.
Signing Story Time
Songs, games and stories incorporating useful sign language signs to use with your baby, toddler or preschooler. For children ages 0 to 4 with their caregivers.
>> Howe Library, 13 South St, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free
>> howelibrary.org

Mar 8 and 9
Fri and Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
On Friday, bring your favorite stuffed animal friend for a science-themed activity at VINS and leave it for an overnight nature center party. When you pick up your friend Saturday morning, find out whoooooo your stuffed animal got to hang out with overnight.
>> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt.
>> Included with one daily admission (two days for the price of one)
>> vinsweb.org

Mar 8
Fri/6 to 9:30 p.m.
Branch Out Teen Night
Free food and art at monthly Branch Out Teen Nights are for all teens in grades 7 to 12. Activities are planned by teens for teens.
>> ArtisTree Community Arts Center, 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret, Vt.
>> Free
>> artistreevt.org

Mar 9
Sat/11 a.m. in Hanover and 3 p.m. in Claremont
Genki Spark – Taiko drumming
In Japanese, genki means “happy, healthy and full of life.” This all-female, multi-generational group with roots in Japan and other Asian countries brings all things genki to the art of Japanese taiko drumming. This energetic show gets the audience moving and drumming, inspired by a passion for creativity and culture.
>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Mar 10
Sun/12 to 4 p.m.
Free 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

Mar 12
Tue/5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Family Art Night
Explore various art mediums such as drawing, painting, building, sewing, woodworking, collage, book-making, murals and more. Enjoy time with your family and get creative!
>> Library Art Center Studio, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.
>> Free
>> libraryartscenter.org

Mar 14
Thu/10 a.m.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Three beloved stories by award-winning children’s book illustrator and author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. Recommended for preschool to grade 3.
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $4 to $10
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

Mar 16
Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Winter Forest Fairy Hunt
Connect with the natural world while exploring VINS trails, learning forest facts and searching for fairies! Build winter fairy houses and then warm up with hot chocolate while you tell our fairy grandmother what you learned! Dress warmly. Snowshoes will be provided.
>> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt.
>> Included with admission
>> vinsweb.org

Mar 16
Sat/11 a.m. Fun Run, 12 p.m. 5k
18th 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 City of Lebanon Youth Activities Scholarships.
>> Lebanon City Hall, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N,H.
>> Adults $22.50, youth 13 to 17 $27.50, youth 12 and under $12.50
>> shamrock5k.com

Mar 16
Sat/5 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.
>> VIP (includes buffet and special seating) $45; age 6 and up $10, kids 5 and under free
>> chadhockey.org

Mar 16 and 17
Sat/7 to 10 p.m.
Sun/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9th Annual Howel Classic Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament
On Saturday night, adults are invited for a round of golf, good food, libations and music at the 19th-Hole Party while kids age 4 to 11 party in pajamas. On Sunday, the course is open and daytime golfers get to snack on pizza, burritos and treats.
>> Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Saturday: Adults $60, Kids Pajama Party $15; Sunday: $5 per person
>> thehowe.org

Mar 22 to 24
Fri/6:30 p.m.
Sat/10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun/11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Pete(HER) Pan, Jr.
Pete(Her) Pan, Jr. is the classic legend seen through the eyes of Wendy’s daring daughter, Jane, who, inspired by her mother’s adventures in Neverland, longs for adventure of her own. Imagination runs wild in this retelling of a timeless tale with an exciting score. Performed by members of Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio.
>> Northern Stage, The Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $17.75 to $23.75
>> northernstage.org

Mar 23 and 24
Sat and Sun/9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kearsarge Maple Festival
Learn how maple syrup is made and taste a variety of sugary goodness from the Kearsarge Mountain sugar bush! Maps available around town.
>> Various locations in Warner, N.H.
>> Free
>> kearsargechamber.org

Mar 23 and 24
Sat and Sun/Various times
Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
Learn about all things maple. Visit a variety of sugar houses in full operation during sugaring season. Events include sugar house tours, horse drawn wagon rides, sugar on snow parties, candy making demonstrations.
>> Throughout Vermont
>> Free admission
>> vermontmaple.org

Mar. 27
Wed/10 a.m.
Madeline and the Bad Hat
ArtsPower’s colorful musical captures the blithe yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’ much loved Madeline series. This amusing tale traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who —despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor — eventually learns that first impressions are not everything.
>> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt.
>> $6
>> pentanglearts.org

Mar 29 and 30
Fri/6 p.m. Carnival, 7 p.m. Circus
Sat/3 p.m. Carnival, 4 p.m. Circus
12th 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

Mar 30
Sat/1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Wings of the Dawn
Enjoy a visit with Maria Colby, wildlife rehabilitator, and rescued birds. Learn about the important role birds play in our environment. Sponsored by the Nature Discovery Center of Warner, N.H.
>> Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook, N.H.
>> Free
>> hopkintontownlibrary.org

Apr 6
Sat/11 a.m. in Hanover, 3 p.m. in Claremont
ShirLaLa — Earth Worm Disco
Celebrate Earth Day with NYC kiddie rocker ShirLaLa (aka Shira Kline) and her band. Explore the wonders of growing up green with Earth Worm Disco, a musical playground for little rock n’ rollers who love to sing and dance and love the planet. Danceable music with meaningful lyrics connects children to environmentalism and delivers a rich musical experience for all ages.
>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Apr 7
Sun/11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
18th Annual Flavors of the Valley
Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at a local food tasting expo with samples from more than 45 farm and food-related vendors. Enjoy fresh produce, artisan bread, award-winning cheeses, tasty jams, hand-crafted sweets, goat milk gelato, and many 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

