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Fairy House & Gnome Home Spring Celebration

Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15

Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for our first annual Fairy House & Gnome Home Spring Celebration! This busy weekend will be filled with springtime science experiments, crafts, performances, scavenger hunts and, of course, fairy houses & gnome homes!

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes will be on display starting Saturday, May 14 in Henry Law Park and the Museum’s Play Patio. Natural materials will be available outside for visitors to create their own to take home or add to the display in the park!

Interested in bringing a fairy house you made at home? Be sure to drop it off at the Museum by Friday, May 13th.

Want to join a Fairy House & Gnome Home Building WORKSHOP here at the museum? Sign up for this fun Adult/Child Workshop on Saturday, May 7 from 10-10:45am, sponsored by Great Island Realty. Cost per adult/child pair is $15 for Members, $20 for non-Members and $5 per additional child. Cost of workshop does NOT include museum admission. Online reservations required.

Visitors are encouraged to dress up in their favorite fairy, gnome, prince, princess, knight in shining armor, or even unicorn & dragon attire.

Dover businesses are joining in the fun and decorating their windows or even having special deals for the event, so be sure to make a visit to downtown a part of your day! A list of participating businesses will be available at the front desk of the museum, as well as here online. Are you a business who wants to participate? Fill out this interest form!

All activities are included with regular Museum admission and free for Members. Be sure to reserve and pre-pay online ahead of time to secure your spot, as we expect this weekend to sell out!

Museum Hours:

Mask Optional Play Sessions on Friday & Saturday, 9am-noon or 1-4pm;

Mask Required (everyone over the age of 24 months) Play Session on Sunday 9am-Noon.


SPRING CELEBRATION WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Museum admission is good for one 3-hour play session.

Friday, May 13
Online reservations required >>

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Fairy House/Gnome Home drop-off at the Museum.
    • Bring your brilliant creation into the Museum to the front desk. Museum staff will safely store it until it’s time to go into the park on Saturday morning.

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Visitors can make a packing peanut gnome or fairy house in the STEAM Lab

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Design & decorate a mushroom hut using paper products in the Muse Studio and take photos in front of the special Fairyland backdrop! Fun props like wands & wings will be available to use for photos.

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Try a fairy themed scavenger hunt and take home a small prize.

  • Science Friday* (10am OR 2pm): Make a sparkly magic potion and learn about states of matter!

  • Fairy Crafts (11am OR 3pm): Make a floating flower fairy to take home!

*Science Friday is sponsored by the State of New Hampshire on behalf of the UNIQUE College Investing Plan

Saturday, May 14
Online reservations required >>

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Visitors can make a packing peanut gnome or fairy house in the STEAM Lab

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Design & decorate a mushroom hut using paper products in the Muse Studio and take photos in front of the special Fairyland backdrop! Fun props like wands & wings will be available to use for photos.

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Stroll around Henry Law Park and the Museum’s Play Patio and view the amazing Fairy House & Gnome Home creations brought in by visitors and local businesses!
    • Visit the natural material building station in the park to make your own and add it to the tour!
  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm OR 1-4pm): Try a fairy themed scavenger hunt and take home a small prize.
  • Fairy Crafts: (10am OR 3pm) Decorate fairy wings that can be fitted to a stuffed animal, doll, or action figure!
  • Special Performance by Lindsay and her Puppet Pals! 11am OR 1:30pm.

Sunday, May 15
Online reservations required >>

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm): Visitors can make a packing peanut gnome or fairy house in the STEAM Lab

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm): Design & decorate a mushroom hut using paper products in the Muse Studio and take photos in front of the special Fairyland backdrop! Fun props like wands & wings will be available to use for photos.

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm): Stroll around Henry Law Park and the Museum’s Play Patio and view the amazing Fairy House & Gnome Home creations brought in by visitors and local businesses!
    • Visit the natural material building station in the park to make your own and add it to the tour!

  • ALL DAY (9am-12pm): Try a fairy themed scavenger hunt and take home a small prize.

  • Fairy Crafts (11am): Paint a dragonfly or butterfly to take home OR Decorate fairy wings that can be fitted to a stuffed animal, doll, or action figure.


Participating Businesses!

My Country Story
447 Central Ave

Offering a Gnome Scavenger Hunt (Thursday - Sunday) for the grown-ups, that you can turn in for store discounts and prizes! Children may stop at the register and ask for a gnome sticker as well!

Harvey's Bakery & Coffee Shop
376 Central Ave

Harvey's will be offering a special Children's Menu for $3.99 which includes beverage and special Fairy treat! Harvey's is closed on Sundays.

Woodman Museum
182 Central Ave

Get 10% off Woodman Museum admission May 13-15. Hours are 10am-4pm.

Noggin Factory!
53 Washington Street

Visit the Factory's decorated fairy forest entrance and photo spot! Head inside to make a clothespin fairy craft (while supplies last).

Insideout Beauty Studio
444 Central Ave

See a fairy themed window display and head inside for 10% off all products and boutique items. Closed on Sundays.

The Suite Studio
15th Fourth Street

Visit The Suite Studio to see a fairy house window display and play in the "silly studio" (obstacle course, parachute fun, and more!) For the adults and teens of the family, we'll be offering membership discounts for our group exercise classes. We will also have deals on our personal training packages!

Holy Rosary Credit Union
490 Central Ave

Visit HRCU on Friday, May 13 to view a fun window display and enter a raffle to win Red Sox tickets!

Great Island Realty
353 Central Ave, Dover & 40 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth

Event and Fairy Workshop sponsor! Visit www.greatislandrealty.com for more information!


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