Great Kids, Great Outdoors

Did the February school vacation week creep up on your family? It might feel like we just had a break, what with having three snow days and a weekend right in a row, but next week, there are five days kids have off and parents need to fill them with things to do. For those…

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Imagine a tiny ski lodge nestled against a small hill, the lodge no bigger than a typical single family home, packed with kids and families sipping cocoa around a crackling fireplace. At the helm of a small desk at the center of the lodge, the lodge “mom” sells $5 lift tickets, $3 hamburgers, and keeps…

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Cross-country skiing can be the perfect winter activity for a family outing: If snow has just fallen, you can ski right from your front door; it’s less expensive than downhill skiing; and it’s a sport people of all ages can enjoy. Rather than racing down mountains, a cross-country, or Nordic, glide along trails is an…

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I admit it—Pokemon Go is a pretty awesome game. Basically a digital treasure hunt, it combines so many great elements into one smooth game: finding new places that you would never have found otherwise, walking around outside, stacking up points by finding treasure. As a parks director, I like to see people outside, and if…

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As the holidays quickly approach, many of us are shopping around for presents for the kids in our lives. Books are always my first choice as gifts, but I also like to give unusual games, activities, and experiences. These five picks are at the top of my gift-giving list. L.L. Bean Outdoor School For the…

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Highlights Short hike in a secluded area to a bald knob with views of the Ossipee Mountains and Mount Washington Valley. Directions From the south, take NH 16 to Ossipee, N.H., exiting at NH 25. Turn left off the exit onto NH 25, go under the highway and then left at the T intersection to NH…

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As the days get shorter, the leaves start falling, and winter gets closer, it becomes easier to spot wildlife. For owl fans, the bare trees make it easier to catch sight of the majestic birds’ silhouettes, though patience is a necessary requirement when out looking for owls. It helps to go with an expert, who knows…

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Remember that classic scene from “A Christmas Story”? It’s a frigid morning, and a doting mother has dressed her youngest child in so many layers of winter clothes that he stands in front of her “like a tick about to pop.” “I can’t put my arms down!” he yells. “Put your arms down when you…

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In October, a lot of attention goes to pumpkins, whether picking them, carving them, or eating them, but there’s another fall crop, especially in Massachusetts that deserves our attention: the cranberry! There are several places and ways to learn about the little red berry, including museum exhibits, farm tours, and even wading out in a…

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As much as the sun worshipers hate to accept it, fall is here! But for those who love a crisp fall day, the best time of year has just arrived. Fall in New England is a special time, with colorful foliage displays, cider pressing, pumpkins galore, and the best hiking of the year. Families with young…

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