The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover is hosting a wide range of special events for families this fall. From an open-to-all birthday party in September, to the state’s largest family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, the museum’s events are all open to the public and included in the regular price of admission: $8 for adults and children, $7 for seniors age 65+, and free for children under one year old.

The Children’s Museum of NH is located in Henry Law Park on the Cochecho River in downtown Dover, making it an ideal day-trip destination. There is an outdoor playground just behind the museum, the city’s public pool is right next door, and dozens of restaurants and shops are within an easy walk. More information on planning a trip to Dover can be found at www.dovernh.org.

This fall’s special events at the Children’s Museum of NH include:

Children’s Museum Annual Birthday Party
Sunday, September 26
noon – 5 pm
– The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire celebrates its 27th birthday on Sunday, September 26 from noon – 5 pm with activities and treats sponsored by Laconia Savings Bank. The afternoon of fun includes birthday cake and ice cream for all, special live entertainment by Lesley Smith and the Theatre of Life Puppets, and a variety of party games. The museum was founded in 1983 in Portsmouth and moved to its current larger location in Dover in July 2008.

Free Family Night
Friday, October 1
5:30 – 8 pm
– Thanks to support from TD Charitable Foundation, the Children’s Museum of NH will be open at no charge for a Free Family Night on Friday, October 1 from 5:30 – 8 pm. On this evening, the museum will be open to all families as a special opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend time playing and learning with the children in their lives.

Not-So-Spooky Spectacular
Saturday, October 30
10 am – 3 pm
– Visitors young and old are invited to come to the Children’s Museum of NH on Saturday, October 30 for some not-too-scary seasonal festivities including:
– Enjoying (non-food) trick or treating throughout the museum from 10 am – 3 pm
– Touring the museum’s decorated ‘bat cave’ from 11 am – 3 pm and receiving a small prize from a costumed character
– Experiencing amazing science experiments with the museum’s own Wacky Scientist at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
– Trying on costumes donated by Ballet New England
– Getting their faces painted
– Having fun with hands-on art in the Project Area
This event is generously sponsored by Laconia Saving Bank.

Free Family Night
Friday, November 5
5:30 – 8 pm
– Thanks to support from TD Charitable Foundation, the Children’s Museum of NH will be open at no charge for a Free Family Night on Friday, November 5 from 5:30 – 8 pm. On this evening, the museum will be open to all families as a special opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend time playing and learning with the children in their lives.

Books Alive – A Visit from Curious George
Saturday, November 20
10 am – 3 pm
– The Books Alive! literacy program sponsored by Irving Oil brings favorite children’s book characters into the Children’s Museum of NH. On Saturday, November 20 from 10 am – 3 pm, children will get to meet mischievous monkey Curious George. Museum staff will be reading beloved Curious George stories by Margret and H.A. Rey aloud in the museum’s Deep Sea Classroom, and children can enjoy other hands-on, monkey-themed activities. Bring your camera!

Free Family Night
Friday, December 3
5:30 – 8 pm
– Thanks to support from TD Charitable Foundation, the Children’s Museum of NH will be open at no charge for a Free Family Night on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 – 8 pm. On this evening, the museum will be open to all families as a special opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend time playing and learning with the children in their lives.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
Friday, December 31
10 am – 3 pm
– Children and their families are invited to ring in 2011 a little early at the museum’s annual daytime New Year’s celebration, sponsored by Federal Savings Bank, on Friday, December 31. This festive event runs from 10 am – 3 pm and includes three special “countdowns to midnight” held at 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm with a glittering ball drop and ginger ale toasts for all, rivaling the excitement of Times Square. Children can also make their own party hats and write their wishes for the new year on mini flying blimps that are launched at each countdown.

More information on all events at the Children’s Museum of NH can be found at www.childrens-museum.org. The Children’s Museum of NH is open Tues – Sat 10 am – 5 pm and Sun 12-5 pm.