5 Awesome places to go during NH school vacation week!
You know where I want to go with the kids during NH’s school vacation week? Anywhere but NH, amiright?
Since somebody was really using their noggin, NH vacation week is planned the opposite of MA and ME and that gives us staycationers plenty of options over break in our border states. Check out these fun ideas and happenings to our north and south with your kids!
#1 Fenway Park Tour, Boston
Explore the historic grounds of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”, Fenway Park! See the home of Red Sox Legends, visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster (who cares if it’s snowy!). 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. Tours run daily every hour on the hour from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Cost: Adult $21.00, Child (3-12) $15.00. Advance tickets can be purchased online.
#2 Portland Children’s Museum, Portland
Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children’s development and learning. A hands-on museum where the whole family can play, learn and explore. See the Children’s Museum of Maine website for more information.
#3 MetroRock, Newburyport
This gigantic indoor rock climbing gym offers a very cool experience for kids to adults, beginners to experienced climbers. They offer free climbing or choose to work with a staff guide who will help you learn the basics of rock climbing and routesetting. The entire area is always supervised and everyone is given a safety demo before entering the space. A day climbing pass for kids under 7 is $10 and $18 for students. Pretty economical for several hours of fun. Visit metrorock.com for more info.
#4 Museum of Science, Boston
With the continuous rotation of new exhibits at the MOS, you’ll always see something new when you visit. Be “wowed” by some of the newest exhibits including nature’s superheroes or Wild Kratts Ocean Adventure or enjoy a few of the 35+ permanent exhibits including the Butterfly Garden, Colossal Fossils, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center and more. Several of the exhibits require entry by reserved time. To purchase advance tickets and time slots, visit mos.org.
#5 New England Aquarium, Boston
Sure, you’ve been to the Aquarium before—and it’s a ton of fun—but have you ever taken a Behind the Scenes Tour? Join an educator for an up-close and personal visit where you can learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, how sick animals are nursed back to health and other insider tidbits. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are best for kids ages 7 and up. Cost is $20 per person plus Aquarium admission which, yes, is a splurge but an experience the kids won’t ever forget! In addition to all the regular exhibits, don’t forget about the IMAX showing Turtle Odyssey, Our Blue Planet and Great White Sharks all in 3D! For hours and pricing, visit neaq.org.
Don’t forget to call your local library and see if you can reserve a pass for vacation week—many offer free and/or discounted admission to a few of the locations listed above.