Familes are welcome to attend NHW. However, it is important to note that a formal children’s program is not provided and parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision, entertainment, and safety of their children during the week. Some Island-sponsored activities are available in which children (accompanied by an adult) may participate, such as tidal, geology, and history walks. Recreational equipment and art supplies will also be available for children to use with their parents’ supervision and participation.

Rutledge Marine LabRUTLEDGE MARINE LAB -- The marine lab at Star Island is staffed by the Island's naturalist and young children are invited to hang out and have fun. A 'kids corner' features age-appropriate experiments, coloring books, and reading materials. All ages enjoy the display tank where they can get close and personal with sea creatures of many varieties. Activities can be arranged for all age groups. A low tide walk, led by the island's naturalist, includes exploration of tidal processes, intertidal zones, and the animals and organisms that are likely to be found in each. Specimens are often collected and brought back to the marine lab for further study.Boys with baby barnswallow

VAUGHN COTTAGE -- Star Island's historian and curator offers a variety of games and art projects for our young guests. Activities may include creating a rock collage map of the Isles of Shoals, stories about pirates and unsolved Isles of Shoals mysteries and a kid-friendly ghost and graveyard tour of the Island cemetery.

GAMES AND SPORTS -- NHW kids can enjoy climbing apparatus, play tennis (bring your racquets), basketball, beach ball volleyball, fly kites, swimming, and play board games in the Oceanic.

kids making journalsARTS AND CRAFTS -- Art and crafts materials will be available for the kids at the children's cottage.