January's Best Events for Kids

The social events of the season for the under-12 set

Mermaid Theatre brings the stories of Eric Carle to the Hopkins Center stage on January 8.

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Who says adults should have all the fun? After a month of Santa visits and winter break, your little ones are probably a bit restless now that holiday excitement has died down. If Saturday morning cartoons aren’t keeping them entertained, then give your kiddos some after-school stimulation with these top-notch events around the state aimed squarely at the grade-school set. We promise, from nearby après-ski tipples to mind-blowing theatre effects, these picks come with fun for adults too.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle”
January 8, Hanover

You’ve read them at bedtime a hundred times; now see them live on stage. Nova Scotia-based Mermaid Theatre brings to life “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me” with their unique and captivating brand of blacklight theatre. The show is aimed at kids, but we have a feeling Mom and Dad will be just as blown away.

“Grease: School Version”
January 14, Keene

Want to expose your kids to your favorite musical without introducing them to the racy lyrics of “Greased Lightning”? Now’s your chance. A cast of MoCo Arts students in grades 6 through 12 present this cleaned-up version of the beloved show, featuring all the friendships and romance of the original without the need to explain what exactly those “worse things” are that Rizzo could do.

Mascot Day
January 22, Henniker

Bring your cubs to play with some larger-than-life snow bunnies at this fun ski promotion. Pats Peak mascots Boris the Bear and Snowball the Snowtiger will appear alongside visitors such as Smokey the Bear and the Fisher Cats’ Fungo for meet-and-greets, family activities, and a mascot fashion show and dance-off.

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure
January 26-29, Manchester

All your little one’s favorite Disney worlds will come to life in this crowd-pleasing spectacle. Work on your roar with Simba and “The Lion King,” explore King Triton’s territory with Ariel and “The Little Mermaid,” and visit Arendelle with the Mouse’s most ice-savvy princesses, “Frozen”’s Anna and Elsa. And don’t worry, nostalgic parents — Mickey, Minnie and the original cast of characters will be there too.

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