Top 10 Things ... for families

May 18. 2018 12:34PM


If you are on a family vacation, there is no more magical a place to visit than Storyland in Glen. Take a ride on Alice’s Tea Cup, Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, the Polar Coaster and more. Fun in the water takes on a new meaning with Splash Battle: Pharaoh’s Reign and its water cannon. Storyland has everything you can think of, including the Mother Goose House, storybook characters, and live animals. It’s like Disney’s smaller cousin who lives in New Hampshire. And this year they are building aquarium next door that will feature a mix of tropical fish, New England saltwater fish, a tide pool exhibit and an interactive aviary.

Go Camping

Whether you are a fan of the outdoors or not, camping offers quality time spent with the entire family. Not a fan of mosquitoes? Check out the Friendly Beaver Campground in Nashua. They have cabins you can rent at reasonable prices. But it’s their amenities and activities schedule that makes the Friendly Beaver one of the most family-friendly campgrounds in southern NH. With four swimming pools (including a heated indoor pool), a children’s activity room and teen game room, and activities for all ages including Candy Bar Bingo, scavenger hunts, movie nights, pool games, a watermelon eating contest and more.
Santa's Village (Courtesy)

Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village in Jefferson uses the tagline “Pure Joy. Family Style” and it couldn’t be more fitting.Your little ones will be grinning from ear to ear after a visit to this special park that celebrates Christmas all summer long. Take a ride on the Chimney Drop and see how Santa feels when he slides down, jump on a Rudolf-led roller coaster, or head to the Yule Log Flume or water park to cool off; these are just a few of the amusement rides the park offers. And yes, of course Santa is there at home at the North Pole, near the Gingerbread House. 

In this photo provided by Clark's Trading Post, William M. Farrand portrays the Wolfman for a young visitor to the White Mountains attraction. (COURTESY)

Clark’s Trading Post

Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln has been an unforgettable experience for generations of families from New Hampshire and beyond. Best known for its trained bear show, there’s so much more to this park that adds new experiences every year. Who can forget being chased by the infamous Wolfman on the steam-powered train ride? There’s also Merlin’s Mystical Mansion, bumper boats, the Anaconda Escape water raft ride, and a Segway park.

Monkey Trunks

Monkey Trunks, with locations in Chocorua and Laconia, offers adventurous fun that doesn’t cross the line into dangerous. Two ziplines - a tour and an adventure course will make your experience exhilarating. The Laconia location also has a Kids’ Adventure Playground and Night Zip Tours. In Chocorua there’s a Zipline Adventure course featuring 11 Ziplines, ropes-course challenges, and a go-at-your-own-speed journey 55 feet’ in the air.

Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum in Dover is always celebrating something - from a Teddy Bear Clinic and Picnic to a T-Rex Tea Party and many more events your kids will love. The exhibits include “Build It. Fly It,” which allows you to make a flying creation and launch it from 30 feet above. Explore the properties of light and dark in Cave Explorers. Become a Paleontologist and dig up some fossils at the Dino Detective exhibit or play Mindball, a captivating biofeedback game using EEG technology. There’s plenty of exhibits to fill a whole day, and with new exhibits added regularly, there’s always a reason to go back.

The chance to check out classic animated characters like Pac-Man and Frogger draws video game enthusiasts to Funspot in the Lakes Region. (Courtesy)


Funspot at Weirs Beach, Laconia is known as the largest arcade in the world. A visit to Funspot is more than just an arcade though. You’ll find a bowling alley featuring candlepin and Ten Pin, an 18-hole mini-golf course, air hockey tables, lots and lots of pinball machines, classic and modern arcade games, and everyone’s favorite, Skee-Ball. Cash in your tickets for prizes and grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or ice cream stand. 

Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center in Rye is celebrating World Ocean Day with a Family Festival on June 10. A full day of activities will teach about the ocean and the animals that live in it. Put on a blubber glove, walk through a 65’ inflatable whale, learn about the anatomy of a squid by performing a squid dissection, and explore the new H20 Today exhibit from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service. There will also be face painting, crafts, a mock seal rescue, games, live music, a march for the ocean (wear blue!) and a beach cleanup. Admission is free.

Battle Games

Battle Games in Hooksett offers one of the newest and hottest family-friendly sports, Archery Tag®, which utilizes foam-tipped arrows and cadet bows for safety, with the goal of “tagging” your opponent out. If you’ve played laser tag, paintball or even dodgeball, you won’t really need instructions, but you’ll want to know the rules. This is for active families, so be sure that you can handle a few rounds! Battle Games also offers the Nerf Zone, an indoor field designed for kids ages 7 to 13 to run, play, build and use foam weaponry.

Blitz Jump Park

Blitz Jump Park in Portsmouth is an indoor facility that features large courts of wall-to-wall trampolines that are connected together. What’s that, you just joined the gym? This will burn more calories (up to 1000 per hour) and it’s way more fun! Bring the whole family and see who has the best slam dunk skills or join in a trampoline dodgeball game. The free jump court is where you can pick up some new dance moves, do flips and just jump! There is a teen night and toddler time on the schedule too. So pick a day then jump, jump and jump some more!

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