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Fun for the littler ones
Stories, crafts and more for kids

11/26/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Got kids? These events are perfect for the younger crowd.

 
• Now through Dec. 24, Bass Pro Shops (2 Commerce Drive, Hooksett) will become Santa’s Wonderland with kids’ craft and activity tables, weekly plush animal giveaways and photos with Santa. Visit facebook.com/BassProShopsHooksettNH for the photo schedule and to see each week’s craft project.
• Kids and parents can spend the afternoon painting a snowman together at the Mom and Me paint session at Canvas Roadshow (176 S. River Road, Bedford) on Friday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. The cost is $22 per canvas. Visit thecanvasroadshow.com.
• Stop by Barnes & Noble in Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) or Newington (45 Gosling Road) on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. to celebrate Scout Elf Return Week with a The Elf on the Shelf storytime and fun activities at Santa’s Boot Camp. Visit barnesandnoble.com
• Visit the Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 1:30 p.m., for a family clay workshop. Studio instructors will teach you how to create a clay turkey cup from scratch. Creations will be fired and ready for pickup three to four weeks later. The cost is $30 for one parent and one child, $40 for two children. Visit 550arts.com.
• From Nov. 30 through Dec. 21, the Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) will have holiday storytimes every Monday and Wednesday. Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited for holiday stories, songs and crafts. Storytimes begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., except for Monday, Nov. 30 (only 10 and 11 a.m. times), and Monday, Dec. 1 (only at 1 p.m.). There will also be special holiday lapsits for babies and toddlers under 3 on Fridays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. Visit whipplefreelibrary.org.
• Is waiting for Christmas driving you bonkers? Stop by Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. to make a cool craft that counts down the number of days until Christmas. This craft is open to families with kids ages 3 and up. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.
• Join the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St.) on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for a Holiday Storytime & Craft. There will be crafts, stories, a puppet show and light refreshments. This program has two times: 1 to 2 p.m. is for kids ages 3 to 5, and 4 to 5 p.m. is for kids ages 6 to 10. Registration is required. Visit nashualibrary.org.
• The Aaron Cutler Memorial Library (269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., Litchfield) will have The Polar Express storytimes on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Visit cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com.
• Kelley Library (234 Main St., Salem) will have holiday craft times for preschoolers on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. Registration is required. Visit kelleylibrary.org.
• Sandown Public Library (305 Main St.) will have special holiday story hours for preschoolers every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., from Dec. 2 to Dec. 30 (no story on Christmas Eve). Kids will enjoy stories, songs, activities and crafts, with a different holiday theme at each session. Visit sandownlibrary.us.
• Kids ages 4 and 5 are invited to a Natural Creations craft at Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) on Thursday, Dec. 3, or Saturday, Dec. 5, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Use evergreen boughs, pinecones and other natural materials to create unique holiday decorations. The cost is $8 per family, and advance registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org.
• Think you have what it takes to be an elf? The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway) will host its annual Elf Training on Thursday, Dec. 3. Elves in training can choose one of three shifts at Santa’s workshop: 1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m., or 6 to 7 p.m. Training includes making an elf hat, creating an ornament, decorating a cookie, caroling, dancing and playing reindeer games. Children must be age 2 or older. Registration is required. Visit derrypl.org.
• The Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) needs your help decorating the library Christmas tree. On Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., kids in grades 1 through 6 are invited for a day of holiday crafting fun, making decorations for the library’s tree and for their own trees at home. There will be treats to enjoy as well. Registration is required. Visit whipplefreelibrary.org.
• The Gilford Youth Center (19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford) will be transformed into Santa Land on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be face-painting, games, activities and visits with Santa. Call 524-6057 for more information.
• Kids of all ages are invited to drop in at Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) on Friday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., to help make and decorate a Christmas banner. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.
