Summer Fun With Grandkids

May 20, 2016  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Things to do

Grandparents having a picnic with grandchildrenVermont Teddy Bear Factory

6655 Shelburne Rd


(802) 985-3001

One of the most popular Vermont activities, plan on spending about an hour and 15 minutes on-site at The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Summer season (May 27 – Oct.16) Hours 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tour admission: Adults $4; Seniors $3; Kids 12 and under free. Bears available for purchase.

Montshire Museum

1 Montshire Rd.


(802) 649-2200

The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on, self-guided science museum with more than 140 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology. Located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, the outdoor setting is a large part of the experience. General admission $14 for adults; $11 for children 2–17.

The Swimming Hole

75 Weeks Hill Road


(802) 253-9229

An awesome facility that looks like a big red barn from the outside that offers kids and families a competition-sized swimming pool with diving board, and a heated toddler and child swimming pool with water slide indoors.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

1281 Waterbury Stowe Road


(802) 882-1240

A 30-minute, fun and educational guided factory tour. Visitors see how ice cream is made, learn about the company’s history and sample the flavor of the day. Also visit the gift and scoop shop, where more than 30 flavors are available.

Shelburne Farms

1611 Harbor Road


(802) 985-8686

Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne. It is a working farm with a dairy. The site also includes walking trails, children’s farmyard with animals to visit, cheesemaking and a farm cart for grabbing lunch or a snack. General Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $5 children 3-17; Free to children under 3, members and Shelburne residents.

Circus Smirkus

1 Circus Road

Greensboro (shows at various venues throughout VT)

(802) 533-7443

Vermont’s international, award-winning, traveling youth circus features kids ages 11 to 18 performing on the highwire, the trapeze and as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and more.

Splash Park at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center

100 Arboretum Lane

White River Junction 

(802) 296-2850

An indoor splash park where the water is maintained at 86-88 degrees. It includes a lazy river that meanders past small waterfalls and other water elements; a kiddy pool with lots of interactive water features; and a 110-foot cork screw slide that provides adventure seekers with a ride that loops out of the building before landing back inside. Located inside the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Admission: 3-18 $7; seniors $10; adults $15.

Owl’s Head Blueberry Farm

263 Blueberry Farm Road


(802) 434-3387

Pick your own blueberries in season. Pack a picnic dinner and listen to music while you pick on Tuesday and Thursday evenings – there is everything from traditional bagpipes to jazz to rock and roll. Check the picking conditions before you go.

Billings Farm and Museum

Route 12 and River Road


(802) 457-2355

Discover Vermont dairying past and present and learn about the development of the Billings Farm, still one of the best jersey farms in America. The horse barn, calf nursery, milk room and dairy barn are stops along the self-guided tour. Attend a farm program – many are offered daily – and learn about dairying during the afternoon milking of the herd.

Champlain Valley Fair

105 Pearl St.

Essex Junction 

(802) 878-5545

The Champlain Valley Fair will take place Aug. 26 – Sept. 4 and offers live entertainment, numerous exhibits, food vendors and more.

Burlington Skate Park

This park is located on Burlington’s Waterfront. It was recently redesigned, enlarged and opened in mid-April 2016. Free.

Essex Speedway & Action Center

8 Susie Wilson Rd., Essex Junction


The Essex Speedway & Action Center is perfect for those who like speed and adventure. Take a ride in the Go-Karts and bumper cars or hit up the arcade for an action-packed day.

Gonzo’s HD Sports

1860 Williston Rd.

South Burlington

(802) 881-0660

Offering Vermont’s only high definition golf and sports simulator technology, including the new SkyTechSport ski and snowboard simulator. Gonzo’s also has 22 HD TVs, darts, pool, ping pong, shuffleboard and foosball. Prices start at $25/hour.

Shelburne Museum

6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne 

(802) 985-3346

The museum’s collections, educational programs, special events, workshops, activities and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture. Admission through Oct 31. Adult: $24; Youth (ages 13-17): $14; Child (ages 5-12): $12; Family pass (two sdults and children): $58; Vermont residents (Adults): $14; Vermont residents (children ages 5-17): $7; $2 discounts for Seniors (65+) and guests with AAA Membership Card or VAA coupon.

