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What To Do In NH This Weekend: April School Vacation Week Begins

Friday, April 25, 2014

The school calendar is finally winding down to summer, and no milestone is more exciting than spring break! Check in with the NH.com blog, Facebook page, and Twitter all next week for April School Vacation family fun!

Here is this weekend's line up to kick-off your vacation week! Kids and families will enjoy the ever-popular Touch a Truck Event and Earth Day Open House in Hooksett on Saturday; interactive entertainment abounds at the 18th Annual Family Fun Fair in Bedford on Saturday, and The Mall at Rockingham Park has planned a variety of kids' events through Tuesday, April 29th! As always, visit our NH Kids' Events & Activities Page, sponsored by the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, for more family fun, and the NH Free Things To Do Page for even more budget-friendly options!

If you're a pet-lover, don't forget to stop by the Pets in Need Hudson Animal Shelter Open House in Hudson on Saturday for having a bake sale, pet accessory sale, great prizes, a visit from our dog adoption rep, free kitty cuddles, and more! If the prospect of kitty cuddles doesn't give you enough fuzzy feelings, your heart will be warmed to know that proceeds from the bake sale and pet accessory sale will go directly towards surgery for one of the shelter's homeless dogs, Paisley, an 8-month old puppy with a congenital heart defect.

Have a wonderful weekend and a great school vacation!

Merrimack Region
Earth Day Open House/Touch a Truck Event
Hooksett, NH
Saturday, April 26

Stop by and check out a short video on what happens to your recycling after it is collected at the curb. There will be free drawings and coloring books and games for the kids. We will also be holding an annual touch a Truck Event! Check out all the trucks, equipment and "big rigs" the Town has!

Fun-Filled Activities During April School Vacation
Salem, NH
Various Dates Through April 29

April School Vacation Week is right around the corner and The Mall at Rockingham Park is hosting a variety of activities throughout the week!

18th Annual Family Fun Fair
Bedford, NH
Saturday, April 26

Parenting NH presents the 18th Annual Family Fun Fair -- an interactive event that offers fun and entertainment for families with children of all ages, while providing information from local businesses on health, creativity, learning and other subjects important to parents and caregivers.

2nd Annual Bark in the Park: Canines for K-9
Concord, NH
Saturday, April 26

Attendance is free at the family-friendly Bark in the Park, where nonstop programming in the main show ring, demonstrations, instant winner raffles, competitions, and educational opportunities are made possible with support from Finlayson's Pet Care Center and NHTI's Criminal Justice Club. There will be opportunities for family dogs to become part of the action, as they compete in the costume parade, best trick competition, best features dog show, and obedience.

Earth Day Barn Sale
Hollis, NH
Saturday, April 26

This Earth Day barn sale is a HUGE fundraiser for Beaver Brook trails and programs. An entire barn (2 levels) full of books, toys, lawn and garden, jewelry, household items, antiques and surprises for amazing prices. Refreshments will be offered by the Maple Hill Gardeners. It will be held rain or shine; great deals to be found!

Pets in Need Hudson Animal Shelter Open House
Hudson, NH
Saturday, April 26

Come visit the Pets in Need Cat Shelter in Hudson, NH for our springtime open house! We're having a bake sale, pet accessory sale, great prizes, a visit from our dog adoption rep, and more! Whether you are looking to shop for a tasty treat or toy for your furry best friend, considering adopting a new furry best friend, or just come support a local no-kill shelter, we would love to see you! Proceeds from the bake sale and pet accessory sale will go directly towards surgery for one of our homeless dogs, Paisley, an 8-month old puppy with a congenital heart defect.

Charity Craft Fair
Manchester, NH
Sunday, April 27

Helping LJ Burleigh raise funds to go on a mission that will visit 11 countries in 11 months. We have several NH Made members selling their wares at this event including but not limited to, Gunther's Goodies!

