Some Fun Happenings for February Vacation in the Lakes Region

Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center!

Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center!

Kids from Maine and Massachusetts are on vacation this week, and next week will be New Hampshire’s turn. To celebrate, several local organizations have some great activities planned. Whether you like sporty activities, quiet outdoor adventures, or creative indoor pursuits, there is something for everyone going on in the Lakes Region!

At Gunstock Mountain Resort, folks are already enjoying some great skiing and snowboarding! In addition to the usual winter activities on the slopes, Gunstock has lined up some extra fun events for each day of vacation week. In the lodge, kids can create Sand Art, put together a Message in a Bottle, see a Magic Show, or learn about wild animals with a live demonstration. There will also be fireworks Saturday night, and S’mores at the fire ring on Sunday. For details about any of these events (and more), visit Gunstock’s website here or call 603-293-4341.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is offering several programs for kids and adults. Their Wild Winter Walks lead explorers ages 6 and up on a trek that uncovers some answers about what happens to animals during winter. A staff naturalist guides your walk and discusses how native animals are well adapted for winter in New Hampshire. During school vacation weeks, the Science Center is also hosting a couple of bird banding events, snow and ice experimentation, and snowshoe explorations! For more information, visit the Science Center’s website here, and to register for any events, please call 603-968-7194.

Gabriella indulges her creative side at The Arts Collaborative.

Gabriella indulges her creative side at The Arts Collaborative.

When it’s time to come in from the cold, The Arts Collaborative in Meredith is offering some fun creative arts opportunities for NH vacation week. Experienced teaching artist Heidi Little will guide children and teenagers with projects and activities designed to awaken imaginations and invite self-expression. On Tuesday, February 25th, kids 6 and up can join in “Puppet Pals and Crazy Characters” or “Fun with COLOR!” On Wednesday Feb 26th older kids and teenagers can choose “Altered Books and Creative Journaling” or “Canvas Painting.”

“It’s a great chance for kids to make a mess and try new ideas and experiment with art in a non- judgmental process-oriented environment. I love to watch their eyes light up with delight and pride at their accomplishments and discoveries. It’s also a nice chance for parents to get a break or accomplish some work while the children have fun during the busy vacation week.” Says Heidi Little. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. For more information visit The Arts Collaborative website here or contact Heidi Little at heidilea@metrocast.net.

Forget about cabin fever—with so many wonderful programs lined up for February vacation week, the Lakes Region is the place to be this winter!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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