Curious George Festival Welcomes Kids of all Ages in Waterville Valley Resort This August

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Waterville Valley's fifth annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival will feature a weekend full of family-friendly activities including a banana pancake breakfast, family nature walk, planetarium shows, photo opportunities with Curious George, petting zoo, live music, face painting, games for kids, Curious George story hour and movie viewing, and America's favorite little monkey.

The 5th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival returns this August to speak to the curiosity in us all. The festival is a 2-day event held August 13-14 at Waterville Valley Resort, NH, featuring a weekend full of family-friendly activities with Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat including a banana pancake breakfast, a family nature walk, live music, a BBQ lunch with Curious George, photo opportunities with the characters, a traveling barnyard, face painting, games for kids, Curious George story hour and craft time, planetarium shows, and a family spaghetti dinner.

Headlining the festival this year is “Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.” Boston-based singer-songwriter and children's performer, Vanessa Trien, has become a local rock star among the young and young at heart. Her fans sing and dance in the aisles at her packed shows with her lively band, the Jumping Monkeys, and can't get enough of her two award-winning children's CDs, 'Carnival Day' and 'Hot Air Balloon.' As Boston Children's Music puts it, "Vanessa's shows are perfect. It's hard to explain and I can't quite put my finger on what it is they do differently, but whatever it is, it really gets the kids (and parents) excited!...She has some sort of magical energy that makes all of her shows super fun..."

Wristbands for the 5th Annual Curious George Cottage Family Festival are $23 per person for a 2-day pass. Children two and under get in free with a paying adult. Limited wristbands available at the event. To view the complete event schedule and to purchase wristbands visit or call the Rey Center at 603-236-3308.

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 13-14. 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 Petting Zoo, Live Music, Mad Science Show and Fun Station, Face Painting, Games for Kids, Curious George Storytime, Planetarium Show, Photo Opportunity with Curious George, Curious George Craft Time, and Nature Walks). Additional fees charged for Banana Pancake Breakfast and Curious George Spaghetti Dinner; tickets for these events can be purchased with Wristbands. BBQ lunch available for purchase onsite from a la carte menu, no ticket required.    

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 of and participation in art, science and nature through programs for youth, adults and families. Our programs include hands-on science programs for school students, community and youth gardening, community art galleries, adult art workshops, lectures, environmental research and citizen science, astronomy nights, art and nature youth programs, children’s theater 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.

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


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