Apr 12
Fri/10 a.m.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
A rousing new musical based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book. Amos McGee is as kindly and conscientious a zookeeper as you will find. When one day Amos himself feels under the weather and remains home in bed, the animals must decide what they can do to return the favor. Recommended for kindergarten to grade 5.
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $4 to $10
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

Apr 13 to 18
Sat/10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tue to Thu/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8th Annual Peeps Diorama Contest
Community members of all ages, businesses, school classrooms, groups and organizations are encouraged to enter this light-hearted, creative contest using the iconic Easter candies: marshmallow Peeps! Deadline for submitting dioramas is Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m.
>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.
>> Free
>> libraryartcenter.org

Apr 14
Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8th Annual Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Model Railroad Show
Hosted by the Connecticut Valley Model Railroad Club. Model railroad displays by local railroads and historical societies in Z, N, HO, O, and G scales as well as a Lego™ layout. Door prizes, white elephant table, food available for purchase.
>> Kearsarge Regional Middle School, 32 Gile Pond Road, North Sutton, N.H.
>> $5 per person, children 12 and under free
>> cvrr.railfan.net

Apr 19 and 20
Fri and Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baby Farm Animal Celebration
Meet the farm’s newest additions of lambs, chicks, piglets, calves and visiting baby goats, ducklings, and bunnies; heirloom seed activity; 1890 Farm House, farm life exhibits and dairy bar will be open.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> $4 to $16, members free
>> billingsfarm.org

Apr 19
Fri/5 to 6:30 p.m.
Peeps Diorama Party
Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite diorama for the “Peep-les Choice Award.” Party-goers will also enjoy Peeps-themed refreshments, including a Peeps S’more roast in the parking lot (weather permitting). Dioramas remain on display through April 25.
>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.
>> Free
>> libraryartcenter.org

Apr 20
Sat/9:30 a.m. 1st grade and younger; 10:30 a.m. 2nd grade and older
Claremont’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and visit with your friends! Wear your mud boots and remember your Easter Baskets! In the event of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be moved to the Claremont
>> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free
>> claremontnh.com

Apr 20
Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day
Treat the whole family to a day exploring New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state. Hands-on craft activities for the kids.
>> N.H. Fish & Game, 1 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.
>> Free
>> wildlife.state.nh.us

Apr 27
Sat/9 a.m. 1 mile Fun Run, 9:30 a.m. 5k Race
Tristin’s Live Laugh Love Run
An entry level 1 mile and 5k event tailored for kids and beginner and amateur runners. Proceeds benefit David’s House.
>> David’s House, 461 Mount Support Road, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $25/person or $50/family
>> tristinsrun.org

Apr 28
Sun/1 to 4 p.m.
Wilderness Survival Shelter Building
Learn how to make a variety of survival shelters in this family friendly workshop that focuses on the importance of staying warm and dry in the woods. Bring a daypack with snacks, water, work gloves and windbreaker/raingear. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. For kids and adults age 12 and up; ages 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult over age 18.
>> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free
>> claremontnh.com

May 4 and 5
Sat/10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun/10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
French and Indian War Reenactment
Reenactors personifying British and French troops, rangers, militia, camp followers, Native Americans and sutlers gather to recreate events surrounding New England’s involvement in the war. Included are tactical battle reenactments, open hearth and campfire cooking, blacksmithing, textile production and colonial trades.
>> The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, N.H.
>> Seniors (age 62 and older) $8, Adults 18 to 61 $10, Children 6 to 17 $6, Children 5 and under Free
>> fortat4.org

May 4
Sat/11 a.m.
Dartmouth Dance Ensemble — Get Up and Dance!
Headed by former Mark Morris dancer John Heginbotham, this modern dance group gives a fun and funky performance that will have everyone dancing along.
>> Hopkins Center, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

May 4
Sat/3 p.m.
Tanglewood Marionettes – The Fairy Circus
Featuring more than 20 beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus showcases turn-of-the-century trick puppetry. The puppets’ astounding moves are accompanied by the music of favorite composers. After the show, meet the puppets and puppeteer!
>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, Claremont, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

May 11
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 11 and 12
Sat and Sun/12 to 6:35 p.m.
Annual Dartmouth Powwow
The Dartmouth Powwow is an opportunity for Upper Valley residents and visitors to observe, participate, and learn from a broad representation of Native American dances, music and arts and crafts.
>> The Green, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free
>> dartmouth.edu

May 11
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 17
Fri/10 a.m.
Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza
Join Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist (and board-certified Music Therapist) Claudia Eliaza for a toe-tapping program featuring Dan’s most loved songs and the children’s music of folk icon Lead Belly. Close out the YES season with this interactive–and educational–musical party!
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $4 to $10
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

May 18
Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12th Annual Spring into Warner
Enjoy a celebration of the arts and local foods in Warner’s quaint downtown Main Street. Activities include art exhibits, nature activities with the Nature Discovery Center, museums, a farmer’s market, dance performances, musicians, a book sale, an edible books contest and more!
>> Town of Warner, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> kearsargechamber.org

May 25
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