Keeping it local for April Vacation? We’ve got the BEST staycation ideas!
April vacation is here and the kids are going to be expecting some fun! We’ve drummed up a few, unique and out-of-the-box ideas that’s fun for the whole family. Need more ideas? Check out our “Have you been here before? Unique and fun February vacation ideas!“, lots of interesting activities there, too!
Also, consider a road trip to Portland, Maine! We’ve got all the info on family fun, visit PortlandKidsCalendar!
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Sports Tour Activities
Fenway Park Tour
Yawkey Way, Boston MA 617-226-6666
Cost: Adult $20 / Child $14
Hours: Starting April 17, 2018: 9:00am- 5:00 (last tour departing at 5 p.m.) and depart at the top of the hour.
Tickets: Tour tickets are available for purchase day of only on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.
That’s right, tour Fenway Park! See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking left field. Explore the historic grounds of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”, Fenway Park. Enjoy a 60-minute guided tour, complete with team, ball club and player history. Get a group of 12 together and you can make a reservation and get discounted admission!
Food Factory Tour Activities
Conner Bottling Works
120 Exeter Road (Rt. 85), Newfields, NH 603-772-3376
What’s more fun than checking out the inner workings of your favorite food or product suppliers? The Conner family has been producing and bottling Squamscot Old Fashioned Beverages for five generations dating all the way back to the Civil War. Visitors to their Newfields, NH plant can learn more about the company’s soda (or tonic), which comes in many delicious flavors. In the factory, which smells like melting popsicles, guests can watch the manufacturing and mixing of the syrup recipes and the conveyor filling glass bottles with carbonated water and syrup. To schedule a free tour for any number of people (no minimum), call the company at 603-772-3376. FUN!
Taza Chocolate Factory Tours
561 Windsor Street, Somerville, MA (617) 284-2232
Cost: $8 per person
Hours: Tours are offered 7 days a week (Note: Factory is closed Mondays in April; Production is not in session on weekends.) Online reservations are required
Learn how Taza makes 100% Stone Ground, Mexican-style organic dark chocolate, sample delicious Stone Ground Dark Chocolate and see our vintage chocolate making machines! Tours are approximately 45 minutes and are recommended for ages 10 and up due to the educational focus. Children under 10 years old: Families with children under the age of 10 are encouraged to join the Taza Cacao Scout Kids Tour, offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am. This tour costs $6 per person and lasts approximately 35 minutes. We take our young guests on a scouting adventure through the factory while sampling all along the way!
Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course & Zip Line
506 Blue Star Memorial Highway, Kittery ME 207-439-8838
NH School Vacation Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: Click here for pricing options
Take Flight is Maine’s largest Aerial Adventure Course and the first Seacoast Zip Line Tour in Maine! The adventure challenge course has over 65 activities and elements including multi-vines, cat walks, burma bridges, tube nets, swinging tires, swinging platforms and coming soon on the course a Mega Swing! With over a dozen different types of cargo nets to climb up, on, across, over, and through you will want to come back again and again. Adventure Zip Tour consist of traveling through Maine’s beautiful woods on six (6) zip wires connected to trees and utility poles where you zip from platform to platform. Great for all ages and abilities! Zip Line Tours require reservations, please call ahead.
You know where the old Shaw’s in Seabrook used to be? Well, they cleared out the shelves of dog food and donut cases and put in a killer quarter-mile electric gokart race track! Speaking from personal experience, these things are not like any rinky-dink amusement park ride. They are super fast and incredibly easy to handle. If you have a competitive spirit, all races are timed and results are posted on the big screens. They even have winner pedestals available for photo opps if you are so inclined. Reservations are highly recommended as this place can get pretty busy. One race is $20 per person, and there is a one-time $7 annual membership license which includes a “head sock” which is to be worn under the helmet for obvious sanitary reasons. You’ll also get a free race the month of your birthday. Check out the after-school specials for kids for $15 and Junior Special (48” and under), 6 laps for $10. For more info, visit nh1motorplex.com.
Indoor Game Play Activities
535 Lowell St, Peabody, MA (978) 535-8355
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00am to 8:30pm / Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 9:30pm
If you’ve never been to Bonkers, it’s like Chuck E. Cheese, but awesome. Despite the usual assortment of video games, this indoor playland boasts the largest indoor maze in New England, kiddie merry-go-round and ferris wheel rides and even a Kiddie City for kids under 3. Full menu of fresh cooked food available. Note: Plan to bring your own entertainment (book, magazine, smartphone) because kids can literally spend hours here. Trust me.
Pinball Wizard Arcade
150 Bridge Street (Rt. 38) Unit P, Pelham NH (603) 635-1677
Winter Hours: Sunday: 11:00am – 8:00pm/Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 10:00pm/Friday – Saturday: 10:00am – 11:00pm
The games in this throw-back arcade are a blast from the past! Pinball Wizard has classic and state-of-the-art video games, pinball, redemption, billiards, air hockey, skeeball and more! The old school arcade games (think Pac-Man, Centipede, Atari Pole Position II) are only .25 and there are rows and rows of vintage pinball machines. See here for a full list of available games!
What good ideas do you have up your sleeve? Share with us your vacation ideas in the comments below!