Oct 202014
 

I love  living in New England.  We have so many fun fall traditions that make living here so special. Aside from the obvious (the gorgeous colors of changing leaves), a few of the thing that make living here so amazing are the corn mazes, pumpkin picking, apple picking and last but certainly not least, Spooky World.

Spooky World features five haunted attractions as well as food vendors, a paintball game where you get to shoot zombies, a small bar, a bonfire, dance floor, and much more. Spooky World is located at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield, NH, which is about an hour north of Boston.

Chris & I went to Spooky World last Friday night and had a blast going through all of the haunted houses.  Because it is the first one you come to when you walk into the park, we started with the Freak Show in 3D.

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We were handed 3D glasses before we entered and once we set out through the house, we were scared out of out wits several times. Complete with neon paint, strobe lights and monsters jumping out at us, this house was by far our favorite of the night.  And as an added bonus, it had one of  those spinning tunnels at the end that makes you feel like you’re walking on the ceiling.  It was awesome. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

While we were staying at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire a few weekends ago, one of the things we did was take a gondola ride up to the summit.  We’ve stayed at Loon numerous times over the years, but it wasn’t until we got a Super Adventure Pass for their Adventure Center that we actually went to the top of the mountain.

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There are a few things to do up on the summit of the mountain, including the Glacial Caves.  There you can crawl, squeeze and climb your way through the really old caves & boulders that date back to the ice age.  Seriously.

More than 12,000 years ago, the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Loon Mountain in more than a mile of ice. When the ice melted, it left behind a whole bunch of ginormous boulders just below the summit.  Now-a-days you can explore the small caverns and passageways tucked into the that area because they’ve built a  wooden walkway throughout it. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Adventure Center at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way** \

Do you think the White Mountains of New Hampshire are just for winter fun? Think again.  There are tons of things to do in the summertime and the Loon Mountain Adventure Center has a whole slew of great activities for you to do on  your summer getaway!  The best part is that you can customize your experience.

Want to do it all?  The Super Adventure Pass is the way to go, which includes everything Loon has to offer.  Check it out –

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Only want to do certatin attractions?  Check out the Loon Adventure Pass:

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If you only have a few hours to spend, the Base Camp Pass or Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard Pass might be perfect for you: Continue reading »

Jul 152014
 

**Masshole Mommy and her family received complimentary admission, parking, cabana and a locker rental during the day of our visit.  All opnions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Here in New England, we only get about three months of summer, so my family really tries to make the most of it.  One thing we do every single year is head to the water park.  This year, we decided to make the 90 minute ride up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to spend the day at Water Country and I am so happy we did.

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One of the nice things at Water Country is that they offer cabanas, so you can have your own personal space for the day.  We liked the idea of having a place to keep all of our stuff, so we happily set up shop in one of their Standard Cabanas, which was located right next to the Wave Pool. The cabanas at Water Country accommodate six people with a small table, 2 chairs and 2 Lounge chairs.  No worries if you have extra guests because you can fit up to 2 additional people ($10 per guest) in the cabana with you. Continue reading »

May 242014
 

This post is brought to you by Water Country in Portsmouth, NH 

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If there is one thing that my boys love, it’s playing the water.  It was still chilly in April when they started asking when we were going to head up to Water Country in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Those boys are so silly because at that point we still had the heat on!

Anyhow, Chris and I always make sure that the boys get their fill of the water over the few short months of summer we have here in New England and we will be heading to Water Country soon enough.  We love it there because there there is so much to do and it’s not far from Boston at all.

My boys usually spend most of their day at Water Country in the wave pool, but the Adventure River is right up there, too.  Not to mention all the cool water slides they have there.  It’s an awesome way to spend a day of family fun during the summer time!

Water Country’s grand opening is right around the corner on June 07 and guess what?  I have a discount for you if you’re planning on going (and if you’ve never been, you should definitely plan on checking it out).

Just use the promo code Blog30’ for $3.00 off of the $38.99 admission price or buy a Basic Season Pass and receive a Free Friend Ticket with promo code STAYPLAY!

Water Country’s is social, too, so be sure to follow them to keep up with their latest news and updates:

Twitter: @WaterCountry

Facebook:www.facebook.com/WaterCountry

Instagram: @WaterCountryWP

We’re heading up to Water Country early in July, so stay tuned to hear all about our adventures at the park!

Masshole Mommy is one of Water Country’s 2014 season bloggers.  Park admission for my family was received, but all opinions expressed here are stictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Feb 272014
 

Way, way back in July of 2011 I posted this:

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As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:

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Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s): Continue reading »

Feb 212014
 

My family stayed at the Mountain Club on Loon Mountain the weekend before last.  It’s a resort that’s located right at the base of the mountain.  We took a few steps out of our room, walked out of the door to go outside and were were literally standing at the bottom of the ski slopes. Here are a few pictures I took of the ski/snow boarding chair lift and slopes just so you could see what I saw when I stepped outside.

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Feb 202014
 

Yup, you read that right.

Whenever we go to Loon Mountain up in Lincoln, NH, we always eat breakfast at Flapjacks Pancake House.  They may be famous for pancakes, but their french toast is seriously the best I’ve ever had.  Anyhow, when we were there a couple of weeks ago, we were seated at the table directly under this flapjack gallery:

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Here are are some close ups: Continue reading »

Feb 192014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets for snow tubing and lodging at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

My boys absolutely love playing in the snow and one of their favorite winter activities is snow tubing.  When we had the chance to go snow tubing at Loon Mountain recently, we were all super excited.   Usually, I just “supervise” while the kids go tubing, but this time – I actually went, too!

The Tubing center was marked and easy to find.

