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Fall family events in New Hampshire

Posted by Paul Kandarian  September 3, 2013 02:52 PM

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Packing the kids up for a long foliage ride can be fun – and/or daunting. Families visiting New Hampshire this fall have some options to keep the kids from getting bored, which can be found through www.visitnh.gov

Toddlerfest runs Sept. 14-29 at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, with special programming, including music and movement, science, art and storytelling. All programs are free, with museum admission. For info, check out www.childrens-museum.org

At Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum in Warner, a Harvest Moon Festival runs Sept. 21, with arts, crafts, games for kids, food, demonstrations on Native American ways of life and more. Family passes are $26 and general admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids six to 12. Check it out at www.indianmuseum.org

Up at Waterville Valley Resort from Oct. 12-14 they’re holding a fall foliage festival, with kids games, pumpkin painting, and a pie-eating contest, as well as tent sales, ski swap, road race, free concerts and a brew fest. Special room rates start at $157 a night. For more info, visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com

If you’re a fan of fat pumpkins, and really, who isn’t, check out the “Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta Oct. 19-20 on Main Street in Goffstown, where all-things pumpkin include painting, tossing, golfing, bowling and the pumpkin drop. Check it out at www.goffstownmainstreet.org

 A “River Fire and Horror Fest” runs Oct. 19 in Berlin, a day that includes a duck race, costume parade, hayrides and bounce houses on the town’s river walk, following by a lighted pumpkin display on the town’s walking bridge after dusk. See www.northernforestheritage.org/river_fire.htm  for details.

Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth has its “Ghosts on the Banke” Oct. 25-26, a Halloween celebration of tales about long-dead sea captains, 17th-century shopkeepers and pirates haunting the city streets. Outdoor movie viewing of a spooky film will be shown as well. Check out www.strawberybanke.org

The annual Octoberfest runs Nov. 3 at Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker Nov. 3, with pumpkin painting, spin art, sing-a-longs, balloon-animal making and more family stuff on a day that also includes a German food fest, Harpoon German Beer Garden, cowboy mounted shooting demonstration and a ski and snowboard sale. For all events, visit www.patspeak.com

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