Toshocon 2016: A Fandom Convention for Teens at the Pelham Public Library
Toshocon 2016: A Fandom Convention for Teens at the Pelham Public Library
  • Toshocon: A Fandom Convention for Teens

PELHAM -- Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, will play host to an anime and fandom convention planned by the library's Anime Club on Saturday, April 16. Toshocon will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Price of admission is a minimum of one canned good per attendee to benefit the local food bank. The event will include contests, prizes, raffles, panels, games, art vendors, food, movie showings and a cosplay Masquerade.

To keep up with all of the Toshocon action, visit the Anime Club at toshoconofficial.tumblr.com and the PPL Instagram @PelhamNHLibrary. For information, call 603-635-7581 or go to www.PelhamPublicLibrary.org.

Santiago Echeverry and his mother Maria Lopez enjoy PLAYcation at Lowell National Historical Park.
Santiago Echeverry and his mother Maria Lopez enjoy PLAYcation at Lowell National Historical Park. (Courtesy photo)
  • Free family fun at Lowell National Park
LOWELL — The Lowell National Historical Park will again hold PLAYcation for families during school vacation week, which coincides with National Park Week, April 16-24.
On Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., students can be “teachers” when they bring their families to the Tsongas Industrial History Center to participate in Kids Take the Lead.

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Black bears at the Stone Zoo
Black bears at the Stone Zoo (Zoo New England)

The park holds Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, when kids can take part in a downtown scavenger hunt and earn a junior ranger badge and become a Centennial Junior Ranger. This event will be held all day at the Market Street Visitor Center and throughout PLAYcation week, while supplies last.
During the entire week, April 16-24, fee-free days will be held at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, where families can experience the feeling of an operational 1920s era weaveroom.
PLAYcation events are hosted by several partner organizations and take place at locations throughout Lowell. Most programs are free, and many require pre-registration. A schedule of events is available at www.lowellkidsweek.org.
  • Wild week at the Stone Zoo

STONEHAM -- Do you know that snow leopards, black bears, North American river otters, jaguars and Canada lynx are just a few of the animals that call Stone Zoo home? During April school vacation week, visit the zoo, located at 149 Pond St., to learn more about these animals and see them up close. Throughout the week, there will be zookeeper encounters at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., where guests can learn more about some of these zoo residents and ask questions directly to the staff that cares for them.

Then on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., feel like you're in a fairytale during Princess Day at Stone Zoo. Meet your favorite princesses and try out arts and crafts activities. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite fairy tale inspired outfit.

For information, visit www.stonezoo.org.