Infant Playgroups & Activities 

  • Mother Goose Playgroup (meets Mondays from 10:30-11:30 at Lebanon library) for infants-age 2 with toys, rhymes, and music. 
  • The Family Place Baby Playgroup (meets Mondays from 1:00-2:30 at The Family Place in Norwich) for infants and young toddlers. 
  • Wilder Library Storytime (meets Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00) 
  • Canaan Library Storytime (meets alternating Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00) 
  • Norwich Library Word Play (meets Wednesdays at 10:30) for infants-age 3. 
  • Quechee Library Storytime (meets Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00) 
  • 4th Trimester (meets Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 at the Women’s Health Resource Center in Lebanon) for pre-crawling infants. 
  • Songs, Rhymes, Books & Crafts (meets Fridays at 10:00 at Etna library) for ages 0-3. 
  • West Hartford Library Storytime (meets Mondays call for times) 802-295-7992. 
  • Mommy & Me Yoga (contact Kathy Frorer at 603-643-0150 for more information on class times and availability) 
  • Purple Crayon in Woodstock offers art and music classes for ages 0-5. Call (802) 457-3500 for information on class times. 

Toddler/Preschooler Playgroups & Activities 

  • Etna Library Stories & Art: Books, Songs, & Art Activities (meets Tuesdays at 10:00) for ages 3-6. 
  • Lebanon Library Preschool Storytime, Crafts & Games (meets Tuesday from 10:15-11:00 a.m.) for ages 3-6. 
  • Norman Williams Library Preschool Storytime: meets Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 in Woodstock) for ages 3-6. 
  • CCBA Tot Lot (meets Tuesday & Fridays from 9:30-11:30 in Lebanon) with balls, mats, hoops, tunnels & other play equipment. 
  • Time for Twos: Stories & Activities (meets Wednesdays from 10:15-11:00 at Lebanon library) for ages 2-3. 
  • Story Hour (meets Thursdays at 10:00 at Hartford Village library) 802-296-2568 
  • CCBA Splashin’ Tots: meets Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 in Lebanon offers water play for preschoolers. 
  • Canaan Methodist Church Playgroup: meets Thursdays. Registration required; call (603) 448-1597 for further information. 
  • Thursdays in the Park: meets Thursdays during the summer from 12:00-1:00 at Colburn Park in Lebanon has a different performer each week offering music, magic, juggling, clowning, and much more. 
  • Hartland Library Words & Pictures Story Hour: meets Fridays at 10:30 for ages 3-8. 
  • Norwich Library Preschool Story Hour: meets Fridays at 11:30.
  • Etna Library Hands on Books: Songs & Arts and Crafts: meets Fridays at 10:00 for ages 0-3.
  • West Hartford Library Storytime: meets Mondays from 10:00.
  • Hanover Community Center Romp & Stomp (stories, music, activities, movement exploration, games, and more) for ages 2-4. Contact Hanover Recreation Dept. at  (603) 643-5315 for more information about class times. 
  • Northern Lights Gymnastics in White River Junction. Call (802) 295-2070 for more information on class times. 
  • Purple Crayon in Woodstock offers art and music classes for ages 0-5. Call  (802) 457-3500 for information on class times. 
  • Richard Black Community Center Playhouse for ages 0-6: meets Monday-Friday from 10:00-noon in Hanover) with developmental gymnastic equipment, fit-balls, soft mat flooring, various sporting equipment. Super Playhouse Blow-Up Bouncer on Thursdays. OPEN SEPT–JUNE.

Local Parks:

  • Sachem Village has three play areas
  • Lebanon Green
  • White River Junction (WRJ) has Lyman park and Ratcliffe Park
  • Hanover has a sandbox at Nathan’s garden, Maple street

Swimming:

  1. INDOOR: The Carter Community Center (or CCBA) in Lebanon has an indoor pool (with swim lessons) and fitness facilities – see their website for info: www.ccba-leb.com
  2. OUTDOOR: Lebanon public outdoor pool is located behind Pumping Station Road and (we think) their phone # is (603) 448-2058 – see the Google Map here
  3. Public pool in WRJ off Rte 5 behind Hartford High School
  4. Natural swimming area in West Leb (pass the dump and take a left on Brook Road, park near the 1 lane bridge and take the path)
  5. Natural swimming areas for the more daring in Lyman Park and Ratcliffe Park
  6. Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover has a little beach that’s popular with families, as well as camping, picnics, swimming, tennis and hiking. Call (603) 643-2134.

