Break free from the winter doldrums enjoy all that Vermont has to offer this Winter. Here’s a list of places and ideas to help your family beat the winter blues this year!
Get outside and go sledding – sledding hill abound once you start looking for them! Our favorite spots, the hills behind the Middlebury Recreation Gym on Creek Road, the hill behind the Middlebury College Football stadium, as well as the MUHS football field hills. Backyards are the best places to start of course, make a snowman, look for animal tracks, design a snow village, have a ball!
Middlebury College Snow Bowl – Our local ski area is the perfect spot for families. The Wonder Carpet makes teaching a breeze and it’s free to ride! More experienced skiers will appreciate the challenging terrain and might even think of joining the Middlebury Ski Club or the Friday adult Ski Bum League. The upstairs Snowflake corner is a perfect spot to entertain non skiing little ones with books and art supplies. It’s also a great lunch spot.
Rikert Nordic Center – Offers weekly drop in classes for 3-5 year olds, discounts for parents on Mondays and miles of groomed tracks for skiers. If you have a little one, you can tow them behind you in one of their kid-friendly pulks. Offers rentals and lessons too.
Ilsley Public Library – Read a book, do a puzzle or play with trains. Weekly drop-in classes include story times, music and movement, and lots of gatherings for older children including homeschoolers meetings/groups. Check for special camps and events during vacations.
Middlebury Municipal Gym – Open gym time for 0-5 crowd twice weekly. Also offer classes for all ages.
Memorial Sports Center – Offers public skating most days, stick & puck times for older skaters, teen nights and much more. Bonus: they have milk crates for beginners to push around, so helpful! Be sure to check their ever-changing schedule before you go, it’s on our homepage in case you missed it.
Middlebury Marquis Theater – Sometimes it’s just too cold to do anything, try a movie instead. Open for lunch and dinner Thursday thru Sunday.
Vermont Sun – Heated pool and kiddie pool make this an excellent afternoon adventure. You can get a pool punch card.
Whirlie’s World – What’s better than an indoor bounce house? Two of course! Plus arcade games, indoor laser tag, concession stand, redeemable ticket prizes and more.
Middlebury College sporting events are always fun for all (ice hockey and basketball are great fan friendly options).
Looking to travel a little further – we’d listen to kids bickering in the car for these spots and events:
- Take a horse drawn sleigh ride at Shelburne Farms: we’d probably visit the cheese shop too, yum.
- Spend a day at the Jay Peak Indoor Waterpark, warm temps and fun for the whole family.
- Get smarter with local science on at ECHO
- Visit the Northshire Bookshop and outlet shops in Manchester
- Bounce like crazy at Get Air in Williston
- Delve deep into the magic world of wonder at the Montshire Museum of Science. A longtime tradition at the Montshire Museum of Science, Igloo Build features igloo expert and author Dr. Bert Yankielun leading a hands-on, all-ages workshop in domed-shelter construction. While at the museum, check out their new exhibit, Making Music: the Science of Musical Instruments, which combines stories and science, and an opportunity to make your own sweet sounds. Saturday, February 18.
- Wintervale invites the whole family to Burlington’s backyard with children’s games and activities, plus local food and drink available for purchase. Free cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals and three miles of groomed trails to explore make for a fun — and active — day. Sunday, February 12 & Sunday, March 12.
How does your family keep busy during our long winters? Email us suggestions and we’ll gladly add your ideas.