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From The Blog Kids Activities: Winter & Spring Guide

Keep your kids busy and happy this Winter and Spring

Keeping young children entertained in any setting can be a challenge but keeping them engaged and having fun all winter long in Vermont poses its own set of challenges. Lucky for you we’ve compiled a complete Winter and Early Spring guide with all the wonderful offerings Woodstock and the surrounding areas have for your family.

Family Library
Jennifer Schmidtke
Norman Williams Library Children's section

Woodstock Winter and Spring Kid's Guide:

  • Visit Norman Williams Public Library, located downstairs our library has a complete kid's area with books, story-time, free play with blocks, and a lego castle area. Visit the website for updates on different storytimes by age group and enjoy a quiet place to warm up and get immersed in whatever world your next book takes you into. Happy reading!
Library Welcome sign
Jennifer Schmidtke
Welcome sign at the Children's Library
Kids tubing
Tubing at Ascutney Outdoors

 

  • Sledding options are plenty around Woodstock and nearby Ascutney Outdoors, enjoy free sledding at the old Mt. Tom Ski Hill which now sits next to Rainbow Play School just north of Billings Farm & Museum on Route 12, the hill is perfect for young children and packed with fun. *be sure to bring your own sled's

Mt. Ascutney State Park offers tubing through Ascutney Outdoors, tickets are $10 tube included for up to 6 rides, bring friends and enjoy! 

You can also enjoy sledding on the hill at the Woodstock Nordic Center where they offer cross country skiing, on the left far end of the course off of Maple Street, you will find easy access to the sledding hill. 

  • If you have toddlers and want to get your workout on, consider pulling them in a sled provided with cross country ski or snowshoe rentals while enjoying the groomed courses at the Woodstock Nordic Center.
     
  • Ice skating or Hockey practice can be found at the rinks set up at Vail Field or our indoor arena at Woodstock Union Arena. Vail field is open to the public and well lit at night for skating, the Woodstock Union Area offers some public skating options and learn to skate programs you can find on their website.
  • No list is complete without Billings Farm and Museum, you may not think of it first for winter fun but they offer Winter Camps for the kids, different special member events, and always have those sweet baby cows to visit and indoor exhibits to enjoy.
     
  • While strolling in the Village a stop into the Red Wagon Toy Co. store is a must for fun kid gifts or games to keep for entertainment wherever you’re staying. The Unicorn Gift Shop is also a must-stop for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Billings Farm in Winter
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Winter snow at Billings Farm & Museum
Woodstock Scoops
Woodstock Scoops
  • Then a quick walk across the street to Woodstock Scoops for Ice Cream (even in the winter) is going to satisfy you and your child’s sweet tooth! We’ve also always found the South Woodstock Country Store to be a kid-friendly place to grab a quick bite in-house or to-go. *Bonus they have yummy chocolate chip cookies.
     
  • Vermont Institute of Science is a short drive down Route 4 and a great place to explore in the Winter. They also offer winter camps and exhibits, canopy walk, nature trails and have educational tours for you and your family to learn about Vermont Raptors and other animals.
Child playing at Montshire Museum
Mary Lawrence
Identify Plants at Montshire Museum
  • Montshire Museum of Science in nearby Norwich, VT is a great children’s museum to let your kids explore and escape the winter cold on the days you’d prefer to be inside. They have a free play space for children 5 and under as well as many different exhibits for your older kids to explore and enjoy. Including a music area, your kids can star in their very own band!
     
  • Artistree Community Arts Center in Pomfret, VT is a creative child's dream play place, they offer children's classes, movement, pottery, and so much more. 
llamas at Quechee
Jennifer Schmidtke
llamas in Quechee
  • When heading down Route 4 towards Quechee be sure to stop and see the live llamas at the Quechee Gorge Village. Where you can feed them or just stop to say hello, what kid doesn’t love to see live animals? Located within the Quechee Gorge Village you can find the Vermont Toys and Games store, The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe our local candy heaven, where it feels like you’re stepping into the Willa Wonky candy factory.
     
  • After you get your candy fix head next door for the Toy Museum. Step back in time to see popular toys from prior decades. You can’t walk through without noticing a toy from the past, and thinking I remember that! Do you have a train enthusiast in your family? The museum has a full town and model train display that cannot be missed. Step back into your childhood and let your kids explore a blast from the past. The museum is located on the second floor of Quechee Gorge Village.
Ottauquechee in winter
  • Ski at Suicide Six which is the perfect place to learn how to ski and take the family, its well-groomed trails, ski lessons and family-friendly environment make it accessible and fun.
     
  • If you’d prefer a less physical way to enjoy the winter outdoors try the Ottaquechee River Trail which is flat and follows along the river, easier for younger kids on a nice sunny winter’s day or early. *Bonus it's close to Abracadabra Coffee company and East End Park.

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