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Inside, we signed waivers, were given lift passes to attach to our coats and grabbed some tubes.   Continue reading »

Feb 182014
 

We’ve had quite a bit of snow this winter one of the things the kids really enjoy doing when we have snow is to go sledding. While we were in Lincoln, NH recently, we drove past a nice looking hill and decided to stop and sled for a little while. I’m glad we stopped because the boys (all three of them) had so much fun.

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Feb 172014
 

**Masshole Mommy received four complimentary tickets to visit the Ice Castle and lodging at Loon Mountain in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When I heard there was an ice castle up at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH this year, I have to admit that I was intrigued.  An ice castle? How was that even possible?  So I did what anyone else would do when they want more information about something – I Googled it.  I found their website and here’s what it said:

Ice Castle Imagine the wonder of walking through the center of massive glacier-like solid pillars of ice, combined with tunnels, archways and caves. And all of it is built simply out of ice. Truly this will be an experience unlike any other on entire East Coast.

I knew that it was something I needed to check out and last weekend, my family took a drive up to see it for ourselves.   If you’re familiar with Loon Mountain at all, the ice castle is set up over by the Adventure Center.  If you’re unfamiliar, the Adventure Center is where you can zip line (year round), sign up for Snow Shoe tours and a rock wall is set up inside, but it’s only open seasonally.  If you are heading up to see the ice castle and aren’t sure where to go once you get there, don’t worry – it’s very clearly marked.

We were staying at the Mountain Club on Loon, which is the resort at the base of the mountain, so we walked over to the ice castle and this is what we saw was we as we walked up to it.

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Jan 132014
 

At our condo on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, there is an outdoor hot tub by the pool area.  If you’re keeping track, we were up there recently (November) and it’s pretty chilly up there this time of year.  Not to mention that I just posted about the boys sledding on the mountain the other day……

So needless to say, it was cold and the thought of going into the outdoor hot tub in frigid temperatures was not appealing to me in the least – but the boys on the other hand. Well, they couldn’t wait to get in to it.

Yes, that IS snow you see all around the hot tub.

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But if going into the outdoor hot tub in the freezing cold weather, they thought it would be funny to roll around in the snow. Continue reading »

Jan 122014
 

While we were in New Hampshire in November, we stayed on Loon Mountain.  When we arrived, we were excited to see that they already started making snow on the mountain and the boys couldn’t wait to go out and play in it.

It was still really early in the season, so we weren’t expecting there to be snow and didn’t go prepared.  Chris stopped at a store up the street and we picked up a couple of cheap sleds so the boys could take them out for a spin.  The thing is, where the hills are, even the small ones, were at the base of the ski slopes, so we had to wait until after dark before we went out to sled.  That didn’t seem to bother the boys, though – they were just happy to get out in the white stuff.

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Jan 112014
 

We go to New Hampshire several times a year.  Chris, along with his father and three of his brothers, owns a quarter share of a condo on Loon Mountain. Basically that means that we get condo for one week per month.  It’s a great location and everyone does a nice job sharing.  Our family took the condo for a few days last month and the adventures in New Hampshire that you’ve been reading about over the past week all took place while we stayed at the condo.

The condo is part of the Loon Mountain Club, which is a resort located at the bottom of the mountain.  You can literally walk out the door and ski if you wanted to.  One of the things that we love the most is that there are all the amenities of a hotel at the resort.  A pool, a full gym, a really nice spa, a sports bar, a nice sit down restaurant overlooking the mountain and the boys favorite thing:  the game room.

Skee Ball was where my nine year old spent most of his time (and quarters).  I played my fair share of Skee ball, too because it’s my favorite.

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Jan 082014
 

When we were in North Conway, NH in November, we spotted this awesomely decorated snowman outside of the MWV Children’s Museum.  The boys loved it and we immediately ran over to it to take a picture.

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As we drove away, we spotted yet another one:

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It had this sign on it, which led me to think that there were more than just the two we had come across. Continue reading »

Jan 072014
 

When my family was up in New Hampshire back in November, I booked us seats for a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad.  The boys love train rides and the price was right, so I bought us tickets for a round trip ride through the mountains.

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There are several different options including a dinner train ride, but I opted for a 55 minute ride on the Valley Train.

ON THE VALLEY TRAIN, you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience as you journey on historic rail routes in vintage passenger cars (most from the 1920s) from our 1874 train station in North Conway Village to either Conway or Bartlett and back again. Children under 4 ride FREE in Coach on the Valley Trains, and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed at Conway Scenic Railroad!

The 11-mile, 55-minute roundtrip Conway excursion is ideal for visitors wanting a shorter train ride, especially those with young children. On this excursion, you’ll travel south past the Moat Mountain Range and parallel Route 16 before passing through farmlands and crossing Moat Brook, the Saco and Swift Rivers on the way to Conway. Here, you can watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train in preparation of the return trip.

They have two departures on Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 to Bartlett (1 3/4 hrs) and 1:30 to Conway (55 minutes).  I paid $15.50 each for our ride, which I think was pretty reasonable for all that fun.  My only complaint was the seating situation.  Apparently back when these train cars were built, people were much shorter.  I sat with my six year old and Chris sat with the nine year old and we were literally crammed into the seats like sardines.  Seriously, this is how we had to sit for the entire hour: Continue reading »

Jan 062014
 

Back in November, we headed up to New Hampshire for the weekend and one of our stops was The MWV (Mount Washington Valley) Children’s Museum.  It’s a great indoor kids activity center with tons of interactive, hands-on exhibits. The MWV Children’s Museum is a great place to bring kids ages 0-9.

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At the museum Kids Can:

  • Put on a puppet show
  • Dress-up in their Drama Center
  • Play with Trains in Transportation Exhibit
  • Climb the Life Size Tree House
  • Play with Shapes and Designs
  • Cook in their pizza Kitchen Continue reading »