Recycled River Regatta

at Maker Fest!

June 29, 12-2pm

Join us for the first ever Children's Museum of New Hampshire Recycled River Regatta! This year at the NH Maker & Food Fest we are challenging people of all ages to build a boat that can not only float, but DROP 20 FEET into the Cocheco River! Follow our project guidelines below, and join us for a Boat Building Day.


Monday, April 22 - Earth Day
Join us at the Museum on Earth Day for a drop-in, free with museum admission, boat building workshop. 

June 24th-27th
Leading up to the NH Maker & Food Fest, you can drop-in to the museum for a free with museum admission chance to build a boat for the regatta.

Saturday, June 29 - NH Maker & Food Fest
Available to Fest ticket holders is a drop-in workshop to build and test out a boat before the big boat drop later in the day.

Please note that the NH Maker & Food Fest is a ticketed event, but the Recycled River Regatta is free for participants and can be viewed along the fence in the lower Henry Law Park behind the museum. To participate in the Dover Ducky Derby, which happens right after the Regatta, please "adopt a duck" here  to help support CMNH as well as SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover).


Lower Henry Law Park near the river (non-ticketed area of the NH Maker & Food Fest.)


12-12:45pm - Boat Judging
Bring your boat and registration slip to be looked over by our team of judges if you would like to be considered for awards

12:45-1pm - Boat Drop Off
All boats must be dropped off with museum staff by 1pm to be included in the drop.

1:15-1:30pm - Regatta Begins - Boat Drop
Our museum staff will drop the boats into the river and participants watch from Henry Law Park.

1:30-2pm - Awards and Boat Pick Up
All boats must be picked up at the "finish line" area, or we will recycle them for you. Awards will be announced at the "finish line" and all participants whose boat made it down the river may choose a small prize.


Don't think your boat will float? You can test it at our testing station and make improvements, or you can take part in our Raingutter Regatta, and make a recycled foam noodle boat to take home! The Raingutter Regatta will have water ramps made of rain gutters for kids to experiment with, and will take place nearby, so families can participate in both activities.


Boats will be examined by a team of judges before the boat drop, and awards will be given in the following categories. Participants whose boats make it all the way to the kayakers will all get to choose a small prize.


Kid Master Maker - awarded for excellent design and engineering skills

Grown-up Master Maker - the only real award for adults!

Innovative Design Award - awarded to boats with a unique and innovative design.

Creativity Captain - awarded for the most creative use of recycled materials.

Most Seaworthy - awarded to the boat that appears most ready for the challenge.

Crew's Choice Award - awarded by the museum staff for creativity and hard work.

Budding Builder Award - awarded to a participant 5 or under for engineering.

Budding Artist Award - awarded to a participant 5 or under for creativity.


1. No loose parts - everything must be firmly attached. Duct tape will be provided near the boat testing area for last minute adjustments.

2. Boats must float - If your creation does not float in the test area, you can make changes as needed.

3. Size limit - the base of your boat should be 18 x 18 inches or smaller. It's not the re-useitannia!

Registration is not required, but if you would like your Recycled Regatta creation to be considered for an award, please fill out this form at the bottom of the "guidelines" page to display with your creation for the judges to see. Forms will be available at the NH Maker & Food Fest! Tickets to the Maker Fest are not required to participate in this event.

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