The Meredith Childrens Museum offers 8,000 square feet of exhibits in a safe and fun educational environment. Each room has a different interactive theme, including a bubble room, a make-believe room, log cabin room, ball room, and many others.
Take a ride aboard the Sophie C, which is a U.S. mail boat. The boat departs from Weirs Beach, and is a sister vessel of the Mount Washington. The Sophie C is quite different than its big brother the Mount. It's lower to the water and much smaller, therefore it tends to rock slightly with the waves and feels less like a cruise and more like a boat ride. It winds around the islands of Lake Winnipesaukee to deliver mail, and it even sells ice cream on board.
Weirs Beach itself is flanked by a boardwalk lined with plenty of arcades, places to eat, and various activities. There are restrooms, and the Weirs is central to most other area attractions. Some Friday nights during the summer there are fireworks at 10pm. The rain date is the following night. The beach is wide and sandy, and stays pretty shallow out a good ways making is good for water games.
At the intersecion of route 3 and 11b in Weirs Beach, head about 1/3 mile up route 11b and you'll see the Daytona Fun Park. They offer go karts, a high ropes course, batting cages, a climbing wall, bumper boats, a bunjee thingy, jumpshot Basketball, and another mini golf course. There is also another go-kart track across the street from Funspot.
Funspot is about one mile north of Weirs Beach on route 3 and is an establishment you can't miss it. It is an absolutely humongous arcade with games of every type and variety imaginable. There is truly something for every age at Funspot. Mini-golf, skee-ball, several hundred games, driving range, indoor golf center, blowing alley, cash bingo, a tavern and more. Funspot is currently the largest arcade in the world.
Monkey Trunks is located right next to Funspot. This aerial adventure park offers 48 challenges that include swinging beams, tightropes, rolling logs, hanging tires, cargo nets and more! There are 4 ziplines at up to 650 feet long, including over a pond, and a 35-foot-high giant swing.
The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is an excellent place to go if your kids don't mind a little walking. Walk the trails to see live animals and educational exhibits. You will observe bears, deer, eagles, bobcats, owls, mountain lions, foxes, and more. It's a quick 25 minute drive from the Weirs Beach area, consult their website for directions.
Meadowbrook's summer series often nets some big name performers that your youngsters might like. In the past, names such as N 'Sync and 98 Degrees were here. Adults might prefer performances by Alan Jackson, The Boston Pops, The Beach Boys, and quite a few more. Check their site for the latest lineup.
Live Free and Tie Dye is a tie dye studio located across the street from Funspot at the Weirs Beach Go-Kart track. Your kids can make t-shirts, towels, hoodies and other items. They supply everything you need.
Beans & Greens Farmstand has a few live animals that might interest kids, along with a koi pond, corn maze and various activities scheduled throughout the summer. Adults will love the backdrop of hills for a nice picnic as they have a large selection of locally made products and baked goods.
Polar Caves is located in the hills of Rumney, a quick 35-40 minute drive away. It's a network of glacially carved granite caves you can tour, some of which are deep enough to allow snow to linger year round. The park contains some gardens and a small zoo, with fallow deer, pheasants and other unusual birds. There is also a sluice mining game, fudge shop, gift shop, and maple sugaring house. It's been a popular family destination for ages. As you would expect, this attraction does involve climbing stairs.
Clark's Trading Post is a NH landmark, entertaining families for generations with their famous Black Bear Show. You can also ride on a steam train and be chased by the infamous Wolfman, then be amazed by Chinese acrobats, and later cool off on the water blaster boats. Round out the day by scaling the walls of the old man climbing tower and even learning to glide on a Segway. Clarks is located about 50 minutes north of Weirs Beach situated just below the White Moutains, making for a great day trip.
This is just a sampler of some of the things you can do with your children around here. It is by no means a complete list!