Curious George Festival Welcomes Kids of all Ages in Waterville Valley

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The Margret and H.A. Rey Center's fourth annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival will feature a weekend full of family-friendly activities including a banana pancake breakfast, family nature walk, Fireman's BBQ lunch and photo opportunities, petting zoo, live music, face painting, games for kids, Curious George story hour and movie viewing, Sugar-coated Shakespeare, planetarium shows, and more.

The 4th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival returns to Waterville Valley, NH, to speak to the curiosity in us all. The festival is a 3-day event this August 13-15, featuring a weekend full of family-friendly activities including a banana pancake breakfast, a family nature walk, a Fireman's BBQ lunch, photo opportunities with Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat, a traveling barnyard, face painting, games for kids, Curious George story hour and movie viewing, planetarium shows, and a family spaghetti dinner.

Headlining the festival this year are musician, Steve Schuch, and storytellers, "The Laughing Couple." Steve Schuch will sing "Songs &Tales of the Earth" celebrating nature in all its diversity. His performance will include songs about endangered wildlife and habitats, tales of the ancient yew trees, and a musical tribute to the rainforests. Rick and Carolyn Hunt, better known as The Laughing Couple, combine Native American storytelling and improvised art into one program for audiences of all ages, introducing people to their rich cultural heritage.

Wristbands for the 4th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival are $28 per person for a 3-day pass. Children two and under get in free with a paying adult. Limited tickets available at the event.

While in Waterville Valley, families can also enjoy swimming and canoeing on Corcoran's Pond, walk along Waterville Valley's many hiking trails, skate at the WV Ice Arena, or play a game of tennis at the WV Tennis Club!

Participating hotels offer festival lodging packages the weekend of August 13-15. Packages include Friday and Saturday night lodging, 1 round of golf per day at the WV Golf Club, Festival Wristband, and a Curious George souvenir (Wristband includes: admission to the Fireman's BBQ Lunch, Photo Opportunity with Curious George, Petting Zoo, Live Music, Mad Science Show and Fun Station, Storytellers, Face Painting, Games for Kids, Curious George Storytime, Movie Viewing, Planetarium Show and Nature Walks). Additional fees charged for Banana Pancake Breakfast and Curious George Spaghetti Dinner; tickets for these events can be purchased with Wristbands.    

Curious George was born in the imaginations of H.A. and Margret Rey. But he and the Reys spent their summers in Waterville Valley, NH, a place that epitomizes Curious George's spirit of fun and adventure. The Reys were drawn to Waterville Valley Resort because Hans was revising his popular astronomy book The Stars and needed a place away from the glare of city lights to do observation. They quickly fell in love with the valley and spent the next twenty summers there, writing, drawing, and charming the community.

Hans was a Renaissance man, versed in history and natural history, while Margret was a potter and photographer. Villagers and visitors were drawn to their little home--now known as the Curious George Cottage--which soon became an intellectual center for the town, hosting book clubs, discussion groups, and best of all, the magical opportunity to watch a children's author at work. When the "author at work" sign was out, children would come and watch as he drew new adventures for George or his other characters. At other times, Hans would take the children on nature walks and delight them with his talent of throwing his voice..

Today, the spirit of curiosity and exploration lives on in the Margret and H.A Rey Center, whose mission is to honor the Rey's legacy by recreating the experiences they provided: nature walks, literary groups, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and of course, activities for children. The Curious Kids program takes children and families into the White Mountain National Forest around surrounding Waterville Valley for learning experiences

Other Events:

July 31    Daily - Saturday July 31 thru Monday August 02    Saturday - Sunday All Day     WV Rock This Country Music Festival
Live country and country rock bands will be rockin' the town Saturday 11-9 pm and Sunday 10:30-4 in the concert tent. Click on the link for more info!

August 07    5:30 - 8:30 pm     11th Annual Chocolate & Jazz Fest
Join us in Town Square for a free evening jazz concert, accompanied by a variety of chocolate desserts for sale in the courtyard, and a wine tasting at Jugtown.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, kids camps, an indoor ice rink, boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. It is home to the Margret and H.A. Rey Center and Curious George Cottage, and it hosts summer outdoor concerts, Children's Theatre, and numerous summer festivals. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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