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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.

1053 N Barnstead Rd.
Center Barnstead,
NH
US

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.

1053 North Barnstead Road
Barnstead,
NH
US

• For $12, you get an all-family pass for a Friday or Saturday night (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a 5-visit play pass (a $40 value). • For $35, you get a 10-visit play pass (a $70 value).

881 Central Avenue
Dover,
NH
US

Despite its name, The Childrens Museum of New Hampshire isn't just for children. The mission statement of this non-profit organization centers on "family learning"?that is, creating exhibits that engage both kids and adults in problem-solving activities inspired by the real world.

  • Size: two floors with 16 permanent exhibits that introduce kids (and adults) to art, science, and culture through hands-on learning
  • Crown Jewel: Cochecosystem: Lives Built on the River reproduces an entire river system and shows how textile manufacturing once worked, right down to a four-harness weaving loom
  • Eye Catchers: Glow-in-the-dark cave paintings illuminate the walls in Cave Explorers, and visitors can create their own designs with paint or light-up tubing
  • Hidden Gem: Dino Detective invites guests into a rocky dig site to dig up a replica Triceratops skeleton and learn about how it ate greens without saying "yuck!"
  • Other Hands-On Activities: Build flying machines, create music just by moving your hands, and mail letters at the replica post office
  • Special Programs: workshops and classes involve the entire family in building everything from robots to gingerbread houses
6 Washington St.
Dover,
NH
US