4 Shore Things: December 20, 2018 – January 9, 2019

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Fun with Scrooge

There are still two chances to see A Christmas Carol. The Players’ Ring Theatre (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) presents the show through Dec. 23. Showtimes are Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and $12 for children age 12 and under. Visit playersring.org. Or see it at the Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) through Dec. 23, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $24. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com. Photo courtesy of Rochester Opera House.

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Science camp

The Seacoast Science Center is offering environmental day camp for children ages 4 to grade 5 during the holiday break, Dec. 26-28. Treks 4 Tots (ages 4-5) and Seaside Safari (grades K-5) is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a half day option (9 to noon) available for Treks only. After-care is available for grades K-5. Treks and Safari Camp is a fun-filled learning adventure that takes advantage of the natural classroom just outside our doors in historic, 135-acre Odiorne Point State Park. Visit seacoastsciencecenter.org.

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Walk by candlelight

There’s one last chance for the Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth), on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. Walk from house to historic house and meet with a variety of costumed role players and performers who recreate past traditions. Other features include family skating at Puddle Dock Pond, craft demonstrations, a treasure hunt for kids and more. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids and teens ages 5 and up, $60 per family (which covers two adults and two children ages 5 and up) and free for kids under 5 as well as active duty military service members, veterans and their families. Visit strawberybanke.org.

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Forget Elf on the Shelf

Gnome on the Ground, a new children’s book by Portsmouth author Jennifer Lake, offers families a different approach to the holidays. Born out of Lake’s disdain for the Elf on the Shelf culture, the book encourages parents to let go of the societal pressures to create a picture-perfect holiday for their children and instead teach their children to focus on what’s important. “Gnome promotes love, compassion and the power of choice all throughout the year,” Lake said in a press release. “[It’s] the perfect solution to help you celebrate your holiday however you choose.” The book is available on Amazon.

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