[caption id="attachment_1766" align="alignleft" width="300"]Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center![/caption] 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!

[caption id="attachment_2180" align="alignright" width="312"]Winter Fest sleigh Sleigh ride at Prescott Farm[/caption] We’ve got fresh snow and it’s time to get out and play! In celebration of winter in New England and its many fun traditions, a few local organizations are hosting some great parties, and everyone is invited—so get out your boots and mittens and head to the Lakes Region this weekend and next! Here’s what’s happening…

fishing derbyNext weekend, the frozen surface of Lake Winnipesaukee will be transformed into a bustling metropolis of ice-fishing bob houses and folks gathered from all over the country to participate in one of the Lakes Region’s biggest winter events. The Great Rotary Fishing Derby has been drawing crowds to Lake Winnipesaukee for 35 years, with anglers hoping to snag the heaviest eligible fish for a chance to win the grand prize.

Recycled PercussionWarm up this weekend in Plymouth, NH, with a spectacular high-energy performance that will get your feet and spirit moving! The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center will be hosting a world-class percussion group that is returning to New Hampshire after a successful run in Las Vegas, and you won’t want to miss this show! "Recycled Percussion" will be at the Flying Monkey on Saturday, January 11th for their 4th annual performance, with two shows this year due to popular demand. Tickets sold out far in advance the past three years, so they’ve added a matinee performance this year. The matinee starts at 2:30pm and the evening show starts at 7:30pm. This historic, renovated 1920s theater also offers snacks and meals before and during performances. For the matinee, sandwiches, healthy snacks, and concessions will be available, and the evening performance will have an optional 6pm dinner service with a children's menu. The Flying Monkey’s unique seating layout allows guests to enjoy performances in ways no other venues in New Hampshire offer. There is a lounge with comfy couches and chairs in the balcony section, the orchestra seating is as close to the stage as most venues’ gold seating sections, the riser and balcony sections have reserved table seating with food and beverage service, and a full-service bar sits at the back of reserved seating, allowing guests to enjoy beverages within the main hall during performances.