Family Activities

There is so much to do at Piscataqua Riverfest for Families. There will be demonstrations, music, kids activities, a scavenger hunt, Gundalow sails, book readings, face painting, the Great Little Gundalow Derby and more.


Great Little Gundalow Derby (for kids 10 and under)

11:00 Peirce Island Boat Launch

Registration includes a very basic Gundalow model boat kit and a Piscataqua Riverfest Ticket. Come to Peirce Island between 10-11 to build your boat. At 11am we will race the boat from the Peirce Island Dock with the current to the finish line. Registration is $10.

Kids Activities throughout the Day

Join the UNH Marine docents, Gundalow volunteers and staff, Seacoast Science Center, and more with activities throughout the festival grounds. We’ll explore marine science, maritime skills and history of the region.

Book Reading and Signing

3:00 Sheafe Warehouse

Join Illustrator Phyllis Stibler for a reading and book signing of her book Whispers on the Seacoast.

Gundalow Sails

Kids are half price all day aboard the gundalow PISCATAQUA. Join the crew, set the sail, steer the boat, and learn about the history and environment of the region while cruising along the Porstmouth Waterfront. See sail times and ticket information.

Can’t make one of the sails? Stop by the Gundalow on the dock between 10-11:30 for a dockside tour and to take a photo at the helm.

Students from Little Harbor School in Portsmouth, NH, take the wheel of the gundalow “Piscataqua” with the help of Capt. Paul Pelletier in Portsmouth, NH. The Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, NH. Photograph by Ralph Morang