Looking for fun things to do before the crowds gather at local attractions? Greater Manchester is home to many kid friendly museums worth checking out! Learning takes place everywhere, all the time. Why not strew some interesting experiences in your child's path?
America's Credit Union Museum, located on 418-420 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester, is an old home on the west side. In 1908 this building was the birthplace of the credit union movement and boasts a hat once worn by Harry Truman. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm or by appointment. Admission is FREE!! To get the most out of your visit, call ahead and arrange for the guided tour. There is a kid's room where kids can work with old cash machines and see a magnet board that compares current pricing to that of 1910. Bonus for parents, no gift shop!!
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, located at 13 East Perimeter Rd in Londonderry, is as close to the runway of the Manchester airport as Homeland Security will allow. It boasts a great vantage point from which to watch planes take off and land. The museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday and on Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Admission is FREE!! While the current museum is not all that kid friendly (watching the planes ascend and descend from the skies being the big selling point) they are currently building the Slusser Aviation Learning Center, possible via a generous 1 million dollar donation from Eugene and Anne Slusser of Hopkinton. The Slusser Aviation and Learning Center is slated to open June 2011 and will be full of interactive things for kids. Right now kids can use the flight simulator to "take off" from Manchester airport.
Currier Museum of Art 15 Ash St, Manchester, NH. The Currier boasts the Discovery Gallery, a place where kids can work on projects. There are always colored pencils and kids can get their work framed and hung on the wall at the Currier. During the months of July and August Wednesday afternoons are family time. Parents can bring their kids in from 2:30 to 4:30 and work on a different project each week.
Through September 6 the museum hosts an exhibit about the meaning of movement through kinetic sculpture, showcasing the work of George Sherwood, a Massachusetts based artist.
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free admission from 10 a.m. to noon); open the first Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday. Admission: Adult $10, senior $9, student $8, children under 18 free. With Zimmerman house tour: adult $20, senior $19, student $16, children 7-17 $8. Members admitted free to all sites.
Kaleidoscope Children's Museum Newly relocated from Concord to the current location at 250 Commercial St, Waumbec Mill, Suite 1011 in Manchester, the museum now has Zoom- a toy you can place a handkerchief into plastic tubing, watch it get sucked up and around and through spiral tubing before getting shot back out like a parachute! Besides the 6,400 sq feet of space the new location boasts a stroller parking area and design your own craft area! No gift shop!! The museum is open Summer Hours: June-Sept. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; in case of rain, call ahead. Fridays & Saturdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays noon-6 p.m. Admission: $9.99 (YIKES!) per child age 1 and up; free for children under 1 and adults. Please no Crocs, slippers or flip-flops — they are not safe on the worn wood floors. Please wear secured sandals or sneakers!
Lee Scouting Museum & Library This museum, located on the banks of Camp Carpenter's lake, contains 100 years of scouting on it's walls! Hours: July and August: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sept. through June: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is FREE! Children can engage in scavenger hunts, or take part in both guided or self guided tours. The museum focuses on the history of the scouting movement. 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Scouts in America.
New England Synthesizer Museum Located at 6 Vernon St in Nashua the museum is home to more than 300 old synthesizers, many of which can still be played!! Hours are by appointment as the museum is part of Curator Dave Wilson's home. Call him at 603-881-8587 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Admission is FREE!! The kids often LOVE to hear the sounds of the synthesizers! No gift shop!!