Family Adventures

A list of local Family Friendly Events, Activities, & Places to Visit


  • Family Events
  • Pools & Splash Pad
  • Adventures
  • Playgrounds & Parks
  • Libraries 
  • Farmer’s Markets & Farms
  • Kid Friendly Museums
Family Events

Kids’ Classes

Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT

Saturdays, 10-11am. Ages 6-12. 4 weeks for $60 or $20 per class.

RSVP by phone 802-775-0356.

Fresh Air Story Time

Manchester Community Library, Manchester, VT

Tuesdays, 10:30am.

Preschoolers and their families are invited to join us outside, when weather permits, or just inside the spacious Hunter Room doors (where we’ll keep the doors open for ventilation) for stories, rhymes and activities–including our beloved parachute– celebrating different spring-appropriate themes.

Story Time

Dorset Village Library, Dorset, VT

Wednesdays, 3pm.

Storytime and activities in the backyard if the weather is nice, inside downstairs if it’s not! Angela will read stories, help you with a craft and provide some light snacks. Call or email Angela (angela.dorsetvillagelibrary@gmail.com) for questions about story time or kids club.

Museum ABCs

Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

Third Thursday of each month, 1:30-2:30pm. Free.

This free monthly program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. The program is produced in collaboration with the Bennington Free Library and is generously sponsored by the Bank of Bennington whose fundamental and consistent support has made this program possible for the past twelve years. For the past three years, funds from the Stewart’s Holiday Match also have helped to make Museum ABCs possible.

Each Museum ABCs program focuses on a different theme and includes visits to the Museum galleries, stories carefully selected to support early literacy, and art and craft projects designed to encourage engagement between children and adults.

Manchester Music Festival

Arkell Pavillion, SVAC, Manchester, VT

July 7-September 15.

Manchester Music Festival’s 48th season will kick off on July 7, 2022, and features an impressive lineup of outstanding musicians and exciting performances.

Making Meals & Memories: Under the Sea

226 Union Street, Bennington, VT

Tuesday, August 30, 4-6pm. Free, but registration is required.

You’re invited to spend an evening with Sunrise, Making Meals & Memories! Cook and enjoy a healthy dinner together. Engage with your child(ren) in fun activities and crafts. Bring home an activity bag: books, games, and healthy snacks.

This program is made possible with grant funding from the VT Children’s Trust Fund. You do not need to be a member of Sunrise’s other programs to participate!

Registration is required, please RSVP to our Parent Child Coordinator, Tiffany Racicot: 802-442-0028 or tracicot@sunrisepcc.com.

Kids Club

Dorset Village Library, Dorset, VT

Thursday, September 15, 3:30pm.

Angela will have fun activities planned. You can try your hand at our new ping pong table! We will have a small selection of Legos for building and you may bring your Pokemon Cards if you wish.

Kids Club will happen every third Thursday of the month… mark your calendars!

Call or email Angela (angela.dorsetvillagelibrary@gmail.com) for questions about story time or kids club.

NDS Family Playdate

Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Manchester, VT

Friday, September 16, 3pm.

Let’s Meet at the park! Open to all NDS Families.

NDS Family Wellness Fair

Northshire Day School, Manchester, VT

Saturday, September 17, 10am-noon.

Join us for this healthy and fun family event!

Activities: Yoga with Dianna Scott, Hullabaloo with Alexandra Langstaff, Art Project with Erin Kaufman from SVAC, Face Painting, Bounce House.

Tables: Early Literacy, Children’s Integrated Services, The Collaborative, Battenkill Valley Health Center, UCS/Head Start

Manchester Community Library, Essential Oils, and Farm to School Snacks.

Community Picnic

ECE Playground, 238 Union Street, Bennington, VT

Friday, September 23, 11:30am-1pm. Free.

If it is raining, the picnic will be moved to 226 Union Street.

Open to all families and community partners! Bring the whole family and enjoy a lunch prepared by Sunrise. There will be guitar playing, music maker crafting, and free books to take home.

The Peru Fair

Main Street, Peru, VT

Saturday, September 24, 9am-4pm.

An Old Fashioned Country Fair! Fabulous Pig Roast, Music and Family Entertainment, Vermont Crafts, Cloggers, Antiques and Art Exhibits, Vermont Artisans Demos, Clowns & Magicians, Pony Rides, Food & Vermont Fare, Baked Goods & Fun for Everyone!

NDS 2022 Run for Fun!

Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Manchester, VT

Saturday, October 1, 11am. Free.

