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Tire Out the Kids and (Maybe) Learn Something New With These NH Indoor Hotspots
The local school midwinter break is here again. Maybe not for all of us hearty New Englanders, but cabin fever is setting in for some. Maybe you are starting to look at other people and thinking which you would eat first if one more blizzard hits and summer never arrives.
For those not planning on heading to warmer climes or hitting the slopes to take advantage of deals for locals, you may be looking for some indoor family entertainment. Maybe you just need a place for your gaggle of little ones to burn some energy. Fun fact: Young kids can accumulate calories during the New Hampshire winter months at a rate that equals the latest federal budget numbers.
Indoor venues in the Granite State that can help strengthen body, and mind, abound.
Here is a sampling:
Anything that you have to sign a waiver for is probably going to be fun. Launch is a trampoline park franchise, and the closest one is in Nashua. The kangaroo-themed indoor gymnasium makes for a rigorous bounce-fest that challenges any grownup’s stamina. The activity floors are made of trampolines, and there are trampolines on the walls. There is a foam pit, dodge ball space and basketball dunking court.
Pro tip: when you check in, opt to purchase the socks that give you a little extra grip. This is a definite nap-inducing activity — for kids that brought you, too. Food is available.
A unique, memorable indoor skydiving experience, indoor wave pool and climbing wall for the more adventurous set. It is also located in Nashua.
It will probably take several days for the smiles to dissipate from the faces of the kids of all ages you bring here. The staff provides an orientation for each activity ahead of the reserved playtime.
For skydivers, a giant fan will blow you several feet off of the special floor in a massive tube that gives the floating sensation that accompanies skydiving without the actual sense of falling. The giant wave pool replicates ocean rollers and can give your gnarly little surf rat wannabes a chance to experience surfing and body boarding. No sand in swimsuits and no reported shark sightings as of yet. Food (and a bar) are available.
A fun spot. Classic New Hampshire arcade fun year-round can be found in the Lakes Region. The offerings in this multilevel venue are too numerous to mention. Yes, for all you old-timers it has skee ball. Food is available.
Big, poofy, inflatable fun in Hooksett. It's a birthday party headquarters for the younger set, so check for open bounce time. Food isavailable.
SEE Science Center
Avoid the brain drain and trick them into learning at this hands-on science-oriented space. The center’s downtown Manchester exhibits celebrate science in many ways and nudge young minds down a fun STEM-oriented path.
While there, check out the LEGO millyard display that celebrates Manchester’s mill heritage in a remarkable project that took 10,000 hours to create. Snacks are available, but you can bring your own food.
Bonus: You can post photos of your visit to social media. All of your friends will be truly impressed and it will help offset the fact you allowed your kids a 10-hour, stay-in-your-PJs-all-day Pop-Tart-fueled Doc McStuffins or Star Wars TV marathon the day before.