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Santa visits the Aviation Museum.




Festive adventures
Holiday fun for the younger crowd

11/24/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Keep the kids happy with these fun storytimes, craft workshops, holiday movie screenings and more.

 
Bass Pro Shops (2 Commerce Drive, Hooksett) will be known as Santa's Wonderland through Dec. 24, offering kids' craft tables, special holiday-themed giveaways, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and much more. Visit facebook.com/bassproshopshooksettnh.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store (80 Storrs St., Suite 5, Concord) is holding classes for kids on how to make pompom ornaments out of natural materials. There will be classes on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost to attend is $30. Visit joann.com.
• Join the Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) for a holiday story session every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m., beginning Nov. 28, and also at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, right up until the week before Christmas. The sessions will include holiday-themed songs and crafts in addition to stories. The program is recommended for children ages 3 to 6. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit whipplefreelibrary.org or call 487-3391.
• Join the Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive) for Elf Bingo Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The movie Elf will be shown on the big screen as participants will play Bingo using lines from the movie. Compete to win prizes and enjoy cookies. Admission is free and registration is not required but you are encouraged to arrive shortly before the start of the movie at 6 p.m. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411.
• The Maxfield Public Library (8 Route 129, Loudon) will be screening The Polar Express, the 2004 film based on the 1985 children's book of the same name, on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will be offering hot chocolate and sugar cookies to munch on during the movie. Pre-registration is required and “train tickets” are available for pickup at the children's room circulation desk. Visit maxfieldlibrary.com or call 798-5153.
• The Goffstown Public Library (2 High St.) will be hosting a storytime with The Polar Express on Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:15 or at 6 p.m., complete with music, hot chocolate and even a train conductor. Toys for Tots donations will be accepted at the library during these times. Visit goffstownlibrary.com or call 497-2102.
• Visit any of the Barnes & Noble stores in southern New Hampshire on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in your pajamas for The Polar Express storytime. The event includes coloring and an opportunity to write a “Dear Santa” letter. The stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.), Salem (125 S. Broadway) and Newington (45 Gosling Road) will all be hosting parties. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store for more details.
Bessie Rowell Community Center (12 Rowell Drive, Franklin) will host Santa & His Workshop, a program in conjunction with the Franklin Parks and Recreation Department, on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The party will feature photo opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday-themed crafts, games and much more. Admission is free and registration is not required. Visit franklinnh.org or call 934-2118.
Santa Land will return to the Gilford Youth Center (19 Potter Hill Road) for two days on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. The free event features holiday-themed crafts and games, cookie-decorating, face-painting, bouncy houses and visits with Santa Claus. Visit gilfordyouthcenter.com or call 524-6057.
• Join the Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) for a visit with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Milk, cookies and crafts will also be featured during the visit. Visit rodgerslibrary.org or call 886-6030.
• The Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St. Mary's Way) will hold its annual Santa Party on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Take photos with Santa, play some holiday-themed games and do some crafts. Admission is free but registration is encouraged. Visit hooksettlibrary.org or call 485-6092.
• The Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.), Salem (125 S. Broadway) and Newington (45 Gosling Road) will be hosting How the Grinch Stole Christmas storytimes on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Activities during the storytimes will include giving out “good deed” badges and tracking booklets for kids to log the good things they do this holiday season. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store for details.
• Kick off the holiday season at St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kinsley St., Nashua) for its annual Santa's Workshop Party on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. The hospital's atrium will have festive decorations for the duration of the event. Features will include festive music, make-your-own crafts, face-painting, cookie-decorating, and photo opportunities with Santa. Visit stjosephhospital.com or call 882-3000.
• Wear your favorite comfy pajamas at the Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive) for some holiday bedtime stories on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will feature some holiday-themed books, sing-along songs, and crafts to take home. Admission is free and no registration is required. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411.
• Ever wanted to be one of Santa's elves? Join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway) for its annual Elf Training program on Thursday, Dec. 8. Three separate elf training sessions will be offered: from 1 to 2 p.m., from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required for each of these sessions. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140.
• Don't miss the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball with each of the four southern New Hampshire Barnes & Noble stores participating, in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.), Salem (125 S. Broadway) and Newington (45 Gosling Road) on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character and join other Harry Potter fanatics for dancing, music, holiday-themed activities and giveaways and much more. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store for more details.
• The Children's Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) will be bringing back Jingle Bell Express on Friday, Dec. 9, Saturday, Dec. 10, Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17. The event features a reading of The Polar Express followed by a trip to DeMerritt Hill Farm in Lee. Kids will get to enjoy hot chocolate and homemade cider donuts, and pajamas are encouraged. The cost is $25 per person and free for children ages 2 and under. A family keepsake photo is included in the price, as well as time to explore the museum and participate in a take-home holiday craft. Current open programs are on Friday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 16, from 3:45 to 6 p.m., but the Saturday trips are full. Visit childrens-museum.org or call 742-2002.
• Join the Griffin Free Public Library (22 Hooksett Road, Auburn) in welcoming award-winning singer and storyteller Steve Blunt on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to noon. Blunt will be performing holiday-themed tunes to get kids and families into the festive spirit. Visit griffinfree.com or call 483-5374.
• Join Miss Sarah and Miss Sue for a special holiday storytime at the Amherst Town Library (14 Main St.) on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Stories will be read and songs will be sung from the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa traditions, and opportunities to make holiday-themed crafts will be offered. Admission is free and no registration is required. Visit amherstlibrary.org or call 673-2288.
• Make your own photo frame to give as a gift this holiday season at the Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford) on Friday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. Admission is free and all materials will be provided, but pre-registration is required. Visit wadleighlibrary.org or call 249-0645.
• The four Barnes & Noble stores in southern New Hampshire (235 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua; 1741 S. Willow St., Manchester; 125 S. Broadway, Salem; and 45 Gosling Road, Newington) will be hosting a Santa's Sleigh is on its Way to My House storytime on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. Holiday-themed activities will be featured. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store for details.
• Join the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) for a storytime with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. Santa will read a story and visit with each child. A holiday-themed craft activity will follow. Regular museum admission applies, but members will receive free admission. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org or call 669-4820.
• The Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.) will be screening Christmas With the Kranks (rated PG) on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. as part of its weekly “Afternoon at the Movies” series. The 2004 family comedy film stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis and is based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us or call 624-6550.
• Spin the dreidl at the Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive) on Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m., while getting into the Hanukkah spirit. Those who have never played before will get a chance to learn and even win prizes. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411.
• Ring in the new year at Barnes & Noble with a Hap-Pea All Year storytime on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at any of the four southern New Hampshire stores (235 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua; 1741 S. Willow St., Manchester; 125 S. Broadway, Salem; and 45 Gosling Road, Newington). Holiday-themed activities will be featured during the storytime. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store for more details.
• Join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway) for a New Year's Eve Party on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a dance party and a count down to a balloon drop at noon. Admission is free and open to all ages; no registration is required. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140.
The Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive) will hold a New Year's Eve at Noon celebration to ring in 2017 on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon. Make a party hat, play games and listen to a story before the big countdown at noon. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411. 





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