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Children's Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 742-2002

Ages: 0 - 10

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 Museu...

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Paint for Fun
157 Portland Ave. (across from Dover Ice Arena and Jenny Thompson pool)
DoverNH 03820
(603) 617-3595

Ages: 3 - 14+

Paint For Fun is a plaster art studio (similar to ceramics, but there is no firing involved so you can take your item home the same day! Paint it today, take it home today!). Paint For Fun also offers birthday parties and art lessons. 
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YMCA of the Seacoast
550 Peverly Hill Rd.
PortsmouthNH 03801
(603) 431-2334

Ages: 0 - 14+

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.

Hours: Click here for current hours


4-H (UNH Cooperative Extension)
113 North Rd.
BrentwoodNH 03833
(603) 679-5616

Ages: 5 - 14+

4-H is the youth educational program of UNH Cooperative Extension. 

The mission of 4-H is to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

Through projects, programs, and events, Rockingham County youth can explore cooking, rocketry, shooting sports, gardening, raising and showing animals, sewing and textiles, GPS navigatio...

ARTastic Arts & Crafts
105 Lafayette Rd.
Hampton FallsNH 03844
(603) 601-6817

Ages: 4 - 11

ARTastic is a walk-in arts and crafts studio full of all kinds of fun activities to choose from - plaster painting, ceramics, mosaics, stuff-n-fluff, spin art, and more. It's also a great place for a hands-on birthday party. The shop up front sells Melissa & Doug craft kits and other artsy supplies. 
ARTastic shares space with Imagination Station, a creative play space themed as a child-sized village that is perfect for younger kids....
artstream studios
10 Second St.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 516-8500

Ages: 2 - 14+

Artstream has been providing art classes in the greater Seacoast area for over 15 years, offering classrooms flooded with natural light, the finest area instructors, and positive, encouraging teaching methods.
Classes include:
  • Art for littles (ages 2-3)
  • Young children's class (ages 4-6)
  • Afterschool art (ages 7-11)
  • Tween drawing and painting & Tween 3-D art (ages 11-15) 
For more info on classes, click here. Artstream also offers worksho...
Bead Creative
69 Lafayette Rd.
North HamptonNH 03862
(603) 926-8844

Ages: 6 - 14+

Bead Creative offers many types of beads and crystals for sale, as well as private bead parties and classes.
Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed for classes 
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress St.
BostonMA 02210
(617) 426-6500

Ages: 0 - 12

The Boston Children’s Museum is the second oldest, and one of the largest and most influential, children’s museums in the world.

It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013 and strives to engage children in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of the world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. 

The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experie...

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Preschool Classes @ Noggin Factory
53 Washington St.
DoverNH 03820
(603) 742-0012

Ages: 0 - 5

Classes begin January 14, 2015 and run for 6 consecutive weeks - Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30. 
Participants will use Duplo bricks to build models of favorite zoo animals! This fun and engaging class for preschoolers incorporates letter recognition, A/B patterning, counting, and fine motor skills while children complete the model of the week.  
$48 for a six-week session. Register online here.
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Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St.
ManchesterNH 03104
(603) 669-6144

Ages: 0 - 14+

The Currier Museum of Art features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture - including works by Picasso, Monet, O'Keeffe, Wyeth, and more. The museum's Winter Garden Cafe serves lunch and occasional brunches; a children's menu is available. 
The museum also offers tours of the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House (open to adults and children age 7 and up).
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