How about StoryLand in Jefferson, NH? I have a 17 month old and haven't been there since my older two were younger. But they had a blast! I am in Goffstown - so not too far from you. There's always chuck E cheese on Manchester.
How about <a href="http://www.childrens-museum.org/" target="_blank">The Children's Museum of Portsmouth</a><br><br>
We went there last week with my just-turned 2 year old & spent 3 hours. He had a blast & would have stayed longer if we could have!
My 2 yo son just loves hanging out at Beech Hill Farm (which is basically an icecream barn with some petting animals.) He could sit for HOURS in the big pile of sand and play with all the tonka toys they have there. Nice and clean and FREE unless you want icecream. Which, btw, is really really good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I too have heard good things about Friendly Farm. And beaches are good too. Sunapee is nice and shallow for quite a ways out as is Lake Massasecum in Bradford
I second Beech Hill Farm. They have a make your own sundae bar! Yummy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just a few animals and the sand pile which would be limited fun for an older child but my 3 yr old loves to go there. Hours 11-9 M-sat, 1-9 sun. Yes we go too much<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Exit 5 off 89 and then follow 202 towards Concord. You will see signs when it is time to turn.<br><br>
Lake Sunapee is also good for kids. If you head up 103 into Newbury you can park for free and use the little Newbury beach for free at the center of Newbury. Or keep on going and go to the state park further up.<br><br>
If you are closer to the Lebanon area there is a children's museum in Norwich VT. Which is just down the road/around the corner from the King Arthur Bakery & store.
If you and the family like to hike there is also the Montshire is that in Vt or in NH? I know it's north of here and Billings Farm in VT is suppose to be beautiful<br><br>
If you're up for a day trip you can easily head down to Sterling MA and visit Davis Farmland. Not only a lot of endangered farm animals but lots of covered picnic areas, play areas, water play areas for toddlers. It's a really nice spot.
There are also some suggestions on our API calendar page at <a href="http://www.parentbynature.com/apicalendar.html" target="_blank">http://www.parentbynature.com/apicalendar.html</a><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Hi. We relocated to Bedford last year and I'd love to meet some Moms with congruent values to mine. This place seems like a great starting place. We have 2 children; a 17 year old daughter and a 3 1/2 year old son (surprise!).<br><br>
As for fun things to do, the SEE Science center in Manchester is great for a 'field trip' of a couple hours. Joppa Hill Farm is also fun, as well as Charmingfair farm. I even make a trip to Petsmart a 'field trip', and we spend about 45 mins just looking at animals. Further south is the Butterfly place in Westford MA (off exit 34 route 3) for an hour diversion and picnic lunch (discount coupons are in Spectrum magazine).<br><br>
For older toddlers/preschoolers, Pinkerton Academy in Derry has a different play each week for the next 3 weeks that we are planning to attend. Also, the local Audubon centers offer 'classes' on a weekly basis for preschoolers...both the Massabesic and Silk Farm Rd. ones have resident owls and great walking/hiking trails.<br><br>
Other than stopping to watch construction equipment, visiting the local Komatsu dealership (construction equipment), watching bigger kids play sports, and trips to the local playground and libraries, I can't think of anything else right now.<br><br>
I'd love to hear from anyone near me (within say 20 miles or so), so please feel free to e-mail me.<br><br>
Eileen<br><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
My daughter loved the Friendly Farm, and we make regular outings to Stonewall Farm which is in Keene. If you go to the friendly farm (Dublin) you might enjoy taking a detour to Jaffrey and getting some very, very good ice cream at Kimballs.
I second the Children's Museum of Portsmouth. My daughter is two, and she loved it even at 18 mos. There is much to do for many ages, and you can have a picnic at Prescott Park after, which is fun (great views of the bay).