kidsinkeene

A Blog with the latest happenings in Keene, NH for Kids.

Forecast calls for FUN this weekend.

ImageMany of us have survived another long weekend and even a two-hour delay. Here are some fun activities happening this weekend to keep your kids entertained. 

Friday, February 1st

Free Friday Night Family Contra Dances at the Keene Public Library at Heberton Hall. 6:30-8:30pm. The Keene Public Library holds this event the first Friday of every month. 

Cheshire Children’s Museum open late. Stop by the museum and enjoy the space until 7:00pm. 

Saturday, February 2nd

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop – These are the best events because Home Depot provides everything and kids can build and paint without making the mess at your house. This month’s project is a Valentine Holder. They even provide popcorn and wet wipes to clean up with after! Oh and they are Free! 

Valen-Tangle workshop and fundraiser for Fast Friends – Come learn the meditative art of Zentangle while making a fun Valentine’s Day project. You will make a folded candy box and Valentine’s Day card both decorated with Zentangle. Instruction and Supplies provided. This is a great art workshop for kids too. Only $35 for the 2 hour workshop. 30% of the proceeds go to Fast Friends. Please pre-register at www.TangleVermont.com or call Fast Friends at 603-355-1556. We hope to see you there!

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MLK Day: Ways Kids Can Give Back

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King Jr. 

HandPrints3+Painted+HandsToday as most of our kids are enjoying a day off from school, and some of us a day off from work it is a great opportunity to look at ways we can give back and teach out kids to give back to others.

Today the Keene YMCA has volunteer opportunities for all ages!

The Monadnock Humane Society has these great ways your family and kids can help their organization.

Be an ambassador – tell everyone you know how
much you care about MHS.
– Ask your friends to donate to MHS instead of giving
you a birthday gift
– Donate “wish list” stuff (find a list on our website)
–  Come to MHS events – it’s a great way to show your
support! Bring all of your friends
–  Hold a bake sale with your school at a local store and donate the
profits to MHS
– Like MHS on Facebook, and get all of your friends to
like us, too. Share posts with your friends.
– Help us distribute our newsletters
– Hold a “penny” drive at your school – collect pennies from all your friends and family

Fast Friends also has many opportunities for children to help as well.

Several kids have held Fast Friends birthday parties in their homes. They asked people instead of a present to make a donation to Fast Friends. We even brought the greyhounds over to their house for all the kids to see and pet.

We also have a wish list on our website of things we need year around like paper towels, trash bags, toilet paper, milk bone dog treats. Kids can ask their teachers if they can put a box in their classroom for a month to collect donations. Again, we would be happy to bring the greyhounds to the classroom and talk to the kids about greyhounds and Fast Friends.

We also have a summer reading to the greyhounds program. Kids can come in with their parents and read out loud to the greyhounds. This helps the kids improve their reading and reading out loud skills and helps the greyhounds relax as the kids read in a calm monotone voice.

Kids can also volunteer at Fast Friends. If they are under 16, their parents would have to accompany them while they volunteer. They need to attend a volunteer orientation which we hold the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11am. Then they can come any day from 11am-3pm and help out. The schedule and more information about the volunteer program is listed on our website atwww.HelpingGreyhounds.org.

We have another child that makes potholders and sells them at craft fairs. They donate a portion of the proceeds to different non-profits including Fast Friends.

We love to work with the schools. Kids can ask their teachers about having us visit and give a talk about Fast Friends and bring a greyhound for show and tell. The teachers can contact Cathy Sims at 603-355-1556.

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Beat the Boredom: Activities this Weekend

Keep the kids busy this weekend with these fun activities.

Tonight (Friday) – Open Gymnastics at the YMCA 7-8:00pm. $5.00 for members. Registration is 15 minutes before it starts in the lobby. Space does fill up quickly. More information 352-6002.

Saturday

Moco Arts is offering the performance of Seussical at the Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College. There are shows at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. The best thing about Moco performances is they are kid friendly and keep kids well entertained.

Snowshoe at Stonewall Farm – They offer daily rentals for kid’s and adults and trails to explore on.

If you know of other great kid events going on please share them in the comments area.

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Best Sledding Spots

SleddingWith winter fully upon us and the snow falling where are the best spots for sledding?

Wheelock Park – The back side of Wheelock Park by the camp area headed out to the sand pits has some great hills for your older sledders. Often older kids will build jumps to add to the natural slope.

Robinhood Park – Park down at the pavilion. Great sledding on the hill by the playground.

Fuller School In the back of the playground is a sledding hill.

Horse Hill – When asking people about where to go sledding Horse Hill is often suggested. Here’s how to find this sledding spot: Follow Route 101 through Marlboro, take a left onto Roxbury Rd and and another left onto Richardson Road. Look for signs for camp Glenbrook.

Easy-Snowman-MarshmallowsTop off a day of sledding with some Polar Express Hot Chocolate and make your own Snowman marshmellows.

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