Please join us as we run into Fall and get into Halloween spirit. Costumes optional!

Fun Run categories:

Family Stroll (children in strollers with adult)

50 yard dash (2-3yrs)

100 yard dash (4-5yrs)

1 lap (6-8yrs)

Registration and Liability Release Required

Support this event with a $5 donation

Participation is FREE!

Register online: secure.rec1.com/VT/manchester-vt/catalog

Fall Festival

North Meadow Farm, Manchester, VT

Saturday, October 8, 10am-6pm.

We happily invite you to North Meadow Farm’s 2nd annual Fall Festival. In addition to meeting our animals you can enjoy classic carnival style games, a farmers market filled with local creators, Wilcox ice cream, Local food vendors, hay rides, and more!

We still have space for a few vendors please send a message or send us an email if you’re interested.

See you there!

Event parking (except handicap parking) will be in the marked field on North Rd. There will be a shuttle to and from the field to the farm.

Pools & Splash Pad

Manchester Swimming Pool

Dana L Thompson Park, Manchester, VT

Open 6/19-8/20

White Memorial Park Pool

White Memorial Park, Rutland, VT

Opens 6/12

Northwood Pool

Rutland, VT

Opens 6/19

Stratton Pool

Stratton Mountain, VT

Indoor, call 802-297-4230.

Mitchell Therapy Pool

Rutland, VT

Indoor, view rates online.

Bennington Pool

Bennington Rec Center, Bennington, VT

Indoor, open year-round

Splash Pad

109 North St, Bennington, VT

Adventures

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Hildene, Manchester, VT

December-March, Thursday-Monday, 10am-4:30pm.

Approximately 12 miles of trails are open to guests, whether on foot, skis (bring your own gear) or snowshoes (available to rent at Hildene). Trails are of varying levels of difficulty. We offer snowshoe rentals for children and adults. Please be aware that we are not a Nordic Center; our trails are natural and ungroomed.

Top Winter Things to Do

Snowshoeing, alpine skiing, nordic skiing, sleigh riding, snowmobiling, winter hiking, skating, and more!

Hiking

Equinox Mountain, Manchester, VT

Kid Friendly Hikes in Southern Vermont

Mountain Adventure Park

Bromley Mountain, VT

Playgrounds & Parks

Manchester Rec. Park

Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, Recreation Park Rd, Manchester, VT

Open until 10pm

Arlington Recreation Park

Route 313, Arlington, VT

Emerald Lake State Park

65 Emerald Lake Lane East Dorset, VT

June 26-2nd Monday in October 10am -Sunset

Hapgood Pond

Hapgood Pond Rd, Peru. VT

Lake Shaftsbury

262 Shaftsbury State Park Rd Shaftsbury, VT

June 26-2nd Monday in October 10am -Sunset

Merk Forest & Farmland Center

3270 Route 315, Rupert, VT

Open year round, Dawn to Dusk

Bennington Rec Center

655 Gage St. Bennington, VT

8am-8pm

Libraries 

The Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Ave Manchester Center, VT

Virtual Story Time Tuesdays & Thursday 10:30-11:30am

Winhall Memorial Library

2 Lower Taylor Hill Road, Bondville, VT

Dorset Village Library

On the Green at Church St & RT30, Dorset, VT

Martha Canfield Library

528 East Arlington Rd, Arlington, VT

Farmer's Markets & Farms

Manchester Farmers Market

Adams Park, Manchester, VT

Thursdays June 4 -October 8 3-6pm

Dorset Farmers Market

Summer Market : HN Williams General Store2732 Vt. Route 30, Dorset, VT.

Winter Market : JK Adams Kitchen Store 1430 Vt. Rt 30, Dorset, VT

Sundays 10am-2pm

West River Farmer’s Market

Londonderry, VT

Saturdays Memorial Day to Columbus Day 9am-1pm

Wildwood Berry Farm -PYO

2977 Mad Tom Road, East Dorset, VT

Opening July 13, 9am-5pm

North Meadow Farm

726 North Rd, Manchester, VT Open 7 days a week

Offering fresh eggs, cheese, and raw milk. Plus a petting zoo and playground for the kids to visit.

Earth Sky Time

1873-1951 VT-7A Manchester, VT Open Sunday-Friday

Farm Store & Bakery

Kid Friendly Museums

Wonderfeet

11 Center St, Rutland, VT

Fridays 10am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Sundays 12-4

The Montshire Museum of Science

One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT

Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-4pm

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

149 Natures Way, Quechee, VT 

10am-5pm Daily

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