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Curious George is Coming to Town

July 23, 2013

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center’s 7th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival returns to Waterville Valley on August 10 & 11, 2013.  Our favorite monkey, Curious George, and his buddy, the Man with the Yellow Hat, will join us for a weekend of family-friendly activities.

Photo by Willey Peckham for The Margret and H.A. Rey Center

Photo by Willey Peckham for The Margret and H.A. Rey Center

The Festival is a celebration of curiosity and provides families the opportunity to play and learn together as they explore art, science and nature just like Curious George loves to do.

The weekend includes a banana pancake breakfast with Curious George, a family nature walk, live music, a BBQ lunch with Curious George, photo opportunities with the characters, a farmyard petting zoo, Mad Science shows, games for kids, Curious George story hour and craft time, “Curious Characters” drawings by local artists, planetarium shows, weather balloon launch, and model rocket launching.

Headlining this year’s festival is children’s musician and Grammy nominee, Zak Morgan. Morgan’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike.  His live performances are always filled with laughter and warmth as he encourages children to read, imagine and believe in themselves.  The Festival will feature a Zak Morgan performance on both Saturday and Sunday.

rey center zak morgan

Also performing on the Festival stage on Saturday will be an interactive musical experience by Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming. Tony has been studying, playing and teaching drumming for over 40 years. His influences are in the traditions of West African, Cape Verdean and Afro-Cuban rhythms.  During his performance, Tony sets up a drum-circle of ten to thirty drums of various heights to accommodate children, youth, and adults of all ages and sizes. From inside the circle, Tony plays a continuous series of heart-pounding beats as he interacts with the visitors to the circle as they play along on the drums. For those at the event who do not choose to try drumming at the circle, they still enjoy watching and listening to Tony, as he keeps the atmosphere lively and upbeat with his masterful drumming style.

rey center allhandsdrumming

Mad Science will return once again this year to perform one of their edu-taining science programs, “Fire and Ice.” In the land of Fire and Ice the Mad Scientist starts with a magic trick that makes a card disappear and magically reappear. Heat and chemicals combine with an “aaahesome” result. Finally, in the ice portion of this program they will amaze children with exciting experiments using frozen carbon dioxide gas at -109 degrees F.

mad science

New to the festival this year are planetarium shows by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. A Discovery Center educator will take participants on a tour of the night sky followed by an exciting journey of discovery to explore our solar system, including breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope using full dome video technology in their portable dome planetarium. The Rey Center is also please to welcome FlisKits, Inc model rockets to the festival this year. Jim Flis of FlisKits, Inc will launch several model rockets throughout the day on Saturday to the delight of young and old alike. The Backwoods Farm Petting Zoo of Rumney, NH will also be joining the festival for the first time this year. Their family friendly petting zoo gives kids the opportunity to get up close and personal with their loveable barnyard critters. Other exciting additions to the weekend’s lineup are a weather discovery exhibit by the Mount Washington Observatory and a weather balloon launch by the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute at Plymouth State University.

Wristbands for the 7th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival are $23 per person for a 2-day pass, which includes all activities and performances. Children two and under get in free with a paying adult. Additional tickets are required for the banana pancake breakfast. Lunch is available for purchase onsite. A limited number of wristbands are available at the event for $28 per person; advance purchase is recommended.  All proceeds from the event support the Margret and H.A. Rey Center’s art and science education programs for all ages held throughout the year.

>> Curious George Cottage Family Festival SCHEDULE

>> Buy tickets online

>> Contact the Rey Center!   603-236-3308

The Curious George Cottage Family Festival is proudly sponsored by Waterville Valley Realty, Roper Real Estate, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Louis Karno & Company, Parenting NH Magazine, ABODE Homebuilders, and Community Guaranty Savings Bank, as well as many other local businesses are generous sponsors of the Curious George Cottage Family Festival.

About the Rey Center: The Margret and H.A. Rey Center is named for the authors of the popular Curious George books, former summer residents of Waterville Valley, NH. The Rey Center honors the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science and nature through programs for youth, adults and families. Rey Center programs include hands-on science programs for school students, community gardens, community art exhibits, adult art workshops, lectures, environmental research and citizen science, astronomy nights, family nature exploration programs and more for our region as well as for the many families from throughout New England that vacation in Waterville Valley. All proceeds from the Curious George Cottage Family Festival directly support the Rey Center’s art, science and nature programs for all ages. For more information visit http://thereycenter.org or call 603-236-3308.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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