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February Vacation Week in the Valley is for kids

Winter camps, musical programs, snow sports and fun galore!

Kids can enjoy a huge variety of activities during February Vacation at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
February 11, 2010
During vacation week, kids can learn about winter camping, identify winter animal tracks, visit a farm, learn about caring for farm animals, and even experience what it was like to be in school in the 1800s. They can also be cast in an original musical and can learn to ski or ride.

If camp isn't your child's thing, our Children's Museum, our Theatre in the Woods and our local the ski areas have lots of activities just for kids.

Here's what's happening in our neck of the woods:

Tin Mountain Conservation Center Winter Camp

Each February during winter vacation, Tin Mountain offers winter camp for children in grades K-6. The older children are introduced to winter camping as they learn to set up a campsite, prepare food, and spend a night in the frosty winter weather.

For younger children, there are day-camp programs in which campers learn to build snow shelters, identify wildlife tracks in the snow, look for winter birds, and play games.

All camps are conducted on Tin Mountain's 138-acre Rockwell Sanctuary on Bald Hill Road in Albany.

For more information, contact 447-6991 or visit: www.tinmountain.com.

Remick Museum and Farm Camps

Vacation camp at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth will be held from Feb. 15 through 18, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Choose to attend one, two, three days or all week.

During this week, campers will learn all about what it was like to grow up on a New England Farm in the 1800s!

Monday, campers will take a farm tour, learn all about caring and grooming for farm animals, farm chores and make their own farm journals.

Tuesday, campers will learn all about being an 18th century kid in school. Campers will learn about a one-room schoolhouse, make copy books, write on slates, and learn to write with and make their own quill pens.

Wednesday, campers will learn about lending a hand at the farm house,

with morning chores, cooking and baking on a hearth, making butter, sausage and candle making.

Thursday is all about fun for campers. Children will enjoy a winter wonderland outside with sledding, snowshoeing, snow sculptures and forts. Then it's on to playing with and making historic toys and games and popping popcorn on the hearth or cook stove the old fashioned way.

Friday, campers will help prepare a noon-time shared feast and celebrate the last day of camp with their parents.

Remick Museum and Farm camps are all about providing children with an opportunity to learn about farm life and enjoy the outdoors.

For more information, call: 800-686-6117 or visit: www.remick museum.org.

Arts in Motion Musical Theatre Workshop

This week-long workshop at the Church of the Nativity, next to the Gibson Center in North Conway, will run Feb. 15 through 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to students from six to 14 years old. Kids learn basic movement, vocal warm-ups, basic theater skills and are cast in an original musical, giving every child a chance to be part of a full staged production with set and costumes. Students will learn how to perform in front of a live audience and have a great time during the process!

Mary Bastoni-Rebmann has been teaching Musical Theater Workshops in Denmark, Maine, since 1995 and is excited to join forces with Arts in Motion to bring out the budding thespians in Mt. Washington Valley! Thirty spots are available for this workshop.

There will be a free public performance on Friday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 452-7515 or visit: www.artsinmotion.com.

Children's Museum

The Mt. Washington Valley Children's Museum on Route 16 in North Conway offers a week of fun activities for the kids, including:

Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., Valentines Day Birthday Party Extravaganza featuring Wildlife Encounters, Mountain Top Music, The White Mountain Cupcakery and More!

Feb. 17, Craft Day. Every Wednesday come get crafty at The MWV Children's Museum.

Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Creature Feature. Every Thursday kids will learn about the animal that live here in our Forest of N.H., listen to stories, learn fun facts and play games with our resident naturalist.

Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Mountain Top Music Sing-A-Long. Come to the Museum at 11 a.m. every Friday for a Mountain Top Music Sing-A-Long!

Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Pampering Parents Day. On Saturdays, while kids play parents can get pampered! Featuring coffee, treats, Mary Kay facials and more!

Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Creative Cultures. Travel the world or at least pretend! On Sundays, this fun program teaches about other places on this beautiful planet earth!

For more information, call 356-2992 or visit: www.mwvchildrensmuseum.org.

Theatre in the Wood

The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will host a series of fundraising events at the Theater in the Wood, located at 41 Observatory Way in Intervale. Each show will take place at 4 p.m. All entertainment is family-friendly!

Feb.15 Chad Cummings from Mountain Top Music leads the student jam band.

Feb.16 Andy Davis of the Mountain Storytellers Guild tells stories.

Feb. 17 Sharon Novak from Mountain Top Music hosts a musical instrument exploration workshop.

Feb. 18 Red Gallagher performs a music and humor show.

Feb. 19 Ellen Carlson provides an interactive fiddling program.

For more information, call 356-9980 or visit: www.believeinbooks.org.

Programs for kids at local ski areas:

Great Glen Trails, Pinkham Notch

February 15 - 17: Ski Camps for Kids! Join Polly the Penguin and Percy the Polar Bear for fun on snow!

Penguins - Ages 6-8

Kids play some games - being a penguin is all about playing in the snow. What else do penguins love to do? Ski, of course! Kids slide around just like a penguin and learn all a penguin's favorite ski games: Capture the flag, one ski ball pass, freeze tag and more! Kids will learn how to maneuver, glide, duck and dive just like a penguin!

