Since moving from Portsmouth to Dover in 2008, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has educated and entertained more than 280,000 children and families from New England and around the world. Devoted to sharing arts, sciences, and cultural experiences with families from all walks of life, the museum houses 16 static exhibits highlighting local art and literature as well as interactive science displays. In addition to daily learning visits, the museum hosts birthday parties, and special events throughout the year teach valuable skills, such as spotting trick candles before blowing.
O'neil Cinemas brings the magic back to watching movies, immersing film buffs and families in walls of enriching digital sound and sharp, high-definition images. Moviegoers settle into comfy seats in tiered, stadium-seating theaters before the show begins. Films in 3D bring summer blockbusters face-to-face with audience members, while D-Box-motion seats translate on-screen explosions into realistic rumbles and movements through the seat cushions.
Players at OSG Paintball might forget that it's all a game. While other paintball arenas litter their fields with leftovers from factories?empty spools of cable, hollow barrels, battered hamster wheels?all nine playing fields at OSG are intricately designed to immerse players into another world. At the 25,000-square-foot Empire Castle, opponents scramble around the perimeter of the enclosed town, supported by a 1/8-mile-long second story walkway. At the Pirate Cove, a ship's three masts stretch into the air, providing cover from foes hunkered down in the lighthouse or taking a nap in the lifeboat. Players tumble into deep gullies and climb into a replica scorpion tank at the HALO village, modeled after the popular video game series. Periodically throughout the year, the fields play host to massive themed games where players can pretend they're characters in their favorite video game, apocalyptic television show, or Charles Dickens novel.
The Haunted Woods dares wary travelers to brave not one, but four distinct scary haunts. Traversing the backwoods around OSG Paintball Park in Barnstead would be terrifying enough in the dark, let alone on a night when the woods are overrun with zombies, hardened criminals, and who knows what else. Those rash enough to venture through will first have to venture through the carnival of madness or endure the horrors of zombie town with its brain-eating residents and literally dead nightlife. Finally those remaining will have to survive an encounter with the sinister residents of a prison for the criminally insane?assuming they don't find themselves sentenced to a longer stay. Added this year is a live zombie shoot but must purchase paintballs at an additional price.
For the past several decades, Bowl-O-Rama has been carefully tended to by the Genimatas family. Over its history, the alley has retained much of its original 1950s charm but, as co-owner Dale Genimatas says, "We are always updating and doing new things." Dale operates the alley with her husband and sister-in-law, who she says have been involved with Bowl-O-Rama their entire lives. Dale began working at the facility in 1979 and has since seen it grow to include a total of 28 candlepin lanes, computerized scoring systems, and a food-and-beverage kitchen where chefs bake hand-tossed pizzas and appetizers that include chicken tenders and cheese sticks. Throughout the year, the family hosts open-bowling hours and special events, closing only on Christmas Day to let the pins celebrate with their families. With each weekend comes the return of cosmic glow bowling, and each year brings annual fundraisers such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl-A-Thon. "It's a very electric environment," says Dale, reflecting on the scores of players and benefactors that come together each year to support the organization.