10 Spots for Toddler to Tweens

Looking for things to do that will please toddlers, tweens and in-betweens? Here are some ideas that will make everybody, including the parents, happy.

1. Take it outside. Walk or bike the Burlington Bike Path, check out the new Skate Park or laze on a park bench with a creemee (Vermont’s name for softserve ice cream).
2. Climb on! With their indoor climbing facility, Burlington’s Petra Cliffs can get the whole family moving in the same direction – up! No experience necessary – just an interest in trying something new.
 3. Eat like a local. Burlington’s Farmers’ Market, held Saturday May to October, has something to please even the most picky palates. Wander the mix of produce, food and craft vendors in City Hall Park. Little ones will love the activity and have space to run.
4. Head to the Mountains. If it’s winter, sign your kids up for a day of ski or ride lessons while you take a lesson, shush down the hill, head to the spa or just enjoy an uninterrupted conversation with another adult. Smugglers’ NotchJay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe and Bolton Valley Resorts all offer lessons, restaurants and lots of other things to do in both winter and summer!
5. Head to the Lake. On a hot summer day it’s tough to beat getting out on the water. Take the kids swimming at Sand Bar State Park. The beach has a shallow entry for little ones, and kayak rentals to entertain older kids. Plus, picnicking is welcome!
6. Get out of town. Many of our villages and downtowns have town greens to run around, historic buildings to wonder around and general stores selling penny candy and perhaps even a game of checkers waiting to be played. Kids of all ages will delight in exploring.
7. Wander around town. In Summer, the Church Street Marketplace is filled with activity that can include everything from live music to street performers. Little ones will enjoy exploring the boulders and art that dot the street while tweens can get their shopping fix.
8. Learn Something. ECHO Lake Aquarium has a new exhibit designed especially for the pre-school set. Shelburne Museum’s Steamboat Ticonderoga, carousel and many other exhibits will keep your kids interested while they learn something new.
9. See it Made. Check out Lake Champlain Chocolate’s tour to see how they make their famous confections or watch teddy bears come to life at Vermont Teddy Bear.
10. Get Out on the Farm. From baby animals in the spring, live music to pick blueberries by in the summer, crisp apples to pluck in the fall and sleigh rides in the winter, many farms offer an array of opportunities for your family to enjoy Vermont’s agricultural heritage and future!

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