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 $20.00, Child (3-12) $14.00. Advance tickets can be purchased online by visiting boston.redsox.mlb.com and clicking on the Fenway Park tab.
#2 Portland Science Center, Portland
Paleontologists unite! The Portland Science Center’s newest exhibit “Dinosaurs Unearthed” offer state of the art technology to show how dinosaurs looked, moved and sounded when they roamed the planet. With more than a dozen animatronic, the exhibition also features full-sized skeletons, fossils, an excavation site and interactive activities. This single exhibit museum is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, be sure to check their website for hours and admission pricing. You will want to purchase tickets in advance, admissions are every half hour on the hour. Visit portlandsciencecenter.com.
#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. Engage your senses with the new “Chocolate” exhibit (you had me at Chocolate), uncover secrets of the Mona Lisa at the “Da Vinci—The Genius” exhibit 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 Humpback Whales, Great White Shark and Galapagos, 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.