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Fire and Ice Festival in Portsmouth. Photo by David J Murray.




6 fun family events
Year of Awesome 2016

01/07/16



Cabin fever hits hard in January, so get out and have some fun with the whole family!

 
The Winter Carnival at White Park (1 White St., Concord) will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring the family for a day of winter activities including ice skating, sledding, a bonfire and a parade. Visit onconcord.com. 
 
Spend Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend in Portsmouth at the Fire & Ice Festival. From Wednesday, Feb. 10, to Monday, Feb. 15, there will be winter fun for the whole family, including food, theater performances, live music, ice skating, ice sculpting demonstrations, dog sled rides and more. For adult-only fun, there’s the Fire & Ice Bar Crawl on Saturday, Feb. 13. The dog sled rides require tickets, and tickets sell out fast, so buy them early at bit.ly/DogSledRides. Visit goportsmouthnh.com for a full schedule of events. 
 
The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department presents the 24th Annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road, Merrimack) on Saturday, Feb. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of all-ages winter fun including food, arts and crafts, carnival games, snowshoeing, raffles, storytimes, a youth ice fishing derby, snowmobile rides, a campfire with s’mores and the 2nd Annual Cardboard Box Sledding Contest. Visit merrimacknh.gov/parks-and-recreation. 
 
Make it a sugary sweet weekend at Charmingfare Farm’s (774 High St., Candia) Maple Express, open between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on any Saturday or Sunday from March 5 to March 20. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to an authentic sugar shack where a professional sugar maker will give a tour and talk about the process. Then, see how trees are tapped for syrup and try the syrup on pancakes. Don’t forget to stop by the barn and visit with the animals. Maple syrup and other maple products will be available for purchase. Plan on spending at least two hours at the event. Admission costs $19 per person and is free for babies under 1. Visit visitthefarm.com 
 
Get ready to nerd out at the Queen City Kamikaze comic convention at Manchester Memorial High School (1 Crusader Way) on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event was designed to give families and fans of anime, video game, comic book, cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy a more local, affordable and kid-friendly alternative to the larger comic cons. There will be cosplay games and contests, video game tournaments, a dance hall, artists, vendors, retro gaming and more. Admission costs $10. Visit queencitykamikaze.com. 
 
Don’t miss out on the Japanese Martial Arts & Cultural Festival hosted by Portsmouth Aikido (620 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth) on Saturday, March 14. Kids’ activities will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and include calligraphy, Kamishibai Japanese traditional storytelling, origami and aikido demonstrations. Adult activities will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. and include various martial arts demonstrations, tai chi classes, tea-tasting, calligraphy and a party. All events are free. Visit portsmouthaikido.org.





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