The end of January in New England can bring about a bit of cabin fever. More than ever, if you are a parent who has supervised parenting time or visits in the community, finding fun, indoor activities that do not break the bank can be a difficult task. Even for those parents without visitation restrictions, getting out of the house during the winter on a budget can take some planning. Here are some ideas to help keep the cabin fever at bay.

Local Library: Your local library can be a great resource for fun, free programs. With a library card, you can also often obtain free passes to local museums. And of course, the library has lots and lots of books to read together as a family.


·         Manchester Public Library

·         Concord Public Library

·         Nashua Public Library

·         Portsmouth Public Library

·         Keene Public Library

·         Database of New Hampshire’s over 230 libraries


Manchester Boston Regional Airport: Kids love airplanes, and luckily you do not have to buy a plane ticket for your children to enjoy them. Manchester Boston Regional Airport has an observation deck that is the perfect place to watch the planes land and take off together. Additionally, on the airport grounds is a free aviation museum in an old 1937 airport terminal.


·         Manchester Boston Regional Airport

·         New Hampshire Aviation Museum  


Local Museums: Although most museums in the area charge an admission, many often have a free family event/night. For example, although The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire charges a $7 admission, the museum is hosting a Free Family Fun Night on Friday, February 6, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check with your local museums about their free or discounted activities.


·         Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

·         Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, NH

·         Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum, Concord, NH

·         The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover, NH

·         Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH

·         Millyard Museum, Manchester, NH

·         Wright Musuem, Wolfeboro, NH


Indoor Play Places: There are several indoor play places through the state that don’t cost a thing. The Mall of New Hampshire recently installed a new, enclosed playground in the food court with slides and puzzles. Chuck-E-Cheese’s is admission free, and has great skytubes and play areas for kids to run and jump. And of course, McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants offer play places for kids to let loose.