Kid Friendly Fun this Spring in New Hampshire!

View of Lake Winnipesaukee from Lakeview Trail on Lockes Hill in Gilford

The snow has melted away, buds are starting to pop out on trees, crocuses are starting to poke up through the ground. Signs of spring are everywhere in New Hampshire.  So now, you’re looking for some ideas of what to do with the kids during this transition of seasons.  Well, you’re in luck, we happen to have the inside scoop.  We headed to the Lakes Region and found a few family friendly adventures that are definitely kid approved.

Our first stop of the day is at Lockes Hill in Gilford.  I’ve never hiked this trail, but I heard it was a nice quick hike and kid friendly so my son Aiden came along, and I asked my friend Stacy and her daughter Lindsay to come too.

Interpretive sign on the Lakeview Trail on Lockes Hill

Aiden and Lindsay sitting in stone chairs built on the Lakeview Trail

The trail is considered moderate, making a series of switchback turns as it climbs.  Be sure to read the interpretive signs that describe the local forest land and wildlife.  And we found these stone chairs at a lookout point along the way. What a great spot to stop and sit for a spell.

Kris, Aiden, Lindsay & Stacy with view of the Big Lake behind

Viewfinder and view out to Lake Winnipesaukee from top of Lakeview Trail

The hike is under a mile so in less than 30 minutes you’ll be at the top taking in, incredible views of Lake Winnipesaukee and nearby mountain ranges.  When the weather warms up, bring a picnic or snack let the kids explore and extend your time on the top.

Store case filled with homemade chocolates at Kellerhaus

Jars filled with candy lining a wall inside Kellerhaus

After our hike, we headed up the road about 15 minutes to Weirs Beach for a sweet treat.  Kellerhaus is a favorite of mine and it is a Lakes Region landmark.  They’ve been making homemade candies and chocolates here since 1906.   And that tradition continues today – they still use the same family recipes that were used more than a century ago.

Kellerhaus staff making homemade chocolates Pan of homemade buttercrunch

In case you had any doubts – this place is most certainly kid approved!  If you time it right, you might see them at work in the kitchen where they craft all their handmade treats. While you’re here be sure to browse around the gift shop!  And plan a trip back this summer so you can hit the ice cream sundae bar!

Close up of Aiden and Lindsay playing a video game

We thought we’d wrap up our day at FUNSPOT, just a few minutes up the road from Kellerhaus.  Did you know this is the largest video arcade in the world? Yes, the world!  There are more than 600 games spread out over three floors.  They’ve got all the classics – including my personal fave Ms Pac Man, a must play for me whenever I stop by.

Close up of Ms Pac Man video game in process

Aiden playing Monopoly pinball game

Be sure to check out the entire wall of games devoted to pinball.  Not to mention there’s skee ball, bowling and mini-golf.  An awesome variety of games – for all ages  and interests!

The fun doesn’t have to stop here.  If you’re planning a visit to the Lakes Region, here are a few other suggestions of places to check out that are open or opening soon for the season:  Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm , The Loon Center, the Belknap Mill, The Old Country Store ,Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Castle in the Clouds, Wright Museum of World War II, and Lake Winnipesaukee Museum.  If you haven’t already follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates!

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