Winterfest is 9 days (2/23-3/3/2019) covering the school February vacation where organizations, businesses, and local non-profits offer free and reduced cost events, programs, and activities for youth and families throughout Manchester.
Winterfest 2019 Full Schedule PDF | Winterfest Facebook Event
Thank you to all our collaborators and donors who make Winterfest possible! Winterfest began in 1978 and is still going strong in our 41st year! This year, Winterfest has 49 events across 16 sites hosted by 14 organizations.
All events subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. No registration is required unless otherwise noted. All addresses are in Manchester, NH unless otherwise stated.
Passes for swimming and the SEE Science Center are available the day prior of morning of use. Passes can be picked up at OYS, 848 Elm Street Suite 302, Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.
Questions about Winterfest? Call OYS: (603) 624-6470 or email Kristen.
Winterfest 2019 Schedule
All week long:
- 9am-4pm - February Fun Vacation Camp (2/25-3/1) at New Hampshire Audubon-Massabesic Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Children ages 6-12 will learn about nature in winter. Single day, several days, or the whole week. Sessions include outdoor excursions, games, crafts, stories, live animals, songs, and conservation projects to help participants discover the wonders of the season. Camp Fee: $44 (member)/$54 (non-member) per child, per day. Register at: NHAudubon.org.
- 9am-4pm - February Vacation Art Camps (2/25-3/1) at the Currier Art Center, 150 Ash Street. Join us for week-long vacation camps for children aged 5 to 14. Imagination, inspiration, and creativity. All children’s art-making camps include a special tour of the Currier. Time Machines: 9 am to noon ($170). A Toy Story: 1 to 4 pm ($170), with optional aftercare to 5:30 pm ($30/week). Full Day: 9 am to 4 pm ($285), with optional aftercare to 5:30 pm ($30/week). Register today at Currier.org/art-center/programs.
- 10am-3pm - Drama Time with Children Stage Adventures (2/25-3/1) at Northwest Elementary School, 300 Youville Street. Children age 6-16 can participate in a week of drama culminating in a high quality production of the classic tale The Fisherman & His Wife. Presented by Manchester Parks, Recreation, & Cemeteries Division and Rotary Club of Manchester. Friday session runs to 6pm. Bring a bagged lunch. Must attend all sessions. Registration is required. FREE
- 10am-4pm - SEE Science Center (2/25-3/1), 200 Bedford Street. Buy one admission ($9), get one free. Age 3 and under are free. Pick up vouchers at the Office of Youth Services (848 Elm Street), M-F 8am-5pm.
- 10am-4pm - Manchester Millyard Museum (closed Sunday & Monday), 200 Bedford Street. Free admission for youth 18 and under and self-guided crafts. Adult admission is $8.
- 11am-5pm - Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street. Special vacation week pricing at the Currier Museum of Art – Monday, February 25th to Friday, March 1st. Free admission for youth 17 and under. $5 admission for adults. Museum closed Tuesdays.
- 11am - Vertical Dreams Climbing Gym, 250 Commercial Street. Vacation hours: Saturday & Sunday open at 11am, Monday-Friday open at 12pm. Waiver forms required for climbers under 18 and must be signed by a parent/guardian. Waiver forms available online: VerticalDreams.com. Mention Winterfest to receive $5 off 1 beginner lesson at the Manchester or Nashua location.
- 12-4pm - Spare Time Manchester (2/25-3/1), 216 Maple Street. Children bowl 2 games and receive a hot dog and soda for $10. Phone: 625-9656.
- 12-6pm - Movie Week (2/25-3/1) at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, 555 Union Street. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Free with membership or become a member for $10 for 1 year. The theme for the week will be Movie Week where we will celebrate movies from various genres, and conduct fun activities based on these themes. Lunch and snacks served daily. Field trips also available for members. More info: Shirley Tomlinson, Teen Director 603-625-5031 ext. 243.
- 2-4pm - Public Ice Skating (2/25-3/1) at JFK Coliseum, 303 Beech Street. Adults are $5 and students & seniors are $3. Limited rental skates available for $5 a pair (1st come, 1st served) or bring your own skates.
Saturday February 23:
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Monday February 25:
- 10am - Toddler Storytime at the Manchester City Library, 405 Pine Street, in the Reading Room. Ages 2-3 years with an adult. Enjoy stories, songs, and a take-home craft. FREE
- 11am-3pm - Net Generation Tennis Kickoff at Beech Street School, 333 Beech Street. Tennis kickoff skills and games and free play. Grades 3-5 and 6-8. Bring a bagged lunch. Must wear sneakers. FREE
- 12pm - Storytime in the Gallery - When Pigasso met Mootisse by Nina Laden at the Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street. Recommended ages 3-5 with an adult, all ages welcome with an adult. Listen to Manchester City Library children’s librarian Ms. Karyn’s live reading of an art-related book, followed by an art-making activity. Museum admission required: youth 17 and under are free, $5 admission for adults, activity included.
- 1pm - Movie: Cool Runnings (PG) at the Manchester City Library, 405 Pine Street, in the Auditorium. Families welcome. Phone: 624-6560 ext. 3328. FREE
- 3-5pm - Maker Afternoon at the West Branch Community Library, 76 North Main Street, in the Meeting Room. Ages 5-10. Phone: 624-6560. FREE
- And week long activities.
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