• In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Polar Express, local Barnes & Noble stores will be holding special events on Friday, Dec. 4. Stop by the Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) or Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Hwy) store at 7 p.m., for a pajama party. At 5 p.m. at the Newington store (45 Gosling Road), join East Kingston Elementary for their annual The Polar Express Night featuring face-painting and other activities leading up to a reading of the story and a visit from Santa. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Visit Santa & His Workshop at Bessie Rowell Community Center (12 Rowell Drive, Franklin) on Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be gifts from and pictures with Santa, fun crafts, holiday activities and more. Visit business.lakesregionchamber.org.
• Parents can get some shopping done while the kids have fun at the Holiday Drop N’ Shops at Kimball Library (5 Academy Ave., Atkinson). On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the group will be making beaded snowflake decorations to hang in a window or on a Christmas tree. After the craft, there will be games like “pass the ornament” and “slide the ring,” a holiday story time and cookie-decorating and -eating. On Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., kids can try their hand at silly “reindeer games” like unwrapping a gift while wearing mittens. Then, they’ll make candy cane snowmen and enjoy them with hot chocolate while listening to holiday stories. The Drop N’ Shops are open to kids in grades K through 5. Registration is required. Visit kimballlibrary.com.
• Parents and kids are invited to the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester) for a Day to Play in Clay parent-child workshop on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. Make personalized holiday ornaments to give as gifts or keep in the family. This activity is for children ages 5 and older. The cost is $25 per child. Visit currier.org. 
Visit with Santa and get a free professional photo with him at Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will also be a kids’ holiday craft and milk and cookies for families to enjoy. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.
• Join Barnes & Noble in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway) or Newington (45 Gosling Road) on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. for a How the Grinch Stole Christmas storytime. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Dover Public Library (73 Locust St.) will show Santa Buddies (G) on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Visit dover.nh.gov. 
• Kick off the holiday season at Santa’s Workshop party on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kinsley St., Nashua). Enjoy festive music, crafts, face-painting, cookie-decorating, games, refreshments and a free photo with Santa. You can even parade in your pajamas if you want. Visit stjosephhospital.com.
• Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford) will have a Holiday Craft Day for kids on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit wadleighlibrary.org.
• Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) for the Jingle Bell Express, a magical journey to Demeritt Hill Farm in Lee to hear a reading of The Polar Express. Kids will enjoy homemade cider donuts and hot chocolate and will receive a keepsake gift and visit from a special guest. Pajamas are welcome. The cost is $25 per person, free for children 2 and under, and includes a family photo, time to explore the museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. The program runs at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, but the Saturday trips are now full. Visit childrens-museum.org or call 742-2002 to reserve a seat on the Sunday trip.
Visit with Santa and his elves and enjoy cider and cookies at the Milford Oval on Sunday, Dec. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Visit milfordimprovementteam.org/holiday-fairs-and-events.
• The Barnes & Noble in Newington (45 Gosling Road) will have a special Hanukkah storytime on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., featuring the book Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric Kimmel. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Teens, stop by the Pelham Public Library (24 Village Green) on Monday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for the second annual Hot Chocolate & Holiday Movie Afternoon for Teens. Enjoy seasonal treats as you watch a favorite holiday film. Admission costs one canned good to donate to the Pelham Food Pantry. Visit pelhampubliclibrary.org.
• Hop on The Polar Express at the Merrimack Public Library (470 Daniel Webster Highway) on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited for a storytime, craft and snack to celebrate the book. Registration is required. Visit merrimacklibrary.org.
• Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited for Teen Gift-making at the Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St., Milford) on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 4 p.m. Make cool ornaments with colorful swirls using bits of old crayons. Registration is requested. Visit wadleighlibrary.org.
• Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store (80 Storrs St., Suite 5, Concord) will have a Little Makers holiday craft class on Friday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. Kids will learn how to make holiday ornaments and characters out of pine cones. The cost for the class is $30. Visit joann.com.
• Kids are invited to watch the live-action movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG) at Laconia Public Library (695 Main St.) on Friday, Dec. 11, at 3:45 p.m. All kids under 10 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older. Visit laconialibrary.org.
