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Enjoy Christmas…With Your Kids

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - November 29, 2012





As the holidays move into full swing, adults are busy with shopping, baking, attending business Christmas parties and figuring out how much to gift to hairdressers, babysitters, and all the other vendors that make day-to-day life easier throughout the year.

In the hustle and bustle, it’s important not to forget that the holidays are truly for family. Spending time with children and grandchildren and making the festive season about youngsters should be first on any holiday to-do list. There are many activities in the Lakes Region geared for parents and children. Therefore, plan to spend time doing these activities with your children for the ultimate in holiday fun!

Laconia Parks and Recreation have many family events planned for the holidays, such as Hurray for the Holiday on December 11 from 6 to 8 pm. The event takes place at the Community Center on Union Avenue in Laconia with ornament making and lots of fun. It’s just $2.00 per person.

A Mother and Child Cookie Decorating event is offered at the Laconia Parks and Recreation Community Center on December 13 from 6 to 8 pm. Moms and kids will enjoy decorating sugar cookies together; a family of four is $10.00 and $2.00 for each additional person. Call Laconia Parks and Recreation at 524-5036 to pre-register.

There’s no better place to get fresh air, exercise and holiday cheer than in the great outdoors. Enjoy an afternoon filled with the sights and sounds of the season at the Remick Museum in Tamworth for the Christmas in the Village event on December 8 from 1 to 4 pm.

The historic Remick Museum buildings will be magnificently decorated and open with fun activities for all ages. Children will love the storytelling, exquisite displays of holiday cards, vintage clothing and antique toys. Everyone is invited to sample goodies galore.

Parents can get a jump on holiday shopping with handmade toys and also can meet local Author June O’Donal and purchase one of her beautiful books.

The whole family will be invited to make craft greenery decorations for the home.

No one will leave the Remick Museum hungry; the museum’s concession stand will be serving up delicious baked goods and hot drinks. Most kids love a bonfire and the museum will offer a chance to warm up at the bonfire and also take a scenic wagon ride to the Captain Enoch Remick House and the Education Center for more activities.

Inside Dr. Remick’s childhood home, each room will greets families with joyful characters reciting Christmas tales, poems and stories. In the Tavern, families will learn how Syllabub, the traditional drink of the holidays, is made and enjoy a taste. In the kitchen there will be plenty of candies for sampling.

Bring your children to the museum’s new education center where they can try their hand at making Victorian Christmas ornaments and decorating gingerbread houses and cookies.

Admission is $5 for non-members and $2.50 for members, depending upon the level of membership. Children ages 4 and under are free. The Remick Museum and Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth, NH. For more information call 323-7591 or 1-800-686-6117. Visit www.remickmuseum.org.

The Canterbury Shakers loved children and over the years the religious sect took in hundreds of orphans and raised young ones with love and care. Christmas was a special time for the Shakers and children were at the center of all Shaker festivities.

At Canterbury Shaker Village on Shaker Road in Canterbury, a special and magical event takes place for everyone in the family. On December 8 and 15 from 3 to 8 pm, Christmas in Canterbury offers candlelight strolls, caroling, gingerbread house showcase, trees and wreaths for sale, craft items, food samples and more. 

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