The Seacoast Science Center, a non-profit marine science education organization, was founded in 1992. The Center's mission is to educate the public about the importance of a healthy ocean, and there's a lot to do and see for visitors of all ages.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire is a wonderful place for families, with rotating hands-on exhibits throughout and a dedicated room for little ones age 3 and under. Founded in 1983 in Portsmouth, the museum moved to its current Dover location in 2008.
The entire facility is wheelchair-accessible, and service animals are always welcome. Additionally, noise-cancelling headphones are available to borrow at the front desk.
The YMCA of the Seacoast is a great spot for family recreation, offering a variety of camps (both summer camps and school vacation camps), open swim opportunities and swim lessons, kids' yoga, classes, and more. Click here for current info.
Free child care is available during certain hours while mom and dad work out, too, and there are parents' nights out for (potty-trained) kids ages 3 and up.
The Center offers day camps for children from 3 1/2 years old to 5th grade during regional public and private school vacation weeks and for children from 3 1/2 years old to 8th grade all summer long.
Sessions are offered by the day and by the week, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each session is based around a different theme that includes outdoor exploration, takes advantage of the season and is full of hands-on activities. Lessons i...