February Vacation Adventures 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!

Forget about cabin fever—with so many wonderful programs lined up for February vacation week, there’s no reason to feel cooped up this winter. Kids from Maine and Massachusetts are on vacation this week, and next week will be New Hampshire’s turn. To mark the occasion, several local organizations have some great activities lined up that the whole family can enjoy together. 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. Enjoy a Waffle Eating Contest in the lodge, take part in the Annual Midget Race, or learn about wild animals with a live demonstration. There will also be fireworks this Saturday night, and S’mores at the fire ring on Sundays. For details about any of these events (and more), visit Gunstock’s website at www.gunstock.com 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, a nature craft workshop, and snowshoe explorations! For more information, visit the Science Center’s website at www.nhnature.org, and to register for any events, please call 603-968-7194.

Funk it upCome in from the cold and get creative! The Arts Collaborative in Meredith is offering some fun workshops for NH vacation week. On Wednesday, February 25th, teens and preteens 6th grade and up can join in “Funk it Up!” – a workshop to create altered, repurposed, and transformed clothing. This is a great way to brighten up your wardrobe with some new looks to express your individuality! Suggestions for which clothing choices to bring with you will be provided at registration. On Thursday Feb 26th, kids in grades 1 – 5 can participate in “Winter Festival of Arts!” Spend the day exploring multi media art and craft projects that celebrate the colors, textures, and images of our beautiful winter season. You’ll make everything from silly snowmen to sparkling snowflakes and have lots of fun in between! For both workshops, the $40 registration fee includes all materials. There are only a few spots left, so please pre-register by calling Heidi Little at 603-344-1860. For more information please visit www.theartscollaborative.net.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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