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Alex and I have made two trips to the Believe in Books Literacy Foundations trail network over the last month. It is an excellent area to explore if you only have an hour or two, just 10 minutes north of North Conway Village.

100 Acre Wood Trail System

100 Acre Wood Trail System

On our first excursion with our friends Kaelan & Heather we wandered around without referring to the map and basically took “Polar Path” to “Railroad Alley” and “Winnie’s Wandering”, right down to a beautiful little swimming hole on the East Branch River. The highlight for the boys was seeing a train from the Conway Scenic Railroad cross the trestle.

Don't forget to grab a map!

Don’t forget to grab a map!

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

Views of Cathedral Ledge in the distance

This is where the "North Pole" is for the famed Polar Express!

This is where the “North Pole” is for the famed Polar Express!

A small reservoir

A small reservoir

Skipping rocks and exploring

Skipping rocks and exploring

Well signed trails

Well signed trails

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

On our way out another hiker told us of the “Storybook Trail”, and while we were out of time for this day I brought Alex back a week later so we could check it out. This short half mile trail has stations every 100 feet or so with the next page of a story. It makes for a fun interactive hike!

This week's book "Dragons Love Tacos"

This week’s book “Dragons Love Tacos”

This place is another great family destination in Mount Washington Valley. You should check it out!

From their website:

100 ACRE WOOD TRAIL SYSTEM
Hours: Generally 9am-4pm • Trail passes are $3 per car load for the day, An annual pass is $50 and can be purchased at the Foundation office. (The 100 Acre Wood Trail System is open when the entrance gate is open)
1/2 Mile Storybook Trail:
“Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Perfect Fall Conditions!
COMMENTS: Walk, bike or run. Dogs are Welcome on a leash but please clean up after them!

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Alex loves farms, and Michelle & I love history, so it was about time for us to visit the nearby Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm this past weekend. Walking distance from the idyllic village of Tamworth, NH this is an excellent place to spend a half-day with a toddler!

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

“The Remick family settled in Tamworth over 200 years ago, and six generations of the same family worked the farm. Each generation prospered and was active in the town’s history. Before his death in 1993, Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick created a foundation to preserve his home, farm, and family history in a way that the public could enjoy. The Remick family’s 200 year history in Tamworth gives us all a glimpse into how people worked and played in this historic landscape.” – Remick’s Website

We could feel the history in well preserved rooms as we read interpretative information and marveled at what life must have been like in the 1800’s.

The Recreation Room

The Recreation Room

One of a few kitchens

One of a few kitchens

My favorite room was the dining area, and while researching this post I discovered that they run a few “Hearthside” dinners every year. Next one is October 4th, perhaps Michelle & I will find a sitter!

Amazing dining area

Amazing dining area

Once we had soaked up as much info as we could inside we headed out to explore the grounds.

Lots to see!

Lots to see!

What kid doesn't want to sit on this?

What kid doesn’t want to sit on this?

Great area for picnics & parties

Great area for picnics & parties

iPhone Panaroma... great view of Chocurua from here.

iPhone Panaroma… great view of Chocurua from here.

After visiting the historic barn & milking house our stomachs were growling so we headed down to the village and discovered the tres hip “Tamworth Lyceum“. This was the perfect place to grab some sandwiches after spending the morning on the farm. Best grilled cheese I have ever had, and some great chicken & pesto panini’s were enjoyed on their back porch.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

While driving home Michelle and I talked about how great it is to live so close to so many great little villages worth spending a day with Alex at. There’s a lot more to Tamworth than I had thought and we’ll be heading back there soon for the River Walk and some of the cool village events. A trip to the Barnstormers Theater is also high on the bucket list, stay tuned!

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This week we made the 7 hour trip south to visit Grammie C. on Staten Island, NY. I have to admit I was surprised to find a couple kid friendly gems on this very urban island.

On Wednesday we visited the Staten Island Children’s Museum located in the scenic Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Admission was only $6 per person over 1 year of age, and we lucked out as Wednesdays happen to be free admission for Grandparents!

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum

“The mission of the Staten Island Children’s Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun.”

There is easily a half-day of fun to be had here with two levels of exhibits. A restored firetruck from 1941 that was retro-fitted for hands-on learning and play was one of his favorite exhibits, though he spent a fair about of time in in the “Great Explorations” area and in the “Sea of Boats” outdoor play space.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

1941 retrofitted firetruck

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Learning about an exo-skeleton

Staten Island Children’s Museum

The Captain of the Ship

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Snack-Time

Our visit coincided with a “Safety Day” expo which featured a couple dozen booths with various child safety organizations sharing information ranging from lead paint, proper bike helmets, oral hygiene, and the benefits of water over high sugar sports drinks. The highlight was getting to see the inside of an ambulance.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Ambulance visit

After about 3 hours of fun we sought a late lunch at the nearby excellent Mexican restaurant, Adobe Blues. Very kid friendly, with some of the freshest Mexican food I have had this far north. If you find yourself on Staten Island with a couple little ones in tow, be sure to check out the SI Children’s Museum, we will certainly be returning whenever we are in town!

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