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day
Amherst, NH
Saturday, April 26

On Saturday, April 26th, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities in over 70 nations will come together to practice Tai Chi; "meditation in motion". There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems and it offers relaxing movement that promotes increased circulation, balance and peace of mind.

Yoga at LaBelle Winery
Amherst, NH
Sundays Through June 29

LaBelle Winery has partnered with Amherst Yoga in Amherst, New Hampshire to offer you a unique opportunity to experience yoga in the serene setting of the LaBelle Winery in beautiful Amherst, New Hampshire! Feel enriched as you move, balance, stretch & relax while being surrounded by the beautiful sights, sounds & scents of LaBelle Winery.

19th Model Train Show
Hooksett, NH
Sunday, April 27

Hooksett lions host this family event which features over 40 layouts of various gages, vendors of train collecting items, clinics, videos, kids hands on activities, raffles, white elephant sales and more.

NE Para Fest
Nashua, NH
Saturday, April 26

Featuring over eight of the most knowledgeable guests from throughout the New England region. Paranormal experts! EVP Specialists! UFO Contactee! Cryptozoologist!

Community Emergency Response Training
Nashua, NH
Fri-Sun, April 25-27

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

Seacoast Region

Children's Book Launch: Wild About Bears
Dover, NH
Saturday, April 26

Author and illustrator Jeannie Brett will introduce her new book, Wild About Bears, at the Children's Museum. As part of her visit to the museum, Brett will be reading from her new book, giving an illustration demonstration, offering bear mask-making, and she will have a friendly costumed bear with her to meet young guests.

Plaistow Community YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Plaistow, NH
Saturday, April 26

Join the Plaistow Community YMCA for Healthy Kids Day! A special day of fun activities meant to help build on the incredible potential inside each and every child. Summer Camp tours and registration specials, youth and family Zumba, yoga and exercise demos, Plaistow Fire and Police Department, youth health vendors, youth drawing contest, active YMCA sports activities, and lots of fun.

Rescue Run: Race for Marine Animals
Rye, NH
Saturday, April 26

Our Whale of a 5k Trail Race has a new name to reflect our new Marine Mammal Rescue initiative. The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals features the popular 5k chip-timed trail race through Odiorne Point State Park. New this year, we've added a 2 mile stroller-friendly walk so families of all ages and abilities can participate. For those who would like to help raise money for Marine Mammal Rescue, we are providing a social fundraising component with an optional personal online fundraising page. You'll run through the forest, by the rocky shore, across a sandy beach, and alongside historic military fortifications.

New Castle Spring Yard, Rummage and Bake Sale
New Castle, NH
Saturday, April 26

It should be a fabulous spring day. You will find many treasures, such as books, collectibles, appliances, gently used clothing, and, as always, "white elephants". Also plan to make time to enjoy the delicious baked goods and hot dogs.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region

Vernal Pool Adventure Walk for Families
Newbury, NH
Saturday, April 26

The cacophony of spring peepers and quacking wood frogs announces that spring is near. Melting snow forms temporary vernal pool breeding ponds and the woods becomes alive. Bring the whole family for a learning adventure at one of The Fells vernal pools and discover who lives there and why these temporary habitats are so important.

Monadnock Region

Fire Dept. Dance!
Lyndeborough, NH
Saturday, April 26
The BYOB event will feature great dance music from all genres - country, pop, rock and more for ages 21 and up. Donations gratefully accepted to benefit the Lyndeborough Fire Dept.

Lakes Region
N Bar H Equine Fest and Used Tack Sale
Barrington, NH
Saturday, April 26

Come on down to N Bar H Riding Club and check out our Equine Fest (completely free to come and watch the demonstrations; our kitchen will be open offering lots of delicious and very reasonably priced food for you pleasure, plus check out our vendors and the used tack sale).

White Mountains Region

Into the Mud Challenge
Sunday, April 27

The Into the Mud Challenge is a 2.5 mile race located in Gorham Maine. It is a mud/obstacle race with a family atmosphere. Adults and children are welcome to join in on all the dirty fun!


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