Every toy in the house has been played with and every storybook on the shelves has been read. It’s time to find some new activities to entertain your toddler and inspire her developing mind. Situated an hour’s drive from mountainside and seaside, Merrimack, New Hampshire, is known for its grown-up attractions such as the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Budweiser Clydesdales. But the town of Merrimack is also home to several activities for the littlest residents and visitors.
Enjoy the great outdoors at Wasserman Park (merrimacknh.gov). The park is on more than 87 acres of conservation land and has walking, hiking and skiing trails galore. A nature walk is not the only activity for toddlers at Wasserman Park. For some family time together, play a game of baseball on one of the two baseball fields, team up for family soccer or teach your toddler how to play volleyball on the court with a beach ball. When you’ve expended all your energy and she is still filled to the brim, the Norma French Playground will let her burn off a bit more while you lounge nearby.
When Mother Nature is raining on your parade, indoor fun is just a short drive away at the Nuthin’ but Good Times (nuthinbutgoodtimes.com) indoor play center. Especially for tots younger than 3 years of age, the center offers soft-play structures, miniature climbers and slides. While your toddler enjoys exploring the toys, you can relax with a cup of coffee on a comfy couch. The center is also equipped with giant climbing and slide structures so older siblings can join in an afternoon of play. Throughout the year, Nuthin’ but Good Times hosts a variety of events as well, including family movie nights, special performances and family karaoke.
A treasure trove full of learning opportunities can be found in the Merrimack Public Library (merrimack.lib.nh.us). It has several programs for your toddler designed to stimulate his mind and light up his face with smiles. The library offers weekly story time programs for people between the ages of 6 months and 6 years, which include reading time, songs, crafts and games. Special activities also take place throughout the year, such as sing-alongs and instrument making.
Instead of looking for a one-time fun activity for your toddler, why not enroll her in a class for some fun and exercise week after week? The Broadway Bound Performing Arts Center (broadwayboundpac.com) offers dance classes for children of all ages. The Kidz Korner classes are specifically designed for early dancers and introduce the youngsters to learning as a group. From the Talented 2’s class to the Broadway Babies for 3-year-olds, you can enroll your toddler in the tap or ballet class that best suits your preferences.