• Visit with Santa at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. Kids can listen to Santa read a story, get a photo taken with him, then participate in a craft. This event is free with the regular museum admission fee. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org.
• Stop by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store (80 Storrs St., Suite 5, Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m., or Monday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m., for a Little Makers holiday craft class. Kids will learn how to make snow globes using mason jars. The cost for the class is $30. Visit joann.com.
• Kids in grades 1 through 5 are invited to the Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.) for a The Polar Express party on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. Celebrate with a storytime, crafts and snacks. Another party will be held for kids ages 2 to 5 on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration is required for both events. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us.
• The Barnes & Noble in Newington (45 Gosling Road) will have a special holiday storytime featuring the book Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Kids are invited for a Holiday Crafternoon at Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. They’ll make holiday crafts to give as gifts or to decorate their own homes. All ages are welcome, but young children may need some assistance. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.
• Stop in for a special holiday storytime at the Amherst Town Library (14 Main St.) on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Children’s librarians will present their favorite stories and songs from the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions. There will be a simple craft following the story. This event is for ages 3 and up. Visit amherstlibrary.org.
• Stop in for Cocoa & Christmas Crafts at the Refrigerator Door (7 Chestnut Drive, Bedford) on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to spend time at the studio and use the art supplies to make fun holiday creations and gifts for family and friends. There will be plenty of hot cocoa and marshmallows to go around. Kids age 8 and older can be dropped off, but a caretaker must remain at the studio with younger kids. The cost for this event is $20. Visit refrigeratordoor.org.
• Do you love Lego? Bring your Lego collection to the Holiday Lego Brick Build at Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) on Friday, Dec.18, from noon to 4 p.m. Make a cool holiday Lego creation to display at the library. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.
• Stop by the Bedford Town Hall (3 Meetinghouse Road) on Friday, Dec. 18, at 1 or 3 p.m. for the Little Elves Kids’ Craft Corner. Kids age 5 and up are invited for an afternoon of fun with treats to enjoy and some holiday crafting. The cost is $10. Visit bedfordreconline.com. 
• Stop in for a storytime featuring the book How to Catch Santa on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway) and Newington (45 Gosling Road). Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Dover Public Library (73 Locust St.) will show The Polar Express (G) on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served and all kids will receive a bell. Visit dover.nh.gov. 
• Join Barnes & Noble at its Newington location (45 Gosling Road) for a storytime featuring the book Merry Christmas Squirrels by Nancy Rose on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Head to the Barnes & Noble Manchester store (1741 S. Willow St.) on Christmas morning at 11 a.m. for a special storytime featuring the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Visit barnesandnoble.com.
• Teens can welcome 2016 with a teen craft at Laconia Public Library (695 Main St.) on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Make your own New Year’s bottles with cool designs, then write down your fun memories and accomplishments from throughout the year and put them inside. On New Year’s Eve of next year, you can open the bottle and remember all the things you did in 2016. Materials and snacks will be provided. Visit laconialibrary.org.
• Catch a kids’ holiday movie at the Bedford Public Library (3 Meetinghouse Road) on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. Visit bedfordnhlibrary.org.
• You don’t have to stay up until midnight to ring in the new year. Stop by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) on Thursday, Dec. 31, for a New Year’s Eve Celebration. Everyone will receive a noisemaker and get to create their own sparkly party hat. Gather around the glitter ball hung up in the middle of the museum and count down as the ball descends. When the clock strikes noon, there will be a celebration with confetti, “Auld Lang Syne” and the first toast of the new year, with ginger ale, of course. This event is free with the regular cost of museum admission. Visit childrens-museum.org.
• Celebrate the arrival of 2016 with a New Year’s Party at the Manchester City Library (405 Pine St.) on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kids ages 1 to 7 are invited to ring in the new year at noon with noisemakers, balloons and confetti. Registration is required. Visit manchester.lib.nh.us. 





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