Lousy weather be damned, this weekend is chock-full of fun family events. Here are some special picks...
Friday, April 16:
Black Forest Cafe - Treat yourself to some free samples at The Black Forest Cafe in Amherst today from 4 to 6 p.m. for their once-a-month Free Sample Friday series. Tonight, the cafe will welcome a pottery demonstration from Wendy Walter of The Voice of Clay as well as local authors Nikki Andrews and Jessie Salisbury.
Saturday, April 17:
Family Fun Fair - ParentingNH is holding their annual Family Fun Fair at the Hampshire Dome in Milford from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For 5 bucks per person, (or $20 for the whole family), attendees will be treated to live musical performances by Mango Grove and Steve Blunt, martial arts and skateboarding demonstrations, visits from NH sports team mascots, face painting and more. Proceeds from this event benefit Child and Family Services of NH.
Roller Derby - The ManchVegas Roller Girls will be taking on Central Mass Roller Derby in this family-friendly, action-packed event. Cheer on your hometown derby girls in their 2010 season opener at their new venue, the West Side Arena in Manchester, starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music from The Fallen Free, food and drink from A Catered Affair NH and Milly's Tavern and then stick around to meet the skaters. Tickets are $8 from MVRG's web site and $10 at the door. Children under 3 are free and tickets are half-price at the door for military personnel.
WILD New Hampshire Day - The NH Fish and Game Department in Concord are welcoming families to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission to see a variety of live animals, environmental exhibits, hands-on activities and to learn about conservation is free for everyone.
Sunday, April 18:
Model Train Show - The Hooksett Lions' annual Model Train Show will be held at the Hooksett Cawley Middle School from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will feature working models, hands-on exhibits, raffles and a wealth of opportunities to learn more about this popular hobby. The Lions will also be welcoming the Youth Model Railroad group to this event for the first time. Admission to the show is $4 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 - 12 and free for kids ages 5 and under.
Massabesic Audubon Center - Families are invited to The Massabesic Audubon Center to see the pythons and ravens eat lunch at 11:30 and 12:30 respectively. Entrance is free and will offer the opportunity to learn more about these animals. Stick around after the feedings for a matinee nature video.
Fisher Cats - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats will be giving away kids jerseys to the first 1,000 kids at the Merchants Auto Stadium as they get ready for their game against the Mets. The first 2,000 lucky fans will receive a Ted Williams Bobblehead. Admission to the ball game range from $6 to $32 so check out the web site for details.