Polar Bears ages 9-11

Time for some serious fun! Polar Bears are fun, fast and great on skis! They're super skiers! To be a super skier just like a Polar Bear, kids will explore all of Great Glen Trails. They'll find hidden treasures on scavenger hunts, learn to ski scooter and try out the ski limbo. In no time, they'll be skiing like polar bears.

For more information, call 466-2330 or visit: www.greatglentrails.com.

King Pine Ski & Snowboard Camp

Ski & Snowboard Camp offers an exciting atmosphere for kids to learn to ski or ride. Camp staff includes a mixture of college students and parents, interested in providing a fun week of learning and activities for the campers.

2010 Ski & Snowboard Camp is geared for boys and girls ages eight to 16. This year two camp sessions will be offered. Camp will be held during February school vacation weeks: Monday- Sunday, Feb. 15-21 and Sunday - Friday, Feb. 21-26.

For more information call 800-373-3754 or visit: www.kingpine.com.

Attitash Ski Area

Adventure Kids Skiers & Low Riders Snowboarders are geared for kids ages seven to12. The programs work on skills from learning to ski and ride to mogul skiing and terrain park riding.

Kids ages four to six can enjoy Buddy Bear Kids with half and full day programs focusing on fun-filled adventures.

Tiny Turns is for children ages three to five and introduces them to fun on the snow through a one-on-one private clinic.

Day care is available for kids ages six months to six years old.

Kids and adults alike can test their edges on the Family Fun Run race course set up on Spillway every day from Sunday, Feb. 14, through Feb. 19. It is free to run gates and great practice for the upcoming Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, which will visit Attitash on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The Family Fun Run will also be set up Feb. 25, 26 and 28 as well.

For more information, call 800-223-7669 or visit: www.attitash.com.

Black Mountain, Jackson

Kids ages seven to 12 can enjoy the Black Bear program.

The Black Bear Cub daily program is offered for kids ages four to six years old. Day care is also available.

For more information, call 800-698-4490 or visit: www.blackmt.com.

Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods

The Hobbit Ski Program is a daily program for ages four to 12 that places children in groups based on ability, and works on improving their skiing and riding in a fun environment.

The Hobbit Snowboard Program is a daily program for ages six to 12 that places children in groups based on ability, and works on improving their skiing and riding in a fun environment.

The Hobbit Ski & Snowplay Program is a daily program for ages three to five that includes nursery supervision, group lessons and rental equipment.

The Babes in the Woods Nursery is available for ages two months to five years.

The Family Interchangeable Ticket allows mom and dad to share babysitting duties and take turns hitting the slopes.

Kids' Club:

Kids ages four to 12 enjoy a vast array of activities under the guidance of our experienced Kids' Club counselor team. During February Fun Week, these fully supervised program sessions begin in the Kids' Club room on the lower level of The Mount Washington Hotel. Evening Kids' Club program kicks off with registration at 6 p.m. Children attending the program are to be registered by 6:15 p.m. Reservations are suggested and can be made at the Adventure Desk; space is limited.

For more information, call 278-8989 or visit: www.brettonwoods.com.

Cranmore, North Conway

Adventure Camp is geared towards skiers and snowboarders, ages eight to 14, and includes rental equipment.

Penguin Camp is a ski program for ages four to seven, and includes rental equipment.

Kids Rule! Kids who make four visits to Kids Camps get a free Happy Trails season pass and save $20 on additional full-day camps for the rest of the ski season.

I Wanna Snowboard is a one-hour private snowboard program for ages five to seven, and includes rental equipment.

I Wanna Ski is a one-hour private ski program for ages three to five, and includes rental equipment.

Penguin Park Day Care is available for ages three months to five years.

Feb. 17 from 2 to 8 p.m.: Cranapalooza. This special Wednesday night Cranapalooza is Mardi Gras themed! Break out the beads and feathered masks and for night skiing and tubing plus live family entertainment from Marcus Gale, live music from Dennis and Davey, and games for the whole family!

Feb. 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. Cranapalooza. It might be the middle of winter, but it's a beach party at Cranmore! This Cranapalooza will be equipped with night skiing and tubing plus live entertainment and games for the whole family! Bobo-T-Clown will be here and there will be live music from One Music, plus fireworks!

For more information, call 356-5543 or visit: www.cranmore.com.

Wildcat Mountain, Pinkham Notch

The Lion's Den program is available for kids ages four to 12 for skiing, and kids ages eight to 12 for snowboarding.

One hour private lessons for snowboarders ages five to seven-years old, subject to availability.

Snowplay Program is an introduction to skiing for ages three and four, including a fun on-snow session, rental if necessary, and nursery.

Feb. 16 - Cardboard "Kitty Litter" Box Race. Whether the kids make it fast, fancy, or just plain fun, don't miss cheering on your favorite cardboard box bomber. Only rule is the bottom surface must be cardboard.

Feb. 17 - Nine Lives Lunch Tray Luge. All those times you used to get kicked off the mountain for sliding down on a lunch tray, well, this time it's going to be fun and competitive.

For more information, call: 888-SKI-WILD or visit: www.skiwildcat. com.

There you have it - the Valley is geared up and ready for a great vacation week. Enjoy!

Brewster Academy
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