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August Fun During COVID-19

Free and low-cost activities to keep the kids busy this month!

Social distancing has made this summer look and feel different for everyone, especially families with children. With many summer camps canceled and public pools in Greater Nashua closed, parents are scrambling to keep their children occupied. This is especially challenging if parents are working from home.

The single mothers in our Transformational Housing program are facing similar challenges. Some of the mothers in the program have continued to work throughout the pandemic and found daycares that remained open under emergency licenses. But the moms that are working from home or on school break are searching for low-cost or free ways to keep their children busy.

Here’s a list of low cost or free local camps and activities happening in Greater Nashua this month. Keep in mind that many programs offer scholarships, grants or other discounted payment options. In fact, 93% of ACA-accredited camps offer some form of financial assistance to more than one million children who need it.

Do you have activities to add? Let us know! Email info@frontdooragency.org with your ideas and, if they’re a good fit, we’ll add them to the list.

Day Camps

These organizations are still running more traditional camps for kids with a wide-range of offerings. Check them out!

Merrimack YMCA
  • Camps offered for multiple age groups. Campers indulge in their creative side, participate in activities such as swimming/outdoor play, and more.
  • Cost: $39.20 per day for members, $58.80 for non-members. These prices are regarding the single-day option to come to camp.
  • More information: https://nmymca.org/ymca-summer-camps/

Westwood Park YMCA
  • Camps offered for multiple age groups. Campers indulge in their playful side, as well as learning about sportsmanship, and camaraderie. These camps are to accommodate both playful and serious young sports fans.
  • Cost: $39.20 per day for members, $58.80 for non-members. These prices are regarding the single-day option to come to camp.
  • More information: https://nmymca.org/ymca-summer-camps/
Nashua Parks & Recreation
  • Offering classes and camps that range from art, music, and sports training. Here are some of the virtual art classes offered:
    • Collage: A Day at the Beach (grades 1 – 5)
    • Watercolor: Disney Inspired Designs (grades 1 – 5)
    • Watercolor: Ride the Rainbow (grades 1 – 5)
  • Cost: $59 per child
  • For more Information: https://nashua.recdesk.com/Community/Program
Virtual or At-Home Activities

Social distancing? No problem! Try one of these fun virtual or at-home activities.

Nashua Public Library “Fantasy Miniature Paint Night”
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua Virtual Programming
  • Since not being able to have many programs in person this Summer, the staff created a virtual program site to keep many fun activities accessible to members and their families. Includes challenges, arts projects, academic support, games, spirit weeks, coping strategies, discussions, and more.
  • For more information: https://www.bgcn.com/virtual-programming/
Time to Clay “Summer Camp to Go”
  • Time to Clay provides you with all the supplies you need to create a great project at home!
  • Cost: Prices vary. Average $50 per kit.
  • For more information: https://timetoclay.com/camp-to-go
Girl Scouts at Home
Camp Wonderopolis, virtual summer programs
PBS Kids, virtual summer activities
  • Age-by-age tips, crafts, games, and activities to get through the summer. Search your child’s age to find the best options
  • For more information: https://www.pbs.org/parents/summer
Rachel Ray’s Yum-O! Virtual cooking camp
  • Kids can connect to their favorite chefs and celebrities on Zoom while teaching them new cooking skills.
  • Cost: Optional donations go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • For more information: https://www.yum-o.org/
Low-Cost or FREE Local Activities

Ready to get back out there? Here’s a list of free places to explore in Greater Nashua, as well as some local organizations that are taking extra precautions to continue holding fun in-person activities!

Yoga Mondays Presented by Nashua YMCA

Toddler Time at Altitude Trampoline Park
  • Toddlers have a blast at Altitude, and this is to ensure they’re safe while doing so during Toddler Time. (Designated time for toddlers to jump)
  • Cost: $10 per child
  • For more information: https://altitudemerrimack.com/parties-events/
Movie Night, Nashua
Concerts at Greeley Park
  • Concerts are held every Tuesday evening at Greeley Park 7:00, every Wednesday at the Public Library 12:00pm, and every Thursday evening at the Public Library 7:00.
  • Cost: FREE
  • For more information: https://www.nashuanh.gov/546/SummerFun
Mine Falls, Nashua
Roby Park, Nashua
Greeley Park, Nashua