American families are returning to traditional family bonding. In 2012, the Columbia University Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the case that regular family dinners led to a decreased risk of teen substance abuse. Parents and children are finding comfort and safety within the inner sanctum of the immediate family. A good way to nurture these bonds is to find activities, hobbies and interests to enjoy together. Here are some great family-friendly activities.
Want to be happier? Then, according to Psychology Today, you should try your hand at a risky activity. Adventurous activities that cause you a little anxiety can help you feel more alive and in tune with your world. If you’ve been searching for an activity to break up your boring routine of work, sleep, work, then check out the following recommendations.
It’s a bitter 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but you’re staying toasty warm while soaking in your bubbling hot tub. As you sip your hot cocoa and watch snow fall around you, you’re probably glad you decided to keep your hot tub open this winter. Many people keep their hot tubs at ready-to-use temperatures of 100 degrees [...]
Whether your New Hampshire travels take you along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway on the Northern or the Southern Loop, you’ll be treated to the best the Granite State has to offer—heavenly scenery, covered bridges, historic sites, picturesque villages, fantastic shopping and dining, and friendly New Englanders. A drive through the White Mountains ending at Echo Lake makes a delightful family day trip.
How can you beat this summer’s heat waves, aside from staying in an air-conditioned oasis? Head to Lincoln, New Hampshire, and check out the Whale’s Tale Waterpark. It’s conveniently located in the Franconia Notch region on US highway 3, a couple miles off I-93, and situated on 17 beautiful acres. Whale’s Tale has 11 waterslides, a wave pool, a heated pool with 3 hot tubs, and a quarter-mile-long lazy river, plus many attractions for the little ones. It’s also the lowest-priced waterpark in New Hampshire!
March 2013: I was enjoying my junior year at Kimball Union Academy as a mature sixteen-year-old, juggling a rigorous course schedule, participating in a plethora of clubs and organizations, running half-marathons—and becoming queasy at the thought of sleeping somewhere besides my own bed for an extended period.
Independence Day is just around the corner! How do you plan to celebrate our nation’s birthday? While the tried-and-true traditions of fireworks and backyard barbecues are always popular and draw a great crowd, try stepping out of the “same old, same old.” Liven things up a little to turn your Independence Day party into a Fourth of July extravaganza, and make it one that will be the talk of the neighborhood for weeks to come! They might even ask you to host the party again next year!
New Hampshire is home to the beautiful White Mountain National Forest, including a section of the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of miles of trails offer spectacular views for moderate effort. There are trails of every level, including many for beginning hikers and those just looking to try their hand (or feet!) at hiking. New Hampshire’s mountains also include forty-eight 4,000-footers for seasoned hikers looking to bag some peaks. Wondering what hikes might be right for you and your crew, and what you need to bring along? Read on.