Family Activities:

  • The pet store in West Leb next to K-mart has birds, fish and rodents – it’s our local zoo!
  • Powerhouse Mall has tables indoors with a view of the river and the circus mural, bring a picnic!
  • Shopping in West Lebanon
  • Montshire Museum of Science: open every day from 10:00-5:00 in Norwich, but beware the cost! www.montshire.org
  • Billings Farm & Museum: open every day from 10:00-5:00 in Woodstock. A working dairy farm and they do special things for holidays – www.billingsfarm.org
  • VINS Nature Center: open every day from 10:00-4:00 in Quechee. Raptor center and refuge.
  • Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, next to the Hop is free/optional donation – hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu
  • The Shaker Museum in Enfield – www.shakermuseum.org
  • Bowling at Upper Valley Lanes and Games in WRJ – www.lanesandgames.com
  • Roller Skating at Great View Roller Rink in Enfield
  • Romp and Stomp
  • WRJ has a train museum inside the visitor center
  • Quechee has a toy and train museum in the Quechee Gorge
  • Village Sugarbush Farm–cheese, maple syrup tasting
  • Many hikes… local bookstores sell great guides to area trails, as well as specialty books like “best hikes with kids / dogs”, etc.
  • Short local hikes: The Hanover Trails Association publishes trail maps of various short hikes of local natural areas, as well of older Hanover homes; these maps are available for a nominal fee at the Nugget Theater and Town Hall. 603-643-5844.
  • Appalachian Trail access from Norwich (top of Elm Street) – www.atconf.org
  • Upper Valley Land Trust: A number of landowners who have conserved their property with UVLT have also chosen to allow public trails on their land. Thanks to the generosity of these landowners, the help of individual volunteers, and the support of partner organizations, UVLT is able to provide more than 20 trails on conserved lands throughout the Upper Valley for use by community members. For maps and information, see www.uvlt.org/trails
  • More websites with local hike info: www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/hiking and www.uvtrails.org
  • Valley Quest hikes: Sponsored by Vital Communities, Steve Glazer (802) 291-9100
  • Poverty Lane Orchard in Lebanon has seasonal U-pick
  • Maple sugaring (spring only) http://www.stonewallfarm.org
  • Cider Mills (fall) http://www.nhliving.com/appleorchards/sunapee.shtml
  • LaSalette Shrine light show (Christmas)
  • Keene Pumpkin Festival (october) http://www.pumkinfestival.com
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm
  • Quechee Gorge village has train rides and a seasonal carousel
  • Sugarbush Farm–animals
  • Camping at Storrs Pond – has 31 campsites in a wooded environment; 16 have electricity and water; 15 are for tents. 603-643-2134
  • Dartmouth Outing Club: Cabin, canoe, kayak, outdoor equipment rental; Moosilauke Ravine Lodge reservations; rock climbing instruction. 603- 646-1607
  • Ledyard Canoe Club (boathouse by the river) rents canoes and kayaks and sponsors competitions. Cheap rental with DMS ID & they have life jackets for kids with a 30+ inch chest circumference, otherwise bring your own. 603-643-6709
  • Other canoeing, kayaking, running, cycling, skating, and triathlon events
    are listed weekly in the Valley News “Endurance Calendar,” 298-8711, ext. 225.
  • Sailing: Dartmouth Sailing Facility offers recreational sailing and instruction for adults and children on Mascoma Lake during the summer on a membership basis; swimming, barbecue, and changing facilities. Ken McClintock, 603-646-3928.

