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Here is a list I am compiling of things to do with kids within 1hr (+/-) of Haverhill MA. I live in the southern NH, Haverhill, MA border area. I was hoping people would might be able to add more suggestions, maybe some free or cheap ones? Petting zoos? Farms? Nice playgrounds? Playgroups that meet? Please feel free to add some:

Under 6yrs:
- Off the Wall Gymnastics, Route 125, Plaistow, NH. All Ages Open Gym Tuesday & Thursday night 5:30pm to 7pm through the summer. Toddlers $6.00, school age kids $8.00.
- Children's Museum in Dover, NH (http://www.childrens-museum.org/cmnh/) Daily Admission $7.00 (but most NH libraries have passes that discount the admission price)
- The Boston Museum of Science (http://www.mos.org/) Exhibit halls admission $19.00 (but most NH libraries have passes that discount the admission price)
- The Boston Children's Museum (http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/) Adult admission $12.00, children 1-15yrs $9.00, under 1yrs free.
- Franklin Park Zoo (http://www.zoonewengland.org/Page.aspx?pid=219) One Franklin Park Road in Boston, MA 02121 (617) 541-LION
- Stone Zoo (http://www.zoonewengland.org/Page.aspx?pid=219) 149 Pond Street in Stoneham, MA 02180 (781) 438-5100.
- Story Hour @ the Kingston, NH Library. 2nd Tuesday of the month 6:30pm
- Amazement (http://www.cedarland.net/cedarland/amazement.html) 931 Boston Road
Haverhill, MA 01835 (978) 521-7700 Admission 2 - 12 years old $7.95/each
12 - 23 months $4.95/each
- Sproutabout (http://www.sproutaboutnh.com/) 603-583-4545. 72 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH 03885, Daily admission one child $7, 2nd sibling $5.00, each additional child $3.00
- Charmingfare Farm, 774 High Street, Candia, NH 03034. (http://www.charmingfare.com/Generaladdmission.php.) Open 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm, $11.00per person (children 1yr and under free)
- New England Aquarium, Boston, MA. (http://www.neaq.org/index.php) Open Sunday-Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-7pm. Admisson, Adult $19.95, Child (3-11) $11.95, Child under 3 Free.
- See Science Center (http://www.see-sciencecenter.org/) Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. Admission $6.00 per person ages 1 and up.
- Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum (http://www.kaleidoscopechildrensmuseum.net/index.html) 250 Commercial Street, Waumbec Mill, Suite 1004, Manhcester, NH 03101. Opens July 8th 2009. Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Tuesdays closed. $10.00 per child over 1 yr. Children under 1yr and adults free.
- Odiorne Point State Park & Seacoast Sceience Center (http://www.nhstateparks.com/odiorne.html) Admission Adults $4.00, children 6-11 $2.00, Children 5 & under Free.

Over 6yrs:

- Skyventure Indoor Skydiving, 3 Poisson Ave, Nashua, NH 03060, 603-897-0002, Mon-Fri 2-10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-10pm.
- Canobie Lake Park, 603-893-3506 open 11am-10pm All day pass $30.00 After 5pm $20.00
- Attitash Mountian (Alpine Slide, Waterslide, Eurobungy, trampoline & climbing wall)
http://www.attitash.com/ticketprices.html Day ticket $35.00
- North Country Rivers White water rafting (http://www.ncrivers.com/) Route 201, Bingham, Maine, 04920, (800) 348-8871
- Water Country (http://www.watercountry.com/) 2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH, 03801
(603) 427-1111 Full day ticket $36.00
- Metro Rock (http://www.metrorock.com/), 40 Parker Street, Newburyport, MA 978-499-7625 Mon, Wed, Thurs 12-10pm. Tues & Fri 10am-10pm, SAt & Sun 10am-6pm. Belayed climbing for kids, 1 kid 1 hr $25.00. Discounts for more kids, more hours.
- Checkered Flag Indoor Karting (http://www.checkeredflagindoorkarting.com/index.html)
- Coco Key Water Resort (http://www.cocokeywaterresort.com/Lo...ers/index.aspx) , 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA, 978-777-2500, Daily admission $30.00
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under 6yrs

- Davis Farmland(Childrend's Discovery Farm) in Sterling, MA (https://www.davisfarmland.com/new-site/index.html) Admission hours are normally from 9:30am-5pm, weather permitting and the Farm closes at 6pm. Admission-Ages 2 and up $13.95.(AAA/MTA/WGBH members show your card and receive a discount. Library discount cards available from participating libraries.)

-BounceU in Bedford, MA (http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-...shire/bedford/) (for ages 7 and under): Every TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and THURSDAY night open bouncing sessions to families from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. ADMISSION-$11.00 for the first child, $10.00 for siblings. *Space is limited. RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.*

-Perpetual Motion Indoor Playground (http://perpetualmotioninc.com/index.html) in Lowell, MA Hours: Tues - Weds.: 9:30AM - 5:30PM Thurs. - Fri.: 9:30AM - 7:30PM Sat. - Sun.: 9:30AM - 5:30 PM
Admission is $9.50 per child for either play area ($7.50 for children 10 months to 23 months) and $12.50 for both play areas (qualified children only)
Cash or checks only, no credit cards
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I really like the Addison Art Gallery (free!) in Phillips Academy in Andover. Older kids can appreciate more, but for younger ones there are model ships in the basement. They have a neat walking path around the back of the school too.

There is great hiking in Andover - I don't remember all the names, but the Trustees of the Reservation keep some of the sites. One is a quick hike which gives views of Boston from a solstice formation!

There is Smolak Farms (www.smolakfarms.com) - which is not organic but fun to visit.

There is the airport in Lawrence that has a little cafe where you can eat and watch planes.

Older kids would like the NPS sites in Lowell - younger ones appreciate the train and the sound of the mills!

I love the parks in Newburyport - I can't remember which is which, but Mosley woods and Maudlesy park are great. It is fun to walk downtown and see the boats too. You can head to the Audabon Society near Plum Island for info about birds and see small exhibits.
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Thanks for the ideas! I never thought to go watch the planes at the Lawrence airport, but that is certianly a great option!! I'll add themt o the list!
post #6 of 7
Thanks for these! My kids and I are spending a month in southern Maine, where I grew up, and since I have not ever lived there w/kids I needed some ideas of how to keep them occupied on the colder New England summer days!

It will be fun taking them to places I used to go as a kid.
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This is an awesome list! My DH, and DD's (29 and 60 months), and I will be moving to Haverhill at the end of the month!!! Anyone know of a tribe for people living in that area?

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