Oakledge Park

2 Flynn Ave


(802) 865-7247

Oakledge is a large, regional park in the city’s south end. The park contains extensive rocky Lake Champlain shoreline, sandy beaches, playground, tennis courts and tree house and is bisected by the Burlington Bike Path near its southernmost point. Day parking is $6-$8; season pass $25 – $60.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center

592 Governor Chittenden Rd.

Williston 05495

(802) 879-6001

Located in Williston, just south of Burlington, Catamount Outdoor Family Center offers 20 miles of multipurpose trails. Its mission is to promote family and community well-being through activity and education in a natural environment. Free parking. Admission, $8 day pass, with season pass and punch card options.

Birds of Vermont Museum

900 Sherman Hollow Rd


(802) 434-2167

Learn about birds and their roles in the earth’s ecosystems. The museum features more than 500 carved wooden birds, representing 259 species. Here, natural history meets art. Open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: Members – free, Non-Members: Adult: $7; Senior: $6; Child: $3.50 (3-17).

Montreal & Quebec

Botanical Gardens

4101 Rue Sherbrooke E

Montréal, QC

The Montreal Botanical Garden includes 75 hectares of thematic gardens and greenhouses.

Montreal Biodome

777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin

Montréal, QC

The Montreal Biodome is at Olympic Park. Visitors will see replicas of five ecosystems found in the Americas and more than 4,500 animals from 250 different species. It also houses North America’s leading Insectarium.

Parc Safari

280 Rank Roxham

St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, QC

+1 450-247-2727

Parc Safari allows you to discover a little piece of Africa right in Hemmingford, Quebec. In addition to 500 animals from 70 species, the zoo offers a pool, mini golf course, shows, presentations and restaurants. Admission: under 2 free, 2 years, $9.95, 3 and up, $22.95.


4801, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin

Montréal Quebec 

514 868-3000

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium combines the latest technology with creativity to provide visitors a chance to experience the universe. Admission: family $55; 5-7 $10; students $14.50; adults $19.75, seniors 65+ $18.25.

Montreal Science Centre

2 Rue de la Commune Ouest

Montréal, QC 

1 877 496-4724

Located on the King Edward Pier in the Old Port of Montreal, the museum is home to interactive exhibitions on science and technology, as well as an IMAX theater featuring the exhibit “Animal Inside Out: Body Worlds” through Sept. 11. Adults $23; teens 13-17 $18; child 4-12 $12.50; seniors 60+ $20; family (two adults and two children/teens or one adult and three children/teens) $60.

Museum of Fine Arts

1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Montréal, QC 

+1 514-285-2000

The Museum of Fine Arts is Montreal’s largest museum featuring more than 40,000 works of art in four pavilions, as well as a concert hall. A fifth wing dedicated to international art will open in late 2016.

Museum of Contemporary Arts

185 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest

Montréal, QC

514 847-6226

Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the museum presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive permanent collection.

Mount Royal Park

514 843-8240

Mount Royal is a small mountain in the city of Montreal, immediately west of downtown that provides walking and driving trails and a bird’s eye view of downtown Montreal from its peak. It is an ideal site for admiring a wide variety of plants and birds or for enjoying outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and paddle boating.

Granby Zoo

525 St-Hubert St.

Granby, QC 

(877) 472-6299

The zoo has a collection of 1,000 animals from 200 species. It also offers the Amazoo Yoplait Water Park that includes a wave pool, lazy river for tubing and water game basin. Rides Park features free activities such as jungle ball training camp, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and a small train.

New York – Lake George

Water Slide World

4099 American Legion Dr.

Lake George, NY 

(518) 668-4407

Only two hours from Burlington. General admission (ages 11 and up), $32.95; Junior admission (40” up to 10 years old), $29.95; Toddler admission (35”-39” tall), $12.95; Senior admission (60+ with ID), $15.95.

Around the World Golf Course

72 Beach Rd.

Lake George, NY

(518) 668-2531

One of the oldest and most original miniature golf courses in the Lake George area. This miniature golf course has two sides – Around the World and Around the USA.

Great Escape – Six Flags

89 Six Flags Drive

Queensbury, NY 

(518) 824-6000

The Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park is a 200-room family suite lodge, featuring a 38,000 sq. ft. indoor water park with attractions for every age group.


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