The Rey Center, located at the Curious George Cottage in Waterville Valley, has some pretty cool activities on tap this summer. Most are free (although donations are always welcomed by the nonprofit organization).
Enjoy a nature and science-based scavenger hunt on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (weather permitting…no hunt on 8/4, & 8/11 due to recreation department programming).
The whole family is invited to come out and explore the natural world of the Blair Woodland in Campton (just down the road from Waterville Valley) on Tuesday nights from 6-7 p.m. Blair Woodlands is located on Rte. 3, just south of the intersection with Blair Road, at exit 27 off I-93.
On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rey Center’s Welch Steward welcomes hikers to the Welch Ledge in Thornton (a short distance from Waterville Valley) and provides information on trail conditions and the environment. The Welch Ledge summit is mostly tree-less and comprised of exposed rock slabs. It offers dramatic views. The popular hike can be combined with neighboring Dickey Mountain via the Welch Dickey Trail.
Fairy House Building
Stop by the Cottage on Friday afternoons between 2 and 3 p.m. and build a fairy house and explore the fairy garden. The Rey Center provides a wood cookie base, found natural objects and a few little figurine treasures so you can create your own fairy house. All ages are welcome. The cost is $10 ($5 for Rey Center members).
Curious George Story Time
Pull up a pillow and listen to your favorite Curious George stories being read out loud by a Rey Center volunteer. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What is the Rey Center?
Margret and H.A. Rey authored the much-loved Curious George children’s book series. They were summer residents of Waterville Valley and lived in what is now known as the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road. The Rey’s loved to share their love of art, nature and the outdoors, including gardening, science and history. The Margret and H.A. Rey Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ spirit of curiosity and discovery by increasing understanding and participation in art, science, and nature through programs for youth, adults and families.