Kid Friendly Rainy Day FUN in North Conway, NH
Just in case you feel there’s not enough to keep you busy at Four Seasons Lodge on a rainy vacation in North Conway, we’ve compiled a list of low cost/high enjoyment things to do! North Conway started out as a winter ski destination and in the last 25 years has morphed into a four-season resort town with just about every type of activity you can imagine! So, grab your raincoat and head out for some good old-fashioned fun on this rainy day!
Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum – I wish this museum existed when my son was younger! It’s a mecca of activities for the younger set (up to age 8). Exploration, creativity and imagination are the common theme throughout. The rooms are themed and ready for your child’s imagination. Another grrrreat plus is that it’s never over crowded. You’ll meet others there but the kids won’t need to fight or wait for something that catches their eye! Plan on about 2 hours for a visit.
Diana’s Baths;- What the heck! You’re going to get wet anyway and you will have the falls ALL to yourselves!This is a series of beautiful waterfalls with several spots to splash around. Grab your waterproof camera, water shoes, lunch and some dry clothes because you are in for a TREAT!My favorite thing to do is create a series of rock cairns. They make wonderful backdrops for your family photos.The falls are about a 1/2 mile hike on a flat wide gravel path.
Ham Arena – The Ham Arena is close by and is a great spot to enjoy an afternoon of Ice Skating.They offer both public skating and Stik and Puck times when anyone can join in on the fun.Don’t worry about non-skaters, there are crates to help you along on the ice plus seating in a heated viewing area for those want to just relax.For those adults that want to skip the skating thing altogether, head to Almost There for a beer and a burger!
Tin Mountain Conservation Center – Their mission statement says it all, “…to promote an appreciation of the natural environment and to demonstrate responsible stewardship.
The inside of the building is beautiful and it has a great library for browsing.
Their many environmental and nature programs are excellent and either low or no cost.
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Remick Country Doctor Museum – The Museum is a 100+ acre working farm, homestead and museum. You can wander the grounds and barns, take an educational program or tour the museum.My son was a docent at Remich when he was 14 years old. Needless to say, we spent many hours and days there volunteering and taking classes. THIS is a great take!Programs are free and low cost and a great day is guaranteed for ALL!
Saco Valley Sports Center – Candlepin bowling for the young (bumper bowling) and young at heart! Be sure to try out their golf simulators, air hockey and pool table too!Bowling isn’t a passion for me but it’s small town fun and we’ve had great laughs as a family there!Great family fun for everyone!
Likety Splitz – In the heart of North Conway is a make your own sundae bar.I have heard it’s a touch pricey but think of the photos of the giant smiles you can get of the kids before they dig in!Great playground outside for good weather and interesting memorabilia inside.
We Promise Some Sun SOON!
Weather Discovery Center – Sun you say? You want to see some SUN? :)Well, paddle on over to the Weather Discovery Center and take your turn at forecasting the weather! Throw in a dose of learning and folks, we’ve got a winner!Explore the science of weather through fun and interactive exhibits including:
- A giant air cannon
- Life size and touchable tornado
- Pond that allow you to control the wind and see what happens if you’re in a boat
- Real weather instruments
- Replica of the Observatory’s weather station that endured the record breaking 231 MPH winds!
- Mini weather studio with real green screen and monitor where you can test your forecasting skills (it’s WAY harder than you think)
- Two times daily you can connect and ask questions of a meteorologist working at the summit of Mt Washington!
My personal favorite is the spot where you can pretend to be a meteorologist. I chuckle when I watch the videos of me trying to point at NH on the invisible map. Did you know that the folks in front of the camera don’t have a map showing? It’s a blank screen!$2 for adults and $1 for kids (thanks to the generous donation of a local) and REALLY Fun!
Uberblast – This is a shameless plug. The owners of this fine establishment are friends of mine. They do a wonderful job of providing a safe, entertaining and really fun environment to entertain you and the kids too!The array of entertainment includes; video arcade games, basketball, pinball, air hockey, inflatable play area, miniature golf and much more.It’s fun for all ages!
M&D Productions – They are a theater company whose goal is to raise awareness of local and social issues through theater while collaborating with others to help make a difference in our community.You might want to contact me to arrange for someone to watch the kids though, their shows are riveting and emotional and not meant for the younger set.I have personally seen or volunteered at 10’s of shows put on by M&D and they’ve all been top quality! This theater groups has won several prestigious award for excellence.Great shows at a great price!Nothing floats your boat? Well, check out “Things to Do In North Conway” at www.FourSeasonsLodge.com
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