Winter activities

Indoor skating

  • Campion Ice Rink, (603) 643-1222
  • Hartford Municipal Area Rink, (802) 295-2863
  • Thompson Arena, (603) 646-2109 or www.dartmouth.edu
  • SCAD (Skating Club at Dartmouth): instruction and ice time for adult and child figure skating. (603) 643-6999

Outdoor skating

Occum Pond: The pond is lit on some Thursday and Friday nights during the season, (603) 643-6534. Dartmouth Outdoor Program/Silver Fox Ski and Skate Center rents skates at the DOC House on Occum Pond.

Skiing

Alpine (downhill) and snowboarding:
Dartmouth Skiway, 795-2143; Storrs Hill (community-run, nonprofit ski hill in Lebanon), 448-4009; and at other private ski areas nearby.

Nordic (cross-country), groomed: The Dartmouth Outdoor Programs/Silver Fox Ski and Skate Center maintains and grooms 25 km of Nordic ski trails (which wind from the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occum Pond all the way to Oak Hill, near Storrs Pond); trail passes, maps, and winter equipment rental are available at their Center at the north end of Occum Pond. (603) 643-6534, silver.fox [at] dartmouth.edu

Nordic, ungroomed: Cross-country skiing on ungroomed areas on the golf course, Garipay Field, or in Pine Park is free and open at any time.

The Ford Sayre Ski Council: is a volunteer group providing recreational and racing skiing instruction for children and adults in Nordic, Alpine, and freestyle skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding. (603) 643-2226. http://www.fordsayre.org

Local Mom’s groups

  • MOPs
  • The Tiny Tuckies playgroup in Sachem

Movie theatres

  • The Nugget in Hanover
  • Lebanon Miracle Mile
  • Fairlee, VT drive-in (April-Sept)

Performing arts: The Hop has a free kids series, check out http://www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Train Rides: Leaving from WRJ–there are some special rides around holidays, $$

Resources 

  • La Leche League of the Upper Valley (meets 2nd Monday at 7:00 p.m. and 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Lebanon; for questions or information, contact leaders Mardrey Swenson 603-643-1451 or Karen Plomp 603-448-0791) 
  • Women’s Health Resource Center in Lebanon offers parenting and baby classes including: Breastfeeding, the Best Start; Adventures in Fatherhood; Taking Care of Baby 
  • The Family Place in Norwich offers parenting and baby programs including: Infant Massage; Confident Parent, Cooperative Child; Beth’s Books 
  • Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley offers a home-visitor program for new parents. Call Ann Bradley at (603) 448-6826 for more information. 
  • The Child Care Project in Hanover offers information and assistance in locating child care providers in the Upper Valley. Call (603) 643-3233 for more information. 
  • Family Health Program at the Visiting Nurse Alliance offers programs for pregnancy and new babies (nurse visits & support), fatherhood (activities & support groups), and family support (playgroups, parenting skills, resources). Contact Mary King at (603) 448-1597 for more information. 
  • Naturally NH Kids offers a parenting and natural living newsletter. For a free subscription, call (603) 448-0226 or visit http://www.naturallynhkids.com. 
  • The Parents Paper publication offers articles and a calendar of events for parenting activities. Subscribe by calling (603) 643-1441 or visit http://www.uvpp.com. Free copies available in various locations around the Upper Valley. 
  • Upper Valley Homeschool meets every Friday (from Sept-June) from 10:00-12:00 in White River Junction. Parent support meetings on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 10:00-12:00 in Lebanon. For more information, contact Dale at (603) 632-5290. 

 Car Seat Safety Checks 

  • DHMC Injury Prevention Center Colburn Hill, Lebanon (877) 783-0432 
  • Windsor County Sheriff 62 Pleasant Street, Woodstock (802) 457-5212 
  • Hartford Police Dept 812 VA Cutoff Road, White River Junction (802) 295-9425 

Other Useful:

http://www.guvswd.org/reuse – a comprehensive list of new/used bookstores, consignment shops, etc. both to buy at and donate to.

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