Why Leave Vermont During Summer Vacation?


You don’t have to venture far to find fun things to do during summer vacation. There are lots of fun places to visit within our state that are educational and family-friendly.

For example, the Echo Center on the Burlington Waterfront is packed with hands-on exhibits as is the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. Are your kids crazy about animals? A trip to the Independence Farm in Orwell or the VINS Nature Center in Quechee will surely satisfy their love for the animal world.

If you run out of ideas, a visit to your local library may re-energize your summer. Most libraries, even the smallest village library, offer free programs for children and young adults. For example, your child can join the craze for knitting at the “Drop-in Knitting Club” at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Knitting instruction, supplies and snacks are provided. If you live near Springfield, the Springfield Town Library has summer reading programs for all ages, including “Dream Big” for children, “Own the Night” for young adults and “Between the Covers” for adults. Information will be posted online at the end of May or beginning of June.

Stuck at home? Beat boredom by visiting the American Library Association online which provides a host of great websites full of games, stories and educational articles. For even more ideas for family activities, visit these great websites: