Family Adventures

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

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

North Bennington Winter Festival

North Bennington, VT

Saturday, January 29. Noon-night.

Lake Paran Plunge, Local Food, Music and Performances, Pony Rides, Games for Kids, Chilifest, and Much More!

Zoom in Your Room Preschool Story Time


Thursday, February 3, 4:30pm. Register online to receive the link.

Wake up, woodchucks! This week, we’re going to disrupt the groundhogs’ long winter naps to ask them how long it will be until Spring. Join us via Zoom for stories, songs, rhymes and more, all about these furry forecasters.

Kids Folk Song + Movement Circle

Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

Monday, February 7, 10-10:45 am. $12 per child, adults are free.

Join the Specker sisters, Ida Mae and Lila, for folk songs and creative movement together. Meets in Artventure, the Yester House family space. Email to reserve your spot.

Febfest Fireworks Display

Bromley Mountain, Peru, VT

Saturday, February 19, 7pm.

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


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!


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



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


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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